Friday, October 5, 2018


More wildlife photos!  A small Bull Snake.  They are a very aggressive species, he definitely was NOT happy at visiting the Visitor Center.  See the "S" shape he's in, ready to strike at us.  And strike he did--but he was just a small snake, maybe 14" long.  We were careful to stay out of reach, although not poisonous, they DO bite and the small teeth can break off in a wound. 

We released him behind the Visitor Center in the Native Prairie plant beds--

See how well he blends in with the dirt?  Bull Snakes eat anything they can, from insects to lizards, frogs & toads, mice/moles, and will climb in trees and bushes to raid bird nests for eggs and hatchlings.

The tomato plants are still blooming--

I don't think they will make tomatoes this year!

I opened my bargain jelly rolls--

Very happy with the mix of colors and patterns!  Yellow/greens to blues to teals to grass greens and purples.   No plan for them yet.  

Its been a gamut of fall weather.   From 30-40F to 89F with bright sun on Wednesday, then a cold front blew in from the north--almost blew us off the top of the hill!  Thursday was rain rain and more rain.  Cold and soggy.  I stayed in the camper ALL DAY!!  Summer is over, fall is here and it will be time to pack up the camper and head home.  Sigh  I LOVE summer!  

~Lori1R in Soggy Nebraska~

Monday, October 1, 2018

OMG - October and Stash Report

Time to pick an October OMG.  I need to finish binding Jelly Roll Twist quilt.  Its been waiting for six months.   Time to "Git R Done"!

I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts for my October OMG. 

A few pictures from the Nebraska retreat--

Dee thought her car had lots of stuff in it.  Hey, she could still see out the back, enough room for more projects!

She started working on her Wedge project.  Umm, something wrong with this picture!  She switched to her L/E project--Beaded Lanterns.  

Another Oops!  The two neutrals were supposed to be on either side of the purple square!   Beaded Lanterns is a free pattern, be sure to check it out.  I plan to make one, I'm undecided on the background color.  Liz used a dark pink--

And Dee used a neutral (and her shower rod!)

Teresa used a dark blue--

I like their colors better than the gray.   My strips look very "bleah" with gray.  I ordered some colored backgrounds for possible choices--

Country solids were on sale at JoAnns 70% off, that made them $1.80@yd.  I bought 10 yards of light yellow, 6 yards of teal, and 5 yards of a very light teal/green.  There were 20 strip jelly rolls not far from the checkout, and I used a 50% off and a 40% off coupon--which make 40 batik strips $14.29.  A good price.  They are blues/greens/purples/yellows, I'm not sure where I will use them.  My updated stash report is--

Stash Report
Added this week--23.70 yds
Add YTD 182.5 yds
Out this week--0yds
Out YTD 199.65
I'm ahead 17.15 yards!

My OTT light was used at retreat--

When I sew dark strips on the black featherweight I need the OTT light.  It has four settings and a port for a USB cord to charge my phone/tablet.  There is no way to change the light bulb(?) so I guess you just use it until it dies!  We'll see how long that is.  

Saturday I sewed on Honeycomb--I finished the last 28 alternate blocks.  

There's not enough room in the camper to lay them all out, so they're packed away to wait for the design wall at home.  Sorta like an Irish Chain but not quite.  I think I will have to make another one of these, perhaps all greens or oranges or browns.  I'm linking to Monday Making, Oh Scrap, Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, and Moving it Forward.

More volunteering this week.  My only sewing might be binding, but progress is progress!  

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

Friday, September 28, 2018

Friday Updates

A few updates here.  The clematis I think is a Niobe

The lighter stripe in the center of the petals matches that variety.  The Lays potato chip people have sent me a nice letter saying they are following up on the glove I found in my bag.  

Tracking it to the point of manufacture.  Profuse apology.  They also sent me oodles of coupons.  But the Reinhart Food Service--NADA!  No response like they promised.  I wonder if they followed up at all on this driver/incident?  Very disappointing. 

And Tuesday while at HyVee (local grocery store) a car drove through the pedestrian crossing in front of me.  I yelled "that's a stop sign *******"!!  I apologize to everyone who might have heard me.  He stopped at the first stop sign (there are two crossings, one for each door) did he think that meant he didn't have to stop at the second one?  

Last night I practiced using the convection oven.  I found a recipe for "Slab Apple Pie".

It turned out pretty good, except the bottom crust is a bit soggy.  I followed the recipe with no changes.  

No sewing so far this week.  Volunteering, laundry, and staying warm is all I've been doing.  A little heat is on in the camper, its a bit chilly.  I am not ready for cold weather!   I am buried under tomatoes, who knew five plants could produce so many fruits.  

I'm trying to look forward to being "home" and sewing.  Hard for me to do, I enjoy the summer so much!  But I am planning new starts and finishing others.  

Are you "into" fall?  Do you have some sewing planned?  What is your favorite part of fall?  

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Design Wall Monday on Tuesday

Over the weekend I sewed with a group of Nebraska ladies at a retreat.  We stayed at Camp Moses Merrill in Linwood Nebraska.  Wonderful facilities, good food, and quilters--it was a perfect weekend.  I worked on Honeycomb--

First I made the triple 9 patch blocks-I needed 28 of them.  Next I worked on the alternate blocks--these used 4 patches--

I used brown, orange, green, blue and purple in the blocks.   All the 4 patches are made and I have the background pieces cut.  It just needs assembling now.  The pattern called for 1.5" strips but I used 2" strips, I liked the final quilt but wanted it a bit bigger.  These strips were pulled from my tote of 2" strips cut from scraps and stash.   My goal is to have it put together completely by January 15th.  I'm linking with Oh Scrap, Monday Making, and Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, and Free Motion by the River.  

This week is full of volunteering.  Soon we'll have to take the camper home--that's always a depressing job.  I MISS volunteering--going home ushers in cold weather and winter--not my favorite time of year!

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

What we found in the camper on Sunday night

There's lots of wildlife here.  Sunday night Ken was staring at the floor and said "Quick--come catch him"!!  It was a tree frog!  How he got in the camper I don't know but there he was.  I put him in an ice cream bucket and took him with me to the Visitor Center the next morning so I could take pictures.  Karla was ready with the camera, I was supposed to catch him.  Well I did, sorta!!

Common Gray Tree Frog
Yes, he jumped out of the bucket and and landed on my face.  He climbed up on my nose and he decided it was a good place to survey the neighborhood. After his photo session I took him outside to the flower pots--

He was very happy there and quickly disappeared in the thick foliage.

No sewing but I'm preparing for a retreat with Dee from Nebraska on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  I am really looking forward to it!

Over the weekend was our 40th wedding anniversary.  As Ken describes it "40 years of pure wedded bliss!"  And then he laughs!  How did we spend our anniversary?  Peeling apples!  We peeled 80 cups of apples and froze them, enough for 12 pies and I made two apple cobblers.  And there are still apples left over.  I'm committed to baking apple pie once a month for the next year.  

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Nature Out Our Door

There is nature to be found right outside the door.  The mowerman brought me this to play with--

A small Racer snake.  They have a spotted color pattern that gradually fades to a dark color with a light belly as they get older.  He was cold and very lethargic,  sat for a couple hours on my keyboard.  

They are non-venemous and he was fun to show to visitors.  If I held him on my arm/hand where it was warm he perked up.  We've seen lots of small ones, a nest probably hatched nearby.

Karla found this fellow outside and brought him in--

A Cicada!  He was quite large--2 inches long--and sat on the edge of my laptop.  They are harmless, do not bite or sting, but will "rattle" if you hold him inside your hands and shake him.  I took him back outside and put him on a tree--

Can you find him?  He blends in quite well.  Look closer--

There he is!  While at the Campground booth this fellow sat on the windowsill--

A small moth, a Chickweed Geometer.  Maybe only an inch long.  But what I really admired was his antennae--

And yesterday this fellow was outside on the sidewalk--

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird.  He would fly up to the flower pot and check all the flowers for nectar.  But from his duller coloring we assumed he was a juvenile.  He better head south pretty soon!  

Nature can be found right outside the door!

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

Stash Report

No finishes this week but I added to the stash.  Lorri2Rs and I road tripped and stopped at Tuesday Morning in Sioux Falls.  A fellow Stashbuster led me down the path to Stash Enhancing when she posted about Tuesday Morning!  I purchased 60FQs and a jelly Roll.  I bought duplicates of stash bundles (5FQs in a bundle) so I could use them in a planned New Start.

The FQs bundles ranged in price from $4.49 to $5.99.   Benartex fabrics.  Overall cost was $1 per FQ.  The 40 strip jelly roll was $22.00, another good price.  I also bought 12 yards of a gray solid for background on a couple quilts for $2.39@yd.  Country solid was on sale at JoAnns for $2.99 plus an additional 20% off with a coupon.  Total yardage added was 30yds.  My new numbers are--

Stash Report
Added this week--30.00 yds
Add YTD 158.80 yds
Out this week--0yds
Out YTD 199.25
I'm ahead 40.45 yards! 

I'm still ahead which makes me happy.  15FQs are for a baby quilt, stash contains very little "baby/juvenile" fabric so these coordinating FQs are destined for a that project.  

Lorri2Rs also gave me a "care package"--

Assorted magazines, copies of patterns, some 2.5" strips, and a small Corelle tea kettle!  The small Corelle tea kettle was darling!  2Rs knows I collect Corelle and I didn't have this one.  Thank you 2Rs!!  I plan to use the pattern on the left for the baby quilt.  Otter Romp is a free pattern.  Its a Disappearing 9 Patch where the focus fabrics remain in +8" squares so its a good pattern to use large focus prints.  Sashing/cornerstones give it different look.

I love old quilt magazines.  In the care package was a December 2000 issue of Australian Patchwork & Quilting.  Inside was a pattern for Antique/Improved Four Patch like Ken inherited from his maternal grandparents!  

The circles are round and the blocks are made similar to a drunkard's path block.  It it karma that I finally found the pattern?  Will I make one using 30's fabrics/solids?  I've heard the pattern was called "Kites" from a 1936 Kansas City Star book.  

I've either caught a cold or the allergies are kicking up.  Lots of coughing and blowing my nose!  

~Lori in Nebraska~

Monday, August 27, 2018

Planned New Starts

Do you plan your starts?  I try to.  I have two planned new starts for fall.  The first is a Judy Martin pattern called Shakespeare in the Park--
Photo from Judy Martin's Website--made by Elaine Ross

Its from The Creative Pattern book which is currently out of print.  I bought the book several years ago.  For more pictures of this quilt go to the Judy Martin Website and search for Shakespeare in the Park.  There are numerous quilts to admire about 2/3 the way down the page.

My other planned start is Stay Centered--
Photo from APQS Blog

Its a free pattern by Sherri Van Der Linden. Lorri2Rs sent me a finished block and the pattern.  This pattern uses 2.5" strips and I can hardly wait to make it! 

And we never tire of nature--here is a bug that was outside the VC--

These beetles live in the larval form for YEARS in wood.  They can emerge a long time after your furniture has been made.   

Its the last big hurrah for the 2018 season.  I'll be busy with the Visitor Center and the Campground.  Not much sewing will happen.

~Lori1Rs in Nebraska~

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Riverboat Days are history!

Another Riverboat Days is over.  Great weather, not too hot and a nice breeze.  Nick, Laura Beth, and boys were camped by us.  Ahhhhh!

Here's a picture of modern camping!  The boys were playing on their tablets while parents were setting up their camper.  Easy way to keep them busy in one spot! 

There was a UFO finish this weekend!  Cozy Cabins--

Karla is hidden behind it!  Thank you Karla for holding my quilts!  Most the strips came from a box Lorri2Rs had bought.  It was a free pattern--Cozy Cabins.  Very quick and easy.  90x100" and used 17 yards of stash.  

Stash Report
Added this week--00.00 yds
Add YTD 128.80 yds
Out this week--17yds
Out YTD 199.25
I'm ahead 70.45 yards! 
I'm linking to Oh Scrap, Moving it Forward, and Monday Making.  

Earlier this summer I found a clematis on clearance, no tag on it.  A little TLC and its blooming--
The flower is about the size of my palm and I've unsure which variety it is.  I'm leaning towards the Niobe but the color is more red, so maybe a Rebecca?  Consistently six petals of a very bright red/purple.  If you know please tell me.  
~Lori1R in Nebraska~

A Safety Issue

Last week I was getting ready to leave Walmart.  They have stop signs and pedestrian crossings by each big entrance.  I watched in disbelief as a semi pulled around the corner, turned down the road in front of the building gaining speed, upshifting through the stop sign and crosswalk!  Never stopped, only gained speed.  This was Thursday at 12:45pm.  Very busy, school shoppers and Riverboat Days in Yankton.  The town is FULL of people! I happened to be heading in the same direction and caught up with the semi a few blocks away where it was backed up doing a delivery.  I stopped to take pictures of the truck and drivers, the license plate and truck #.  When I got home I called the Omaha Office of Reinhart Food Service

The gentleman I spoke with assured me he would find out which office the truck was based out of, and someone would call me back.  So far, no phone calls.  Since Walmart has security video, I would suggest they contact Walmart--I am not a cranky old woman who called to complain about a trivial thing.  

Pedestrian crossings are important.  I especially think of children, the elderly, the handicapped.  Maybe I didn't get much of a response to this incident, but if you don't complain--nothing is ever done! 

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wednesday Puttering

Not much blogworthy here.  Yesterday afternoon we had a sudden downpour.  I was driving and decided to pull over--

I had a safe place to pull off the road, couldn't see a thing.  We've had LOTS of rain this summer.  It makes for happy flowers, Grandpa Ott and Heavenly Blue--

 And happy tomatoes--

My tomatoes are in large pots on top a picnic table.  I only have five plants but they will supply me with plenty to eat fresh and to share. 

The native flowers are blooming, these are Mentzelia decapetala or Ten Petal Blazing Star.

The plants are unimpressive, rather spindly and with frowzy leaves.  But the flowers are large and lush, opening in the evenings.  They grow where the soil has been disturbed, these are growing where trees have been cut up and the bulldozer moved them.  I plan to pick the seeds this fall and start some for the Native Prairie Garden at the Visitor Center.

This weekend is Riverboat Days, the campgrounds will be full with many vendors and activities planned at Riverside Park. Laura Beth, Nick, and the boys will be camping next to me.  FUN FUN FUN!! 

The only sewing I'm done has been binding.   This week is volunteering, campground gate work, and family.  

~Lori1R in Nebraska~


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