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.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February's Finishes



This is my February's Lovely Finish,
Nested Churn Dash.
I am so pleased with how it turned out.




I wanted to thank those how left comments with their suggestion on how they would finish it. I am going to take their suggestion along with my friend Mary and combine them.
I will go with grey to frame it in but I'll use it in the binding. 
A change from my scrappy binding like I was planning. And will have that darkness of grey but not as thick as the sashing. 
Thank you everyone.




So now for a few other finishes.
This is an addition to the blocks I started for RSC15


I had these blocks left over from making Breast Cancer quilts many years ago (8 yrs). 
Now I have another donation quilt.
This one is crib size and will make a cute little girls quilt.



Then I found these block while looking for something. These date back again to 2008 & 2009. At one guild I was member of would have what you call a pizza box exchange. If you wanted to, you would gather up about 4 yards of fabric that you want your blocks to be made of. The box would be rotated each month to a different member to make a block of your desire. You would give instructions on what size, maybe a pattern, of suggestion or not. Whatever you choose. My suggestion was a 12" finished block, to use only the fabric I provided and to have the background fabric in the block.
I found this setting on Gen X Quilters.
Love it.

Then a BIG YIPPIE 

I finished my Pea Ridge Lily Quilt
Not a very good picture, this was taken before I had sewn it together. I thought I had but plan to take a one and will show it later.

 

I decided to go along with setting it like the original one was. 
A lot of the quilts of the 1800's would be set so you would see the design from both sides of the bed. This one I will hand quilt also.

February was a good month for sewing.


Linky up with
supercrappy.blogspot.com

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hardy chickens



I haven't given any information on my chickens lately, for one reason they haven't really been doing much. It's been cold and they pretty much just stay in the hen house and try to stay warm. Bless their hearts, they're doing a very good job of it with no help for me. I do not have a light out there in the chicken house. It's not well insulated is just plywood walls. There is straw on the ground to help with some insulation. But as you can tell from what I'm saying the poor girls are on the own. Boy are they from Hardy chickens.
I have not lost one this winter. I have 13 girls, and they're all older girls, 3years and  older. I really thought I would lose some of them with this cold spell we've been having. But just proves to show you what good health and mother nature  has created can do. Okay I have to give myself a little credit I have been feeding them exceptionally well. I've been trying to keep their health the best so they can fight off anything this winter. 
Now as far as eggs go  From  about Thanksgiving on, all I was getting was about an egg a day. Starting about February though this month, production is way up. I'm averaging about five eggs a day.
All I know is that if there's not a bounty on that groundhog, there should be, 


because the girls have cabin fever bad and as you can tell they really do not like to go out in the snow.
Now nothing against these girls, but I do plan on getting some new chicks in the spring,  just because the girls are getting old and I'm afraid I might lose some this summer. That's just what I do, I always get a few chicks every every spring. Except for last spring I didn't. Well over due for a few new ones. So there you go just a short update on the girls. Nothing much happening with them other than  hibernating in the hen house and waiting for nice days.



Monday, February 23, 2015

What's up



My goal for today is to try to finish my nested churn dash quilt. 
But I'm not sure if that's going to happen. I had to have my friend Mary help me this weekend to figure out how to put the blocks together. I was just puzzled how I would do it, you would think after working on it for so long I would have it all planned out to the end. 

But no! We decided to go with a dark sashing and yellow cornerstones.  But that's as far as I got, now I have to decide what am I going to do for the outside.



Will I continue with the dark all the way around 


or will I go with a lighter fabric all the way around.
I know what I want for the binding. I'm going to do a scrappy binding. Now if there's anyone out there have any ideas of what they would do, I would love to hear them because I am auditioning at this time.
I would really love to get this done this week and check it off my list.


While deciding I am going to finish this lap quilt that I had blocks leftover from ones made years ago.  I need to make one more basket block.
I will donate this one when I'm done.
Linking up here at Patchwork times
and What a Hoot!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

My Sunday



It has been a very relaxing Sunday for me. With the new cold front that came in today it was a great day to to watch a good movie and do some handwork. I had prep the first block of Morning Glory's BOM, 


Columbine 


I know the picture she has is with a black background but I wanted to do mine in an off white sateen. I just love the look of sateen.
We watched the movie Boyhood. I thought it was so nice to see the actors all age naturally. I felt it displayed real life.
And then we watch the first few episodes of Longmire on Nexflix. I was so pleased when they picked up that series after A & E dropped it. 
I'm going to link this up at Kathy's Quilt and I hope you'll go check out all the others who have too.



Saturday, February 21, 2015

Rainbow Challenge on Steroids

I've done it again, let time slip away. I have been meaning to write this for the past week and I'm finally now getting to it. I do have a good excuse, I been very lucky to have all this week for sewing and prepping applique blocks. 
But what I wanted to share was my blocks that I made for this months RSC15. Not just mine thou, I also wanted to show the blocks that the ladies in the 30's club we have at a local quilts shop, Sager Creek Quilts. 
How this came about was last month at our meeting I mention how I have been particapating in RSC
for the past couple of years and how it is a fun way of using up my scraps. I ask if anyone wanted to join me this year. To my surprise they all say they wanted to, there is 12 of us.
And being that our group is focused on the 1930's, the majority  have done their blocks in 30's reproduction fabric. Also since we started last month, this month was the first time we we able to show our block so we have blue and some pink blocks too. This is going to be fun.





she realized she made a mistake after all was sewn and had brought it anyway, good sport.





Now I did one block in 30's fabrics and the rest just out of my scrap box.




If you are interested in the pattern for my block I wrote about them here



linking up at So Scrappy

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Yarn Along - Is A Stash Buster




I can say that these projects are being made with yarn I had left over form previous ones.
I have wanted to try making sock two at a time. 
So I'm using 2 Socks at-a-Time, Toe-Up, Magic Loop by Very Pink Knits.
Here is a link to a youtube video



I haven't gotten very far as you can tell.
I also started some slipper using a new pattern and the yarn leftover from "the little dudes"
slippers, just didn't take a picture yet. I'll tell you more about this pattern and another one next week. There is more to it then just the pattern and I would like to get all my facts straight and such.

Now for what I'm reading. It's not a novel or biography (which I love) No this is something that pleases my geek side. I had heard about this on TV and just knew I had to find it. 
And I have already used a few of the tips already.


This book if full of tips and trick you can use whether it's your phone, tablet, computer or camera and others.
here is what amazon said;
Did you know that can you scroll a Web page just by tapping the space bar? How do you recover photos you’ve deleted by accident? What can you do if your cell phone’s battery is dead by dinnertime each day?
When it comes to technology, there’s no driver’s ed class or government-issued pamphlet covering the essentials. Somehow, you’re just supposed to know how to use your phone, tablet, computer, camera, Web browser, e-mail, and social networks. Luckily, award-winning tech expert David Pogue comes to the rescue with Pogue’s Basics, a book that will change your relationship with all of the technology in your life.
With wit and authority, Pogue’s Basics collects every essential technique for making your gadgets seem easier, faster, and less of a hassle. Crystal-clear illustrations accompany these 225 easy-to-follow tips.
Tips include:
Make the type bigger on your screen · Bring a wet phone back from the dead · The fastest way to charge an iPad · The 10 best apps to put on your phone · How to type symbols · Bypass annoyingly long voice mail instructions · Use map apps on your phone without an Internet connection · Sign a contract electronically · See what’s in a file without opening it · The 12 best free services on the Web · Turn off automatic bullets, lists, and links in Word · Protect yourself from online scams and viruses · Set up an automatic backup system on your computer · What to do about junk e-mail · Send photos so that they don’t bounce back · Print or email articles without ads · How to get money for your used electronics · Rename a bunch of files in one fell swoop · Make YouTube videos sharper · and much more.
At last, you can lose that nagging, insecure feeling that you’re not the master of your own gadgets. The tech tips in Pogue’s Basics are all you need—the shortcuts to a happier technological life.

Be a great gift for the geek in your life, if your not one.


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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Whats Up Today

Up on my design wall today is one of my UFO's 
My Nested Churn Dash Blocks.


I have 7 of the 9 blocks done, so I only need to get those 2 done and figure out how I want to set them.
I am going to  make this one of my UFO's to finish this month.
Over at Sew BitterSweet Designs blog  you can link up to tell what is going to be your finished project for the month. Only need to commit to one so this is mine. There you can see others who are doing the same thing as to finishing up a Lovely.

I still have this months RSC (pink) to do and while looking for pink fabric I came across some unfinished pink basket blocks. I will add that to my personal to do list.
Plus finish my Pea Ridge Lily 
this is the original in Barbara Brackman book Civil War Quilts

Mine is in blues.








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