2019
01/01

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machine embroidery
quilts

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Lamb Crib Quilt

I was given this pattern for an embroidery machine Lamb Crib quilt by Heart n Sole.  I have been given a week to get it done.  I think I can do it, but it will be close.   It will make a nice quilt for my next grandchild – if and when.

It is made of little   4.5″ finished quilted squares  and then put together.   Then a backing is used across the back to cover all the seams and the original was then tied in the corners.   Today I made 30 of these little squares.  That gives me another 80 to go.  Since they are small, and the quilting is minimal, they go fast.

 

2018
12/31

Category:
quilts
Schedules

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Quilts to finish in 2019

As we enter this next year, I have joined some groups to help me keep accountable.  This means that I get to post the photo of the quilt I want to finish each month at the beginning of the year and check in at the end of each month to see if that has been accomplished.

January- this quilt still needs to be quilted and bound

 

 

  February – Bear paw has been cut out.   There are many, many pieces and it will be a challenge to get this top done in one month.   But I need to apply myself as lambs will be coming next month.

 March – Leg Cozie, a lap quilt

  April – babies are mostly here and needing a lot of work, plus the garden needs to be worked.   So the aim is to get the teapot miniature done.

  May – Glacier is 50 x 70 and I’m hoping things have calmed down enough I have time to finish this top.

    June – I still have 14 of these blocks that are finished and need to be set into a top.  The plan is to find a baby quilt design into which to fit them and finish the top.

 

  July and August – There are several of these blocks.  I plan to finish 2 of them during the hot weather.

  September – The garden is still needing lots of attention so if I complete the top, I will be happy.   This has been on my radar for about 15 years.

  October – Time to start thinking about the holidays.  This will be gifted.

 

   November – Garden is mostly done, Sheep are breeding and I will catch my breath.   I love Penguins and so do others.   This will be gifted.

  December and another penguin quilt.     These are my month goals and I am connecting with American Patchwork challenge, and others as they come to my attention.   That’s my way of being help accountable.   And of course, I have told you my plan, so you will also be watching.

Have a very blessed 2019, full of health and happiness.

 

 

 

2018
12/25

Category:
Life

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Merry Christmas

We wish each of you and your family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS filled with love and happiness.

2018
12/19

Category:
Life

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2019 goals

Life has been a series of surprises the last two years, and I didn’t make goals last year like I usually do.   However, the result was that I got even less done.  So this coming year, I will make fewer goals, but they won’t be as ambitious as they have been in the past.

  1. Move worship to morning

  2. Knit 12 items – sock and scarves.

  3. Spin 2 hours weekly

  4. Make 12 quilt tops- mostly lap size – they do not have to be quilted

  5. Finish the paper piecing animals that I have started.

  6.  Use 200 yards of fabric

  7. Design and maintain a year round food garden

  8. End the year with all fleeces sold or in production

  9. Redesign sheep area so one person can do sheep maintenance

  10. Try 12 new recipes

  11. Blog here 3 times a week

  12. update MassenaMeadows Facebook weekly

This may be a bit ambitious, but better to shoot for the stars than rumble along.

I am linking up with Yvonne@QuiltingJetgirl and her #2019quiltingparty.

2018
12/18

Category:
farming
Knitting
Life
Schedules
sheep

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Hopscotch socks

These are the socks I started with the Felici yarn pattern called Hopscotch on number 2 needles.  The photo is true to the colors.  Since I am a slow knitter it takes me about 40 minutes to do each color stripe and this pattern is just k3, p1 around and around.  I am ready to do the heel.  After  I  finish the heel and the turn it, I’ll put it in the car to work on while waiting for appointments, etc.  So far, I’ve been working on them in the evenings when I’m too tired to do anything else.

Today was a good day.  I have 2 stalls 12 x 15 each, this being one.  The other area is 12 x 30.  I cleaned the larger one yesterday and this one today.

Then I worked at getting hay down.   The shadows changed the color of the hay, but you can see a bale on the tractor and I did manage to get another bale on top of this one.  This type of work takes more thought and tractor maneuvering, because I don’t have the strength yet to lift these 100# bales.  But I did get it loaded and moved down the road and into the rams area to be able to feed them.  Usually my neighbor man does this, but was not available today.

After this and lunch, I took DH to the chiropractor and while he was there, I was able to get the groceries. After dinner, I rested for a bit.  I don’t want to spoil a night’s sleep by resting too much.

It makes me happy when I can see accomplishments like this and I feel like I didn’t waste the day. I’m hoping to get back on track after too many of life’s interruptions.   Well – after the holidays anyway.   Part of the problem is that I didn’t set goals and make schedules for myself this year like I normally do.   When I don’t, it seems I don’t get much done.

2018
12/16

Category:
quilts
Sewing

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Teddy bear blanket

This teddy bear blanket is the largest left over piece from the quilt I made using some of these parts as blocks.   And it must have a satin binding to be a proper baby blanket.   It is 44 x 44, so will be useful for some time.  Instead of quilting, I bar tacked where she will be put the ties as she wanted a tied blanket, but I don’t know what color, so she gets to do that part.

2018
12/14

Category:
food
Knitting

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Felici socks started

Socks:

These are going to be an interesting pair of socks.  The colors on the ball are pretty enough, but I’m starting to have doubts about how they will look.   However, no one will see them under jeans anyway, so I’m plunging onward.

FOOD:

Remember these very green tomatoes that I picked a couple of weeks ago and wondered if they would ripen.   Here they are today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden:

I’m not sure what happened in the raspberry patch, but some of the supporting posts are lying on their sides. It may be that they have just rotted off.  I’ll have to inspect, but for today, I just trimmed them back to knee high.   We only need a few.

 

2018
12/13

Category:
farming
Life

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Swollen wrist

What an experience – not to be repeated.   It was so wet when I cleaned the barn last week, I put down extra shavings.  That worked great because it was much easier to clean this week.  The problem: because of less weight I used the shovel instead of the pitchfork.   That would have been okay if I had handled it like the pitchfork.   Instead, without realizing it, I used a different motion. I have been unable to use my right hand because of a swollen wrist from muscles not usually in play.   For an extreme right handed person, eating or writing left handed is a challenge.  Needless to say, I felt very tied down during those days and I am so happy to have wrists and hands normal again.

Before the wrist incident, I knitted these socks to this point, but find I don’t like this wool and gauge for socks.  I will start over with a different yarn.

GOTTA LOVE a SON

We have an adult son who lives in a part of the house and with whom we share a kitchen and laundry room.  I told him, it was his turn to buy laundry detergent.

Here is what I saw when I walked into the laundry room.   We only use 2 a year and he informed me that he had just saved us several trips to Walmart.  I don’t think that is the only reason I shop Walmart.   But we have laundry detergent for what looks like 4 years.  Sometimes, life is just amusing.

2018
12/07

Category:
Life

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Remember when

Remember when this was the best there was?

My parents saved to be able to purchase this:  a record player/radio inside a nice cabinet.   It was a joy to them to be able to have such a nice item.

They were able to purchase a matching record cabinet to hold their albums as they accumulated.   Because they took very good care of anything they acquired, all the albums are in excellent shape.

I chose to keep these more as furniture memories than anything else.  They have filled 2  corners in the living room and serve as a table for various “treasures”  This week as we have been putting up the holiday decorations, I looked to see what records might be in this cabinet.   Ah, Christmas music – what fun to go back through those albums.

We have been enjoying listening to these old records – songs, Handel’s Messiah, etc.  After Christmas there is Hawaiian music, classical, and spiritual music.   I’m so happy I saved these and someday I hope one of our children will treasure them as well.

2018
12/05

Category:
food
Life

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Tomato sauce

It’s been bright, but freezing cold outside, so what better to do than processing food.

In  the summer, when time is at a premium, the tomatoes and other vegetables often get bagged and frozen for when there is more time.   So yesterday, I pulled out the tomatoes, peppers, onions, celery tops, and other items including small left overs to make a tomato sauce which simmered all day.   I started with 24 quarts of produce in 2 large pots.  This morning, we jarred and processed it.  I ended up with 12 quarts of tomato/spaghetti sauce.

This is what I saw walking up to the barn.   Such a nice ram.  It was cold and the hen found a warm woolly blanket.

The tree is standing now, the ornaments are pulled out and currently there is one big mess until the tree is decorated.