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.



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.



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.  The back of the quilt is what the pinwheel blocks are photoed on.


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


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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


HAND QUILT ALONG: Please forgive me

My goal was to finish hand quilting ‘Wishing You Good Will’ before summer set in. I am far from that happening. With the warmer weather here, the sun high and glorious I am finding it harder and harder to sit myself down and work on ‘Wishing You Good Will’


First of all, Good Will, you are massive and bulky and heavy and warm, so warm. You  and the Sun are in a battle for my attention “Come wrap your self in my love and quilt me” Good Will calls. “Come and play in the garden with me under my spring time rays” Sun taunts me.



I have found so much to distract me from staying on course. You must forgive me if I decide to stop and take in the beauty around me (on my morning walk)



But I am making progress – slow but sure and the lure of your beauty brings me back to you.



You are the colors of this beautiful spring in the northwest ~ but

You must forgive me if I decide to curl up with a good book instead of quilting

Or if I decide to take a walk along the stream bank instead of quilting



Or if I mow the lawn instead of quilting

Or if I water the gardens instead of quilting

Or if I swap veggie starts with a friend

Or if I chat with a grandchild instead of quilting

Or if I visit with a neighbor instead of quilting

Or if I decide to bbq instead of quilting

Or if I put out peanuts for the stellar jays

Or if ……I simply do absolutely nothing but take time to be thankful



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 contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan,  Nanette, Sassy , Edith, Sharon and Bella.




Tulip Quilt: Her Royal Purple Majesty

Hidden away, folded and stashed underneath a few other quilts draped on the quilt rack in the corner – by chance, by fate, by accident , something whispered – I am here – find me.


I had totally forgotten about this Tulip quilt top, another Goodwill find, entirely hand pieced beauty. I have no idea how long ago I found her. How could I forget you?


I have shared before I am not a purple fan….shame on me!


Everything about this quilt, now named “Her Royal Purple Majesty” is gorgeous and I am excited to have this quilting project to look forward too. ©

Home of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival at my back door, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite festival posters too

1995_poster.jpg1995 Poster Image by Jesus Guillien



2017 Official Tulip Poster by Trish Harding



2009 Official Tulip Festival Poster by Andy Sewell



Wishing You Good Will…Hand Quilt Along

Is it just me or has time sped up?

Since joining the Hand Quilt Along, 3 week posting intervals feels more like I am moving backwards in time and then again, time seems like it is set to fast forward. Time has never moved more quickly for me….can this be possible, moving backwards as well as forward at the same time?

So here we are again and not much progress has been accomplished on my Goodwill $3.99 wedding ring quilt top find. Spring has sprung and this winter project sits sadly begging to be finished. I am feeling a little guilty. Progress is slow.  I had hoped for completion of this beauty by the end of winter. Had I set an unrealistic goal? Time told the tale and the answer, whether I like it our not, is yes.


In this 3 week interval from my last posting I have decided to call this quilt

            ‘Wishing You Good Will’





Goodwill – Buena Voluntad – Spanish * Goodwill – φήμη και πελατεία – Greek

Goodwill – Buona Volontà – Italian * Goodwill – רצון טוב – Hebrew 

Goodwill – Bonne volonté – French * Goodwill – 善意 – Chinese

Goodwill – Welwillendheid – Dutch * Goodwill – साख – Hindu * Goodwill – のれん – Japanese

Goodwill – доброжелательность – Russian * Goodwill – Boa Vontade – Portuguese

Goodwill – نية حسنة – Arabic * Goodwill – aloha – Hawaiian * Goodwill – Dea-Thoil – Irish

Goodwill – Ugled – Croation * Goodwill – Borondate Oneko – Basque 

Goodwill – Thiện chí – Vietnamese * Goodwill – Bunăvoință – Romanian


Wishing you Goodwill this Easter and Passover holiday season 

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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 contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah,  SusanJessicaSherryNanette, Sassy, Edith, Sharon and Bella.