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.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

So Many Ways

I have been playing catch up with you on what is going on this past week.
I hadn't mention my Mom and her treatments for Melanoma has been going. She did just fine with the surgery to remove the tumor (which was a success) but now she is dealing with a spot on a lymph node near where the tumor was. Finally she started radiation this week. She should have little reaction they say because she is having Cyber-knife radiation. Because its a pin-pointed form of radiation, there is less damage to surrounding tissues or organs. Which sounds all good to me. 

So from what I have posted in the past, I always take something with me to her medical appointments.

Most of the time it is something small to carry along with me, something with very few pieces and crocheting seem to be the main go-to project I grab

What I've been taking lately is crochet wash clothes.

Still working on using up the stash yarn, there is a tub of Sugar n Cream cotton yarn I been working with. It's done in a waffle stitch pattern.

It takes one ball per cloth. As you can see, just a little remain after one is completed.

Would like to also show others stash busters projects that I have completed these past couple months. 

Another baby blanket for a girl.
Sweet pink and white.

Then this blanket here. 
All with stash yarn too.

Love this pattern
It's a PDF pattern I found on Instagram.

Pete is modeling the latest one I am working on.
Done in the same pattern as the blanket above but in only one color (variegated) skein.

Have a little more to do on it before its done. It's become so big that's I'm unable to take it to Doctor appointments, that's why I have been working on dish cloths too.

So now caught up on the progress of crocheting projects.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Moving Slowly

It's not just slow Sunday but I have myself been moving slowly and stiffly. For some reason unknown to me, my sciatic nerve is bothering me. 
I'm having no problem fitting right in with the theme today of
 slow Sunday
but it does hurt a little if I sit around to much or long.

But while I am, a little embroidery work is what I'm doing today. 

It's Winter Wonderland by Crab-apple Hill design 

I final finished the largest section last month. Boy was that a lot of work. It didn't seem that it would at first but those trees were for me what took so long.

 Also finished another smaller one since the last time I posted a picture back on May 20.

This is how many sections that are completed. 

This next section is also a large section but at least not as big as the other. Expect this to take me a little while too.

For the Winter Wonderland and many other embroidery work,
I use a product that is printable, sticky back and water solvable.  

These are two of the three I have tried. Missing is Transfer Eze
I like them all and pretty much the only difference is in price.
Floriani being the most.

I could trace this next project but I'm being a little lazy

Halloween dish clothes
This pattern is also a Crab-apple Hill design and I've had it for a few years now, just never got around in time to do them. Have it all ready now. Will be a nice break from the snowmen and should take no time to finish (sure)

While my daughter was here a couple weeks ago, we went to a few cross stitch shops in Tulsa, I came across a small cross stitch.
Cross Stitching is something I use to do a lot but had put aside for some time now. It brings back memories and my oldest daughter is very proliferate who does excellent work. 

I like what it says:
Gratitude turns what we have into Enough

Another thing I like a lot in the Instant Pot I purchased back in 2015 and have used it often but pretty much for the same things and not trying out new recipes.

Hard to believe I haven't done steel cut oats until recently.

If you ask me there is no other way to get a good bowl of oats.

And another is to hard boil eggs in the pot too.
I've tried a couple ways, steam and manual setting, both work out just fine. The best thing is that no matter how fresh your eggs are, they peel so easily

If you haven't tried it in yours yet, you ought to.
I think you'll be as surprised as I was.

Linking up with Kathy

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Time Flys

I can't believe that here it is the second half of August, where has the past 7 weeks gone.
I have had family visits and been helping my parents but still looking back at that, where did it go.
Haven't gone anywhere and I'm feeling like I need to get away.
Until then, life goes on.

Haven't done sewing on a regular bases. With that said I was able to get 3 tops finished and now ready to go to the quilter.

First is Scrappy One
( update; I had been in touch with the person who has the blog "I Just Love Quilts" . She had made this same pattern a few years ago and I asked if it was ok to put a link to her blog so so you could also see her version of this quilt.
here's the link   i just love quilts

This quilt ended up being large enough for my King size bed 
118 x 103

I just love it and it will so nice on the bed.
All 1" squares

Now this top I had thought I had lost it. I have looked for this quilt for at least 3 years it seems like.
Found it at the bottom of a tub I had out in the garage, and have no memory at all that this was put in that tub.

All I had to finish on this top was the outer blue border
Have no idea why it would be out there and unfinished.
I so thought I had it finished.

The snowmen are so cute and I enjoyed making this.

And this top is all I can show for now until the pattern is publish in a national magazine.
I show this and the pattern when it's published.

Now for what I would like to do next?

This quilt here. 
My middle daughter wants me to make 2 for their camper.
Cute pattern and will be fairly easy to make.
Looking forward to starting. I've gathered some fabric and need to find some more and then I ready.

Linking up with my quilt infatuation

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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
Image result for forgetful clipart

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.

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

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