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.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Learned BOM

I get P3 Designs newsletter but apparently I haven't read it. It just happened that I was reading others blogs and checking new ones out when I came across someone mentioning P3 Designs and thought I need to go to the website and see if anything new is out and sure enough she has a new BOM that is free for a  month, then it will cost.

Here is the layout.

And these are the months blocks.


If you are interested in this, hurry and go to the website, then to shopping/downloadable patterns and add the pattern to your cart. It's free but you still have to go through all that to get it.
But its worth it if you ask me.

Also I have my right sidebar all the other BOM's I have found so far. 
Over at Estheraliu she has a new one she started and I am drooling over cause its all in blue 
Oma's Blue

That's a must see.

If you know of any others, I would love it if you could share it with me and others by please leaving the info in the comments.



Monday, January 19, 2015

Whats Up, when I Left That Is

Up on my design wall was one of last years RSC. It is the 1/4 Log Cabin blocks.



I love how it is looking so far but I'm going to need to make two more blocks of my own color choice. Over at So Scrappy she did not pick a color for Dec. and my pattern needs the extra blocks.

Decided on a lavender color.


When I get back this weekend I can get busy on this one. I am going to try to finish it before the next week.  
You see I haven't decided on what to make for this years RSC.  I have a few patterns picked out, I'll share what I have picked out but just let the pattern speak for itself. Then when I decide I'll go into more about the patterns and my thoughts. Otherwise this could get be pretty wordy post.








Simple alternating nine-patch 
Decisions, Decisions.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

My Slow Sunday

My Sunday was a nice one with my grandsons and doing a little stitching and crocheting.

The "Little Dudes are obsessed with Thomas the Train 



I decided to make slippers for the boys and had them made before I came but they were too small. Now I'm doing a redo.
They will look something like this.
Pattern is here at ravelry 


And when not crocheting I am working on the Pea Ridge Lily blocks. I'm getting there, half way done.




Update on Winter Pantry Challenge

Pantry Challenge

The challenge has been going on for not quite 2 weeks but I have to take a furlough from it for a week, seeing how I'm not home.
But I think I did pretty well for the 10 days of working on eating just what we had in the pantry and freezer.
Example of some of the meals I made, first meal I took a roast our of the freezer to use in a stew. Seeing how I didn't have any stew meat left, I would just cut up a roast. I used only half of it with some potatoes, onions I grew and some carrots and celery I had in the frig. That lasted us 2 nights. The leftover roast I cooked in my Instant Pot, which I love by the way. 

It does so much more than a average pressure cooker.
Used the meat in Taco's one night, added some to Spaghetti Sauce I had canned and use one of the Spaghetti squashes I had grown. I had a very good year for Spaghetti squash last year.
From one roast had 5 meals.
Made a batch of Butternut soup, Lentil soup and Taco soup which I had most of the ingredients on hand. 
I did have to go to the store and get some fresh veggies and fruits for my smoothies and salads. I spent less than $100 for those days. 
Seeing how it included stuff to use for dishes my daughter and I made for her. She comes over once a month and we have a 
cook-a-thon. 
Here is a summary of how I did.

  1. Beef and Veggie Stew (2 dinners)
  2. Beef Tacos
  3. Spaghetti with Spaghetti Squash 
  4. Baked Ham, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole
  5. Vegan Chile (2 dinners)
  6. Butternut Soup
  7. Lentil Soup
  8. Egg, potato, onion, red pepper garbage


Friday, January 16, 2015

The First Finish of the Year

I am so pleased to say I have a finish top for this new year.
I'm going to take that as a good sign.

 


I can cross of my first UFO, #31.




It is a Lori Smith pattern called Lily's Garden.

It is made using 30's reproduction fabric. I did machine appliqueing, using Ricky Tim's applique paper.



The quilt is a wall hanging or crib size, 45" x 45".


Used Kona Cotton in Snow for the background.

I haven't yet decided if I will attempt to machine quilt myself or have a pro quilt it. 
One of my goals is to be good enough at quilting on my domestic machine. I have tried it on a couple of small projects but I really do need to get quite a few more hours under my belt to feel comfortable at it. Right now I feel like hands don't know which way to go half the time or to have my feet to go in sync with my hands.
Practice, Practice, Practice.
Isn't that what it takes!



It's now time for the Happy Dance.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Whats Up


This is not up yet on my design wall but it will be. Now it will take a year before it will look like this but I am so in love with this design the thought of having to wait a year seems cruel but it's really not like I will be getting right to it anyway with that UFO'S list I have.
Now this is a BOM that Reeze at
Has design for 2015.


What do you think?
You love it too!
I'm putting a link on my side bar to her blog to use whenever you need to get there any time. 
Next task is going through my stash to see what I have. I can work that in as part of my organizing my sewing room.
But what's up on my wall right now is nothing, so I have no picture to show at this time.
Sorry.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

My Sunday of Catching Up

I spent the day catching up on season 4 of Downton Abbey so I would be ready for tonight premier of season 5.




I also did a little cleaning up in the sewing room and getting some of my projects organized to work on.
One of those projects was this applique wallhanging I have been doing.




Right now I'm working on embroidery the details.
I so love this pattern. I found it in a Quiltmania magazine from a few years ago.
This is what I'll be stitching on while watching tv tonight.




This is one that was on my list of UFO's and takes priority to be finished by the end of the year.


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