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, October 14, 2013

What's Up or in my lap

This month on my Get-R-Done list was to get the binding on at least one of my Christmas quilts so that is my plan for today. I decided to do the plaid scrappy one because I just love this one and looking forward to seeing it out for the holidays this year.

Especially since I started this quilt almost 2 years ago. I was looking back to see where I had pictures and that's when I realize how long. It seemed like just last year that I did this quilt and posted how I went about making it here

I'm a hand quilter but I now know that I'll make far more quilts than I can quilt. So when I need to have one of my favorites machine quilted, I like it to look similar to one that was hand done. I know it won't look exactly like it's hand quilted but close is good.

Decided to have this one done in a pattern called a Baptist or Methodist Fan. I've quilted this pattern myself and it's one of my favorites plus I like how it looks on this quilt. Doesn't the  pattern show well on the back. I have a thing for a simple, solid to the most part, backing. How about you, do you have a preference to what is on the back of your quilts? 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Finally a Slow Sunday

It has been a few weeks since I can say that I am able to enjoy a little sewing. So I think I'll finish the Crazy Cat 

I have all the crazy stitching done, now all needed is to sew it together.

Besides a little sewing, I think I'll enjoy a little reading on the back porch and take in the beauty of fall.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

This Week in Pictures (but not of the farm)

Our anniversary was this week and for this years trip we went out to the pan handle or "no man's land" here in Oklahoma. I have never been out there. So we decided we were going to visit some of the State Parks, seeing how the government shutdown closed the National Parks and wildlife refuges.
I found it amazing the diversity of ecoregions that are here in this state. When I moved here from California my impression of Oklahoma was that of what I had learn from about the Dust Bowl. It nothing like that, especially where I live. It's called Green Country for a reason. But traveling around the Northwestern part of the state reminded me of other states, which are nearby like New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Utah, Wyoming and Nebraska.   
So here are a pictures of Gloss Mountains, The Little Sahara, The Great Salt Plains, Dinosaur tracks out in Black Mesa, Boiling Springs and a couple historical site, 101 Ranch and the last sod house built by a homesteader in Oklahoma.
I found it to be quite beautiful and wish we had more time to spend out there. 

Great Salt Plain, its a national refuge, this is as close as we could get.

From the top of Gloss Mountains

North Canadian River in Boiling Springs Park

Dinosaur tracks near Black Mesa

Petrified Trees in Black Mesa

Sand dunes in The Sahara Park

Inside the sod house. Just part of one of the two rooms

Saturday, October 5, 2013

This Week in Pictures on the Farm

I have been so busy in the kitchen the past couple of weeks that when I have been out I was all business and would forget to my camera with me. This week though I try to make a point of capturing moments around the farm.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

What I'm planning to knit

 I have to start , a little late, working on Christmas sweaters for the boys. Now that they are in San Diego and near the ocean I thought a nice easy, blue like the sea sweater.

So I'm going to do one that was published back in the 60's

This one I liked the colors so that is close to the ones I picked 

For what I'm listening to is 

Gone Girl: A Novel | [Gillian Flynn]

Has quite a few twists to it but also more foul language then I care for. I have to know what happens so I'll finish it. I just wouldn't recommend this book to some because of the language.

I'm also still reading the book I posted about last time here 

Linking to

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

It's October, my Favorite Month

Yes it's true, October is my favorite month. And it is for many reasons. Here in the northern hemisphere it's when Autumn comes to show her beauty. The smells, the temperatures are cooler, the color of the light from the sun (just breathtaking), the change in color of the foliage, harvesting of gardens and orchards and the whole mindset of preparing the farm, the house, pantry and myself for winter. But best of all is "the Man of the Place" and I's anniversary. 
Truly October is my favorite month.

Now that I have that said and out of my system it time to get back to business. 

First of all I would like to present my 
Get-R-Done list for October
I had not had a list since July.
 August and September whiz by with little or no sewing happening. And let me tell you I am sure missing it, but with all that still needs to be done around here before the cold sets in I am making my list of doable goals. So here goes;

1. Finish my daughter's quilt. Means a little quilting left around the outside and putting on the label and binding.

2. Put the binding on one of my Christmas Quilts. (maybe 2 if I'm wonder woman)

3. Get caught up on the Stash Bee blocks (3 of them) 

4. Finish the Wool cat for the shop. 

now for my 

1 Continue with canning and such of the harvested produce

2. Decorate the porch for Autumn

3. Most important is to update my blog, example: egg production

Whoo wee, that's plenty.

Love the definition I found for the term whoo-wee
"a redneck exclamation to express many different emotions"
now really!

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