Sheltering in Place, from my home to yours

It occurred to me I haven’t shown to much of what I have been up to while sheltering in place. I have updated you on my projects for the HQAL and SAL that I participate in

but other than that I haven’t shared any of the other projects I have been working on. I finished 2 sets of tea towels/dish towels for two daughters.

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Just last week I picked up a baby quilt I had started some time back. Its done in a simple pattern, the pinwheel, my go to favorite. I had hand pieced the middle pinwheels with about 14 completed and now have added the border by machine.

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I don’t think I had shown you the quilt I picked up from the Goodwill quite some time ago, pre COVID – 19, I have it doubled up and folded over a fence line. It has all been hand stitched. Β The back of the quilt is what the pinwheel blocks are photoed on.

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I have continued to make masks for friends, requests are still coming in but more slowly now as more and more people are making them. These two were for friends heading into Seattle to a medical center for a scheduled procedure

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My daughter Marissa (in Japan) had told me about using Instacart for grocery delivery. Monday we had our first delivery. Our experience was perfect, our personal shopper on the ball, efficient and friendly while texting through the store with what was and wasn’t available, replacement possibilities complete with pictures. The best surprise was learning her name was Marissa. It was like having my daughter shopping for me (they were both in the same age bracket too, 30’s)

The weather has been beautiful in our northwest corner of the country giving me lots of time outside and in the gardens. I have two strawberry beds like this one, loving the warmer weather1m

1rThe raspberry are showing their beauty and leafing out. Last year was my first year for them to produce. I have 6 main ?canes? are they called canes? The 3 blueberry bushes are limping along still. Two lone tulips popped up – none of the others yet. The daffies are done.

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There’s a real quietness to the garden this year. Only the established perennials will display their beauty, I will not be adding anything new or any annuals, it’s victory garden time here. On one of my last outings late Feb. to the local rite aid, I picked up some veggie seed packets. I have spinach started and outdoors in pots and these chives are gorgeous coming back from last year.

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I killed 3 tomato plants I put outside to early and the frost got them. I have new seedlings sprouting again. I have radishes coming up, lettuce started, basil and peas all started indoors – a first batch of peas out doors is no more. Carrots and squash need to go in soon – I really have no idea what I am doing; this is a real learning curve keeping me busy.

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The bread machine has been put to great use and while Easter was uneventful and quiet, I managed to whip up a picture perfect Pineapple Upside Down bundt cake.

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Thinking about the virus and all the changes in our lives right now has kept me busy, reflective and thankful. I find I wake anxious to see who has posted what you have been doing and what is going on where you are. Like many I have spent countless more hours on the phone and face timing with family, checking in, confirming all is ok.

We have 2 resident squirrels who have kept us company and amused this spring, stopping daily for their peanuts and corn. And look at this little guy trying his best to get this peanut…..hey you have your own bird seed to eat.

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My hope and prayer is that you and your family members are all well and everyone is safe.

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18 thoughts on “Sheltering in Place, from my home to yours

  1. craftycreeky April 15, 2020 / 9:57 pm

    Love the tea towels, especially the chicken ones, so neat too! The fritillaries are beautiful, I’ve never had any success with those,they don’t like my soil! Keep safe πŸ™‚

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    • Sharon April 15, 2020 / 10:10 pm

      Thank you – the chickens are for my daughter in Alaska raising chickens πŸ™‚ Those fritillaries are so delicate too. I have a few bunches of them.

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  2. Deb April 15, 2020 / 10:08 pm

    Oh my ,now aren’t those tea towels charming! So how you like machine sewing? That’s a lovely old quilt you picked up,it too has some age to it. You aren’t very nice showing off that beautiful pineapple cake,when I’m so far away….😁 that is way more appealing than ones stack top with icing. Enjoyed your tulips.

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    • Sharon April 15, 2020 / 10:14 pm

      Hi Deb, I am liking the machine sewing, wow things really stitch up quickly and you can see the results so much sooner. BUT hand stitching is so calming and meditative. I think I like it better. Oh and that cake was yum, sent some over to a bachelor neighbor friend πŸ™‚

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  3. kathyreeves April 16, 2020 / 1:33 am

    That cake! Those chickens! Your lovely back yard! I’m so glad we are blog buddies, Sharon, you are a bright spot in my day, I loved seeing your regular life. Sending degermed hugs!

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    • Sharon April 16, 2020 / 2:22 pm

      Thank you Kathy – I love chickens and wish we could have some, even more so right now. The daughter they are going to has chickens πŸ™‚ I am glad we’re blog buddies too and the feeling is mutual. I love hearing about all your doing and all the great tips I get from you, it makes my day – degermed hugs back to you πŸ™‚

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  4. dabbldhotmailcom April 16, 2020 / 3:12 am

    You brighten my day and inspire me! Love you, dear friend!

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    • Sharon April 16, 2020 / 2:23 pm

      Love ya back and enjoyed talking this week, I am glad I brighten your day as you brighten mine, thanks for checking in on us πŸ™‚

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  5. joynealkidney April 16, 2020 / 11:31 am

    What a cheerful post! Especially enjoying the quilts, but the green things outside sure hit the spot. We in Iowa got snow again yesterday! Hope it doesn’t ruin the lilacs.

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    • Sharon April 16, 2020 / 2:25 pm

      Thank you Joy – Oh no, more snow? Yikes, we have really had a very mild winter here. I love the lilacs….hope they are not ruined too. It’s pretty green here and that makes ‘things’ more tolerable in lots of ways πŸ™‚ stay well and safe please

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  6. claire93 April 16, 2020 / 1:49 pm

    lots of creativeness happening in your neck of the woods! Love the tea towels!

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    • Sharon April 16, 2020 / 2:26 pm

      Thank you Claire – I want to do some more of those tea towels, they’re so fun to do and make great gifts – stay well and safe πŸ™‚

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  7. Susan Nixon April 17, 2020 / 1:40 am

    What a lovely post. I loved walking around in your garden, so lovely! Those towels for your daughters are all wonderful. I would be hard put to pick any two that I liked best. You’ve been working on some great projects. I’ve worked some, and I’ve done the machine quilting practice, but I haven’t made a single block since April started.

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    • Sharon April 17, 2020 / 2:49 am

      Thank you Susan…I can’t pic a favorite either on the towels. I didn’t realize how many projects I have been working on.

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  8. Texas Quilter April 18, 2020 / 2:18 pm

    What a great post! Love those tea towels and the blocks. I like the baby blocks! You are powering thru the crud! Looks like Texas is going to open up! Yea. Your embroidery stitches are beautiful Sharon! Hug

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    • Sharon April 18, 2020 / 2:57 pm

      Thank you Nanette, powering through for sure πŸ™‚ I hadn’t heard about Texas, thought I saw something on Mont. and Vermont. Wouldn’t that be wonderful! Continue as is, stay well and safe xo hugs

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    • Sharon April 20, 2020 / 12:52 pm

      Thank you…the tea towels are really fun to do and I have a few more on the back burner I’d like to get done πŸ™‚ Stay safe and well

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