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Friday, March 20, 2015


Back in the Summer of 2011, my husband and I
made a trip out to the East coast on our motorcycle.
We really had a lot of fun and adventure on that trip.
We made it a point to not go on the highway
but to take secondary roads to see the beautiful scenery.

While we were riding through the state of Pennsylvania,
we passed through many Amish towns.
Of course we stopped at several quilt shops along the way.
At one of the shops that we stopped,
I bought a set of fat quarters in different shades
of purple and one black.
I loved the hues of the purple.
I had no idea what I wanted to make
but I knew I had to have it.

Well, it took several years before I finally decided to make a quilt.
I decided to make a small paper pieced quilt.
The block measures 5" finished.
I like the way the quilt turned out.
Now to decide how I'm going to quilt it.

This is the block that I drew up to make the blocks.

 I cut the fabric to the size that I needed to make each individual block.

 When I paper piece, I make sure that my fabric is a little larger
than the area that is on the paper.  It gives me more room.
I also use a light to reflect my fabric on the paper
to make sure that I'm sewing everything correctly.

Once I had the fabric aligned, I turned over the paper
very carefully so that I don't move the fabric.
I sew on the line.  I made sure that I set the length
on my sewing machine to 1.8.

I would iron each strip after I sewed them on.
This is what the block will look like
before it is trimmed to the size.
 I took my ruler and rotary cutter and trimmed the block.
I made sure that I would cut my block adding
a 1/4" seam allowance.
My rule is measure twice and cut once.

 Once all of the blocks are cut,
the design possibilities are many,

Thursday, March 19, 2015


 In the town that I live there is a nice park.
Back when my sons were younger, my husband and I would
bring them here to walk, run, and play.
We made a lot of good memories.

This past Sunday my husband and I decided
to go back to the park and take our dog for a walk.
It was a beautiful and sunny day and it seemed
that a lot of other people had the same idea as we.

Dotty had a wonderful walk and so did we.
She loved it when people would pet her.
She's a very gentle dog and the kids loved on her.
As Jorge and I walked, we started
remembering all the times that we 
took the boys to the park.
We became very nostalgic and 
I know that I wanted to go back to that time
when my boys were young again.

 Dotty all excited going for a car ride.
She had no idea what an adventure she was going to have

 My Mr. Wonderful and Dotty.

 The geese and ducks were "talking" with each other
just having a wonderful day.

 These two guys were having a wonderful time on their kayaks.

 Dotty's leg was hurting her so we stopped to rest.

We had wonderful afternoon at the park.
Jorge and I plan to do more walks in the park and
we will be sure of taking Dotty with us.