Keep Smiling

Keep Smiling

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Welcome Summer!

 Summer is here!


Finally :)



I absolutely love cutting flowers

from the garden and bringing

them into the house. 


They say, 

"Make hay while the sun shines"



And now that the rain has slowed

down, that's what the farmer

across the road is doing.



I've had time to work on the 

quilt that I started last Fall :)


All of my blocks are quilted

with batting and backing . . .


Now I'm starting to trim them all 

to a 17 inch square . . .


And when they are all trimmed,

I'll start putting them together

in a "Quilt As You Go"




 This method works so well for

large quilts, if you don't have 

a long-arm machine. 


Last fall I purchased this old

apron at a thrift store.



I can't remember what I paid,

but I remember thinking that

it was too much because of the stain.

Now I'm happy to have an old stained apron

hanging in my kitchen.

It's the first one I pick 

for a dirty job :)



I bought it because I wanted

to use it for a pattern.

so, yesterday I made this :) 


Well, that's it for today.

Thank you so much for visiting.

I hope you'll take a minute

to leave a comment and say "Hi!"


God bless you all!

 Connie :)


  1. Your flowers are beautiful, mine are just starting to bud. Your quilt is going to be gorgeous when it is all put together. I've been wanting to try a quilt as you go project, maybe this winter. Love your new apron, very clever of you to think of buying one you like to use as a pattern!

  2. Hello Connie. You have some lovely fllowers, and like you I love to bring even a tiny posy into the house.

  3. You are so talented! Your summer looks to be off to a wonderful start. Have a cozy day!

  4. Connie, Your quilts and that pretty apron are truly works of art. You are so very talented. I'll throw in gardener too. LOL. love the flowers. Blessings, xoxo, Love you friend, Susie

  5. Hello Connie, I adore your new apron. What a fun pattern! I tried a quilt as you go quilt and messed it up royally. I ended up tossing the entire thing. I've made a few quilts but I'm definitely NOT a quilter. Just don't have the talent.
    The flowers bring a bit of God's beauty into your sweet home.
    I hope you have a lovely weekend my friend.
    Blessings and love,

  6. Gorgeous bouquets, we just have one on the little porch table but I can see it every time I look out the kitchen window. Your apron idea is a good one, those vintage aprons were so pretty and comfortable. Reminding me I need to make up one from the pattern made a couple years ago - inspiration! Have a lovely weekend!

  7. Enjoy your warm summer weather, its brrr to winter here! That's a cute blue apron you made, taking a pattern from the vintage sunshine yellow one. Fresh flowers are always nice, and even more special from your own garden.

  8. Summer is arriving here this weekend, and we are all thrilled to have a little warmer weather. Like you, I love filling the vases full of flowers from the garden. What a pretty quilt you are creating, and I love the shape of the apron you bought and made a pattern from.

  9. Beautiful flowers.
    Good idea to buy that apron to use for a pattern. The one you made is really nice. Blue is my favorite.

  10. I love seeing the haying. I love the smell of it too.
    Your apron is cute, even with the stain, and then using it for a pattern was a brilliant idea!

  11. I love the quilt you're working on. And your pretty flowers too. I see your Bachelor Buttons are blooming; mine are just starting now. Your thrift store apron looks soft and cuddly. How smart to use it as a pattern for a new one ( and a lovely one at that).
    Re the hay bales...they are positively HUGE. Not like the bales I remember (those first ones very rectangular).

  12. Hi Connie, lovely flowers! I collect old aprons when I see them at thrift stores, they are pretty to hang around the kitchen, love the one you made. Can't wait to see your quilt done, it's going to be beautiful. Lisa @ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

  13. Your new apron is not a style I remember seeing before. It is really pretty and looks so comfortable. Mxx

  14. Pleased to see and hear you are enjoying the Summer Connie- just love the Flowers and your Quilting is perfect! Cheers. KEV.

  15. There is nothing like picking fresh cut flowers and bringing them inside :) good that the rain stopped long enough for them to get the hay in, we have a few wheat fields that look like they may be able to pick soon.
    You did a fabulous job with your apron from the one you got at that thrift store.
    Your quilt is looking great too, I have never done a quilt as you go quilt, I need to try that some day.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  16. i always cut flowers so i can bring them indoors to enjoy!! your quilt beautiful, your aprons adorable!!

  17. You're like my mom - she loves aprons! I never wear one. I do love the look of pretty aprons hanging from a peg rack in the kitchen. Your flowers are so pretty! I can't wait til all the blooms start happening in my butterfly garden - the coneflower, black-eyed susan, bee balm - and then my hydrangeas and phlox in other areas, so that I can cut some to bring in the house. For now, I'm still having to rely on flowers from Trader Joe's.

  18. Yes Connie... I would say summer IS here! finally.. and with a bang as usual. I worked outside today for awhile and got so hot I had to come in (and turn on the AC). Oh this old(er) age is not for sissies. I LOVE your cut flowers.. you are way ahead of me when it comes to flowers blooming in your garden! Mine are just kind of puney. I love your sweet apron too and how you made a new one from the pattern. Great idea! I have a favorite "old one" that I always grab, so should make myself a new pretty one. Also.. your Fall quilt is BEAUTIFUL! Each block is so pretty.. and I remember hearing about quilt as you go, from you.. and it's the first time I had heard that phrase! now I know I want to make one too. Wish I could come there for a sewing bee with you.. maybe... just maybe this summer.... if gas prices would go down....... it sounds like you are keeping super busy!! Enjoy this hot weekend coming up.. and hope you have a cool spot to sit.. oh yes.. your wonderful porch!!!! Hugs.. Marilyn

  19. One of the simple joys of summer....fresh cut flowers! Love your aprons, both old and new :)


  20. Hi Connie,
    Pretty flowers. Don't ya love summer flowers! Pretty quilt, too, and pretty aprons.
    Do you get hayfever when the farmer cuts/bales? It would be fun to sit on your front porch and watch them working.
    Happy summer!

  21. I love the styles of the old aprons and made a pattern out of a smock one time. It came out a little snug so I should try again! Love seeing the hay being good to see the fields worked. Love your quilt too.

  22. Connie, everything you make is so special and so pretty! But, that apron! Oh I do love it. What a neat little apron and yours is prettier than the original. I have a hard time making a pattern from any garment...I just can't do it. You are so talented! Thanks for leaving me the comment. I've been so behind. Just can't keep up with posting and reading and visiting...sometimes the cares of this world really get me down. Love you Connie.