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Still stitching…

So here it is.. the top and back are ready.. still waiting for a name!

I’ve also still been hard at work making pebbles. As you can see I still need a lot of practice!!I’m trying to make sure the pebbles aren’t all the same size but some are coming out oval instead of round..  Oh well.. maybe I did that on purpose? HAH!

Yesterday was full of cooking instead of quilting. I made three gallons of spaghetti sauce and four gallons of Chili. I freeze it in one gallon increments so it’s ready for the days I don’t want to or can’t cook.  I should have made more spaghetti sauce but didn’t have enough italian sausage.  

My grand dog made it through his neutering and it has been close to impossible to keep him calm since coming home. He wants to play! It makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it! One more day in the life.. My zucchini is blooming and so are the green beans.. I’m eating strawberries as fast as they ripen and snack on radishes as I weed the rows.  The yard cats have killed two of my tomato plants or at least I think it’s them.. I’ll set a trap to find out tonight! They broke the top of the plants off! I may have to look into putting naphtha out there but I’d rather not .(It stinks!)

Hoping this finds you getting through your days with pockets of joy found in places that surprise you!

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Spring Ahead

But, what if I didn’t want to spring??? There’s probably a good reason for the time change to still be messing with our internal clocks. I don’t know what it is but I’m sure there’s a reason. Even the dogs seem off their game today.

I’m going to spend some quality time today watching the garden grow.  It’s very relaxing. Of course I want to spend some time in the quilt room too. I’ve gotten a pretty good rhythm going. It get almost hypnotic.

I cut the fabric for the puppy quilt and am starting to sew my strips. I changed direction on the pattern.. lets see if I like how it turns out. More quilty pictures tomorrow.. that is if I actually get anywhere!  I’ve found I can only sit and quilt for about fifteen minutes at a time before the spasms start so I have a couple of projects going so I move a little in between.

Go ahead and Spring.. you’ll get used to it!

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There ya go..

We got all the title and registration paper work done and a new set of tires for the new car so DD is one Happy Camper! Of course she owes us slave services for the next six months but now she’s happy with that. We’ll see in a few months if she’s still as happy.

I’m hopeful I can return to the quilting room today though I’m not holding out too much hope. It could happen! I decided on the puppy quilt. I hope my Duetta gets here before I’m ready to quilt so I can get the embroidery done.. the only problem I see encountering is that the new puppy has no name yet! #1 doesn’t name his dogs until he’s been with them for a day. 

Here’s our adopted boy we got in January. He’s eight pounds of love! Harry brings us back up to four dogs in the house. He’s got a way to go though.. he wants to eat the chickens! He’s half their size! On Harry’s first day here #3 son heard my screams and came running  .. Harry got into the chicken run I was trying to catch him..but #3 couldn’t help because he was laughing so hard.. I thought the chickens were going to eat him!! I was frantic! (okay, it was a funny sight)

I got a vet appointment in an hour.. my GrandDog Moomie has Addison’s and has to get an injection once a month. Today I get to learn how to give the injection.. doesn’t that sound like fun? I gave myself injections for three years so it shouldn’t be too hard.

Starting my day.. hope yours is full of  happy surprises!

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GOOD Morning!

Yesterday was not a very productive day for me personally.. DH and I found a new (previously owed) car for DD and we drove the hour there to see it then a half hour testing etc. ..yada yada.. bought the car and came home. All the searching came after I sold her truck yesterday morning. Home by 5:30 pm and got dinner on the table by 6 pm.

Somehow I did fit a trip to the fabric store in the middle of all that! I didn’t have the right purple for my grand puppy’s quilt!  At the cutting table the salesperson asked what I planned for the fabric and I told her I was expecting a grand baby. She was excited for me! DH had come in with me (whether to hurry me along or to see what I was spending, it’s hard to say) But he had to correct me and tell her it wasn’t a baby it was a puppy. I don’t think he gets it.  This is practice for when there are babies! See, I knew y’all would get it!

Now all I gotta do is pick a pattern.. So far I’m looking at these two.

I’d like the middle available to embroider her name but I can do that on the border.

Today there won’t be much accomplished as it is errand day. Hoping y’all find pockets of joy throughout the day!

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I spent Yesterday Surfing!

Thunder is not my friend!

I woke today at 4 am to Mo-Jo-ho-witz panicked by a thunderstorm. Poor little dude is terrified by thunder. We adopted him last year from my niece in Ohio. So now he’s here in the Thunderstorm Capital! I kept thinking he  would adjust to it in time. But I’m beginning to see that is not going to happen.

I didn’t get a thing done yesterday. Seriously, nothing! I guess it’s not too big a deal it was only one day, right?

 But I did get to visit a bunch of blogs! There are some seriously breath-taking quilters out there. (did you notice how many times I say seriously? that’s just weird!) Anyway, I’m going to share some links again today. You’ve got to visit these to see what I’ve seen!

Quilt Obsession You also need to visit the InkLingo site.. she makes you a believer!

Dena Crain Published Author, teacher who is so active in her community it seems like she’s everywhere at once! 

Virtual Quilter This is an Electric Quilt expert.. her designs are amazing and she still insists that one day I will learn EQ! (I’m starting to believe her!)

Quilt Skipper Jenny K Lyons, she is a teacher and award-winning quilter. She just received her acceptance into Paducah this year. You’ve got to see the quilt! On top of all that she’s an absolute doll!

Quilt Inspiration This one is an inspiration… lots of quilt pictures.. color ways .. yep inspiring!

Quilt Dad Now that his arm has healed, keep an eye out for more exciting fabrics and quilts to appear!

Sew Inspired Her’s is a slice of life and a fun read.. I love her year-end collage of all her projects of the year. What an awesome idea!

Garden2day I don’t think there are enough adjectives to describe her .. Talented, inspiring and multi-talented are a few.

Well I could keep this up for hours.. trying to list them all but there’s few. I really have to find a better way to keep track of them! If you have favorites please share! I can’t seem to get enough! 

I’ll have my regular posting up later… after the storm… it’s hard to write with trembling dogs staring at me!

(Sorry.. had to update becuz I forgot to tag this blog…)

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Quilters’ Block..

Quilt pile

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You’ve heard of writers’ block? Well I have Quilters’ block. Yet consensus is that no, I am not a real hoarder of fabric. And since I don’t have any more room for huge purchases ( I like huge purchases, don’t you?)  I do need to start a challenge for myself. I did this three years ago after Thanksgiving and really had a blast. (What can I say I am easily entertainable)

Starting Monday I will attempt to make six quilts in six weeks. No smaller than 48 X 48 and no larger than 80 X 80. I must use a pattern of sorts not uniform blocks. Finished block size no larger than 12 inches finished. I can not purchase fabric for these quilts they must all come from my stash. They all must be quilted with binding attached and at least half must be bound with labels.

When I did this before I used the quilts as Christmas gifts. It’s too bad I don’t have loads of baby fabric because I know so many people expecting babies! Of course the prize (the grand prize) is a shopping trip to re stock my stash. I mean what is a better motivator? The problem is that I have really hit a creative wall. Even with the new and improved quilt room I am just sitting here looking at fabric.

Seriously, you know it’s bad when I re-organize and clean rather than quilt! I still have to get that Bieber Quilt pattern done too. My DD keeps asking when? SO here I go, the prep is simple. I have to get food ready. Yep, I still have to cook these weeks I’m quilting and yes I have to do my chores too. By sunday night I will have six piles of fabric at the ready and six patterns on top of them.

By starting this I hope that by telling y’all I’ll be held accountable. It’s out there now, I have to do it. I’m already sitting here thinking of reasons I shouldn’t publish this. Isn’t that sad?

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Baby Blocks and such

A quilt , one of those stupid puzzle balls and a six inch block, all coordinating. Okay, I used minky fabric as an accent and for those who have never used it, it’s a wonderful exersize in frustration! Oh my word! It is not just stretchy but it’s almost liquid. I will not use it without stabilizer again!

Have you ever done that? I just wanted to try a couple of things. I’ve never made those puzzle balls and if you take out the fact I used minky I actually got the hang of them rather quickly. Of course I sewed it together so it wasn’t a puzzle. Don’t even ask, I didn’t get it until it was sewn. DUH!

Again I’m behind the learning curve on these things. I have a stash of flannel fabric but haven’t used it much in a quilt. I’ve used it as backing, made toys etc but ya know it sews up pretty delicious. Flannel is not just for rag quilts!

I’m actually having a ball here making baby quilts. I’m gonna make a couple more of those puzzle balls and this time put them together so they’re actually puzzles! But first I have to finish the borders and quilt this one!

In case you’re wondering my daily musings? I’ve set a post a day challenge for myself. Not that any of it will be interesting but it gets me creating!

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What a day!

It is a day of transitions today in the quilt room. “Ms. Thang” is invading my stash today to pick out fabric for Mr Bieber‘s quilt. I was informed last night it has to be the perfect shade of purple. I may not have that so, OH GOLLY we’d have to go to the fabric store. I’m still working on loading Sun & Sand on  Timmy’s table. Then Amish puzzle balls.

I’ve told you about my baby quilt quest. So here’s what I was thinking, I’ve got to make a set. I know, I know, y’all have been doing this all along but I’m a little slow on the uptake.

So back to those puzzle balls. They look very simple in concept but thirty-six pieces? Somehow I don’t think these will be my favorite toy to make. I am thinking a stuffed rabbit, everyone does bears. I do like the blocks and could have a good time with the embroidery machine on those. But first I’m ready to make puzzle balls. WHOO HOO! Not sure why I have it in my head I have to make them but it’s there now so why fight it.

I’ve noticed a lot of blogs out there have tutorials or step by step on their projects. I find it helpful sometimes and I like seeing pictures but most of what I do, it’s very basic. Cut accurately, sew as exact 1/4 inch seams as I can and figure the rest out as I go. Usually I don’t have a set pattern except in my head. Sometimes I don’t even have the fabric all picked out.

I have a confession, I have EQ5 and have never used it. I keep thinking it would really help especially with the way I concept quilts. But then I’d have to learn how to use it! I’m not sure I have that many brain cells left!

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I want to make the Baby Quilt!

No really, I want to make THE baby quilt!

I always jump at the chance to make a baby quilt. I don’t even have to know you well to make you a baby quilt. But so far none have been the quilt. A couple came close but I just didn’t hit it. It does sound like a silly thing to strive for.

Well, I’m way too old for kids so it’s not like I’m on a deadline. I don’t have grandchildren on the horizon (that I know about). #1 Son got married in October but as yet there are no plans. So I’m not sure where I got this “thing” to design the perfect baby quilt. I’ve made some really cute quilts too. I have no idea what I’m lacking!

I’ve searched and looked for ideas everywhere. I visit blogs and Etsy, Google and Yahoo. I have seen amazing quilts but not the quilt.

I think it will be a Double Irish Chain with applique (I like the 1.5 inch size). The borders are what’s stumping me. Maybe it needs embroidery too. I think it will be a girls quilt but maybe not. That’s it! I need to go to the fabric store and pick out more fabric! I never have enough baby fabric on hand to inspire me. I mean, with only two hundred yards MOL on hand I am definitely low!

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