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, July 28, 2014

What's up

What's up, I am going to a retreat for the first time in years this weekend. I am so excited I can burst. 

So I've been getting ready things to work on while I'm there the four days. I'm working on my nested churn dash block.

I have all my RSC14 blocks ready, January through July. I got a late start on things. This block or quilt is called railroad crossing, which has a lot of flying geese in it. And I love making flying geese with my Wing Clipper trimmer by Deb Tucker.
Then I'm starting a rainbow quarter log cabin block that I will be set on point. I saw  it's somewhere on the Internet and I just couldn't get it out of my mind. I wish I could remember where I saw it but all I can do now is go by my memory.
I'm taking some charm packs also to make a disappearing 4-patch quilt, if with high ambitions, I get these other blocks made.
But I can only sit at a machine and sew for so long without having to get up and move. So I'm taking my walking shoes so I can do some walking at the park. Seeing how were going to be out out at a state park. And then I also brought plenty of piecework to do, so if my shoulders start to ache from sitting over the machine I have something to kick back and work on.
A little knitting, applique and embroidery. Right now I'm not sure what I'll feel like working on.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fall Garden

If you grow a vegetable garden now you probably know it's that time, even though it's July and hot, it's time for getting your fall garden started.

I have been getting my beds ready for planting and making sure I have the seeds I need for a fall garden. 
Here in Oklahoma where I live the average late frost date is the first week in Nov.
But if you do not know yours this an easy way to find out, just go here 
You want to look at the fall temp 32 on the left and then follow it to you are in the 50% and that is your average date.
Once you know that, then you figure out when to plant your seeds.
Most of the veggies you'll plant can be planted directly in the garden but you'll need to provide additional irrigation. I use soaker hoses and light mulch. And in some classes, depending on how intense the heat is, I'll use shade cloth a few days before planting to cool the soil some and/or to keep the young plants from burning.
Some veggies like Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts will need to be started indoors.
Organic Gardening  has good information on starting seeds indoors along with Mother Earth New has helpful information too.
Good source for finding a chart or list of when to plant vegetables  for a fall garden is through your state extension and this is the one I use provided by Oklahoma State University 
And at this site Margaret gives a list of  states extension.
I know I have given a lot of links but they have been written so much better than I could explain. I's wonderful how much information is out there. Hope this help


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Yarn along

It's been a couple weeks since I have posted anything knitting or crocheting related. So I have a few things I want to share that I have completed the past couple weeks.

First is the crocheted market bag. I finish that up shortly after I had posted about it a couple weeks ago and just haven't got around to putting it on. It's a simple pattern that's fast and very practical. I ran out of variegated yarn I started with, so ended up adding some from my stash. It wasn't a variegated like I started with but I think it worked out pretty well. You can get the pattern here where I had posted it earlier.

Then I made a pot scrubber because 

I have been using this one for so long as you can tell it's falling apart. And I really needed a new one. 
So again I'll give you the instructions on how to make this pot scrubber. They're perfect for using on pots and pans that you do not want to scratch in anyway but clean very thoroughly.
Here are the instructions for 3 scrubbers

1 1/2 yds of 72" netting, cut into 2" strips
J or K Crochet Hook

For each scrubber, join six strips in a long strip with a loosely tied double not to make one long strip.

Chain 4 and join. Crochet 2 sc in the backstitch of each chain, and without joining, continue with 2 sc in the back of each sc, and continue and around until you reach the second double knot.

Hold knots in back of work. 1 sc in each stitch (Backloop only) until you reach the last knot.

Sc 4 more stitches and turn work inside out. Sc in every other stitch to close. Stuff any left over netting inside scrubber

As for my shawl, I'm still working on it and I haven't completed it yet but I'm on the last section to complete. Hopefully I'll have it done in the next week or two.

And what I'm reading, is this months periodicals. Have a lot of catching up to do on them.

Want to thank you for coming by and see what I have been working on. I hope to enjoy seeing what you have been working on to

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What's up

Just put back up the nested churn dash block.  

Just finished my Stash Buster quilt top which turned out pretty, especially seeing how I didn't have to go out and purchase one piece of fabric for this.

I'm really loving how the Churn Dash block is turning out.
Been wanting to make a yellow and gray quilt for quite a while now, and just thrills me to see how it's coming together.
The pattern shows nine blocks with a sashing and border but I'm not quite sure if that's what  I'm going to use yet or not. Guess I'll just have to wait and see what fancy me.
If you like this pattern go over to  quiltjane for more info and how to get the pattern.


Monday, July 7, 2014

What's Up Monday

I have been busy outside of the home that I wasn't able to do much sewing today. 
But here is what I have up on the wall waiting for more blocks to be completed. 
Its going to be a full size quilt which will need 30 blocks and I have 20 done.
The pattern is one you use a Jelly roll plus some for the sashing and borders.

The pattern used is one that is from Sager Quilt. Every other month they have a meeting called Stash Busters where they give a free pattern and we come back two months later with our quilts we made using what we had in our stash. This one I have used only what I had in my stash.
I want to share the pattern here. 

I have up also are the blocks to the new 30's club quilt. Its a Lori Smith pattern Lily's Garden

I noticed that I hadn't appliqued the bottom right block when I took this picture, it's done now.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

My Sunday and Stitching

 It has been a perfect day to relax and enjoy some piecework. The temps are in the 90's with humidity to go along with it so its been an inside day.
Was doing some sewing on the machine for awhile earlier but I'll show that tomorrow.
Then some appliqueing, something I haven't done much of for sometime. 

Have 12 blocks completed out of 42

Here is my stack of ones that need to be stitched down.
I like to press my edges under and then use glue to attach the pieces to the background. Its water solvable and does a quick and great job of keeping them attached until I can get to them.

Then I switch to crocheting when I need a break from stitching.

Started the bag Wednesday and I'm close to being done but I'm not sure if I have enough yarn. Think I'm going to have to see what in my stash that will work and look good.
Hoping your Sunday is going as well as mine.

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