updated Garden Mystery Block Instructions…

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I was sick the last couple of days…and that is my excuse for uploading the 1st/unedited version of the Garden block…I don’t get sick very often so it was just one of those things…the good thing is there were not may issues…the finished size was changed along with some thread numbers that needed to be added…those blank spaces???…yes..those…so nothing detrimental just annoying little things…but thank you for letting us know so we can get the right one loaded and out to you….here it is

Mystery Block Inst. 2018

I am in CA and yes, I am feeling better…Nick thought I should have called off my trip but I really do feel lots better…I have a coughing fit once and awhile but you can hardly notice it otherwise…I know many of you have been sick as well…I guess it’s been a tough year..

Have you noticed my lack of communication in FEB?  I sorta took off…intentionally…I was home the whole month…got organized..got caught up on my commitments, just concentrated on things and now I’m ready to go- to get back to business…and even more now that I am almost 80% unsick at this point…100% is just around the corner…by tuesday for sure…

Since it is Sunday…family day..I’ll share some of our FEB adventures…with “little man”… so if you here only for the quilting you can cut off here….

Feb started off with his birthday…we celebrated at the indoor waterpark in Green Bay…tundra lodge…just for the day…

This was Mimi and Papa’s first time…it was a blast!!!

The next day was his party…here are all his buddies..being silly with their ring pop colored tongues!!!

We got him a kids tablet since he has taken over mine when he is here at Anchor Point…he wanted to play games…like on Momma’s phone??? Oh well…I’d be holding him back if I didn’t let him in on technology…and it does occupy some of his time so I can do a few things while he is absorbed…
As you can see he enjoys it in many places as well….He stayed a lot with us in Feb…Momma was away on buying trips for their store…so we had lots of fun…

There was lots of baking…both real things…and then we did play dough…so he could practice rolling out his cookies…there was arts and crafts as well

The recipe I used for the Play- dough was found on Pinterest- pictured below…and it was awesome!!!… Click HERE to go to her site.

will be back soon….LB

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“Little Man” fun…

Since I have been home, I have spent lots of time with my “little man”…Here at home…just hanging out…

The first thing he says to me is…Mimi what are we going to bake today? We then pull out the book and look at all the recipes and pictures…When I was reading the names of the recipes…he recognized Dark Chocolate…as you know he loves my stash of dark chocolates in my sewing studio…

So we pulled all the ingredients…I have to line them up in order now…because…I easily get distracted or I just can’t remember.  But I sometimes have forgotten an ingredient…but now my newest method of lining them all up makes it easier…Then “little man” steps up and starts putting in the ingredients…and watches them mixWhen we are all done mixing- he can’t wait to lick the paddle…then he moves on to the spatula…Then it’s time to scoop them out..onto the baking sheetsand he doesn’t let me do it…HE has to do it…lol….He is using the large cookie scoop for this recipe…he also was in a hurry to put the dark chocolate chips in before I realized they should have been hand mixed in…the mixer kind of broke them up and you can’t see them…but you can when you eat them!!

we packaged some to freeze and bake later.

They came out so pretty!!!  Click Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies -for another great recipe..Taste testing in the car…and yes..I let him drive his car in the house…he can’t wreck my “real” distressed floor!!

Then we spent the rest of the day…building his new Lego Fire Truck...he has a birthday coming soon so…I might have had a gone a little overboard with his presents so why not play with one now!!!  This one is also easy for Grandma’s to help put together…lol!He was so proud of it after it was assembled!!! He is also starting to play very well by himself…This lego table I found at a flea market was the best $10 bucks I have spent on him…he also has his Daddy’s and Uncle’s legos to play with…I only saved the big duple legos…
I then had to “pack” him a lunch …after lunch we played hide and seek…then he played with Papa when he got home…all I heard was giggles…Nick also wanted me to Thank all of you who asked about him at Road to California…He is doing pretty well after both of his surgeries…the Doc just tells him it will take time to feel 100% and to get his hormone levels to where they need to be, they are watching and testing all the time…He currently is in “Man-0-pause”that was the Docs term…he’s having lots of hot flashes and other such things happening…it’s kind of funny…but not to him of course…He is planning on being in Paducah!!!

Time to start stitching for today!!! I am working on setting 98 blocks…and I know…I will show you soon when I have something substantial to show..I won’t wait til I’m done…I want you to see it in person…not just on paper…We are talking about Triangle Gatherings…of course.

cherry chip cookies

Good Morning…

I am enjoying some home time before my trip to California this week…I have been organizing…planning the up coming year and just kind of doing whatever…I know some of you like to see what ‘little man” and I are up to so…I thought I would share this…sorry no quilting in this article.  When “little man” is over…there is no quilting!!!

You all have heard how cold it is here in WI…it is below zero degrees (I call this bezero pronounced beh-zero) and it has been for a couple of weeks…but that is not all that bad…really…there are some good things that happen when it’s very cold…

“Little man” was sleeping over on Friday and I asked him what he wanted to do…and the answer was…MAKE COOKIES!!!… I gave him a few choices and he picked cherry chip cookies….(click for printable recipe)

He loves putting the ingredients into he mixer…and then sampling the results…

He also loves scooping them onto the cookies sheet and he does well with this because of these cookie scoops…I used the #30 (medium) for these cookies…even a kid can make pretty cookies!!!   I have three sizes in the cookies scoops…I call them cookies scoops because that is what I mostly use them for…but I am sure you can find lots of ways to use these!!!   Funny you can see me taking the pic…

As you can see we also used all the cherry chips we had, I guess that needs to be added to the list…lol…cherry chips  you can get two batches out of one bag.

I like to bake mine so they are chewy…I look to see that the edges are just starting to turn brown…

while I was baking the cookies…Jace told Papa he wanted Papa to “nap” with him…Jeter was participating too…he’s the smart one…and took the bed.

Sampling our labors…

We then took a little drive out to the Lake to walk on the ice and to see the “ice houses”…they were pretty far away so we didn’t go close…”littleman’s” first walk on the ice…we also have a few rituals on sleep over night at MiMi and PaPa’s house and that is the nightly bath time…his wrinkles were pretty bad this time because he was not getting out until Paw Patrol was OVER!
all for now…LB

Triangle Gatherings…52 & 53

   TRIANGLE GATHERINGS BLOCKS HAVE BEEN REMOVED…BOOK COMING SOON!

I hope you all have had a nice weekend…yes… I know they are too short….always…so here are a few TG blocks.  We currently are a little behind and I plan on catching up this week…so keep that in mind…schedule in some extra stitching time.  Taking vacations get you behind and I very much dislike catching up.   I feel very rushed and behind on ALL of my projects..except Moda Blockheads because I mistakenly made the wrong block one week and it so nicely is this weeks block, perfect timing to that!!!

I swear I have made TG block 52 -six times already!!! But every time I look to find a duplicate we have not made it before…so I did not take the time to “look” this time…I’m trusting Teri the graphic designer that this is not a duplicate..

We had “little man” this weekend…no stitching but lots of fun!  Here’s a few pics from the camera roll…

Found a little tikes picnic table on FB…cleaned it up and he had to have a picnic to test it!!!

Look MiMi “no hands”!!!… ok…lil dare devil…

We also went swimming and jet skiing…he literaly ran us ragged!  This is a rare shot of him sitting still!!

Have a great week…lots to get done before I leave for Hershey on Wednesday!!!  I will be teaching 4 classes…and the crew has had some trouble with the trailer yesterday in Chicago.  They had to stop and wait to get it fixed when something is open today…so I’m a little nervous about that…

my best…LB

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staycation is almost over…

I have to admit…it was pretty hard not working…I had to even walkout of my room a couple of times because I promised myself and my family I would not work for a week…I might have woken up a little early some days and just visited my room…watched a little Netflix and stitched something that was not a work project…but during the day…it was real easy to ignore it…I had a blast!

We had people over, I got to spend time on the lake…kayaking, jet skiing, boating and swimming…we had an emergency room visit…”little man” received 4 stitches in his right eye last Saturday…and Nick and I went for a long 212 mile motorcycle ride, and we planted more things in the garden…what a great 10days…

Thanks to all who came out to spend time with us this week…it was awesome!!

motorcycle selfie…

You had to take a pic with the pink hog…

Late in the day…the sun is in the west…

Jeter enjoying the comfy chair at the party on the 4th…he’s showing us all how to relax and enjoy the party…

The water trampoline that never made it in the water…Jace and Aylee

I know one should never post a pic of of yourself in a bathing suit but…it’s really about “little man” and how much fun we had…and someday I will want this photo….

Papa…playing in the water too- being the “motor”boat!!!

broken bird bath…so why not plant some succulents in it and cover the manhole cover!!!

view from my kayak…real peaceful on the lake in the morning…

Mimi…washed all Daddy’s and his bothers’ legos and now they are ready to play with…on his little table.

Jace loves the boat…he always wants to drive…that’s real good because someday he will be driving Papa and Mimi around…

The best cupcake decorator EVER!!! he just giggled…

 

Griffin…eating some red, white and blue stuff….what a little stud…

The party…lots of food

every part of our outdoor living was used…so amazing…still can’t believe how cool it is…we had a fire…made s’mores…and then Nick & Beau shot off fireworks from the dock to end the night…perfect end to a great day…

“little man” and his Momma…

found some cool spheres for my table…

hydrangeas are starting to bloom…bought the blue one for the patio…but it did not like it there…had to hide it in the front…in almost full shade…

Meet Hootie…are newest pet…his wings move up and down and he swings forward and back with the wind!

I hope you enjoyed seeing a little part of my “staycation!!!

Now I bet we all have some blocks to stitch!!!  Happy Summer…LB

Country Version of The Magic of Christmas…

“little man” said my quilt was “cute”!!!! so adorable!!!

I know some of you are still working on your Magic of Christmas blocks…don’t worry…so am I…I did not set the City version yet…BUT…I have the Country version back from Vegas Val, one of my dear friends and magical machine quilters…I know the quilting is not the star on this quilt…but…I still wanted to give you some ideas on how to quilt yours…I also washed this quilt as soon as the binding was on…I wanted the threads to sink in and hide as well as the quilting to pop!   Val does an amazing job on my quilts and I am very pleased this one is done and perfect!!!     See close-ups at end of post…

Now..I am asking for you who have finished this quilt to send me photos…We will be publishing this as a book…and I cannot do all the versions we patterned and we also love the ones who did their own versions as well…all colors and so on…We are starting on the book but It will take awhile so don’t fret..there is no set deadline as I am self publishing and we don’t have to have a strict deadline…but we won’t wait forever…if you would like us to consider your quilt for the book…please contact me at:     lisa.bongean@yahoo.com                   serious inquiries only- like… if you haven’t started your blocks yet don’t email me..lol…we can also discuss…what’s in it for you!!!

And…just an FYI I have finally removed the links for the Magic of Christmas patterns from my blog…I left them up 3 months longer than I told you I was going to…so hopefully you have them all..If someone asks you for the pattern..can you please tell them the book is coming?!!!

If you have any questions that I can answer about “the magic of christmas” or the quilting please email me or reply on this post…