Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The year is almost over

And where did it go? Actually I am glad it is almost finished. IT has been quite the weird year, with fires around area, overgrown gardens, health issues with friend’s families. Even the sewing machines got lonely for a while there. 
I joined into Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt this year and have managed to keep up. Here is what I have so far...

Also have started a quilt for friends. This has been quite the popular pattern I have made, this being number 7.    
AND... I am sewing all those 4patches that I have made over the last five years into like colored bigger squares. They are of all different sizes and I am even fitting in different bonus blocks now. Need to clean out those excess ones.  Have a bunch of fabric just sitting there waiting for the next big quilt and still these little blocks call me. 
This picture was taken first thing in the morning yesterday, and I should have taken another one last night. Snowed all day, maybe an inch in total as it also just hovered around 34 degrees. Freezing this morning though. 
Well that is all for now...

Monday, November 6, 2017

And now it is November

Been awhile since I last posted. You know how it goes. My daughter and I took a trip to visit my son and his family early October. He is going to turn 40 this year! 40!! His birthday is early January and there is no way I will travel to his part of the work then. Blizzards, snow and nasty weather. As it was my daughter and I had a very nice time seeing his new home and visiting the area.
Finally able to get back into sewing room after the busiest summer so far. I have managed to finish the baby quilt though waiting on pictures with the little one. 
I had a few people asking for the microwave bowls and at the same time, I created plate bowls. They fit any dinner plate size and help keep food warm.
This quilt below was made by finally sewing together 4 patches that were made as leaders and Enders. It is lap sized and was gifted to sister for her birthday. 

These were other four patches made using 2 1/2” squares and I just made some tote bags with them. It is a great way to use these and the bags are quite handy. 

A friend has asked me to make another version of this quilt for her this coming year. I just got the background fabric set the leaves on which will change the look once again. This is my original one I made 6 years ago and have made at least 7 since then. It was a very popular pattern sold through Keepsake Fabrics and it is a bit of a challenge to keep the leaves straight. It can be a lot of fun to create. 
I am also going to attempt to do the Bonny Hunter mystery quilt this year. You can find the info on her site, 

One last picture taken on a little side trip my hubby and I took. If you look close, you can see 3 wild turkeys!

Monday, September 4, 2017

What a summer

It has been so busy here with gardening, canning, fixing irrigation lines, weddings. There has been so much smoke in the air from all the fires north of us. For most of July and August and now into September, we have only had smoke in the skies. When the sun does manage to shine it is so hot! 
I did manage to finally finish the wedding quilt, but again forgot to take a picture as time was running out and it needed to be done. 

I also found out that I am a new grand aunt so started this pattern by the Red Boot Quilt Company called Little bears. This is how it looks now...
 I do have the binding sewn on now and just finishing the back. Harper Lee was born in June so I am not too late. Yesterday I spent 4 hours restacking this off the trailer into the barn. 

 This wood was a great bargain. And yes, most of it is warped! We are going to cut down to usable, non warped pieces and the rest will be cut for kindling. I was in a panic to get it in the barn just in case it rained. Yeah right... we haven't had a drop of rain since the first week of June and none forecasted in the coming few weeks. We would love to have some of the rain others have had this summer as it is so dry here. We had a very wet spring thank goodness otherwise we may have more fires in our area. 
 That is the sun trying to shine through the smoke. Anyways, got another irrigation line to fix. One of the previous owners really Mickey moused the whole system, and when something goes, it is a major seek and find. When we do find, it is "how the heck did they do that and why?". Because of where the break is, the whole system needed to be turned off and the gardens, lawn and pasture are starting to suffer. And of course, the leak happened on Labor Day weekend, so no supply stores open. So the task today is to dig it out (through hard packed soil), on a tree covered spot, (think root infested), with curious cattle in the mix. Should be interesting!! Maybe I will wait for their nap time and go harvest the garden first. 
The garden... been so productive that I am now out of jars. Still have saurkraut to do, and more tomatoes to pick and peppers to dry. We also have 78 acorn squash in basement with more still to pick and 10 zucchini in fridge. We have been shredding zucchini and freezing, and the freezer is packed. Most of the tomatoes now will be turned into tomato paste as we have enough rotel, sauce, pasata, and canned tomatoes. Like I said, no more jars. 
Ok can't put it off anymore... 

Sunday, June 18, 2017


Not too much time has been spent in the sewing room the last two months. What time I have has been spent getting this quilt to this stage. 
I almost have the backing pieced using the leftover pieces from the front. It really is a hodgepodge of different sections and great for using up the leftovers. Not fancy but useful. 
We have working a lot trying to reclaim the property from winter. Irrigation sprinklers fixed, check! Garden planted, check! Lawns mowed, three times, check! New flower plants in ground (even the ones bought on special) check! Pergola cover made, check! Burn pile gone, check! And the list goes on. Speaking of, I should get started...
One final thing, the 15th was my 60th birthday and my hubby treated me like a queen. I received gifts all day that totaled 6. First, 6 red roses, 6 candles, 6 pack of Guinness, 6 letters for memories from my siblings, 6 chocolate bars, 6" potato to go with the steak supper he barbecued for us, 6 oz container of sunscreen, and the last one was a promise of 6 days anywhere in the world. Wow eh! 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Another go at it

Last week, I had created such a cute post to catch up. As I tried to publish, the app I was using said I needed to sign in. Poof! All that work disappeared. Usually I never have a problem and it was so disheartening that I put it away. But that was true for most of the last two weeks. It has been gray, rainy with just a hint of sun every once in awhile. 
But today, the sun is out, the birds are singing and happy and there is great hope that this will post.
So... what have I done in the last month?
 Finished this now but have been waiting for a nicer day to photograph.
 I have decided to hand quilt this one, though I may change my mind as I want it done! I bought the rag quilt die for my acuquilt machine and had to try it out. This is not very big but it is my go to chair quilt at the moment.   
The triangle quilt was pieced last year and now finished. 
The striped quilt was done with I spy fabric and is crib sized sorta... lol
We have saved a few corks here over the years and I thought this would be idea for the front of the house. 
I have it all glued together now and waiting for some warmer weather to put the tung oil on. 
Now to see it this will post!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Update progress

Finally got special quilt made and sent off. But don't you know it... forgot to take a finished picture. This one was taken before all the quilting on the sandwich...
Turned out rather nice once it was finished. I also made a baby quilt for a grand nephew who arrived December 1st but still need to get it to him....
 It seems I am not so great at getting finished pictures. Been so gloomy and cold outside that not really wanting to take pictures. 
We did get another batch of snow but it disappeared within 2 days...
With a friend, we have made her 4 new patio cushions by using the old ones as patterns. I was so inspired by this that I ordered some fabric for ours. It came today! This is my friend's...
 Hopefully can get pictures of them finished before they go to their home. Our color will be peacock green and as it is a different pattern, it will inspire me to try. While I was waiting for the fabric, I put the two side borders on our quilt and measured for the third border...
 Most of the leaves are sewn on now and once I have finished I will start the cushions. The grapes will be added on by hand so the machine will be free. 
My sister was needing some me time finally, so I volunteered to have my mother stay with us for two weeks. Sis really deserves this time as she has been a great caregiver. It has been so enjoyable to have Mom here and we have watched many of the old time westerns.  
That's all for now...

Monday, January 30, 2017


I have just finished quilting this and have binding ready to go.  I keep forgetting to take pictures...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Small Entries

I think I will just start putting small entries on the blog. Usually I try and save a lot of things to enter here but I have noticed that most times, I just get lazy. So, from now on, I will just enter as I go. This will make it brief but at least there will be some record.
 Went to Sonoma for Christmas with husbands family . We went to Sebastiani winery, did some fantastic wine tasting, joined their wine club and bought some wine which is winging its way to us at this very moment.
 Beautiful picture taken just before the new year. What you can't see is he cold. Hubby and I stayed at home for New Years Eve as we were still jet lagged from California trip. 
Finally started again on quilt for a friend. I have almost 2 more rows done.
 This is not even half way. I have made so many of these that the pattern is not enjoyable anymore. Oh well...