Monday, June 17, 2019

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Yesterday I finished sewing the May Make It Modern project together.  The next time I am home I will quilt it.  

Pat helped me pull fabrics for my June Try A New Technique challenge.  There are very few techniques I haven't done, so I decided to do one I do not really like but produces beautiful results--Paper Piecing!

The Quilters World magazine is from June 2010.   I save old magazines and page through them for ideas all the time.  I'm linking with Oh Scrap, Love Laugh Quilt, Moving It Forward, and Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.

Yesterday I practiced making cupcakes with my new oven.  

Banana Nut cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting.  Or you can say they are Banana Nut muffins with frosting.  More healthy to call them muffins!

Weekly Goals--

More binding
Start Paper Piecing project

That's all for this week, its a busy week.  

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

Saturday, June 8, 2019


This week I made three blue 9" churn dash blocks--

I cut these from a box of pressed scraps I brought to the camper.  I had 11 blues, so far I have sewn three blocks.  The Accuquilt GO is so handy--I have the 9" churn dash die.  The blocks fit together so perfectly when I sew them.  I'm linking with SoScrappy.

I miss having an oven in our camper.  Recently I bought an Oster countertop Convection/Toaster oven.

I put it on bricks in case it gets hot underneath.  Does it work?  My brownies were a failure but that might have been "operator error".  But I was able to bake cupcakes--

Its big enough for a 13x9 cake pan or a whole chicken.  I'll keep practicing.

Piglet is back--

Grandma's "hog".  Last night I rode it down to the mailbox.  So far no road rash moments!

Not much sewing happening, a month ago I fell UP the steps to the camper and smashed my shoulder against the doorframe.  I rested it for a month, but it's still extremely sore.  Dr. appointment yesterday, Xrays, and a cortisone injection.  Oh well, so it goes!

Have a great week!

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

I'm sorry but I'm not sure what's wrong

The preceeding post has strange font and sizing--I can't seem to change it!  ~Lori1R~

Wednesday Update

June is here and we finally have had a few days of sun.  But we are quite soggy!  The bird feeders are up and I checked the birdhouses--

One nest has eight wren eggs in it.  The other house has bluebirds building a nest but no eggs yet.  The bluebirds are quite territorial, their nest is close to the feeders and they aggressively chase the other birds away--except the orioles--they are bigger and can only give them "stink eye"!  So far I've seen purple and yellow finches, warblers, hummingbirds, wrens, bluebirds, orioles, cardinals, catbirds, towhee, nuthatches, black capped chickadees, doves, woodpeckers, and several kinds of sparrows.  The turkeys wander through and clean up under the feeders.  Its relaxing to sit by the window and watch them.  

There's been no sewing.  😢  I was carrying a laundry basket of stuff up the camper steps and fell against the door frame with my right arm.  Of course its the arm I had surgery on and now the shoulder is sore too.  I have been resting it (really--that's what the Dr. would suggest) but its been 3 weeks, I may have to make an appointment.  I jammed it pretty hard and hope I haven't torn anything in the shoulder. 

Instead I will study patterns and do the math--I am ready to START SOMETHING NEW!!!  I packed 2.5" strips, 5" charms, 3.5x6.5" bricks, and bolts of neutral backgrounds. 

Remember the snowstorm in March that broke our power line?  It fried my favorite stove.  But recently I found a replacement for now on an online garage sale Facebook site--

Not the best picture--but the stove is a really nice Frigidaire, the oven HAD NEVER BEEN USED!  A good buy at $80.   

I did get my garden planted--

Tomatoes, a basil and a mint plant, cannas, dahlia, begonia, asian lillies, a few bedding annuals all in pots.  My small flower bed and around the flag post were planted with various seeds, morning glory and moonflowers.  I charged all the solar lights and they are now along the edges of my campsite.  This weekend I had help--

Asher (grandson #2) fertilized and watered all the pots and flower beds.  He and Mason spent the weekend with Ken and I.  We were pretty relaxed--hot dogs, cold cereal, and fudge sickles!  We ate breakfast at the VFW--the first Sunday of the month they serve big breakfast--all you can eat.

I hope you are enjoying nice weather and a great summer!

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Finding Happiness

Recently I read this article--

Its based on a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson--

 “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

Too many times we rely on things to make us happy.   Being useful makes me happy too.  Volunteering, making and donating quilts, cooking for others--these all make me happy.

What makes YOU happy?

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

Monday, May 27, 2019

Design Wall Monday, RSC, Weekly Goals

These blocks are on my design wall--

Six orange churn dash blocks and one dark blue--because I had a dark blue scrap.  All cut with the Accuquilt 9" churn dash die.  Eventually I will have enough for a quilt. 

There are lots of scraps in my stash.  Here is where I found the scraps I used--

A laundry basket full!  I pulled out possible scraps to slash and pressed them--

They are laid over the drawer to my sewing cabinet.  Don't they look like fun?  I can hardly wait to slash them! But I am at the camper, will have to go home this week (hopefully I find time) and pack my sewing.  All I have with me right now is binding.  I MISS piecing!  Found a picture from when I quilted earlier in May--


I had stuck my foot through it!  Not a problem, I hand sewed it in place and you will never find it after its quilted.   

Weekly Goals

9" Churn Dash blocks
Garlic Knots blocks
Island Batik project
Anything else that looks like fun!

This weekend I tidied up my camping site, planted tomatoes and flowers in pots.  But my favorite is my flag--

Today is Memorial Day, a day of remembering those who protected and fought for our country.  It always feels more like home when I put the flag out, I have solar spotlights on it so it can be displayed 24/7.  I have many good memories of Memorial Day.  Extended family would visit, attend Memorial Day services at the cemetery, the placing of flowers on family graves.  I'm glad I live in America!

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

Monday, May 20, 2019

Design Wall Monday

No design wall picture today, but I do have a finish!

This quilt is 84x100", I'll say it used 14 yards of fabric.  Too big for a boys home quilt so I'll put it on the Emergency pile.  You never know when you'll need a quilt to donate or gift.  Bricks and Stepping Stones is a favorite pattern, especially for scrap quilts.  No background needed, and you can use the most unloved (ugly) scraps in the bricks!  Want a different look, replace the black in the 4 patches with another color.  I've used black, brown, blue, purple, red--just about any color will work.  Thank you Bonnie, for the great free pattern!

Last week 2Rs helped me make a 6 FQ Bag--

It holds a LOT.  There is a large throw, a twin size, and a queen size quilt in the bag, plus two small sewing bags.  Someone pointed out its pretty heavy, can I lift it?  Yes, but I did ask Ken to carry it for me!  Its a free pattern and easy to make.  I wanted a bag to carry quilts in, ones needing binding and finished ones to donate.  This has more class than a garbage bag!  If I make another I will add pockets to the inside.  

Saturday I received a package in the mail--

Two red, a teal, a tan, and a white--all Island Batiks.  10 yards in.  I will have to update my stash report.  I only count fabrics I pay for in my stash report.  

Last week I began volunteering.  My campsite is surrounded by blooming lilacs--it smells heavenly!  To celebrate summer I bought a new nightshirt--

I have a busy week ahead, but I have found time to sew a little.  I brought binding projects for those JOT moments.  Sunday morning I had an hour to enjoy the hand sewing.  

I need to plant some flower seeds yet, but its been pretty chilly.  This morning it was 39F, some places had frost.   

Do you have summer plans?  A vacation?   

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May 1st--Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, and Accuquilt

April's Challenge was a square baby quilt using Hobbs Batting and Accuquilt dies.  Here is mine, its 40" square--

I used the Accuquilt die to cut the 2.5" squares.  It is one of my favorite dies! (#2 in the 8" Cube set).  I hand appliqued a simple center motif.  Quilted with an all over panto (Clematis by Jodi Beamish) using white thread.  The batting is Hobbs 80/20.  

The Accuquilt Go is something I may never have bought for myself, but have fallen in love with it.  There is very little waste when you cut, and now my only excuse for crooked blocks is me!  I've purchased a few more dies, they support my New Starts, and really help me manage my scraps.  I bought the 9" Churn Dash, the 5" square, and the 3.5x6.5" brick dies.  So far! 😉  Hobbs Batting, what can I say?  Hobbs Batting is ALWAYS great! 

My photo props were a white sheet for backdrop, a cheerleading PomPom, a vintage Brownie Camera from my "treasure shelf" and spools of Aurifil thread.  I did this picture in less than 5 minutes, only two pictures taken instead of the usual +20.

Life is busy here, lots of unexpected life moments.  But quilting is my stress reliever!  

Have a great month of May!

~Lori1R in South Dakota~

PS--this project was made using products given to me--Island Batiks, Hobbs Batting and Accuquilt Go and Dies

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Design Wall Monday on Tuesday

These blocks are on the design wall--

9" Churn Dash blocks.  I'd ordered the Accuquilt 9" Churn Dash die and I LOVE it!  So easy to cut and piece these blocks.  The two green on the left were "test" blocks using a scrap of green and natural muslin.  The six on the right are made using Island Batik fabrics.  FUN FUN FUN!!!

I finished quilting the pink 30's quilt, its stitched and trimmed, I'm taking it along to Lorri2Rs--she has pink 30's fabric for binding.  Next I put this top on the Princess--
It my April Island Batik Challenge project.  Its quilted and I sewed the binding on last night, just need to hand sew the binding down. 
No goals for this week, today I heading for 2Rs house for a few days of sewing.  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I'm helping clean my mother in law's duplex, she has moved to a really nice Assisted Living.  

The snow is gone but we're still very wet.  It has rained a little so the lawn has a small lake in back again.  

Have a great week!

~Lori1R in South Dakota~

Monday, April 15, 2019

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

There is nothing on my design wall, I've been prepping tops and backs to quilt--

Its not as much fun as piecing but its "part of the process".  Today I prepped another top and backing.   We were without some of our electricity until today, its been repaired.  Here is what broke our line--

A large part of the maple tree on the right fell on that overhead wire.  We still need parts for the furnace--fried the transformer--but we can deal with no furnace.  This propane heater keeps us toasty--

Its an "emergency heater".  You need plenty of ventilation.  But it kept our living area 74-76F while set on low. We even shut it off when we were too hot.   A 20# propane bottle lasted from Thursday afternoon until Sunday afternoon.   

Weekly Goals--

Load a quilt
Make Bindings

That is all I'm planning for this week.  Still digging out from storm, have wound up most the extension cords.  Now to figure out where I moved things!  

I'm linking with Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Moving It Forward, and Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.

Have a great week!

~Lori1R in South Dakota~

Saturday, April 13, 2019

RSC Week 14--Aqua and more GREEN

More aqua/teal/green this week--

16 Puss in Corner blocks--done with only natural light for the photo.  Why?  We had a blizzard this week--first rain, then sleet & ice, then heavy snow.  Part of a maple tree fell on our power line to the house.  

These are pics from early Thursday morning, it snowed/blew all day Thursday and into Friday morning.  Knee deep to waist deep heavy wet snow.  The entire interstate system and all the roads in South Dakota were no travel/closed.  The branch fell Thursday afternoon.  No pics of it, the live line was draped across our back doorstep, and we didn't go near it.  The electric people came within half an hour, turned the power off, cut the branch up to free the line and restring it.  Unfortunately it pulled the wires loose from the meter/box on the house and fried a lot of it.  By Friday morning we had power in half the duplex (the sewing side) and the furnace repairman was here to repair fried parts on it.  So, we have heat and lights on one side.  But our living side is without power/heat until at least Monday.  Ken had to work Thursday night, so I stayed in the local motel.  4 wheel drive only to get there.  But the freezers and fridges have power now.  We have hot showers and can cook on the sewing side.  Only an inconvenience.  

How are my goals?  

Finish binding a quilt--YES
Borders on Chains and Stars--YES
RSC blocks--YES
No pictures of the finished quilt, it will have to wait until next week when things are back to normal!  A backing is being dyed for the Chairs and Stars quilt.

I'm linking with SoScrappy!  Have a great week!

~Lori1R in South Dakota~

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Yesterday I finished sewing the May Make It Modern project together.  The next time I am home I will quilt it.   Pat helped me pull fab...