Sunday, November 18, 2018


Did your Fall whisk through with the wind?  

I will say that our fall colors were especially pretty on the Plateau this year.
But, good golly, everything seemed to disappear overnight!

View from the deck on October 27
Same view on November 17
Granted, that's more than overnight, but just had to show you 
what a spectacular sunset we had last night!

Another kind of change ...
Fog line
My husband captured this line of demarcation in the fog yesterday morning.

And the birds ...

American Coots
There must have been about 100 of these birds 
changing their location for the winter, just passing through.

Coot photo from

As long as I'm on the subject of wildlife ...

That's one dedicated angler, bundled up and fishing from his peddle-kayak on a 40-degree morning.

Sunday, November 11, 2018


Today was a beautiful day to reflect and remember 11/11/18.

The church we have been attending erects flags all across the property on patriotic holidays.

There is a display case in the church lobby filled with retired flags that will never fly again.

We also had a QOV presentation today to one of the members, a Japanese-American from Hawaii who rose to Brigadier General, serving in both Vietnam and Iraq.

Brig. Gen Wong
It was my first time witnessing a QOV presentation.
The makers and quilter are members of the guild I recently joined.

Loosey Goosey Trees

Retreat Final Day

My plan for Wednesday was to put the finishing touches on Loosey Goosey; however, as I reported in yesterday's post, that plan was thwarted on several fronts.

I had brought several extra projects to retreat "just in case," but I wasn't in the mood to concentrate; I needed some mindless sewing.  So out came the "tree" project.

Leftovers from Winter Trees border  ...

... had already been put into a small flimsy ...

... but it was a quite small and I still had lots of bits left over.  Since I had already made the snowball corner cutoffs into a mound of pinwheels quarter-square/broken dishes, ...

... I set about adding borders to make them bigger.

Set on point with some setting triangles ...

All that's left is to measure and do the math for the inner/stop border.  And think of something to do with the leftover quarter-squares ...

Linking with Oh Scrap!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2018

Nearing the End

Finished all the Loosey Goosey columns while at retreat, 
but forgot to plan for filling in the pointy ends so could not put them together.  

Just as well, as I discovered a major problem.

A little lot too long
The light blue strip ended up too long!
I've counted, it has the same number of geese.
I believe I stitched it on a different machine while we were moving.
No way to salvage except to take apart so I just took it OUT!

Also this minor issue ...

Tipsy geese
Mr. Lakeside suggested putting the aqua strip in place of the light blue.
I'll need to make some adjustments as I intended those geese to fly down.

Final column arrangement
I think I've been able to balance value and left/right columns successfully.
And I'm not going to stress over clipped wings.

Clipped wings
Celebrating a near finish by linking with Angela at soscrappy.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Quilt Awesome

S'mores Retreat 2018

Two of our S'mores lost a family member in an ATV accident a couple of years ago.  He was known as an "awesome dude" and a scholarship has been set up in his name.  We are supporting the fund with our T-shirts.

Two Blocks Shy of a Quilt

Retreat Day 2 was kind of a do-nothing day, I don't know why.  But every once in a while it's nice to slow down and contemplate my navel.  Anyway, I began the day by making and applying the binding to Winter Trees. Easy peasy.

Winter Trees
Then I set about finishing Celtic Solstice.  I mean, it's only been 5 years since that BH mystery ... Well, I won't bore you with details but I never could get the border Tri-Recs units to fit.  I counted, I measured.  It looked like I had fixed the problem by making two more non-matching Tri-Recs blocks.

So I proceeded to add the remaining borders only to find ...

Two blocks shy of a quilt
No extra fabric in the box.  Oh, well, maybe next retreat I will finish it. But I am happy with how it is turning out.

Celtic Solstice
The remainder of the day was devoted to finishing my Loosey Goosey columns from the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2018. 
Loosey Goosey
I failed to bring extra fabrics to fill in the pointy ends so that has gone back in the box, as well.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Off to Retreat

I haven't seen most of the S'mores since May, if not earlier.  So sad that some of us will not be here this time.  Distance, physical limitations, spouses with limitations -- it's what happens as we age.  It just makes me even more grateful when I can get together with these beloved friends.

True to my plan, before I even plugged in my machine I set about trimming the three quilts that I picked up on the way here.

Surf and Sand has been a flimsy for quite a few years, so long that I don't remember the teacher or the book it came from.  (I really need to keep better records!)

Surf and Sand
My LAQ chose a wavy pantograph for the quilting called Ebb and Flow.

The next two wall hangings are Christmas gifts for my SIL who requested "seasonal" things for her mountain cabin.  Both are from the Kaufman "Sound of the Woods" collections.

Winter in the Woods

My LAQ did a snowflake pantograph in the body and swirls in the light inner border.

Autumn in the Woods

This one has Indian Summer panto in the body and Acorns in the brown inner border.

Two of the bindings were made and applied before going to bed last night.  Third binding is first on the agenda today. I'll save the hand stitching for TV time at home.

We had major storms come through our area last night but no serious damage here at camp.  I hope things are calm where you are.


Saturday, November 3, 2018

RSC Activity

I managed to cut and assemble 1/4 of the sage green Loosey Goosey column.

I'm hoping to finish all the columns and assemble the quilt top at retreat next week

Linking with Scrap Happy Saturday..

Friday, November 2, 2018

Squirrel Alert!

Am I the only one?

I recently purchased this sweet brown "sprig" print and 
thought about putting a variety of brown scraps with it.

Then I noticed there is a lot more "goldy" brown than dark brown ... hmmm ... 
wonder if I have anything to go with that?

Would you say that's a pretty good match?  But what about the dark brown ...

All of a sudden I'm building a new quilt when I should be finishing what I've already started!  
Am I the only one???

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Back in the Sewing Room

See the raindrops?
It was a rainy day here on the Plateau, a great day to head to the sewing room to see what kind of trouble I could get into.  Actually, the S'mores retreat is next week and I needed to start gathering projects and equipment to take with me.

I will be picking up three quilts from the LAQ on my way into Nashville on Monday, so my first order of business at the retreat will be to trim them and then stitch on the binding.  I like to do things like trimming that require a large flat space at retreat where I can pull tables together rather than crawling around on the floor like I would at home.

I don't remember if I sent the binding along with these projects to the LAQ so I gathered up a few pieces of fabric that I thought might work for bindings.  In the process of shifting fabric from here to there, I unearthed this little quickie made from remnants of one of the projects I will be binding.

Winter Trees
I had made the snowball blocks several months ago, laid them out, and labeled the rows. Today I stitched them together and started thinking about borders and finishing.  Since some of the fabrics I am considering might need to be binding on the finished quilts I will be picking up, I stopped at this point and will take this little project along in case I need to fill time -- as if!

I have a couple of recently started projects that I could take along, but they all require some thought and concentration.  I'm sure you know, if you've ever been to a quilt retreat, that it is not the environment for thought and concentration!!!

Sew, I took a gander at my UFO closet and found one that should be easy to complete -- Mexican Stars.

Mexican Stars 
I started this quilt, designed by Annette Ornelas of Southwind Design, in a class at Tennessee Quilts Fest several years ago.  I got all the units made in class, but I didn't feel like my original cornerstones (in the center star) had enough "zing" so I've been searching for just the right fabric ever since ... well, not really "ever since" but whenever I thought about it.  I tried the lime green seen in some of the stars above, but I think a hot pink batik that has purple in it will win.  Watch for an update.

So, what else did you do today, Ms. Lakeside?

What to do with a trash bag in an emergency
 Mr. Lakeside and I attended an emergency survival seminar for seniors this afternoon.  One of the  valuable lessons we learned was the many uses of a trash bag.  Seriously, it was very informative and included tips if you get stuck in the car on an icy interstate, or if you decide to stay at home during an ice storm.  This is something we've needed to think about for many years but just didn't get around to.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Guess where I was yesterday ...

... and today, too!

Gorgeous Fall days on the Cumberland Plateau
First time I've swung a club in at least 5 years.  
As testimony, my club grips are disintegrating from being stored, unused, in a hot garage.

I will sleep well tonight.
Especially now that we have trimmed the crepe myrtle 
that scratched my bedroom window all last night.
I was convinced there was a raccoon in the rafters!

Needless to say, no sewing today ... yet.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

It's Finally Fall, Y'all

View from my deck

We have watched the leaves change gradually from day-to-day.  
We are not at the "peak" of color, but at a point I can appreciate and anticipate all the changes.

However, on to other things ... I REALLY appreciate all the comments on my last post.  The one comment that intrigued me the most (thank you, Julie Anne) suggested two things -- that I make a table topper (versus a wall hanging that I was focused on) and that I turn the trees so that they all pointed out!  

I have to say that neither of these ideas ever crossed my mind!!!

I have an antique drop-leaf table just inside the front door with a table topper on it.

Not Your Grandmother's Log Cabin Star
This would be the perfect place to use the tree of life!
I can face whatever season to greet our visitors and guests.

I do think I will probably put a 2" sashing in between the blocks, color to be determined.

Friday, October 26, 2018

OK, Folks,

I need help

I know some of my valued friends will have great ideas for 
what to do with one of my oldest (if not THE oldest) UFO.

Early in my quilting career a guild member suggested that I join a hand-piecing bee that met at her house.  I did.  And I thoroughly enjoyed hand piecing the blocks.  But the thought of putting an entire quilt together by hand seemed beyond my skill set.  So that's as far as I got with these Tree of Life blocks some 20 years ago.

These blocks "should" finish at 14".  Unfortunately, they vary about 1/4".  
And, also, because of the distinct variation in backgrounds, some sort of sashing will be required.  

My first instinct was to set them like this:

But I would be in a quandry on what to do with those huge corners!

My second inspiration is to do something like this ...


... which would allow me to do something interesting in the center 
and possibly the setting triangles, as well.  But I feel it's somewhat uninspired.

I'm thinking a wall hanging, so I don't really want to get too carried away.  And I think I am now comfortable with assembling by machine, though I may want to make any alternate blocks by hand.

The urgency is I want to be able to show this in May 2019.

What say you?