Thursday, July 10, 2014


Most Wednesdays ... a friend and I get together for a few hours ... we refer to it as our "dillydally playdate"!  We alternate between our homes ... allowing us to share current projects that aren't portable!  Yesterday I spent the afternoon in her home ... sew inspiring.
This is a drawing that her adult son did when he was 3 years old.  It is about 3 inches square in size, they have it framed and hanging in their home.  So adorable!  He and is wife are expecting their second child in December.  Very exciting!
Barb has enlarged the drawing and created an appliqué quilt for the new baby!  It just doesn't get any more wonderful than this!  Absolutely delightful!

Over the past weekend, I worked at reclaiming my sewing room!  I have not spent much time in there since the end of May!  I still have a way to go, but I was able to locate Her Majesty!  I needed a quilting fix and had promised myself that the first quilt I would complete this summer is my "Red Ridge Beauty"!
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Way back in 2011 ... our guild sponsored a weekend retreat with Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville fame.  She taught two classes, one being her Blue Ridge Beauty!
Bonnie is an incredible quilter and teacher!  The experience was amazing in every way!  I have completed quite a few of her designs and currently have another three in progress ... yep, that's the dillydally way! ;-)
This was as far as I got on the day of the class.  I made good progress shortly after that day, but that was about the same time I took the fall that caused the past few years of knee issues!  Other projects came along ... I would drag this one out occasionally ... and got a bit done here and there.
On Sunday I pulled it out and pieced the remaining twelve blocks!  Yep, did the happy dance!  Then recounted the blocks ... I had completed two hundred 6 1/2 inch blocks!
Pulled out the book to check the pattern for layout purposes ... am sure you've guessed from the photo my discovery ... I needed 244 blocks!  Yep, only another 44 blocks to go!  Found the box of leftover strips and cut what I needed!
Over the past few days, Her Majesty and I have been busy!
Last night I finished piecing the final 14 blocks ... they just need to be pressed!  Today I leave for Anchorage and return on Saturday.  My dillydally goal for the weekend is to begin piecing the top together!  I'm so excited!  It always feels great when a project completion is in sight!
On another dillydally note ... I enjoyed finding one of Mother Nature's hidden treasures on our morning walk yesterday.  At first glance I thought it was Forget-Me-Nots ...
... but on closer inspection, it isn't.  The blossoms are smaller than the nail on my pinky finger ... so delicate ... and my favorite color blue!  I tried to find them in my Alaska Wildflower Guide, but could not locate them.  If one of you reading this have information, please share with me!

Walking with Kysa ... a bit of quilting ... treasured time with a friend ... all pieces of life here in DillyDallydom!

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally 


  1. This is Carolyn Roesbery. (Google is an arrogant bully and will not let me post as yahoo identity, without forsaking yahoo and joining its club) Blue is the rarest color in flowers and your tiny blue flower is water speedwell.

  2. What a wonderful and meaningful idea for a baby quilt!

  3. Enjoyed your post and I'll be looking forward to seeing your "Red Ridge Beauty" when it is finished. I was on a walk today and saw some tiny blue flowers similar to yours. I'll have to take a picture and see if they are the same flowers - Water Speedwell. I like that name. I also saw two deer! No bears though.

  4. I am excited to see your Red Ridge Beauty. It is on my bucket list of Bonnie quilts to make.
    I am hoping to get to some quilt shops soon, maybe another shop hop with the QBees! I only visited one quilt shop while on vacation and I wasn't too impressed with it. Some you like, some you don't.
    Happy you are enjoying your walks. I had a dream I saw a bear while riding my bicycle to yoga class. Something I wouldn't do since it is 12 miles away. Maybe I shouldn't be drinking wine before bedtime :)