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 Joanne.com 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

Monday, February 17, 2020

Weekly Goals

Time to set weekly goals--

Quilt Honeycomb
Beaded Lantern
Cut bindings

Already its a busy week.  Last week's goals made progress but no finishes.  A few pics--

Some of the Snail Trail blocks for Shakespeare in the Park.  Honeycomb is half quilted--

Its 113" to the other side.  I swear I'm quilting something the size of a football field.  I'm linking up with Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, and Oh Scrap.  

Have a good week!

Lori1R in South Dakota

Saturday, February 15, 2020

RSC Saturday--Catch Up

This week I played catch up.  I made green and orange Churn Dash blocks--
Green Blocks
Orange Blocks
These went together easy peasy, I cut them from chunks with the Accuquilt 9" Monkey Wrench die.  A couple of those chunks came from the *ahem* floor of the She Shed.  Scrappy quilts are my favorite--there are no "rules".  If you look there is a Christmas fabric, a batik, a Civil War repro, brights, and a baby novelty with giraffes on it.  They all play together nicely.  Don't worry about picking fabrics that they "might" not go together.  Those bright zinger fabrics might stick out if there are only one or two of them.  Add a few more--they become "normal".  Please see what everyone is working on at SoScrappy.

We survived the polar blast this week, and its going to be a warm weekend.  What will you be doing?  I'm going to sew!

Lori1R in South Dakota


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 ...