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.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

NewFO - Applique BOM

 Time to reveal my NewFO the month of June.


 


I've probably bitten off more than I should but I just love her design this time and I'm catching it right in the beginning, no catching up to do.
Over at Esther's blog she has started her new BOM. It is an intense applique design. Drafted from a picture of Historical quilt dated 1790 she calls Love Entwined.

http://estheraliu.blogspot.com/
This is the center portion but
isn't it just gorgeous and there is still time to join if you are up to the challenge and believe me I think it will be.
But what an heirloom quilt.
Can go to her website and link over to her yahoo group and join, then you'll start receiving the monthly pattern.
Right now I am deciding on fabric choices. She has on her blog posted 4 colorways she had thought about and then on the group discussion there also other colorways.
I believe I am going to go scrappy with a light background.


see more NewFO at cat patches

Slow Sunday?

I cannot say that my slow Sunday is really that slow. I have a lot of things I would love to be able to do today.



First of all I am so happy and pleased to say that I have my daughters candy wrapper quilt top all pieced together. Now it's  only took like nine years to get this accomplished, but yeah



My daughter decided that she wanted her border to be done in pink so I have a pink solid that I am going to start putting on today.

Karen, here is Pete's close up.

And then there is my Stash Bee block for this month that I haven't made yet. So I would love to be able to get that done today and get it in the mail tomorrow.
Also there is the planning of the fall garden which I would love to take a little time this afternoon and work on that.
But then the weather is so beautiful here today, in the 80s, with a breeze from the north so there's no humidity. I would just love to be able to also take some time and just sit on the back porch with a book.
So do you see what I mean by not really a slow Sunday! 
Go by Kathy's quilts and see who else is having a wonderfully slow Sunday and what they are up too 



Saturday, June 29, 2013

This Week in Picture

 It was hot this past week, the chickens would wade in their water dish to help cool off. Sure makes their water dirty.
Even though it was hot, work on the farm continues.
Here is a small peek of what went on here at the farm.







Thursday, June 27, 2013

A finish and a big head

I can finally say I finish the Christmas String quilt. Just in time to be finish for this months Git-R-Done. My first one and what 3 days left in the month. 


All I need now is to get a backing for it. 



Now for the big head and its not me. 
Some of the veggies in the garden are getting ready to be harvested. Been a slow start this growing season with a late freeze and the delay of  getting the plants in the ground.
Plus I missed out on the first main harvest of my broccoli but was able to get second and third pickings. But happily right now some of the cabbage is ready to harvest.
This is my first head of cabbage and its a biggie. Almost 10 inches across and a few oz. short of 6 lbs. 


I see sauerkraut making in my near future.




Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Seeds storage



 It has been a while since I last shared what my weekly goal is. Seeing how I was gone off and on the past two months, which seemed to just mess up my routine (doesn't take much).
I've been so busy trying to get caught up on chores around the farm my weekly goal would of been a page long.
Now that I'm getting closer to where I need to be with the chores, I started thinking about projects that I want to do and not ones that needed to be done.
This is one job I have been meaning to get to but I'd  get busy with planting and tending to the garden and I would tell myself I will do the later.
I've been keeping my seed in baggies inside a plastic container that I keep in the freezer. It is a good way to store your seeds. They will last longer that way and I have some seeds from 1999. So don't you think it's about time I go through them.


I have been using them all whether the seeds were for this year or 1999. It's like an experiment, seeing what the germination rate will be. I have been surprise with some and others the germination rate is what I expected.
So my goal is to go through them, plant what I can and just get rid of the rest (those are mostly ones given to me) I'll never plant. And these in most cases are old.
Then once I do that then I'll know what to order for the fall garden.
It's time to start seedlings.



Pete thinks he can help me out. 











Quilt Exhibit from Duluth

Wanted to show you some more of the quilts that were featured at the  Minnesota Quilt Show.
This is a Twin Cities Quilt Exhibit.
I loved the looks of these quilts, now to me they are scrap/strip quilts. Now there could be more to it than that but that is what I saw.
















What do you see?

Monday, June 24, 2013

What's Up Monday

Can't believe it's Monday already. Here is the start of a new week and I have so much I would love to be able to accomplish this week.

To start off that list, is this string Christmas quilt I have been working on. I am down to the border, and I haven't decided what it is I want to do on the outside edge of the border.

Do I want to leave it plain and just have the binding as the edge fabric. 

Or do I want to add a strip of the background fabric, what I would call the background fabric, the light colored fabric all around the edge.
What do you think?

This is one of the four Get-R-Done's that I had thought I would do this month. I have not yet posted what my four were and always meant to. But somehow time got away from me this month. It just  flew by.  So this one, plus my candy wrapper, and the quilt I'm working on for my daughter that I'm quilting are 3 out of 4. I cannot remember  what the fourth one was. I think these three will probably be plenty if I can get them done by the end of the month.
For the rest of my week as far as what I have on my list of things to do, is getting my garden cleaned up and prepared. After being gone most of May and part of June, it really got neglected, besides the flower beds around the house.



Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Slow Sunday


Today has been a very slow day, I guess it's because of the it is hot out and all I want to do it is veg inside. I have two things I have to work on while sitting in the cool house.
I'm getting right along on quilting my daughters quilt.



 
I notice that one of the fabrics show light in the pictures, but not in person.



When I get tired of quilting I can sewing on my other daughters quilt, called Candy Wrapper.
Do you notice something odd about one of the rows?



Yes I did it again, sewn it together wrong. I don't know how I manage to get it backwards.
I had thought after the first time I had been more watchful of how it was arranged.
Oh well what could be slower than ripping stitches out.






Such a fun pattern.

Piecing by hand is very relaxing.


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