This is what happens when your body hasn’t decided if it is on the East or West coast timeline.
Spool Souffle has had trouble coming to the front and getting finished. But it is now and ready for gifting. It measures 62 x 74″ and is ready for gifting. It is a Fat Quarter shop pattern.
Colorful mountains is a block in general public information and I used a fat quarter pack which I have no idea how I acquired, along with a pale blue for sky. I used the leftover pieces for binding and the back is also a leftover piece of backing. So this quilt used pieces that had not yet found a home. It measures 55″ square and is a perfect lap quilt size.
And that is what happens when your body hasn’t decided if it is on the East or West coast timeline.
Today was the big stem cell day. It took 2 hours to drive into Seattle as there were several accidents, no doubt caused by the rain. It really was surprisingly simple. The doctor pokes tiny little holes in the “love handle” areas of the waist with a #30 needle and then suctions some fat out. Now for me, I didn’t have a problem because I have a bit extra there. For DH, it was a major problem because he really has no extra fat. However, they finally did get enough. They take out what would amount to a stick of butter. Then they process it to remove the stem cells from the fat. This takes about 30-45 minutes. We rested while that was accomplished. Because I have a bad knee, they inserted the cells into the knee joint and I should have full mobility without pain within 3-6 months.
For DH, it was inserted into a vein so that the body can choose the most needed area. For Parkinson’s symptoms, we wait the same amount of time. We do not know what the outcome will be for him. The doctor has done many Parkinson’s patients and all have had some amount of relief from systems, though there is a variance from some relief to remission. Also because this is a progressive type disease, they recommend an “annual booster”. All of this research is so new and they are learning so much continually, that things could change. We entered as part of a national study being conducted.
Yesterday, I managed to quilt most of these colorful mountains. I used a circle design that came with my machine , but changed it to become more oval
I was really short for backing so inserted a block that matched the front. Now, I just need to get both this and the spool quilt bound and off to their new homes.
After having looked at this on the quilting machine for the last month plus, I am excited to have finished the quilting. But the binding will have to wait a bit yet. I somehow injured my ankle so we spent nearly 4 hours going to urgent care. They were extremely busy. The outcome was that I just need to stay off the ankle as much as possible and see what happens. I am so very fortunate to have a neighbor who has offered to clean the stalls for me this coming week. By mid April, the pastures should be in good shape and that will cut the work load.
This afternoon we went tractor hunting. We had already looked at the John Deere, so today was Kubota day. There are many choices and though we were looking at the lower end, these creators cost plenty. So how do we find a used one that we won’t have to spend a lot on repairs? I don’t yet know, but will try to learn. Farming is expensive and labor intensive! Even though I don’t want to pay any more than I absolutely have to for my food, I also realize how inexpensive it really is to go to the grocery store and purchase it. I am thankful to those who spend their time and energy in this way.
This little mountain lap quilt is now ready to quilt. It will measure about 53″ square when finished.
The mountain blocks have been put together. Now I have to decide on an arrangement. I was surprised at how fast they went together. I laid them all out in piles and then just chain sewed them. Fast and easy.
Meet Peppy, our latest little ewe lamb, who did it right. I fed the bottle babies, went home to get something, came back 15 minutes later. She had entered the world at 9# and was already nursing. It would be so wonderful if every baby entered this way and we could let nature do all the work. She is #13 and the 9th ewe lamb.
We are expecting another 10-12 babies in March. I am also anticipating good moms that will have plenty of milk so there will not be more bottle babies. In that way, I’ll also get nightly sleep and perhaps be able to get some sewing and quilting done.
Other than that, we spent a share of our day at Costco, and of course going back and forth to the barn to feed the bottle babies. So for the first time in over a year, I did not finish my “One monthly goal” with Elm Street Quilts.
I’m showing you a couple of mountain mistakes I have made so that you can avoid them. I think I made them because I am grabbing minutes here and there instead of doing them thoughtfully. The above is how they should look. I have 4 of each side.
With these mountains, I failed to reverse two of them, so have 6 of the left side and 2 of the right side. They will still be used. I have a bit of extra fabric, so I will make corrected blocks.
And obviously in this mountain, the first cut was 1.5″ instead of 2″. Again, it is still usable, but not what I had in mind for this quilt. I’m glad I saw this error as soon as I made the first cut. The other blocks are cut correctly.
I am finding with this block, I need to lay the pieces out in the correct order before sewing them together in order to avoid ripping. It really is a very easy block, but one does need to think about the order of sewing.
I’m not sure if this is more for me or you. The delectable mountain tutorial was a dry run before I actually cut out my pieces for the quilt.
I started with 8 1/2″ squares cut on the diagonal. In this case I used the same fabric for the light color in each of my blocks. Sew them together and square them up. This I found to be the most crucial step, because somehow when I sewed those large triangles, they didn’t always come out square. So I squared to 8″. (the rest of these photos is using my practice piece)I put 2 of these new squares together with sides reversed and matching the diagonal line, then cut the 8″ pieces into 4 -2″ pieces and switched the two outside pieces and then the two inside pieces so they now look like this. Because you have cut two of these squares, one is the reverse of the other and can be put together like thisto complete your mountain. If you have trouble visualizing this, you might want to make two squares and try it out first. It makes more sense once you have done it.
NEWS ITEM: Meet Paco and Pepita, our latest additions
She is white, but she is fresh and not yet dried in this photo.