Wednesday, June 03, 2020


I couldn't do much of the work that needed to be done on the deck, so Darrell was again, on his own.  He made a template to cut the curve into the ends of the deck and then trimmed them and routed a round-over on the ends.

The dogs really like the new deck.
I was busy in my studio, first I spent a little time making more triangle blocks from my scrap bucket:

Then I made the binding for and sewed it onto the Baby Pi quilt.

The back of Baby Pi

Tuesday, June 02, 2020


With another half day of sanding on the deck, he got it done.  Now we need to wait a few days for the sun to darken it up some before we put the sealer on.  We need some sunny days for that to all happen.

I finally finished the quilting on Motley Quad, the scrappy quilt.  

I also made the binding and sewed it on - the quilt is done.  It's very wavy.  I might wash it and see how that makes it look.

I got few more triangle blocks done, too.

Monday, June 01, 2020


Today, Monday, was a busy one.  We did our weekly grocery shopping early at PCC in Burien.  When we got home, I put the groceries away, while Darrell went out and started working on the deck.  The washing I did on the deck yesterday didn't do much.  So, today, he's going to start sanding it.  While he was doing that, I was doing housework.  Yuck.

He got about a third of it done.

Later, I got a few more triangle blocks done:

Sunday, May 31, 2020


Sunday - still a light drizzle this morning.  So, I went out and washed the deck, trying to get all of the dirt off in order to prepare it for sealing next week when the weather is better.

I went up to the studio to work on the quilting of Motley Quad.  Oh my, it's a lot of work going round and round.  Trying to make the circles (spiral) evenly spaced is not easy.  But, this is not a show quilt, so I guess it doesn't really matter.

I got three more triangle blocks made:

Victoria got a new kitten several weeks ago, she came up to investigate us today and spent some time playing with Jelly.

Saturday, May 30, 2020


Saturday -  we woke to very heavy rain and then a loud thunderstorm.  There was heavy rain all day.    No work on the deck today, so I spent most of the day in the studio.  

I got the back made for the scrap quilt.  In order to do that I had to make a label, which meant I needed a name.  I went with "Motley Quad".  I used the thesaurus to find a synonym for scrap, hence motley.  Quad just represents that the pieces are squares.   

I had ordered these fabrics online from Gossypium Quilt Shop.  They were on sale.  I went with this Kaffe Fassett fabric in the yellow - when it got here I wished I had gone with the blue.  Oh, well.  It's a lot of yellow!

I got four more triangle blocks made for my #100dayproject 2020.

I loaded the Motley Quad quilt onto the longarm, Eduard, to baste it, since I wanted to quilt a large spiral (circles) on to it.  [That can't be done on a longarm and I will be quilting it on my big Bernina.]  What a pain that turned out to be.  The machine was not cooperating.  It would stitch a few inches then the needle would raise lower and lower after every stitch until it wasn't clearing the quilt and then jamming up.  But I eventually got it done turning a single stitch off and on, off and on.  It probably took twice as long as it should have.

Friday, May 29, 2020


He got pretty much all of the boards on the top of the deck today.  They only ones left are the little pieces around the posts.  He had me gluing plugs into the screw holes.

As soon as I cleaned out the bird bath in the front yard the crows were waiting for me to clear out.  When I moved away one came in a started drinking.  It's nice to see it's of use.  

Jelly likes to chase the crows.
I also saw a hummingbird come in to check out the pond.

I got a couple of the triangle blocks done, then finished up the quilting on Baby Pi.

Thursday, May 28, 2020


Darrell got the steps done today - they're beautiful.

I worked on my scrap bucket, then started quilting on the Baby Pi.

I got some a program for some numbers.  Each one has to be programmed individually.  But, they stitch out really quick.  I got six of ten rows done.