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.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Spring is Here

By this weekend and it will be in the 70's - 80's
and I'm ready for it. Been cleaning up flower beds and yesterday I picked up some zinnia seeds to plant. Maybe tomorrow, today Mom has an appt. at CHF clinic and usually these appts. are an all day event.

I do hope to get some stitching in while there.
I'll take the Mosaic Diamond (Mom Quilt) with me.

As you can see is that there are two colors here that I decided to use for the outer ring on the diamonds.

I decided to add the cream grunge because on some of the diamonds the fabric would blend in too much with the gray grunge.
In fact I had sewn it on and put them up on the wall and that is when I realize I would change it up.

Do you see what I mean?

Fun part was taking the ones sewn on off, not easy. I was so afraid of accidentally snipping the hexes. Went very slow.

I need to get  pictures soon of all the diamonds I have together.
I started this quilt almost a year ago, it was May of last year when we were in Houston Tx at the M.D. Anderson for mom. Been a long year with a lot of change in my parents health. It has taken a toll on both of them.
We thought Mom's cancer was gone but it's back, smaller than when first spotted so she wants to have it surgically  removed and is schedule for that in a couple weeks. Pray all will go well and that it's not anywhere else

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

New Project

I know...
I need a new project like I need a hole in my head, as the saying goes.

But I couldn't resist.
I had been seeing photos on Instagram and blogs from the Netherlands and surrounding countries. I was so drawn to it...No control.

It's a Mystery Hexagon quilt called Winterse Hexjes from Anne Liefs who has a quiltshop in the Netherlands.

She started the mystery at the beginning of this year but you can still sign up like I did a couple weeks ago

This was week 1 and 2

Week 3 and 4 

Now I'm starting on week 5 

I'm using 1" hexagons and it is so far moving right along but I figure as it gets bigger it will take a little longer

Speaking of slowly moving along....

It's the second crochet scrap yarn blanket.

The one furthest is the completed first blanket and as you can see the second one is getting closer. Have about 24" left to go and I will so glad when it's done. I can say that I should have all the balls used up.

Thank you for taking a minute to visit...
Take care
Linking up with esther aliu

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hand Quilting

Big milestone, I finished quilting on the main body of this Blue Rocky Road 

Now it time to work on the border 

I have decided on what stencil pattern to do, it's from one of Helen
Squire's book, 

Instead of making a plastic stencil, I figured making a cardboard oval with some registration marks could work
And using a white Nonce Marking pencil that can be removed with water.

I find that this pencil stays on longer than a chalk pencil and great on dark fabrics.

Important since I needed to mark one side because I had to make it all fit.

So I laid the oval and trace and than put the marks for registration 

Using those mark I can trace the curves.


Ready for the hoop, and I have a couple to pick from

I think I'll start with the hoop that is design for this job, edges.

If not I can always use the small oval.

Now comes to where I need your help,
I'm not sure which thread or color that would look the best

1. I have the blue that I used on all the quilting so far, if I use it the thread will blend in with fabric.
2. Could use white quilting thread, this will show up and with using the threads I would do an average stitch.
3. Then I have pearl cotton, white, if I use this it too would show up but I would have to make bigger stitches. (would quilt up quicker too)

So what do you think, HONESTLY, like the best.

Thank you so much for your input
It will be well received and appreciated

Linking up with stitch all the things

Monday, April 23, 2018

What's Up 4.23.18

Good Morning and a congratulation to Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge on their new son. Such a sweet family, the children are so cute.

We had a good slow rain this weekend with no severe weather, which is odd. We have not had a tornado since last October here in Oklahoma. In fact California which never had that many before have had 5 already this season. I don't know but maybe global warming could be a factor.

So while inside I worked on the Kith and Kin top.

Was able to get two more blocks completed

This makes 6 completed and which mean that I have 3 more to do. Went ahead and cut them out but instead of putting them up on the wall like I usually do, I put them up on the portable design wall.

The wall has the Vintage Garden quilt up and I plan to keep it there until I have the border finished.

This has scallops around each block and also all around the outside edge.

Now the directions I have are a copy from the book, never had the book. But the directions I have say nothing about how to go about finishing the border. I went ahead and did the 3 on the right but when it came to how to go about the scallop on the outer edge I'm not that confident on how to go about it. Seeing how I purchased this BOM 10 years ago I know there is no way to get more fabric and I would hate to cut and make a mistake. I would be in a pickle.

So I went and ordered the book, that goodness it was still available and not at a inflated price.

Not like the book I would like to find of Blackbird Designs,
I have quite a few of their books, love their patterns.
The one I would love to get is no longer in print and that is

In Full Bloom 

If someone out there has this book and would like to sell, trade or would love to work something out
Please let me know.
Email is samspalace2@hotmail.com

 I would make it worth your effort.

Linking up with 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hey Sunday

Here it is April 21 and it's been in the 50's
and we have a fire in the stove. I can't remember having one for days this late before. Strange weather, but I do like the cooler temperatures.

I have been wanting to share this for months. 
I have since the new year started keeping track of the days and time spent in the sewing room, this doesn't count in handwork or quilting.
Kate over at Life in Pieces has been doing this and I out of curiosity decided to follow her lead and see how much time I do spend sewing.
I have spread sheets that I have to keep track.

These are the last 3 months and since I haven't yet made a tab at the top for me to keep track, here are my current numbers

Days with stitching time this week:  6 out of 7 days 
(missed one this week)
Days with stitching time this month:  20 out of 21 days
Days with stitching time this year:   82 out of 111 days
Success rate:  74%

Hours spent so far to this day 120 hours and 28 min 

Fabric used this week: .50 yards
Fabric used in 2018:  23.75  yards
Fabric purchased in 2018: 27.33 yards
Net fabric out for 2018:  - 3.75 yards

I will share this with Kate 

Today I been sewing down the binding on this 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Cow Trivia

I am tired of just of writing about quilting and such. And you really don't want me to write about housework or other cleaning, heck I don't even want to.

So I thought I would do something related to the farm 

How about Cow Trivia

* A cow has 32 teeth, and will chew about 40 - 50 times a minute.

*A cow will chew for up to 8 hours a day

* Cows move their jaws about 40,000 times a day

*Cows spend about 10 hours a day laying down.

* Cows will stand up and lay down about 14 times a day.

*Cows can sleep while they're standing.
( is that where cow tipping comes in)

* The first cow arrived in the U.S. in 1611 in Jamestown.

* A cow will consume about 40 lbs. of food in a day.

* The hamburger debuted at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis.

* Almost 2,000 quarter pound hamburgers can be made from the ground beef in one cow.

* Cows have an acute sense of smell and can detect odors up to 6 miles away.

Pretty cool facts.

This came from Oklahoma State University Master Cattleman Quarterly

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I Have up on the wall the Vintage Garden still and will be up there until I can get the border finish

Today I did not prep another side with the scallops but went ahead to work off of my things to do list.

I did make a little progress.

1. Finish the Lime Crosses

2. RSC - yellow-   Wonky Log Cabin Finished

3. Prep some of the outside border for the Vintage Garden
Have as you seen but will do more before I mark this one off the list.

4. Outside border for my Snowman quilt

5. Finish quilting Baby Blue Star   Finished

6. A Stash buster pattern that I can't show because it will be published this year. 
Been working on this one too

7.  Cut out some more Tumbler blocks to use as a leader and ender

8. Cut out Crystal's Clam shells

9. Kith & Kin

10. Binding on one of the many quilts that need it.
I'm half way done with this one

This was a RSC a couple years back and it has been in the closet for a while quilted and waiting for binding.
Wasn't sure what to do for the binding first thought was plain white and then thought multi color.

So far I have the binding attached on, now it's time to hand sewn it down. Not sure now about the multi color binding. Will see.

The other main thing I've been working on is quilting on my Blue Rocky Road

I'm down to the last side and have just 2 stars left and couple white space. So today I marked the last palaces needed.

I made my own stencil and works good even if it does look rough.

I thought I would show the size of these white spaces 10"

Well that's it 

Did have a Master Gardeners meeting this evening. We have lots going on and we all shared what we had been working on and admitted that I have done very little outside.
I do not have very much growing as far as flower beds go. Limited on plants that the deer won't eat. If you know of any plants I would love to hear what works for you.


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Total Relaxed Day

I decided this morning that it was going to be a day of as little housework as possible, just the basic. Also no cooking....
total leftover and clean out the frig day.

It was a cold, blustery day. Sun came out but still didn't make much of a difference.
Stayed inside, lots of piecework, sitting around. Probably too much sitting around but it will warm up and it is going to be a busy week ahead.

On the list for today was to add grey around this diamond


I also dug out the Vintage Garden top that is pretty close to done.

First I put down on the floor to get an idea of how I was going to go about the border.

But the light is bad and really didn't think it would work. 
so I put it up on the design wall.

The outer border will be pieced cuts. This was a BOM from about 10 years ago so I'm working with what I believe it's suppose to be. I do not have a picture of the finish quilt just a photo copy of he pattern or able to get fabric that would match. Work with what I have

added the border fabrics and like how it looks.

Started adding the brown floral scalloped edges.


now it's something I'll work on after I write this.

Then if I do get this finished this evening and want to do something more I think I'll work on the crochet scrappy blanket

So far I have 35" completed and it looks like I will use all the small scrap balls of yarn I have. In fact I might need to dig into some of other stash yarn.

Linking up with Kathy

quilting is more fun than housework
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