Category Archive: quilts

2018
02/09

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Life
quilts
sheep

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Spools quilt together

 The  spools quilt is together and ready for borders.  It seems this week has been fast and furious.   Last night I finished getting everything into Quicken so I can pull up categories for taxes.   I showed it to DH so he could assemble what he needs for the part he does.   I found a couple mistakes which I will repair and then it is ready for my visit with the tax man.   We have added the farm this year as a  business so I don’t really know which numbers he will want.   But they are all there and that is a huge relief.

The sheep shearing man is scheduled for Sunday and that will be an all day job.   If you are close and want to stop by and watch, you are welcome.   I was told to be ready by 8.30 AM.   I think we are doing about 30 sheep.

I mentioned to you earlier this week that we decided to drop 20 years from our ages.   The really ridiculous thing is that we have both have had more energy.   It really seems silly, but we are trying to believe it and act accordingly and I love that more is getting done.   We are also more tired at the end of the day and sleeping better.   Try it and tell me how it goes for you.

Have a peaceful and restful day tomorrow.

2018
02/04

Category:
farming
quilts
sheep

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Almost ready

The feeder is full, the floor is cleaned with fresh straw and she’s almost ready – just in the last stage of waiting.   You can see her eyes are closed and she is tired.   She’s breathing heavily and babies have dropped.   We may be looking at 2 days, but you know nature has a way of it’s own.

Between watching sheep and cleaning stalls, I took some time to finish putting these spools together.  I still have the strips and the squares to put between the rows.   That will take time to decide which color to put where, but I am happy with the progress I made today.

2018
02/01

Category:
Life
quilts

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Spool soufflé row 1

Spool Souffle’ row 1 is together.   Most of the day was spent researching stem cell for Parkinson’s.   One has to dig and make many calls to learn much.  And that means much time on the phone.   So I’m linking up to Elm Street Quilts in the hope that I can get this done as my “OMG” for February http://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2018/02/one-monthly-goal-february-goal-setting.html

Then a neighbor who doesn’t understand sewing machinery, called this afternoon and has a bridesmaid’s dress that needed to be shortened 2″ by this evening.   Wasn’t going to happen here.   Her comment “you do have a serger as JoAnn’s said that how to do it”.    Yes and without time, how does that happen?  She’s a lovely woman and I hate to disappoint her, but I need more time than that to get a full dress and overskirt hemmed and I’m not really good with the rolled hem.

2018
01/30

Category:
Garden
quilts

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Winter or spring?

 

Is it winter or spring, or perhaps half way in between?   The Christmas cactus, that actually bloomed at Christmas,  is once again blooming.   Today though the winds were cold, the hoop house was warm.

The garlic in the left photo is coming up nicely.   I planted it inside last fall because we weren’t sure if we’d get to an outside garden this spring.  In the right photo, the kale at the back is still doing great.   I weeded this much today – which is about 1/3 of it.   Just trying to get the weeds out before they really get a start which in here is very early.  And I want to get the greens started as well.

I’m trying to squeeze a few minutes of sewing into each day, with some days being more successful than others.  I’m ready to start putting this quilt top together now.  It is “Spool Souffle” from the Fat Quarter Shop

 

2018
01/28

Category:
Life
quilts
sheep

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New year mystery quilt finished

The New Year mystery quilt is totally finished at 42 x 60″ for a lap quilt.  I’m linking up to Elm Street OMG http://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2018/01/one-monthly-goal-january-finish-link-up.html

If January is any example, this year will be a much slower year than the last two years.  It’s not that I don’t work, but I’m trying to get some barn cleaning done daily, instead of waiting until it gets too deep and really hurts to get it done.  Plus it seems as if some of my drive has gone without me.   I need to catch up and get that back.

 

2018
01/21

Category:
Life
quilts

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New Years day quilt fun

 

This was my New Year’s Day quilt and what fun.   I didn’t measure because I was so sure I knew how wide it was.   When I got to the last row, I realized I was 2″ short, so took it off the machine, added the fabric, and put it back on to finish the quilting.   I know, measure twice or thrice.

Here is a photo of the overall pattern I quilted on it using a pantograph.   I hope to get it bound before the month is over so I have at least one quilt finish this month.

 

Check this out – at Thanksgiving, we were the same height.   He turned 14 the week before Thanksgiving.   Looks to me like he is going for tall.

2018
01/18

Category:
farming
Knitting
Life
quilts
sheep

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Spool soufflé quilt start

Beau enjoyed riding out to the meat market to get bones for the dogs this morning, then he “helped” me do some cleaning on one of the stalls.

Because I tired of the other quilt, I started this Spool Souffle quilt.  I had it partly cut out, so cut out the background today andsewed the background onto the sides.   And guess what!.  The top and bottom of the spools have 144 lovely triangles that I get to draw diagonals on.   Not happening today and tomorrow I have gym and cleaning the house.    Maybe I should start another quilt – no, maybe I should finish something started.

Just for fun, my brother sent this site for me to add to my blog so you could be entertained.  It is a knit village – very interesting.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/entire-northern-ireland-village-knitted-wool-crochet-cloughmills-county-antrim?utm_source=Atlas+Obscura+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=9c6bc42389-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f36db9c480-9c6bc42389-64485021&ct=t()&mc_cid=9c6bc42389&mc_eid=54eb2a57cf

2018
01/17

Category:
Life
quilts

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Brown geese done

Does this happen to you too?   I went to the gym this morning and worked for an hour, then came home and went back to bed as my brain just wouldn’t engage.

I did go to the doctor appointment this afternoon and other than trying to convince me I needed a flu shot (didn’t buy into it), they think I’ll live another few years.  All the readings were very good.

And before and after all this the brown flying geese are done.   I’m a tad tired of flying geese at this point, so have packed this project into bags with the instructions.   It is now officially a ufo which I will pull out at a later time, perhaps in a week or two.   I want to actually work on something I can finish in a reasonable time.

2018
01/15

Category:
farming
food
quilts
sheep

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Split pea soup

Somehow I didn’t get a photo, but we made two batch of split pea soup.   We canned 24 pints and the rest will happen in the morning. DH enjoys this EVERY evening for dinner.

  Some days, I run out of energy.   Maybe because I spent time in the barn changing sheep coats and cleaning out a stall that I left too long, so it was deeper than I like.   Tomorrow after I get back, I have more stall cleaning to do.  If I was really, REALLY smart, I would pick up the dropped hay weekly and then it wouldn’t have a chance to mat so badly and would not be such a workout.

 I did a minor amount of work on these brown flying geese.   I think these geese will take all week, because tomorrow I have to go up to the mall and return some items.   I keep putting this trip off.   Shopping is not a high priority anymore.  But eventually they will get done.

2018
01/14

Category:
farming
Life
quilts
sheep

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Brown flying geese

 In finished the 200 flying geese for step two and since today was dry, I cleaned some in the barn.   It has been so wet, that it’s a real mess and the loads are heavy, so I’m cleaning that in increments.

I skipped over to step 5, since I noticed brown flying geese, and have one wing on each of these 200 geese.  As long as I’m doing geese, I might as well get them done, right?   There are a lot of geese in this quilt.