Saturday, August 12, 2017

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 more later.  Please see what everyone is making at SoScrappy.

Do you make your blocks exactly the right size when you cut them?  I do not--if I am making HST I cut them a bit bigger and trim them later--



Just slivers from each block.  I have a crooked eye/crooked rotary cutter/crooked 1/4" foot on my sewing machine.  Pick any one of these excuses for why I like to square up my pieces!  

Today I am sewing with Lorri2Rs.  We are doing the mystery quilt at QT Mystery
called Which Way.  Here are the fabrics I'm using--




Lorri2Rs is using the same focus fabric, but is using a darker gold and a lime green for background.  Mine is using the white for background.  We are wondering how different our quilts will look?   

~Lori in Nebraska~

Monday, August 7, 2017

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

I finished making the Quarter Log Cabin Blocks-


I enjoyed making them so much I made a few too many, there are 112 finished blocks.  That's okay, they can be "seed" for the next one.  Its a great pattern that uses 2.5" strips and is free.  I'm linking to Quilting is More Fun than Housework and Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.  I also cut the pieces for the QT Mystery called "Which Way".  QT is a Yahoo Group.  This mystery starts the 12th of August, the pattern is written by my friend Liz.  I didn't have any focus fabric for this mystery in my camper.  Lorri2Rs drove 60 miles to bring me some!  She and her mother road tripped and I met them in town.  She drove home in the pouring rain.  What a friend!  She brought me the print and a TOT yellow that is a little lighter than the one in the picture.  I paired it with a white.  My pieces are cut and ready to go!  I plan on driving to her house on the 12th to sew.  


I love the exotic tropical print.  It has shades of green, yellow, orange, and purple in it.  

Weekly Goals--

RCS blocks
Chocolates On My Pillow
Binding

I have a busy week planned, not sure how much sewing time I will have.  I'm looking forward to sewing with 2Rs on the 12th!   Do you have friends to sew with?  Is it a set time (monthly, weekly)?  

~Lori in Nebraska~

Friday, August 4, 2017

How does my garden grow?

How does my garden grow?  It GROWS well, but the rabbits and gophers eat it all!  Well, they didn't eat my zinnias, but they ate the morning glories, moonflowers, sweet peas, and petunias I'd planted.  But, if I plant them in pots I can put them on the picnic tables and usually the critters leave them alone. 





I will move these plants to the top of a picnic table just in case the rabbits and gophers see the developing fruits.  My tomatoes are okay yet, but will put more fence around them, the kind a rabbit cannot slip through and a gopher will have to climb over or dig under.  Hopefully they think its too much work for a tomato!

How is your garden this year?  

~Lori in Nebraska~
 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sometimes I drive myself crazy

Since Moustache came to live with me, I've learned to leave nothing I don't want on the floor put away.  I have a small zipper bag I keep my scissors, thimble, needles, and thread for binding in.  Its not very big and I remembered putting it away to keep it safe.  Too bad I forget where I put it!   For 1.5 hours yesterday I looked for it.  Finally I gave up and decided to sew.  Guess what I found!



I'd slid it underneath the bed extension on the Featherweight!

Sometimes strange things happen.  Recently the small lake below the dam had what looked like algae bloom--




See it on the top of the photo, the light parts?  Not algae, but the growth of bacteria that dissolves and creates sulfide in the water.  Magnesium in the sediment becomes bound to the sulfide. The bacteria is in the sediment of the lake too.  Its usually is caused by wind stirring it all up.  It can kill off aquatic plants, and sometimes fish can be seen "gulping" air at the surface due to low dissolved oxygen in the water.  It has a very strong odor and kayakers reported it burned their eyes.  But its usually a temporary incident.  

Yesterday I sewed--92 Quarter log Cabin blocks need the last strip sewn on them.  Woohoo--I might make my OMG this month!  

~Lori in Nebraska~

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

OMG

August's OMG didn't happen.  This month I'll pick a different goal--maybe that will help!  I've been making Quarter Log Cabin blocks--


My August goal is to finish 80 of these blocks.  I have 20 made.  I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts OMG and Oh Scrap.

~LORI in Nebraska~

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Better Baby Pictures

The bunnies are growing like crazy!



They sleep oblivious to us silly humans peering in and taking pictures.  We are careful not to touch or disturb anything.  There are 5-6 babies in each nest.  They are right outside the VC doors in the flower pots--


We've never seen a mother in the pot with the babies, she must only come at night.   These pots are within five feet of the door but I suppose its a good hiding place from fox, coyotes etc.  A hawk or owl is unlikely to find them there either.  Another couple days and the older ones will be gone and I'd guess the other bunch will be gone in a week.

Not much sewing going on.  It was very hot on Tuesday and rained that evening.  Less than an inch but we'll take all we get.

~LORI in Nebraska~ 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Summer is the time for babies!

Nature is working overtime here!  I checked the birdhouse that has the latest set of babies in it--

I think there are three in this nest.  Hard to tell without really disrupting them.  I'll look again in a week, they should be bigger and easier to see them.

There are TWO sets of baby bunnies in the flowers pots outside the VC--

 
 
Hard to see but there must be at least five in this pile.  

Although I love the baby bunnies--I sure am aggravated when they chew the petunias and sweet peas off!

~LORI in Nebraska~ 

Monday, July 24, 2017

New Blog Address

This blog seems to have a mind of its own.  I am moving to a "new" blog--


Hopefully this blog will work better.  Please let me know if you have any problems.  Thanks!

~Lori in Nebraska~

PS--this is the NEW blog, just moved all my posts from the "OLD" blog.

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Yesterday I made 12 RSC Blue Spool blocks-


These were made from my scrap basket.   Making blocks from scraps takes more time than cutting from yardage and chain piecing.  I'm not sure how many of these I've made already, but I know I need at least 195 for a quilt.  I am linking up with Small Quilts and Dolls Quilts blog.

Weekly Goals--

Piece more RSC blocks
Hoytyville
Bind a quilt

Volunteering will take up a lot of my spare time this week.  The Visitor Center is a huge building.  There are five large air conditioner units to cool it.  All summer three have been broke down and need replacing, so we were happy when this truck pulled up this morning--


We are hoping for more cool air soon.  The only units cooling at the VC were in the theater, and we have many large fans moving cool air to the rest of the building.  

This is a "new" blog.  My old one has so many quirks I can't seem to fix I will be posting at this "new" address.  

https://dakotacityquilterii.blogspot.com/

~LORI in Nebraska~

Friday, July 21, 2017

Look What I Found

Painted rocks are the newest fad on Facebook.  I found one outside the VC in the bushes by the flagpole--


A Minion!!  The bottom side says "You Are Joy".  I will find a place to hide him for the next person.  

No sewing except for a little binding the last few days.  Its HOT and HUMID and I've caught a summer cold.  After volunteering I am making a cold tablet run.  😷 

~Lori in Nebraska~

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tally of the Week

There was sewing this weekend at the camper.  First I worked on Hoytyville--




This is 32 blocks, there are enough blocks for two quilts of 99 blocks each.  The editing of the picture is not very good, rather faded out BUT its the best I could do using my RV site for a design wall.  I was worried the darker colored strips would be too dark but I can see they will be fine!  I also finished the four patches for a Bricks and Stepping Stones quilt--


Pressing the four patches and Hoytyville blocks was time consuming.  Now they are all neatly stacked in their tote.  I can sew more Hoytyville blocks into pairs this week.  The nest with seven babies is empty--



They were there a few days ago but the nest was empty last night  Bird house #2 has baby wrens in it--


There were four eggs but I'm not sure if there are four babies.  Momma wren was busy cussing me and I hung the nest up ASAP.  

Moustache is still staying with me--


I'm not a "cat" person but Moustache has decided I'm OK.  

Its going to be a hot week.  Good weather to stay inside and keep cool.  I have more of this planned--


Fresh squeezed Mojitos! 

My  blog is giving me fits.  Sorry about that, I'm not very "techie".  

~LORI in Nebraska~

Saturday, July 15, 2017

RSC July -- BLUE

Blue is not my favorite color.  But--its the favorite color for lots of other people!  Ken brought me lots of stash to work with, but first I pulled all the possible blue bits from the scrap basket.  Last night I made 10 Pentland Cracker blocks--


 and ONE green block--


There was only a small strip of green, enough for this one block.  It begged to come out of the scrap basket and play! Please see what everyone else is working with at SoScrappy.

Its going to be very hot this weekend.  Good weather to stay inside and sew.  Or read.  Or NAP!! 

~LORI in HOT Nebraska~
 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Motivation Friday

What did I do this week?  Not a lot!  Ken brought me plenty of fabric for the RSC--July's color is BLUE.  


The left basket has "yardage".  I sorted the blues out of my scrap basket--


Last night I pressed the blue scraps and cut them into strips for my RSC projects.  I hope by tomorrow I have some blocks to show.

~LORI in Nebraska~

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Weekend in Review

Most of the weekend was mundane chores.  Vacuuming.  Defrosting the fridge.  Spray the weeds.  But I snuck in a little sewing/cutting time.  Sunday morning Ken was sleeping in the recliner so I took my cutting mat outside.


It was shady and cool, the awning was out and the umbrella up.  One of the things I worked on was 4 patches for a Bricks and Stepping Stones quilt.


Its a continuous project, I must have made at least ten by now.  I've used all sorts of colors for the four patches--red, black, brown, blue, purple.  Sometimes a scrap isn't big enough for a 5" charm, but I can get a 3.5"x6.5" brick from it.  

Nature is everywhere if you look.  Cecely was watering the flowers and found this--


Cecely has good eyes to spot him in the flowers--


He looks like another stem unless you are looking for him.

I have two birdhouses hanging by the camper.  The bluebirds raised a brood and now the Wrens are nesting in them.  The one by my camper had six eggs and one baby chick last week, they were just hatching.  Now there is a pile of babies in there--


Not sure if there are seven chicks in there--just a big pile of babies.  The other birdhouse has eggs--four of them.  The mother scolded me as I photographed them.  


I love to watch the birds out my windows.  The sewing nook has a great view of most the feeders, and if I turn the sprinkler on the birds are VERY happy!

No goals as far as quilting this week.  Hoytyville is progressing, I hope to finish the blocks for TWO quilts by next week.  No binding, I really need to buckle down and work on finishing a top.  

Its hard to believe the summer is half over.  I want it to be April again.  

~LORI in Nebraska~

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Weekend Review

Hope you had a fun and safe 4th of July.  There are numerous quotes about how America celebrates their independence, I like this one--

Erma Bombeck
"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.
You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism."

We had company over the 4th--


The weather was beautiful, we played in the park and fed the ducks at the small lake.  

We have lots of wildlife close--closer than most people realize--


 Here's a closer look--


 Five baby bunnies in here--


In the flower pot five foot from the front door where people walk by all day!  While the boys were here we checked the birdhouse on my campsite.  I had seen a male wren singing to the female so I was pretty sure they had a nest inside--


Seven eggs, one was newly hatched.  I'll check them again in a week.  The other birdhouse also has wrens nesting in it, only three eggs so far.  The mother wren scolded me continually while I was near the nest!

Someone else appreciates the bird outside--


The sprinklers was running right below the window and lots of birds were bathing.  He especially loved the hummingbirds who completely IGNORED him while at the feeder!  Strips for Hoytyville are underneath Moustache.  


You can see he was lots of "help" when I was sewing.  I worried he would get his paw caught in the needle or his tail in the belt.   

No sewing, busy at the Visitor Center this week.

~LORI in Nebraska~ 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

OMG for July

This month I'd like to finish binding a R/W/B QOV.  


Just the hand sewing of binding left on it.  I'm linking up to Elm Street Quilts OMG.  

~LORI in Nebraska~

RSC Yellow

YELLOW!  Lovely cheerful yellow!  Yellow is a favorite color, I try to add plenty to every scrap quilt I make.  Yellow fabrics fly out of my stash as fast as they come in.  My yellow stash is very small.  But I found enough for some yellow blocks--


Pentland Crackers and Ritzy Cracker blocks in golds/yellows.  


Yellow Spool blocks and a random blue one.  Sometimes a scrap just BEGS to be used.  Please see what everyone has made at SoScrappy.

~LORI in Nebraska~ 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Design Wall Monday

This week I worked on Weedwacker parts.  One complete block is done--


No design wall, I have design grass!  Not much sewing this weekend, but my sewing nook is ready to go--


My sewing is left ready to go!  No need to put it away, its ready for a "JOT" moment.  (Just One Thing)   

Last year I promised my mailbox a makeover.  This weekend it happened--


I think its the best looking mailbox in the row--


Its has a lovely lime green bucket of concrete for a base.  Many mailboxes here are done this way.  If a snowplow hits it in the winter it falls over or moves out of the way.  The green bucket helps with visibility in snow.  And--I love green!  Thank you DH Ken for helping with the new mailbox.  He thought it was so nice he wanted to take it home to replace our mailbox there--the one he wired to the arm!  Yes, a snowplow hit it this winter.  Probably another mailbox project in the future.  

The weather has been ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!  65-72F during the day and in the 40's at night.  Perfect camping weather!  

~LORI in Nebraska~

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 ...