Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday = Blueberry picking!

I decided to try picking blueberries down here this morning. I went over to Bellieview at Abshier Blueberry Farm and boy what a nice morning I had picking lots of ripe blueberries. 4.5 pounds later (Under $16!) I have two full half sheet pans in the freezer and two containers of berries in the fridge for snacking on. I'll transfer the berries into quart ziplock bags for the freezer once they are individually frozen. The kids have a  half day of school on Wednesday..... I think I might take them to pick some blueberries if it is not too hot =) I see lots of blueberry muffins and bread all year long!

Abshier Blueberry Farm

My bucket of blueberries.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Slow stitching Sunday.....

Kathy reminds us each Sunday to slow down and relax with some slow stitching. I plan to snuggle up in my recliner later this evening and work on block number 39 out of 49 on my Hugs and Kisses quilt. I am down to the last 10 blocks in the center section! I'll have to start thinking of what quilting pattern will go in the first plain border but I have plenty of time to think on that while running some slow stitches into this quilt.

Head on over and see what other turtle stitching is going on today around blog land. This is one of my plants as of Friday. Some pretty flowers on a Sunday morning.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tiny Thursday....

I took this little appliqué basket to bowling this morning and got it all done! Well..... there are six leaves that are to go on it - three out from each flower but I don't think I like the look so it will stay as it is.

We are off to a soccer game tonight. The team that beat us the first night so Aidan will be in goal the whole game so we might have a chance to win! Wish us luck.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tiny Tuesday....

Oak leaf from the Midget Applique series.

This week I made the Oak Leaf block. I started it this morning with some back basting while watching  the Harry Potter movie. I woke up with a head cold and after finishing off my 21 blocks of the Hunter Star from yesterday I hit the grocery store to pick up a few things and then settled into my chair for some stitching. I'm hoping if I take it easy here and there I'll feel better tomorrow. We have a very rainy and dreary day today so it is perfect movie weather.

Sophie with my oak leaf block.

I was playing around with the star blocks.....

It always amazes me how just turning some blocks really make a difference. I do notice one or two that did not get turned on the second photo. Hopefully I can get another 20 blocks made tomorrow.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday - design wall

Since it was raining this morning I got to sew instead of taking my walk. This is the status so far of the Hunter Star quilt. 13 blocks are made out of the 80 I believe I will need for a twin size  quilt for a graduation present. I think since the rain has stopped I'll grab a quick 2 mile walk and then head back into the sewing room.

I'm linking up with the design wall over at Patchwork Times. Head on over and see what other projects are up on the design wall (or floor) today.

Friday, April 24, 2015

A very late start on a quilt with a deadline....

I've been putting off the graduation quilt making process and Angela mentioned last week how few days there are until Graduation time..... Yikes. Time to get started.

I've had the medium blue and white fabric as requested. I picked the pattern - Hunters Star and have had the Deb Tucker Rulers for it for years. So what is stopping me? Trying something new I think. Too late - time to try it out as this quilt needs to get made.

I've checked out the Hunter Star tutorial a few times and have the instructions with the ruler. Time to get started.

This is the progress so far this morning. I have a slew of trapezoids sewn to each side of the diamonds. I just need to press and cut these and then add them to the triangle. I am doing the 8 inch block and figure on an 8x10 setting for a 64x80 size quilt. That should cover a twin size for college for Alex. It might get some might not! Depends on how it goes together and how close to mid June it is =)

I had to stop as I needed to bake off the sugar cookies for the spring fling this evening at school. Note to self - check to make sure it says parchment paper and not wax paper before you put it in the oven to bake! The six butterfly's will stay home to be gobbled up. I noticed it 3 minutes into the cooking time. I also did my 3 mile walk this morning and a little weeding out in the garden while the banana bread was baking in the oven. The peas are budding so they should start producing soon. The watermelon plants disappeared but so far the cucumbers are up and have not been eaten by the bunny yet. I need to drop off the recycling and pick up some gallon size ziplock bags to transport the cookies to school in.... then it will be time to pick up the kids. Maybe I can get back to my Hunter star blocks this afternoon...... I hope?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pretty in Purple...

I picked up my sewing machine on Tuesday morning and she said it really needed a cleaning as there was lint everywhere.... even on the computer board. Yikes - must use the pipe cleaner to get things out from now on instead of a q-tip! A great tip from her.

I put my Viking Quilt Designer to work today and finally got to cut into the Vicki Welch purple fabrics to make up my blocks.

Carrie Nation and Broken Sugar Bowl were the two sampler blocks from Angela this month. I am happy to say they are completed and I'll cut up the 24 purple 2.5 inch blocks this afternoon and be all caught up on the sampler. I still have a pile of purple that might get pressed and cut into usable parts as well.

I cut a slew (48 I think) of 2 inch purple butterfly fabrics from the floor of purple scraps for my next round of the small trip around the world block. I had a yellow as the next round but think I want a purple in between the dark green and the light yellow. I'll mark my stitch lines Thursday morning at bowling on those. Nice to have something all prepped to work on while I wait to bowl and am chatting with the ladies.

Edited: I got the purple round completed! Time to start on the yellow round 12 next.

We had taco's Thursday night and I pulled out the veggie platter container to hold the different parts. It made a great container to store all the parts so everyone could make their own taco's or salads. The lettuce and cilantro were from my front garden buckets! So nice to have fresh salad fixings.

I'll link this post up Saturday morning with the RSC Challenge. Hopefully I'll have tamed the pile of scraps into usable strips and parts by then.