Sunday, August 7, 2022

Monday Morning Sew & Tell - August 8, 2022

Good morning! And welcome to this week's Sew & Tell... a chance to show off the progress you made on a project over the weekend.

Last week Jocelyn shared a finish, perhaps a UFO, since it was labeled Dirty Dozen #10.  It is a scrappy project and featured fabric with some Frozen characters.  I, personally, love Olaf. ⛄

We thoroughly enjoyed our time camping.  Our friends, however, were unable to make it.  They had a family situation that kept them from joining us.  Alas, we will do it another time!

We were near Rye, Colorado.  It is a tiny little community near Lake Isabel in the National Forest and Bishop Castle. The campground was a little snug... so much so that we were able to watch the movie our neighbors were enjoying outside their camper!  There were a number of sites vacant in the area we were staying and thought it was ridiculous that they would have needed to "cancel" our reservations (with a fee) and make new reservations.  We stayed put... but still.  Never mind that most of the vacant sites were vacant for the entire time we were there. 🙍

There weren't any trails to hike that left directly from the campground, but we did venture down to Lake Isabel and walked all the way around the lake.  It was interesting... the signage indicated that a handicapped accessible path was available all the way around.  We would beg to differ... not that we needed it but imagine how frustrating it would be to someone really needing it only to discover it was not the case.

We enjoyed the spacious camper.  It rained for much of that afternoon, and we were pleased to discover that the rain sound was not nearly as noisy in the fifth-wheel as it was in the truck camper.  

We enjoyed the down time as we both spent time reading, Dave played his guitar, and I sewed two blocks for the camping journal quilt.  Both of these blocks will represent our July camping trip.

The view as we approached the campground

I don't think I told you this story from that trip... We were sitting there one evening and a young couple came by, looking hesitant about whether or not they were "allowed" to walk up into the equestrian camping area that we were staying in.  Dave assured them that it was ok and that the view of the valley was really worth the short walk.

They continued walking and then suddenly the young lady came rushing back, out of breath and clearly shaken up.    He soon followed behind her (with their dog on leash) and told 
us that they had seen a bear cross the road in front of them.  So... I made a bear block with an orange sunset.  We were there three nights and I need to work on the last one. :)  It will be an applique block with a truck and camper to represent our last trip (probably) with that camper. 

Back to this trip... After our neighbor's movie was over, we slept well.  We were not disturbed by the overnight visitors that were checking out the nearby dumpsters.  Thankfully, they had been properly latched and they moved on.  The only evidence of them being present were the fresh tracks in the soft dirt.

Guess what sort of block I will make for these?  If you guessed Bear Paw blocks, you are correct!

We made a visit to the castle just up the road - Bishop Castle.  It has been a work in progress for a long, long time (50ish years?).  The owner has battled the government for years... yet people still stop by to see this unique attraction.

The afternoon was another lazy one as we enjoyed the outdoors... again, reading, sewing, playing guitar and singing. :)  Life is good!

Now that we are home and feeling more confident and at peace with the purchase of the camper and all the work we put into it getting it ready, we are ready to return to our regularly scheduled routine.

This week I will be working on a few items...

❧ The first will be my August One Month Goal quilt.  It is a Baby's First Year quilt for our grand-daughter, Hanna

❧ The other item I'll be focused on is a Memory Bear.  A friend of mine has asked that I make several from some pieces of clothing that had belonged to her Mom.  

I thought I had a pattern... In fact, I KNOW I had a pattern because I have made one before, but, for whatever reason, I am unable to find it now.  

What did you do over the weekend?  

Leave a comment telling me what you have been working on... or a link to your blog (even an instagram or facebook link will work!).  I'd love to hear from you. 

Keep Piecing,


Linking with:

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. I am glad you had a great experience with your new camper! Sounds peaceful and relaxing.

  2. Thanks so much for the feature!

  3. I love your camping blocks - do you make one block for each day you are gone? xx

  4. Looks like you had a beautiful and eventful camping trip!!!

  5. What a lovely trip you had even though your friends couldn’t make it. Sounds like a perfect “maiden voyage” with a rainfall to test it out. 😉

  6. Hi,
    Looks like a wonderful all the scenery you shared. I made memory quilts from my
    parents clothes when they passed. Everyone liked them. Have a great day!

  7. Good afternoon, Melva. I just found your blog and what a delight it is. I look forward to looking back at your previous posts. I love how you are creating blocks about your camping adventures. My hubby and I enjoy camping as well. We love Colorado and the Southwest. I am excited to join your link party and I want to thank you for hosting it. Have a blessed day and happy quilting.

  8. So glad your new camper has worked out for you! Love your journal blocks. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  9. Sounds like you've had a lot of fun. How great to make quilt blocks from the adventures!

  10. Oh boy Melva what a great trip - sounds like so much relaxation and fun, and what beauty! Love the bear story. I'm going to try to get a post ready to link up!
    Thank you for sharing with us at To Do Tuesday!