2019
01/13

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farming
Knitting
Life

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Tractor was stuck

I requested this be done several times over the last few months and it seems it wasn’t important enough to get to the top of my handyman’s list.   I was so tired of the mud, I thought I’d give it a try myself, even though I’m still learning how to operate a tractor.  Well, I had 4 spinning wheels, the tractor was stuck and I decided to leave it where it was.

Today, my neighbor came over and showed me the proper way to move mud.   I will need to practice this technique and will probably get it stuck again before I get good at it, but I love what a tractor can do.

I did get this little wash cloth knitted, which helped me relax.

2019
01/09

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farming
quilts
sheep

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Lamb baby quilt

It’s finished and even has the satin binding that babies love to hold next to their skin.  I will put this away for the right baby to come along.

Other than that, today, we changed a few sheep coats and did chores.   We seem to have filled our day.

Best laid plans

Oh, yes, I had the best laid plans.   I was going to finish the lamb quilt and start the quilting on the machine.   However, without warning, we had a major windstorm .   Really major and we were without power for 2 days.  I spent much of the last two days tending the fire, cooking here, and sitting in front of it.  We were so thankful when power returned.  We were technically okay and  could have survived longer, just too spoiled to want to camp in the middle of winter.  But now we have POWER and are very thankful, having just relearned how wonderful it is.

 

So today, I finished the front of this quilt which is now waiting for quilting, backing and binding.  It was done on the embroidery machine, which is a technique useful for someone who doesn’t really know how to quilt, but I found it more cumbersome.

When I make this quilt again, I will embroider the pieces flat and put them together and then quilt it.  I think it makes a cute baby quilt.  It measures 38 x 42″.

 

Embroidering little lambs

These little blocks measure 4.5″ plus the seam allowance, when trimmed,  which is 1/2″  These blocks are taking about 1/2 hour each because one first lays the sky down, embroiders, then trims, then the grass, then embroiders that in place.  The the lamb is done, and finally batting and backing go on each piece.  But aren’t they turning out cute?

I now have these three rows done and another 2 embroidered, but not put together.   I  may not get it all finished in a week, but I’ll come close.   I linking up with Patty over at  Elm street quilts  

The chickens know a good perch when they see it and the sheep don’t seem to even notice.  The girls in this pasture got their mite medicine dripped on their backs today.   it beats having shots or oral meds.

2019
01/01

Category:
machine embroidery
quilts

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Lamb Crib Quilt

I was given this pattern for an embroidery machine Lamb Crib quilt by Heart n Sole.  I have been given a week to get it done.  I think I can do it, but it will be close.   It will make a nice quilt for my next grandchild – if and when.

It is made of little   4.5″ finished quilted squares  and then put together.   Then a backing is used across the back to cover all the seams and the original was then tied in the corners.   Today I made 30 of these little squares.  That gives me another 80 to go.  Since they are small, and the quilting is minimal, they go fast.

 

2018
12/31

Category:
quilts
Schedules

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Quilts to finish in 2019

As we enter this next year, I have joined some groups to help me keep accountable.  This means that I get to post the photo of the quilt I want to finish each month at the beginning of the year and check in at the end of each month to see if that has been accomplished.

January- this quilt still needs to be quilted and bound

 

 

  February – Bear paw has been cut out.   There are many, many pieces and it will be a challenge to get this top done in one month.   But I need to apply myself as lambs will be coming next month.

 March – Leg Cozie, a lap quilt

  April – babies are mostly here and needing a lot of work, plus the garden needs to be worked.   So the aim is to get the teapot miniature done.

  May – Glacier is 50 x 70 and I’m hoping things have calmed down enough I have time to finish this top.

    June – I still have 14 of these blocks that are finished and need to be set into a top.  The plan is to find a baby quilt design into which to fit them and finish the top.

 

  July and August – There are several of these blocks.  I plan to finish 2 of them during the hot weather.

  September – The garden is still needing lots of attention so if I complete the top, I will be happy.   This has been on my radar for about 15 years.

  October – Time to start thinking about the holidays.  This will be gifted.

 

   November – Garden is mostly done, Sheep are breeding and I will catch my breath.   I love Penguins and so do others.   This will be gifted.

  December and another penguin quilt.     These are my month goals and I am connecting with American Patchwork challenge, and others as they come to my attention.   That’s my way of being help accountable.   And of course, I have told you my plan, so you will also be watching.

Have a very blessed 2019, full of health and happiness.

 

 

 

2018
12/25

Category:
Life

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Merry Christmas

We wish each of you and your family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS filled with love and happiness.

2018
12/19

Category:
Life

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2019 goals

Life has been a series of surprises the last two years, and I didn’t make goals last year like I usually do.   However, the result was that I got even less done.  So this coming year, I will make fewer goals, but they won’t be as ambitious as they have been in the past.

  1. Move worship to morning

  2. Knit 12 items – sock and scarves.

  3. Spin 2 hours weekly

  4. Make 12 quilt tops- mostly lap size – they do not have to be quilted

  5. Finish the paper piecing animals that I have started.

  6.  Use 200 yards of fabric

  7. Design and maintain a year round food garden

  8. End the year with all fleeces sold or in production

  9. Redesign sheep area so one person can do sheep maintenance

  10. Try 12 new recipes

  11. Blog here 3 times a week

  12. update MassenaMeadows Facebook weekly

This may be a bit ambitious, but better to shoot for the stars than rumble along.

I am linking up with Yvonne@QuiltingJetgirl and her #2019quiltingparty.

2018
12/18

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farming
Knitting
Life
Schedules
sheep

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Hopscotch socks

These are the socks I started with the Felici yarn pattern called Hopscotch on number 2 needles.  The photo is true to the colors.  Since I am a slow knitter it takes me about 40 minutes to do each color stripe and this pattern is just k3, p1 around and around.  I am ready to do the heel.  After  I  finish the heel and the turn it, I’ll put it in the car to work on while waiting for appointments, etc.  So far, I’ve been working on them in the evenings when I’m too tired to do anything else.

Today was a good day.  I have 2 stalls 12 x 15 each, this being one.  The other area is 12 x 30.  I cleaned the larger one yesterday and this one today.

Then I worked at getting hay down.   The shadows changed the color of the hay, but you can see a bale on the tractor and I did manage to get another bale on top of this one.  This type of work takes more thought and tractor maneuvering, because I don’t have the strength yet to lift these 100# bales.  But I did get it loaded and moved down the road and into the rams area to be able to feed them.  Usually my neighbor man does this, but was not available today.

After this and lunch, I took DH to the chiropractor and while he was there, I was able to get the groceries. After dinner, I rested for a bit.  I don’t want to spoil a night’s sleep by resting too much.

It makes me happy when I can see accomplishments like this and I feel like I didn’t waste the day. I’m hoping to get back on track after too many of life’s interruptions.   Well – after the holidays anyway.   Part of the problem is that I didn’t set goals and make schedules for myself this year like I normally do.   When I don’t, it seems I don’t get much done.

2018
12/16

Category:
quilts
Sewing

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Teddy bear blanket

This teddy bear blanket is the largest left over piece from the quilt I made using some of these parts as blocks.   And it must have a satin binding to be a proper baby blanket.   It is 44 x 44, so will be useful for some time.  Instead of quilting, I bar tacked where she will be put the ties as she wanted a tied blanket, but I don’t know what color, so she gets to do that part.