Christmas in August

Since I wanted to practice making a pillow with piping, I decided to use the first Snowflake block for the Quilt Along as the pillow top.

I stitched the white snowflake with gold thread.
There was just enough green and gold fabric left over for me to make a border.
I am not too happy with this, but it is just for practice.

I was successful in cutting bias strips for the piping, but my sewing machine was not cooperating, as I sewed in the cording.
The under stitches were loose.
I will work on trying to fix this problem tomorrow.
This is the second Snowflake block for the QAL. This time, I  only used six points.

The block needs pressing.

Blocks 1 and 2 of I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along

Celebrating the Solar Eclipse

Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.
Victor Hugo

My sons started sending me images he was taking of the solar eclipse.
He had made his own box.
The people at his workplace had also made some viewing tools.
The best images came from these low tech tools.

Cloudy View from a Cereal Box

Better View from a cereal box

Tree Shade…Cool! This is my favorite image.

My sister sent this from Austin. A hole in a white paper homemade viewing tool.

View of the eclipse from my sister’s swimming pool porch.

Bella and the Solar Eclipse
Look at the eclipse on my sister’s dog fur.

I took this shot of the eclipse using an empty flower pot.

Here’s hoping that for our nation,  “the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night.”

Taking a Break

This week, I started working on a new project.
I am piecing nine, 12″ blocks to make a top for a floor pillow.
This is my first attempt at a pillow this size, 30″ X 30″.
I have finished the appliques on the pillow blocks.
Now, I am studying how to make piping, and how to add a zipper.
I might try it out on a smaller pillow for practice.
For now, I have set it aside.

In the meantime, I decided to take a break and do some basic cross stitching.
A couple of years ago, I had bought some dish towels.
Mom and I were going to work on these together.
We never got to it, so I thought today would be a good time to start.
I drew some basic patterns on the printed coffee cups.
Nothing fancy.
Just something to do while I watch my favorite movies.

I still need to draw some designs on these remaining four cups.

Paper Piecing

Joining the #iwishyouamerryquiltalong was a good decision on my part.
This second block has prompted me to learn how to paper piece.
I am truly directionally challenged.
Backward, forward, turn, crease, fold…yikes!
I learn with visuals, and I studied many tutorials.
April Adams  sent me some links that helped me.
Abbie, from Sparkle On, also sent me some  helpful links and words of encouragement.
The piecing seemed simple enough, but it took me making two or three of the blocks before I got the hang of it.

Now, I am trying to decide what fabric to use for the other blocks.

Gold and White Snowflakes or Christmas Plaid

Any input is welcomed . 

This will have to wait until Friday.
Tomorrow is a traveling day.

Museum Day

Today, I took a break from sewing and spent the day with my buddies.
I had told my friend’s husband, Dave, that I of course expected another poem.
He did not disappoint.
Marti handed this to me as I got into the car:

We lunched at Schilo’s, a great deli that has been in San Antonio since 1917.
Nothing like an iced mug of root beer on a hot, August day.

We headed out to the Briscoe Museum of Art. This museum is housed in what once was the first public library in San Antonio. This building has very special memories for me. I attended an elementary school that was downtown. After school, I would walk to the library and spend a couple of hours there as I awaited my mom to get off work.
I LOVED this library. It has been ages since I have been in this building, and it felt so good to see what the city has done to preserve it.

This bronze statue is amazing.

The detail in this pink marble is something to see.

I love this Texas fiddler with his dogs.

Gorgeous Sarape

Beautiful Ceiling


My favorite! A donkey’s back-side.

Craft Day

What a great way to spend a Monday!
My granddaughter, daughter-in-law and I had a very successful craft day.
We started by exploring the contents of her new sewing basket.

There is nothing more fascinating than a retractable sewing, measuring tape!
Then we reviewed the contents of her new book.

She and her mom picked out projects they would like to do at a later date.
I started two different projects for them and explained the process.

My granddaughter did a great job on her first cross stitching.
She was very proud of herself.


After I made the dinosaur pillowcases for my grandson, I looked online to see what else I could find to make.
I found these free printable dinosaur cards  that I used for making a matching game.
Then I made a drawstring bag to hold the cards.

Drawstring Bag and Matching Game Cards

There was a free printout for making a book. I made a dinosaur emergent reading book for my grandson to start reading basic color words and popcorn words.

Emergent Reading and Color Book

My intention was to use a quilted book cover that I made from the pillowcase remnants.
Instead, I left the cover separate.
I made it like a postcard.
It might be easier to color and read without the cover attached.
He can hang the card up on his wall or place it on his shelf.

After I packaged these items to mail to my grandson, I thought of the online site,
Can Teach Poems.
I used this site when I was teaching.
Poems and songs are great tools for teaching reading.
Since I had already sealed the package, I emailed the site link to my son.

It has been a Dinosaur kind of day.
Tomorrow is Craft Day with my granddaughter and daughter-in-law.


Brack Pack Poet Laureate

My friend’s husband puts up with our frequent visits to their home to work on our quilt project and other crafts.
We once had their kitchen covered with seeds and honey when we made bird feeder ornaments for
He often kids us about our real intention is to meet for lunch, and not work on a quilt or craft project.
Yesterday, we totally side-stepped the craft projects and met for lunch.
Dave wrote this poem for us.