2014
11/28

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Life
quilts

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Birthday/Christmas quilts

 

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I think they liked their quilts.

This year the boys received a between gift.   For two of them it was between the birthday and Christmas.   For the one in blue – today IS his birthday, so it wasn’t a late birthday and early Christmas like the other two boys.   They had told me their favorite colors this past summer and seemed genuinely pleased with them.  They should have a good time with them as they can make a list of everything on the quilt or one can call out something and the other can find it.   I’m sure they are imaginative enough to have fun with them.

 

 

 

2014
11/27

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Life

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Happy Thanksgiving

I hope the day was all you had hoped it to be and a great beginning to the holiday season.   We have much for which to be thankful and that goof to remember as from now until 2015,  it will be hurry, scurry. and easy to forget how much we already have.

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We had a lovely family gathering at Jen and Bob’s place.

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And then we got so involved, we forgot to take more photos.

 

I’m praying you had a great beginning to the holiday season as well.   Will you do black Friday or stay home out of other people’s way?

 

2014
11/26

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Life

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Stockings

The intestinal bug caught up with me and I can assure you that is one way to reduce what the scales tell you.    But I’m on the mend now, so I put together this pair of requested stockings.

 

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2014
11/24

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Life

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It’s done and ready to box!

 

This quilt is for a foster child that has recently been returned to his mother, but still has a lot of contact with his foster parents.   I offered to make the quilt before we knew he would be going home so soon.    I  just finished it and they will be able to give it to him for Christmas.

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2014
11/23

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Life
quilts

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No-show day

Tonight is a no-show.   I did work very hard to get the binding on a quilt that I want to mail Tuesday, so hopefully tomorrow it will be ready.

2014
11/22

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Foods
Knitting
Life

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Slow, rainy day

After church, we came home and had delicate squash boat halves with Quinoa and kale in them.    Last summer there were so many squash in the garden, we couldn’t eat them all, so I cut them in half, took out the seeds, cooked, and froze them.      We added a tossed salad

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For dessert, I had made a fruit salad with apples, bananas, mandarin oranges, and pineapple (make sure the pineapple juice covers the other fruits to keep them from getting brown)    I drained the pineapple juice, put it in the blender with cashews to make a cashew cream and added it and blueberries to the salad.   Delicious meal!

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The socks are still progressing very slowly.   I’m on row 27 of 65-70 for the leg part.

2014
11/21

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farming

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New ducklings on the block

ducks at 2 weeks nov21 2014Today’s addition to the family.    The woman who had these has to find homes for nearly all her animals and was having trouble finding someone who knew how to raise ducklings this small and who would not eat them as adults.    You know who was chosen.      So these darling, messy little ones, who will be 2 weeks tomorrow,  have come here to live.  Now I’m praying for an early spring so they can go out with the other ducks and enjoy grass and the pond.

 

2014
11/20

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Life
quilts

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Quilt #3 is blue and quilted

I spent most of the day on the quilt and ended up taking out part of the last row because I didn’t check tension after putting on a new spool of thread.    I am learning many things – like how to find positions after breaking thread, after running out of bobbin thread, out of running out of upper thread, and a myriad of other things.     I have people tell me that I am cheating using a computer with my quilting machine.   They have no idea how much learning that comes with it.

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My goal is to get them bound and off in the Mail by Tuesday.

2014
11/19

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Life
quilts
Sewing

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November Quality Sew Fun infomercial

And now it is time for our special infomercial lcourtesy of Debbie Boyce, at Quality Sew Fun

Look at these darling “Mixed mutts”  from Lunch Box quilts.   They are machine applique that can be used all together as a quilt, or individually on various items.    Adding scraps that are out of the ordinary really make them “pop” and uses some of those extra pieces

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And aren’t these “winter mug rugs” cute?   They are so fast and easy to put together for a perfect gift.

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Set the Table is a fantastic book that  has 11 quick and easy holiday and everyday quilted runners for your table.   This one looks so fast and easy and the quilting done on it is straight lines.

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The following quilts were all done with Strip Smart quilts and there special ruler, though I don’t think the ruler is all that necessary.   The double triangle specialty ruler was available.   These are fast and easy quilts as well.

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Holiday Cheer wine tote has a darling little elf boot pattern that holds a wine bottle or other sparkling cider for a delightful hostess gift.   Only the toe has stuffing.

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These Cutzy Cupcake placemats from the “Sweet Tea Girls”  would make a terrific gift,  One could have all kinds of  fun decorating them and without a single calorie.

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Available were other items like a Kai scissors, chaco liner markers, frixion pens – which you really night like to have, and machingers for quilting on a domestic machine.    I hope this gives you a few ideas for your Christmas list.

2014
11/18

Category:
quilts

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“I spy” #2

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The first quilt took me 5 days to complete.   There was a lot of learning involved with this new program.    This one took only one and a half days.   Still much learning involved as I used different features.    Handiquilter instructors much be the most patient people on earth.    Below is a close-up of some of the quilting.

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Tomorrow is the Sew Fun informercial day