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Throughout the week I have been making/taking stitches on my Wendy Williams Round the Garden project!

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Always, Peacefully Pam

and sew it begins…

This is my first large scale hand appliqué project and commitment since moving to the beach. I am inspired by my DE Modern Quilt Guild mates, and after several months of hemming and hawing, here goes!

This is a Wendy Williams project, Round the Garden. From my perspective, the Aussie women are fearless of quilt…size, color, complexity, design… I LOVE that and wish to learn/develop this trait!

I am using a repurposed piece of linen as my background fabric. (THANK YOU Sue B!!!) First, I have never used linen in an appliqué project. And, second, I have never appliquéd with such a BIG piece of background fabric.

This pattern is available from Wendy’s website, Flying Fish, and it has been showcased in the drool-worthy Simply Moderne quilt magazine.

Below are pix and captions as I begin this adventure…

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My slow start began several months ago.

 

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Pressing the large piece of linen, for the background of this project, and paying attention to where the slubs were located.

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Beginning to measure and mark the background…with a little help from my Pixie friend.

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Committing

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Drawn and sewn registration marks and guidelines.

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The tree, cut from a piece of repurposed vanilla linen (again, THANK YOU Sue B!!!), glue basted in place and awaiting hand appliqué…

I am aware that blogging is passe. And that these days, instant gratification is the preferred media feed, but guess what…hand appliqué is slow. There is a slow movement these days too with it’s own group of in vogue believers and followers. So, if you find that I’m not too slow or antiquated, I’d be happy to share this project with you as I slow stitch my way Round the Garden. Thanks ever so much for stopping by.

Always, Piecefully Pam

Is blogging passé?

It has been ages since I’ve posted! User names, passwords, speed, social media, ease and time seem to be my deterrents. You?

Life has been continuing, relatively peacefully and piecefully, here. 2014 was a blur of challenges and change, and now 2015 is marching towards its close. I thought I’d try my hand at updating my blog and writing a bit of what has been happening this year.

I take Jingle to the Beach nearly every day. It may be a Delaware bay beach or a beach along the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a time of beauty, marvel and balance in my day. After a steady 4+ years of this, I continue to think to myself while walking, “I could do this every day…”, and then I smile, because I can do it every day. This is still my dream come true!

Scott and I have recently welcomed a feisty kitten into our home. Her name is Pixie! She is true to her name… Jingle is more tolerant of her than we ever imagined possible.

We welcomed many family and friends throughout 2015 and enjoyed sharing our home with them. It’s felt good to slow down and bit, catch our breath and spend time with those who are important to us and we love. We are expecting a new neice close to Christmas/the New Year! : )

I have been participating in a local Modern Quilt Guild for several years now, and we collectively made the decision and commitment to join the National Modern Quilt Guild. Tomorrow will be our very first meeting as an “official” Modern Quilt Guild! It’s been an exciting and educational experience!!! I have agreed to be their Web Maven…so this blog post was also spurred-on by that.

I have been doing some sewing too! I finished my Harborview quilt, have made blocks for the monthly MQG Queen Bee project, contributed to charity projects through our Guild, there have been some sock monkeys, baby quilts and of course, hand appliqué too.

I will close this post with a smattering of 2015 photos…

New beginnings.

New beginnings

Positively frigid weather with ice on the Atlantic Ocean and the absence of waves

Positively frigid weather with ice on the Atlantic Ocean and the absence of waves

A <3felt gift for a friend

A heartfelt gift for a friend

Thawing

Thawing

Build Block project

Building Blocks project

Queen Bee blocks for me

Queen Bee blocks for me

A summer sunset at the Bay

A summer sunset along the Bay

Line drying a finished product

Line drying a finished product

Jingle's girlfriend, Lucy

Jingle’s girlfriend, Lucy

Fun and inspiration

Fun and inspiration

Visiting her old glider

Visiting her old glider

The dog days of summer

The dog days of summer

Humming bird antics

Humming bird antics

An annual gather

An annual gather

Amazing osprey

Amazing osprey

Let's here it for the boys

Let’s hear it for the boys

the tiny Miss Pixie

the tiny Miss Pixie

my current project...a baby quilt for a friend

my current project…a baby quilt for a friend

Whew! That was a lot! I appreciate your patience and your time. Thank you for your visit, and I look forward to seeing you again before too long!

Piecefully, Pam

Fall

Fall and Bartholomew the flamingo

Fall and Bartholomew the flamingo

Our weather has been quite lovely, and we’ve been enjoying it. We went to the Beach this afternoon, and I did running stitches around some circles for my Roseville Album project. The wind was blowing and it was pretty nippy, so we didn’t stay too long. But still, I took some stitches on the Beach. That, is a GOOD day!!!

I completed two baby quilts and mailed them on Monday. In my haste, I failed to take photos. One of the quilts is in a NICU. I believe a quilt holds comfort and peace. In this very stressful environment and difficult life circumstance, I hope that particular quilt wields great power to do that and more…!!!

Scott made a bat box for our anniversary. While this may not be appealing to many women, I was/am surprised and delighted with it!!! It will be stored until the Spring, but Scott got everything ready to go, and we did a dry fit this weekend.

I made time to select some of the next applique pieces and fabrics to add to my Roseville Album block. Slow, but steady and enjoying every stitch I make!!!

I have a quilting friend who is searching for a Wendy Williams pattern called 40 Shades of Grey. If anyone knows where/how to obtain this pattern, or even a kit/block of the month, please leave a comment here.

I have another friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer this week. She is evaluating treatment options and going for a second opinion so as to make the best informed and educated choice for her. If you could send some prayers and + juju, she would be ever so appreciative! Additionally, Laura has decided to journal this experience in a blog…Cultivate Happiness Like a Garden, which I have added to my sidebar.

Thank you for stopping by and for your time. I will leave you with some photos…

baby quilt for E.J.

baby quilt for E.J.

Garden bat box

Garden bat box

Roseville Album progress

Roseville Album progress

Bayside kite boarders!

Bayside kite boarders!

Piecefully, Pam

Blessings come in a variety of ways…

from the garden

from the garden

a total shoulder joint replacement following a fall with multiple fractures

from a total shoulder joint replacement 

one chilled "pickle"...Shelby's nick-name

from one chilled “pickle”…a.k.a. Shelby

morning sun rays on the patio

from morning sun rays on the patio

a  grande birthday margarita shared with Mimi

in a grande birthday margarita shared with Mimi

sand striations

from sand striation inspiration

peaceful pillow

and a peaceful pillow

Piecefully, Pam

Master bathroom renovation, sock monkey armada, gardening and the like

Our master bathroom renovation is complete (the pic below is not quite the actual “completed” version, but close enough)! By repurposing, making careful choices and doing ALL the work himself this renovation was done on a shoestring budget. Best of all, we are WAY pleased with the results and everything works!!!

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I am mulling over a new shower curtain with a sea-life theme. A tear sheet from a recent Land of Nod catalog has served as tangible inspiration. Now to translate what I see in my minds eye into a pleasing bit of bathroom interest and perhaps even “art”…

Shower curtain inspiration

A sock monkey armada. Yep. I told Scott that was what I was going to make. We’ve been facing some negative forces and I am in need of some levity. These spots, dots, stripes, and colors turned into monkeys = FUN and smiles!!! I have the details to do yet – stuffin’, ears, hats, nose/mouths, eyes and tails. The more the merrier. : D

Sock monkey armada

It’s snowing outside at this moment. Has Winter not had enough? Despite the forecast, I planted seeds yesterday afternoon. The soil was loamy and rich. In went cuke, leek, beet, radish, lettuce and cosmos seeds all covered with a blanket of leaves. When beach combing during our morning walks, I have been known to collect broken discarded pieces of hurricane fencing. I have this hammered into the ground around my kitchen herb garden to create a bit of a fence. Another new-found use? Garden markers! I LOVE this idea – it is practical, makes good use of discarded material and is so Beach-y. ; ) I used a big Sharpie marker to print the name of what’s planted in that row and hammered the marker into place. Perfect. Between the rows you can see cuttings from some ornamental grasses in other garden beds. The grasses need to be cut back annually to encourage new healthy growth, and that organic matter has been turned into a “foot path” so as not to compact the ground in the planted areas yet provide a space for one to step in and garden or kneel comfortably. We’ll see how the garden continues to evolve, now that the structure is complete and we’ve been settling in…

March gardening

In other new, the puppet theater was unveiled yesterday. It was a resounding success and Uncle Scott was deemed a Super Hero. ; )

Piecefully, Pam

Photos…

It’s been mighty cold and we’ve been doing INdoor things…

This project began nearly a year ago and will be a joint birthday gift for our favorite four-year-old before too long...

This project began nearly a year ago and will be a joint birthday gift for our favorite four-year-old before too long…

The front of the puppet theater.

The front of the puppet theater.

Scott designed it to fold flat.

Scott designed it to fold flat.

Stitching the marquee.

Stitching the marquee.

INdoor beginning assembly of the marquee.

INdoor beginning assembly of the marquee.

Pearl Grey walls and continued evolution of the maser bathroom!

Pearl Grey walls and continued evolution of the master bathroom!

My Square in a Square quilt also continues its evolution!!!

My Square in a Square quilt also continues its evolution!!!

I LOVE how it looks in the studio!!!

I LOVE how it looks in the studio!!!

You know it's seriously COLD when the (mostly salt water) canal is icy and frozen over...NO iceskating, JIngle!

You know it’s seriously COLD when the (mostly salt water) canal is icy and frozen over…NO iceskating, Jingle!

May you be tucked in, warm and safe enjoying the INdoor goodnesses that this frigid Wintry weather brings!

Piecefully, Pam

Hello there January 2014!!!

After a hiatus, the Holidays, decision making and the arrival of ordered bits and parts, there is forward progress in the master bathroom project… We live in a modular home that was constructed in the early 1980s. Our home was/is well made and the construction materials are of a better grade than those of today. With that in mind, we looked at what HAD to be replaced and what could continue to be used. As you already know, the old cracked fiberglass shower had to GO! As did the warped linoleum floor!

We’ve been using the new (Scott) tiled shower since Thanksgiving, and just LOVING it! He has recently begun to work on tiling the floor. Things are dry fitted for now and the thin set cementing may begin tomorrow. This will be done in stages. Afterwards will come the grouting and will also likely be done in stages. As you can see, the vanity, sink and toilet have been removed in preparation for tiling the floor.

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We need a vanity and sink that is higher than the one we have. In looking at what was available, the quality and cost, we decided to keep the vanity we have, but install legs to elevate it. It will also get a new top, and again, for purposes of elevation, we decided to go with a sink that will sit atop the counter. So, the new legs have arrived, as did the new faucet, but the sink is on backorder. This is probably a good thing!

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And, guess what, I have been eeking out some sewing time!!! HoOrAy!!!  : ) My quilting hoop is out of storage and I have been taking a few quilting stitches when I can. Plus, I have done some hand applique prep work on my Roseville Album block and am taking some applique stitches as time permits too!!! And, if that isn’t enough…we were issued a Guild Challenge/Project (that is due tomorrow) and I got my top together.

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At the top of the Roseville Album block, there is a bit of the sea glass crack peeking out…fun!!!

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Here’s to welcoming in the New Year.Blessings to all!!!

Piecefully, Pam

A shower

curb and pumpkin pie.

The master bathroom shower/bathroom project is moving forward, albeit it a little slowly.  We have had to wait for some parts and bits to be delivered, and per the time of year, Scott’s back caused a hiccup too.

I am, however, very glad to say we got the shower curb done this weekend!  Yay!!! Here’s how things looked at the end of yesterday afternoon…

MBR shower curb

If I haven’t already said this, the “holes” in the shower are actually black subway tiles.  For no other reason than, because we could!  :)  The tile on the shower floor and curb will be continued as the bathroom floor.  Grouting has not yet been done.  We are also looking at vanities and sinks and thinking of installing a floating vanity…

Then, from thin set in the MBR to dough in the kitchen.  I made a pumpkin pie!  Geez, it’s been a very l-o-n-g time since I rolled out a pie crust!

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We even went OUT to see a movie!!!  I think the last movie we saw in a theater was either Kick Ass or Kung-fu Panda.  We watched Gravity in 3-D.  Mercy!  It was good.  Interesting even.  Yeh, I don’t EVER want to go into space.  Ever!

Piecefully, Pam

P.S. I did cut fabric today!!!  And, I have taken a few hand applique stitches over the past few weeks, I need to prep the next pieces though and haven’t had time for that just yet!

To ALL the Quiltmamas

You gals are simply THE BEST!!!  Thank you from the bottom of my <blushing> heart.

Each one of you is SO (sew) busy and yet you’ve made time to stitch together a 50th birthday gift for me.  It is gorgeous, FUN and will be treasured!!!

Quiltmama wall hanging

Quiltmamas label

Thank you also for treating me to dinner at “The Lamb” even if it was without the beady eyed watchful lamb…  It was GOOD to see you and catch up.  I know you’re lives are busy and I appreciated the time you spent with me.

Knowing you girls has certainly enriched my life.  I count myself lucky indeed to call you friends and you’re each a blessing!  Thank you, Quiltmamas.

Love, Pam