Thursday, June 13, 2019

I Wonder Why

 Do you have times that you wonder why you even have a blog?  I don't post often, and I am kind of embarrassed to say when I stay off of the computer I get a lot more accomplished.

In one day I managed to get my final bag lady block finished.

Did the BOM that we are doing at my Tuesday sewing group.

These are all supposed to be HST but I am kind of enjoying figuring the quilt math and doing the square in a square instead.

This was the block from the previous month.

The block of the month from the LQS.

Amish with a twist.


I auditioned borders for my bicycle quilt.

I opted for the fabric on the right.  I even have the borders on now and it all sandwiched to quilt.

I finished all of the blocks for the Saw Tooth Square that I was doing for RSC.
And discovered I was one block short so whipped up one.

I figured out how to set the blocks on point and have even started to sew the rows together.  In no time I will have another top finished.

I have done some retail therapy of course.  I am getting so when I buy something if I have a pattern or quilt I want to make, I kit it up so I can just grab it and work on it when I am ready.

I love these Corey Yoder fabrics called Strawberry Jam, and the quilt shop calls these lampshades. 

I bought some great fabrics on sale from Bear Creek Quilting company, including their monthly gem pack of Aurifil thread.  Some of these are for my challenge quilt that I need to get to work on.

I am a gingham girl and I saw these and had to have them. 

I have one more that is almost a finish that I will share soon. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

I Like Thursday #68

Welcome to my 69th post on I Like Thursday.  Thank you LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us to find positive and sharing things we like weekly. 

I know some of you have been having extremely dry weather.  Here on the other hand we have had a lot of rain, to the point where many farmers have not been able to get into their fields to plant.  I am thankful though that we have not had as much rain as some parts of the country that have been experiencing lots of flooding. 

I have quite the weed patch going thanks to the couple of days of rain, couple of days of sun to dry the ground, but then more rain.  The boys stomped over my berm, breaking down the thistle, so in order to get it out of the ground I had to use a garden fork, and basically turn the whole lot over which is about 15 feet long, and 4 feet wide and about 3 feet tall. 

I had assistance while digging.   Unfortunately the helper slowed me down greatly, since I had to be careful that I would not accidentally impale her.

I managed to get the berms weed free, and some flowers planted.  I keep trying different

combinations, but mainly cone flowers.  I also got my flower beds cleaned out.
The little girls like to help too.  They like the ants I keep digging up.  Bobbin enjoyed helping too!

I like that my poppies have spread and bloom.  I love the bright pop of color.
I like the Bonnie Hunter Scrappy Trips pattern.  I used up a small portion of the 2 1/2 inch strips in the copy paper box, but I did manage to finish one gurney quilt.

A friend that I used to work with has retired recently and she comes over and helps me once a week sort through fabric.  She sorted all of the 2 1/2 inch strips and anything over 16 inches was put in one pile anything shorter or not 2 1/2 inches was thrown into a bucket for string quilts.  With her help I have managed to empty 2 boxes.  Fabric cut, and sorted ready to make kits.

I like squishy mail, and No Blog Jacky sent me this fun magazine.

I have spent so much time outside working in the garden I don't have a whole lot to share.  Head over to LeeAnna's and see the other I Like Thursday posts.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

I Like Thursday #67

Welcome to my 67th installment of I like Thursday.  LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color encourages us to be positive and share the things we have found we like or love during the week. 

I don't know about you, but in my neck of the woods it has been wet!  When we string together a day or two of dry it is all hands on deck to work on pulling weeds, planting, and trying to get things done. I have plants sitting on my deck, and along my garage waiting to be planted.   Since I am outside more the little girls are being allowed out to free range.

They are so funny.  At first they ran between their house and the spruce tree, which is about 5 feet away.  They are now getting braver and wandering over the driveway.  The older chickens mingle with them and so far we do alright.  Except at night.  Trying to get them into the coop is a challenge.  I tried to explain to them nothing good happens after dark. 

I loved this bouquet I found at the grocery store with hydrangea and peony.

I like these succulent bowls I saw at the local nursery.

These are large bowls, and look at the size of the Hens & Chicks they were as big as my hand!

I loved the rosy looking one. 

I know I have mentioned that things magically appear at times.  I got a chuckle at the sticker that appeared on my garbage can the other day.

Hello Kitty with a gas mask?  I didn't think my can was that stinky.  It is that dirty.  When they were repaving the road they went by one day and were washing the road with this rotating brush.  It managed to cover my can with mud flecks.

I love this series by Jana De Leon, anything that makes me giggle and laugh out loud is good. This is book 12.    

Remember last fall when I was laughing about this stow away in my car.  I picked it up and flipped it out.  Thinking the wind caught it and carried it away.

Imagine my surprise when I opened the passenger side door to grab a poop bag for Bobbin, and what has been riding around with me for the past few months, but that leaf that I had ejected last fall.  I guess it was determined to keep me company. 

According to Miss Lucy she should get a chance to share also this week.

I am usually the one in the house that likes to relax, take it easy and just chill.  My likes are sleeping, eating, sleeping, eating, sleeping and watching that goofy Bobbin play with toys, and before you ask, yes I have been hit in the head a few times with a flying squirrel.  

But every now and then there are storms and then I am not very chill. The past week there have been a couple of days and nights with, in my honest feline opinion, way too many thunderstorms.  Now the human and dog are foolhardy, but not me.  I head to an inside room away from all windows like the emergency alerts say!

Through this magic door, my adopted mom calls it the laundry room. 

Straight back, you can see it isn't very wide, and there are no windows.  Yep adopted mom has her clothes in the laundry room since the main bathroom with the shower is on the main floor and the bedrooms are upstairs.  Ssshhh don't mention that she hasn't folded clothes in a couple of days.  See that tiny space though, between the washer and dryer?  I am actually now svelte enough I can stroll right back there to safety during the storms.  

I just wait the storms out back here where it is safe.  I try to tell adopted mom and goofy Bobbin to come join me, but they just roll their eyes at me.  My motto is safety first though!  

Ahem....thank you Lucy for the PSA (public service announcement).  Now head over to LeeAnna's and see the other I Like Thursday posts. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

I Like Thursday #66

I guess better late than never, right?  I can't even begin to say I am fashionably late today.  I was just too dang tired to write a post the night before, and got a late start this morning.  Thanks to the beautiful LeeAnna for encouraging us to writ a post weekly about things around our world that we like.  To check out the other I Like posts head over to Not Afraid of Color.

I awoke this morning to a thunderstorm.  I love laying in bed listening to the rain on the old steel roof of my house, it is so soothing. 

I am thankful, and oh so grateful for screens.  I love to have my windows and doors open during the summer.  This morning I was especially thankful!

See all those black spots?  No it isn't that my screen is "just that filthy".  Those are mosquitoes.  Hundreds of mosquitoes! 
Right now I am thankful they are outside, and I am inside. We don't use many chemicals, even though I do spray my fruit trees, but we do fog for mosquitoes otherwise being out of doors is just miserable.

I like that the azalea I planted 3 years ago finally bloomed.

It reminds me of the one near my grandmother's front porch.  She called it a honeysuckle but now I am older I know the difference.  The one near my grandmother's porch the flowers had freckles though.  But still I have loved and nurtured this little plant. 

I like Bobbin's toy, even though it scares the bejeebers out of me occasionally.  Bobbin has been known to fling a toy, and smack people in the face with these toys.  My girlfriend who was over the other day was the latest recipient of a flying squirrel in the face.  LOL

Finally I like these two little ones.  Well they aren't quite so little now.  They love people, and they

love Dolly the pig.  They don't even mind Bobbin being in the yard to play.

Now head over to LeeAnna's to see the other I Like Thursday posts!

Friday, May 24, 2019


I am not too sure which song fits my latest flimsy finish.

Or maybe this!

Remember where I posted that if I finish something I can start something new?  Well my choices were here.

I could start something new, and I chose the bicycle quilt.  The pattern is called Mod GeoCruiser Jr. by Kelli Fannon Quilt Designs of Seriously I Need Stitches.  I had purchased a kit at a LQS and had wanted to start it a year ago, but I didn't have the triangles on a roll which were necessary per the pattern.

I cut all the fabric and started sewing the sections. I had a couple of missteps.  At one point the handle bars were where the pedal was supposed to be. 

Today while I was working on a couple of more sections I thought my bicycle looked more like a Picasso. 

But I stuck with it and I finished the flimsy today!

In my opinion I think it needs something to frame it.  I have a light blue grunge which may just do the trick. 

Oh and as to the other UFO?

I need to clean off my design wall and layout all of my blocks.

More to come.....

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

I Like Thursday #65

Welcome to my I Like Thursday post #65.  Thank you LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us to find things we like during the week and share with others.

I marvel at how quickly things change during the spring, but then there are times it seems to drag.  Especially when you get days, and days of rain and no sun.

I like the lilac trees for a lack of a better description that front the road along the lot. The smell is heavenly!

There are usual lilac colored ones and white.  I would love to add some of the dark purple, light lavender, and dark pink, and perhaps some other varieties. 

The lily of the valley are starting to bloom finally!  

I don't even know why they make me smile.

My flowering almond, which probably needs a wee bit of work, trimming some dead off of it.  

I love the prairie fire maple.

I like this tree I saw in a nearby town's park.

This tree is in the little town of Dundee.

Nearby along the old main street storefronts is a small door wedged in the wall.  It always catches my attention.

Knights of Pythias hall. 

When the rain lets up for a couple of days the help shows up without being told or asked.  He just decided that I needed my side yard mowed.

Many people asked about the oriole feeder.  I will say that it does attract them.

Sorry for the 2nd photo, but it is through the screen.  If I an outside it will land, scold me and fly away squawking at me the whole time. 

I spied this garden statue at the local feed store.  Going to the feed store is always fun.

This beauty is a about 3 foot tall.  His price tag is $130!

Kids on the farm always do interesting things.  I was walking back after picking the youngest up at the bus stop and spied this little vignette.

All the cars on the top rail of the goat pen racing from the movie Cars.

I will leave you with a chicken picture.  I looked out and I thought Oh no something got my chicken.  

Imagine my surprise when I see this and they are laying on the ground in a mud puddle?  I walked over and they are just basking in the sun!  The sit up, look at me like what's your problem?  Get up and walk away.

Life is always fun and interesting here. Now head over to LeeAnna's to see the other I Like Thursday posts.