May, June, July, August, & September blocks…

So it’s the end of September.  This month has flown by.  We have been so busy with karate, cub scouts, a garage sale, & trying to get on a good schedule for school, that the month has almost passed me by!  I won’t say I’m enjoying my days as a stay-at-home-mom-with-no-kids-at-home, but I’m not NOT enjoying them either.

I just don’t have it all figured out yet.

The biggest thing I need to work on is getting on some sort of schedule.  Last week I actually planned a week’s worth of food & managed to buy everything I needed & cook all week!  Amazing!  But now I have a fridge full of leftovers & no one who wants to eat them.  So this week I’m not cooking.  We need to eat the leftovers.  😦 I am just finding it hard to be motivated with all this silence around me.  But now that the garage sale is over with, maybe I will feel like I can get on to the super productive schedule I want to be on.  The one where I clean for like an hour every day & sew the rest of the time & my meals are easy & planned ahead of time.  Sounds perfect, right?

Anyway, I guess I haven’t shown a bunch of blocks for my do. Good Stitches quilting bee.  So, here they are…

May blocks

May: I was the quilter for May.  I still need to put the quilt together.  I’m just a little late.  Used Positively Perfect tutorial.

June blocks

June: Used the Reverse Rainbow Star tutorial.

July Blocks

July: Used the Cracker Scraps tutorial.

August Blocks

August: Used the Kaleidoscope  tutorial.

September BlocksSeptember: Used the string-x with a scrappy variation tutorial.

Enjoy the rest of September!

XOXO, Naomi

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4×5 Bee Blocks (3rd Quarter)

Whoops!  I totally forgot to post about my 4×5 (3rd quarter) bee!

bee blocks courthouse star

Here are the blocks I made. Tutorial here.  I am really happy with how these turned out!  A few of the blocks were just a hair under 12.5″ so I’m not sure what I did…  Maybe the template printed just a touch off of the right size.

bee blocks received

Here are the blocks I received.

I am planning on making a quilt for the boys to use in the family room. Blue & green are some of their favorite colors so hopefully they will like it!  I have signed up for another round so I will be adding to these!

Shine

Wow.  How is it the middle of October already?!  Crazy!

Here are my blocks for do. Good Stitches (Peace circle) this month.  Paula is starting the quilt with “Today I will…” & we are all filling in the blanks.

quilting bee blocks

My word is “Shine”.  Can you read it?

It was fun & I think with more practice I might want to do a whole quilt like this!  I am so excited to see the finished quilt!

(We used the book Word Play by Tonya Ricucci)

In Love

I finally had time to work on my test block for the 4×5 modern Bee  last night.  When I was done I literally sat & stared.  Then I paraded it around the house & made my husband stare at it for a while, shamelessly asking for praise.

Now, I’m not normally so self-congratulatory, but this block is stunning.  STUNNING!

I absolutely LOVE it.  I am pretty sure this is the best thing I’ve ever made.

This morning I just sat & held it for a while, admiring my hard work.

Then I interrupted the kids & made them admire my work too.  (They did their part & told me how pretty it was!)courthouse star block for 4x5 beeI am so looking forward to making more of these blocks.  This block is the reason I wanted to join a Bee.   Little Miss Shabby made these for a Bee & it instantly made me want to be a part of something so beautiful.  The instructions on how to make the block are here.  (I had to mess with the scaling a little when printing so make sure you always check the inch scale after you print!)

I had originally chosen a different block, but I tried it & HATED it!  I actually only made half the block & then gave up.  I was wasting too much fabric.

I’m really happy I decided to give this one a try.  I’m off to stare at it some more!

Spring Has Sprung & Bee Blocks Done

Bee blocks for AprilI finished the blocks for do. Good Stitches!  They are in the mail on their way to Katie.  For some reason this item on my To Do List was weighing on me.  Maybe I was nervous I wouldn’t get them done on time, or my work wasn’t good enough, or I was intimidated because everyone else seems to know what they are doing!  Anyway, after getting it done, it really wasn’t any big deal.  The blocks turned out well & it didn’t take all that long.  I’m looking forward to seeing the completed quilt & I hope that the foster child who receives it, loves it.  I’m excited to see what the next month’s block will be.

Yesterday while I was working on the blocks, my 5 year-old REALLY wanted to make brownies, or cookies, or cake, or something!  But, we had no eggs & everything we could think of needed eggs.  Then I thought maybe we could make rice krispie bars, but we had no marshmallows.  Scotcheroos? Salted Nut Bars? Nope, no butterscotch chips.  (Sounds like we need to go to the store…) So he decided to make up his own recipe.

T mixing up his new recipeT’s Delicious New Recipe

  • 5 Tablespoons Water
  • 1 Baby Carrot, shredded
  • 3 splashes Milk
  • 27 Teaspoons Flour
  • 16 Teaspoons Sugar
  • 5 sprinkles Cinnamon
  • 3 shakes of Powdered Sugar
  • 8 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 3  big squeezes of Lemon Juice

It makes something that looks like this….

results of T's new recipeHe wanted to put it in the oven to see what would happen.  I had to draw the line somewhere.  We poured it down the drain.  T tasted it & said it was pretty good, a little sour.  I was too chicken to try it!  🙂

I hope you are all enjoying the beauty that is spring!  The grass across the street is already turning green (for some reason ours still looks dead) & all the birds are back, singing & making their homes.  We have seen some interesting things during the last week:

  1. a HUGE salamander
  2. a wild turkey in the back yard
  3. a squirrel (I know… not all that interesting, but we have NEVER seen one at our house in the 4 years we have lived here)
  4. a purple finch
  5. a coyote
  6. blue-birds, chickadees, & robins are all back, along with the unidentified bird who nests under the deck every year