Tuesday, May 21, 2019

2020 Finish #10

Garden Party is finished and Daisy tested and approved.
She thinks if I lay a quilt on the floor for a picture, 
she needs to be right there!
Hope you enjoyed that Daisy Doodles,
it's the last time you get to lay on this quilt.

I quilted a simple meander.
After removing the wavy outer borders, this top sat there taunting me.
I finally couldn't take it any more so I got to work on putting them back on the right way.
No more just winging it for me.
I knew better at the time but decided to risk it,
My Big Mistake!
I am thrilled with this quilt! 

I don't think I did too bad on this one,
only 2 years marinating before finishing. 

2020 Finish #9

Hooray! Virginia Bound is a finished quilt!!!
She already has a home in our travel trailer. 

I also busted some hunks of fabric for the back.
Scrappy front needs a scrappy back.
Quilting is simple meander.
Scrappy black binding came from my binding box.
I need to use more black binding since there was only 4 inches left over.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Month 1 Deck Garden Update

Isn't this pretty?
A present from my honey!
The butterfly is a present to myself.

Green tub is full of water-only a little dirt on the Blue Moon Pumpkins.
Orange bucket is spaghetti squash planted today.
Green bucket is a yellow pear cherry tomato 
Estimated to grow 6 to 12 feet!

Bucket on the right has nothing in it yet.
On the left is Debut Hybrid tomato.
It's supposed to get to about 3 feet tall, I'm hoping for taller.

In the orange bucket are acorn squash-my absolute favorite squash.
Middle bin is cauliflower with itty bitty caulis starting to show.
On the right is broccoli. 
I'll pick up more broccoli and cauliflower next time I'm shopping.

The bucket under the satellite dish is hailstone radishes
Right side is zucchini and yellow crocked neck squash.
On the left are 3 kinds of cucumbers. 
In the back are lemon, middle is little potato and the front is Poona Kheena.
The Little Potato and Poona Kheena are rare seeds and I'm anxious to try them. 
Once they start and grow a bit, I'll add a trellis. May even move the bin to the floor.

This is a tub of  Jade bush beans.
I'm hoping to harvest enough to can about 100 pints of beans.

In the gray bin are 2 Roma tomatoes.
And in the bucket is another Debut.

Tomato plant #6 is Super Sweet 100 Cherry.
We are most excited by this one.
We keep talking about having tomatoes and bacon for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Both cherry tomato plants are estimated to get 8-12 feet tall.
We are not replacing our deck canopy this year so the corners become tomato cages.

The lady at Walmart told us about this fertilizer that she uses on her plants.
Too bad we can't buy it there but the local Ace had it.
I need another bottle. 
The wicking tubs need fertilizer added whenever water is added. 
I learned about wicking tubs from Gardening with Leon.

I can't wait to do another update!

Monday, May 06, 2019

I'm Back With A Design Wall Monday Post

I certainly didn't intent to take a long blog break, I thought maybe a week or so but it turned into 3 weeks.  I don't know how consistent I'll be now but I'll give it a go today.

I've been putting blocks together!
Virginia Bound and Chunky Churndash leader/ender blocks.
(VB is in Scraps and Shirttails and CC is a free pattern on the Quiltville blog.)
I hope the next time (after the reveal at retreat) you see VB,
it will be a completed quilt.
That's my plan right now. 

In my last blog post I told you about getting sidetracked with these blocks.
I had planned to take these to retreat and work on them.

But my plans changed as I sewed and trimmed just a few more and a few more.
Pretty soon there were no more blocks to take to retreat.
Survivor was on so I grabbed the stack of blocks and an empty trash bag
and plopped myself down on the couch to watch TV and depaper.

On Saturday I got out the Go! Cutter and took care of a pile of scraps.
When that was finished, I decided to go ahead and get the blocks into
4s so I could sew my big blocks at retreat.
I have several of them already sewn together.
I'm now hoping to reveal the finished quilt at retreat 
since I how have a new roll of batting and renewed energy.

We spent a couple weekends at the beach.
The beach always refreshes my soul.

I took along some fabric strips with a plan to cut and kit up some blocks.
I think there are 40 little blocks ready to go.
These will to taken to retreat.
Maybe. 😉

Now I'm headed over to check on what everyone else is working on at

Until next time,
Have a wonderful week.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Design Wall Monday

Look, I've been sewing!
Saturday I was cleaning my sewing room and it was time to take a break.
I have a giant bag of scraps that were gifted to me by my friend BJ.
I decided to use my break time by sorting and cutting some of these scraps.
I was also getting things together for retreat next month..

Right there, staring me in the face, was my box with Virginia Bound by Bonnie Hunter.
It's one of my favorites from her Scraps and Shirttails book.
I started it at the fall retreat with plans to work on it again in the spring
I pulled it out to put on the retreat pile.

Maybe I'll just sew neutrals to a few blocks.
There were 2 that the centers were already trimmed, ready for neutrals.
That's when the squirrel came out. 

Oh heck, may as well get the centers to the others trimmed up and ready to work on at retreat.

I'm not sure how many a few are but this is only 2 of a pretty good pile
that I already had the centers done.
They are now all completed, trimmed and depapered. 

Sunday Morning comes around and the Mojo is strong!
Ernie already had plans for the day so I decided to sew more blocks.
And more and more and more.
Just like Lay's potato chips,
you can't eat just one!

I started this audiobook Saturday afternoon.
I'm pretty far into it and it is so good.
I'd never read anything from Kristin Hannah.
I'm really happy with whoever shared this book. 

I headed right over to my library and placed holds on all of her audiobooks.
Her books are several weeks out but I'm sure they will be worth the wait.
I added several ebooks to my wish list for when I'm finished with the series I'm reading.
The ability to down load books to my Kindle and
other devices is priceless to me. 

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Have a wonderful week. 

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Design Wall Monday on Tuesday

My mojo has gone missing. I have not sewn for 3 weeks. The exception is joining pieces of landscape cloth to make them big enough for my tub garden. 

Garden Party has been basted since January but it sits on the shelf taunting me. The borders were wavy and I was not pleased with the way backing was , too many puckers! So last night, I told it to hush as I grabbed it off the shelf and took it in front of the tv. Seam ripper and reverse tweezers at the ready, I got busy. 

The original plan was to just unpin the borders and remove them, remeasure and do it right. No more just laying the fabric on and sewing borders. I knew while doing it I might regret it and I do. 

When the borders were off and I started to fold the quilt back up, I saw the puckers on the backing again. Right then I decided to unpin it all, and fix it the right way! Too much time went in to this quilt to half-ass finish it. 

Now I am ready to do a quick gift project and then get busy again on my UFOs. 

Saturday, April 06, 2019

2019 Garden Journal

I decided to make a post for my garden journal and make it a continuous post by putting it in my tabs and updating often.

We started on April 3rd with broccoli and cauliflower. 
You can read the story of our plans about halfway down this blog post 
where I link to the You Tube channels where I learned about wicking containers. 

We decided to plant the tomatoes on April 4th
and keep them out in the carport.
If it's going to get real cold at night, 
we'll move them into the shop for the night.

April 6th, I'm starting squash seeds.
I ordered these from Migardner.
Plus I saved seeds from the blue pumpkins from my friend that I'm starting too.

We are going to try these in big containers full of water.
I might put some in the ground just because.

To be continued......

I'm just going to add links to the blog posts with the updates.

May 7th

Thursday, April 04, 2019

I Like Thursdays #44

Happy Thursday!
Is there anything more soul filling than sunset over the ocean.
We spent last weekend at the beach.
The weather was gorgeous so the sunsets were stunning!

The drive home along the Columbia River is magical.

Corbin finally lost his tooth.
I've been checking it every morning for him but
never attempted to pull it.
He did it himself and was quite proud.
The Tooth Fairy is very generous.

Funny story.
We sent this picture to Aunt Jen in Texas.
She asks if she can borrow money.
No, you will just spend it.
She replies with a GIF of a dancing taco.
And says she will spend it on tacos, she loves tacos.
His response was I knew it!

So he sends he a picture of his banana that was going in his lunch.
I love their long distance relationship.
The pictures she sends to him of herself after she uses the 
Snap Chat filters on them or hilarious.

I wanted to do a few garden containers on the deck
so I asked Ernie to build me a couple of benches out of scrap wood..
After we talked about it,
he thought tables height would work good.
He can always cut them down if needed.

We made a trip into town for a few plants 
and supplies.

We bought buckets and totes and landscape cloth and some soil.
I've been learning about wicking container gardens on You Tube.
I told Ernie it might be overkill on the landscape fabric.
We'll cut down on how much we use in the future.

Arms Family Homestead is a favorite channel that I share with the kiddos.
He has fun videos of goats and his dogs and his beautiful high tunnel full of crops.
That led me to Leon's channel which is full of information.
I totally fell in love with him. 

Here are our first containers.
Cauliflower and broccoli. 
I have so many plans that I had to make a list.
We are going to try to grow cucumbers and squash in a garbage can filled with water.
We will use what we have before investing any more money.
I'm pretty excited about all of this.

I really like that Ernie is on board with my new plan.
I think out deck is going to be overrun with produce.
What's not to like about that!
Bad back and an awesome garden,
something to look forward to. 

Have a wonderful week.
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Thursday, March 28, 2019

I Like Thursday #43

Here it is Thursday again and 
here I am late with my post again.

I have a good bunch of likes this week.

Last Thursday this munchkin stayed home with a bad cough
so we brought him over to our house so he could spend the day with Daisy Dog.
She make him feel so much better.
Or it could have been the nap he took with Poppy in the chair.

With no babysitting duties for Friday,
we headed to the beach.
Saturday we drove around to see what's changed.
I love this old church in Oysterville.
It looks like it's getting a facelift.

We say this beauty with 2 of her friends.

One of the community groups planted all these daffodils.
It saddened me to see that some jerk thought it was ok to drive through them.

This is the view from our favorite rest stop looking
across the Columbia River from Oregon into Washington.

Hubs has wanted to tear down the old garage for a long time.
It looks like the time has come.
He's sure a handy husband!
But oh boy, he makes me nervous!

The camellia's are blooming!
Such a pretty shade of pink.

Joe Cockerdoodledo with his flock of ladies.

Happy Thursday everyone!
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Monday, March 25, 2019

Design Wall Monday

What a week!
Sickies everywhere.
I spent several days with the kids while they coughed and hacked
and napped and worked through the headaches.

I took my Antique Star pieces to work on.
Baste, baste, baste.
I put a few components together.
It felt good to make some good progress.
But mostly I spent time with the kids.

The only time I went into my sewing room was Tuesday morning at 5:30.
I need to cut quarter square triangles for my leader/ender project.
I'm doing Chunky Churndash and almost all the Chunky parts are finished.
So I set my self up at the kitchen table and cut fabric.

Needles to say, I made a big mistake.
I cut half square triangles instead of quarter square triangle parts.
No biggie, I have lots of fabric and heck,
they might become part of the outer border.
Or they are seeds for another project. 

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

I Like Thursdays #42

I like a beautiful morning sky.

Kids are still sick so out comes Lord of the Rings Monopoly.
Gramma has never seen these movies so I was at a huge disadvantage.
But that didn't matter. 
wink wink
Teach your children how to lose gracefully.
In my not so humble opinion,
that is a very valuable life lesson.

I need to sew 60 quarter square triangles.
I took my supplies with me and cut while the kids watched a movie.

I spent lots of time basting diamonds.
I really like having things ready to take with me 
and this is the perfect project.

This little goofball.
I apologized for forgetting to bring him a piece of pumpkin pie.
"I don't want a piece of pie, I want the whole pie!"
So Gramma made him his own pie to share with his family.
And following family tradition,
pumpkin pie for breakfast! 

and then visit all the others that are sharing their Thursday Likes.

Have a great week.