I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

May Projects: House, Dots, Stars

Hi everyone! Here are my works-in-progress, carrying over from May. I did not get everything done. I carefully prepped, with the plan of three lovely days of beach, friends and family, and poolside sewing, enjoying Summer's first days.
But no.
 One problem with having a chronic illness is that no matter how hard you try, no matter how much you want to be well---even great!--sometimes things go bad, all of a sudden. Frighteningly quickly. I spent most of the weekend in bed, in agony, with a far worse than previous pain in my hip joints, wrist, and ribs.

What's the old rag trade proverb? " Man plans, God laughs." And so...

Anyway, here is what I did do. [plus a few new things on etsy and eBay]. New sewalong with Lori, Humble Quilts. Jan Patek's Front Porch, aka P2, as we've already made one Porch quilt.

One afternoon last week I decided I needed a Mr Sunshine, instead of moon and stars, as the pattern shows.

But now that I've seen everyone's blocks with the moon etc, I'm not sure.  Def will add the house star though.
The weird pink 'not very summery' pompom tree is wool, btw. Maybe  it's, uh? crepe myrtle? I hope not, I hate crepe myrtle, lol.

Then we have the ongoing Dotty 365 Project. This is still fun, though I'm tired of sewing circles.

I love looking at the circles---flipflops for the first beach day, a pug when Mo gets groomed, a full moon. Confetti for my best friend's birthday. I do a written diary but also seem to recall what many of the Dots represent.

I'm still doing text backgrounds. I'm especially fond of this print from Mel, who found it at Walmart. Thank you, Mel!

Wish I had a few more yards for P2 and other places.
The Sun is June 1st, today and is Dotty # 209 ["omg, it seems like so many more!"] It's a beautiful late spring day!

For light relief I did a few Star blocks, wool stars on my friend's nice shirts, for When the Wild Geese Fly, also by Jan Patek. WWGF.

Mostly I slogged away on Summertime, it is definitely past its completion date. [yes I plan that, otherwise nothing gets done and I get anxiety issues; self imposed deadlines of course as no one else is counting. Lucky for me and my stupid pain.]

Cathy, I have not forgotten our Ohio sampler! It was totally on schedule to begin June 1. Now I'm not sure. Medical tests inconclusive, a treatment Friday. It could work like my hand issue a few years ago, I could be better right away. Or not. Wish me well.
Summertime quilt update in a few days.



gone to the beach.....

Some Memorial Day pictures...

Always fun to see the Blue Angels and WW2 bombers, from my deck.

Links to sewalongs:

Humble Quilts Front Porch HERE

Quilty Folks 365 HERE

please enjoy the Linky set ups with the other quilters' work. The Links are at the ends of Lori's and Audrey's posts.


  1. I'm so sorry you were under the weather. Sounds like it is getting worse. :( I really like you sunshine on the house block!

  2. Chronic illness sure is a challenge! Love the quote, god tends to be in stitches over me :) Your circles look great, love the June 1st one :) Really like the sunshine choice on your house block, if you need something sunny, go for it :)

  3. Stupid pain indeed :( Hoping for a speedy recovery. Good luck on Friday.

    It looks like your Memorial weekend was sunny. So cool that the Blue Angels and WWII bombers fly by your house.

    I like the sun instead of the moon. It's looking very nice. Oh and the so cute dots. The flip flops and thimbles being favorites. So nice of Mel to send you the fabric from Walmart...they sell fabric? I think it's going to be adorable when it's done.

    New stuff on Etsy??? Fun! What is your ebay store called?

    Well, feel better Missy, that's an order ;)


    1. Hi Kel. Thanks for ordering! I don t do an eBay shop, just list my folk art items sometimes, under seller name

      Same items as etsy usually.

      LOL Yes I too aws surprised Walmart has fabric and that it s well priced and good looking. Not that I have a Walmart here, have nevr been in a Walmsrt.Our big store is Target....

      Thx to for the get well wishes.



  4. Oh Lizzie...I do wish you well! Hoping you can get it under control. I love your house block and do not change the sun! It's wonderful!! Don't worry about the Ohio Sampler for the time being. I think I have more than a few projects to keep me going. I'm almost finished appliqueing my second long border for Summertime. 2 more to go...they are taking F O R E V E R !!!

  5. I hope you resolve your health issues soon. I love your house and the sun is so sweet. Hugs, Cathy

  6. I was sorry to hear you're in so much pain, I hope something helps with that soon!

    *I* like the sun over the house much better than a moon! And maybe the tree is an apple tree- their blossoms are pink and white! I'm looking forward to seeing what tweaks you make to make the P2 quilt YOURS!

    LOL, I was just wondering if I'd be able to spot that fabric in your dot blocks next time you showed them! I did - and then you showed it much closer, too! I still think that fabric is interesting. If you want more, I'm going to be going back and forth to my brother's three more times in the next month, I can check if they still have it or got more - just let me know if and how much. I think it's so fun that you've found such interesting fabric for your dots, so that the pictures on them help tell the story of the day. Love the pugs!

    Nice pictures as always, we always enjoy seeing your sights!

    Take it easy, and I hope you feel much better soon!

  7. Lizzzy I'm your newest GFC follower and added ya to my blogroll!! I so enjoyed browsing through your blog and am jumping in to join the 365 and like your use of prints for your backgrounds. :)

  8. Very cute beach house! Love you sun. I should have thought of that, we have almost 24 hours of daylight up here now, I could have made a sun and a moon together. Really love what you doing with your circles. So many great fabrics! Very cute basket! I hope your health issue is not serious.

  9. I, too, love the sun.

    Sending you healing Maui magic. Please feel better soon.


  10. I'm with Mel, I love the sun and the quilts (even if part of a quilt along) are YOURS!

    *ahem* I think you'd be a great designer of quilts ... not that I'm prejudiced or anything.

    I also think Mel has great taste in fabric and can find ANYTHING!

  11. Some gorgeous circles and work happening at your place. Take care and look after yourself.


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