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.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lovely Beauty


I was going through some pictures I had in one of the folders on my computer. I attend at times these Quilt Study meetings, the group in called MOKA which stands for the 4 states that are participating. Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas. I have to admit that I love to take pictures of quilts and think oh yea I remember where I saw that quilt.  Ya Right and this is one of them.
I think this is unusual block and I love the shirting used. I can not tell exactly what  it is. Looks like a drums but with antennae or maybe an abstract flower.
If you can tell what it is I would love to know. 


The quilting is beautifully done, I'm going to guess somewhere around 10 stitches to an inch and heavily quilted

This is a pieced block not appliqued, exquisite needlework.

I wish I had more details  like the name of the block (looked it up but could not find this block), maker and where or time period thou that could be guess by the fabric. But I still wanted to share this beauty with you.
I 'm loving the pink (double pink)and green (maybe poison). It is hard to tell for sure from the photo, and this photography memory of mine is no help.
Pure eye candy
Kat

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Some of This and That

It has been a couple of days since I last post and it is not because I could not think of anything but because I have been busy doing a little of this and that.
So bear with me and I will just be somewhat general in giving you some updates of my doings.
Do not want to bore you.
But where do I start, let's see Monday I was able to finish another snowman block.
I have 2 block left and then need to assemble. Oh ya and all those snowflakes. That evening I did crochet 2 more but I'll wait to show you those when I have more. And being able to buy them by the bag at Hobby Lobby is a no, they do not have them this year. I guess I'm just going to have to keep crocheting.

I also made some Red Pepper Jelly from chili peppers I grew this year. I had 5 plants of various kinds and I thought I had pick some really hot ones but I guess not because my jelly just has enough kick to it to know it's chili but not enough to make you want to pull your tongue out.

I'm thinking as a glaze on some baked chicken.

I also finished another scarf with that cool netting type yarn plus started one for myself.

Yesterday I was out and about to my stitch group and running errands. One of those errands was to pick up the quilt I had left at Janet L. to quilt for me. This quilt was part of a bible study we were doing at my church. It was develop by a Methodist minister, Rev. Connie Taylor here in NE Oklahoma. Our study was on 12 women of the bible, Sisters in Scripture. So each woman had a quilt block to represent her. I  had made one for myself a couple of years ago when I attended Rev. Taylor's bible study group and this past year she gave us her blessing to have a study group at our church. So each month I would give a pattern and tips on how to put the block together. So this is my demo quilt.
I'm putting the binding on and then next week it will be displayed and raffled off at our church's annual quilt show
. We have a show which the proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation. So if you are in the Locust Grove area Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 & 8, admission is free. We will have a display of the other quilts made from this pattern plus quilts that have been entered in the show. It will be at The First United Methodist Church there in Locust Grove OK.
OK enough of the plugging for the show

I have been trying to get my fall garden in but am not being very quick at it. I had to finish digging up the potatoes first so I could use that bed to plant the spinach, beets, lettuce, kale and radishes in.
When all was done I had dug up close to 50 lbs of taters. These are the last ones, around 35 lbs
 So now the bed is ready for me to prepare and plant
This is one of the 25 ft. beds I have. As you can sort of see the garden is need of my attention. Whats behind me is needing a lot. But I'll wait on that. First things first.
And the broccoli I left in as to see if I would get any harvest from, somewhat worked, it had a flower head but was very small and not worth keeping so I gave it to the chickens. Plus the bugs had a heyday with eating up all the leaves, grasshoppers I think. We have had a lot of them this year.


The chickens were happy.

So I hope I did not bore you too much, maybe there was something in there you found interesting. All I can say is that each day is a blessing and brings me new challenges.

Till next time
Kat
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Something New an Online BOM

I have found patterns that were published once a month online and I am trying the Crumb's thing but this is the first time for online BOM and I wasn't sure what this would be like.  So far it is easy. The block that has been chosen is a simple block and your color choices are what is going to make this interesting.
Here is my version of the block
This is a block that goes by the name Crockett Cabin Quilt - Marshall ( 1123a) in Barbara Brackman, Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns. If you change some squares to a different color or fabric it can be called by another name.
Now I'm using fabric from my stash, this is mainly why I'm doing this, it is to use up fabric from my stash. So I have a large piece (2yd.) for background and then I have 2 charm packs,  Acorn Hallow by Kathy Schmitz LLC for Moda.
I guess with it feeling like fall here in NE Oklahoma I
 just had to pick fabric colors to go with how I feel.
I love fall, it is my favorite time of year and to me it is just to short but I'm hoping since we are experiencing fall temps now maybe we'll have a longer than usual fall season.

Now if you wanting to use up your stash too or just try something new go to Jackie's blog and she'll get you going in the right direction.
But while you are here I hope you will take a minute and check out what goes on in my part of the world. Besides my passion for quilts, I love gardening and have fun farm life experiences. Hope you'll come back to check on my progress.

Till next time
Kat
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Friday, September 23, 2011

Oh more crumbs


OK here is my 3rd weeks attempt at my crumbs into blocks.
I am learning lots from not measuring or using a proper seam allowance.
You can see from star that it is so much easier not to have points on my star, I realized what I was doing wrong, it's all in the placement.

The ones that where you just sew bits and pieces to is so relaxing. I really like doing these.



The hearts are so easy. If it wasn't for wanting to get this posted before I left the house, I would have zillions of them (OK maybe not zillions, but more for sure).


If you have not tried these process before (like me) give it a shot. You might like it.
Check out Jo's Country  , she'll get you started

Till next time
Kat
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Doing the can-can

Last week I was given around 50lbs of carrots and 3 dozen ears of corn so I had been canning and freezing this past week. I just love the look of the finish product, you know" it"s the fruit of your labor" thing. I was able to can 8 pints of corn and freeze 4 quarts. It's ironic because I'm allergic to corn but "the man of the place" loves it.

Then with the carrots I canned 16 pints, froze grated carrots for carrot cake (enough for 5), and another 3 bags of grated for soup. Then I have 5 bags of chunk pieces for stew.  
Then with some of the remaining carrots I grated them for Carrot Marmalade, canned 12 jars
Then I canned 12 jars of Carrot Cake Jam, now that was really delicious. I found the recipe by googling Carrot Cake Jam. I have more grated carrots so when I get back from Fort Smith I plan on  making more jam. I think the ladies at the 30's club would like this one.

So pretty

Till next time
Kat
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chicken and yogurt

Today I was cleaning out the frig, I do this on occasion and it is amazing the things I find. Usually it is something that got push to the back and by the time I find it again I can not remember how long it has been there. I have been looking for a new frig and I'm thinking that the ones with the freezer on the bottom, I will be able to see whats in the back of the shelfs, at least that my hope.

Any way I found some yogurt and could not remember when I made it, suggestion; always write on calendar when made. So I thought I would give it to the girls. Put it on a plate and then walked outside to  the yard, called the girls. Here they come running up and if you every seen chickens run, it is really funny.

They looked at the plate but would not get close enough to taste it, just look
Things like this makes me realize why we use the word "chicken" when someone is hesitant or scared to try something new.

I wasn't sure why, maybe the girls just don't like it.
So I scraped it off the plate onto the grass so I could take it in the house to wash. But before I could make it to the door what do they do but go running up to it and started eating. Now what  picky eaters.
Ate it all up, if they had a plate I would say they made a happy plate.

Since I clipped their wing they have been staying in there yard and I have been getting a dozen or more eggs a day. I think all the new girls are laying now. Sometimes the first egg will be really small like this one.
 Isn't it cute . 
It would take a heck of a lot of them to make an omelet.
Till next time
Kat
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Itsy Bitsy

At the retreat that I attended a couple of weekends ago I was sitting next to a friend of mine, Liz E.
She was working on a small quilt, which is not unusual for her because that is what she mainly make. If you have never made a small quilt don't let anyone tell you it doesn't take as long as a large quilt. It can and sometimes longer. So this is the quilt she was working on that weekend.




 I asked Liz to tell about her quilt and this is what she has to say about it.
 The United We Stand is a small quilt probably made in response to 9-11. The pattern was from Miniature Quilt Magazine from their Miniature of the Heart contest that the magazine ran each year. It was in #65 issue-May 2003 and was made by Susan Holman. The block is 1.5 inch by 2 inch. It will measure about 16 inches by 16 inches square.
Now I not sure if you can see from this picture that in between the people blocks she used fabric that has the Pledge of  Allegiance written on it.
Till next time
Kat
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Monday, September 19, 2011

The Crumb Pile

OK, I said in a post a few days ago that I have been saving my scraps of fabric for many years, after I thought about it probably  more like 30 than 20, with a few pieces that could be even older. I use to sew for my girls when they were little and the oldest is now 38 years.
So here goes. 
Whoa-la
 Now here it is, the HEAP in the middle is what was in my sewing room. The clear tubs (and there is one behind the HEAP) are from the past five years. And then the boxes are the older scraps. At one time I had gone and divided them according to colors, you can make out some of them. So what do you think, will I have enough.
Believe it or not I have even made a few quilts already using some of my scraps.

Now when I was  in Loveland Co. last month I saw this quilt and fell in love with it. Perfect for using up some of the scraps. ( You like how I admit it will only use some).







I wish I could remember who made it, I think it was a guild raffle quilt but do not know that for sure. I good scrap quilt.


So is there any hope for me, the only thing I can say in my defense is that I live what I believe and that is to not waste anything, our resources are limited here on earth.

Till next time
Kat
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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Potato Soup you'll love

This is some of the best Potato Soup I have had. This is Grace's recipe that she made for us at the retreat so I thought I would pass it on. I know Liz is waiting for it (Hi Liz).

Here it is;

2 Carrots, finely chopped

1 large Onion, finely chopped

2 Celery stalks, chopped

5 lbs. Potatoes, peeled & cubed

1 stick Butter

1/2 lb Velveeta Cheese

1 cup (1/2 & 1/2) Cream

Morton Season Salt

 In a large pot, saute the 3 veggie in the butter. Add potatoes and enough water to cover. Add Morton seasoning. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat to simmer, and simmer 20 minutes ( or to a fork tender)
Add  cheese and cream and some milk. Stir to blend cheese. Use a blender stick to puree some of it.
Now enjoy.  Makes a full pot load. I plan on freezing part of it for future dinner.
Best served with freshly bake bread if you can.

Till next time,
Kat
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Off to Arkansas

It is seems like I am playing catch up sometimes, I did not post yesterday because "the man of the place" and I went to the Canehill Harvest Festival. We left early cause we were wanting to eat there and watch the small parade they usually have. But didn't this year because it rained, the first time in 10 years. We were so hoping it would clear up but it did not. So we spent some time  there wandering around inbetween showers.
They showed you how to make sorghum syrup. If you do not know what sweet sorghum is, it is like molasses but made from  the sorghum cane. The link I have here tells you a lot more about it. It is a neat thing to watch and fascinating process.
First they take the harvested cane and run it through a pressing wheel to squeeze out the juice from the cane. Before tractors or motors, a horse or mule was the power and usually they  have one doing the work but this time because the harvest was poor due to the hot, dry summer they had it hooked up to a tractor by way of a belt. You can not make out the belt very well in this picture. The tractor is out of the picture to the left. To the right is what looks like a tree limb suspended, that is where the mule would be harnessed up and would walk in a circle to turn the press.
Then the juice needs to be cooked down so most of the liquid is evaporated and becomes a thick dark syrup. They do that in a special boiler made from copper and is over an open pit fire.

Sorry, you need to tilt your head a little to the right to get the right angle. I was going for the view of fire and the cooking pan. The pan is about 6 - 7  feet long. The raw liquid goes in one end, gets cooked and ends up at the far end. where it is drained into a bucket, cooled and put into jars for sale. We use the sorghum in place of molasses, honey or maple syrup. Just depends on what type of taste you are wanting in your dish.

Now we are in Arkansas and they were part of the Confederacy during the Civil War, so you will see men  dress as soldiers. You see Canehill  was a site of a battle during the Civil War. In N.W. Arkansas there a quite a few battle sites.

These handsome men were enjoying a little music that was being played on a stage to their left.

And there is always a small quilt show with quilts made by women in Canehill and surrounding small communities. I always enjoy seeing them because a majority of the quilts are hand quilted. There is a group there that meet and quilt each week. Here are a couple of the ladies that do meet there giving a demonstration of how to quilt. Telling the crowd what they are doing and taking questions. I'm a hand quilter and I'm all for the promotion of hand quilting. We can not lose a valuable part of quilting.


And I just love the quilts behind them so here is a closer look.


I have a thing for applique quilts. Plus hand quilted, you might of well put a bucket under my chin to catch all the drool from my mouth being in a "aah" position. So that was part of my day and then we drove around and went antique shopping.
Fun, Fun.
Kat
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Just Crumbs

I made my first crumb blocks and I feel like a new quilter. It was fun making these unstructured blocks. I am such a person who has to have my sewing to be perfect. So this has been enlightening

This one is a little too dark.

This one is so much better

This one actually looks better in person

Again my camera has not done this block justice.  I think they look good, I just wish you could see what I see.
For more about what this crumbie business is all about you need to jump over to Jo's Country Junction or the button on the side. Each week I'll show you my progress. I doubt that this will make a dent in my scrap pile(s) and I mean piles.
Today I was helping Pam at Sager Creek at their shop for the Shop Hop that is going on so I did not have time today to dig out all my scraps but I will and show you. I have been saving my scraps for over 20 years, so does that give you a little idea.

Till next time
Kat
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

6 things I've learned about blogging

These are a few things I have learned in these short few months since I started blogging.


1. Have fun. I am really having a lot of fun keeping a blog. I have been keeping a journal (diary) since I was 12 years old and this is so much more fun. I think you have to have fun doing this because it takes  time to write and figure out all this stuff.


2. Be yourself. I had read this somewhere else and thought about it and realize how true that is. The hardest part for me is being able to express myself in words. My middle daughter is the writer and makes it look so easy, so writing this for others to read, not like my journal, has been a challenge getting it to sound like I think it should. Who knew I should of been paying more attention in my English classes.

Laura Ingall Wilder's place










     3. Write about what you know and have a passion for. Now that has been easy and sometimes I have so many things I want to share and I have to decide what I will write about. Otherwise I would be posting (time premitted) many times a days, you would be saying to yourself that lady needs to get a grip on things.. I can have so many things going on that I have to choose and stay focus. Which has been a good thing for me, I have gone off in so many directions that it takes me a while to complete some of the projects I have started. (Mainly my quilting oh ya embroidery, but then there is my knitting and I can't forget, heck you see what I mean.)


4. Find your time.  I have come to realize that I write better posts at certain times of the day. I seem to be more direct and less creative when I write late in the day. So I do better in the morning but getting to have time to write then is my biggest hurdle. So my goal for myself is to do more of it. I think you would enjoy it more too.


5. Use lots of pictures. Nothing works better than being able to see it. What's that saying, "A picture is worth a thousands words." I love taking pictures but I really do need to invest in a good camera. And pictures of pets, animals and kids (baby picture) you just can't go wrong.


6. Add food.  Whether it is recipes, pictures or whats good, food is a winner. Who doesn't like food and the more yummy it is the better. This is something I love to do and sometimes I get so wrapped up in the process and eating I forget to take a picture and all I have left to show is crumbs. I will get better, work on will power and at least get a pic before I dive in.

Till next time
Kat
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Reminder

This is a reminder about Friday Night Sew-In, this Friday Sept. 16th.  To know more about it use the button to get there.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Tales of a Retreat

I'm back from the best retreat so far I have been to. I had so much fun and some of which I can not show ( had to do with a sock monkey) due to ratings on this blog. But it was hilarious.
I must of had too much fun because I do not have anything completed to show you.. I was trying to finish the Hunter Star I have been working on. But no, its still not done   
There was 29 of us and the lodge we were in was wonderful. It is at Lake Fort Smith State Park in Arkansas located in part of the Boston Mountain range.
This is the hallway to our rooms but you can see how nice and rustic this lodge is and the rooms were nice and very comfortable, can't say that about some of the places I have stayed at.

This is a view of half of the great room where we set up our machines and stuff. Out those doors in the back was a deck where I spend a good amount of time doing piecework. I was out there working on trying to figure out another snowflake and I found out that Darlene knew how to crochet so she was giving me lessons. I had to go do something and when I put down my work the needle fell and went between the broads on the deck. Now I know about the Bermuda Triangle somewhere out in the ocean but I did not know about the one under that deck. That deck was off the ground by 7 - 8 feet so you could stand under it. And there was 5 of us looking, no luck so then we got a flashlight to see if it would reflect off the metal needle. No luck there either, so then we got a magnet wand  just in case it was under the dirt but no. We did not find it just like it sucked into nowhere.
There were others who did get their projects done, Sonya started and finish this quilt while there

This is a design of her own that she made up while she was there. Some people are just that way.

I bet I gained 5 pounds just in that weekend because we had the best meals cooked by Grace. She had spent so much time cooking she wasn't able to get much sewing done (that wasn't my excuse).

 She is the most generous, funny and creative lady.
And an excellent cook.
And I was lucky to  receive a couple of her recipes.
Well I'm sad to say I have nothing to show you except these happy words.

Till next time
Kat
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