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 31, 2016

What's Up 10/31/16

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

I was hoping I could show a finished top but it was getting late and needed to stop and fix dinner and such. 
The White Birches started this afternoon looking like this.






Was able to get most of the borders on. You can't really tell from the photo but there are 3 rounds of borders,
White, then grey and than another white with  a red flange


But all that's lacking is the two sides. 

Again it will have to be tomorrow.
I want to finish this so I can start another project for Christmas but I'll share that only after this is done tomorrow








Sunday, October 30, 2016

Just Slow

Woke up this morning with a sinus headache and felt  poorly. Ended up sleeping in which made for a slow start today.

Did very little because of that.



Did some weaving on another scarf I started a couple weeks ago, this one is with finger weight yarn both in the warp and weft. Using one skein, not sure it will be enough tho.
I like how a variegated yarn will end up making stripes.

Also been wanting to make some pants for myself. As I have gotten older, comfort take presidents over too much fashion. Don't get me wrong, I still like to look nice but not in the same way I did say in my 30's or 40's.
My curves are not same so my style had to change.



Today I cut out a pair of pants. Have used this pattern before and they are comfy pants.
They look huge in this picture. But the front and back are one piece, no side seam. And yes they are loose fitting.






Then did some stitching on the red birds.
Have them all finished and tomorrow I'll put the top together.


Linking up with Kathy's Quilt

Saturday, October 29, 2016

A Finish

I love it when I can say that, a finish..... well the top at least.


Yesterday was able to assembled all the sections to the Seven Sisters, then came the tricky part. I do not have a pattern, so it's one of those figure as you go job.



First thought was the corner pieces would be 60 degree angle but no. 120 is what it was.



Attached those and I believe I will leave it at that, no borders. 
A colorful binding will give it the look.
This is going to be a crib size 62" x 46"

Seeing how that was something I did not have on my list, I am so ready to get back to my list.



Decided to do White Birches wall hanging.  I think it will be a nice Christmas addition.
This quilt I had seen on many occasions at shows, magazines and over at Barbara's blog Cat Patches .
In fact she helped me with the pattern.
I thought it was only a couple years ago but come to find out it was 4 years ago. I've been wanting to make this 4 years now. Finally getting round to it.



Yesterday I was able to get the top row completed and today the other 2 rows.



Decided to go ahead and applique the Red Birds before I sew the rows together.  
Thought about using fabric for the birds and that is what the pattern called for but I decided to go with flannel and wool.



Like the idea of some depth and texture to the birds and the wool and flannel will do that.



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Something Farm Related

I have written much lately about the going ons here at the farm. We have had a pretty quiet year. (KNOCK ON WOOD)
Which is good and not the norm, but hey I'm loving it.


My garden in June after I came back from California



This is a the sweet potato bed in June.

I had this year decided not to work that hard in the veggie garden. Needed a break, which meant the garden became the best weed patch on the farm.



My Garden Now


Can you see the tomatoes?

The only few things that were and are still out there growing among the weed.


This is the sweet potato bed now


Tomatoes, peppers and sweet potatoes.



Well I had been thinking about when it cooled off like now, that would be the time to start cleaning it up.
But then a couple days ago I had read about someone who said it was getting to be that time to put her goats out in the garden to do the fall cleaning up.

That's when the light went off,
I need goats but I don't 
but then there is a neighbor of mine who might have some. I know she has sheep, so if she doesn't have goats she might know someone who might have some that would loan out for brush cleaning.
I asked her about it.



Now I have out in the garden not a goat but 5 lambs.



Couldn't find any goats but my neighbor was happy to loan me some of her lambs.



They around 7 months and very friendly.
So cute they are.



They are a meat breed and not a breed for their wool. The breed is called  Katahdin 

These guys have their work cut out for them and I'm curious how long it will take them to clean it.
I bet it will be a lot less time than it would be for me.
If this works out, this will be the way to go each year.
I'll keep you up to date on their progress.

Image result for sheep grazing free cartoon
So Cute

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What's Up 10.25.16

I have been so busy the past two days, that I have a variety of things to share.
First of all whats up on the design wall.



I'm making a crib size quilt and with the small jelly roll I had it was perfect for these 4 set of Seven Sisters.
I have as I write this 2 of the 4 ready to put the sections together. The other 2. I have the units made as you can see but will be sewing them into sections.  



There are 6 sections



I also been sewing another section of the HST border for the Words to Live By 
Had put this second for a few weeks now, plugging along.



"The Man of The Place" did get the Christmas boxes down  for me and yesterday I just checked them all to see if there was any mice damage. Just a couple items, almost all good.
I will sort what I want to keep or past on as I decorate.

Did also clean out the chicken coop and the pullets pen. Now the girls are good to go for a few. 

Today I wanted to send the "Little Dudes" something for Halloween and went to Pinterest of course for ideas.
Saw quite a few I would love to do but only needed one, so I decided on Rice Krispie treats, but in the shape of pumpkins.



They turned out cute, the stem is a Rolo and a green M&M for leaf.
Ended up with a dozen so just sent them all.
I think they will like them.

Besides all this I still was able to get cleaning in. 
It's been a month since I started  BHRT and I have from the start felt better and I can stay more focused, something I've been struggling with.
Plus my energy level has increased a little, needed that too.




Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday

Oh what a wonderful morning it is today in Northeast Oklahoma. Makes me want to just stay outside and find some sewing to do out on the back porch. Which is what I'm going to do. 
While sitting here I see the container garden I started and realize I haven't written about how it faired this summer, I'll need to do that soon. Not now, it's Sunday.





I was able to get the binding on this week for my gingerbread wall hanging,



 and so I'm going to take time to enjoy this wonderful morning.

Now I was earlier reading some of the links that are here at Kathy's Quilt. And Kate over at Life in Pieces had a wonderful idea of what she was going to do with her Sunday, she called it her personal retreat day. I found that wonderful.
Taking some time to yourself and doing a craft that you enjoy and maybe listen to music, maybe a podcast or a book maybe nothing at all, just nature. How often do we get to do that.

I wish I could say I could take the whole day to do that also, but unfortunately I have to do a little catch-up this afternoon on task I didn't complete yesterday. 




One of them is cleaning the bedding for the check if starting to smell a little ripe.
And the other is to get "the man of the place" to help me when he gets back from hunting to get the Christmas stuff down out of the rafters in the garage.
That way I can go through them this week and keep what's good and toss what went bad.
Linking up to Kathy's 



Friday, October 21, 2016

Yesterdays Class

Yesterday I attended a class given by Pam at Sager creek quilt shop in Siloam Springs. It was to be a fun class, nothing too complicated. 




We were going to make 6 pointed stars using Sidekick ruler by Jaybird's 




and use the pattern from the same company called Sprinkles. 



I had jellyroll strips to make my stars and then I cut 2 1/2" strips of white Kona for the background.
Well since only two of us showed up, Pam had some free time in between instructions. I asked if she thought it was possible I could make Seven Sisters using this Sidekick.



She did not know of any written instructions already, so during her free time while we were busy she was drafting up how we could use the same cuts we just made into a totally different pattern, 




Seven Sisters.







This pattern using the Sidekick ruler is meant to be sewn on the machine. There are no Y seams like when made with all diamond shapes. I'm using triangle in the background fabric.




This is what I have so far. One set of stars. 




For a baby quilt I think I'll need 3 more sets of seven stars



This is Laura's start of her quilt she is doing the pattern.



Looking good.

Now I can say I really do not need another project but sometimes I can't stop myself. I just have to see it made up.


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