2015
07/29

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Sewing
Shopping

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Christmas gift in July

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My cousin sent these books to me.  It was like Christmas had already arrived to receive them.   The patterns are delightful, though some have a bit more work in them.  The last one has 12 princess dresses that are beautiful.    I’m going to give in to temptation and make one or two for my dolls.    But these books have reminded me that the year is going rapidly and it is time to start making the clothes for the Christmas dolls we will be giving.

IMG_2836Today was spent shopping for a new mattress.    How do you select a new mattress and know that it will be more comfortable than the one you are now using.   We could have it a month and decide it really isn’t better and I don’t want to do that even if they will return/exchange it.   It seems like too much hassle.   So do any of you have any clues as to how we decide which is the right one?

2015
07/28

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food
quilts

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Little Joys table topper flimsy

Because I didn’t have to cook food while canning the (38 pints) garbanzos today, I was able to get a bit of sewing done.

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Here is the finished “Little Joys Quilt Along” top from Fat Quarter Shop.    I do wish I had used a light green with a bit less white, but I used what was here and since it will be a table topper, there will be things setting on it.

Tomorrow will be a shopping day – absolutely no cooking, except breakfast.

2015
07/27

Category:
food
Garden
Life

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Cooking and canning

IMG_2820I must show you that the 2 artichoke plants produced these three chokes!   And they usually  increase their output each year.

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A cool day gave me a chance to heat the kitchen to only comfortable plus.   I started with soaking beans overnight.   This morning, I put them on to cook

IMG_2824as I made a batch of blueberry muffins for breakfast and a big batch of split pea soup.    While all that was cooking, I made scalloped potatoes for tomorrow and no-egg salad for today.  I ran out of celery and it was so convenient to just go to the garden for more.IMG_2828

 It takes 75 minutes after the pressure is up to 11# to process each batch of jars.   During this time, one must stay nearby to make sure the pressure is correctly maintained.  (Then it takes more time for the pressure to  return to normal so one can remove the jars ).   The first batch was processing while we ate lunch.

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So I spent the afternoon monitoring the other 2 batches and cooking more beans for the third batch.   Now there are 7 pints of garbanzo beans,   18 pints of split pea soup, and 15 pints of black beans for a total of 40 pints today.    The way we go through garbanzos, though,  7 pints will not last long, so I set out another 20 plus pounds to soak tonight which means more canning tomorrow.   Then I’ll wait for the next cool weather to do the pintos and red beans.     I need to have enough canned to last the rest of the year as I don’t want  to be canning during the holidays.  And it is so nice to  just grab a pint of beans to make a meal.

2015
07/26

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Garden
Life
quilts

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Christmas in July

One would think that by now, I would have thought to take a photo of absolutely everything throughout the day.   And one would be so wrong.  For instance I picked beets and cooked them, will pickle them tomorrow.   But I do not have a photo of those pretty beets.  Nor do I have a photo of the work we did down in the sheep area.

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So knowing July is “Christmas” month and it is nearly over, I thought I should put together a small easy wall hanging that you might also be interested in.   You can find the patterns here, but only until August 14 and then they vanish  It is “Little Joys Quilt Along” and is a fairly easy  small wall hanging or table topper measuring about 34″ square.

2015
07/24

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Life
quilts

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Quick n easy train

 After spending 4 hours putting the binding on yesterday’s quilt, I wanted to make something fast.IMG_2808

 This panel was purchased for a quick and easy thumb sucking, drag around project.  It has fabric on both sides and is prequilted.  Should be quick and easy, right?

Here is the “quick and easy story”.   I went to the store and purchase a package of quilt binding, came home and opened it.   Oops, a flaw that I could not work around.   Back to the store – and on the way there was an auto accident that meant I would have to go the round about way home as it was rush hour and that traffic was backed up about 2 miles.    Back home for the second time

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and saw this shattered patio door.   OK, nothing I can do about that except ask DH to handle that one.

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 Back to the “quick and easy”   The thread kept breaking.  So I went to the other machine and had no trouble.   I’m not sure what that was all about.   I had pinned the binding on all the way around.    Now I unpinned all the binding, went to the other machine and had no problem at all.   It really was fast.

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This is nearly impossible to see, but it is the corner of the blanket.   I sewed the corners closed with the zigzag so baby fingers wouldn’t get lost in them.

We are supposed to have rain for the weekend after nearly 2 months of dry.   That would be good.   I pray you enjoy your weekend as well.

2015
07/23

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Life
quilts

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Space travel quilt finished!

 

IMG_2804Because this is a gift and the person involved might be pointed to this page, I have blocked out the name.

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But the quilt is finished except for a bit of hand sewing which will happen in the next few hours and another quilt is  on the finished list.  I also signed the binding on this quilt.

A day out

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Today. Mary and I decided to have a day out.   We first went to Sew Fun at Quality Sewing and the photo above is of some of the items Lana Jones made to entice us to buy books and other items.   She is truly an artist and we enjoyed her tips and hints.   And to our surprise, we were each given a DVD of hints, embroidery patterns and other items for coming to the meeting.

Then it was off to Trader Joe’s for a very few items, followed by lunch at Panera’s.   Our next stop was Costco where we stocked up on dog treats and off to the post office to turn in the orange slip and pick up a package.  After that we went to Wal-Mart  where I bought a pre-quilted panel for a baby boy and she purchased flannel for various projects for the 5 babies that will soon be entering her world.    After that we were tired enough to come home and rest.

2015
07/21

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quilts

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Space travel

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 This is the quilt right off the machine.   It’s getting too late tonight to trim it and put a binding on it, but that will happen.

2015
07/20

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Life

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Bear quilt

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I’ve worked on the quilt this afternoon, and I’m happy with how it looks.   I have gone as far as I can without the baby being born.

The last bear and pattern trouble

IMG_2780This is the last of the bear blocks.   So I cut out and put together as directed all the connecting units.   Here’s where  the pattern is wrong.   The kit has 6 fabrics which are to be cut into 2 x 2 squares, which I did.

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As you can see, 5 – 2″ squares do not equal 10″   The squares are to be cut 10 x  10.   So next sewing time I will have to find a coordinating fabric to add to each of these pieces.   And just when I was so ready to put the top mostly together and sit it to the side until baby is born.  One block will have her name, birthday, etc on it, so can’t finish until she arrives.    However do you think they got the idea that if I cut 5 – 2 squares that I would end up with 10″ after 1/2″ seam on each piece.   If I had figured it out to begin with, I could have cut the pieces 1.5″ and it would have come out perfect.  Then again, if a mistake had to be made, at least this is one I can fix by just adding another piece.  6 x 2 = 12 – 3 for seams will be 9 and I need 10.    I’ll have to think on this overnight.

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Meanwhile the fleece that didn’t get clean Friday is in the washing machine soaking – I’ll take it out so it doesn’t get agitated.   But I think it can soak overnight and see if it can get cleaner.   Tomorrow is another good day for drying a fleece.   I may have to card it to get the ends open and then rewash.

I did finish spinning some wool that I purchased in roving years ago.   Now I’m not sure if I want to ply it on itself or with another color.   I’m really leaning to another color.