Category Archive: Sewing

2018
08/16

Category:
food
Garden
Life
quilts
Sewing
sheep

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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
06/26

Category:
Life
Sewing

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Machine repair

Machine repair #1

Some weeks are not what one expects.   Today, I took the sewing machine I mentioned yesterday in for repair.   It is on contract, so other than losing 2-3 weeks of sewing on it, it is bearable.  It is just my favorite for sewing.  Really I’m thankful, there will be no additional cost for my not catching this problem before it became a problem.

Machine repair #2

Then I picked up the weed whacker that I took in yesterday for repair.   In case you didn’t know, one must use it either at full speed or no speed or the oil doesn’t evaporate properly and clogs the filter.    There is your $30 tip for this week.

Machine repair #3

As long as I had to go the sewing machine store, I took in my felting machine for which the pedal hasn’t been working.   It has not been working at all.  I even had someone else look at it.   No, didn’t work.   Right.   It worked perfectly there.  It is now working at home.

Maybe it’s just me and machines.   We don’t work well together.

2018
06/11

Category:
food
Garden
Sewing

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Hunter star update #2

 

I now have 30 out of 150 of these blocks complete.   They are not difficult, but it does require I sit at the sewing machine.  I would like to get this quilt done by the end of summer, but I’m going to have to spend more time sewing for that.

 

Today I pulled 2/3 of the garlic.   It is early, but we had a good spring and because I didn’t have an outside garden ready, I put them in a corner in the hoop house.  They will lie here for a week curing before I braid or otherwise store them.

I picked these zucchini while they are smaller so I can use them raw.

Have you ever eaten the big leaves that grow around the cabbage head.   We have found them to be very good – much like collards – only better.   DH likes them better than the cabbage head.

After washing and stemming them, I slice them the long way

then crosswise.    You could just slice ribbons if you prefer and sometimes I do.   I then boil them for a few minutes and we like them with vinegar over them.

2018
04/13

Category:
Life
Serger

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Mary and the wedding dress

It was a simple day, which started with more spinning.  After lunch, Mary came over and measured the wedding dress I will be wearing, so I won’t be the one sweeping the floor.  It is now 4″ shorter.   With that done, we enjoyed looking at many of the movies she has taken of her grandson.  He was 2 in January and that is such a go-go age and so cute.

Chores, housekeeping and a simple taco supper completed our day.

2018
01/08

Category:
farming
Life
Sewing

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Seahawks tote

I got this idea for a Seahawks tote as I was getting ready for bed last night, so pulled what fabrics I have in these colors and laid them out for this morning.  And no, this is no on my list of things to do, it just seemed like a great idea.   Tonight, I am back to drawing diagonal lines on the little squares.   (In case you’re interested, this is the road to unfinished projects.)

It was such a beautiful day, I decided first to clean a stall.    Well, the sheep wanted to stand exactly where I wanted to clean so after 3 wheelbarrows, I called it quits for today.   Maybe tomorrow.   Or maybe just a bit each day.  It is difficult to move anything when a sheep is standing on it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went back to the house and sewed the tote.   I used a pattern for the size to cut, however, did construct it a bit differently.  It finished at 5.5″ deep, 16.5 x 18.5″ for the front.   It has two outside pockets on the first photo and 3 on the second.   This seems so big to me.   What do you think?   I hope the recipient is okay with big enough to put the stadium blanket and other items in here.

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2017 Recap and 2018 goals

 

2017 Recap:

Finished 3 pair of the 12 pair of socks that I kitted, ready to go.

Finished 29 quilts, 10 of which were ready for the quilting.   The other 19 were in early stages or not started.

 

 

 

 

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I also made 2 bags and 2 pillows plus embroidered 4 sets of towels.   I embroidered a Hatched in Africa set each month for their challenge, two of which were jeans.

There were bowl cozies and pea pods.

Then there were the baby lambs and additional sheep and puppy.  I don’t want to forget there was a garden with canning and freezing.

Plus the hospital stays.   It appears to have been a very busy year.  But there were things I did not finish or even start, so they can become goals for the next year.

2018 goals:

I’m expecting much more “out of sewing area” activities.  My sister-in-law has Alzheimer’s and is near the end.  There will be many more lambs plus sheep activities including at least one fair where I will be showing them.  We are moving the garden to a more level spot this spring.  DH is needing more attention.  And there is a big wedding in California in April.   I have fewer flimsies, so most quilts still need much work.

Quilts to do:         Goal is 200 yards usage

  1. Mystery quilt:  Merry Mayhem  –  NY day mystery

  2. Mystery quilt:  “Scrappy friends” – NY day mystery

  3. Bonnie Hunter “On Ringo Lake”  – finished clue #1

  4. Daffodil flimsy – to quilt

  5. Roses flimsy – to quilt

  6. Teddy Bear picnic – to quilt

  7. Celebrate  flimsy – to quilt

  8. Bear paw quilt – large,  cut out

  9. All aboard – not started twin bed size

  10. Fish quilt – not started applique – large wall or lap quilt

  11. Tulip quilt – flimsy – needs quilting

  12. Sunbonnet Sue #4, have sue blocks, needs setting and quilting

  13. Bonnie Hunter 2012, needs to be finished for King size, quilted, etc.

  14. Baby Hono – I want to make a child size turtle quilt

  15. Finish all the paper piecing blocks and finish the wall hanging with them.

Socks:  I’ll keep working on my last year’s kits, since I only finished 1/4 of them.

Other goals:

  1. Learn Electric quilt

  2. Learn cutting machine

  3. Make 10 Alzheimer’s activity mats

  4. Try 2 new recipes a month

  5. Gym 2x week

  6. Make garden plan with plans for starting, fert, etc.

  7. Make hoop house plans as above

Obviously, I will come across items during the year that I will tuck into my weeks.

 

2017
12/13

Category:
Life
quilts
Sewing

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Pink 9 patches

There are 4 more peapods finished and one more cut out, but I don’t have a zipper for it, so it will be a ufo until a zipper happens my way for it.

Then I pulled out the quilt pattern I am testing.  It has several pink and white 9 patches..  I worked on them until my machine rebelled.   When a machine misbehaves, it usually is operator error, so I shut it down for tonight and it will probably be just fine tomorrow.

2017
12/11

Category:
Life
Sewing

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Bowl cozies done

The bowl cozies are done.   I love the variety of colors.  And that means I can cross the third item off my December check list.  I’m working on the sheep registrations and we now have an ad up for the rental – though I’m not sure people really want to move this time of year.   Maybe tomorrow I can advertise my sergers.  It might be a good time to sell them as well as my Featherweight sewing machines in which I’m really not interested.   It feels as though I am moving along on the list this month.

2017
12/09

Category:
farming
Life
Sewing

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Hay delivered

Yesterday – 10 Tons of hay delivered.   This should keep us until spring fills the pastures with grasses once again.

I was shivering cold at the end of these 3 hours.  And I so appreciated the folks that helped get the hay off the truck and stacked into the barn.   This should take us into the spring when the pastures green up again.  When the truck left, I quickly went to get a few weekend groceries and then stayed in the house trying to get warm.

The following hat is very easy to make and has the pattern for several sizes.   I’m hoping to get 2-3 made for myself for this winter.

Fleece Hat with Ear Flaps FREE Pattern and Tutorial

This big outdoor dog may want to live a cat’s life.   That’s a room heater he is lying in front of.   When he went to the door, he poked his nose out, looked at me like “you’re kidding, it’s freezing out there”.   I persuaded him that he would be happier out there.  This same dog loves playing in snow.

2017
11/24

Category:
food
quilts
Sewing

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Apples and bowls

Black Friday and I no longer have dates, so I moved on to other things.   Did you brave weather and crowds for a special priced item or two?   If you did, I’d love to know about it.

100# of apples are now all sauced and about half of that is now finished apple butter.   It seems to take longer than I remember it taking a few years ago.  Then there was a major cleaning job in the kitchen as I made some of the sauce each of several days without totally cleaning each time.   But now all is finished except the applesauce becoming apple butter in the slow cooker.

I was able to move on into the sewing realm.  These bowls are coming together one seam at a time.   Today I finished half the darts and then moved on to getting  this quilt on the machine.   My goal is to get it quilted and maybe finished before the end of the month which is this coming Thursday all ready.   Hard to believe isn’t it?