We are getting warm weather! Summer has come and I really want to enjoy it. Plus we have 3 days of appointments this week, so I am planning to take the week off and enjoy it. If something comes up that I think you’ll enjoy, I’ll pop on my computer and share, but mostly it looks like we will be in the car a lot, driving to appointments.
Hunter Star: I now have 25 of the 150 blocks I need for the quilt.
This is the a picture of the beautiful block from which I am making a quilt. It looks very complicated, but watch as I step through these steps.
Sew the piece to each side of the middle piece and press. Take note that you do not do the following:
It is very tempting to match the sides and that’s not going to work. So when you have them like the bottom piece, press and addthe top triangle. There are only the 4 pieces. Now reverse those colors to make the other half of this blockMake 4 of these simple blocks and you have a very complicated looking quilt piece. It is assembled in rows. Because it is summer, mine will be on the back burner a lot of the time, but it is really quite easy and I’d love to see in what colors you will make yours
Did you know that you need to periodically clean out the little hole where you plug into your smart phone. I didn’t which caused me a trip to AT&T to find out why it wasn’t charging. It had too much dust and dirt to connect.
I am feeling hemmed in by the weeds which have grown as tall as the flowers, so today, the weed whacker and I spent some time together. But it is so overwhelming and really very difficult to find help.
And because today the computer is somewhat behaving, here is a photo of the green and cream colors that I cut for the quilt, plus the picture of 4 blocks put together.
Other than that, I cleaned a stall in the barn and worked on more lamb halter training. They do not like those lessons.
The Stack and flip quilt designed by Missouri quilts is finished. I used a most of a 2.5″ roll. It languished for over a month while spring chores took my time. It measures 57 x 74″ which is a good nap size. Since I wanted it to feel nice and airy, I used these clouds to give it that feel. The backing has some pretty flowers which also make it a happy quilt.
eseDH went to the gym alone this morning. Beau wanted to go for a car ride, but settled for a good brushing and a treatWhen we were through, this office waste basket was full of discarded dog fur and he was happy with his treat of string cheese. And I bet he feels a lot better in this warm weather.
Even mini farm life is busy, and especially so with this beautiful weather we have had. There is always so much to do. And the dogs don’t get brushed often. There are the lambs that need to be halter trained and the stalls that each need cleaning at least twice a week if I want to keep the work doable for me. There is the fencing, and the weeds, thistles, nettles and most of all, we need a garden, blueberries, grapes, raspberries, and an herb garden in addition to the hoop house we have. This year we are moving the garden that has been on the hillside up to a flat area, so that means creating new beds. There are hanging baskets to water and flower bed weeding to do.
These are all extras in addition to the normal feeding and household duties. I have accepted that I cannot do it all without help.
So today, I hired two young men to layout the new garden beds and plant somewhere around 300 potato starts and one hundred onion bulbs. It feels so good to have them in the ground now. Sometime in the next the two weeks, we will plant corn, green beans, and squashes in the rest of this area. They will return to help with the nettle, thistles and weeds on the fence line
While they were doing the new garden area, I was able to get the tomatoes tied up as well as weeding in the hoop house. It should have been done 2-3 weeks ago, but it is done, and now, I need to keep up with it. Already the kale is getting out of control. I picked the parsley and it is time again to pick the peapods and once again, I managed to plant more lettuce than we can eat. But neighbors, chickens, and sheep are always willing to help.These are called Egyptian walking onions. The little white bulb lets on the end bend down and plant themselves into the soil, thus reseeding themselves over and over. They are a hot onion, so I use them in cooking.
What a week this has been! To preserve sanity, I retreated to the sewing studio and quilted this piece with some nice light clouds. You can see in the upper left corner what the back fabric is. It still needs a binding.
I still have to turn the computer off and on several times and hope that one of the times it will let me use the icons, so I am limping until I can find a solution, which I am really hoping does not involve a new computer.
The hoop house is only about half full now that the winter greens have been removed. But the peapods and lettuce are doing great and we are able to use them.
Our weather promises to be sunny this weekend (75) and I am planning to pretend I am on vacation tomorrow afternoon and do nothing except lay in the sun and feed sheep. I wish a good weekend for each of you.
This “Stack and Flip” flimsy from Missouri Quilts was fast and easy to do, using a jelly roll. It’s also bright and fun. I used 33 of the strips and will use the others for binding. The instructions are on their site. For the sashing I used Kona Snow.
Some just want to be sure they are at the table in time to get the choicest morsels. And the easiest way to make sure is to lie on the table.
As you can clearly see, I managed to reverse one of the two foxes. I should have a fox headed each direction which is not the case. Since the first one was created last year, I don’t remember enough to know what I did differently. I know that the vellums that came as the pattern were pointed opposite directions. They turned out the same size so it is not a big thing.
This is the Winter Wonderland set by Linda Hibbert of www.silverliningsoriginals.com. Each bird or animal comes with a left and a right vellum pattern, so you can face them the way that pleases you. I found that with being very scrimpy with the fabric kit included, I can get both the left and the right facing one made, which gives me more practice. (I have had to substitute a fabric where I ran out.)
I think I’ll go back and do the other cardinals and bunny and then attempt the squirrels and the moose. By then the fellows should have made headway outside on the road and I will no longer need to concern myself with that. This makes such a great diversion and takes real concentration
We are having major infrastructure remodel on our property. In order to stay sane, I have taken my little paper piecing blocks back out and am working on them. This is the second little fox. It takes concentration for me to get the pieces on right so that when flipped they are in the right place. I now have all the pieces sew and hopefully this weekend I’ll get the block put together.
Today I worked on a practice piece – a free little mini quilt from Sassafras Lane Designs. I found several places for improvement, which was not a surprise. It had more difficulty in cutting and sewing these small pieces, so this was good practice. I also found that my sewing was fairly accurate, but I need take more care with the cutting. I sewed each of these quilting lines from the top down. Next time, I will alternate stitching one line from the top and the next from the bottom to see how much difference that would make. If I were to quilt a “real” piece, I would starch it until stiff as the back became shorter an inch shorter than the front in this small piece. Then I would spray glue it together so the top and bottom fed evenly. Or I could just allow extra backing if doing this on the domestic machine. I ended up trimming an inch off the bottom and the top. It finished at 8.5 x 10″ and out of scraps. I will use it for a mug rug when have a small plate of something with a drink. It was a good learning experience.