Friday, August 23, 2019

My flowers are starting to bloom, here is the "flower tower"--


There are two varieties of Morning Glory--Grandpa Ott and Heavenly Blue.

They have a luminous glow to them.  I love old fashioned Zinnias too--


Zinnias and Morning Glorys never fail me.  This small vine/flower snuck in a hanging pot--


The flowers are small but bright!  I have a Tropical Hibiscus I overwintered in the house.  Its new to me, I followed the directions on the internet and pruned it back severely over the winter.  I thought it might not recover or bloom--but here is the first flower--


 Yesterday I saw different butterflies visiting the flowers--


"The Silver-spotted Skipper almost never visits yellow flowers but favors blue, red, pink, purple, and sometimes white and cream-colored ones."   

I read this information after taking pictures, so I paged back--nope, no butterflies on yellow flowers!  

Not being able to sew has been awful.  Yesterday I pulled out some blocks that needed pressing.  Instructions were in the bag with the blocks--

I had completely forgotten the pattern but remembered it as I was pressing them!   

https://quiltnotes.com/learning-center/corner-4-patch/

Summer is beginning to wind down.  The weather has been perfect the last few days.  Warm days with cool nights.  Ahhhh--I love summer!

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Update and a Finish

Over the weekend LB and family camped next to us.  FUN FUN FUN!!  Little boys wandered back and forth, they are all budding entomologists--grasshoppers, butterflies, beetles and caterpillars were collected in cups and jars.



Max picked me a sunflower and its became a centerpiece in a solo cup.  Ken and I had summer colds so I forgot to take pictures.  But the corn dog maker saw lots of use--I used it for breakfast sausages with both pancake batter and cornbread.  

 

Perfect breakfast finger foods.  I used these sausages and a box of Jiffy Cornbread mix--enough to make 12 cornbread sausages. 
It is so easy!   

I did a little binding this weekend and finished a UFO--




I started this quilt in March 2015 using the Missouri Star Disappearing Pinwheel Churn Dash pattern.  30's fabrics were used in the blocks, I was determined not to collect them instead of SEW with them. My blocks somehow were assorted sizes so I used this pattern as an idea to add sashing to the blocks--

There was not enough of the pink fabric to finish it so I carried a pink scrap in my purse for a couple years until I found more.  This quilt finishes 75"x93" and used about 11 yards.  The backing is two different pieces of flannel so its a cuddly quilt.  No idea where it will find a permanent home.   But its DONE!!

Not sure what this week will bring.  More cold tablets and coughing, I shared my cold with Karla.  Poor Karla--she sounds miserable!

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Summertime

Its butterfly season!  The flowers have been covered with Painted Lady butterflies feeding on nectar--


Painted Lady butterflies are the most common species of butterfly, seen on all continents except Australia and Antarctica.  You can distinguish between an American Lady and a Painted Lady by the "wing spots"--a Painted lady has four and an American Lady has two.  They do not become dormant in winter and are dependent on overwintering in warm climates.  You can read about Painted Lady butterflies here.

Another beautiful butterfly was photographed by Karla outside the Visitor Center--


A Red-Spotted Purple butterfly (I know, they look BLUE).  They are founded in wooded areas and are less abundant than other butterflies.  The color is so vibrant on these butterflies.  Read about them here.

The Visitor Center also has interpretive programs, here is Andrew getting into his role for a Lewis and Clark program--


I'm not sure why but the hat is super small!  Andrew does a great program interacting with all ages of visitors.  Can you imagine wearing the full dress uniform made of wool in August 200 years ago?  Lewis and Clark met with the Yankton Sioux here for a three hour speech.  Hot, sweaty, bugs, lice, and not much soap.  Maybe the smell kept the mosquitoes away?  

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

Monday, August 5, 2019

A New Toy

I had been reading about Corn Dog Makers, studied lots of reviews and recipes.  Then I ordered this one--

Was it going to work?  Would it be a total flop?  Would I regret buying it??


OMG!!  It works perfectly!  No deep frying, no hot oil, just superbly made corn dogs.  They are small corn dogs (you cut a bun length hot dog in half).  Make the batter, roll the hot dogs in flour or corn starch (makes the batter stick better) then dip in a deep glass filled with batter.  Lay them in the tray and bake--probably 5 minutes.  Six perfectly cooked corn dogs!  I brushed the cooking trays with oil/brush in between batches.  It worked so well I made corn dogs for the entire Visitor Staff on Friday!  My plan is to make these with the grandsons.  Little boys armed with sharp sticks, hot dogs, and drippy batter--what could possibly go wrong?  ROFL!!!!  😉  DD said this new nifty appliance has to stay at Grandma's house!  Where's her sense of adventure??  The boys are so impressed with her making them waffles, think how much they would enjoy CORN DOGS!!  

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Accuquilt Ohio Star Die

I forgot to include the Ohio Star Die I received in my Ambassador box!


Classic blocks are my favorite, earlier this year I used Dee's die to make a set of blue Ohio Star blocks--


Cutting an entire set of 42 blocks from assorted scraps of blue and white was so easy.  The triangles were all perfectly cut to sew together--no dog ears to trim.  I'm looking forward to using this die to make an Ohio Star quilt using Island Batik fabrics.  Thank you so much Accuquilt for sending me this die.  Accuquilt is an Island Batik Ambassador partner.  My Accuquilt GO makes cutting projects EASY and ACCURATE.  

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

*I was given the Ohio Star die free from Accuquilt*
 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Friday Confessions on Saturday

No sewing.  The Dr says I have to rest my arm/shoulder for another 3 weeks.  Rehab exercises and wear my sling.  UGH  Then we'll reassess.  Rotary cutting is out.  Sewing binding by hand is out.  I sewed some 5" squares together (they were precut from my scraps) to do a new method of Uneven 9 Patches or Puss in Corner blocks.  (Made prior to the latest Dr. appt, BAD LORI).

https://susies-scraps.com/2016/09/17/uneven-nine-patch-block-tutorial/

Is it easier?  Faster?  No, but I have a large tote of precut 5" charms cut from scraps. 

I used my pink squares for the July Rainbow Scrappy Challenge.  I'm linking with SoScrappy.    The sewing of these blocks really irritated my arm, but my soul felt better.  Sigh  

I have a new friend--meet Lester--


Lester is a common toad.  He was in front of the Visitor Center one very hot day baking on the concrete.  Andrew caught him and put him in a box, I took him to my campsite and put him in the flower bed.  I'm hoping Lester eats lots of bugs!

My garden in pots is doing well.  Recently we ate the first tomatoes--

There are lots of small tomatoes and flowers, I'm looking forward to eating lots of tomatoes.  The zucchini blossoms are beautiful--

The zucchini plants are covered with blossoms and have lots of zucchini babies. Did you know there are male and female blossoms?  This is a male blossom.  The plant will produce many male blossoms when it begins blooming to attract lots of pollinators.  Here is a picture of both sexes--
(Photo from Pinterest)
You can read about them here.

~Lori1R in Nebraska~

Friday, August 2, 2019

2nd Island Batik Ambassador Box

The 2nd Island Batik Ambassador box has arrived!  Here are the contents--


21 Fat Quarters of various beautiful batiks.  These coordinate with the Mermaid Cove collection below.



A Mermaid Cove Jelly Roll with two yards each of a coordinating light and dark.  There are Mermaids, Octopi, Seaweed, Turtle Shell, and Bubble prints.  8 coordinating half yard cuts of blenders and basics.


I am EXCITED about the Geared Up collection--STEAMPUNK motifs!  Blacks, golds, browns and neutrals.  8 half yard cuts of coordinating blenders and basics, two yards each of a light and a dark.  A Layer Cake of different prints.  Ahhh!  I love the colors!


Island Batik also sends backgrounds--4 yards each of white, black, gray, and vanilla.  Aurifil is a Ambassador partner and included four 1422 yard spools--Bubble Gum pink variegated, Peachy Coral, Chocolate brown, and a cream.  Aurifil is the BEST thread.  Long staple Egyptian cotton and hardly any lint when you sew. 

Hobbs is also an Island Batik Ambassador partner.  They sent a queen size 80/20 batting and two throw size battings, one 100" wool and one 80/20 with wool.  You can never go wrong using Hobbs batting!  I'm looking forward to using the wool ones. 

Nature surrounds me.   This turkey hen was in the shade underneath the tree, she has nine chicks.   I fill a small plastic bucket with water for them to drink.   She tolerates me taking pictures through the window but leaves if I come outside.  

Although its August the weather is nice.  Overcast and 71F.   A bit muggy but it is August.  

~Lori1R in Nebraska~ 

*I was given the Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread, and Hobbs batting*

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