August 20, 2014

Quilt tops 2014

 I have made several quilt flimsy s. Only one finished.  I had a lot of scraps and one day just wanted to sew. Not make anything in particular. Ended up with 300 4 1/2 inch blocks.

The first one is from 4 1/2 blocks I made.

The pin wheel is a favorite pattern.After it was all done I did not like the 2 red blocks together and I did take it apart and change that.

 This one I started with 5 inch blocks from my mother in laws fabric stash. Another pin wheel. All the fabrics are from my stash.

 I love making the hexes with the 60 degree ruler. I made many and decided to put them together into this quilt.

This red black and white is the latest.It now has a black 3 inch sashing.

This is one I finished. Quilted, and binding done. Hope you are having a good week.j

August 10, 2014

Good weekend

Our daughter and her son came for the weekend. We tried a new recipe using a large head of cauliflower Mr.T grew. I forgot to get a picture. It was 12 inches across. The heads did not look like the snow white ones in the store. He tied the leaves up but the rain knocked them off. Cauliflower starts to turn a bit purple and is a off white. Any way the recipe is here
The steamed cauliflower is grated very fine. We mixed and spread on a well greased baking stone. Then baked. Buttered the top then cheese. Cut and eat! Oh so good.

 Cam was into having sweet corn for lunch. Along with BLT's, with tomatoes from their garden.The first tomatoes of the year are always so good.
Papa and Cam in the shop husking/shucking the corn.

Eating is the best part.

Ziva loves for Cam to visit.

Their time here is always to short. School shopping was on the list for today in Ames. Doesn't seem possible that school starts in 2 weeks.
Hope your week is special. j

August 2, 2014

What I've been working on.

 I keep seeing pictures of table toppers and quilts that I like. The runner I made first then with left over blocks I made the table topper.

 This is paper pieced. I added more rows and it is now ready to be finished.
 My young friend Justine has been working on learning to sew.She got a blue ribbon at the county fair and will go to the state fair this week with her dolls.She made the dolls from kits and the dresses from pre printed fabric.

 I usually don't buy patterns.I did buy this one.It is all triangles.Fun to do.
This is another project Justine did.She needed a gift so we made a pin cushion.
Summer is going to be over before we know it. Enjoy j
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July 19, 2014

Hooked on hexies

 I am hooked on making these little hexies. It is called English paper piecing.

 The flowers I am sewing together with my machine using a fancy stitch.These are all from my scrap box.

 I made a lot of random hexies. One day I sewed them together into a small quilt. After making this quilt I decided I wanted a purse out of some of a hexies quilt. I made a little quilt without the binding. I used it for the bottom piece of the purse.
I found a tutorial on u tube.It is in 2 parts.

I am working on a hexie flag. I have several more rows of red and white to add. I think 6 more rows will be just right. Time to put my feet up and make more hexies. Have a good week.j
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July 13, 2014


I went out to take pictures around the yard of the annual flowers I planted in containers this spring but only got a few because of the mosquitoes. The coal buckets are beautiful but you can no longer see what they are. The petunias and jenny have really taken over.

The big begonia is a favorite.

 The volunteer  poppies are back. There used to be double pink poppies but they did not come back this year.

The geraniums in these pictures are the ones I grew from seed in 2013. I kept them over winter in the greenhouse. This years seed geraniums will be big and beautiful next year. I see there are a few weeds coming up in the cracks of the patio. Will get to that soon.

The trouble I am having with gout has kept me off my feet for a while. It is better now.Hope the town sprays for mosquitoes again soon so we can enjoy the outdoors.  Have a great week j
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June 30, 2014

Bathroom update

Do you like stuff?? Those that know me know I like my stuff. Things that bring good memories,things given to me, things I have found and things that I forgot I had.
I decided The upstairs bathroom needed something new. We re did this bath a few years ago. Put in a tile floor and a dressing table. The dressing table was made from the top of an old TV. We added a leg and a glass top.I love it still.
I decided to add a new mirror but had to have it made to fit the spot the old one had. the old one was oval with a decorative frame. I had decided to do a bit of Americana country in this bathroom along with my stuff.
Shopping in my house is fun. I found old door knobs, an old window,(found by the curb with 2 others)crocks, pictures, a moon shelf ( like my grandma had) along with a braided rug (from my stash of rugs,made by the veterans at the Marshalltown, VA center) .

 The Evening in Paris collection is from Mr.T. ,from when we were in high school. I love it still and have some left in the bottles for special occasions. The picture below the shelf was made by a friend by pressing flowers. I have had it for years.

Cost was minimal. $30 for fabric(shower curtain window treatment.). $6 for a new toilet rug. I did not want to repaint. I like the blue and yellow and I may want to change the curtains again.

 A lot of folks like minimal. I do not.
I want to see my stuff and have easy access to it when I need something,so I have open shelves built behind the bathroom door in both our bathrooms.
I have collected crocks and pottery pieces for years and use it for lots of things besides flowers. I do love flowers and plants as you can see on my window shelf. The plant on the left grew across the old valance so I put it back.I have a project I am working on today to add to the wall for hanging things. I'll share when I am done. I got it done. works great.Thanks to Mr. Tom for his help.

The weather is bad again today with with more dangerous storms and flooding. Better gt off the pc. till later j

June 21, 2014

New little quilt

I have around 300 of these scrappy quilt blocks sewn. Just wanted to use up some scraps so I sat down one day and started sewing them together. They have been in a basket for a few months.
Yesterday I started cutting them with my 60 degree ruler. This is what I ended up with. How fun is that!!!
I used fabrics for the border I have had for a very long time.It is some of my favorite and I forgot all about it in a cupboard. I love fabric with stars and most every quilt I have done has star fabric in it.The border fabrics both have stars as does the back fabric It is so much fun to go shopping in my own house. It is 23x25 inches.