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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Mystery quilt: Merry Mayhem – NY day mystery
Mystery quilt: “Scrappy friends” – NY day mystery
Bonnie Hunter “On Ringo Lake” – finished clue #1
Daffodil flimsy – to quilt
Roses flimsy – to quilt
Teddy Bear picnic – to quilt
Celebrate flimsy – to quilt
Bear paw quilt – large, cut out
All aboard – not started twin bed size
Fish quilt – not started applique – large wall or lap quilt
Tulip quilt – flimsy – needs quilting
Sunbonnet Sue #4, have sue blocks, needs setting and quilting
Bonnie Hunter 2012, needs to be finished for King size, quilted, etc.
Baby Hono – I want to make a child size turtle quilt
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.
Learn Electric quilt
Learn cutting machine
Make 10 Alzheimer’s activity mats
Try 2 new recipes a month
Gym 2x week
Make garden plan with plans for starting, fert, etc.
Make hoop house plans as above
Obviously, I will come across items during the year that I will tuck into my weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
All the 40 of these have the darts cut now and are sitting at the machine ready to sew.40# of apples are now applesauce with another 60# in the wings. I’d like to finish before Thanksgiving, but that won’t happen.
The crockpot is full as DH really enjoys the apple butter and that’s what much of this applesauce will become.And then the raisins! I have had my dehydrators about 35 years and they have been very busy during those years. One quit heating and the other got way to hot, so I now need to replace both of the heaters. However the company has gone out of business, so I’m looking at other options.
For your enjoyment: There are times the hay ends up on someone’s back because they move just as I toss it. As you can see, the one on top really didn’t care where the hay was as long as it was accessible. She was quite willing to jump up on a back.