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.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

So Forgetful

I stopped working on the So Big Scrappy quilt to finish up the last 30's quilt. I so thought we were having our last meeting and have been trying to get it completed.

Well yesterday I knew it wouldn't be totally done (lacking border) but would still bring it as is.


I decided to go with the green inside and blue outer.



I assembled the four outer corners together and then the sides.
I wanted to have no Y seams and didn't by sewing it this way.



Once that was completed I was ready to put on the blue strips.



That was all I could do for now. While at the shop I would get some fabric similar to this fat quarter I had.



First thing before going to the meeting I went and had my hair cut. Seeing how I just took off about 3" of the colored hair I didn't bother with a before and after. Really no change other than somewhat shorter and very cleaned looking.

So after all that done I found out that the meeting was not to be this month, a break till next month.

That's is how it goes sometimes
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Monday, July 9, 2018

What's Up 7.9.18

I have had a busy past 3 days that I was too tired to write.
When I'm tired I have very short sentences and feel like it's just not a good post.

Friday I went to my parents house to play cards with my aunt and uncle who are here from Salt Lake. Mom is feeling good and so we had a good time playing a few games.

Saturday I did get a little time in the sewing room. Mom is going to make a quilt for one of the grand kids.
She has problems rotary cutting so I did it for her



Found this pattern in one of her magazine and purchase fabric at JoAnns


  
I cut, labeled and bag the pieces that way she should be able to find what she needs.

Then there is the hay.
It is that time of year we cut and bale hay. And my job is to help haul it out of the fields to the hay lane where it is kept till needed



I drove the "babe getter"  This truck "the Man of the Place" purchased new in 1978 and named it. He said all he had to do is drive this truck and the girls would come running, of course it was a joke. No where comparable to the muscle cars that were so popular during the 1970's.







It is not a good year for us. It's been so hot early this year and less rain so production is about half of what it was last year but that is okay because we are downsizing our herds. 
We have around 80 cow/calf pairs and 4 bulls and it is just getting to be a lot seeing how we are getting older not younger.

Then today I spent time on finishing the last 30's club quilt
The group is changing focus from the 1930's to Appliqueing 
After 10 years its time for a change.

I started and messed up

I cut the wrong size in the fabric that was suppose to be red not the blue or green that I have now



Since I'm changing it up and I have to decide which to use between the first and second picture.

The outer border will be in snow (off white)

Which one do you like?


Thursday, July 5, 2018

So Big

The more I work on this No Named quilt, the more it gets bigger.
I have been making this up from a picture seeing how I know of no known pattern. 

I'm getting to the part where I am finish putting together the blocks to assemble.

Decided to attach the sashing to each block, so much easier than adding rows of sashing.


Then I'll sew the row together then




I made enough blocks to be 5 blocks by 6 blocks

Figure I would start with rows of 6. That way I'll need to make 5 rows of 6 blocks.

The first row is sewn


Dang it's long........
Too long for my wall and it's 8 feet...
What have I've done.


Laid it out on the floor and measured,
it measured out to 110" already and will be larger because I'll need to 2 more 3" sections making it closer to 116" 
That's my guess.
Finally a quilt that will fit my King size bed.  I don't have one that fits the bed.

Yesterday I picked some of the first tomatoes 


all cherry tomatoes.
The greenish colored one are called chocolate something.
Don't look ripe but they are and were pretty tasty.

Also harvest 3 hornworms which I fed to the chickens.
YUM  YUM.

We are suppose to get a little break in heat and humidity

I was raised in Sacramento, California and I'm use to the heat, not uncommon for temps to be in the high 90's and 100's but we had no humidity. It's the humidity the gets to me, could do without it. So I look forward to less mugginess.

It was okay enough this morning that I rode for the first time all week.  Felt good but so did the shower afterwards..


Linking up with my quilt infatuation



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Better late than never


I didn't do much today but was able to dig out the Red, White and Blue quilts and put them out to display.



I've had this one up on the wall in the past but now it has a place of honor on the back of the couch. Don't remember the name of this quilt, was a pattern out of McCall's Quilting




The Storm at Sea variation I made last year never did get quilted, meant too. Still wanted in up tho.




Newly finished Rocky Road got top billings on the rack, looks good with the Red Irish Chain and Blue Winding Way

4TH







It's Independence Day

History of the 4th from the History Channel

The Fourth of July – also known as Independence Day or July 4th – has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

Contents
A History of Independence Day
Early Fourth of July Celebrations
Fourth of July Becomes a Federal Holiday
A History of Independence Day
When the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radical.

By the middle of the following year, however, many more colonists had come to favor independence, thanks to growing hostility against Britain and the spread of revolutionary sentiments such as those expressed in the bestselling pamphlet “Common Sense,” published by Thomas Paine in early 1776.

On June 7, when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, the Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence.

Amid heated debate, Congress postponed the vote on Lee’s resolution, but appointed a five-man committee – including Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York – to draft a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain.

Did You Know?
John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826—the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution for independence in a near-unanimous vote (the New York delegation abstained, but later voted affirmatively). On that day, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that July 2 “will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival” and that the celebration should include “Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.”

On July 4th, the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, which had been written largely by Jefferson. Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, from then on the 4th became the day that was celebrated as the birth of American independence.

Early Fourth of July Celebrations
In the pre-Revolutionary years, colonists had held annual celebrations of the king’s birthday, which traditionally included the ringing of bells, bonfires, processions and speechmaking. By contrast, during the summer of 1776 some colonists celebrated the birth of independence by holding mock funerals for King George III, as a way of symbolizing the end of the monarchy’s hold on America and the triumph of liberty.

Festivities including concerts, bonfires, parades and the firing of cannons and muskets usually accompanied the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence, beginning immediately after its adoption. Philadelphia held the first annual commemoration of independence on July 4, 1777, while Congress was still occupied with the ongoing war.

George Washington issued double rations of rum to all his soldiers to mark the anniversary of independence in 1778, and in 1781, several months before the key American victory at Yorktown, Massachusetts became the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday.

After the Revolutionary War, Americans continued to commemorate Independence Day every year, in celebrations that allowed the new nation’s emerging political leaders to address citizens and create a feeling of unity. By the last decade of the 18th century, the two major political parties – the Federalist Party and Democratic-Republicans – that had arisen began holding separate Fourth of July celebrations in many large cities.

Fourth of July Becomes a Federal Holiday
The tradition of patriotic celebration became even more widespread after the War of 1812, in which the United States again faced Great Britain. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday; in 1941, the provision was expanded to grant a paid holiday to all federal employees.

Over the years, the political importance of the holiday would decline, but Independence Day remained an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism.

Falling in mid-summer, the Fourth of July has since the late 19th century become a major focus of leisure activities and a common occasion for family get-togethers, often involving fireworks and outdoor barbecues. The most common symbol of the holiday is the American flag, and a common musical accompaniment is “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States. 



Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Getting Excited

This morning I had an appointment to get a bone density test. Seeing how I turned 60, my doctor thought it would be a good time to have my first, a good baseline.

So while in Tulsa had lunch with "the Man of the Place" and a trip to Costco.
I should of made appointment to get my hair cut
I really need to get my hair cut. I had decided I would try my natural color, which is now a lot of grey. My hair grows fast and it was in need of being dyed every 4 weeks and I was getting so tired of doing that. It's been since last October that I last dyed my hair and it's about 4 to 5 inches of grey mix. I'm thinking about getting it cut to the grey. I'll have to take a before and after when I do get it cut.

This afternoon I spent some time sewing.

  
I said yesterday I thought I had made too many nine patches, well again I'm wrong. I still need enough to add to the front stack.

Did sew as much I had ready.


This is just part of the pile needing to be press but the ones I did press I started putting them up on the wall



I'm getting so excited now that it is starting to come together



This started out as a leader and ender a couple years ago. I am ready to get it finished and start a new leader and ender.

Bonnie Hunter came out with this years leader and ender's challenge

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Good stash buster.

Not sure if I will join in tho, I have been cutting out Tumblers to be my next one

Tomorrow is Independence Day and I have no plans.
Need to display my Red, White and Blue quilts. Haven't done that yet.

Have You?


Monday, July 2, 2018

Unplanned Absents


I had no intentions of being absent for a month, but life happens.
Was busy in the beginning of the month getting ready for the grandsons visit and helping Mom get to appointments.

The boys were here for 3 weeks and we had so much fun.
Hate that it was so hot already, not good for June and is rough on the pastures and cattle.



Ben loves to build things and while I was getting in a little sewing he decided that he would use my rulers and rolls of toilet paper to make a secret fortress. 




Quite a site.


  So cute he was

All month 


this has been up on the wall


I've made 30 blocks and now I'm working on the sashings


Since I don't have a pattern I've had to figure this all out.
Been a lot of adding more to what I thought I needed



Have this portion of the sashing done but ended up over doing it. 


Have too many nine patches now.

My Goal for the month is to get this top finished.

Figure this is plenty to work on and if all goes well maybe I'll get to another WIP.

Linking up to elm street quilts

Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday Finish

This was finished the Long and Rocky Road a couple days ago, it's just now getting this all written down.

As I had mention before I had started this quilt 22 years ago with many long breaks between working on it.


I paper pieced the blocks from scrap fabric left over from my sewing clothing days. Some of the fabric is older than that, up to 40 years old. 


And being that it's fabric used for clothing it's not all 100% cotton.
It worked out just fine.


Ended up being 64 1/2 x 86 1/2

Now I very rarely even piece my backs but this was when I had very stash and leftover blocks I could use.


In a way it's like having 2 quilts in one.


I tried to center it up to match the front as far as aliening up with the star.


Was pretty close, maybe a quarter inch off. 

I tried something new at the time for me was colored thread and varied my stitch size.



Insides the stars I made my stitches like I have on all my other quilts, small stitches but in the white section I did a larger stitch.
I wanted to make the design pop out.




And on the border used a heavier thread and an even larger stitch.
With all that variation it turn out nicely. I will say thou, I will probably not do that again.

  
I like using striped fabric on the binding.

So pleased with it all and relieved it is done.

Linking up with

crazy mom quilts

confessions of a fabric addict
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