If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Oh My, What Have I Done

Yesterday my plan was to finish cleaning and then try to get a little sewing in. Well it started out pretty good I straightened up, did a little cleaning, and then proceeded to straighten up my sewing room.
Hello how easily I can get distracted. Got the cutting table cleared off, was thinking about projects I wanted to finish before the end of the year, and started a list.
As you can tell I'm a list person. 
Then I was thinking what if there that I can get done off of my 2015 list. Looked at it, decided how I can add this and this and so went looking for these projects. 
If you're following along you're probably already ahead of the game and realized, oh I know where this is going.
That's right I started searching for one thing and found another.
 And another. 
And another.
Then there was a project I thought oh I haven't seen them in ages, and start wrestling through it, and realized where are the blocks I had already made for this project.
Well that took me on a wild goose chase of over an hour trying to locate these blocks. Never did find him. I don't know where in the heck I stash them. 
Finally I just threw my hands up and said the heck with it I'll find them later
But here is what I did find that I would like to try to do before the end of the year along with my RSC quilt and the circles I'm starting

1. my chicken scratch quilt blocks that I started before I moved to Oklahoma and that was 20 years ago. 
2. a split nine patch that I started as a leader and ender. 
3. Some fabric that I had put aside to make pillowcases to donate.

4. This pattern I have of a snow man that is a wall hanging that you might have seen in the past I believe I bought it like six years ago, tumbling skating snowman.

5. back in 2012 there was a QAL Mystery that I started and for some reason did not finish it but pretty much had all the pieces cut and one block sewn together. It's in Christmas fabric. 

6. A gold and brown assortment blocks. Did not know the name or remembered when I started these blocks but through further digging around for those other blocks I was looking for I came across my old notebook well sure enough I had started this around 2010 it's one of Donna Thomas's workshop that I attended
7. Also a kit call cat nap wall hanging that I would like to get done and give as a Christmas present.
Now I had a couple other things on my list as you can see but I do not believe I will have time after I added the others at the bottom. So if I get to Donna Thomas's neutral or the winter trees, I'll be doing really good.
As you can tell I have a wide time span of UFO's around here that I need to complete

I did get a little sewing in though I made two of the Quilty 365 blocks...,that's a start. And I had organized the Christmas quilt along and the snowman fabric that was in the bags and they're out and ready to start stitching
By the time I was done doing all of that it was time to go feed cattle and take care of some of my outdoor chores.
I saw that buzzard again out by the hen house, perched on one of the fence posts, sitting near the hen house not causing any trouble. Thank goodness. 
Came in and make dinner which was a hamburger soup recipe but I replace a hamburger with some fresh ground venison that "the man the place" had harvest this year. 
Very good too, specially since I do not care for venison very much. But I believe I will like this ground venison

Then spend the evening doing some more hand quilting on my 30 sampler.
All in all I can say it was a good day and I did get my toes wet with a little sewing.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Something Unheard Of

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Friday I arrived home after dark, so "the man of the place" locked up the chickens in the hen house. He said when he went to do that he found a buzzard in the hen house. He was able to scoot the buzzard out the house. It just hopped over to peach  tree in the chicken yard and perched on it.
I asked him if something were dead in the hen house like a chicken or something else. so strange, that would be the only reason  for a buzzard to fly into a hen house
He said he could not find anything, nothing was out of place and just thought it was a strange happening
Heaven knows.... I have had various creatures in with the poor girls, like the time I had a hawk with them.
When I went out the next morning to let the chickens out, I did not see no sign of the buzzard and just figured it flew away.

But it was Monday, and "the man of the place" told me that the buzzard was back out there. Sure enough there it was hopping along the side of the hen house. The chickens didn't seem to be bothered by it at all.

The best we can tell is that the buzzard isn't ill but could have an injured left wing.
It hops around and can jump up at least five or 6 feet off the ground, but have not seen it fly.
At the time it doesn't seem to be a threat to the chickens. It's been with them for the past four days and the chickens are fine.
Our thoughts are is to just leave it alone and let it heal. And see if it goes on its way here shortly.
I have to say I find it very amusing all of the various creatures that have invaded the chickens in their house or yard. 
Poor girls

I have to say there's never a dull minute here on the farm.

Monday, November 23, 2015

What's Up

What's up on my design wall is the same four blocks that I left up there before leaving to go see my daughter and grandsons. The plan for these four blocks is still to make into a baby quilt.
I hope to have my cleaning done in the next day so I can get into my sewing room and start sewing. It's been a month and I have the itch bad
While gone I honestly thought I would be able to get a little stitching in. But that was not to be the case, I got very little in
So I have nothing to show for the whole month I've been absent.
But that did not stop my mind from thinking of all types of quilts I want to finish or start.
There's one quilt I want to start is the one that is being done by  Audrey over at Quilty Folks.
It is her Quilty 365.
First I thought well, I'll do it in blues. I've had this thought that 2016 will be my start a blue quilts.
But I had another thought of a quilt I've been wanting to do for my grandson's. I want to do an I-Spy quilt. Just hadn't came across a pattern I really love. I think I'll give the circles a try.

These fabrics here are the start of the backgrounds 

and here is a portion of the novelty prints I have collected for these quilt.
I would like to make them each one, so need to figure out how to go about it. Should I go with the suggested size or make them slightly larger.
Believe the blocks will need to be larger.
If I make them 6" 
I believe that would work out to get 2 twin size .

Linking up with
patchwork times 
cooking up quilts

Sunday, November 22, 2015

My day

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It was a nice crisp morning, temps in the high 20's and low 30's. Do have a wind from the northwest but sunny. All the makings of a beautiful day. Which it is. Made my list of things to accomplish today, had my coffee, a banana and proceeded to go about taking care of the things on my list.
I had strip the bed and done a couple of loads of laundry. Clean out the litter box. And straightened up and was dressed for the most part. Had a nice warm fire in the stove, in fact I felt overheated after vacuuming. So when I went outside to dump that stuff that I've vacuumed up (have a bag less vacuum) it felt rather refreshing,  being in short sleeves and Birkenstocks with no socks. Saying that to myself, until I went to open the door to get back in. 

Low and behold ... I hadn't unlock the bottom lock, so needless to say I had locked myself out of the house.
I've done this before and I would just go to my car use the garage door opener and unlock the back door with the key spare key that it is stashed inside the garage.  But because I had been in California, I had given the garage opener to "the man at the place" which was now in the house.
Being that it is cold, all the windows are shut and locked up tight as a drum.
 Don't want anyone to break-in you know.
So I cussed and walked around the house checking doors and windows. Did find one window unlocked in the sewing room but no, couldn't get it open.
Did some more cussing and trying to figure out what to do.
You see there were a few things not in my favor of getting back in, at least right away.
"The man of the place" it out deer hunting and normally will not be back until two or so. And here it is 10 o'clock in the morning. 
To think I was making such good progress on my list too.
Another reason of course is I didn't have my phone on me. Why would I, I'm cleaning the house.
Had thought about either walking to the nearest neighbor ( quarter mile away) to use their phone to call my father-in-law, who has a spare key, 
but you see, here is another the other reason
I do not have my dentures in. They are in the bathroom soaking..... getting cleaned.
That's right, I'm toothless.
I know that's just being vain.
 But I do not like to be seen without them in
And most people until now, don't realize I have dentures. Thought about walking just to my father-in-law's home who lives about a mile "as the crow flies", but to do that I would have to walk through pastures, woods and cross the creek all in my Birkenstocks  (no socks) and a short sleeve summer shirt. Decided against that, no need to get hurt or sick over this. 
So I decided to just sit it out in the car, out of the wind. Did happen to find a blanket in one of the trucks, some water and toilet paper in the feed truck. Yes that's right toilet paper, when you're out in the pasture working the cows and there's really not a close bathroom to use, you have to go outside.
Also found paper and a pen to write this all down, which gave me something to do and something to post later.
 I did write a letter to my mother also while waiting. 
Bundled up in a blanket for "the man of the place" to return. He does make it home around 2 o'clock and I am able to get into the house then.
But that's not the end of my story.
 I get in the house put on some warm socks and a warmer shirt and  phone rings, its my parents. they're down at the gate which is locked and they come to visit.
We had a good visit and a good laugh over it all.
Have to say my list will be ready for me tomorrow.

Note to Self...
Make a spare key to put outside somewhere so this never happens again
Never step outside the door without your teeth.

I am going to spend the rest of the evening having a nice warm meal and doing some quilting.

Thou I didn't get much done, it was a slow Sunday
Linking this story over at Kathy's Quilt

Saturday, November 21, 2015

I'm Home Now

I got back last night after 3 weeks away babysitting my grandsons.
Before I get into that I want to thank my friends for sticking with me after being away. Thank you.
I didn't post while there in California cause like many Grandparents I could of bombard you with pictures of the little dudes.
But I will share this one of them in their Halloween costumes.

They were part of the Paw Patrol,
and ready to go trick or treating.
We had so much fun.

I spent part of my day unpacking and taking my sweet time doing it.
Napped some and then spent the afternoon harvesting what was left in the garden that needed to be picked before the killing freeze (20's) tonight.
I harvested lettuce, beets, turnips, sweet potatoes, potatoes, green peas, radishes and a few carrots.
I was taking pictures but just haven't gotten round to editing them but I will and write more about my garden and how it did this year.
I just wanted to touch base and make this a short one today.
I have so much to share thou.
So until tomorrow

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Curvy log cabin

I am entering this quilt at Amy's Creative Side Bloggers Quilt Festival 
This quilt will go in the Scrappy Quilt category

The pattern is from Creative Grid but with some changes. 
The original pattern was for a small wall hanging but I had so many strips in my scrap pile I just needed to make it bigger. I barely made a dent in my pile too.

I used Creative grids curvy log cabin ruler. I have use this ruler on quite a few projects and I love how easy it is to get the look you get.

I have scraps in this quilt that date back to the 70's and bring back so many memories. To me that is what a true scrap quilt does

Pieces of our life in scraps, pieced together

Had it machine quilted in the Baptist Fan pattern.
I just love that pattern, an old traditional pattern that gives this quilt a feel of age.

This is such a great snuggle quilt and is a large queen size. 
That way when in use on the couch you can totally wrap up in it 

Voting starts Oct 29 and goes on till Nov 5th 
at Amy's Creative Side

Thank you for taking time to look at my quilt and would

 love your vote.
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Modern Geese in Flight #2

I am going to entry this quilt and a couple others today at Amy's Creative Side Bloggers Quilt Festival.
This one is going in the Modern quilts category

The pattern was a Stash Buster pattern from Sager Creek Quilt Shop in Siloam Springs Arkansas.
Every other month they have a meeting for quilter to share, show and tell plus get patterns to help use up our stash. 

The fabric in this quilt was a gift from one of my daughters and in return I have made this quilt as a gift to her for Christmas.

There are 140 flying geese in this quilt. The block measures 6 x 3 and the quilt measures 53" X 66" 

I used Deb Tucker Wing Clipper to trim these blocks so they went together perfectly.

I had intended to quilt this myself on my home machine, I was going to use my walking foot to get the straight lines.
But I gave it to the quilter and he was able to get the look I was going to do. 
The lines are space at different widths. From 1/2" to 1 1/2"
Turn out just right.

Voting starts Oct 29 and goes on till Nov 5th 
at Amy's Creative Side

Thank you for taking time to look at my quilt and would love your vote.
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