September 22, 2014


Time to bring in the house plants before the frost comes. I found some bowls at wal-mart that work really well to keep the water from leaking out of the planters.
I drilled holes in some and added wire hangers from old plastic pots. Then I found the plastic pot hangers will snap right on the lip of the bowl.

Plant fits right in the bowl. Hope you have a great week. j

September 9, 2014

Catching up with you all.

 I have kept busy the last couple of weeks.

This quilt is for my bed and I am so happy with how it turned out.I have been saving the fabrics for some time and finally found 2 more blues that were just right.The outside blue border I have had that fabric since 1990.


Triangle frenzy is the red white and blue table topper. The X's and O's are from Christmas fabric I had on hand.The 2nd is from the scraps from the first one. I love scraps.

 I saw the pumpkin and the table topper on pinterest and decided to try to make them.I am happy with how they turned out
 Tomatoes are really good this year.The best I have ever grown.The ones on the plate that are green and blemished are from the plant I bought. The others are the ones I grew from seed.

 I played with dolls too.Painted some faces.

Justine worked on making a bear the last 2 weeks we got together. She did a great job. I enjoy teaching her sewing.
She got a blue and purple ribbon at the Franklin Co. fair and a blue ribbon at the state fair for her dolls and dresses.She also got an award for best stitching.She put the dolls together from a kit and made the dresses from pre printed doll dresses.

 It is very rewarding to help her learn to sew.
Hope you all have a great week j.

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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