Sunday, April 18, 2021

Sunday, Sunday

 I was hoping to have 2 bindings to be stitching down today.....and I will eventually. I am waiting on someone to press the second binding so I can attach it. 

I managed to add some simple squiggle line quilting on the stars and nine quilt on Thursday. I added the binding on yesterday. This is a little 36x38 size.

Yesterday I simple quilted the 16 patch blocks and made the binding...just waiting on someone to press it. I went ahead and did the first one but figured I'd get issues if I did both of them. I'll be hand stitching them down today. This one finishes at 32x 40. Both will be sent off to a charity for Hands2Help as baby quilts.

A little progress on the little basket quilting. I pulled out the stencil to mark the middle squares.... just not sure what will end up there yet. It should be done for the Table Scrap link up next weekend.

We have been getting lots of rain in some rain storms the last few days. The pool got to about an inch below the top rim so that got drained out yesterday a bit. We are scheduled for another 4-5 inches of rain for the next couple of days. Thinking we might need to build a boat soon!

The kids and I were up late last night. I had found a brownie recipe on Tasty 101 (Hulu or Youtube) that looked oh so yummy and uses 6 eggs. Yes, always trying to find recipes to use up eggs! They are little 6 minute bits on how to make things so we were watching different ones. We might have to try the pasta one as well! I went out to get ingredients last night for the brownies and plan to make it today.

Emily got her birthday shopping trip in with Grandma after horses yesterday so both get to head to Grandma and Papa Andy's house today for the day. I'm probably on pick up duty. I had picked up bacon and popped it in the freezer when I got home but asked Aidan to pull it for the fridge late last night (he was in the kitchen!) and he asked for the sausage you cut instead and Emily said - Dad's sausage gravy!. We had some so that got put in the fridge instead. I'm just waiting for them to all wake up so they can make my breakfast! I do love Sundays.

Linking up with Kathy and the other Slow Stitchers.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Thursday Catch Up

 It has been a busy morning so far. Kids were dropped to school. Then I stopped on the way home and picked some blueberries at Ashbier Farms. I tried the Farthing this year - they were the first 6 rows and I am trying to be good to my ankle which is not hurting so far today! They taste just like the ones I remember picking on the point up in Vermont when I was growing up. Sweet but not too sweet. I think I will try and make blueberry jam today with some of them. I picked 3.5 pounds at $4 a pound. 

I'll be heading back with the kids at some point... and maybe next Thursday morning as well. I freeze them on cookie sheets and then pop them into quart freezer bags. I might try a blueberry pie this year too with the next batch.

Then I tilled the garden between the rows. It needed it. The garden is producing pretty well this year - I guess the added chicken fertilizer is helping with the very sandy soil we have. We enjoyed some swiss chard and fresh peas with dinner of Risotto last night. I had to make a double batch (2 cups of arborio rice to start) and there was ONE spoonful left. One! I guess my family really likes it. I was planning pork chops with it but 2 of them said they were happy with just the rice so that was dinner! Tonight - will be chops on the grill and leftover grilled veggies I think. I do have to pop to Aldi today to get milk and creamer and 'snacks'. Snack are their fruit and grain bar and granola bars. Seems I have been out all week and it is causing issues with packing lunches! Asparagus is on sale so that might get added to the mix for dinner. My green beans should be ready for their first pick tomorrow - they are purple =). The beets are looking great and I picked the last of the radishes so I'll plant another row of them. Looks like the tarragon, basil, cilantro and a little parsley is coming up. Nothing from the dill. The spinach got picked and is being part of my mushroom and spinach omelette in the mornings. Emily's rows of carrots are looking good as well. She grows them for horse treats!

I did a little sewing last night and got the 16 patches sewn into a top. This will be 32x40 - perfect size for one of the hands2help charities. 

I also sewed the churn dashes into rows of 7. I just picked them up and sewed so who know's how it will look ... I had laid them out last night but it looks like the cats were unhappy with the look and decided to move things around a bit in the night.

I'd better get my shower done so I can go shopping and then I get sewing time! I hope to pin and simple quilt the 2 colorful charity ones today. Hope was the key word in that sentence!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021


 Hand work does not really show much progress very quickly! I just got out of a 2 hour meeting where I was able to do some pinning and some hand stitching.

My sets of two are now 2 sets of 8! I have 2 more sets of 2 that need to be made into a row for the bottom. Potentially 3 more seams to pin and sew and I'll have a top! 

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Lazy Sunday......

 Well, it was a lazy start around 9AM. Seems everyone turned over and went back to sleep after being woken up at 4:30AM with thunder storm number 1 and then again around 7:30 with storm number 2.

We called off Grandma/Emily shopping birthday day as storm#3 was to be heavy rain and wind about the time Grandma was to drive up to us. It was a good call as the heavy rain started around 10 and has been off and on heavy to light rain with thunder for almost 3 hours now.

We (you know that We Mom? Greg was the We this time!) cooked a briscuit on the smoker yesterday until the 4:30PM storm had us bring it inside and cover the smoker - it has the thermostat as electric and water and electric don't mix. It had done the smoking portion already so we finished it in the oven on low. Around 7PM.... it was oh so yummy to 'taste test' it. It will be warmed up for a late lunch today. I have white bread about ready to go in the oven and potato's bubbling in water for a potato salad. Greg boiled up 20 eggs yesterday (coming out our ears they are... but I got a few dozen sold for next Saturday's horse lesson at the stables!) so that portion of the potato salad is done.

It was a lazy start watching America's Test Kitchen Season 17 on Amazon Prime. I got a couple of Hexagons stitched and have 11 done this month. I prepped enough for the week yesterday so they are easy to grab to stitch and quilt in the evenings. 

I'll be resting up my ankle today with some hand stitching and a movie. Some work to finish off stitching this flowering snowball block and I have one more prepped and ready to stitch. That will give me a good amount for a little throw.

Then I'll add some stitches into the basket table topper.

I turned my ankle about a week ago and took it easy but overdid it on my walk Thursday night. Then was up on it way too much yesterday with horses - walking to the outdoor arena, then around Lowes with Aidan, then planting and walking around the yard. Of course.... I have been up on it today too - prepping the potato salad and making bread and cleaning up the kitchen. Let's just say I can feel it so it will be up on a pillow for the afternoon! Maybe I'll even have time to get the twosies of the Endless Diamonds into foursies!.

Linking up with the Slow Sunday Stitchers.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

RSC in Blue

 I have been working on adding a sashing strip to these old churn dash blocks. There are around 70 of them if I remember correctly. The pile at the bottom is a lot smaller than when I started! 

I have the first 9 Hexagon QAYG completed and need to cut out more backing fabrics for the next set and prep them for stitching.

This is the back. I decided to use some blue quilting thread on these and I love how it shows on the back. I think I will try and add some color on the back of some to add some fun for the back of the quilt when they are stitched together.

I made a yellow stars and nine so I could sew these remaining blocks together for a quilt top this week. Just a simple nine patch and friendship star using 2.5 inch squares. So simple but so fun! This top is 36x48.

A little quilting has been added to the basket table topper.

With a rainy day day tomorrow, I hope to get a lot of sewing in on my blue block collections.
Linking up with the RSC on Saturday.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

A little sewing on a Thursday

Would you believe that #17 on my Spring UFO list decided it wanted attention before anything else?

 I needed a yellow stars and nines block to finish off the size. I managed to pull from the yellow bucket and get that block created this morning. I need to double check the size requirement for Little Lambs.... suggested size of 36x42 per size. Hmmm. Mine would be 36x48.... I'm guessing that it would work to be slightly bigger by 6 inches. I'm planning to add a soft flannel cotton backing and simple wiggle quilting. We will see if it becomes a scrappy binding or a solid one... when I am ready to quilt it. 

During a Zoom girl scout leader meeting last night - I cut a slew of light blue fabric hexagons, some batting hexagons and the backing hexagons and pinned the middle in place. I did the rest of the pinning last night after a yummy cheesecake desert while watching an episode of NCIS. Three got stitched and the rest are waiting their turn.

I took a break and decided to weed the front flower bed of weeds so I can plant it this weekend. The ants need to settle down a bit before I do anything else out there. It was time to think about making some lunch. Potato Leek Soup worked!  I just grabbed a few tbsp of butter and melted that and added 2 leeks cut up with some salt and pepper. Then I cut up some potato - I had red on hand - and dumped that in. A little more salt and a box of chicken stock. I added a little heavy cream we had in the fridge leftover from the cheesecake and brought it up to a bubble to cook the potato.  I added some cheddar cheese to my bowl of it. Simple but yummy!

While I was in the sewing room - I cut out a stack of 1.5x6.5 sashing strips to be added to the stack of churn dashes. 

Time for a shower and then an errand to pick up some pellets for the pellet grill. I might have picked up a flat briscuit from Sams yesterday and we will put it on the smoker grill this weekend and see how it comes out! A first time for us. Aidan always orders it from Pig and Cattle so we figured we'd give it a try ourselves. I should have a little over an hour to sew this afternoon before heading to pick up the kids from school. I'm guessing I can get the first one to a top and hope to get a way's through the stack of churn dashes. The plan is to add a sashing to one side. Sew them together into rows. Then use a long strip to join the rows. I think it will work. This one is also planning to be donated for Hands 2 Help.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Happy Birthday Emily!

I'm not sure how 12 years have gone by so quickly. It seems like just yesterday I had this little girl..... with all that curly hair!

Has now turned into this pre-teen who is responsible, organized and smart!


Happy 12th Birthday Emily!

Monday, April 5, 2021

Endless Diamond progress....

 I had a relaxing afternoon stitching on the back screened in porch watching the chickens yesterday (and the cat on the other side of the screen watching them too!). I have 4 blocks left to sew into pairs to go with all of these. 

This was the start of the afternoon.

This was by the end of my stitching! 7-8 pins seemed to work well.

After I get the last 4 sewn into pairs, it will be time to work on sewing pairs together. This one will be a 5x4 setting so the last set of 2 will be a row rather than a square. Now to just remember that when I am sewing them together!

Dinner was leftover burgers, beans and mashed potato... nice and easy so I could find and prep a girl scout meeting for tonight. Nothing like waiting for the last minute! I found a couple of virtual slideshows for a junior staying fit badge and a cadette the science of happiness badge for next week. Mine is a dual age group with some in each category (Grade 4-5 and I have my 3 older girls in grade 6 as first year Cadettes). I already have my stress free place picked out for the staying fit badge! It might just be my sewing area! We will see what the girls come up with for theirs.

I've got about 25 minutes before I start my meeting so I think I will go prep some light blue hexagons. 

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Happy Easter...

 A little late posting today but.... the kitchen needed some clearing and picking up before the in-laws arrived for the Birthday BBQ today... which kinda trumped the normal Easter fare. Someone thinks she is turning 12 this week! Can you imagine? She would not get a good shot by the cake.... silly girl. I think Dad had fun adding all the candles to the cake and lighting them. Good thing there is a fire department right down the road a bit! 

So, I am enjoying some comfortable temperatures on the cleaned back screened in patio. Laying out my Endless Diamond blocks for pinning into sets of 2 to be hand stitched together.

 I have managed to get 4 sets of 2 done in the past week. 

Everyone is on their own for dinner (plenty of leftover burgers, brats, beans, orange salad and pasta salad - with the taco salad, cheese ball and deviled eggs available as well).  Hey Mom - Papa Tom's favorite things were the taco salad and the orange salad!

The Grandparents came over to help celebrate Easter and Emily for a couple of hours before they scooted back to their houses. At least the eggs got sent home with everyone.... 3 dozen and we have plenty left! Poor Tom has missed out on 2 dozen eggs as his son keeps forgetting to take them when he heads that way.

One kid wanted the traditional Easter Egg hunt this morning... so I filled the plastic eggs late last night  and had a helper hide them around the house. It got a bit more difficult this year - something about color matching that made it a little bit trickier to find. There were 40 eggs hidden - 20 each to find. Em found hers.... Aidan took longer and finally found the last missing one this afternoon when he moved a speaker by the front computer and said 'found it'! That Easter Bunny sure was tricky this year.

Linking up with the other Slow Stitchers at Kathy's today.

Friday, April 2, 2021

RSC - light and bright blue!

I have to say - I love sewing with blues! They are the biggest part of my stash and scrap bins and always make me smile when I play with them.

I tugged out these 6 baskets that did not make it into this quilt. 

I had more of the background print - just enough to add 2 - 6 inch squares and 6 setting triangles and 4 corners. It turned out about 24x16 and is pinned for hand quilting. I need to figure out what I will do but I'll work on outlining the baskets first. I made these back in 2017- I think I did one a day in the summer.... up in Vermont for some of them.

This might have made sewing the topper a wee bit interesting. Someone does not like days I do not work.... where he can nap on my desk right next to me. He decided he might try this spot.

I had some catch up to do on the hexagons and as of Friday, I think I am all caught up. I might be shy one green, but I'm calling it good anyway! 2 blues were tugged from the blue basket of scraps and sewn up while relaxing with a few episodes of NCIS while the kids were at school. I think I am finally up to season 10.  Time to prep more.... and I will have no issue with repeats in blue!

I made these churn dashes years ago (2014!) with the challenge and my goal is to get them into a top this month. They finish at 6 inches. I checked back and finished off the other half of them in 2018 for the Little Lambs charity. I think this one is headed there as well but will be a straight setting instead of on point.

I'll link up Saturday with the RSC. Emily and I will be off to horses in the morning at the new/old location where my phone does not have service... unless that has changed in the last 2 years. I've got the gate code and will plan on 30 minutes to get there. We will see what the new owners have done to the farm and arena.


Thursday, April 1, 2021

OMG for April.

 After compiling my Spring UFO potential list of things that might get finished this quarter in yesterday's post, it made deciding on my OMG really difficult! 33 things on the potential list (yes there are more things lurking that did not make the list!)

I selected getting my Churn Dash blocks into a quilt top in April. Bonus is to get the whole quilt finished but since life happens, we will go with a completed top as the goal. This is going to be a donation quilt for the Hands 2 Help Comfort quilt challenge. I used a white dot print in most of the blocks so I got a bit more of that for the sashings. I'm not doing cornerstones as I want them to float.

For the size requirements... I'm going to add a finished 1 inch sashing to these all around and it will get finished with a scrappy binding eventually.

Linking up with OMG for April. I just want to thank Patti for doing this linkup and inspiring us to move projects along each month.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Spring UFO 2021

 Since I successfully finished off 3 of my quilts from the Summer Challenge,  5 from the Fall Challenge, with another 3 finished  in  the Winter 2021 Challenge,  I guess this is working for me as motivation to get things finished so I'll continue on for the Spring 2021 UFO Ravelry challenge.

Since I never know what I am in the mood to work on.... lets just throw a whole bunch of things out there and see what sticks shall we?

Block Collections.

1.) Knowing that light and bright blue is April... I thought of these 6 baskets that did not make the original quilt. I think they will make a cute table topper of some sort so they are getting added.

2.) I know I have at least one more cut and in a baggie somewhere to fill that open spot for a 7x6 setting. These are hand pieced.... and might need a little fixing along the way.

 3.) Hexagon flowers on a black background. These are a stack of blocks I hand pieced a few years ago then hand appliqued to the black background a couple years after that!  Not sure if they will become one or two quilts....

4.) Crumb blocks.... might these end up in a quilt? Or the start of some baskets?

5.) Sweet Confetti blocks - I have 96 of these made.... need to be put together and quilted.

6.) Midget Applique quilt from Sentimental Stitches. I need to add  more flowers and leaves and the vines... and the bottom yellow border. This one is completely hand pieced.

7.) Ella Maria Deacon blocks - make a few more and finish them off into a top. I believe I was making these by hand. Patterns from Sentimental Stitches.

8.) Purple applique hearts... need to figure out how they want to be set.

9.)  this quilt that has been an on and off, leader and ender for years. My scrappy irish chain. I believe I had a bucket of 2 inch squares next to my sewing machine for a while and would make sets, and rows and blocks in between sewing other things. I think it wants to get competed.

10.) Midget block collection - I started these in Vermont in 2010!

11.) Civil War Blocks

12.) Churn Dash blocks

13.) Endless Diamond Blocks - 21 made.  20 will make the top I think. All hand pieced.

14.) Birds in the Air block collection

15.) Harmony - hand pieced project started March 2021... already behind but hoping to catch up this quarter.

16.) 16 patches - because you never know when you need a quilt and they might make a quick Hands2Help one.

17.) stars and nines - I have a few blocks hanging around still that want to get sewn up.

18.) Lets go fly a kite- because it might have percolated long enough in my head already.

19.)  Flowering Snowball

20.) Round Robin.

21.) Cat and mouse is on the frame in process of hand quilting but has been sadly neglected.

22) This one stayed on the list - needs quilting. Vermont Quilt Festival Booth Hop from either 2008 or 2009. I have backing for this and it is 71x71.

23.) Green Tumblers - a hand pieced top. 

24.) Hoarfrost - top is done will it get quilted this year?

25.) Baby Bear Paw quilt top ** Made back from a class in 1999 I think from Yankee Pride.

26.) Trip around the World

27.) Y2K Joann's BOM - quilt top

28.) Blue and Purple 9 patch with muslin top Made in the 90's. Have a back for this 50x60.

29.) Tumbler flag - this did not come out how I imagined.... It might get reinvented after taking parts out. We will see.

30.) 1857 Quilt Along Top

31.) Spring Hexagons - not sure if this wants to be bigger or not.... 

32.) FCQG baby quilt challenge. 40x48 have a backing for this.

33.) Triple Irish Chain - green. 80x80 I think. I did find both fabrics extra with it... Might need a green or cream border first or both... Made in the early 2000's.

Well, I dug a little deeper since some are springy and might want to get worked on. We will see.