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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

To Do Tuesday 5-10-22

It's that time again - today is To Do Tuesday! You are invited to link up a post where you may share your weekly goals, events in your life, ongoing or new projects, or show off your progress and finishes. Please add your post to the link at the bottom of this post, then grab a cuppa to go visit some great blogs! The link opens on Tuesdays at 12:01AM and closes on Mondays at 11:59PM

I kept my goals simple last week:
✅1. Work on Wedding Quilt - Progress was made - I had to reorganize the pieces for the blocks, and some of the labels were missing. My kitty assistants are suspected.
✅2. Access Passport To Quilting - I saved a few patterns and enjoyed visiting the websites.

RBD challenge block #14 "Mosaic Butterfly" pattern by Jennifer Long of Bee Sew Inspired

I did finish the Riley Blake Designs challenge block, which I forgot to put on my list. I had a few missteps but they will not be seen from a galloping horse, and I like the final result. There are only two more blocks to go! Other than that, we had appointments last week and yesterday and worked in the yard a few times, so the sewing room was not visited too often.

Here are my goals for the coming week:
1. Wedding Quilt - get blocks sewn together
2. RBD block challenge #15 - pattern comes out today
4. Garden activity -  I have plants growing in our veggie garden and our first marble sized tomato!
5. A belated birthday party for our two Littles, who are coming to visit with our daughter Saturday.

I can't wait to see what you have to link up this week! I am constantly amazed and inspired and entertained by your posts. Please be sure to check back and visit other blogs during the week as they link up, and if you have any issues with Marsha's Spot, just copy the text below and paste it into your browser:
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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

To Do Tuesday 5-3-22

Welcome to To Do Tuesday on this first Tuesday in May! If you are new to To Do Tuesday, this is the day we share our accomplishments from the past week and look forward to new goals for the next. Click on the busy couple above for more information and please join us!

I encourage you to visit the links below where you will find so much inspiration and friendliness. Thank you all for being so faithful to link up each week. Your posts inspire me and encourage me more than you'll ever know!

Last week my husband began the procedure for teeth implants. His appointment was supposed to start at 10:00AM, but then his surgery was delayed until 1:30 due to miscommunication about his heart issues. He had six teeth implants placed, and he did very well with no problems. We ended up finally getting home around 6:00PM. He has been a pretty good patient, but the temporary dentures are quite uncomfortable. Hopefully he can get those adjusted this week. Now we wait about 6 months for his implants to heal before final placement.



Top row: Bow blocks; Middle row: Friendship Stars; Bottom row: Bachelor blocks

I had prepped the final four Bachelor blocks so that I could finish them up after his surgery and post them on the monthly linkup on Melva Loves Scraps, but due to the surgery delay I did not make the deadline, Melva posted my progress anyway (thank you Melva!). Over the weekend in a flurry of chain piecing, I finished the blocks, and the photo above is the completed row as well as the other two rows. The next row is "Hours" and that pattern block is found right here.

Here were my goals from last week:
❌1. Get busy on the Wedding Quilt - Nothing!
❌2. Do some squirrel sewing - Not even squirrels entered the sewing room!
❌3. Finish quilting Indian Corn (See above - this is a quilt I wanted to have finished for Thanksgiving last year and ran out of gold thread before I finished quilting it!) - Nada - I've put it back in the closet
✅4. Finish Pieces In The Garden blocks and do a post - Done - photo above


Have you heard about Passport To Quilting? It's a 5-day event hosted by 20+ designers who are offering a free "bundle" of patterns to participants and will offer shop discounts. Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter is one of the designers, and you can read all about it on her post right here, or click the logo above to be taken straight to registration.

I'm keeping it simple for the coming week:
1. Work on Wedding Quilt
2. Access Passport To Quilting

What is going on in your world? Please share with us by clicking the linkup below, then grab a cup of coffee and visit some amazing blogs. If you have any issues linking with Marsha's Spot, just copy the text below and paste into your browser:
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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

To Do Tuesday 4-26-22


It's time to link up your lists for To Do Tuesday! Can you believe it is the last Tuesday in April? Wow that went fast! If this is your first time reading about To Do Tuesday and you'd like more information, everything you need to know may be found by clicking on the young couple above.


Pieces In The Garden blocks so far

My goals for last week:
❌1. Wedding quilt - Nothing done
✅2. RBD block - Done and posted here on Instagram
✅3. Pieces in the Garden Bachelor blocks - 8 done and 4 left to make for April - see photo above


I was able to sell my Janome and table last week! I took some good advice from Wendy and posted it on Facebook Marketplace, adding it to several local Facebook groups, and a lady contacted me on Friday. Imagine my surprise when she mentioned my hometown and a mutual acquaintance, so we had a fun conversation while she was testing the machine. Although it is a big relief to have Janice Janome sold, I might have kept her around if I had a bigger sewing space!

Indian Corn has been waiting to be finished for months!

I've got some goals in mind for this coming week:
1. Get busy on the Wedding Quilt
2. Do some squirrel sewing
3. Finish quilting Indian Corn (See above - this is a quilt I wanted to have finished for Thanksgiving last year and ran out of gold thread before I finished quilting it!)
4. Finish Pieces In The Garden blocks and do a post

And now it's time to share your post with us! Please click on the link below and add your post - we can't wait to see your stuff! If you have any issues connecting with Marsha's Spot, please copy the text below and paste into your browser:
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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

To Do Tuesday 4-19-22

Good Tuesday morning, and welcome to To Do Tuesday - a time for you to review your goals from last week and share with other bloggers about your plans for the upcoming week. If you are new to this event, just click on the logo above for more information.

Riley Blake Design challenge block "Argyle Square" by Melanie Collette of Hello Melly Designs

Last week I had a very basic list:
✅1. Wedding Quilt - Not much done but a little bit of progress
✅2. RBD challenge block - Done and pictured above


New popcorn popper!

Along with two doctor appointments this past week, we also made a trip to pick up my repaired (and soon to be sold) Janome, then over to help our daughter do a few things at her house and take our granddaughter a birthday gift for her 6th birthday. My husband purchased a popcorn popper for all of them for their new place! The first batch was a success. She moved only 3 miles from her ex to stay close to our granddaughter's school, and so far shared custody is going well.

This week will be more of the same:
1. Wedding quilt
2. RBD block
3. Pieces in the Garden Bachelor blocks

And now for the exciting part - you are invited to join in and share your goals and crections for the week - crafts, sewing, quilting, tablescapes, recipes, books, photography - you name it, we want to see it! After you link up, go visit other blogs and make a new friend, get inspired, or offer support. If you have any issues accessing Marsha's Spot, just copy the text below and paste it into your browser:
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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

To Do Tuesday 4-12-22


It's time for To Do Tuesday, where we share with other bloggers about the weekly status quo of our goals and activities! Join in by clicking the link at the end of the post. If you need more information, click the couple above. Don't have your post ready yet? No problem - the linkup closes next Monday at 11:59PM, so you have plenty of time.

Riley Blake Design Block Challenge - "Pop Star"

Last week these were my goals:
❌1. Work on Wedding Quilt - Nothing accomplished
✅2. Work in gardens - Done - we spread 18 bags of mulch in the front beds
✅3. RBD challenge block - Done - see block above
❌4. Pieces in the Garden blocks - Nothing accomplished
✅5. Play with my new Necchi sewing machine! - Done, and enjoying it!

I did a few more things last week that you can read about in this post right here!

With upcoming doctor appointments and a 100 miles round trip to pick up my Janome, I'm keeping it simple for the coming week:
1. Wedding Quilt
2. RBD challenge block

Now it's time to add your link and go visit other blogs for inspiration! But visit at your own risk. I found a squirrel last week on Deb's blog, A Scrappy Quilter, in the form of a book I just had to order!

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Monday, April 11, 2022

April "Nap"penings


For some reason, the month of April has always made me want to nap. Just so you won't think it's age thing, even as a kid during the spring I would lie down on the grass in the sun and just nap and day dream. Of course now I can't lie down in the grass because I'm allergic to chiggers! Sometimes I'll just take a book outside to the patio and sit in the sun, but I usually start nodding, so very little reading gets done. All this drowsiness makes for accomplishing very little, but here are a few things that happened last week.

Here is the prize I won from Roseanne's 5th Blogiversary. It is a needle minder - full of nice self-threading needles - and a sweet pair of scissors! Thank you Roseanne!



This is my second year participating in the Riley Blake Design block challenge. These are the 11 blocks made so far. See the newest one below, "Pop Star" by Heather Peterson of Anka's Treasures.


Pop Star


"Baking" in big sister's apron

My daughter texted me a photo of our grandson wearing his big sister's butterfly apron that I made in 2019 and said "I think Everett needs his own apron!"



I used some plaid from one of his Papaw's old shirts and some denim-ish fabric to make a reversible apron with pockets on both sides.

It's still a bit big, but he will grow into it!



We bought mulch on sale at Lowe's and spread 18 bags of it in our front beds. We bought a new azalea (in front) to replace one we lost, and then realized we need to fertilize the existing pale-leafed azaleas. A few of our plants did not make it through the winter, so we need to choose some new flowering plants this week.


DIY Guy made me this desk for my new Necchi, since I will be selling the
Janome with the table. He made it the perfect height!



This book arrived this morning. I blame the purchase of it on Deb at A Scrappy Quilter, who made a pretty quilt from one of the patterns featured in the book.

I hope you are enjoying your April!


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

To Do Tuesday 4-5-22


It's time for To Do Tuesday on this first Tuesday in April! Bluebonnets are peeking out south of us, and here in north Texas we are seeing some hints of green on our trees. Has spring arrived yet in your area?

The To Do Tuesday linkup is open for anyone to link up a post on goals or aspirations or hopes and dreams! The link is open from 12:01AM on Tuesdays to 11:59PM on Mondays. Please click the spring-ready couple above for more information.

Pieces In The Garden Bachelor Block - one down and 11 to go!

Last week I had these goals in mind:
✔1. Continue to work on Wedding Quilt - Very little progress
2. Get plants for front garden beds and work on back yard veggie and flower gardens - Nothing done
3. RBD challenge block - Oops - I forgot there is no block on the 4th Tuesday
✅4. Pieces in the Garden blocks - I pulled fabric for the next block, which is a Bachelor block, and made one block
✅5. Help daughter with a few odds and ends on Saturday - We helped her put together a bunk bed for our granddaughter's room. It took about 3 hours, and it was actually fun!

This coming week I would like to accomplish:
1. Work on Wedding Quilt
2. Work in gardens
3. RBD challenge block
4. Pieces in the Garden blocks
5. Play with my new Necchi sewing machine! You can read about it right here.

And now it is your turn! Click on the link below to add your post and go visit a few blogs - you will find inspiration, eye candy, and a laugh or two!

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Monday, April 4, 2022

New Sewing Machine!

My new Necchi with extension table

A few weeks ago my Janome sewing machine started making funny noises. After careful examination, I determined that a piece of metal that is supposed to sit above the bobbin case was lying on top of it. My stitches were fine, but the noise! On Saturday on our way to our daughter's house, we took the Janome to the same place that serviced it last October. The owner determined that a spring had broken, and to fix it will take a few days. 

Above is a photo of my Janome taken (in our old house) right after I bought it used in 2017. I love the wide throat and nice sewing table that came with it, but I have always had minor issues with it and had been thinking about selling it to purchase a more basic Janome like the one I used to own. Now that I have a longarm for quilting, the wide throat is not a necessity for me.

Necchi in the store waiting for me to buy it!

While we were waiting for the owner to write up a repair ticket, I asked him what he thought about my model of Janome (7700 QCP), and he said "it's a good machine but temperamental." I asked for his recommendation of a good basic machine, and he showed me a Necchi NC-204D. He told me the Necchi brand originated in Italy and that it is his most popular machine and that he sells so many he can hardly keep them in stock. Then he told me if I wanted it he would discount it by the cost of repairing my Janome. My husband said "Go for it!" and yes I brought it home!

Once we get my Janome back from the repair shop, I will sell it and figure out what kind of table to get for my new toy. In the meantime, the Necchi sews like a dream, and I don't miss the Janome issues!

I am linking with Joy's Monday This and That!
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

To Do Tuesday 3-29-22


Welcome to To Do Tuesday for the last week in March!  A big Thanks to all who linked up last week, and you are invited to click on the link below and add your post this week. We would love to visit your blog and see what you have going on! Click the busy couple above if you need more information.



My laptop bit the dust, and we found a good deal at Best Buy for a new one, so I have spent much time this past week transferring files and tweaking. I encountered an issue commenting on WordPress blogs which use Akismet, a spam filter which has been sending my comments to Spam folders. I emailed Akismet Support about this issue and thankfully received a reply stating they had made adjustments and that I shouldn't have any more problems. Hopefully this will fix the issue, but if you have a WordPress blog with Akismet, you might want to check your Spam folders for comments.


This project was not on my list but is done! This weekly Riley Blake Design block challenge pattern is Wind Blown by one of my favorite people - Amy Smart!

Last week I had two goals:
✅1. Wedding quilt - Yes I actually worked on it!
✅2. Help our daughter square away a few things at her house on Saturday - Yes! Dad took her to Lowe's and helped store attic stuff while I watched Little Everett and unpacked boxes.

Tomato plants are ready to be planted!

For this coming week:
1. Continue to work on Wedding Quilt
2. Get plants for front garden beds and work on back yard veggie and flower gardens
3. RBD challenge block
4. Pieces in the Garden blocks
5. Help daughter with a few odds and ends on Saturday

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

To Do Tuesday 3-22-22

Welcome to To Do Tuesday, where we join our friends to review our activities for the past week and share our plans for the coming week. If you are new to this event, Welcome! and click on the couple above for more details. For those of you who schedule your posts early, TDT opens each Tuesday at 12:01AM and closes the following Monday at 11:59PM. Join us below by clicking on the link button!

If only we could all have this much fun on moving days!

We had to take the dogs since we were gone all day!

My plans last week included helping our daughter move to another house, as her divorce was final last week. We took care of little Everett while his sister was in school. My husband went back and forth between the houses taking care of things like the dryer vent hose and setting up her internet, while I unloaded a few boxes of pantry items. Her new place is only 2-1/2 miles from the old house, so at least the move was quick!

Riley Blake Design blocks #7, #8, #9

My list from last week:
❌1. Wedding Quilt - Sadly, no
✅2. RBD quilt challenge blocks catch up = Done and pictured above
✅3. Help our daughter move on Friday - Done, although she continued to move boxes through the weekend as she packed them
✅4. SAHRR Parade Day 3-21-22 - Done and posted here

This coming week is simple:
1. Wedding quilt
2. Help our daughter square away a few things at her house on Saturday

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