Monday, March 14, 2022

Marching on Through March

Time marches on... and it seems to be going at a much faster pace!  Maybe it is just me since we are trying to get things done and "in order" so that we can drive away with all of our responsibilities taken care of and/or covered and we can be worry free for a few weeks. Ahhhh.... I can feel it already!

✔ The instagram quilt fest posts are getting there.  I currently have through Day 29 - These WILL be done before we leave!  Just two more to go!  I'm grateful for the technology that allows me to participate even though I will be off playing, camping and relaxing.

✔ Patterns for blocks #3 & 4 of the Pieces in the Garden Sew Along are written and tested.  DONE!  Photos are done too!  The .pdf files are created linked to my payhip store, ready for release.  Watch for the link for pattern for the third block and story to be released March 31st.

✔ Blocks #5 & 6 pieced, written and tested and then photographed, again, so that the .pdf files can be done.

I didn't get to #6 because I stopped to make some mittens... Yep, I had a squirrel project.  (But it's okay, because I am way ahead of the game now.) 

You see my friend, Jamie, had given me a really nice wool sweater last year.  It was a shooters sweater with the leather area on the right shoulder 
(like a trap/skeet shooter would wear... and Jamie used to be the ladies TX Champion).  It was a sweater she had saved for years, it no longer fit and thought I would like it.  It really was a very nice sweater and it looked good on me.  But it was 100% wool... and itchy (and because of that I had to wear a shirt underneath it... and it wasn't "personal summer" friendly.  😂  

Dave had suggested that I make two pairs of mittens with the sweater, one for her one for me.  I've had the pattern and supplies for them on the cutting table for weeks... Saturday was the day I decided to get them done.  I love them!  They are ready for delivery on Thursday... but shhhhh!  Don't tell, I want them to be a surprise. Did you see that I used that padded leather area on one mitten?  It is one of my favorite features!  I do hope that she doesn't mind that I repurposed the sweater. 🙏

I have many things on my to-do list for the next few days, but none of them are quilty related and they are minor details (but some vital ones.... like pay bills and schedule payments) so I won't bore you with them.

I'll be signing off for now... I may check in here and there as service is available.  But for the most part, I will be AWOL until nearly April!  At least here on the blog.  I may have more of a "real" presence on fb and IG.  Technology and artificial intelligence has got it handled!  

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Piece Out!


Linking with:

Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Sunday Stash at QuiltPaintCreate
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
This & That at Days Filled with Joy
To Do Tuesday at Texas Quilt Gal
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Stitch Sew & Show at Life in the Scrap Patch


  1. Wow. The mittens look nice and warm. Have a wonderful vacation.

  2. I've been following for about 2 years now. I get a direct email and also on Bloglovin digest. Love your new mittens

  3. Oh those mittens are adorable - they look better than store bought! I'm so excited for you and can feel your anticipation for some time away.
    I've been following you since I wandered over to your blog from Wendy's blog when she was doing the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail blocks last year. I resisted for awhile before I finally caved and joined the SAL, and the rest is history.
    Have a wonderful trip!
    Thanks for linking with To Do Tuesday. :)

  4. Hi Melva! Safe travels and enjoy!! LOVE the mittens. My dad used to trap shoot so no exactly what you mean about that sweater. I hope you have a blast on vacay. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Hmmm. I thought I'd left a comment, but maybe it disappeared! Have a wonderful time away on vacation, and thanks for joining in on Monday This and That! xx

  6. Have a great vacation! Love those mittens. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.