Sunday, May 22, 2016

Playing Catch Up

This week has been all about playing catch up with The Splendid Sampler blocks.  I was able to finish several during the week.  It doesn't sound like much, but a few of those were applique with a lot of blanket stitch and backstitch.  My goal is to be caught up before we hit the road which, if all goes as planned, will be Friday, May 27th.  You can still get in on the fun and find all the blocks here.

Block 20 Nature's Walk
 
Block 21, Sweet Candy
 
Block 22, Goose on the Loose
 

Block 22, Hand in Hand
 
 Block 24, Inspector Side Kick
 
Block 25, Sunday Best
 
Block 27, Sewing Machine
 
I need to work on Block 26 which has Dresdens on it and I've never done them, so it will be a learning experience for me.  Today, Block 29 comes out so that is three I need to get done over the next two days.  Thursday another one will come out and I I'm sure I won't get that one done before we leave  It will be very interesting to see if I'm able to get many done over the next 3 1/2 months of travel. 
 
This week I also did some more free motion practicing in prep for quilting Night Flight.  I started the actual quilting on it last night and got about 3/4 of the way done.  I still have the left half of the black to finish up.  Here is what it looks like.
 
 
More about our travels.  Before we leave there is a lot of moving things from our 5th wheel that we live in to the smaller one that we travel in.  This includes the majority of my sewing things.  The plan is to leave Friday morning with an overnight stop at the Orange Grove RV Park outside of Bakersfield and then on to the Park of the Sierras in Coarsegold, CA.  This is where our home base was for four years so it will be nice to meet up with old friends there.  Then we'll be spending a week outside of Yosemite National Park and most of that time will be inside the park.  After that it is two more weeks in CA and then on to Oregon where we'll be spending four weeks at five different RV parks.  We'll be headed to Washington state and staying there a couple weeks before heading to Idaho to visit friends.  We hope to stop at an RV park in Thayne, WY to see if it is a place we would like to spend our summers.  We'll end up in Lakewood (suburb of Denver) for a couple weeks to attend my grandson's wedding and visit family.  I'll be posting throughout our travels so be sure to stay tuned.
 
Today I'm linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts. 


22 comments:

  1. Wow, I live in Tehachapi; you drove right by! Safe travels. :)

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    1. Hi Yvonne, I'll wave as we go through. :)

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  2. What great blocks! I love the applique rabbit. Visiting from Slow Stitching Sunday.

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    1. Thanks Carole. I'm having fun with all the different blocks, some more challenging than others.

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  3. You are doing such a great job of keeping up with the sampler blocks!
    I also think the rabbit is adorable!

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    1. Hi Kathy. I was keeping up really well in the beginning then other quilting projects took my time and some are still waiting to be worked on. I have a tool kit I hope to work on today as well as the blocks and my quilting. So many projects with so little time.

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  4. So nice to see your blocks....I'm still quite behind! I may have to omit the applique blocks as I have so many hand-stitching projects on the go already.

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    1. Hi Sandra! I've thought of skipping some of the blocks and making some of the easier bonus blocks instead, but haven't as of yet. It will probably happen soon though. :)

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  5. I love the little bunny and sewing machine, they look great! And your FMQ is superb! Can't wait to hear about all your travels, it sounds so exciting! :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. I'm so glad you weren't able to see my FMQ up close. :)

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  6. Such lovely blocks and beautiful fabric! Your trip sounds amazing, how long will you be away?

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    1. Thanks for your comments Sarah. We plan to be gone for about 3 1/2 months. My grandson's wedding is in the Denver, CO area on 8/27. Can't wait!

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  7. Oh my there's so many lovely things here but I am head over heels in regards to that cute bunny! :) What a trip you are going to have!!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Deb and taking the time to comment. We are anxious to get back on the road as we were planning on leaving in January and ended up having to be here much longer than anticipated.

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  8. I'm saving the blocks but I haven't made any yet. I do like night flight, lovely quilting.
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    Kate

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    1. Thanks Kate. Glad you stopped by and hope you'll continue to visit. Some of those blocks have been a challenge for me, but I keep plugging along.

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  9. Enjoyed seeing all of your blocks! They are lovely.

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    1. Thanks Jeanne. The blocks have been fun with some challenges thrown in to keep me learning.

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  10. I've been saving these blocks, but haven't stitched any up yet. Number 20 is a darling little stitchery! I'm loving seeing yours -- haha -- maybe I'll just enjoy the finished blocks vicariously through you! :)

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    1. Hi Denise, I'm so glad you stopped by for a blog visit. Some days I think I might stop making all the blocks, but then I keep on making them. I'm just using stash material and not sure they are going to look good all together. Time will tell. Or, maybe they'll be a small wall hanging. :)

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  11. I like your blocks -it will be interesting to see how you put them together. Your trip sounds fantastic -I'll look forward to following your travels.

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    1. Hi Kaja! It will be interesting for me too. My husband said fall colors and I'm only using fabric from my stash.

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