Wednesday, May 11, 2022

I Like Thursday #204

 Welcome to my 204th I Like Thursday post.  Each week a group of bloggers post things that they found that they like/love--Something they saw, ate, read, watched, or accomplished.  You can find us all in one spot at Not Afraid of Color, the blog of LeeAnna, who encourages us even during the darkest times.  

I like that I had a few days off and wandered down to Sauder Village in Archebold, Ohio for their annual quilt show.  I met up with Kris of Kris Loves Fabric and we viewed the show, ran into some more quilty friends, ate lunch, and wandered the village and the quilt shop, and did a lot of catching up.  There weren't as many quilts as in years past, and so the set up configuration made it difficult to get good pictures, and I had one of those moments where I neglected to catch the card on many with the information about the makers.  

I liked this quilt called Hee Haw.  The quilting was very cute too.  Reminds me of my favorite sign from Etna, California.

I also liked this one which was amazing, and I know the quilter, she does some awesome applique.  

 This quilt was called Lady Liberty

Lori Holt's Farmgirl Quilt.  I love the border with the fence and the animals. 
365 paper pieced three inch blocks.  This quilt was made by someone I know, and I succumbed to peer pressure and joined this QAL last year.  I think I am in week 3.  :D

This was just a few of the quilts, and I didn't get anywhere close to getting pictures of many of them.  

Mother's Day is low key around here, everyone seems to have to work that day.  I got flowers from the kids.

While I was off, and it was rainy, so I had an excuse to not do any yard work, I cleaned up downstairs just organizing fabric.

I had a pile of Halloween fabric, a pile of neutrals, a pile of Christmas fabric, a pile of fabric for Bonnie Hunter's Rhododendron Trail, and a pile of fabric  I will call "I know I bought this for a reason, but at this point in time I cannot remember."  I got it all sorted, put into kits, or folded and put away!  

I got caught up on the Moda Blockheads 4 blocks.

Block 7 Gameboard 4.5 inch block

Block 7 Gameboard 9 inch block

Bonus Block 3 Star Turn 4.5 inch block

Bonus Block 3 Star Turn 9 inch block

I was all caught up until the release of block 8 on Wednesday.  

I also made one more Ribbon Star block.

While visiting with Kris and shopping at Threads of Tradition the quilt shop at Sauder Village I was looking for gray fabrics.  I have been on step 6 of On Grassy Creek, the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt from 2020 which is 60 string pieced blocks in gray.  I don't have much gray, and I only had 10 made and they took me forever to make.  I mentioned to Kris that Gray is not a predominant color in my stash.  Imagine my delight when Monday I received a squishy envelope full of gray fabric from Kris.  Thank you so much, words cannot express how much I appreciate it.

There was also a super cute wool kit from Primitive Gatherings.

I will say when I do something really unintelligent I will share with people because I can laugh at myself.  I mentioned earlier in this post I don't have much gray and I would cut scraps and I had this teeny tiny gift bag full of gray strips I was working out of, it was pathetic when I dumped it into my 5 gallon bucket.

I was shopping online checking out the Mother's Day sales, and looked at the Accuquilt site, looking to see if they had a good sale on dies.  I spied a die that had 4 different sized strips on a single die, and I thought on that would help with my strip cutting.  Then it dawned on me.  I think I have that die.  I checked my previous order history and sure enough I do!  I had bought it when I was the head of the charity quilt program for the quilt guild to cut up the fabrics that I received in donations.  

That is when the light bulb really went off.  I can cut a ton of strips at one time!  So I grabbed my gray fabrics, cut a 4 1/2 inch strip and started laying them out crosswise on the die. 

In less than 10 minutes my bucket was full of miscellaneous sized strips just waiting to be string pieced.

I have sewn for about 2 hours total and have 37 pieces done, and 23 partially finished.

Obviously I need to learn to work smarter not harder.  Once I am done string piecing these I will remove the paper and finish up step 6 which shouldn't take much time at all.  

I read a lot of different books the past week, but time is short and I have to go to work.  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope I gave you a giggle or two.  Now head over to LeeAnna's and check out the other I Like Thursday posts. 


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

I Like Thursday #203

 Welcome to my 203 I Like Thursday post.  Each week a group of bloggers share things that they have found that they like/love during the week.  Perhaps it is just that they want to share their accomplishments for the week, anything positive to throw some kindness into the universe.  LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color is our head wrangler.  

I have worked a lot of days in a row again, the price I pay for asking for days off.  The downside is I will admit I get very tired and don't accomplish a whole lot after day 4.  Perhaps it is the working nights, perhaps it is all the physical work I do because out of those first 4 days back I do a truck 3 days.  It means I help break down 8-16 pallets a night stacked at 8 feet tall.  I usually end up with 3-6 pallets of bakery items which then need to be stored in the sub zero walk in freezer, so there is a lot of lifting.  So when I accomplish anything it feels like a big deal.  

I finished a quilt from a SAL called Joy in the Journey.  At least it is to the flimsy stage!

I used a lot of fabrics which were hanging out on my cutting table after finishing a previous project.  The background are all neutral fabrics and scraps.  I made a 1 1/2 inch border around the quilt using different lengths of neutral scraps and then found an awesome orange batik that went perfect with all the other colors.  

May is mental health care month and I thought the Riley Blake blog had a pretty neat idea.  They shared a #RBDsewingselfcare 30 Day Challenge.  You can find out more about the challenge at the Riley Blake Blog website.

Next to my work are two ponds and during the majority of the year they are filled with ducks and geese.  I got a kick out of these baby Canadians wandering around.  They are so cute and fluffy!

This was just 2 of a huge gaggle.  

Speaking of birds.  The Yurok tribe of California has been working at reintroducing Condors to the Northern California area.  They did a very neat YouTube video on the Condor recovery.  One of the reasons which I thought this was so important is it is my people who are working toward these re-introductions. 

At the library I spied these violets in the grass.  

The chickens are laying like crazy.  In fact we had so many eggs, both extra refrigerators were full.  The kids put out coolers with ice in zip log bags in the bottom and we ended selling almost 60 dozen eggs total over the weekend.  These are the eggs from 2 days this week.  All washed and ready to be crated.

And there is another giant egg.  I keep watching my chickens to see if one of them is injured in any way, since this is so huge!

I have been binge watching TV so far I am caught up on Outlander, Bridgerton, and Virgin River, and while I watch I work on my wool quilt blocks or other handwork. 

I have also been binge reading....

The Dickinson Sister's Mysteries.  Lily and Iris Dickinson are the spinster seamstresses in the the town of Grangehurst, Yorkshire, England during the early Victorian period.  The books by Blythe Baker weave Victorian propriety with murder and some unfortunate events that drag the sisters into the middle of the mysteries.  I binge read books 2-6 and finished the series. 

I also read Cleopatra's Dagger by Carole Lawrence.  

Elizabeth van den Broek is the only female reporter on staff at the Herald, 1880's New York's most popular newspaper.  Relegated to report on fashion, cooking, and Lady Astor's garden parties, Elizabeth if desirous of doing real journalism.  One the EL (Elevated Train), Elizabeth sees what appears to be a murder taking place in one of the apartments.  When she returns to the apartment she is told no one lives there, and the disappearance of the former tenant is hushed up.  But when Elizabeth and her new friend Carlotta Ackerman stumble upon a mummy in the hole, where they are preparing to erect Cleopatra's Needle(now called The Obolisk), Elizabeth convinces the journalistic powers that be that she should be able to report on the crime, and perhaps solve the murder.  Little does Elizabeth know it places her in the sights of a serial killer too.

Thanks for stopping by.  Now wander over to LeeAnna's to check out the other I Like Thursday posts. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

I Like Thursday #202

 Welcome to my 202nd I Like Thursday post.  Weekly, there are a group of bloggers which create a post of things that they like/love during the previous week.  You can find us all over at LeeAnna's blog-- Not Afraid of Color, where she hosts us, and offers encouragement.  

I had a weird week.  I had what started out as a tummy problem, turned into a migraine, and then back into a tummy problem so I actually called off of work 2 days.  I slept a lot, read a lot, and played catch up on some sewing.  

I managed the Moda BH bonus block 1 in the 4. 5 inch size in my fashion.

BH 4 Bonus Block 1 4.5 inch

BH 4 Bonus Blocks 1 Roundabout

I then worked on cutting out blocks 4, 5 and the bonus block 2.  I think it takes me longer to select the fabrics than to sew the two blocks.

Blocks 4 called Spinners


BH 4 Block 4 Spinners

BH 4 Block 5 9 inch

BH 4 Block 4 4.5 inch
BH 4 Block 5 Two of Five


BH 4 Block 5 Two of Five

BH 4 Block 5 4.5 inch Block

BH 4 Block 5 9 inch block

BH 4 Bonus Block 2 Mix and Match

BH 4 Bonus Block 2 4.5 inch

BH 4 Bonus Block 2 9 inch Block

BH Bonus Block 2 Mix and Match

Moda BH 4 Block 6 Spinning into Spring


BH 4 Block 6 Spinning into Spring

BH 4 Block 6 9 inch block

BH 4 Block 6 4.5 inch block
I also finished 3 ribbon blocks

Ribbon Star Block 15

Ribbon Star 14

Ribbon Star Block 13

 I also did a seamstress job of fixing some sleeves on a person's work shirts, and I put one of the borders on my Joy in the Journey quilt.  

I also put borders on the paper pieced bunny I made a few weeks ago.  Now to quilt, and make into a pillow.


During my days off there was an 80 degree day, but we are back to barely in the 40's for the highs.  I still do not have any tulips, but my giant snowdrops have bloomed.  

The kids took the deck off where the pool used to be.  We decided any building not necessary would be removed and salvaged for our next property.

 What was really funny is somehow an Easter Egg ended up down here in the planter and it had candy in it even!

Since the weather has warmed up a bit the clucky girls are laying a lot more.  I get almost 2 dozen eggs a day.  One day there was an egg which was huge.

I have read a lot of books recently, but the stand outs were the following:

The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper.  The book starts out after WWI when new bride Fleur Richards discovers her husband has been killed just a few days before the Armistice her whole life is turned upside down to find out she just travel to Australia to claim her inheritance that her husband left her, even though they were married such a short time. 

The book jumps back and forth between 1850's Australia, and post WWI Australia where Fleur discovers many secrets.  

Death at the Workhouse by Emily Organ is the 8th book in the Penny Green Mysteries.  When Penny and her sister infiltrate the workhouse to report on the conditions they are surprised at how some people are turned away because of their age, or their inability to work.  But when 2 of the male inmates are discovered dead, it is easy to suppose that they killed each other, but Penny suspects something completely different. 

The Gang of St. Bride's is the 9th installment of the Penny Green Mysteries by Emily Organ.  In this installment Penny is sad to be leaving her Fleet Street career due to her impending nuptials to Inspector Blakely because no married woman continues to work after her marriage.  But before her wedding day Penny is investigating the robberies in Picadilly by a gang of women.  During her inquiry she is given a riddle to solve which is purported to lead her to the leader of the gang of St. Bride's.  


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