Tuesday, November 29, 2022

To Do Tuesday for the Week of 11/29/2022

We had a fun Thanksgiving with Grad Girl.  We were amazingly busy while we were there. We spent one day in Houston hanging out at the Houston Museum of Natural History. One day was dedicated to Christmas shopping.  Even though I didn't have a lot of time for stitching I still managed to check off all the items on my to do list. 

To Do List for 11/22/2022

1. Melodic Mystery: Work on clue 3 ✔
2. Chilhowie Mystery: Start clue 1 
3. Rhododendron Mystery: Work on block 2 as leaders and enders 

My sewing time for last week was pretty much limited to yesterday, so I was wise to keep my list for the week simple.  That worked so well that the plan for this week is pretty much the same.  

To Do List for 11/29/2022

1. Melodic Mystery: Work on clues 3 and 4

Melodic Mystery (Meadow Mist Designs 2022 Mystery)

I'm almost to the halfway point on clue 3.  Clue 4 should come out on Thursday.  I'm hopeful of being mostly caught up by then.  

2.  Chilhowie Mystery: Work on clues 1 and 2

Chilhowie Mystery (Bonnie Hunter 2022 Mystery)

Most of the strips for clue 1 are cut but aren't sewn together into sets yet.  I'm only making half the blocks this time. That typically works better as I have a chance of actually completing a clue before the next one comes out.  We'll see how far I get before the next clue comes out on Friday. 

3. Rhododendron Mystery: Make block B as leader and ender

Rhododendron Mystery (Bonnie Hunter 2021 Mystery)

The hourglass blocks take a bit to assemble, but I'm making progress.  Once this set is all assembled, only two more blocks need to be completed.  It's slow but steady progress.  

That's my plan for this week.  Yes I have quilts to prep for quilting, but I'm really just not in the mood to add that to my list. Maybe next week.  

Linking up with Texas Quilt Gal for To Do Tuesday.  Good luck with your to do list this week.  

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Stitching Stuff: Week 46 of 2022

My apologies for posting just a bit late this week.  I hope those in the US had a very nice Thanksgiving.  Since Grad Girl only got Thursday and Friday off for the holiday, we made the trek to College Station to spend time with her.  We've had a really good time, consequently, I've not spent much time on my computer or much time stitching.  

  • 15 minute days/week = 1/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Nov = 19/26 days
  • 15 minute days/2022 = 179/330 days
  • Success rate = 54.24%
I only managed to spend one day this week doing anything related to needle and thread.  I hope to be back on track this week.  Did you manage to keep stitching through the holiday?  

1. Ivani
2. Gretchen
3. maggie f
4. Frederique
5. Shasta @ High Road
6. Julie in GA
7. DonnaleeQ
8. katie z.
9. Quilting Gail
10. Nann
11. Carol @ Quilt Schmilt
12. Amanda
13. Melisa- Pinker n' Punkin Quilting
14. Andre at Quilting and Learning

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

A Late To Do Tuesday for the Week of 11/22/2022

It's been one of those weeks.  I fully intended to post my To Do Tuesday yesterday, but those plans were interrupted by either food poisoning or a stomach bug.  I went from wanting to puke my guts up to just feeling 100% crappy. It's Wednesday afternoon and I'm finally feeling almost normal again.  Thankfully My Guy and Grad Girl carried on with Thanksgiving prep without me, so that should go off as planned tomorrow.  

But back to the To Do List. Not one of my better weeks, but definitely not one of the worst either.  

To Do List for Week of 11/15/2022

1. Unity: Prep for quilting: no progress
2. Macaron Mystery: order backing ✔
3. Melodic Mystery: Work on clues 2 and 3 
4. Chilhowie: Decide on fabric palette 
5. Rhododendron Mystery: Blocks A and B as leaders and enders 

To finish 4 out of 5 isn't a bad week at all.  This week is a holiday and we'll be spending time with Grad Girl, so it will be a much shorter list. 

To Do List for Week of 11/22/2022

1.  Melodic Mystery: Work on clue 3

Clues 1 and 2 have been completed. Clue 3 is about half way done.  Not sure I'll be caught up before the next clue comes out, but I'm not that far behind. 

2. Chilhowie Mystery: Start clue 1

I shared the colored version of this photo in Monday's post. Here's the black and white image that shows the range from light to dark.  

3. Rhododendron Mystery: Continue block b as leaders and enders.

Just three more B blocks and Rhododendron will be ready for assembly.  It will continue to be my leaders and ender project till the blocks are done.  

That's my list this week, short and simple. Linking up with Texas Quilt Gal for To Do Tuesday

For those in the US, have a very happy Thanksgiving.  Do take a few minutes to Google food safety for those holiday leftovers.  That's not what made me sick, but the previous 24 hours haven't been fun, so I'd like to spare anyone else from going through that when they are hoping to hang out with family.  

Monday, November 21, 2022

I Love a Good Mystery

It was a quiet weekend. Which is nice as this week will be busy with plans and prep for the Thanksgiving holiday.  As I was sorting through what to post for the Monday Design Wall and Patchwork and Quilts linky parties, I realized that my sewing room efforts the last few months have been dedicated to finishing up old mysteries or starting new mysteries.  A couple of weeks ago, the 2021 Meadow Mist Designs mystery quilt became a finished quilt top.  I thought I was going to need to buy backing fabric, but I found something in the stash that will work. 

This fabric was purchased on sale to use as a backing some day.  It's not a perfect match, but there is enough yardage to make the backing for the Macaron Mystery project.  

The sawtooth star blocks from the October Clue of the Melodic Mystery, the 2022  Mystery from Meadow Mist Designs, are finished along with all the HSTs.

I'm really enjoying the color palette for this mystery.  Other than black, I don't normally make quilts with such a dark background fabric.  The deep burgundy has been really fun to sew with.  

Last year's Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt along, Rhododendron, has also seen some progress the last few months. 

All the "A" blocks are finished. Just three "B" blocks are left to make and quilt assembly can begin. Rhododendron is my current leader and ender project. It's not unusual for the previous Bonnie Hunter mystery to be my leader and ender project as I start the next mystery. 

This year's Bonnie Hunter mystery kicks off on Friday, so it was time to raid the stash for the needed fabrics.  My rule for any of the mystery quilt alongs is that the fabric (or at least most of the fabric) has to come from stash.  After evaluating what was in the stash, I decided to stick with Bonnie's color palette for this year's mystery. 

I don't have the depth in my stash to do a BH mystery completely from scraps, but I do try to use up those one yard left overs from other projects. The orange and teal will be single fabrics, but I'll use three different deep purples with three different neutrals. 

I do love a good mystery.  I've played along with 11 BH mysteries (but only 5 of them have been completed) and with seven Meadow Mist Design mysteries (with 5 of those completed).   

For those in the US, hope you will enjoy your time with loved ones and find a bit of time to stitch some too over the Thanksgiving holiday.  

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Stitching Stuff Week 45 of 2022

Most of this week was spent moving all the furniture out of the library and cleaning the carpet. It's been a while since I've cleaned carpets, so it really had to be cleaned twice.  I'd forgotten just how much work cleaning carpets was, it's a lot harder then I remember, or maybe I'm just older?  Either way, I was incredibly sore when I went to bed last night. I woke up this morning with a very sore knee that has only gotten worse today,  so I'm going to rest tomorrow in hopes that it feels better by Monday. 

I've stuck to my clean in the mornings and sew in the afternoons schedule.  I was so tired after cleaning the carpet  that I ended up in the recliner working on my embroidery project rather than climbing the stairs, but that counts as stitching time too.  There was pretty good progress on the second half of the 5th butterfly. 


 The top half of the wing is almost finished. Once it's done, I can move the hoop to do the bottom half.  

It was a good week. Even with all the tiredness and sore muscles, I still managed to stitch all 7 days. 

  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Nov = 18/19 days
  • 15 minute days/2022 = 178/323 days
  • Success rate = 55.11%
Being set up to work on my embroidery if climbing the stairs to the sewing room is too hard is one reason I was able to get in 7 days of stitching time the last two weeks. It all counts under my rules.  

How did you do at finding time to play with needles and thread this week?  

1. Gretchen
2. Julie in GA
3. Frederique
4. Karen
5. DonnaleeQ
6. Quilting Gail
7. Andre at Quilting and Learning
8. Amanda
9. Carol @ Quilt Schmilt

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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Week 49 Photo Challenge: Scissors

 We had snow flurries Thursday night. It didn't amount to anything, nothing like the the 6 feet of snow that parts of New York got earlier this week. It's just cold and miserable here.  Thankfully this week's photo challenge covered something that's easy to find inside. 

I use scissors pretty much every day I'm in the sewing room.  So finding the subject matter wasn't a problem, how to photograph them in use was a bit of a dilemma, not enough hands. 

Kate: Thread Cutting

In the end I went for an action shot of my embroidery scissors.  

My Guy felt at a disadvantage this week, he doesn't routinely use scissors.  

My Guy: Shear Herbal

He's cutting oregano for a mushroom Dutch baby that was last Sunday's dinner (yes it was very tasty). I was going to say he finds all type of inspiration in the kitchen, but I often find my inspiration in my sewing room. That's just where we spend the most time when we aren't working.  

Friday evening I had to text Grad Girl to see if she had a photo for this week. She'd forgotten and said she'd get me a photo this morning. She delivered.  I expected an embroidery shot, but she went a different route. 

Grad Girl: Odd One Out

She went with a still life.  I really like all the colors in her shot. 

I've already starting considering options for this week's challenge.   

It may or may not be a challenge. 

Have a great weekend. Stay warm if you are in the northern hemisphere, wishing you temperate conditions if you are in the southern hemisphere.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

To Do Tuesday for the Week of 11/15/2022

We are halfway through November. The weather has turned cold, so you'd think I'd be able to wrap my head around the fact that Thanksgiving is next week and December starts the week after that.  I'm definitely not ready to contemplate Christmas, so I'm going to avoid and think about stitching stuff like last week's To Do List. 

To Do List for Week of 11/8/2022 

1. Unity: Prep backing for quilting ✔

2. Macaron Mystery: Find backing fabric 

3. Melodic Mystery: Work on clues 2 and 3 

4. Rhododendron Mystery: Work on blocks as leaders/enders 

Completing four out of four hasn't happened in a while.  With the holiday coming up I may not do as well this week, but any progress would be good.  

To Do List for Week of 11/15/2022

1. Unity: Prep quilt top for quilting

Unity's back is a mess. Since I used black and a light back ground, the black threads will really need to be cleaned up.  Unity is a big quilt, I'm not looking forward to this activity. Hopefully I'll bite the bullet and get it done over the weekend.  But more than likely, I'll end up putting it off for a few weeks as this is my very least favorite part of a quilting project. 

2.  Macaron Mystery: Order backing fabric

This quilt needs 5 yards of fabric and I don't have enough black and white prints to pull a backing together.  I've found a fabric on sale that will work, I just need to order it.  

3. Melodic Mystery: Work on clues 2 and 3

All that's left to finish on clue 2 is the Sawtooth star blocks. The third of four is under construction.  I should be able to finish the last two off this week. That will just leave me the flying geese from clue 3 to finish up before the end of the month.  

4. Chilhowie Mystery: Decide on fabric palette

I'll be playing along with Bonnie Hunter's 2022 mystery quilt along.  I'm not sure if I'm going to stick with her color palette or if I'm going to change it up. It depends on what I find in the stash. 

5. Rhododendron Mystery: Continue making blocks A and B as leaders/enders

This is one of two block A's that need to be completed.  I still need four block B's.  It's very unlikely that I'll have all of the block B's finished before this year's Bonnie Hunter mystery kicks off. It won't be the first time that my leader and ender for this year's mystery is last year's mystery.  

That's my list for this week.  Other than prepping Unity for quilting, it's very doable.  Linking up with Texas Quilt Gal for To Do Tuesday

Monday, November 14, 2022

Closer to a Finish

Winter isn't officially here till just before Christmas, but Mother Nature must have decided to get an early start with the winter weather. There is the possibility of freezing rain tonight into tomorrow.  Usually we don't see that kind of weather till after the first of the year. 

On the sewing room front, I finally got the vacuum cleaner upstairs to the sewing room. It definitely needed a good going over.  Actually my sewing room needs a good cleaning and decluttering just like the rest of the house.  Rather than going down that rabbit hole, I finally bit the bullet and prepped Unity's backing for quilting.  The backing has been well pressed and cleaned up. 

Now I just need to clean up the quilt top.  That's on tap for next weekend as it will be a chore. Unity isn't a small quilt top, so that step isn't going to be fun, but I'd really like to get in one more finish for 2022. Hopefully that will motivate me to get the top done rather than let is sit for another 4 weeks like I did the backing.  

Two of the star blocks for Melodic Mystery are up on the design wall. 

Melodic Mystery: Meadow Mist Designs 2022 Mystery Quilt Along

So far I really like my color choices, the deep burgundy is my favorite so far.  The September clue is finished, but October and November clues are still in progress.  October should be finished by the end of the week.  

Sharing my progress over at the Monday Design Wall and Patchwork & Quilts linky parties.  

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Stitching Stuff: Week 44 of 2022

We are still navigating my recent retirement. In some ways it's been harder on My Guy then me.  My entire routine has changed, but his basic routine hasn't changed much. He goes to work at the same time, at the same place, has the same office, though his job has changed somewhat due to the restructuring.  But now I don't ride to work with him. I'm not just upstairs in my office if he wants to compare notes on a technical problem, wants coffee from my Keurig or is ready to go to lunch.  It's only been a couple of weeks, so it will take awhile for him to get used to the new normal. 

In the almost three weeks since leaving my job, I've mostly figured out how things are going to work, at least for now.  I'm still in deep cleaning mode, the house needs a lot of that and a lot of decluttering.  I do that all morning, plus run a load of laundry.  On Tuesday/Thursday, I meet My Guy for lunch then I go to the gym. Monday, Wednesday, Friday I walk or do yoga after lunch.  In the afternoons, I read or find my way to the sewing room. I'm getting better at finding my way to the sewing room.

  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Nov = 11/12 days
  • 15 minute days/2022 = 171/316 days
  • Success rate = 54.11%
This is the first time I've managed to stitch for all 7 days in a week since last June. With the holidays, I'm sure I'll miss more days of stitching, but at least I'm getting back to my old habits.  I even found some time to work in some embroidery this week. 

I've started on the second wing of butterfly number 5 out of 9.  Still a long way to go before the panel is finished, but it's been nice to see some progress on this older project.  

How did your stitchy week go? 

1. Ivani
2. Julie in GA
3. Karen
4. DonnaleeQ
5. maggie f
6. Quilting Gail
7. Melisa- Pinker n' Punkin Quilting
8. Amanda
9. Nanette Chopin Cook
10. Deb in Canada

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Saturday, November 12, 2022

Week 48 Photo Challenge: Clean vs. Dirty

The cold air finally made it's appearance and I'm already ready for it to go away. We turned the heat on for the first time last night.  It is almost mid-November, so I shouldn't complain, but it's hard not to.  We've had such beautiful weather that the cold was really a shock. 

We pulled a new photo card last week, the first new card since June.  It wasn't the easiest subject for me. 

I've been deep cleaning the house the last couple of weeks, so you would think I'd have ample photo opportunities for clean versus dirty.  I've been working in what we call the library because one wall of the room is covered with book cases.  I handled each book in those book cases and as I hit the biology section was struck by how some people think of some aspects of biology as maybe not dirty, but as something to not speak of.  So here's my interpretation of dirty versus clean.  

Kate: Dirty versus Clean? 

I'm pretty sure the book on the top was a wedding shower gift. Why do we have a copy of Gray's Anatomy?  No idea.  

My Guy went with the more classical interpretation.

My Guy: A Clean Scrape

Another cookbook worthy photo. He pretty much uses the whole center island when he makes bread.  

Grad Girl was happy to see the return of the photo challenge. She focused on a traditional struggle on the keeping clean front. 

Grad Girl: Never Ending Struggle between Dirty and Clean

It seems there is always something that can go in the wash.  I'm pretty sure this is 2 weeks of laundry.  She's had back to back exams the last couple of weeks, so I'm sure laundry was not on the to do list till recently.  

My Guy pulled the photo card for this week. He feels he's at a disadvantage this week.  

Grad Girl and I agree, he probably is.  

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

To Do Tuesday for the Week of 11/8/2022

Getting into the sewing room has gotten easier over the last few weeks.  My stitching mojo hasn't 100% returned, but it's definitely improved.  Drafting a To Do List each week has definitely helped. So thanks to Texas Quilt Gal for sponsoring To Do Tuesday each week.  I did OK on last week's list. 

To Do List for Week of 11/1/2022

1. Unity: prep backing for quilting - no progress

2. Macaron Mystery: Finish adding borders ✔

3. Melodic Mystery: Work on clues 1, 2, and 3 

4. Rhododendron Mystery: Assemble blocks as leaders/enders 

Three out of four isn't a bad week. I'm really dragging my heals on prepping the backing for Unity.  It's just been more fun to sit at the sewing machine and stitch. At some point I'll be ready to get a quilt finished and it will get done, so I'll leave it on this week's list. 

To Do List for Week of 11/8/2022

1. Unity: prep backing for quilting

2. Macaron Mystery: Find backing fabric

3. Melodic Mystery: Work on clues 2 and 3

September's clue is finished, so I just need to finish October's and November's clues. I'm enjoying my fabric choices for this project. The dark burgundy is my background fabric. I've used black as a background fabric, but this is the first time I've used a non-neutral dark color in a quilt.  

4. Rhododendron Mystery: Continue making blocks as leaders and enders. 

I'm hoping to at least get all the blocks finished for last year's Bonnie Hunter mystery before this year's starts up. I'll come close, but I'm not sure I'll get all four of these hourglass blocks all done.   

That's my list for this week.  Good luck with your to do list this week.  

Monday, November 7, 2022

Making Progress

We've mostly survived time change, though we forgot to reset the alarm clock in the bedroom before we went to bed and My Guy got up a bit earlier then he needed to Sunday morning.  I spent a solid afternoon in the sewing room for the first time in months. My sewing mojo isn't completely back on track, but it's slowly improving.  

Maybe part of my motivation to get into the sewing room was to finish the borders on Macaron Mystery. 

Macaron Mystery: 2021 Meadow Mist Designs mystery quilt along

A red, white and black quilt has been on my want to make list for a while. I'm really happy with how this one turned out.  Now to search the stash for something to back it with. 

Good progress was also made on this year's Meadow Mist Designs Mystery, Melodic Mystery

The September clue is finished.  The dark maroon is my background fabric for this project. October's clue is in progress and I started November's clue.  I should be all caught up by the time December's clue is posted.  

My goal for the year was progress and though there isn't as much as I would have liked, projects have been moving along. Linking up with Monday Design Wall and with Patchwork and Quilts.  

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Stitching Stuff: Week 43 of 2022

I'm still adjusting to being retired (which is the current plan, at least for now).  I've embarked on a deep cleaning and decluttering effort, which keeps me busy most mornings. It's amazing what I found hiding in the china cabinet. Why were there two partial boxes of silverware, both sets missing just the the knives? Then I remembered Grad Girls 7th grade science fair project where she was investigating if fingerprints could survive underwater on a knife handle. All my silverware has patterned handles, so we bought two cheap sets for her experiments (plus going without knives for the 2 weeks she left them in water bath is a long time to do without). I'm sure I'll discover other mysteries (such as where did the floor attachment for the vacuum end up) as I continue my efforts.   

I've reserved afternoons for stitching time. I've done pretty well at getting to the sewing room this week. 

  • 15 minute days/week = 6/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Nov = 4/5 days
  • 15 minute days/2022 = 164/309 days
  • Success rate = 53.07%
I missed one afternoon of stitching due to dealing with retirement paperwork and finicial advisors.  I was too mentally drained to play with rotary cutters and anything with moving parts after that. 

My Guy took his monthly day off this week and we had a date day.  We drove over to Pawhuska and ate lunch at the Mercantile. 

This is the restaurant owned and operated by Rea Drummond, also known as the Pioneer Woman.  It's the first time we've been to the restaurant, it can be hard to get into without a long wait.  The food was really good, but there was a lot of it. We ended up going very light for dinner because we were still so full from lunch.  

After lunch we visited the walking trail just down the street a bit to see if we could walk off part of lunch.  It was a beautiful autumn day. 


I did see one lone bloom left along the path. 

It was definitely a nice day to be outside. It's turned much cooler since that day, so it may be our last walking date day till spring.  We'll see.  

How did your stitching life work out this week? 

1. Gretchen
2. Frederique
3. Julie in GA
4. Karen
5. maggie f
6. Ivani
7. Stitching Loving Nana :)
8. DonnaleeQ
9. Quilting Gail
10. Amanda
11. Jennifer in Indy
12. Carol @ Quilt Schmilt

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Saturday, November 5, 2022

Week 46 and 47 Photo Challenge

 We started a family photo challenge back in 2021, it too was a victim of my busy schedule over the summer.  Grad Girl asked when she was home in October if we were going to start it up again, she enjoyed participating.  It was one family thing we could do and not be in the same place.  She's not had the easiest time of it the last few weeks, so this seemed like a good time to pick the challenge back up. 

The last photo challenge post was back in June for week 45. We did pull cards for weeks 46 and 47, but I never posted those photos. 

Week 46

The computer I was using in June has crashed and burned, so I've had to pick through my files to see what I intended to post for that challenge.  

Kate: Bumpy

It's not that great a photo, but I like the texture.  My Guy did much better. 

My Guy: Multigrain

He makes bread pretty much every week. He really could start his own bread blog, but that's not his thing. His photo is definitely cookbook worthy don't you think?  

Week 47

I struggled with this one, till I did some deep cleaning earlier this week (the goal is to have the photo taken before we pull the next one, since we didn't pull one till this morning, I'm good).  

Kate: Restored Anniversary

This is a picture of my grandparents at their 40th wedding celebration.  I'm pretty sure my grandfather was over 65, but I know grandma wasn't.  This is a photo of the original which was in pretty bad shape. Photoshop was required to remove some stains and restore the colors.  I think this is the last photo we have of my grandfather before he passed.  

My Guy had to get creative to find a subject for his shot. 

My Guy: Landscape Viewer

We went to Crystal Bridges art museum in Rogers, AR during vacation in July. He snapped this image in one of the galleries. We don't know the women in the photograph, so we are not sure of her age, but we are going to call it good (which is the advantage of making our own rules).  

Grad Girl didn't play along with this one either. I think she'll have lots of subject matter for this week's challenge.  

It will be interesting to see what we all come up with. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

PHD in 2022: June to October

 I've not written a PHD post in four months because there really wasn't anything to post about.  There was pretty much no stitching from June till the end of August. Over the last month or so, I've finished a couple of new projects and made a bit of progress on my 2022 UFO list.  My report is not stellar, but it could certainly be worse. 

I finished two of three new starts. That's probably my biggest achievement from the last few months.  

Grad Girl asked me to make pillows from two of her embroidery projects. 

Both pillows were finished the night before we moved her to Texas.  I really like how both pillows came out, so did GG.  It helps a lot that her embroidery projects were both beautiful.  

The second new project for 2022 was also a Grad Girl request.  I made grocery sacks for both her and her roommate a couple of years ago.  After moving to Texas, GG discovered that two grocery sacks weren't enough and she asked for a third one. Plus her old roommate was now short one for her shopping, so I was asked to make a second for her old roommates.  Then My Guy reminded me that he wanted grocery sacks too as it's hard to recycle the plastic bags in our community.  So I pulled some left overs and older fabrics out of the stash and got busy.  

Seven bags were made over the last few months.  The pattern is a free download from The Fat Quarter Shop.  These bags were really fun to make and were a great way to get myself back into the sewing room.  

The last new project is Meadow Mist Designs 2022 Mystery Quilt along, Melodic Mystery.  

I got a late start on this one as the first clue came out in early September. Clue 3 comes out tomorrow. I should be done with clue 1 by then, but I'm not even half way done with clue 2.  I'm hoping to be caught up by the time the December clue comes out. This mystery will run into next year, so I don't have to finish it. 

There was also some progress on the UFO side of things.  

Unity was as completed quilt top in April, the backing was assembled last month.  

 I just need to bite the bullet and prep both the backing and the quilt top for quilting. It's my least favorite quilting activity so I tend to stall on it.  Unity is the Bonnie Hunter surprise quilt along she started in 2020 during the pandemic.  

Macaron Mystery, last year's Meadow Mist Designs mystery, is almost a finished quilt top.

Two of the three planned borders have been added.  Macaron should be a finished quilt top by the end of the month.  

The last active project is Bonnie Hunter's 2021 mystery quilt along project, Rhododendron.  

There is no change to the project up on the design wall. I'm assembling blocks as my current leader and ender project. So there's been very slow progress on this project. It certainly won't be finished by the time this year's mystery comes out.  

I'm slowly getting back my stitching mojo in the middle of what's proving to be a major life change.  Most days I have this feeling that I'm missing something, something with a major deadline coming up.  Does everyone get "ghost feelings" like that after retiring?  

Linking up with Quilting Gail for the October 2022 PHD report