Monday, May 30, 2016

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Yesterday I worked on the next Double 4 Patch quilt, the 4 patches paired with 5" charms--


Lots of B/W 4 patches but also burgundy, gold, yellow, brown, red, green, and blue.  I need 126 pairs for a quilt.  They are ready for layout the next time I sew.  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

I love planting and growing things.  


A picnic table does double duty as a base for my satellite, and a place for my plants.  Tomatoes, purple/white petunias, and yellow pansies.  The bottom pots are planted with morning glory, sweet peas, moon flowers, mallow, hollyhock, and other flowers.  Most are perennials but a few annuals.  My flower beds are planted with an assortment of flower seeds--I have great faith in planting seeds!  I still need to buy some flowers to put in my pots.  

A crock pot is a handy item, I have a small one for when its just me, today I set it outside to cook--french dip sandwiches.  

Why outside?  I only have so much counter space, and there is a plug in on the outside of my camper.  It does throw off a lot of heat and it can heat outside!  

Friday there was a package in my mailbox from Trudi.  I have never met Trudy--only through email.  This winter she was making wallets and offered to send me one.  I was speechless when I opened it--





Do you see all the pockets?  The credit card slots?  The zipper pocket?  The wonderful fabrics??  Check out the quilters on the front!!  I immediately emptied my old wallet and filled this one.  It holds everything, even my cell phone!  Trudi--Thank you so much!!!  Quilters are the best people!!

Weekly Goals-- 

Sew on Double 4 Patch
Bricks & Stepping Stones

That's it, that's all I have at the camper.  Its going to be a busy week.  

~LORI~

 
 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Rainbow Scrappy Saturday

I made six Jacob's Ladder blocks with green but I can't find the picture!  But I used a bit of green in my Barn Dance blocks--


Look carefully--there are bits of green in several blocks!  These are the 1/16th measurement blocks for Step 4.  Here are all my blocks so far--


These blocks went so fast!  Does it seem like that to anyone else??  Please see everyone's green projects at SoScrappy

Life has been crazy busy!  I'm volunteering again but we are still planting crops.  Its rained and the fields are too wet to work so I'm sewing at the camper.  I took a few pics while I was "farming".


This old cemetery is found along a dirt road.  Sprinkled through the cemetery and ditch are these purple iris from long ago.  There must have been a church at one time, the concrete steps are still in the fence line.  Although the names on the headstones are common to the area, I have no idea who they were or what the church name was. 

One evening when leaving the field I noticed the moon was coming up.  


The evening was hazy and I liked the way the trees and bins set off the moon.

My Nelly Moser clematis is blooming--






The blossoms are about the size of my hand.  I love the stripes on the flowers. 

There hasn't been much time to sew, today its overcast and sometimes we get short periods of scattered sprinkles.  Beautiful weather, about 70F right now with a slight breeze.  The windows are open and I did a bit of unpacking in the camper. 




Here is my 401a set up in my camper.  

I hope for more consistent blogging when life settles down.  I have tomatoes to plant (but no garden spot tilled yet) and my flower pots are still empty.  The bird feeders are up and the finches are greedy things--empty a sock almost every day!  The orioles are eating grape jelly and the hummingbirds keep looking for a feeder.  Last year the wasps found my hummer feeder so I am considering not putting it out. 

~LORI~

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Stash Report

Time to update my numbers--
 

Stash In-- 114.00 yards yds
Stash out--18.00 yds
Stash in YTD--163.25 yds
Stash out YTD--95.00 yd


Stash is ahead 68.25 yards!

Oh my!!  In addition to the 100 yards in boxes I bought 2 yards of lights, 9 yards of neutral backgrounds, one yard for a binding, and two yards for borders.  There was nothing in my stash for the borders, and I wanted the binding to match the border, and I had used all that fabric.  The neutral backgrounds were on a clearance table, I paid average of $2.50 yd for them.  A four yard piece and a 5 yard piece.  I have a couple new starts where I would like all one background that is a neutral print, and these will work perfectly.  My stash never has enough lights, I have to consciously buy them.  Please see everyone's stash reports at Patchwork Times.

~LORI~



Saturday, May 14, 2016

Rainbow Scrappy Saturday--Green!!

One of my favorite colors--GREEN!!


There will be more green blocks next week.  Please see everyone's green projects at SoScrappy.

No blogging here for a while.  Life has been busy and I've had a miserable toothache.  Dentist visit earlier in the week and antibiotics.  A tooth is cracked, not a good candidate for a root canal.  An extraction was scheduled, but it miraculously quit hurting and so the extraction is being put off until a new dental insurance year. (July 1st)  I'm hoping to avoid paying the $930 out of pocket!  The camper has been moved to my spot in Yankton, next week I'll be back at the Visitor Center.  Its a unseasonably COLD weekend, freeze warnings for tonight.  Is winter never going to end??  And its been raining.  We had ponds on the lawn!


I had a finish too--Alletaire!!!


Lorri2Rs climbed some rocks at Falls Park in Sioux Falls so I could take a picture.  Thank you 2Rs!   With all the rain the Falls were very pretty--


Laura Beth and Nick held the quilt so i could take another picture--


I'm kinda proud of it.  Can you tell??

While in Sioux Falls I had an afternoon out with grandson #2.


Playing at the mall.


There was a chocolate fountain where we ate, that was a hit!  Grandson #2 missed Grandson #1.  No one to play or fight with.  But we had a good time.  

Borders were sewn on two tops this week--


A Bricks & Stepping Stones.


And Cozy Cabins.  They can go in the TBQ (to be quilted) pile.

There was also stash enhancement.  MAJOR stash enhancement!!


It doesn't look like much you say?  Oh--you are so wrong!!  Three priority mail boxes stuffed full.  Everything from FQs to yardage.  No good way to measure it, I weighed it.  At 3.5 yard per pound, that was 100 yards!!  A box of green, brown, and chicken fabrics.  Green and brown stash is used quickly here, those are favorite colors.  And chickens, well, I love chickens and plan a chicken quilt this year.  I am so happy to a fellow quilter who thought of me when this fabric was offered for sale.  Thank you Teresa!!  

Projects boxes have been labeled and ready to take to the camper.  Not sure if I'll get much sewing done this week, mostly putting things away and getting back into the routine.  

~LORI~
 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Design Wall Monday and Weekly goals

Barn Dance blocks are on my wall--



39 six inch blocks are done.  Whew!  I made a few mistakes as I went--

But I fixed it--


Once in a while I don't see the mistake.  Sally T politely asked if the "broken ladder" was a design element?  (Top left hand block)


AAACCCKKKK--NO!!  Thank you Sally T!!  I am very happy when someone points these mistakes out to me!  I might complete a quilt and never notice.  (Remember the Ribbons quilts?)  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Weekly Goals

Borders on one top
Green Jacob's Ladder blocks
Fold more stash and put it away
Quilt a top
4 patches for another Bricks & Stepping Stones top

Its looking to be a busy week.  The rain has stopped, but the lawn has standing water in places.  Luckily we have no water in our basement.  Most our neighbors have hoses to the street.  I need to clean the camper and get it ready to take to Yankton. So I'll take it as it comes, can't do much about the weather anyway.  

~LORI~



Rainbow Scrappy Saturday-Anything Goes!

This week I worked on more Ritzy Cracker blocks-- I am SURE I cut parts for 20 blocks but there are only 18 here.  I will search for ...