If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Making Progress




Yesterdays class, Metro Twist, went very well and even thou it was a small group, it was for the best.... seeing how I hadn't done a class in ages, little rusty.



But from the ones who were there and we're able to sew, they made a block and learned all the tips I had.  One lady was given incorrect instructions on how to prep her fabric. But I had extra fabric and some cut out pieces that she was at least able to practice some assembling. That way when she got home she could start on hers.



But with her help this much was done on a future baby quilt.
On my way to another goal of having at least a dozen baby quilts to donate this year.




Today was able to finish the small blocks that I ran out of fabric on, 



and using the wrong side of this fabric work out perfectly. Not an  exact match but just fine.




Can you figure out which five squares I used the reverse fabric?
Need to add the border and all will be good with this top.
Yeah..... great to have this months RSC completed or will be tomorrow.

Beside sewing, did do a little gardening, on the porch.







Here are a few pictures but I want to say more but have to go cook dinner. Do so on the next babbles

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Making Progress




Yesterdays class, Metro Twist, went very well and even thou it was a small group, it was for the best.... seeing how I hadn't done a class in ages, little rusty.



But from the ones who were there and we're able to sew, they made a block and learned all the tips I had.  One lady was given incorrect instructions on how to prep her fabric. But I had extra fabric and some cut out pieces that she was at least able to practice some assembling. That way when she got home she could start on hers.



But with her help this much was done on a future baby quilt.
On my way to another goal of having at least a dozen baby quilts to donate this year.




Today was able to finish the small blocks that I ran out of fabric on, 



and using the wrong side of this fabric work out perfectly. Not an  exact match but just fine.



Can you figure out which five squares I used the reverse fabric?
Need to add the border and all will be good with this top.
Yeah..... great to have this months RSC completed or will be tomorrow.

Beside sewing, did do a little gardening, on the porch.







Here are a few pictures but I want to say more but have to go cook dinner. Do so on the next babbles

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Happy Sewing

I have to say one thing about the hot temps is that  I'm fortunate to be able to stay inside with the A/C on, it gives me more time to spend on sewing.

 I was so tired last night to write that I'll show what I did yesterday and what I did today.
I like to say that I have spent very little time outside this week and what time I am, is all about supplying the plants with water.
After that I need a shower before I can do anything else. Have to wash all this sweat off, blasted humidity.
Today while out n the garden I picked the last of the cabbage, 



couple reds and one green.

I see sauerkraut in the near future.




Yesterday I finished the last block for month 13 of Farmers Wife 1930's Sampler 



While out yesterday I went by the quilt shop to drop them off. I like to take the completed blocks to the shop as soon as I finish them. Don't want to be responsible for them any longer than I need to.

When I came back home, decided to work on RSC for this month.
Using a pattern I've done before,

  Cityscapes by: Nancy Mahoney Port City

Its a free pattern and here is a link to it



Making mine smaller for a baby quilt, had most of the pieces cut out but ran out of one piece of fabric and needed to assemble some of the units before I know what steps to do next.



This is what I have so far.



But there are five 3 1/2 squares that need strips sewn on around the square and I have no more of the fabric. I audition this lighter solid but I think it stands out too much. So I thought about trying something I do on occasion.



That is to use the wrong side of a fabric.



Cut out a few strips and put them up on the wall to audition.



What do you think?

I think it will work just fine.



Now for today I worked on getting handouts, samples and quilts I've done together to take.
You see tomorrow I am teaching a class on using the Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful.



Have what I need in the box ....... which I picked up at Costco the last time I went for a real descent price.

The pattern we'll be making is the Metro Twist

Image result for metro twist quilt

My sampler was done in blues



Picture is not very sharp, I pulled it off the web.

And these are a couple other quilts I made using Sew Kind of Wonderful patterns and Quick Curve Ruler.




So there it is, some useful days as they say on the Island of Sodor.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Never Too Late To Learn Something New

Starting today was the first meeting for the Block Busters created by Deb Tucker at Sager Creek Quilt Shop in Siloam Springs Arkansas.
It's a free class that meets each month where we will make 2 blocks each month, one for our self's and another to be donated for charity quilts.



These blocks are being made using Deb Tuckers FUNdamental tools.



At this meeting today the block we made used the Tucker Trimmer.

If you haven't seen or heard of one here is a link to Studio 180 Designs


There was a good turn out, actually the response has been so positive that they have 3 different time slots and they are all full.



Not just making the block but we had a chance to see how value combinations effects the overall look of the block. Just by looking at all the ones here is just a small taste. Like the one above, changing the dark red to the more medium floral gives its such a different feel.





The Tucker Trimmer helps make perfect hour glass unit and half squares.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

What's Up 06.20.16

My what's up for today is twofold, what is up on my design wall and the other is what I was up to the past couple of days with my container veggie garden.
I know I can get obsess with something when my mind gets started on something new.



And that is with this garden on the porch. I know I have a large mess out in the big veggie patch. But I just do not find myself wanting to go out there and work that big space that needs a lot of work right now. But I do want fresh homegrown veggies. So after seeing what Mama did with hers, it just clicked. I've known about growing veggies in containers ever since I started gardening and I've even done a little bit in the past but for some reason the thought of the simplicity of just going out to my back porch, harvesting and taking care of vegetables sound so much more appealing than going out to the big garden daily.
Now I have a big garden for crops that need to grow in large quantities for canning and preserving. 




So what I plan on putting on the porch or what I have started on the porch will be basically just your daily eating type of vegetable. Like lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini and things of that sort that you would need for a daily meal.



Besides veggies I've also invest a little in some already potted herbs oregano, sage, thyme and mint. I did plant some basil, chives and parsley by seed  




That's what I did over the weekend I planted eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, spinach, lettuce, kale and some flowers. Need to plant still some Swiss Chard, onions and garlic.



Besides the outside fun, I was able to finish the portion of "Words to Live By" that I had attached leaves to the background of the large block. 



So this  afternoon I added the cherries which I will try to get to tonight. 



Then I cut out the pieces for this months RSC, had this fabric already on hand so this month is a good stash buster for me and hopefully since I didn't get last month completed being done maybe sometime later this month I can get around to it.




I also did last month 365 circles which I have now sewn onto the fusible interfacing which now need to trim the circles and turn them inside out then will press them onto the background.


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Friday, June 17, 2016

Container Gardening





With my green thumb itching like crazy and just couldn't wait to start with the container garden. 



So this morning I sterilized the old containers on hand and brought out the new ones just purchased. Sterilized them with bleach water. It's a good idea to do this each time you re-use a pot.



Found two more feed tubs in the garden that are used to haul weeds out with, I like these because they are not as deep as most of the black ones out in the garden and plus they're not black. Another green one like the one already on  porch with my hydrangea in it. The orange one I think will do OK. 



 But I will spray paint the black one that I have been using already.


I got this color of paint. It says it supposed to stick to plastic, so we'll see. 



Think it looks pretty good after one coat, came close to the color of clay pots.




Finding, cleaning and drilling holes took a little bit this morning and by the time I was done with just that I was sweating like crazy. Had bought this potting soil yesterday while I was out running errands.



 Bought six bags, that's 6 ft.³ thinking that would be enough. But no it looks like I'll need to get at least six more bags since I have so many big tubs I'm trying to fill.


 This evening I'll go through my seeds to see what is here and if I need to purchase new seeds. I need to look for seeds that will do well in containers or are listed as compact. I'm looking to plant radishes, lettuce various types. kale. Parsley, cilantro, a few more herbs like basil and oregano. 



Have these volunteer tomatoes already in this pot and will divide up to put into bigger pots. 
Maybe some micro greens or Swiss chard. Actually when I think about it I can plant just about anything I want in them. 
Do that tomorrow



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