Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July One Monthy Goal OMG

For July I have another binding project.  Its Honeycomb--

Its a big quilt, a copy of an antique one I saw in a book.  Kind of like an Irish Chain but not quite.  I'm linking with Elm Street Quilts OMG for July.  

Lori1R in Nebraska

Saturday, June 27, 2020

I Have a Finish!

In small bits of time I finished binding this +10 year old UFO--
78"x90" I'll say it used 16 yards.  The blue is a shade called Azure--

"Azure is a bright, cyan-blue color named after the rock lapis lazuli. It is often described as the color of the sky on a clear day. On the RGB color wheel, "azure" is defined as the color at 210 degrees, i.e., the hue halfway between blue and cyan."

I quilted it using Hyacinth Grande--

Its a  Pamela Ritter design.  I briefly thought about sending it out for heirloom quilting, but decided Laura Beth won't care and done is DONE!  I found a fence in the campground almost tall enough to hang it from, lucky me!  I used a pattern found in this book--

I'm linking with Elm Street Quilts OMG as this was my June goal. 

Lori1R in Nebraska 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Adapting Slowly

I'm slowly working with the new tablet.  Most the time I can figure it out.  Today another new piece of technology arrived, an Arteck HB030B bluetooth keyboard.  I have it linked to my tablet, I do prefer typing on a keyboard, old school I guess.
I ordered this from Amazon for $16.99, I'll see if I wasted the money.  The smaller keyboard doesn't bother me, I had a small keyboard on the netbook I used for years.  

My days are usually fairly busy but once in a while I can do this--
I sit outside the booth and sew binding.  The booth faces west so about the only time I can do it is Fridays and Saturdays from noon until 3pm, after that the shade is gone.  It was beautiful today and I had nothing else to do but check in campers and answer questions--which I can do from the porch.  I have a good "outside" voice!  

No piecing, no fabric shopping, but I did buy a smoker, I've wanted one for a couple years.
Camo is not my thing but the price was right.  Hopefully I'll get it put together on Sunday or Monday.  

My favorite Hibiscus is here and has started to bloom--
I love flowers, hopefully there will be others blooming before long.  The bird feeders are up--
and there was WAR!!!  I was 3 ft away from him in the camper and he totally ignored all my yelling!  I threw on my flipflops and chased him with a flyswatter!  Since then I have put a 4" PVC pipe around the bird feeder post, he cannot climb that.  So far he hasn't tried dive bombing it from the tree, but its quite a leap even for a squirrel.  Orioles, finches, nuthatches, song sparrows, chickadees have found the feeders.  No hummers, cardinals, blue jays, grosbeaks, or some of the other birds I saw where I camped in previous years. 

Next week is already the 4th of July.   Summer is half over, how is that possible??

Lori1R in Nebraska

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Lost my Technology

No posts because my favorite tablet died.  It served me well, was in constant use for four? years.  It went EVERYWHERE with me.  The cost to fix it was ($150), so instead I shopped for a new tablet.  Because of my phone plan, the only tablet I could use was one from Verizon.  I feel they have a monopoly/strangle hold on this area.  No other company has good coverage where we live.  I like the brand, but feel Verizon has severely inflated prices.  This is what I settled for--

A Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e.  Its bigger than my old tablet, I wonder if it will be as handy.  The bigger screen is nice, but will it be comfortable to read books on?  There is a small learning curve and I'm waiting for a cover, one where the tablet slides into a pocket that velcros shut.  No hard corners to force it into, and there is a soft edge around all the tablet edges with cutouts for buttons/plug ins.  I had that for my old tablet, it was very secure and protected.  The cover is magnetic, when it's closed the tablet "sleeps".

The camper and I are in Yankton.  Kind of!  I am in the state of Nebraska, but the South Dakota state line is less than a mile away.
This is my temporary site, they were doing construction next to my contractor site.  So we never unhooked, it's just easier to leave it hooked up.  

The boys and Laura Beth came to stay a few days--
they slept on an air bed.  Max crashed and hit his head--
the red dot was a depression in the metal he hit his head on, its looks like it was drawn with a marker.

No sewing, I've been too busy.  🙁

We're all dealing with the "new normal".   I'm proactive without being paranoid.  I miss HUGGING people!   Most people try to be careful.  

And the very first day I was at Walmart I saw this--
NOT a parking space and no handicap plates or placard.  Are people are just lazy and inconsiderate?  Ignorant?  Drives me crazy!  

Lori1R back in Nebraska

Monday, June 1, 2020

June OMG

A beautiful sunny start to June.  My goal was to finish quilting Mary's boy quilts--
Aren't they lovely?  Both contain a lot of the same fabrics, but set very differently!  They ready for binding.  My OMG for June is to finish binding this Blue & White Irish Chain--

It's for DD Laura Beth who asked for a blue/white quilt, very plain, only two colors.  I'm linking with Elm Street Quilts.

I'll be back in the camper until October.  This year I am not volunteering at the Visitor Center, instead I'll be working at a campground gate booth, still with the US Army Corps of Engineers.  I am going to miss the Visitor Center, I was there for 15 seasons!   Camping season was supposed to start the middle of April, instead its June 1st. 

In preparation of working I sorted my supplies--
I'm not paranoid about Covid19, I prefer "proactive".  If spraying/wiping prevents one case, it was worth it.  I did not buy any of these special for camping/working, this is my "collection" from our house/vehicles/camper (some are partially used).  Each vehicle has a container of wipes.  This is nothing new, we ALWAYS have a container of wipes in each vehicle.  Even tractors & the combine will have one when we are using them.  

I wish you a beautiful June.  Summer is FINALLY here, I am so happy!  

Lori1R--back in Nebraska

Monday, May 4, 2020

Design Wall Monday - Weekly Goals

This week I'm hoping for lots of sewing.  Nothing on the design wall but I sewed black/white strip sets and chopped them into twosies--

These will be sewn into 4 patches for a Bricks and Stepping Stones quilt.  I have plenty of bricks cut from scraps.   Sunday #19 was loaded and its half quilted-

Weekly Goals--

Finish quilting #19
Load #20
Sew together some 4 patches
Sew a binding on

Have a great week!

Lori1R in South Dakota

Friday, May 1, 2020

Happy May Day

A beatiful day in South Dakota, a bit windy but 83°. I bet the dandelions will grow like, well, like WEEDS!

My OMG for April was to quilt the Jacob's Ladder quilt--
Its now waiting for a binding.  Yah!!

My OMG for May is to quilt TWO boy quilts.  Both were made by Mary in SD--

Both are blue/brown quilts.  Its such an easy task to quilt Mary's quilts, I enjoy every moment.  I do minimal quilting on them, the piecing is always perfect and design eye catching.  The first one is loaded, maybe I can start quilting this weekend.  I'm linking to Elm Street Quilts

Have a great May! 

Lori1R in South Dakota

Thursday, April 16, 2020

I Have A Finish!

Its been busy here.  But I FINALLY have a finish!  

Stoplight was pieced in summer of 2018? while living in the camper.  Judy B in MN supplied the backing, it will be donated to the boy's group home.  Here's a pic of the snuggly backing--

I'll estimate 13 yds of fabric.  I have slowly been hand binding it since last summer.  You can find the free patten here.  I used a box of 2.5" strips and 2.5" squares for this pattern. 
Some quilters precut without a plan.  I only precut my scraps into a few sizes, depending on the scrap--2.5" strips if its a long piece, 5" squares, 3.5"x6.5" bricks, and 2.5" squares.  These are sizes I use.  Remember the scrap box I was going to CHOP CHOP in March?

I finished last week--

219 5" charms, 318 bricks, and a pile of 2.5" squares.  Two larger scraps went back into stash.  Enough from that box for two or three good sized quilts.  Quilts are planned using these precut sizes.

And I have made a few masks.  Very few.  Enough for family.  I SUCK at making masks!  I needed a mask for myself so I pulled out a green batik, I love the color green.  Put it on and took a selfie--

OMG--I made a NINJA TURTLE MASK!  I wore it yesterday at the grocery store and heard a few chuckles.  That's ok, I laughed too!
Stay safe!

Lori1R in South Dakota

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

OMG - April

For April's OMG i want to quilt the Blue Sheep Album quilt.  The border fabric is blue with sheep.  The album blocks were made for RSC, I love to make album blocks.  I'm not sure what the next month will bring, I'll just roll with it.
I'm linking with Elm Street Quilts.

Lori1R in Sunny South Dakota

Tuesday, March 31, 2020


For March I wanted to quilt the Jacob's Ladder quilt.  Last night it came off the Princess--
it was a RSC project, the HST in each block featured that month's color.  I wanted a rectangular quilt so made picket fence borders at the top and bottom.  I had some wide cream flannel and I dyed it--
The color is called Rose Brown, I called it "tired grape".  The border is a dark purple in the same shade so it was a great choice.  The quilt pattern is called Teeter Totter, I used a light lavender thread on top and a darker purple on the bottom.

I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts.  Tomorrow I will pick OMG for April.

Lori1R in South Dakota

Monday, March 30, 2020

Design Wall Monday

Its going to be a busy week.  Mason and Asher will be doing "distance learning" with IPads, Zoom meetings, etc.  So no goals this week, I just hope to keep my head above water!

Everyone is making masks, I made two--

I used the tutorial.  I used a 2" strip WOF for the ties, and I had the bias tape maker.  So far I've made two masks.  I'm linking with Love Laugh Quilt, Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, and Quilting is More Fun than Housework.

There is a small mountain of quilts to bind--

12 quilts to bind.  I will continue to quilt as much as life allows.  

Lori1R in Sunny South Dakota

Saturday, March 28, 2020

RSC Saturday and Life Update

Recently I was sorting through the normal chaos of my She Shed and found a sandwich bag of "parts".  Hmmm, after pulling them out I realized they were green Churn Dash blocks, so I happily sewed them up!

I'm linking to So Scrappy.

Recent school closings for Covid19 have included the grandsons.  So the two oldest have been staying with us during the week.  This required some grocery shopping--

A full cart!  Lots of purchases not edible--3 balls, a puzzle, a couple games.  Boys have healthy appetites, we now go through a loaf of bread a day.  Both of their great grandfathers would chuckle to hear that, with Ken's dad saying "at least they're healthy!"  The boys are pretty good, they like to read--

We have a large backyard they can play in.  What boy can resist a STICK!

Mason's shoe was a casualty--

We used duck tape to hold it together for now.  Remember those balls we bought?  If you look carefully you can see one--

WAAAY up there is an orange ball!  Charlie Brown had a kite eating tree, is this a ball eating tree?  Not really, boys were kicking the ball and being young boys had thought it would be fun to kick the ball high in the tree.  But, they hadn't considered that the ball would get stuck!  And using a 2nd ball to attempt to dislodge the 1st now has TWO balls stuck in the tree.

Its a big tree, the balls are probably 30 feet up.  They will stay there until the wind shakes them loose.  I'm betting it won't be in 2020, they are stuck against the trunk of the tree.

A fellow Stashbusters shared this--

I like it!  I can do this!  I have plenty of fabric!  

How are you coping with social distancing?  

Lori1R in South Dakota

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Time for weekly goals--

Chop Scraps

I finished 22 more Beads blocks.  As I was counting them I realized I used the wrong background!  ROFL!!  Not a disaster, I can make more blocks.  The two backgrounds are different, they wouldn't blend if I used them together in one quilt.  

Next I decided to work on WITB scraps--

I pressed this many to chop.  The box is still 3/4 full.

There's been a lot of VAA meetings.  Totally unproductive!  I pulled out my YoYo project--

This is still a fun project, I enjoy working on it.  I'm a visual person, I always need a picture/pattern/diagram.

This is my plan for my YoYo blocks.  My yoyos are scrappy but each block has the last round all one fabric to create the visual of a "block".  I'm linking with Love Laugh Quilt, Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, and Quilting is More Fun than Housework.

Covid19 affects everyone.  Slowing the infection rate so our health care system is not overwhelmed is an absolute must.  So we're staying home as much as possible.  We have three packages of toilet paper and plenty of coffee.  We'll be fine.  

Lori1R in South Dakota

Saturday, March 14, 2020

RSC Saturday--TEAL

I love teal!  These fabrics came from my scraps--

I make my HST a little big and then trim--

2Rs and I went to Nebraska to attend a quilt meeting with Dee.  This pattern is Around & Around, a free pattern from Joanns Designs.  I wanted something a little different than white or natural for background, I had a light yellow solid.  Its being added to my RSC repertoire.  I've seen it made totally scrappy by Nann.  

Overnight it snowed.

Heavy, wet, sloppy.  Ugh!  With the Covid19 virus going around I will stay home and sew!  I'm linking to SoScrappy.

Lori1R in South Dakota

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

OMG March

I remembered to pick a OMG for March.  This quilt top has been hanging waiting, I want it quilted by the end of March.

I made the blocks as part of the RSC, each month I used that month's color in the blocks.  Its a 6x6 setting, and I wanted it longer so I added a scrappy picket fence border to each end.  Sorry you can't see the entire quilt, its too windy for an outside picture.  I'm linking with Elm Street Quilts.

Lori in South Dakota

Monday, March 2, 2020

Motivation Monday

Time to pick some goals--

Quilt a top
Make a binding
Beaded Lanterns

This week I worked on Civil War repro Beads, I finished 16 blocks--

The GO cutter needs a more permanent home.  I cleaned part of my 9ft cutting table, mostly tiny scraps to go in the trash, but the rest went into a priority mail box with the flaps taped UP.  Its was overflowing so I pressed the scraps and cut them into my favorite sizes--

The box still has plenty of scraps left in it--

This will be a March goal, to empty this box.  I'm linking to Love Laugh Quilt, Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, and Oh Scrap.

Lori1R in South Dakota

Saturday, February 29, 2020

RSC Saturday

Four more Churn Dash blocks were made from scraps--

There was a small scrap attack this week, I was clearing a section of the big cutting table to set the GO on.  Scraps were tossed into a Priority Mail box with the flaps taped UP and it was overflowing.  I'm linking with SoScrappy.  Have a good week!

Lori1R in South Dakota

Monday, February 24, 2020

Weekly Goals

Let's try again, I did NONE of last weeks goals!

Quilt Honeycomb
Beaded Lantern
Cut bindings

Last week I was sidelined by a fibro flareup and then I spent Thur-Fri-Sat at the grands.  Nick was gone for work so I helped Laura Beth with the boys.  

The boys were very good while I babysat.  Here are Max and Asher sharing their blankets while watching a movie.

Grandma had time to make breakfast for them before school and daycare--I used the handy dandy corn dog maker to cook breakfast sausages in pancake batter. YUM!!  Pancakes/sausages that are finger food to dip in syrup!  

2Rs and I met and did a little shopping, I bought 1 yd cuts of these reproduction fabrics, a pink paisley, a plum, and a teal.  

I can hardly wait for summer, Ken and I found this at Menards for $25--

A complete bird feeding station.  A 7ft pole with the five feeders you see.  It will need additional support (the small legs at the bottom will NOT hold 5 full feeders) so will use slim rounded electric fence posts pounded deep and secured with black duck tape.  Not a lot of duck tape, as the raccoons will try to climb it to reach the feeders, and if you use too much tape it makes toe holds for their feet.  I may try a PVC pipe around the pole to deter the climbing critters. There are always a few casualties to my bird feeders each year.  A little cooking--

Swedish meatballs in gravy over rice.  I put 4 baggies of large meatballs in the freezer.  6-8 meatballs (they were bigger than the ones above) will average 1# of meatballs.  

It has warmed up, I am almost thawed.  Spring is coming!!

Lori1R in South Dakota

July One Monthy Goal OMG

For July I have another binding project.  Its Honeycomb-- Its a big quilt, a copy of an antique one I saw in a book.  Kind of li...