SAL Update with a whale of a tale

The time is here again to show our progress, encourage and support one another in ‘getting the job done’ at what ever pace you choose. With summer officially here, it is hard to find the time to sit when the outdoors, family, bbq’s, outings, gardening all calls for more attention. Luckily the background for my piece was 1/2 stitches which went fairly quickly. Still left to do is the red border. Here is where I am


Here is where I was compared to now 🙂




I thought the above picture was a fun contrast between winter and summer fun. Mentioning fun – the daughter that I am making this for was down from Alaska for a visit last Thursday – Sunday. Shhhhh – I don’t think she follows my blog so I am safe!

The highlight of the visit was a mother daughter whale watching cruise   through the San Juan Islands with a first stop at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island for a stretch.

We hit the Lavender Store in the town; one of my favorite places ~ Pelindaba

31Pelindaba Lavender Farm looking across San Juan Valley to Mount Baker | Photo: Teren Photography

I think we bought just about one of everything from lavender salt and pepper grinders, lotion & oils, herbal vinegar, insect repellant, cookies, chocolate, fruit & lavender chutnies, soap, sachets, then topped the visit off with a lavender icecream sandwich and my daughter bought a lavender sorbet with spoons to share with our table mates back on the boat. And since were bloggers I have shared a link to their beautiful blog if you care to take a peek.

Once on our way again we crossed into Canadian waters in search of Orcas and/or Humpbacks and were not disappointed. I didn’t get any amazing photo’s, but we spotted a pod/family of about 6 Orcas who did no disappoint and put on quite a lengthy show for us. It seemed a shame to view them through a camera lens so I chose just to delight in the moment. In addition on the return trip we spotted a humpback – his spout spray and the tail as he was going down.







I hope you will take some time to relax and enjoy the works in progress and blogs of the incredibly talented crafters below. Thank you for visiting my page ~ Sharon

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

If you are interested in joining this SAL please contact Avis above and she will be happy to explain the goup and walk you through the process. It’s painless, easy and most of all fun!


Since beginning my journey with this craft blog, I have met (via the net), been encouraged and inspired by so many extraordinary talented crafters.

I had stepped into the world of ‘retirement’ one year ago into the world of what I love to do best, and what a gift to be able to do so.

Inspired by Kerry of Love Those Hands At Home

Please take a moment to stop in and see her post on her completed Fusion Quilt. An amazing beauty crafted with repurposed vintage linens of all kinds. Truly a work of love and art ‘fused’ together.

As I said, inspired by Kerry, I wanted a small personal gift to bring to a friend who was having a very serious surgery (she did well). I had just completed a block for the T quilt I am working on16

and had a pile of small triangles from cutting. With the phrase Scrappy Quilts circling my mind, I used the scaps and cut out a square from a vintage table runner I had stashed, and created a small ‘healing pillow’ for my friend.



I hand pieced the small block, backed it with the used embroiderd square, stuffed it, first a blanket stitch around the outside of the pillow and then crocheted a single row scalloped border, using embroidery thread. Pillow size is 7×7″







HQAL ‘T’ Quilt Update

Spring has been such a welcomed pleasure and it was hard to find time to get some blocks done this past 3 weeks. But I did it and I am so thankful for the accountability to my quilting friends on this HQAL…it’s just that push I need 🙂

Continuing to work on my T quilt with 2 done for a posting seems to be my norm.

#1 in pink and brown


#2 teal, blue and greenish gray


I am working with 4 variants of the T pattern. This is a continuation of a quilt along that was led by Bella, who unfortuately had to withdraw due to health reason.

Welcome to Kathi, glad to have you joining this HQAL



This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group, just send Kathy an email and she will be happy to walk you through the process of joining. Please take a moment to visit the pages of the others to see some amazing gorgeous projects.

Kathy, Margaret, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Susan,  Nanette,  Edith, Sharon, Karrin, Gretchenand Kathi

So this last 3 weeks in addition to the 2 ‘T’ quilt blocks, I completed 1 block for Kate for the Overian Quilt Fundraiser. This is my first time participating and while my block is very basic and I am not even sure if it is exactly what she was looking for, I was happy to give it a try as the cause, Kates efforts in leading this project, is amazing! Please stop by and take a look at whats going on with this at

This quilt project has the fantastic name ‘Scinteallate’ and already some of the blocks sent in that I have seen are exactly that scinteallating! Mine is on its way from WA state to Australia, if not already there.



SAL Update: Thank you for Warm Weather

Once, time was measured in increments of a Monday – Sunday work week. Since joining the HQAL organized by Kathy @ and this SAL, I am now measuring time in 3 week blocks. I like it, but boy does time fly by. There is an interesting rhythm that has developed. One of organization, expectancy and virtual travel into glimpses of places in our world I don’t anticipate ever traveling too.

As Avis posts monthly on our updates

“Please enjoy the latest updates from the rest of the group by clicking the links below. We live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 30th June 2019.” 

My SAL project has taken me to Alaska. I have not been there, yet, but a daughter and husband live there. (this is for her) They are up by Fairbanks – in Pleasant Valley – in the cold – and while not in an igloo – they stay bundled in winter and shed their many layers when they welcome spring and summer.

Here is where I was at my last posting


Here is where I am now


The only thing left is the solid background stitching and border.

This is a counted cross stitch by Alaskan artist Barbara Lavallee. The finished project should look like this



Thank you for stopping by and visiting my page. Please take some time and visit the pages of the others participating in this SAL. There are some amazing projects in the works.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

About the SAL

This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL. If you’d like to finish a project you’ve left unfinished for a while, or start a new one with us, you can join us by leaving a request in the comments below or sending me an email. The address is on the right of this page. I’ll send you a few simple rules to agree.

Tea Towels for Gift-Giving

I have been having fun with tea towels. Whether you need a gift at the spur of the moment or the event is planned ahead of time, they make the perfect personal gift that says your important to me.


I haven’t decided if I will give all three together or individually along with a bottle of wine and a great bottle stopper.


These will be paired with a fabulous cookbook on herbs. Either given as a set or I will break it up as two towels and book or maybe even with some herb starts (if in season)

The Cilantro is my favorite as I am partial to anything southwestern. I love the A in Basil, the flowers for Oregano were so fun to make and the Chives, well I love chives and they grow wild in my garden, returning yearly. I love to let them go to seed for the beautiful purple flower tops and who doesn’t like a baked potato topped with sour cream and chives.