2017 Finish List

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Friday, August 11, 2017

We Thought It Was Going To Be Fun

Buy a lot at the beach lot they said, it will be fun! 
While it has been fun, it has also been a whole lot of hard work!

Our campers arrived Sunday.
Lots of fun chatter, tent set up and then an evening out to dinner.

Monday they started tearing the newly rebuilt deck apart.
This was my plan all along.
I hated that big deck sitting right in the middle of everything.
I did understand it's purpose but it didn't need to be so big.

Now it's a smaller deck right off the bus.
It's perfect!
And the perfect project for the kiddos to help with. 
Miss Clella Mae is a beast with the power screwdriver!

When we bought this lot, the owners had left behind a dog kennel and 2 dog igloos.
What a great playground for the kiddos.
One of these days, that will also be removed.
The previous owners did some strange stuff here.

After a hard day,
Relaxing is easy.
The hammock is a new addition and was lots and lots of fun!

Cards and fun!
Look at granddog Sadie in the blue chair.
She knows how to relax!!
See the red woodchipper, 
talk about a beast!
Took care of the pile of bamboo like in record time.

We bought the lot next door.
It's a jungle.
Somewhere under that mess is a septic system that needs to be found.

Ernie did lots of weed whacking and chain sawing!
They should be able to locate it now.
 Next up is more clearing and more fencing.
And more playing!!
Want to come camp with us???

Thanks for a great family week at the beach.
Huge thanks for your hours and hours of hard work! 

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

All Work and No Play

We found out it costs a lot to have a chain link fence installed.
We are do it yourselfers so we got busy.
After plans were drawn up, submitted and approved for a fence around out beach lot,
we picked up the parts and pieces (most of them πŸ˜‰) we needed and 
headed to the beach for a few days of hard work.
Our friend Bill showed up and helped so much.
I didn't have to do much.
Ernie and Bill worked their hinnies off on Phase 1 (100 feet between the neighbors and us)
and got it completed in a few hours.

Day 2, Phase 2, Part 1 was the front of the lot.
It went along without many hiccups,
we ran out of concrete!!!
There had to be a Home Depot run.
We decided to go ahead and put up one of the gates now.
So we needed to get the gate.

Day 3, Phase 2, Part 2
We started out by putting up the wire for Part 1,
then turned the corner and darn! we are short on wire.
Another trip to HD.
While he was gone,
I hatched a plan...
Could we move those clumps of Pampas Grass???
Why yes we can.
But first the old fence had to come down.

2 plants went into the corner.
It's amazing how just a bit of something gives you a nice bit of privacy.
And the usable space with that fence out of there is amazing!

Then Ernie suggested we put the big clump in front of the window of the neighboring trailer.
Oh, that's a great idea!!!
Sure it is until you have to excavate out bamboo roots!
That stuff is so invasive and so nasty!
Lots of sweating and swearing and just plain hard work!

After all of that work,
The big clump is planted and it looks great.
Or it will, as soon as we get that dried bamboo has gone through the chipper.

Oh yeah, that deck he just rebuilt,
That goes too.
There is a new plan for that thing!
Thanks Pam and Bill for that suggestion!
Now our kiddos and dogs are more secure
and we are very happy with our open space.

This is how we spent our evening,
feet up, easy dinner of cold beverages, roasted hotdogs and smores at the firepit.

Phase 2, Part 3-The Deck-will happen next week.
Fence Phases 3, 4 and 5 will wait.
There is some brush clearing that has to happen first.
Bring your gloves kids, 
Gramma has a little project.
It may or may not involve building a fort. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

Monday, July 24, 2017

Design Wall Monday

I guess I am on summer vacation from quilting. 
Not much sewing machine action has been happening.
I did make myself another pair of pants.
 I've tweaked the pattern just a little tiny bit more.
I also cut out another pattern for woven fabrics.
I'll test that out on some pajama pants.

In the meantime,
I discovered this great bin in the school supply isle at Walmart.
(Really Crystal told me about it.)
It is perfect to hold all of my Mischief Quilt parts and pieces.
I've only sewed this much on the next rosette in the last 2 weeks.
Now it's front and center to take to the beach for outside stitching on nice days.

I've also been hanging out with these people.
Too bad the other boys weren't around for a picture.
I love that Stellie (middle) idolizes Mae (left) and 
that Corbin is her cousin, not her friend! 
But really he is her friend too. 
The workings of a 5 year old mind!!

I'm hoping to spend some time in front of my sewing machine over the next couple of days.
Then it's back to the beach for us. 
We have some fence to build.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We Worked, We Played, We Ate!

We spent most of last week at the beach with Crystal, Mike, Elliot, Clella, Leland and Corbin.
It was their first time tent camping.
I'm not sure about Mike though, he may be a seasoned camper.
Growing up, Crystal camped a lot in a travel trailer.
We never tent camped.
But after seeing Dee's tent set up, 
she went home and order one for their family.

Camping was a HUGE success!
We laughed and talked and laughed some more.
I don't know if anyone was ever hungry because we had so much good food.
Smores every night.
And because we could, 
one day we had them after breakfast.

We played on the beach.
Kids and dogs ran and ran and ran.
Parents and Grandparents enjoyed the laughter
and the exhausted kids and dogs.

We worked.
See that bamboo in the background?
We found out that belongs to us.
The guy we bought the place from planted it as a privacy barrier 
then built his fence on the back side thinking the owner of the trailer would take care of it for him.
Kind of a big jerk move!

We don't want it,
we want our fence on the property line
and will plant our own privacy barrier.
It will not be bamboo.
It was a huge project to get that stuff cut down.
Weed killer went into the root system.
We had some of it down last time we were there
and saw no sign of any new growth.
We are crossing our fingers that holds true for the remaining root system.

There is always another project for our next trip.
I bet it's a new fence!
Thanks to Mike and the kiddos for all your hard work helping Poppy.
Firepit brush burning is our new favorite pastime.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Yeah For Pants!


 My Jacole skinny pants are done! 
Yeah for pants that fit!!
There will be modifications.

I will never try to topstitch a pocket with 5 layers of fabric with the coverstitch machine.
It was a mess.
But I fixed it and used my sewing machine.
Modification #1...I do not like this patch pocket.
I feel like it is down to my knees but it isn't.
I prefer a nice little pocket inside.
I can make that happen.

This is how I hem...pants and shirts.
I serge the seams, then press up the hem, press on fusible tape.
I serge around the bottom for a clean finish.
I clip the seam being careful not to clip too far.
Then twist the seam. 
Remove the paper, press and topstitch.

Other modifications:
#2-shorten the hem by 3"
#3-lengthen the back rise on the pattern paper
#4-shorten the front rise
(I have a weird shaped body!!)
Oh and I used  drawcord elastic in the waist.
I'm unsure of using just the band. 
I need the security of elastic-old school I guess.

I wore them all afternoon and evening.
They were so comfy!
I have a nice selection of pants fabric from Knitpop.
I'll be cutting another pair today.

Yeah for pants!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Design Wall Monday

This is not a quilt related post,
it's a sewing pants post.
I'm making myself pants! 
It's been a struggle all my sewing years to make pants that fit me.
I get frustrated and give up way too soon.
(Quilting is so much easier!)
I was determined to make it work this time.
So after research and talking to my daughter who sews lots more clothes that I do,
I decided to try the Jacole Skinny Pants pattern.

I started out Sunday morning taping the pattern together in my outdoor office.
Then I got a phone call asking me if the kiddos could hang out with us while 
their parents went on a date.
Uhhh, yeah!

So this girl and her 3 brothers spent the day with us.
So much activity and talking and laughing and planning.
I loved almost every minute of it,
I do not like having to bandage up war wounds.

After they went home and I recouped,
I decided to cut out my pattern with some Ponte I bought from Knitpop.
Then I basted them together and tried them on.
I was almost in tears with how happy I was with the fit.
I only need a little adjusting for my big hinnie,
other than that, perfection.
I'm a happy sewer.
Today I get to play with the serger and coverstitch machine and
will finish them and cut out another pair or 7.
Yes, I have that many knits earmarked for pants.
Long pants, and caprices.

When will I go back to quilting?
I'm not sure.
I'm too pumped about new pants right now.

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Saturday, July 08, 2017

It's Funny How Time Slips Away

Not really funny, more like fun!
Blogging will happen when it happens. 

I've said before I am not a good passenger so I knit.
They are my passenger seat knitting project.
They are called Meandering Vine Socks.
I'm to the heel flap.
The whole heel has to be done at home,
I'll get to the mindless foot part before we leave again.

Before leaving home, I cut all of the border pieces for Midnight Flight.
The first couple of evenings, I marked the squares for the flippy corners.
And one afternoon, I sewed one half of the chevrons.

Then over a few days, I trimmed all of them
and after everyone left, I got out the iron and pressed them all.

During my sewing time, 
I couldn't find Jessie.
He had made himself a pillow fort. 
Silly little dog!

While I was sewing,
Ernie replaced the boards on this deck.
Most of the time it was a one man show.

One day he washed the bus.
My job was to watch the fire.
I'm good at my job.

We had lots of company!
Saturday evening, Dee, Vern and Taylor came to camp for a few days.
On Sunday Crystal and her kiddos came to spend the day with us.
She came home and ordered their own camping supplies. 
They will be our next camping guests.
This melts my heart!
I love being surrounded by my family.
I have a feeling this is going to be the perfect summer!

Smores and smiles are mandatory!
As are photo bombers!

There was a whole lot of love happening at the beach!
A perfect 4th of July campout!
Unless you were a dog.
We didn't go to the beach to watch the fireworks.
We stayed at the bus with the poor, terrified dogs. 
From the sound of it, it was a pretty spectacular show.

The landscape is changing at the beach property.
Lots of trimming and clearing is happening.
Bamboo is not our friend.
We tried to figure out why the previous owners did things the way they did.
Our conclusion is each to his own.
We'll fix it how we want it now. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Design Wall Monday

Yippee, Yahoo!!
My UFO for June is now a compete quilt top.
I need to cut the binding and make the back.
The simple quilting design has been decided upon.
This will be taken to the beach for sitting around outside.
Will it be ready for our next trip?
Probably not.
But it's HOT here, not Arizona hot but too hot for Western Washington State!
99ΒΊ is too much for me. 
So I've spent a whole lot of time in my air conditioned sewing room.

These are my favorite blocks.
I had to include a chicken, butterflies and bees. 

My most exciting accomplishment of the week is getting all of my 
Midnight Flight blocks sewn together.
I've put this on hold until the Deli Geese quilt is finished.
But I'm super excited to get back to it.
As I was cleaning in my sewing room,
I did cut fabric for the some of the border units that I forgot to cut.
So now I just have to sit and sew and sew and sew. 

I know how lucky I am that I get to do the things I love pretty much whenever I want.
Retirement is awesome!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Design Wall Monday

While babysitting the grands the other day, 
I cut more Mischief Quilt kits.
While I was cutting, they were playing.
It's lots of fun to play puzzle with quilt blocks.

I've been working on them in the evenings again.
This just proves my point of not stitching when I am dog tired.
It's all fixed now and a finished block.

I also worked on my June UFO for Judy L's UFO Challenge.

I have all 16 of my blocks made and
 today I  worked up this design in EQ7 will make a fun quilt.
None of my blocks match these blocks.
I just wanted to be sure my sashing design would work and I think it will.

 Next I dug in my stash for some great border fabrics.
I'm excited to get this top made this week.

I also worked on Midnight Flight blocks.
All kits are prepared and I used these as leaders/enders this week.
I've just got a few more before all the quarter blocks are made. 

Monday, June 05, 2017

2017 UFO Challenge Update

Judy at Patchwork Times is doing her 2017 UFO Challenge 
and I'm playing along.

I'm not a great player but I'm trying.

Last month she chose # 11 which is my Scrappy Stars.
I had a bunch of 3" string blocks and crumb blocks so I got busy.

I saw a quilt Bonnie was working on and I loved her stars so I made mine like hers. 
My quilt top is a cuddle quilt,not bed size.
I'm pretty anxious to quilt this one.

I had all the blocks complete before retreat.
I thought it would be fun to show Bonnie how I was setting my blocks.
I haven't seen her finished quilt.
I just know that this is as far as I'm going with mine.
Daisy tested and approved. 

Now I can get  out June's UFO and get busy with that.

I have 6 complete blocks and parts for several more.
This is UFO #7,
Deli Geese Project, a free design from Pat Speth of Nickel Quilts.
If you search her archives. these are still available.
(While going to get the link, I noticed an new project has started.
Do I dare look???)
I've decided to march forward with another cuddle quilt.
I'll figure out how many more I need and get busy, 
I'm sure I have enough charm packs and squares to make more than enough blocks. 

Design Wall Monday

 The Mojo Has Returned

I found my mojo at retreat and thank goodness it has stayed with me!
I've got all my parts for Midnight Flight sewn together.
I think.
You know I've miscounted something but
I have lots of extra fabric so it's nothing to get panicky about.

I'm working on block quarters now from the kits I have made up.
I have a nice stack of them. 
Ooohh, I see a frinckle I need to check out.
I think I'll take some TV time this week and finish kitting up the quarter blocks.
A few more blocks were added to Oklahoma Backroads as leader/enders.

Along with block sewing, there has been some t shirt sewing!
I love the Laundry Day Tee and how it fits me.
Next project is making the dreaded pants pattern that fits.
I can do it!

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