Thursday, October 20, 2016

Summer's Last Gasp

I know, I am learning how to post using the IPad and my phone to take pictures.  I think yesterday may have been our last gasp of good weather.  We were still sunny and in the mid 70's which is uncommon for Michigan in late October.

I have Veronica still blooming and lavender too.....and weeds.

I love herbs and perennials.  That is why the daughter calls my flower garden the 'hippy garden'.  This is borage.  I planted 4 seeds and they were all planted from seed in July.  I transplanted them to my berm about a month ago.  They struggled with the very hot, dry weather, but they have made a turn around now.

I keep hearing about purslane.  While many consider it a weed I have read that the leaves are edible, and they have beautiful flowers in many different colors.

I still have roses blooming!

I even managed to get a couple of small zinnias.

I had some time to wok in the sewing room.  Look what Infound!  The teflon pressing sheet for appliqué.  I have looked and looked for it for quite a while.  Moving was fortuitous.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pumpkin Carving

The boys, DH, and I carved pumpkins this weekend.  We had to harvest our pumpkins at the end of September.  They were some that were actually starting to rot on the vine.  The vines had died back a few weeks before, which surprised us since the weather was gotgeous and warm.

Finn's pumpkin.

Gabe's pumpkin.

My pumpkin.

Finn started a pumpkin gut fight.  He was using the scoopers we were using as a catapult, to nail people.

I wonder if I posted this on Facebook in 16 years he will sue me?  Lol

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Little Bit More

II had a wee bit more time and had an opportunity to sew a wee bit more.

The Friendship Block for quilt guild.

Bag Ladies block

I also finally finished the charity quilt binding!

Unfortunately I didn't get to take many pictures of the Monroe County Quilt Guild show the weekend of October 7 & 8.  The guild had a rowboat full of fat quarters, and scrap bags too that were donated by guild members to be sold at the show.  There was some left over and so I picked a few up at the last guild meeting.

A couple fat quarters.

A gallon ziploc of neutrals.

A gallon ziploc of greens.

I really need to just delete my emails with sale notifications.  About 1 month ago a store was having a sale on Northcott Stonehenge.  I bought several in hopes that I can use the in future projects that I have planned.

Finally Pink Castle Fabrics was having a Columbus Day sale.

I would love to work on something, I just need some time.  When I do have a 5 minute chunk I have been working on the quilting of the Big Love Layer Cake quilt.

I do know that having some time to sew does help relax me.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The New Normal

Wow it has been over a month since I last posted!  Life has a way of spinning out of control at times it seems.  Since my last post the AU (Ancient Uncle) has had two stints in the emergency room as well as a huge fall.  The fall was the final straw and the AO (Ancient Ones) were moved into our house.  We are starting to get a routine and almost a new normal.  Still not much sewing time for me though.

I did manage to get my sewing room cleaned up "just enough" after the big move that I could get my Guild friendship block for the month of September finished.

I squeaked under the wire getting the bag lady block finished late the night before guild.

Even though I Amy not be sewing I have been planning and shopping!

I have wanted an Accuquilt studio for a while, and I have weighed the pros and cons.  After discussing with DH I realized I would only really want the strip dies which you could then subcut into squares.  Also many patterns I make start out as strips which are cut down.  I then saw the Stripology Ruler.

Now years ago there was a ruler out which was similar, but it was kind of flimsy and I could see myself knicking that one with the rotary cutter and ruining it quickly.  When I saw this I watched YouTube videos and decided that it may better serve my purpose.  Last month at guild the speaker designs patterns for creative grids and she had the Stripology ruler there with a 15% discount!  I have yet to use it, but I can't wait to try it out.

I also bought some of this cute fabric from Birch Organics called Wild Land.

Now I don't have a lot of time to sew, also I have a roadblock to blogging, my computer died.  I did appropriate the boy's tablet, but I have fought with it for several days trying to write this post and add pictures.  Trying to read blogs on my phone, blog and add pictures is very time consuming, something which I just don't have much of.  Today I was going to help DH with wood, but the pouring rain started, and I was sent into the house to stay warm and dry. The AU needs some cookies, and it is almost supper time for the AO.  I am happy that I can manage to afapt to rhe new normal.