Sunday, October 22, 2023

Reaching the Journey's Destination ~ Sew & Tell ~ 10/23/2023

It's that time of the week again!  It's time to share the progress, great or small, we have each made on our projects... or squirrels, or any other activity in life.  Whether you realize it or not, you are all a part of my circle of support.  We may not know each other personally, but I have grown to know so many of you, and we celebrate the little things in life and sometimes the big things. 

This week I celebrate two finishes!

Gina's Journey has reached her destination and is complete and ready to be sent to her home where Gina can love and admire it and recall some great memories of her life... like the million times that she tied those little pink bows on the pillow that matched a quilt her parents had made for her when she was 16, and how she and her mom would spend Sunday afternoons cheering on the Pittsburg Steelers; the time spent watching a daughter dance at CSU-Pueblo football games as well as the various races she ran with a son.

The use of grey thread in the wavy grid quilting and the black binding toned down the "so much pink" feeling.  Although, just last week, Alycia Quilts stated that "pink isn't just a color, it is an attitude!"  The statement rings true for Gina. :)

Anchors Aweigh ~ A Quilt of Valor by Zia Miller is ready to be delivered when we visit friends in Seymour, TX.  The hanging diamond quilting design was done in red thread on the top and navy-blue thread on the back and made for a quick finish.

With the finish of these two quilts happening well in advance of "the last minute", I am able to fully focus on getting ready for our fall camping trip. I'll be prepping a few more EPP blocks for our camping journal quilt, collecting fun embellishments for quilted hearts and gathering a few things together for more mini-quilts. I'm a little behind... #41/52 was my Pray for Israel mini.  
If you missed it, you could catch up and read my thoughts here.

We head to the second largest canyon in the United States, Palo Duro Canyon, near Amarillo, TX in just a few days.  We haven't been away from our shop/studio space since September.  We are SO ready for it.  

We've been hard at work getting our small shower repair to the finished point.  It seems like it has been forever.  In reality, it has only been 7 weeks since we started it.  I think with each step forward we had to wait... at first, we waited for a few items that were ordered on-line because they were not available locally... then we had to wait for stuff to dry - usually 24-48 hours...  Whether it be the concrete base or the sealant or adhesive or grout or... whatever step we were at... BUT!  Finally!  It is all back together and will be fully cured and dried and ready for use when we return.  Woohoo! 

Of course, the rest of the room was affected too.  Because Dave had to touch up the outside corners of the shower with drywall mud, we had to paint. We didn't have any paint left over in the basement, so we had to get a new can/color... and to make it easier to paint, we removed the toilet and medicine cabinet from the wall.  Like the domino effect, one thing affects the other.  But in the end, we love the new color, pebble floor and the best thing of all is that it will no longer leak!

That's all I have for Sew & Tell this week...

Let's take a look at what Joy from Joy's Jots, Shots & Whatnots shared in the party last week... She offered a tutorial on making a scrappy fabric bookmark.  She made hers a Bible table of contents bookmark.  But it's a great idea for making bookmarks in general.  Jump over and take a peek! (by clicking on the link above.) Christmas is just around the corner, and these could be great stocking stuffer gifts as well as scrap-busting projects. She has some lovely scrap-busting cards that she shared as well. I think it is a great idea to have some on hand for when you need a card to send off quick.  You can make several with a variety of messages on them... birthday wishes, get well cards, or even sympathy cards or just a "Thinking of you" card.  Thanks for sharing, Joy!

Now is the time that you get to show and share in Sew & Tell. The link for the party will be open through Saturday afternoon.  I'll be checking in as service and wi-fi allow.  Have a fun and blessed week!

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  1. Lovely quilt finishes Melva! Have you visited Palo Duro before? It is on our travel wishlist. Your shower looks fantastic. We have a pebble floor on ours too, never get tired of looking at it!

  2. Great finishes, both quilting and home improvement!

  3. Gina's Journey looks wonderful. I'm sure she'll enjoy it. Home improvement projects are a pain until they are finished. You'll be happy to have a fresh bathroom. Enjoy your camping trip.

  4. Hooray for the bathroom finish, and quilt finishes, too! I really like the hanging diamond quilting design, and need to remember to use it myself. Enjoy your camping trip!

  5. The TShirt Quilt turned out great. Loving the pink.
    Then I was shocked to get to the bottom of the reading and finding a familiar picture of my Bible Bookmarks. Thank you so much for the feature. I love messing around with these tiny, tiny scraps and sometimes larger.
    Thanks again for hosting. Love seeing what others do with their quilting scraps.

  6. Every time I see one of your tshirt quilts , I get inspired, Melva. One day I am going to tackle making one for my daughters. I have already saved the shirts and have them safely tucked away for the project. I know you are looking forward to your fall camping trip. I look forward to hearing about it and of course seeing your newest additions to your camping journal quilt.

  7. Hi Melva, those are great quilts! Congrats on your finishes.