Category Archive: quilts

2017
07/23

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food
Life
quilts

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Paper pieced fox; dogs, cucumbers

I used both ends of the day to be able to complete this little fox.   The pattern comes with two sheets to paper piece, one facing each direction.   I decided with this month’s intrusions, one will have to do.

This is the way the cucumbers looked going into the dehydrator and here they are finished.    Then I crumbled some in the blender for sauce or soup  so you could see how that looks.

This is a quart of dried basil.   Growing and dehydrating basil takes so little time and is really cost effective.

The rest of the day was spent trying to outsmart the 2 dogs who live here, but would rather be off checking out the entire neighborhood.    They are in escape mode once again.   So I erected some electric netting in one place and am hoping it stays hot.   In another place, I put a 2 x 12 x 8.   Let’s see if they can chew their way out of that! They can be challenging.   DH says it is because they have the coyotes trained to not enter and they have nothing else to do but think up escape plans.

And we did get a visit from youngest grandson  who turned 12 yesterday  – (along with his mother who is tad older).  It was terrific to have a normal day.

 

2017
07/21

Category:
food
Life
quilts

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The little fox and cucumbers

I’m currently working on this little fox, but progress is slow right now, and there are many small pieces.

The garden also beckons me and there are now 9 trays of cucumbers on the dehydrator.  These will be great for sauces, dips, and flavoring.   Although there are still many cucumbers to share.  I am only making a very few pickles this year, because there are still some from last year.   I am also looking for a great relish recipe if anyone has one and is willing to share.

The current plan is rest and relax tomorrow.   I hope you will join with us in enjoying the day.

 

2017
07/05

Category:
Garden
Life
quilts

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Sunbonnet Sue #1 finished

Sunbonnet Sue quilt #1 FINISHED – well no label, but whether that happens will depend on who eventually gets it.  The batting said it was good for a 10″ spread and these squares are 8″, so I decided not to mess around inside the square.  It is backed with a pink flannel that matches the light pink on the front and is soft and cuddly.  The finished size is 52 x 63″ – just perfect to wrap around a young lady and/or have as a bed covering.

The weather for the next 10 days is saying daytime highs at 80 and full sun, so we will be out there with hoses going.   Fortunately we have about 6″ mulch on the blueberries and grapes, so they will probably be able to go a week between waterings which will help.  This is absolutely beautiful weather and I don’t want to be inside sewing, cooking, or cleaning.  I’m soaking up as much Vitamin D as possible.   I’m thankful that I can sew/quilt from January through April when it’s too wet and cold to be outside any more than necessary.

July challenges and Elm Street’s OMG

I didn’t quite finish all of June as I didn’t get the Sparkling snowmen done for Judy’s challenge.   The others I did finish.   Now for July is seems there are more that I want to get done, but there is strawberry jam to make and pickles to start preserving, the tomatoes are starting to ripen,  the garlic will need to be pulled in about two weeks,  and the garden is needing watering 3 or more times a week.  Plus there are 4 birthdays.   However will I fit all this into a month that is always shorter than I need.   Summer is here and I am loving it.   So I’ll do what I can.

July challenges:

 

  1.     Linking up to Elm Street OMG with the Winter woodland paper pieced fox.


  2. Patchwork times #12 will be to finish the binding on the sunbonnet Sue that has been quilted.

  3. Washington state quilters to finish the Sparkling snowmen

  4. My Hatched in Africa challenge will be to use one of their designs on something, but as of yet, I haven’t decided.

Have you committed yourself to some challenges this month?   If so, I’d love to hear about them.

2017
06/29

Category:
food
Life
quilts

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Lemons and skips

Yes, we have lemons – that is 4 lemons the size of cherry tomatoes.   It’s time study up and see what went wrong.  The little tree is now full of fresh blossoms and seems to be very happy out in the hoop house this summer.

 I continue to have new experiences and usually just when I think I have learned this machine.  This is a scene put down with heat and bond.   The quilting machine didn’t seem very happy about that.  See those skips.   I continued on and then took it to the sewing machine, which also refused to sew on it.   I washed it and then I was able to stitch it on the sewing machine.  I have quilted through this before without any issues.  Does anyone have any ideas what was happening?

I did finally finish this “cabin in the woods” hanging and it’s okay, but I wish the quilting would have gone better.   This was a test quilt for the on-line Quilt Magazine.  I think it was featured in the October 2016 issue.  It was in line to be quilted last fall when it decided to vanish.   I found it after Christmas sitting between two stacks of drawers.   It finished at 34″ square.

2017
06/26

Category:
Life
quilts

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Linking up to One Monthly goal

I finished the Winter Woodland Magpies by Silver Linings Originals.  So I’m linking up with Elm Streets One Monthly Goal.   I don’t feel that I’m improving on this paper piecing technique.   How many pieces does it take to get it learned?  As you can plainly see, the top piece turned out better than the bottom one.  I shall persevere and who knows, I may learn this.  However, with this wonderful weather, I’m spending most of the day picking food and weeding.

2017
06/19

Category:
farming
Garden
Life
quilts

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Sunbonnet Sue #1 is quilted

Sunbonnet Sue #1 is quilted and ready for binding.

In this photo on the left, you can see the daisies.   I used this Rainbow thread from Superior for the top and a prewound So fine for the bottom.

It was a gorgeous day, in which I was able to be outside part of the day just enjoying the lovely weather.   The new sheep are all coated and the baby shots are finished for this year.   The garden is fertilized.   It was a wonderful day.

2017
06/16

Category:
Garden
Life
quilts

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Sunbonnet quilting

Not only have I decided on a pattern for the Sunbonnet quilting, I actually have begun the quilting.   It isn’t the pattern that was #1 on my list, but I went with the second idea of all these little daisies and I like it.  Maybe I’ll squeeze a bit of time on Father’s day to finish the quilting.   Then I want to put something in her hand, but haven’t decided on that yet.   After spending the morning at the eye doctor and another appointment, I very much needed to do something creative and was happy to have this quilt ready to go.   It feeds the soul to work on something pretty.

I picked a few strawberries today, but I am not happy with the quality, so I may pull them at the end of the season and put new ones in next year.

I also managed to get in a quick trip to the grocery store and pick up the chicken for the dogs, get it in ziplock bags and freeze it.

This very full day has come to an end and so have we, so I’ll say, Shabbat Shalom and have a terrific Father’s day this week end.  Those of you with families, love and cherish them.

 

 

 

 

2017
06/09

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quilts

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Magpies and Sues

There are two magpies in this kit.   The first is started.   I work on this paper piecing until I start making mistakes and then I know it is time for something else.

So I sewed the backing for the Sunbonnet Sues, cut and washed the batting and assembled it all onto the quilting machine so it can catch my eye from time to time and eventually tell me how to quilt it.   I’m leaning very much to just outlining the blocks.

It rained today (and yesterday) which is great for the gardens and pastures.   Now the forecast is partially sunny and some clouds until this coming Friday when we are forecast to get another day of rain.    This is good weather for June.

Shabbat Shalom and a blessed weekend for all.

2017
06/08

Category:
Life
quilts

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Sunbonnet Sue gets her turn

Do you remember these Sunbonnet Sue tops from February 2015?  They have been hanging in the closet waiting for their turn.   I still don’t know how they want to be quilted, but they will have a pink flannel back. (currently in the dryer.)   They are really wanting to be used to cuddle a little girl.

We had a visit with the internist today.   She told us that in the 35 years she has been in internal medicine, she has never seen a large cyst that was clear.   She has only seen two other large cysts, but both were filled with puss.   The operating doctor had sent samples to the lab for analysis and they found nothing but clear liquid.   So we go back in 6 week intervals to see if anything has changed, or sooner if pain occurs.    We thank the Lord for this great news. And we thank you, our friends and family, for your thoughts and prayers.