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.

Monday, March 20, 2017

What's Up 3.20.17

Here it is the first day of spring and here in Oklahoma the predicted temperature for today is 90. That is just too early for being this hot, I'm not ready for summer heat, it's just the first day of spring.

It's been a couple weeks since I last wrote and some good and bad events have happened. Right now I'm just going to focus on the good.

Last week I was able to go on a mission trip with my church to Kansas City. I was able to help out in a Community Kitchen  and it was a great experience. If you live near Kansas City they are always in need of volunteers and the link tells you about their mission and how to contact them.

Seeing how I've been gone I have done very little sewing.
Up on the wall is the blocks I started back in 2015 for the RSC that year. 

The pattern is Thimble Blossoms by Red Letter Day

These are the color choices I picked for the last blocks
I'm making 16 blocks and have 5 left to do.

All the prints are 30's reproductions, how fun is that.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Time Flys

It's hard to believe it's been two weeks since I last wrote. 
I have been very productive tho.

I was able to complete my string quilt and love how it turned out. 

Can't say that it made a dent in the strips.

I also machine quilted the turquoise baby quilt. Nothing fancy just some straight lines and waves around the outer border.
Now it's ready to be given away.

Now I can say Yeah!!!!!

The Farmer's Wife 1930 quilt is done.

I did a different setting than the book and didn't use all the blocks I made. I'll have to find something else to use the remaining ones.

Turned out OK

Measures out to be 86 x 93. 

So now on the design wall is my OMG for this month 

it is one of the RSC I started in 2015

Have 10 blocks but I'll need six more to go. 

Linking up with
elm street quilts

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

80's in February

Hard to believe it is February with the temperatures in the 80's. Will be again tomorrow. Worked outside some but not as much as I should of been doing. 
Today I had to wait for servicemen to come and check out the new dishwasher. It hadn't worked like it should so I called them to check on it. I thought it might of been off balance but actually it has a faulty door and control panel. Now I have to wait for another to replace it.
Thank goodness I didn't have surgery.

Yesterday I did make a few more Retro Air-Ship Propeller blocks.

Slowly I'm getting that one done. I don't remember how many I'll need but do know I have quite a few left to make.

Check this out...............
14 eggs today, the girls are liking this warm weather.

Today I started on the string quilt

Made large and small pieces to cut out the 4 1/2" squares from. Now I do not use a foundation, just sew the strips together. 

Now the strips are not string per-say but various size cut strips. So as long as sew a fair 1/4" it all works out pretty good. I also use spray starch to keep the fabric from stretching.

Cut 4 1/2 strips to get the 4 1/2 squares and I just happen to have a 4 1/2 " square ruler. Makes it so easy to trim.

All is strips I had except the black check. That was in my stash. They needed to be 2 1/2 so I used the cutter for those

Have enough for 19 blocks but need 30, so what... that is about 2/3 done.

I having fun with this one.


Monday, February 20, 2017

What's Up 2.20.17

The wall started out this morning looking like this
and ended up looking like that.

Finished the back for the baby top using the scraps leftover from the top. Tried my best to make it look ok. I don't do pieced back often...

next will be to get batting and sandwich it.

Before I did that I had started on pressing, trimming and organizing this tub of scraps.

I'm going to start a string quilt and had some strings already but while doing the scraps I was able to add some more.

 I think I have a good amount now.

I like this pattern I found in a Fons and Porter magazine. 

Fons and Porter and Quiltmania are the only magazines I get and I can find something I want to make in each issue.

Out of curiosity, what if any magazines you like? 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Five On Friday

To was a day of firsts and finishes.

Last night another one of the heifers had her calf. Cute little black one. I think it's a little girl by the looks of her delicate features.

The girls laid 13 eggs today. To think they started laying the beginning on the month. Started with one egg a day to now 13.  Yesterday there was 10. Another first

 Sauerkraut is finished doing it's  thing. Made this batch last month and now it's time to move to other jars and put in the frig. Ended up with 5 quarts.

Another finish is the Birds of a Feather today.
Went together so nicely and when quilted it's going in my livingroom. It measures 67 X 76
Good size lap quilt.

Then the last is a little about my first time trip to The Mercantile (Ree Drummond's store) in Pawhuska Oklahoma.

Had a great time and the building is so beautiful. They did a great job making it look like a new old store. 

We had a wonderful lunch and pastries.

I found this picture and just had to bring it home with me.  
Now it hangs in my sewing room. 

Linking up with
love made my home

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hump Day

Boy it turned out to be such a pretty day.

Ended up doing chores this afternoon, cleaning out the nesting boxes and collected 7 eggs today. The girls are working hard these days.

one is out of the shot
Checked on the heifers, there are nine of them that I'm responsible for and of the nine... four of them have had calves.

They are so cute.

That's right, I'm so cute....

I'm still putting up the last of the outdoor Christmas decoration. The inflatables needed to put in their boxes. I had them in a chair on the porch, just hadn't packed them away. Then put up all the electric cords.
Done finally.

Did do some sewing. Made the flying geese and now I'm trimming them all, 120 of them.

Sewing the woven fabric is a little tricky.

Stretches some and didn't think about how the fabric was directional and when putting the units together it did not go all in the same direction.  I don't care for that but I have no choice but to have to leave it and learn to live with it.

I'm almost finished appliqueing this block, down to just the flowers.  

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