Category Archive: quilts

Moving boys, hoop house update, quinoa casserole

 The young boys are moved away from their sisters and mothers.     One here seems to think the trip was just too hot and tiring.  They and their mothers have “baa-ed back and forth all day about how evil we were to separate them.  Such is life on a farm

The hoop house has been overrun with growth plus the fact that I haven’t had time for it for over a week.  After a number of foods were nearly done, I poked some “delicate” squash plants along one side.   Well that’s what the label on the plants at the store said.   They are not Delicata, but they are squash and at least one pumpkin.  They are threatening to take over the entire place.   It’s near enough to the end of the season, I won’t pull them, but neither will I believe labels next year.    Squash plants are now forever banned from inside the hoop house.   They are just too happy in there.

This morning I picked tomatoes, onions, parsley, cantaloupe, cucumbers, red and orange peppers from the hoop house.   Now they all have to be dealt with.

Then I picked some overripe apples as I’m out of applesauce and it makes a great sweetener in baked goods.  I was able to can 10 pints.   I picked a lot more apples – or rather shook them out of trees.  I’m not sure how ripe they are.   I’ll test them tomorrow.

 

While the apples were processing, I cooked some quinoa in broth.  In another pan, I sautéed onions and added broccoli until just cooked but still green.  Then I made a cheese sauce.   I mixed it all together, reserving half the cheese sauce, put it in a greased casserole dish, topped it with the rest of the cheese and that will be our casserole for the weekend.

After lunch and a rest, I had to sit down and pay bills.

And this is why you have not seen sewing or quilting.  When the rains start, and days are shorter, there will be time for sewing.  “To everything there is a season”

2018
07/18

Category:
farming
Garden
Life
quilts
sheep

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New arrival, blueberries

Here is our new arrival, still wet, and having her first meal.  We thought McKenzie and the other Shetlands were all bred earlier, so were not concerned and put all the ewes together with our Cormo herdsire.   Dumb idea which won’t happen again.   This was a bit of a surprise as we thought we were done.   And again, we think we are done.

These are the blueberry bushes that I am becoming very acquainted with.   See on the right how the berries will ripen 2-4 at a time/place.   So the same bushes are picked over and over again.  It seems slow as I only get about 5# or l gallon an hour.   However, I now have 50# in the freezer.  We love blueberries in various ways during the winter.

My design wall is not as big as needed for this flimsy.  I have finished and the border you see on the bottom is all the way around.   Next, I will pick out the backing and get it on the quilting machine where I will look at it for 2 weeks and then decide I need to get it done right away.   And the frenzy will begin, but it will get quilted and bound in time for gifting.

And in between the other fun stuff on this farm,  with this heat, we are fighting fly strike, which is no fun for humans or animals.

2018
07/11

Category:
Life
quilts

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Interesting email

This is not yet pressed, but it is together and when I have time, I will put borders on it.   The finished size will be 70 x 80.  Getting all those stars to come together properly took good pinning.

Interesting email  with your laugh for today

Really? How am I supposed to text him since I am no longer on this earth.
From The Desk Of Dr. Jerome Powell,
USA Federal Reserve Bank Chairman,Alabama Branch
Office.524 Liberty Parkway Birmingham, Alabama USA
I received an email from Mr. William Michael, he called me yesterday with this telephone number: +1(202) 860-2105 informing me that you are dead and he said that i should send him your fund to his home address: usa 94102, because he is your next of kin beneficiary to you, and he also told me that you instructed him to claim your properties including your money in case because you are no more to be found on earth.
I am very sorry to hear that you are no more to be found on earth and i don’t know that this is the reason why you have not reply the message i sent to you regarding the delivery of your fund. this is my promise to you that i am going to do everything within my power to make sure that your fund will be delivered to him as your next of kin beneficiary to you, may your soul rest in perfect peace and may god grant you internal life on the last day to come i am very very sorry.
He did also said he knew he was going to spend some money to get the fund because you told him some thing like that and i should let him know the cost, i told him to hold on and let me verify if this is true or not because i am confused now about this claims,
Yours sincerely,
Dr. Jerome Powell.
Wait for your urgent text message.
Tell phone number ((619) 537-7115)
The Current Chairman Federal Reserved Bank

2018
07/11

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Life
quilts

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Hunter star update 7/10

Hunter Star update 7/10

The piecing is done and it is ready to have the rows sewn together.  The trickiest part is getting those little stars to meet properly.   So I’ll grab a few minutes in the morning before it gets warm enough to pick blueberries and get started.

Surprise vacation

I was given a surprise vacation this week.   Wordpress updated automatically and a number of us have not been able to get into our blogs and websites.   I have spent hours upon hours this week.   I am tiptoeing in here, because things aren’t quite right yet

At any rate, I hope you had a marvelous Independence day, whether Canadian or American.  This usually indicated summer as officially here in the Pacific Northwest, although it was early this year.

As you can see from the above photo, I haven’t made much quilting progress.  Maybe tomorrow, my machine will be ready to come home.  If so, I can pick it up when we get the hearing aids fitted and ordered.

Most of the sheep have fresh coats on now and will move Sunday to a new field of weeds.

We have been picking and eating blueberries and other foods from the garden, and most of all, we have been watering and watering and watering.

So my plan is to be back to blogging again on Sunday to fill you in on life on a mini farm near the city.

2018
06/24

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Life
quilts

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Putting pieces together – Hunter Star

Putting pieces together  – Hunter Star

Using the above two blocks, I am making one block.
Which becomes one quarter of this block
Here there are two sewn together and you see the flower starting to develop.   I am ready for this step with all the blocks now.
Then I will be creating rows like this and
pressing the seam between blocks open, so the middle of the flowers won’t be bulky.

Last week

Last week was spent in the car.  Somehow we managed to put 6 appointments into one week.   There were eye exams, hearing tests and doctor (on different days) as well as the second stem cell treatment and a chiropractor visit.    I’m going to be careful to not let that happen again – at least not in the near future.   That is all that I got done.   So today, I took the day and sewed and sewed and sewed.   What luxury!  I really hope this week will be a normal week.  Normal is good.

2018
06/17

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Life
quilts

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Warm weather and appointments

16 block hunter star

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.

2018
05/29

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quilts

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Hunter star block

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

2018
05/23

Category:
farming
Life
quilts
sheep

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Weed whacking, phone

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.

2018
05/16

Category:
quilts

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Stack and Flip quilt finished

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.