Friday, September 24, 2010
Hi All: I have not been able to up load any photos as the photo part of this computer is not happy to do so!!! I have been busy w/ helping in the Textile building at the local Lake County labor day weekend fair where I did earn a 2nd place ribbon on my Dresdan Wreath and 3rd on Wanna Be a Cowboy! They are on earlier post in February and May,when I made them. Now I am busy preparing for our guilds annual quilt show next weekend! Check back w/me as when ever this computer gets able I will post some great photos!
Saturday, July 03, 2010
The title of this post is actually the name of the quilt pattern that I was introduced to at a guild meeting by a member that had used it!! I was so encouraged by the pattern as it enabled me to use scraps!!!! So, I reached into my stash and decided a flannel baby crib quilt would be fun to create!! I sent for the pattern and template. Here is my version. I ran out of the backing scraps and sub another fabric in two squares. I also only did 5 rows for the same reason!!! You will see the pattern stops! As you see in the photo on the top right,this is the block all trimmed. The strips are placed on top of a batting square and the backing all at once!!! Then they are all connected! I did find that using all flannel made folding the edges onto the square a little too bulky, I did trim some of the connecting seams. Always learning by doing!! It was fast and the easiest pattern I have done.
Friday, June 25, 2010
I wanted to share the "fun" of growing our cherries! This is not the easiest fruit to grow in our region. But....we have been blessed w/a greaat crop! We have 3 trees and 2 are the same variety. The other is a later pick. Of a couple weeks. The birds of all kinds looove cherrys so...this is where the real challenge comes in (besides the weather,of which there is not control either!) DH is seen picking the first ripening ones, the birds are right in the trees picking also. Sooo, the later tree ,because it is a smaller tree gets a "cover up" w/heavy paper. This we found works to "save" some of these delicious "Bings"! It presents a real challenge to the "Starling" birds they tug and tug and chirp from dawn to dusk trying to get inside of the papers. Once in a while one will be successful and crawl up the end of a "sleeve" and eat every last cherry on that branch. It is a real challenge !!!! We had enough cherrys to make a couple pies and freeze some!!!! As you can see by the photo, I pitted them one at a time!!!! My quest is for a multipitter!!!!
Saturday, June 05, 2010
I am participating in a Mystery Quilt adventure presented by a small quilt guild that I belong to called "Konocti Quilters" ! I have never made a mystery quilt before, actually anything I make is a "mystery" before it is finished!!! We were giving ONE clue a month.(arrg)..first choose the fabrics!!! I dashed down to our local fabric "den" and found the colors that I had in mind, according to the directions!!! When I saw this line of fabrics it "hollered" out to me immediately! I wanted the border to be as special as the blocks, without a lot of piecing. I "fussy cut" the chosen border fabric and it paid off . Then mitered the corners. I was honored at the last guild meeting when those of us that had finished our tops show them and then all the members voted (by ballots) which was their favorite and guess what , it was a unanimous vote for my top! Stay tuned for the "rest of the story" when it is really finished! Click on the photo to get a better view.
I accidently found a reference to a You Tube video on a different way to cut 2 1/2" very accurate squares!!! So....I tried it and found it to be "do able". It is on "Sharon Schambler Network" on You Tube. She said that you can cut 30 squares...the photo's show the 27 that I have cut and the remainder of the strip yet to be cut!!! (Did I do something wrong or are my FQ's bigger??LOL) This is just from 2 fat quarter that are strip cut on the 45* angle. This could be addictive!!! I have not yet decided what I will use them for.....!!! It is just fun to learn a new method! Check it out!!! FYI: The are 3 video segments to this method! Oh, yes, this is a older video, so you probably already use this method!!!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I am really working on some wall hangings, these are not finished as they have to be embellished. The "Eat Your Veggies" wall hanging has to be quilted as well,which I am hoping to do myself.....eek! I hope to have them finished in time for our annual quilt show the first weekend in October!!! The "Dresden Wreath has to have some charms attached. The quilting on the "wreath" was done by a professional quilter, Marian Drain, click on the photo to see it enlarged. You might be able to see the "bling" in the border!
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Thursday, February 11, 2010
I am still sharing Christmas goodies photo's!!! No calories in doing that is there??? This only half of the table. The other half was just as yummy. Especially w/the large pan of Baklava!!!
The raccoon paid us a visit a few days ago in the afternoon. DH was sitting doing some desk work and looked out and there was this critter just meandering around the yard very nonchalant! So, it was a great photo opt. He eventually went down to the creek and swam across to the field and just waddled along.
Saturday, February 06, 2010
I have been doing some sewing lately. Here is one that was on the "to-do" list for 7 years!
I've been collecting western/cowboy style fabrics to put in this wall hanging for all that time and then "put the pedal down" ! Now to just back it and quilt it. Mmmm...hope it doesn't take me 7 years to finish it!!! Oh, yeh, I didn't use all the different prints that I was saving for it!!!! So hard to decide what to use so ya need a lot of choices!!!!!
We had so much good stuff to eat, thanks to our daughter and son-in-law and Gkids, who drove from out of state to spend a few days before Christmas . This one dish of the many she made for us!!! I think it is called "peppermint bark".These boys scouts who came to cut a Christmas Tree, were so proud of their parrott, it was very friendly and even talked to us! When this "retired" fire truck drove in the yard, I just had to take a photo! They drove away with the tree like you see it all the way through town to their home! Such fun!