Friday, June 3, 2016

A Good Crowd and Adventures In Gardening

We had a good crowd at the library on Thursday for the first Story Time of the summer. Nineteen children attending, with two helpers, a big sister, several moms and a baby asleep in his stroller.

We hope attendance stays this good.

On another rose bush is beautiful this year. Just covered in blooms.

Now for our Friday night excitement. Hubby spends a lot of time in his garden raising all kinds of stuff....and complaining about the rabbits & pheasants who want their share of young plants. And later the coons who want the biggest share of the sweet corn.  Today's wild life was a little bigger and more of a surprise. Hubby was getting tomato cages out of the garage and when he came out and found himself face to face with fifteen head of Black Angus cattle tromping around in the gardens. Not something you expect to see right in town. Called the sheriff and they found the owners who came with a portable corral and loaded them on a trailer for a ride home. A gate had been left open at a neighbor's a mile away where they were being kept and all fifteen of them made a break for it. The garden will recover and it could have been much worse if they had gotten to the highway and caused an accident.

The strawberries are doing well. I got another two ice cream buckets full into the freezer today with another bucket waiting for me to get to tomorrow after work. Luckily they had been picked before the escaped cattle tromped all over them.

And that concludes our Friday adventures!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Allietare Fabrics Selected

Looking back, I can see that my blog has gone by the wayside. Since I haven't finished anything quilt-y there hasn't been much to write about. I don't have the knack of making everyday happenings sound interesting like some bloggers do.

Three quilt tops, complete with backings & pieced battings have been sitting on my sofa for better than a month waiting for me to get in the quilting mood again.  After the push to get some quilts done in March/April my quilting mojo kind of left me.

On my birthday I went shopping with left-over Christmas gift cards to the quilt store in hand. Picked up a LOT of fabric in 1/3 - 1/2 yd. cuts to add some variety to my stash, including some reds, golds, blacks & neutrals to include in Allietare, Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt from last November. Needless to say, I had to add a little cash to the gift cards. :)  The rest were pulled from stash and here they are, including the gray that I was looking for and was lucky enough to receive some.

I've seen pictures of beautiful finished Allietare quilts in other, gorgeous colorways, but it was the original color scheme that grabbed me so I'm going with it. I keep asking myself why on earth I'm starting another project, but why not, right?

One other thing, we took a road trip out to Chadron the middle of April to see the new headstones family members all chipped in to buy for the Great-Grandparents' and two Great-Aunts' graves that had gone unmarked for over a hundred years. While we were there we toured Chadron State Park. Such a beautiful place, even in the rain & snow. My favorite picture is this one of this big rock formation with the little Charlie Brown tree on the top.  Can't you just picture it with a string of multi-color Christmas lights?  :)

And let's not forget snowed several inches on us while we were out there. So much for it being Spring!

Today I've been getting flowers set out, mulching and pulling weeds out of the brick patio. The Adirondack chairs & table have been hosed off. Maybe can even get the grill hauled out of the garage. Gotta get ready for Summer!  Hopefully I can get the few tomato & pepper plants set out a little later.....and then hope they don't get annihilated on their first night in the garden by some crazy storm.

Till next time... whenever it may be!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Can You Help Me?

This is a long shot, but here goes:  I want to use this fabric in Bonnie Hunter's Allietare, but I'm just a little short of what the pattern says for the gray. I don't know who all reads this blog, but if you're a quilter with a stash that has older fabrics in it....probably the 80s to mid-90s.....maybe you have some of this that you would be willing to part with for a fair price + postage. The gray tone is just a tad bit warmer than the picture shows. I could use a half yard to a whole yard.

UPDATE:  A wonderfully kind lady from North Carolina dug through her stash, found a piece almost a yard long and sent it to me. Now I have plenty for my quilt. Thank you, Lorelie!

Two More Done

Got these finished. The "to be quilted" pile is shrinking.

The first t-shirt quilt I've quilted. Guess now I'm ready to make my Grand-daughter's, right?

It's so bright and sunny out today that I need to get out and enjoy it. Actually have a load of laundry in the machine to hang out.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter and Quilts

Happy Easter, readers! Yeah, I know the day is half over. :)  I've been scurrying around getting food ready to take to our daughter's for Easter supper, doing laundry, fixing lunch and getting Easter stuff ready for the grandkids. The quilts aren't really Easter presents but they're ready so they will go along. Chocolate bunnies for the big grandkids are under the baskets. I hope they arrive unbroken. Had to dig through the whole display in the store to find three that weren't "pre-broken." :)

And here are some pictures of quilts I recently quilted. There should be another one too, but I guess I haven't taken a picture of it yet. Next time!

This last one  was a baby gift for the Kindergarten teacher and was sort of a group effort. One of the class moms designed it, her daughter embroidered the handprints & names, the mom's mother put it together, I quilted it. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Couple Finishes

I may not post often, but I HAVE been busy sewing and quilting.  This one is for Grandaughter#3.

And this one is for Grandson#2.

It's good to have some finishes. Got another top quilted today and have 6 or 7 left to go. That should keep me busy for a while.

Yesterday was dentist day. We had morning appointments so by the time we were finished and had made a stop at Dollar General, Bomgaars and NAPA it was time for lunch. Finally used the Subway gift card I won in a drawing almost a year ago. The hubby thought it was a pretty good lunch, but that may have been because it was mostly free. LOL  I enjoyed it.

Young Chef

I just thought this was so cute I had to share. 2 1/2 years old and making lasagne...can't beat that.


Their mom says brother was just there to eat the "cow cheese". Cottage cheese to the rest of us. :)
These two have always loved cottage cheese. I guess it's "cow cheese" because of the cow on the container label.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Crazy Bright

Would you believe I just wrote a whole post, went back to make a slight correction and the whole thing just disappeared?  I'm bad enough at posting anyway and then the whole thing just goes POOF???

OK, so I don't post much, but I have been sewing. The tops for the twins' quilts are done. I knew I didn't have any piece of fabric big enough for backs so was going to have to piece or order some. In the end I dug around in the basement for some of my leftover fat quarters from my fabric dying and selling days.  They've been "mellowing" for quite a few years now and it's time to use them up. Here's one result:

Bright! It looks a little strange because the pieces are all overlapped for lack of space. They are all 16 1/2" squares.

The other backing (that I didn't think to get a picture of) is in shades of blue, aqua and lighter blue-greens.

This plan made quite a dent in the "pretty" leftovers, but there are still a bunch of strange greens and dark teals. Those are the result of trying to match a batch of really pretty warm mossy & limey greens  I dyed. I kept samples of each, but neglected to write down exactly which colors and brands of dye I used (you know, I would REMEMBER!)  Yeah, right!  All those strange colors are the result of several attempts to match the desired colors. Never happened!  I have some ideas though and may try again after ordering the colors I THINK I need.

Here's a clue:  Write it down!!!!!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sewing Mojo Returning

After a month or so of hardly thinking about sewing just before and after Christmas, a little of the sewing mojo is coming back. The twin grandchildren got twin beds that NEED quilts!  I had a bunch of string blocks in 30s reproductions made up so put them together for granddaughter's just needs the borders put on.

I usually stall out on borders so started gathering up fabrics and cutting pieces for grandson's quilt. I've seen it called a Zipper quilt or a Stacked quilt. It's just 6 1/2" X 3 1/2" rectangles and 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" pieces sewed together and then flip flopped and sewed into vertical rows put together with a strip of background material between the rows. Easy. I've gotten this far...

The pieces are all brights with some animal prints since he loves animals. He especially loves cows...; why cows I have no idea....but search as I might I couldn't find any cow print. Not even enough for just a couple of rectangle pieces. I know I had some...maybe just a fat quarter...and it's all used up.  I think I'll get some yardage of a cow fabric I saw online and put it on the back just to make him happy.

Today I think I might make Snickerdoodles. I've been craving them for weeks, but resisted. I actually started making them on Wednesday....had the shortening and butter measured out into the bowl....when I remembered to check if I had Cream of Tartar. The recipe calls for 2 teaspoons & I found I didn't have anywhere near that on hand and I was still snowed in so couldn't just make a quick trip to the store for more. So the bowl with the shortening in it has been sitting in the fridge and I still have my craving for Snickerdoodles...time to just DO IT!!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Lazy Day

Today was just a sort of lazy day watching the snow come down and blow around. About the only things I accomplished were making a pot of chili and getting a load of dishes run through the dishwasher. Kept coming back to the computer to track the storm and see everyone's blizzard pictures on Facebook. Here's a couple of little cuties enjoying their first really big snow.

Schools around here have already called another snow day for tomorrow. I'm sure the kids are thrilled and the teachers don't mind either. We had dentist appointments scheduled for tomorrow, but they've been rescheduled for next month. It just seemed better to stay off the roads & let the crews do their job.


It's hard to tell how much we've had...the wind keeps moving it around. I've heard 10+ so far. Roads in the county have been declared impassable. Even if we could get out there's nowhere to go...NE Nebraska is pretty much totally closed down.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Pretty Sunset

I was sitting here scrolling through Facebook and glanced out the window. Saw the pretty sunset colors, so had to jump up and snap a couple pictures.

What's that saying? Red sky at night, sailor's delight? Maybe we'll have a really nice day tomorrow. I'm just glad we aren't in the path of Snowstorm Jonas.

Friday, January 1, 2016

First Post of the New Year

I hope all of you have had a good start to the new year. Ours has been quiet. We aren't the wild party type and prefer to stay off the roads when the partiers are out. Yeah, I know, we're old & dull.

I've heard that you should start the new year out by doing what you intend to do the rest of the year. So I made a good dinner, played on the computer, loaded a quilt on the quilting machine and did some piecing. This evening I intend to start reading a new book and maybe watch a movie.  That should give me a good start for the year.

I don't bother making resolutions. They usually last about two weeks anyway. 

The final clue & reveal of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt, Allietare, came out yesterday. I really like the design and colors. It may have to go on my list of quilts to make. I never do the mystery when it comes out the day after Thanksgiving. It takes me all of the following month to get ready for Christmas. I'm moving slower every year I guess.

Happy New Year!! to all.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Fun Christmas Day

After all the cleaning, decorating, gift buying & wrapping & cooking we finally have our Christmas dinner and the grand unwrapping with the family. This year we had a couple of new elves handing out the gifts. They did a great job.

It's so much fun watching the little ones unwrap their presents. They've really got the whole process down pat at two years old.

A stuffed monkey with his name embroidered on it's tummy. This boy LOVES animals in any shape or form.


Sister looking through her Frozen book with her new dollhouse beside her. That dollhouse was a big hit...Brother thought it made a great barn for his toy horse. :)

Steelers stuff for the Steelers fan.

A Nebraska shirt for the second oldest granddaughter.

Oldest granddaughter with her new sweater.

Just playing with all our new stuff.

Me with the cute sign from my daughter's family with the names of all the grandkids. Now to figure out were to hang it.

The day was all too short, but everyone had another stop to make tonight before they could call it a day. Oldest granddaughter & her boyfriend had two stops yet.  I'd really like tomorrow at home to get things put away but it's off to work I'll be going.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


This quilt is finally finished. I started it in 2011 and wasn't real crazy about the border I put on it. It was fabric I had on hand & wanted to get used. So the top was finished & put in the "to be quilted" pile where it stayed until earlier this year. That was when I decided I hated the original border and ripped it off. Replaced it with this green, metallic gold and red paisley print. While there aren't any Christmas fabrics in it at all the look is "Christmas" so it has become my Christmas quilt for the back of the couch.

At one time I thought I would make a Christmas quilt for each bed in the house. Hasn't happened. "Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll", a Bonnie Hunter pattern, has enough red & green in it that it serves as the Christmas quilt for my bed. The others in the house are still waiting. :)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A "Me" Day

I took today as a "me" day. The hubby is out deer hunting so there were no having to stop & cook for somebody. What's wrong with making a sandwich when you're hungry?  I did exactly as I pleased today. :)

Slept in, then had a leisurely breakfast and a little computer time. Then I put the binding on a small project. That went quickly so I moved on to getting a backing made for a Christmasy quilt top that's was mostly finished three years ago. I didn't like the outer border I put on it so a while back I tore that off and put on one I liked better. Then back into the to-be-quilted pile it went. Today it got to come out to play.

Backing and top ready to load.

By the time the backing was made I was about ready for lunch so fixed myself some weird concoction of  Bush's Baked Beans and leftover roast was GOOD!! I was having a little more computer time after I finished eating and discovered that Bonnie Hunter's Quilt-Cam was on so moved the laptop to the sewing room and started sewing itty bitty spool blocks for Spoolin' Around from Bonnie's book "More Adventures With Leaders and Enders" while watching.

Each little spool block is a quarter of a larger block. I got enough done for FOUR bigger blocks by the end of Quilt-Cam. Would you believe the larger blocks finish at six inches? Yeah, crazy, but it's relaxing to just sit and sew little blocks that are all kitted up and ready to sew.

A little break and then time to take the quilt downstairs and get it pinned onto the quilting machine frame. I wanted to try out the Glide thread but couldn't get it to even wind on the bobbin properly so went back to my standard Maxi Lock. The machine likes that and I'll fiddle with the Glide some other time.  Here we are, on the machine with the first pass completed.

I'll mention here that the  Gros Beckert titanium needles work just fine in my machine. The ones I had before were Singer, but I guess they don't make them any more. I had read online that this brand might not work in older machines without putting in a different needle bar. Thankfully they work just fine. I wasn't looking forward to tearing my machine apart to change that part. Guess my machine doesn't qualify as "older".  :)

And last, but not least, a picture of last night's beautiful sunset.

My plans for the evening aren't very ambitious either, just some supper, watching Madam Secretary, a little computer time and some reading.  Hope you've all had a day as lovely as mine. Everybody should take a "me" day once in a while.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Just Life...

Put out the Halloween decorations today since it's October already. It's about my favorite holiday, but I've cut back my decorations just like I have for most holidays. A small house can handle only so much!

Canned a batch of pork on Wednesday, a batch of dried kidney beans in pints last Friday, and a batch of chicken in half-pints a week ago Wednesday. The pork wasn't exactly planned, but it's amazing what you find in your freezer when you start digging. When something's been in there for a certain length of time it's just best to can it. Also found some beef roasts that have been in there long enough that they should be canned too. When roasts come on sale it's best check the freezer to see if you really need any before buying more!! :) Don't think there will be any apples or pears to can or freeze this year. Between late frost, hail and bugs they aren't much good.

Enjoyed the lunar eclipse on Sunday night and took a few's really hard to hold the camera still enough with the zoom fully extended to get any kind of picture. Kept losing the moon from the camera's screen before it could focus. :)  Did get a couple pretty decent ones though:

And with that I'm heading to bed. Nighty-night!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fall is Offically Here.......

...and we are having a lovely rainy day. Not just showers, but pretty much a slow steady rain all day with a bit heavier at times. I don't mind at all since I had no plans for doing anything outside.

Today is Chicken Canning Day so I'm glad it's cool and with the breeze blowing in the windows it's stayed comfortable in the house. I really thought with all the chicken I cooked that my three dozen 1/2 pt. jars would all get filled with some extra for a couple of pints. Not so. Only filled two dozen with just a little left one canner-full.  Guess I will have to do some more another day. There is some nice broth though so I think I'll can it once the canner cools & the jars come out.

I've been slowly working on one of my long-term quilting projects whenever I get the urge to sew....little spool blocks. Four of these will make one 6 in. block. It's Bonnie Hunter's Spoolin' Around pattern. I have no idea how many little blocks I've made or exactly how many I need. I just know all the ones I cut & kitted up back at the end of Feb. are sewed up and I need to start cutting up more scraps.

Until I get more cut it's back to sewing 2-inch squares together.....and pressing the ones already done. You can always find a use for 4-patches made from 2-inch squares.

Sunday we celebrated our twin grandchildren's second birthday. It's just hard to believe they are that old already...and fun to see them learning so much.

Their daycare lady takes pictures during the day and posts to Facebook each day. I always look forward to seeing their cute little faces. They always look so serious when they're working on their art/learning projects.

I rarely leave one of the kids' houses without some sewing project that needs to be done...split seams, hemming, always something. Sunday's project was a little pair of 2 yr. old's shorts that had lost its fake button snap. Of course Grandma fixed it with the right-sized button, cutting the sewn but not cut buttonhole (remember, fake button, fake buttonhole) and a smaller button on the back, fastened with dental floss through the hole of the snap back.  Takes longer to write about it than do it!!  :)

Notice the pink rim on the button to match the pink stitching on the shorts....Grandma's GOOD!!!

Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

I've Been Quiet..........

Mostly because there hasn't been much to say. :)

The hail in early August pretty much finished off the garden. We had the sweet corn mostly picked. The melons took a real beating. Haven't gotten a single good watermelon and probably won't...the vines were too beat up for them to mature. We've had ONE really good cantaloupe with hope for ONE more. The rest have either rotted or quit maturing.

The squash may have some fully mature ones. I hope so, I love roasted squash. If they aren't any good I may have to actually buy some!

The tomatoes took a beating, with the majority getting rotten before they are ready to pick. With what survived & the ones that kind friends gave me, I've canned enough whole ones, that with what was left from last year should get us through the year. I've been making veggie juice out of the rest. I have one batch setting here to get started on tomorrow and then I'm done!!  I may pick what few get ripe yet, just for eating fresh (BLTs, you know) and to give away.

This past week I stayed with the 16 & 12 yr. old grands while their parents went on vacation. It's easy at that age. They leave for school by 7:30, one gets home from sports practice about 5:00 and the other about 6:30 or so. Feed them and they head for their rooms till bedtime. I think Grandma was there just to make sure that other kids didn't decide that it would be a good time to party there since the folks were gone.

I got a lot of genealogy information entered into my database on Tues. since I was on my own with no distractions other than letting the dog out a couple times. After I got home I nearly gave myself a heart attack....decided to delete some older versions of my family tree. Unfortunately I was careless and deleted all of them, forgetting that my local storage was set to directly save to it was gone from there too. TOTALLY FREAKED!!!!!  Found an earlier version on the the old desktop computer....but all that work would have to be done over. Thank heaven for paper copies of all the info. Anyway, today I had accidentally deleted something, went into the Recycle Bin to restore it...and lo & behold, there was my  family tree backup from Tues.!! Yay!  Quickly restored it and don't have to re-enter anything. Why didn't I think to look there right away? (Slaps self upside the head. )

Since our son & his family have also been on vacation their little dog has been staying with us. We were kind of double-booked there at the beginning of the week. I think she thinks she's on vacation too because she doesn't have to stay out of reach of two little kids.

Here's a picture of my almost-finished project for Quilt Club on Wed.  We made the blocks last month and of course are supposed to bring back a finished project this month. I want more of the blue to show through the cream color on the frame so I think I will need to scrounge up some rougher sandpaper and work on it a little more. Needs a hanger on the back too. It will hang in my sewing room. (It's not grand enough to be a studio. )

Hope everyone is having a nice Labor Day weekend and that you're making the most of the last days of Summer.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

A Very Humid Sunday And Then.............

The storms started up. The first one roared through quickly with just rain & wind. The most damage was a tree blown down into the street near a neighbor's house.

The next one that came through about three hours later was the one that hurt. Heavy rain pouring down and lots of hail...some pretty big.

We found some bigger ones later after it quit raining.

The rainbow after the storm.

Once it quit raining we walked out to look at the garden. Not pretty.

Sweet corn is pretty well stripped. It's fortunate only the last four rows to the right were left to ripen. They may be OK.

Was the watermelon patch. Melons may or may not ripen.

Cantaloupe...I hope they aren't completely ruined. Littlest grandson loves cantaloupe & these were planted with him in mind.

The poor butternut squash. I hope some are far enough long to finish ripening.

I'm afraid the tomatoes might be a total loss. They look pretty bruised & will probably rot.

The experimental horticultural beans...we may never know what they were supposed to do.

And finally, more big hail and dented pickup hood (though the dents don't show up that well.)

I hope these storms are done!