2017 Finish List

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Design Wall Monday

Wednesday is Binding Friends Day.
I had my rows to Midnight Flight sewn together, 
I took them so the ladies would help me lay them out.
I really need to get a design wall up again!
After much oohing and aahing and a couple of rows switched,
we had it perfect!

It is now a completed top,
arrangements have been made for the quilting.
Pressing needs to happen today.

Lori at Humble Quilts is hosting another QAL.
This one is called Palmateer Point and part 2 is up today.
I know what else I'll be doing today.

Oklahoma Backroads is coming along nicely.
It's my leader/ender project.
I am one block short of half way.
This will be a lap quilt.

I worked on Mischief Quilt in the evenings this week.
I had to lay out a few of my blocks because it's time to cut more parts.
I can't wait to see what the next set of blocks will be.
No more pink or blue because there is a lot of that.
The strips are in the bin so it will be easy to cut the next bunch.

It's nice to be back into super sewing mode. 
And to make it better, the rain has returned to the Pacific Northwest!
I'm very thankful for that!

It's a great day to sit with my coffee and catch up with my friends.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Saying Goodbye to Summer

We did a last summer hurrah at the beach.
11 days of family, fun and sun!
One day it was 94 degrees! 
At the beach!

Since buying the lot next door
(our 45th Anniversary gift to ourselves)
lots of brush clearing has been happening!

There is a big pampas grass bush right in the middle.
The plums are about to burst open.
I'm probably not going to see them. 😒
Unless we make a quick 2 or 3 trip next week. 

Over Labor Day weekend, Crystal and Co came to camp.
I can't believe I didn't get one single picture of the campers.
I guess we were having too much fun!

Over the Rod Run Weekend, Dee & Co + Stellie came down.

It's so fun when family comes to stay! 
Makes this Momma's dream come true.

We were ready to watch the cars as they headed from Ocean Park to Longbeach.
That didn't happen but we had a great time with friends.
We did see quite a few awesome old cars but not the parade.
Next year we will be better informed.

Remember the septic tank that isn't buried in the ground?
(You can see it here in this post behind Ernie in his lounger.)
I convinced him to use the fence boards to make a deck over it.
It can be easily lifted if the tank ever needs to be pumped.
It sure looks a lot better now. 
I want to fill it with flower pots next spring.

And this is how we spent our summer vacations.
Retirement is awesome!

With hunting season starting soon, 
I'm sure our trips will be made around the clam tide.
I am ready to get back to my sewing machine.
I have a list of projects longer than my arm!!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Design Wall Monday

When my world is in chaos and I can do nothing about any of it,
I retreat into myself and seek my quiet.
My quiet is in my sewing room.

It's been a while since I've spent so much time with just me, my machine, 
my thoughts and my prayers.

The borders for Midnight Flight are complete.
Now it's time to lay out the blocks and get them sewn together.
I'll have grandhelpers here today,
maybe it will happen or maybe it won't.

Next up were the exchange blocks for our Christmas Club party.
(It's not really called the Christmas Club, 
but I needed to name it. 😉 )
I can't believe I am this ready so early in the year!

Since I didn't have anything else ready to work on, 
I kitted up several more Oklahoma Backroads blocks.
All the piece for a block are pinned together, ready to lay out.
I'm using this quilt for my current leader/ender project.
And since I wasn't finished retreating,
I just sat and sewed several together.
Now I need to kit some more.

Several more blocks were added to the stack.

And of course some had to be layed out just to see. 😍

I can't believe I haven't done a DWM in over a month!
OMGosh, the things that are posted over there,
I can't wait to go visiting!!!
I truly love Monday in Blogland.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Quilting? What Quilting?

We had a fun time at the beach this past week.
It was only the 2 of us.
We had our own little Eclipse Party.

Ernie is not one to sit around and crochet or knit or sew like I am. 😏
He does take some time off once in a while to just read.
He loves his westerns and when he gets in to one, he's all in.

Lots more weedeating, chainsawing and chipping took place on the new lot.

Isn't it amazing!

There is still so much more to do.
It's a jungle!!!
He got a pretty good path made for the fence line.
You know what they say about fences making good neighbors.
Mostly it's to keep our dogs in.

I was determined to finish my Virus Shawl.
I started this in December 2016 after seeing a picture on Facebook.
You know what that's like...ooohhh, I must have one of those!
I can't believe I didn't blog about it.

I finished it!  It's so cozy.
I've used it several times already.
I used Red Heart Unforgettable yarn. 
The color is Tidal.
I love the feel of this yarn but it is not one I will use again.
I like a smooth yarn, not one with thick and super thin spots.

I brought 3 pair of my knitted socks that needed a little mending.
I am not a great darner but I got the job done.
No one ever gets that close to my feet to notice where these were fixed. 

Once these was finished, I got busy on my Meandering Vine socks
These were last shown here in July.
I was about halfway into the heel flap when I put them away.
I got them out one morning when I couldn't go back to sleep and
finished the flap and the heel turn.
I picked up the gusset stitches later in the day 
and on the way home just put my head down and got through the decreases.
Now it's mindless knitting in the truck for the next trip to the beach.

One day I sewed on my Wild & Goosey blocks.
I now have a total of 25 full blocks.
Each full block uses 4 3" blocks.
It's probably time to figure out how big I'm going to make this one.
It's fun just using what scraps I have with me.
There is not going to get more out of the bin.
Once the bag gets down low, I'll bring more.
But until then, it's the use 'em up game!

So that's most of the news from the last week.
Until next time...

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 😉) 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. 😉😉😉

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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Enjoy your summer!

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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