Thursday, October 17, 2019

I Like Thursday #79

I went to bed last night and woke up this morning with the list of things I needed to get done.  Bobbin to the vet, print out coupons for the car service, library, grocery shopping, putting things in the yard away, feed store for the chooks, get gas, take a quilt apart, post office.

I settled in this morning with a cup of coffee and a quilt on my lap to take apart and decide to read some blogs along the way.  I see Diane of Little Penguin Quilts posted an "I Like Thursday" Post.  Dang its Thursday and I haven't written a post.  But!  I do have a few things to share.

1.  Bobbin doesn't have much hair on her chest and neck and she gets abrasions from the nylon collars.  A friend I sew with, her DIL started making fabric covered dog collars.  I thought maybe they would work better.

OK I will admit definite dirty dog.  Ignore my dining room table with the pile of projects.  It actually has gotten worse in the couple of day.  But anyway see her cute little chest?  No abrasions or sores.  The collars are super cute and have all the hardware and are put together nicely. 

I finished my Chi-Chi Chihuahua and since I made her with fat quarters I needed some fabrics to finish her up into a pillow for the couch.  

IMHO I think Bobbin kind of resembles Chi-Chi.

Finally it turned cold, not terribly cold but enough that I think my short are going to get put away for the winter.  My flowers are giving it one more show though.

Petunias and Lantana

Lantana from where I weeded have really started blooming.  Yep more thistle that need to be evicted.

Petunias and geraniums

Another Marigold has made a appearance after the chookzilla stomping.
 I love this Lantan it really burst out again.
I have been reading 3 books.  Usually I have a couple going but I thought these 3 are worth the share.

I have really got sucked into this one.  A look at the battles of the Revolution, giving a face and persona to the people who made our country the America that we love.  Perhaps made more

real with my recent travels.  I see lots of good reviews for this book on Goodreads. 

This is the 4th book in the series.  I will admit I am one of those people who will slog through a whole series.  Sometimes because I have become engaged with the characters or the story line.

I will admit this one I am a wee bit disappointed with.  I find the main character very selfish, self centered and I am only 1/2 way through this book.  Unfortunately I bought the next 2 so maybe in a few months I will read those too.

The final book we are reading at our Wednesday night group.  I find it very interesting, there are stories and anecdotes scattered throughout the book, as well as reference materials and in just a couple of chapters I am very intrigued.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Chasing Squirrels

I have been doing some sewing and have lots to share.

I won a drawing from Pennsylvania Piecemaker!  Such a fun package arrived.  Two charm packs of  Fairy Frost, a cute pinny, a lipstick needle holder with needles, and some pretty floral cards. 

Every year our guild does a challenge.  The challenge this year was to use a fabric and it had to travel some way from right to left.  It could be side to side, or corner to corner.  I had an idea and started working on it in June.  I finished my quilt on Thursday, October 10, at 3:49pm.  The quilt had to be turned in at the guild meeting by 7pm. 

I started with a New York Beauty blocks from Tobacco Shed Quilts.  The blue was a batik ombre' and I enjoyed using it with the different tones.  Next I decided my sky needed something else and I decided some flying geese.  I chose Goose Chase by Jeli Quilts.

Next I needed some mountains.  I chose Bonnie Hunter's Scrappy Mountain Majesties using the blue batik ombre, and some purple batiks.  Then I needed some trees.  I found a pattern called Evergreens by Quilt Patterns & More.  I don't know what I was thinking because I calculated I would need to make 4 panels and each panel had 114 pieces.  

I used different colors of light lavender/blue lavender for the sky.  When I finished piecing my trees it was October 5.  I spent that Saturday evening removing all the paper from all of my quilt sections.
I then just created some strata using meadow looking fabric, rock looking fabric, and the challenge fabric, which was blue.  Monday I sandwiched the quilt and was ready to quilt.  But first I had to move the charity quilt off the frame.

I had upgraded my quilter from a HandiQuilter Sweet Sixteen sit down machine to a Simply Sixteen on a Little Foot Frame in August.  I had done one pass on the quilt and then shut the machine down.  For some reason I was very reticent about quilting with the machine. I decided to just jump in and go for it, and when I got to quilting on it, I managed to finish the whole quilt with simple interlocking type squares in only 30 minutes.  That included moving the quilt up for 4 more passes.  Currently I have the quilt binding sewn on, and I am working at finishing it by hand. 

I then loaded my challenge quilt.

I outlined the sun and it's rays, with swirls through the rays.  Then I proceeded to make clouds, I outlined the mountains, then outlined the trees.  I quilted scribble grass, then made pebbles in the rocks, wavy swirls in the water, back to pebbles, and more scribble grass.  I finished it up with a dark blue batik, and the ombre blue batik using Pat Broe's and Suzy's Magic Binding methods.  While not prefect it is done, and I was kind of pleased with it even if the quilting is a bit sketchy.

Yes the quilting took me a few days between doing some charity work, just house work, and there was some un- quilting that took place several times.

The next quilt to go on the quilter will be another charity quilt.  Then one of mine that is waiting to be quilted.   I figure that way charity quilts will get completed as well as mine. 

The other quilt that had me scrambling was a quilt for the VFW Raffle for guild.  There seemed to be some confusion about who was making the quilt for 2019.  One lady volunteered, but then someone interfered and told her we already had a quilt, so she thought we were using a different quilt.  I reminded them that we had used that quilt last year and showed them where we presented it to the VFW.  Then someone else said they had a quilt that they had taken from my gurney quilts that they enlarged and turned in.  Why would you turn in a quilt into my charity pile?  More than likely it got turned into the VFW to be sent overseas.  Anyway by that time I decided to just throw a quilt together.  I used this pattern from Missouri Star Quilts and a 2 1/2 inch strip pack and background.

I have the stars made and part of the stripes.  I then had to set it aside.  If you every by a 40 Karat Gem pack, be prepared that it only has 40 strips instead of 42 like in a jelly roll, I was 2 white strips short.  I had to order another Gem pack, and I also decided I wanted to make the quilt a bit bigger so I managed to find fabric on sale.  Finishing up this baby is on my short list.  Oh and the 1st lady that had volunteered she donated a quilt after all the confusion was sorted while I was away.  So this quilt can go for 2020 to the VFW or it can be donated somewhere else.

In January of this year the group that I sew with on Tuesdays decided to do a bag lady exchange.  Each person chooses their fabrics and a quilt block.  You make a block with your fabric, and then each month the bag is passed to a different person, and you make your block from their fabric.  Seven 12 inch blocks don't go far.  But if I made some signature block (which just don't seem to want to work out right no matter what) I would have 14 to make a decent size quilt I decided to make a center medallion.  I found a couple tutorials and started cutting.

You can see my star.  It needs to have a solid band sewn onto it and then to put it together.  Then back to working on the signature blocks.

Butterfly Threads has a QAL going, it is nice and slow and is made up of panels.  So depending on the size of the quilt you want to make determines the number of panels you need.  Here is my fabric pull and part of my blocks cut for the 1st step.

I don't know if you can see far to the right the pretty zinnia fabric and the butterflies! 

I purchased and started cutting on the finishing kit for the Kaleidoscope BOM from the LQS and I made my September and October blocks.

 I have the finishing kit cut and sew on that every now and then.  When the BOM is done maybe I will have the quilt close to finished and just have to put the blocks together. 

These are just some of the things I have been working on.  

Friday I was exhausted after the death march to finish my challenge quilt.  I had invited a girlfriend to go to a quilt show in Dearborn and I had plans to clean up after all of my sewing when I returned home.  When I was squaring up my challenge quilt on Thursday the pile of crap stuff on my cutting table was knocked to the floor.  I have boxes of scraps sitting around that need to be either cut up, or folded and put away. I had been working on it quite a bit lately and have made a small dent, but all the fabric from the challenge quilt has been added to the turmoil. 

Plans change though.  Early Friday morning my sump pump was making a weird noise.  It was not supposed to rain so I figured I could at least unplug it until I got home from the quilt show.  Lord knows this isn't my first rodeo fixing a sump.  On my way home from the quilt show the rain started and we had a deluge for a few hours.  Then the fun began.  I grabbed a small submersible pump that I use to drain the water off of my pool cover, ran a hose to it and out a basement window(you can read all about my basement block window fix here), placed it into the sump and nothing.  The pump would not come on.  I also realize the back up sump pump was not working.  I ran upstairs and started to look for a pump similar to the one for the pool, and also a new back up pump for the sump online.  The only store that had either was in Taylor which is about 20 miles away.  I ordered, and paid for the items so they would be ready when I got there and I would just show my purchase receipt and go.  Headed out and picked up my items and back home I went.

Hooked up the new submersible pump, and it didn't work either!  I tried a different outlet, but nothing.  I really did not want to go back to Taylor so I jumped in the car and headed to Monroe which is just 12 miles away to Lowe's.  I found a submersible pump, and grabbed a hose too. Back home, trip 50 up and down the basement stairs (at least it felt like it),  I undid the hose and the went to put the new hose through the window and it wouldn't fit!  The end to the hose I purchased was heavy duty and too big to go through the hole.  I couldn't locate a little saw.  I tried to drill it, nope that wouldn't work. Then I remembered there was a dremel type tool.  I located it and quickly sanded the hole a bit bigger.  Got the hose out hooked it up to the new submersible pump, and dumped it into the sump.

Once the water was low enough I decided that the pit needed a good clean.  So rubber gloves, plastic grocery bags and my handy dandy sump cleaning tool and I got most of the gunk out.  I also realized the gunk was preventing the float on the pump from moving.  I did a cursory gunk scrape so the float would move plugged the sump in and it worked.  Hallelujah!!!  By now it was 9:30 pm.  I ran outside pulled the hose out of the window and sealed the hole so no varmints could get in, cleaned up and fell into bed.

Saturday morning after fortifying myself with 3 cups of coffee I attacked the sump.  I pulled one, cleaned it, and nothing.  I am going to say that it is most definitely dead.  I pulled the 2nd one and cleaned and washed it put it back together and it is working great now.  Now either I am slow or I spent a lot of time cleaning that pump, but by the time I went upstairs to grab the other pump it was after noon and I needed to eat.  So I cleaned up and decided that I was not going to fight with the new pump today and that I deserved an opportunity to sew.

I saw a pattern called Chi-Chi-Chihuahua by Unicorn Hearts Patterns and it reminded me of Bobbin and so I purchased it some time back. I had seen a cute fabric at Fat Quarter Bingo a couple of weeks ago, and armed with a 15% off coupon I had purchased 2 fat quarters--little did I know it is a line by Basic Gray called Hallo-Harvest.  I also threw in a yummy mustard yellow grunge that has sparkles. A dark chocolate brown, and a teeny tiny piece of Alison Glass Sunprint Bike Path in white from the stash, and for the inside of the ears I will be using Michael Miller Fairy Frost in Creamsicle which was in the charm packs that I won! 

Eye See You!

I got the 3rd section done and realized I needed a background.  I had a fat quarter I had won at Fat Quarter Bingo, so laid it out behind my partial chi.

I wasn't too sure about it.  I went to look for the floral fabric and to see if there were any suggestions as to solids, only to discover that the background fabric is part of the Hallo-Harvest line too.  I guess that is it then!

I recently finished cross sitching the stocking top for my niece Violet.

I am currently working on the top for my grand daughter Karena.

I have been amassing projects.  Pat Broe of Life in the Scrapatch posted that Fat Quarter Shop was having a Pumpkin Patch Pick Your Favorite SAL.  You chose a pattern and made a pumpkin quilt.  The patterns were on sale, and after seeing Jocelyn's beautiful pumpkins knew I would love to make something similar.   The Pumpkins Quilt by Laundry Basket Quilts pattern was on sale, so I purchased it and the accompanying stencil.  Then I chose some layer cakes for background and pumpkins.

I have it all kitted up I still need some browns/greens for stems but it is ready when I need a new project.

Finally I had purchased 2 rolling clothing racks I was going to use then to create a suspension system for my quilter before the upgrade.  I decided instead to organize my panels and quilt tops that need to be quilted.

I have also been amassing fabric for the Bat Quilt which was made by Allison of Cluck, Cluck, Sew.

I need to buckle down and finish some things, and get my scraps under control before I start anything new.  At least that is what I keep telling myself.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

I Like Thursday #78

Welcome to my 78th I like Thursday post.  Thank you to LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us each week to find and share things we like/love.

I have been cleaning up my flower garden pulling these big tall weeds called Amaranth and thistle.  At one point this summer I had planted some marigolds and sweet peas.  Well the chickens stomped them into the ground I thought.  Well I was pleasantly surprised.

I went to get Chinese the other night and thought these pigs were cute.  I guess they have them to celebrate it being the Year of the Pig.

Samantha occasionally sees things on a close out table and grabs them up. 

This time it was a unicorn pet hat.

Obviously Lucy was not amused.

Bobbin is just too cute and always a willing model.  LOL

My book of the week is the 5th book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries by James Cudney.  I have enjoyed getting to know the characters.

Well I must run, I have a deadline of 5 pm on Thursday to turn in my challenge quilt and I am not quite done quilting, and ended up with a row of quilting that needs to be taken out and it is late.  *Sigh* 

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

I Like Thursday #77

Welcome to my 77th I Like Thursday post.  Every week LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color encourages us to write a positive post with a list of things that we like during the week.

I was paper piecing for a challenge quilt for guild and kept making mistakes and realized wow it is Wednesday, and almost 10 pm and I can't think of anything that I liked this week. (Plus it is perhaps time to stop for the night, I can start fresh tomorrow due to all of my mistakes).  Then I checked my phone.

I can be such a girl at times but I like it when I get a text from someone that says hey I am thinking of you or I miss you.  Yep I had a text from John and it made me smile. 

I then looked at my pictures on my phone and wow I had been snapping away with things I liked!  I like it when I do something almost as second nature, like taking pictures of things during the week to put in an I Like Thursday post!

There are many plants that need to be planted in the fall.  Butterfly bushes, hydrangeas, sedum, just to name a few.  So I attacked the thistle and pig weed (also called Amaranth) to clear out space to plant.  I like a huge cart full of weeds.  It feels like a ginormous accomplishment.

Yes I still have more to weed, but I did manage to get my plants planted.  Right now we have rain in the forecast for a day or two so the weeds will wait.

While weeding I looked up and spied something on my mailbox.  Remember when I said I have things that appear in my yard?  Somehow my mailbox acquired a sign. 

Not that I play in or even near the road.

Walking down the driveway I played tag with this guy.

There are a few flowers blooming in my yard still.  I will call it He, flitted back and forth in front of me as I was walking down the driveway the other day.  I pulled out my camera and then of course he got camera shy. 

I like Fat Quarter Bingo at a LQS called Textile in Milan, Michigan....not to be confused with Italy, no I am not gadding about more.  For $26 you get 6 fat quarters.  Each round to buy in you put in a fat quarter.  If you Bingo you get 10 fat quarters, they usually have 2 bundles of 10 fat quarters per bingo game and a consolation prize of 2 for the 3rd Bingo during a game.  I won a round, and then also got a 3rd so I came home with 12 Fat Quarters!

The Life is Sweet Bakery and Cafe has a back room where the Fat Quarter Bingo is held.  They have awesome grilled cheese sandwich sticks, as well as yummy desserts.  I also love their decor.

Every bakery needs a coat rack made of rolling pins!

I love this settee in the bakery while the seat pillow is a wee bit worse for wear, the tufted aqua velvet back, and the white paint on the ornate carving is swoon worthy. 

A quick trip to the grocery store for bread, coffee creamer, and glue sticks I spied this fall pug towel.

Doesn't he look so sophisticated?

My mom set me this pictures stating her birthday was coming and she thought I should make her a birthday cake like this with 76 pieces to match her upcoming age.  She said that I could just use my stash.

My comment was 76 fat quarters do you know how expensive that would be?  My mom insists that these have to be half yards.  (insert rolling eyes emoji).  I shared on Facebook and it has elicited quite the commentary.  LOL

Finally I had heard of a book a while back but could not locate it.  Could be that I could not spell the title correctly, but I found it at the local library!

Fly fishing has always looked so intriguing to me.  There is an art and science to it.  My brother used to tie flies.  Fly fishing, a handsome artist and fly fisherman, a beautiful chanteuse, a death, gorgeous Montana rivers and landscape what isn't there to love?

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Bradford PA and Home!

Leaving Kingston, we knew we were headed west and I knew of a place I wanted to take my dad.  The GPS took us through a historic town called Hurley.  Definitely a return trip is on my bucket list for this town.  The historic district is full of Hudson Valley Dutch Style Stone Houses.  So my complete history nerd is coming out.  I got a bit geeked seeing signs saying George Washington recruited patriots for the American Revolution here.  Read more about Hurley.

After marveling at the area we kept heading west and stopped at a farm stand/cafe for breakfast called Saunderskill Farms in Accord, New York.  I had a heart attack which was bacon, and New York Cheddar cheese on an everything bagel heated. 

We kept going.  I had a plan and a place for the night.  We were headed for Bradford, PA.  Home of the Case Knife, and Zippo Lighter plant and museum.  My dad has collected Case knives forever so I thought he would enjoy the museums. 

We left him there and my mom and I went searching for a quilt shop. We found Little Fabric Garden on Main Street in Bradford.  Cute shop, sweet owner and of course I had to make some purchases. 

We stayed at a funky motel which was a total dive on the outside, but the rooms had recently been remodeled and were very upscale.  We ate at Kabob's at the Option House, a very neat history of the building.  The food was excellent to in my opinion.

I loved their floor!

An option house was where bidders met to bid, sell, trade oil during the oil boom in Pennsylvania during the late 19th century. 

The next morning we were headed for home.  I was going to follow the GPS.  My mother argued that according to the map it was 100 miles less going her way.  (Insert rolling eyes).  So we headed south, then west toward Warren, turned and headed toward Clarendon and Sheffield through Allegheny National Forest then on route 666 toward Endeavor and finally we made it to I-80.  Only to be stopped multiple times in road construction.  What many people don't think about is it may be shorter, but the GPS can be set up to route you on the fastest route, and it will pick up road construction etc. 

We finally made it to Ohio, and since we were on I-80 I stopped in Maumee, Ohio at The Quit Foundry to pick up a kit I had on hold.  I also saw a really neat pattern that I picked up too!

My 5 hour drive turned into a 12 hour drive but we finally made it back to Michigan with stories to share.