Saturday, June 19, 2021


Our granddaughter Ashleigh and her boyfriend Billy,
tied the knot after 12 years together.

Phil aka Grandpa, waiting for the fun to begin.

Ashleigh asked her Grandpa to walk her down the isle, with her Dad.

The small wedding chapel was just perfect for the event.

Ashleigh was so beautiful on her special day.

Mr. and Mrs.
Notice the sunglasses on Billy....
yep, he forgot they were even on his head!

The family ...grows.

Phil, Ashleigh and Me

There was a lovely garden on site,
 but with heat in the 90s they opted just to take pictures outside

Grandpa photo bombing!

And of course, I instigated this photo bomb!

And the couple stopped traffic on High Street
Worthington, OH

And stole a few kisses while they were at it!

Daddy's little girl, of course.

And my handsome.007, Secret Agent
Blues Brothers looking hubby!

It was wonderful to actually be able to finally attend a family event.
This was the first wedding since 2019.

Sunday, June 13, 2021


My husband bought me the best birthday gift this year.
A membership + One to Franklin Park Conservatory.

I don't mind going alone, but taking a friend is very special.
Especially if they have never been there.


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The topiaries thru the garden this year, are fishes!

A cardinal which will look amazing when all the red blooms fill in.

And a flock of Flamingo

There are beautiful containers through out the garden.

A fun caterpillar made of rocks in the Children's Garden.
The Children's Garden is quite amazing in and of itself.

 A nice bee house awaits residents in swarm?

There's an amazing train display in the garden.
The Paul Busse Garden Railway.
I have now seen this in 3 seasons.

Once you enter the abounds.
Including many installations of Dale Chihuly glass art installtions.
A permanent part of this beautiful garden.

This is in a ceiling of a rock tunnel...don't forget to look up!

Of course, you can find beatufil water falling and tropical
flowers throughout.  Soon the Butterflies will be released and then
the beauty just flutters about. 

But nothing is a beautiful in the garden as a friend.
Linda Craig and I have been friends since the early 80s.
For one day a year we are the same being 364 days older!

And of course I had my Flamingo shirt on for this special visit!

The first Sunday of the month is Community Day.
The Garden is free to all who wish to visit.



Thursday, June 3, 2021


I am a pattern tester for Erica Jackman, Kitchen Table Quilting.
She sent out a call for testers on a new pattern that will drop mid-June 

I was intrigued by the white diamonds in this design.
How the heck did that happen?

I accepted the challenge to test this pattern with this fabric pull.
I love using my stash for pattern tests.

I cut out the pieces using various FQs from my stash.
What I cut from my fabric and what the pattern says to cut from the fabric
selections she uses...may vary just a all comes out ok,
with the correct number of pieces cut.

I like to pull my blocks together before I begin sewing.
The units are rectangle, two flying geese.

Oh there were LOTS of Flying Geese to be sewn and pressed.
THEN the most important part of my testing came into play.
The pattern said you could PRESS SEAMS OPEN or TO THE SIDE.
I don't like to press seams open, sew I pressed to the side.

HUGE MISTAKE because when you sew the
Flying Geese on each end of the rectangle are sewing points turned inward.
There are way too many layers of fabric to sew thru.
She took this advice and made the pattern change

And then came the layout on the design wall.
This was fairly easy...

And here is my  finished lapsize top.
It's not really my style. I am not cazy about it.
I really don't mind the time I put into this.
My Flying Geese skills are improved
and I don't want to see any Geese for awhile!

But the good news is...
I used up lots of stash that I have had for years.
The Stitching Sister's charity will have another top
to make a quilt for a cancer patient.

Oh and one other tip, should you make this top.
I tried using the web technique for sewing the rows vertically.
I didn't like it for these small 4 1/2 x 12 1/2' rectangles.
I had better luck sewing the blocks horizontally. 

I have donated this too to The a stitching Sister, a local charity that
Makes quilts for cancer patients. 

I found the perfect backing. 
It will be long arm quilted by another volunteer at
the Sewing Center 

Being a pattern tester is fun.
If you ever need someone to test for you...
give me a jingle!

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