Community Quilts from Karin and Patty

Karin, a longarm finisher, has teamed up with Patty, a prolific quilt top maker, to share some awesome quilts with us.

Karin writes
Good morning Jo! Today, we are back on the quilt parade, courtesy of Patty K and friends, in West Palm Beach, Florida.

First up we have this bright and cheery batik patchwork number. Patty called it pastel fence rail and indicated that the fabric originally came from Nancy F, also of West Palm Beach. Well, it’s definitely a fence rail block, and while the colors seem to be pastel, somehow they are still very bright and very cheerful. It has a lot of Florida aquas, teals, yellows, and blues, so I’m sure it will go over well with the recipients.

Being as it was made from scrap bricks from Nancy’s stash, I thought it appropriate to back it with yardage from my own stash. I do not recall ever seeing it before, nor buying it, so I must assume that it was courtesy of my girlfriend who came to visit last summer. I only found it while searching for some kid’s fabric for another quilt.

Lol, who knows what else… …

What I’m Making: Easy Banana Chip Cake

I took a magazine to bed with me the other night.  It’s a regular occurrance.  I like to look at something before bed and magazines are perfect.  I get lots from all of you but also buy them at the thrift store occasionally.  They are only 10 cents there.  I get great enjoyment for only 10 cents.

This page caught my eye…specifically the Easy Banana Chip Cake.

I read through the recipe.  Oh, it uses a box cake mix.  I have some that need to get used.

Perfect.  I was going to make the cake the next time I had “bad” bananas.

I came downstairs the next day and look… …

Embracing Being Non-Monogamous

When I first started cross-stitching, I was completely and totally a monogamous stitcher…meaning I only stitch one piece until I was finished.  Then I found floss tube (a part of Youtube for cross stitchers) and wow!  These people were not like me.  I was picking a project.  I was sitting down.  I was stitching only that project from start to finish.  I didn’t have a stash of cross-stitch stuff…maybe a pattern or two.  I didn’t have extra linen.  I was all in on one project.  That’s what I thought a person should do.

Seeing floss tube and then seeing people stitching on a couple of things over a month’s time, I thought wow!!  Who knew??  Who knew a person could do that?  I enjoyed watching them but quickly dismissed that way of stitching as not for me.  I wanted to get stuff done.  I wanted to see progress…none of that flitting around for me.

Then I slowly warmed up to stitching one small project and one large project at a time.  I really liked that.  I could accomplish something and not have to wait four months to see a finished project.

In June of last year, that all changed for me.  I decided to expand a little and stitch on a few more things.  I started Come to the Garden by Teresa Kogut.

What prompted me is that I had seen the stitch-along on Instagram.  The host divided the chart… …

Sips and Savors

On Friday night two weeks ago, after I got home from the doctor’s visit I sat down to write a blog post.  I was just finishing up when Karl arrived.  He asked what I was doing tonight.

Well, I explained to him that I had just been to the chiropractor.  I’ve actually been there three times in the last week.  I screwed my back up and we just can quite get it to stay in place.  It feels better when I leave…but sore and by the next day or so, the pain has returned to my hip/back.  It’s been 10 days of trouble so far.

I’ve done all I can to baby it.  I moved the furniture around in the living room giving me more support when I sit and stitch at night.  I’ve not done anything that I felt was stressful.  The chiropractor ended up asking me if I was doing unusual bending and twisting.

I said yes.  Little Lefty, my rescue dog is still at my house.  The fence of the indoor pen he is in has a little lip on it.  Lefty is so small that I often just bend over the whole fence without opening the door and scoop him up to take him outside.  She’s a fast little bugger so I am always bending and twisting when I pick him up.

I was given strict orders.  No bending and twisting at all…even be careful with the dishwasher.  I was told if I could limit any bending at all for a couple of weeks, that would be best for my back/hip.

I jokingly explained this all to Karl and told him I guess I can’t use the dishwasher so I better go out to eat.  It’s what the chiropractor ordered.  HA!!

Here we are out to eat!!

After some debate, we decided to try the new restaurant in our area called Sips and Savors.  It is in our neighboring town St. Lucas.  My daughter Kalissa and her husband Craig have been there a couple of times and enjoyed it.

The building it is located in is the old White House Restaurant.  It was long known as a place to go for a nicer, not bar food, meal in the area.   The couple that owned it retired the someone else came in and tried to make a go of it and failed.

Now it has new owners.  I know half of the owners and know that if anyone can make a go of it, she can.  We wanted to go out and support them and check out the food.  We thought being I got okay news from the doctor, it was okay to go out and celebrate…and I had to protect myself from bending over at the dishwasher.  HA!

We ordered drinks and waited to be seated.  Before long we were seated and looking at our menus.  While sitting there, Karl saw someone who had a familiar face but he couldn’t place her…it was one of those I think I’m supposed to know you moments.

He thought nothing of it and we ordered and once our food came, started eating.  I pulled this photo from … …

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