Category Archive: quilts

2017
10/16

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farming
Life
quilts

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Mind out of gear; Pumpkin heads

Have you ever been so busy  that your mind is “out of gear?   Today, after the gym, I needed to purchase gas and go to the post office.   I was being very efficient and making one trip or so was the plan.  Gym done, gas in car and off to the post office.   I parked, picked up the package to mail and realized that I had not addressed it, nor was I able to get the address from where I was.   So, I went back home, addressed the box and sent it out later today.  Sometimes efficiency is not efficient!

We finished changing coats on the Cormos who have outgrown their coats and this fellow really seems to be enjoying the dogs bed.

 These two Pumpkin heads are 13″ wide and 20 and 21″ high.   It feels so good to have finished them after having started them so long ago.

2017
10/15

Category:
quilts

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Sunbonnet Sue #2 quilted

Sunbonnet Sue #2  is quilted and just needs to be bound and washed and sent off to a little girl in California.  This quilt is 50 x 62″ and the Sunbonnets were pieced by my sister.

Quilting took a good share of the day.   And I still do not understand how people get the back really smooth when the front obviously takes less room rolling around the rollers than the back which not only goes around the roller, but does it on top of the batting and the front.  Perhaps it is time to make some phone calls and find out what it is that I do not yet know.

2017
10/13

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Life
quilts

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Sunbonnet sue #2

I have a home for Sunbonnet Sue #2, so have started quilting this flimsy.

It’s rather difficult to see, but these are leaves  in the pink area.   The darker red with have feathers.

Because it didn’t rain today, we were able to do mundane farm chores like moving hay, etc.   So tonight it feels good to be able to sit down and rest and know that tomorrow I won’t be working.

  My prayers are with those in disaster areas and especially in burning California, where we have friends.  But my prayers are also for each of you who feel a need that the need will be met.  Happy Sabbath to you my friends.

2017
10/12

Category:
Life
quilts

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October Sewing Day

First October sewing day, where more than half of the day was spent actually sewing.  What a treat that was!   The applique on this scarecrow is all sewn down, the binding is finished and all the little clips are now off.   I have never used the little Wonder clips instead of pins before.  Now I believe I will have to invest in more and also some of the larger size.   They hold so nicely and they don’t poke the fingers.  The Pattern is “pumpkin head” by Rachell Pellman

2017
09/29

Category:
farming
Life
quilts

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Elm Street OMG for Septemer

OMG for September – Hooking up with Elm Street quilts with my finish for their One Monthly Goal.   Finally the snow people have noses.

Plus there is the little pouch for the transformer to hang on the wall behind the snowman to take the weight off the quilt. This little quilt measures 27 x33 and is done in time for the this year.  It is “Twinkling Snowman” by “aquiltingroadshow@msn.com

The neighbor and I spent too much time getting all the sheep into the proper pastures for their breeding season.   The ewes will be reunited in another month.

And here is the news from today’s paper    “Expect rain and cold temps until July 5, 2018”.  I truly hope this is wrong.

2017
09/25

Category:
quilts

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Nearly finished snow people

It turns out that putting all those little lights into the fabric is hard on the hands.

First I had to lay out where the people were and reverse that pattern to lay on the  back of the hanging.  Then it was time to mark all the light positions

With an awl, I poked all the little holes through and then tried to get a little light into each of those holes. Rubber gaskets go on each side of the fabric to hold the lights in place.

This package has 108 lights.   I still have to make a little holder for the transformer to sit behind the snowman  and they will get orange noses

2017
09/24

Category:
farming
Life
quilts

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Daisy and “Ribbons” table runner

On the left is Daisy at 4 months  (I know -not French, but she said that is who she is) and Beau on the right when he was 2 months.   I find it interesting how long those little noses grow.    Daisy has become quite playful.   She gets so excited when I come to see her that her whole little body wiggles.  However, today, Lacey let her know that she (Daisy) is at the bottom of the totem.  She didn’t hurt her, just rolled her over.

Here is the “Ribbons” table runner for which I tested the pattern.   It is available from the Quilt Pattern Magazine in their October issue.   It measures 20 x 53 and is easily made larger or smaller.   It looks so very different in different color combinations and it would be fun to have a different holiday on the reverse side.   I love testing for this company because I can choose which ones I want to test and the colors.   Therefore I can make items that I can use.

2017
09/17

Category:
food
Life
quilts

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Twinkling snowman and raisins

Twinkling Snowman is now basted together so that I can spent bits of time here and there sewing it down.   I am pleased to get this far.

Remember the 4 gallon bucket of grapes we picked?   This is what they look like dehydratedAnd this is the total amount of raisins from a 4 gallon bucket of grapesThey are horrible to pick off the screen, so I’m hoping not to do any more of these this year or else find a better way to do them.

‘Strive for the Peace of Progress. Not Perfection”.  I found this on Busy Gal’s Homestead blog  this morning.  I have been thinking about it today realize that often I feel defeated because I don’t measure up to my own expectations.  The star I hitch to is way out there.  This summer has been so busy, I haven’t had a chance to get caught up.  I’m going to try to remember the progress made instead of how much is still to do.

2017
09/10

Category:
Life
quilts

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Pumpkin head #2

Pumpkin head #2 is now ready to be embroidered and quilted.  I think I should find a little black cat and a embroider a spider to finish them off.   But finishing them may not happen this year.   I may pin one of them on the wall just for decoration just like he is this year.

When putting together the applique pieces, I laid an applique pressing sheet over the pattern.  It is a white “Teflon” type of plastic through which one can see the pattern.   I press Steam-a-Seam on the back of the fabric I will be cutting out and after removing the paper, press it over the pattern picture.   I assemble the entire block on the pressing sheet and press.   I then carefully lift it off and over to the backing I have previously prepared.   In this way, I can see the image on the pattern for placement and if I put something down incorrectly, it is easy to move on this sheet.   Hope this explanation helps those of you who aren’t confident in placement.

I am done with this pattern now, and if more than one of you would like it, let me know and at the end of the week, I can draw names.  He is a cute little fellow.   But 2 are enough.

Still waiting to hear, but I think that my daughter’s in-laws may have a lot of water in their house in Florida.

2017
09/08

Category:
Life
quilts

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Pumpkin Head

Pumpkin Head is now all put together.   He still needs to be stitched down, but he is in one piece.  This pattern is called “Pumpkin Head” and was designed by Rachel Pellman.   It finishes at 13 x 15.

Again our prayers are for all of those in the path of the storms.   We pray not only for their safety, but that those who have been blessed will share to lessen their burden.   ACS and ADRA are great places to donate if you haven’t chosen a place yet.  Those of you in the storm areas, do what you have to, to keep sane and safe and check in when you have power once again.