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, February 28, 2016

Sundays

I love Sundays. And today have been a good Sunday.
"The Man of the Place" took me out for dinner, so that meant no cooking and no cleaning. Yippee
The rest of my afternoon and evening will be devoted to handwork.





I will quilt some and now that I finish having to remake a template
 for the center of the Rocking Road Block. 



 And a Walking Dead marathon.
Yes you read right, these oldies  like The Walking Dead.
Have to have one fault
Anyway enough of that. 
Yesterday didn't do anything other than clean house 
yuck... yuck... 
but it needed to get done.



 Friday tho did start quilting, machine quilting, on a baby quilt. It's one I'm going to give to a new Mommy at church
Not being very adventurous, I'm using my walking foot. Should practice with my quilting foot, doing straight lines but thought just because I'm a beginner and don't think I stress myself out too bad and just use a walking foot




And so far it's doing pretty good. 
Don't think I'll get my 10 hours in before Monday but I'll have a few hours in.
Oh I forgot to tell you yesterday besides cleaning, I had full intentions of doing some gardening. Never got around to gardening. 


But my elderberries came in the mail that I had ordered. I wasn't expecting them till Tuesday. It caught me off guard.  So tomorrow I'll be getting those into the ground.
Along with getting in my root crop. It will be the last good day to plant if going by the moon.


Orange is for root crops

Next year I'll be picking elderberries


Linking up to Kathy's Quilt

Friday, February 26, 2016

My Newest Toy

First of all I want to say I am not promoting this product and getting anything in return for sharing this. I have a non profit blog,
it's all me folks.

Anyway onto my newest toy.
Before I even started the Whole30 I had been trying to find a way to make veggie noodles..

Didn't want to go the grating way.
I have bought 2 kinds of hand held style of noodle makers.


These were both hard to hold onto and very wasteful.
 
was able to return this one.

So I decided I would spend a little more and try this one.


Well it was worth it so far.



Here is my first attempt and was very easy to use.




With just a little of an end when done.

I plan on trying other veggies beside zucchini.

I think I found my veggie/fruit noodle maker


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Yarn and Books

I have a finish to show and a little progress has been made on the cat cocoon.



I did get another child's scarf completed. Using more stashed yarn. It doesn't take much to make this scarf tho. When I was crocheting this, it doesn't irritate the carpal tunnel in my right wrist but if I knit it will. You would think the opposite seeing how I move my wrist more when I crochet. Oh well

But I get do a few more row on the cat cocoon and I was going to link the pattern but it is no longer available. 



I'm sure hope it will stand up like the picture
Now I have been listening a lot to books this month  
I have finished 3 books

Flash
Flash Audiobook

I enjoyed this book. The author had a way of taking a simple event and it make into a teachable moment. I would recommend this if you are looking for a faith based book that is more of a story than a preaching book.

The second was a freebie I downloaded from Amazon.


I am a big Laura Ingall Wilder fan and when I saw it was based on her daughter Rose I thought what the heck.
It was ok but the author made Laura out to be a needy, whiney and not an attractive person. It was her take of what she had research on her daughter Rose. Made her daughter out to be like a heroine  Don't know that much about the mother daughter relationship they had but I did not care for her portrayal. 
But I still found it to be interesting.

And this book I just finished is

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto Audiobook

I loved this book. I loved how it was written, the story was fascinating. The narration was wonderful.
I would recommend this book and especially if you love music.
The publisher can say what it's about better than I can.
Mitch Albom creates his most unforgettable fictional character - Frankie Presto, the greatest guitarist ever to walk the Earth - in this magical novel about the bands we join in life and the power of talent to change our lives.
It's an epic story of the greatest guitar player ever to live and the six lives he changed with his magical blue strings.
In Albom's most sweeping novel yet, the voice of Music narrates the tale of its most beloved disciple, young Frankie Presto, a war orphan raised by a blind music teacher in a small Spanish town. At nine years old, Frankie is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings.
But Frankie's talent is touched by the gods, and his amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 20th century, from classical to jazz to rock and roll, with his stunning talent affecting numerous stars along the way, including Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Carole King, Wynton Marsalis, and even KISS.
Frankie becomes a pop star himself. He makes records. He is adored. But his gift is also his burden, as he realizes that through his music he can actually affect people's futures - with one string turning blue whenever a life is altered.
At the height of his popularity, Frankie Presto vanishes. His legend grows. Only decades later does he reappear - just before his spectacular death - to change one last life.
With its Forrest Gump-like romp through the music world, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is a classic in the making. A lifelong musician himself, Mitch Albom delivers a remarkable novel infused with the message that "everyone joins a band in this life", and those connections change us all.
The complete list of narrators includes: Mitch Albom, Roger McGuinn, Ingrid Michaelson, John Pizzarelli, Paul Stanley, George Guidall, Mike Hodge, Robin Miles, Christian Baskous, Tony Chiroldes, Kevin O'Neil, Adriana Sananes, Ken Brown, and Sarab Kamoo.
©2015 ASOP, Inc. (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

Linking up with Ginny at Small Things

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Farmer's Wife blocks


 I was able to work all afternoon working on a set of the Farmer's Wife 1930's.

Image result for farmer's wife 1930 quilt book


Had two that were paper pieced and being that it's not my favorite way it takes me a while and had two that were pieced.



I was able to get those two pieced ones done in the same time it takes me to do one paper pieced.

Funny how that works.

Monday, February 22, 2016

What's Up 02.22.16

Boy what a difference a day makes. This past week morning temperatures in the 60s daytime 70. When going out this morning and it's like barely 40, sunny and hardly any wind. So nice for a walk.



I have to say the only thing up on my design wall this morning is maybe the back to the "Disappearing Hourglass 2" top. Haven't decided if I want to take the time to piece it together or just save them for scrap. I'm all for just saving them for scrap I'm not one that really likes to piece backs together. I've done it, but I have so much fabric that I can just go ahead and just take what I have to use it for backing.
Other than that what I did this weekend with mainly just prep work on some projects I have started already.




 I put the printed Transfer Eeze of the cross stitch border for the Scandinavian Christmas on the last block of this wall hanging.



I find it so much easier instead of tracing to just go ahead and print on Transfer Eeze. 



I've started prepping some more I spy fabric to make those Quilty 365 circles. And I plan on working on some more this afternoon when I get back from Tulsa. I need to get some more feasible lightweight interfacing for my circles so I can get some more completed. Before you know it the end of the month will be here and it'll be time to post what we've done for the month in our circles. I didn't get around to doing last month it just got away for me somehow.



I also did some quilting over the weekend on my Rocky Road quilt.  



I had the template for the center of the block but I looked all over and could not find it anywhere. So I guess I'm just going to have to make a new one. That's what happens when you take so much time away from a project. I seem to move or lose material, patterns or in like this case a stencil. 
I didn't get a chance to post yesterday so I wanted to share what I had been working on over the weekend besides prep work. Like I said I did some quilting, 



I also worked on snowman blocks I'm embroidery, 



and some crocheting.
One of my goals is to use some of the scap yarn I have to make items for donating to the church.



Linking up to 
love laugh quilt

what a hoot quilts

super mom no cape

cooking up quilts

patchwork times

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Friday Finishes

I am able to say that I have something to show
I have the tops of the Metro Twist and the 
Disappearing Hourglass 2.


The Metro Twist was made from 8 fat quarters and  background fabric.
Using the Quick Curve Ruler made putting the units together a piece of cake.
Measuring 56 x 42



The Disappearing Hourglass 2 is make from scraps that I had from quilts I made for the boys.

When together pretty smoothly, it just has a lot of bias sides that you need to be very careful piecing and pressing.

It measures 35 x 35

Another baby quilt to be a give away.



Then I finished a child's scarf from some stashed yarn. I have a lot of yarn that has been given to me 





Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Working Blues

OK that doesn't sounds quite like that, it's the blue Metro Twist.
I finished getting the units sewn and have half of them trimmed.



Was able to get the half that was trimmed sewn together.



I so wanted to get more done this evening but I was interrupted while locking up the chickens.
It was already past sunset by the time I got out to the hen house, I didn't want to stop working on trimming.

Anyway I went out there and notice that most of the girls were on the roost and not in the nesting boxes but it is unusually warm, like a spring day.
There were 5 on roost I thought, so I looked in the boxes to start counting the others. Figured I check for eggs while I was looking.
First one I put my hand in I got a gravel sound, disturb one. Went on to the other boxes and found two more eggs. The girls are starting to lay a decent amount now. Then it dawn on me that I only counted one box occuppied. Well sometimes they will double up in the box. Looked in, it is dark now, no light in the hen house so I couldn't tell if it was one or two, so I stuck my hand in again towards the middle to see if there were two. That is when I got a growl this time, at the same time I felt fur. Talk about a shock and I jumped back, impressively quick I say for a fifty something woman.


If it's not a possum instead of a chicken.
I am so lucky that I did not get bitten, look at those teeth.
LUCKY
Well went back to the house to get a light and the 22. Now you have to realize once they find eggs, they will be back. I had to make sure that doesn't happen if it was still there when I got back.
All I say is that it will not be back.
Now I just hope this doesn't put the girls back into the dry spell like they were in after the groundhogs last september and the buzzard around Thanksgiving. They didn't lay eggs for a couple months after that. I'll know in a day or two  

It is suppose to be close to 80 tomorrow, unreal.



Want to finish putting these blocks together.
Will see. 

  

Monday, February 15, 2016

What's Up 02.15.16





I have still up and working on is Sew Kind of Wonderful's Metro Twist. Plus something else.

All I've been up to this morning is non-thinking job of straightening up in the sewing room. That is because I didn't sleep very well last night, due to my stomach acting up. I ate a combination of foods I wasn't eating during the Whole 30 and because I did not introduce it as single choice but together. I had a grill cheese sandwich with later a little chocolate candy. So needless to say I didn't do what I said I would and now I don't know if it's the cheese or the bread or it could be the chocolate. 

Anyway I've been in so motion all morning.



While straightening up I came across a couple of orphan blocks or unfinished project.
I saw one of Jenny Doan video called Disappearing Hourglass 2 a while back
Very easy pattern and plan to finish, just not sure I'll get to it today seeing how I'm working on the Metro Twist. But knowing how I can be so ADD at times you never know, I might have to.

Well that's it, not too much. 



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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine

Hope you had a good day.
I did, I got 
FaceTime with the "little dudes" this afternoon. So nice to spend time with them.



I put another quilt in my hoop today. 



It is a quilt I started probably 15 years ago. It is another scrap quilt with scraps from my clothing sewing days.
A lot of memories in this one.



 A majority of it quilted already.



The pattern is Rocky Road and I did foundation piecing, using my favorite color BLUE



I'm using blue quilting thread and at the time I started this it wasn't popular to use Pearl Cotton thread to quilt with as it is now. I do wish I had cause I believe it would be easier than what I'm doing now. 

I wanted a larger stitch than I usually do and again that has been something I think I wouldn't do again. It looks fine but to change what I normally do is a challenge. It's like learning all over again. I have to pay attention, if not I fall back into what I'm comfortable doing.


I don't normally spend time piecing a back together but I had extra blocks so I did on this one.



And I have to say I was lucky when I sandwiched it together cause the quilting matches fairly well on the back too.

So this is it and I do not plan it taking me another 15 years to finish.
I wish tho I would of kept track of how many hours I have in it quilting. Something I plan on doing from now on. 

Linking up with Kathy's Quilts
and 
Esther's Quilt Blog

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