Monday, April 24, 2017

An "Egg-ceptional" Adventure!

Shortly after I retired, my friend Barb and I began having "Dillydally Playdates".  We try to get together once a week, and work on projects while visiting and solving all of the world's troubles!  Over time, others have joined us ... it is sew dang fun to dillydally with friends!  
Barb's birthday is in early April ... a while ago I came across the kit from Purl Soho ... and decided that we would celebrate her special day by making wool felt Easter eggs!
Our first playdate resulted in us each making one large egg!  We had mastered the technique and were hooked!
We met the following week ... added fellow dillydallier Sue, to the mix ...
... and between the three of us, we made a nest full of eggs!
Easter came and went ... and the three of us continued creating eggs!  
Yep ... we are addicted!  I have several 007 projects underway, so felt the need to tie up this adventure.
I made two additional large eggs, so that I would have a half dozen for my spring basket.
Then ... right before I packed up this adventure ... those dillydally winds began to blow!  I had to make one more small egg ... put an Alaskan Forget-Me-Not on it ... and under stuffed it!
It has a purpose!  I have been in need of a small pin cushion for my "Wool Applique' Tool Kit" ... and this sweet little egg works and fits perfectly!  Plus ... it will remind me of the fun I've had on this Egg-ceptional adventure with my dillydally playdate pals!

Do what you love!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Finding Fairyland

Happy Earth Day!  One of the advantages of retirement, is that I can make time everyday to be outdoors!  Today I thought I would just share a few pictures of Nissa and I enjoying nature this past week!

There are days when we linger and spend hours outside ... life is busy so there are instances when we only have time for a quick walk.

"The world calls them the singers and poets and artists and story tellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."  
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

For me ... being outdoors instantly takes me to "fairyland".  I am so grateful.

Do what you love!  Spend time with nature!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Easter in DillyDallydom!

Here in my remote corner of the planet the most prevalent sign of spring is the increase of daylight hours!  Currently the sun rises around 6 am and sets after 9 pm!  We continue to gain an hour of daylight every 11 days!
We enjoyed Easter by celebrating a meal with family and friends!  Potlucks are such fun!  Everyone brought something to share ... all of us could relax and enjoy the food ... that was until I spilled hot coffee all over Mr. DillyDally during dessert!  Omgosh!  Can that man jump!
Friends and I prepared for the holiday by making wool felt eggs during recent DillyDally Playdates!  They are a kit I purchased from Purl Soho.  We have had such fun making them ... that we're going to continue making them this week as well!  Easter may be over ... but spring arrives late here!
This year I noticed that I obviously associate eggs with the spring season.  Long-time followers of this blog will remember some of my springtime dillydallying from years past.  Knit eggs and bunny, crocheted coasters and tablemat are on my buffet this year.
More eggs on this wool applique' mat, another knit bunny as well as a spring lamb!  My treasured dillydally wall quilt is front and center in our living area ... to remind all who visit what we value most here in DillyDallydom!
The eggs of 2017 have been nestled with the wool felt bunny peeps!  I need to make more eggs!  Today's dillydally playdate will help with that!  They really are adorable and it is impossible to have too many!
This sweet little violet egg was made by Barb ... a sweet hostess gift on Easter!
She brought this delicious and adorable chocolate cake for dessert on Sunday!  And yes ... every adult present ate a marshmallow peep!
Easter was a gorgeous day ... one filled with good food and great conversation ... and it ended with a beautiful sunset.
We were slow starters on Monday ... you'd have thought that little Miss Flicka had hosted the entire event!  I must admit, that I didn't rush her ... kitty snuggles are such a wonderful way to begin the day!

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Nudge I Needed!

There are times when forces around us work together and give us just the nudge we need!  On Wednesday (March 1) I found myself completely gobsmacked!  I am so very grateful!
This amazing and beautiful wall hanging arrived in the mail!  It just makes my heart sing!
Sharon @ Quilt Camp in Idaho 11/2014
It was lovingly made by a Quilt Buddy ...
Sharon, on the right in Cordova, Alaska  1986
... who began my quilt journey with me ...
Photo from front deck 3/1/2017
... and who previously owned the home and view my family has enjoyed for 29 years!
Co-owner of Quilt Shop in Orofino, Idaho
The roots of our friendship run deep, it has been a privilege to watch her turn her dreams into reality ...
Idaho QBees 11/2014
... I was honored when embraced by her circle of QBees ...

Sharon assisting Nancy with her medical condition!  11/2014
... and relieved to know that her sense of humor remains unchanged over our many years of friendship!
An act of kindness can and does impact the person who receives it in a powerful way.  Little did Sharon know that her gift was just what I needed ... on that particular day ... and at that exact moment!  Her gesture of kindness gave me the clarification and nudge I needed to move forward in my dillydally life!  I am so blessed and very grateful!  My heart is full and happy!

Do what you love!  Be kind!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

From my remote corner of the planet, the DillyDally family wishes you a holiday filled with peace and the Light this Holiday season represents. Merry Christmas! Happy Chanukah! Do dillydally!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Road Trip Revisited!

Mums ... I miss them.  They don't do well here in my remote corner of the planet ... it is too wet.
While in Missouri, Mary Ellen took me through Amish communities on our way back to Iowa.  These Mums were on display and for sale in front of an Amish mercantile.  I love the fall color palette Mums create ...
... colors that are reflected in fall themed dillydally projects!
Before we began our drive through Amish country, we stopped at a wonderful quilt shop, Crossroads Quilting in Cameron.  Every once in a while, I come across a shop that seems to cater to everything I love!  I plan to return in 2018!
What beautiful country ... the backroads of rural Missouri are inspiring.  The farms are gorgeous ... it was wonderful.
We visited two quilt stores ... this one is authentically used by the Amish community.  It was such fun to see and touch the fabrics used for their traditional clothes.  It also carried fabrics for the general public.
Parking spaces were provided for both cars and buggies ... love it!
Our second Amish shop catered to tourists, it was certainly different, but enjoyable!
We eventually made our way to Des Moines for the American Quilter's Society show!  Wowser!  This was my first AQS experience!
Isn't Mary Ellen just the cutest?  I was so excited ... she did an amazing job of assisting this "country mouse" in the big world of quilting!  The show was amazing ... we saw every quilt ... inspiration overload!
And then the vendors ... omgosh good golly ... shopping overload!
While in the vendor mall, both Mary Ellen and I signed up for a Online Mystery event!  We purchased the same kit ... the fun began last week ... and here we are sewing together while 4,000 miles apart!
I look back on these experiences ... and part of it feels like a fantasy!  I am so grateful for the trip and my ability to revisit and relive it!

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

My Auction Items!

Long time readers know that a vital part of my dillydally lifestyle revolves around our local quilt guild!  The guild sponsors up to $2500 in scholarships each year ... our primary fundraiser is our annual Tea & Auction.  You can learn and see more about this event here on our guild blog.
Each year members volunteer to decorate a table. I usually go with a Thanksgiving theme because I love using my Pumpkin Party table topper by This n' That patterns.
The guild did something new this year ... we added a silent auction table!  I made this Bubbly Bag by Terry Atkinson.  I came across this new pattern and fabric while traveling in Minnesota last month!  It is such fun to make ... I see myself making many more!  For the auction, I added a bottle of sparkling cider ... too fun!
This table runner all started with a charm pack.  It was one of those packs that had very little color range ... white and a very light tint of both blue and grey.  Every print in the collection had a light silver glitter coating ... very pretty ... I do love glitter!
I found just the pattern from Heather Mulder Peterson's book, The Trendy Table.  I chose a dark grey, linen-look background and silver metallic thread to quilt it.
I was happy with the results!  Somewhat contemporary looking.  I liked that it didn't feel limited to use only during the holiday season, it was more of a winter theme.
Peek-a-boo ... look at who sees you! ;-)  Many quilters are fans of Tula Pink!  Her designs and color palette are inspiring and always unusual!
One of my favorite places in Minnesota is Millie P's Quilt Shop!  They had a sample of this bag made with Tula Pink's fabric ... sew ... I made one!  It is a Sandra Workman pattern called the Improv Bag.  It is fairly large ... about 15 inches high and 16 inches wide.
I broke into a Kim Diehl fat quarter pack and pieced this star struck tree!  Little pieces, but oh sew much fun to make!
This block is part of a table topper in her new book, Simple Christmas Tidings.  I took the block and made into a small wall quilt.  I like the results so much ... would like to make another one for myself!
How fun is this Holiday fabric?!  I love it!  It makes me giggle!  I found this print during my recent travels as well!
It came with a couple of coordinating prints and I turned all three into a reversible apron!  I didn't use a purchased pattern as I used my own custom-fit apron design.

Here are pics of my items on display at the auction.
I forgot to get a good picture of the apron.  But more importantly, I neglected to get a good picture of the library book bag in the right hand corner of this picture!  The Cat in the Hat bag was made and donated by my friend Mary Ellen!  It was so generous of her ... plus it went for a very good price and will be used and enjoyed by a child here in Cordova!

This event is always a pleasure to be involved in!  The guild was successful in reaching their financial goals!  I am so grateful to those who organize this event ... friends and members who make and donate beautiful items ... and a community that attends and supports our scholarship efforts.

Loving life in my remote corner of the planet!

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally