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Tuesday, April 4, 2017
I've felt I had nothing "blog worthy" for a while.  Just nose to the grindstone here.  But yesterday we delivered a Minion quilt to Grandson #3--

Max was unimpressed but hopefully when he learns the concept of "mine" he will like it.  Right now anything is fair game for "mine"!  DD says he is truly in the "terrible twos" right now!

I covered a small pillow with the leftovers and have enough to make a pillowcase later.  

DH held it up outside for a picture, its 62x72" and I estimate 11 yards of fabric.  
Grandson #2 was feeling a bit left out, he brought his favorite Ninja Turtle blanket out to cuddle on Grandpa's lap and wanted me to take a picture--

Lorri2Rs and I had a week of sewing, but this has been the only finish I've had from that week.  We had LOTS of fun!  Come back 2Rs!!!

Baking bread is always an adventure.  Sometimes I have a recipe, sometimes I don't!  Last weekend I baked my BEST LOAF EVER--

It was perfect!  Especially the flavor.  The heel was eaten as soon as it cooled enough to slice--

I know this loaf has cooked carrot and sweet potato in it.  You can't SEE them but they're in there.  It was mixed/kneaded it with a Kitchen Aid mixer, and baked it in a big pyrex casserole dish. Super easy--left it to rise in the mixing bowl.  Now if I can remember exactly how I made it.........

Yesterday we stopped at JoAnns to pick up a king size batt, and I found these cute geckos on sale--

Flannel for $2.49@yd.  Don't they match the quilt they're laying on?  Mary in South Dakota pieced it and gave it to me to finish for my boy quilt project.  Sometimes its hard to find teenage boy fabric, but think these geckos are perfect!  Thank you Mary--this top is now in the quilting queue!

The sun is shining today--yesterday was gray and rainy.  Spring must be coming! 



Design Wall Monday

Monday, March 20, 2017
Things are hopping at the Workhouse on the Prairie!  Lorri2Rs is here and the machines are smoking!  She sewed this panel into a quilt for me--

2Rs hung it on the rod behind the Princess so "all those eyeballs" can keep an eye (or two) on me.  We're having lots of fun, doing lots of sewing, and having fun!  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

I'll try to take more pictures and blog more later this week.  There simply isn't enough time for everything!

No goals--but rest assured we're sewing like demons!  Hope you're having as much fun as we are!

Lori1R and Lorri2Rs

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, March 13, 2017
Fall in the City is still on the design wall---

All the rows have the vertical sashings and I'm sewing them together.  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Over the weekend I made RSC blocks--

Red and Teal Spool blocks.

Ritzy Cracker blocks.  

Next I started sorting and folding stash I had pulled out to audition---

Its sorted into backing size, border possibilities, and FQs.  Some projects are stored in totes with their fabrics.  Scraps are in a basket and chunks are waiting to be chopped!  

Stash Report--

Stash in--3 yards
Stash in YTD--35 yards
Stash out--4.75 yards
Stash out YTD--16.75 yards
Stash is ahead 18.75 yards!
Stash out--12 yards
I bought a layer cake, but finished a quilt using 4.75 yards for the backing.  Mary in SD provided the rest.  Thank you Mary!
Weekly Goals--
Fall in the City
Sew more binding
Very small goals this week.  A plumber is coming this week and I need to move things from a storage closet so he can access the pipes.  Dr appt and then Lorri2Rs will be here for a week.  So not sure what kind of goals I can make!  
Its cold and blustery here.  Snowed a little.  UGH!  PLEASE SEND SPRING!

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, March 6, 2017
This week I finished a quilt--

Mary in South Dakota gave me the completed top and binding for my "boy quilt" project.  I quilted it and did the binding.  The backing was a medium blue I had--

Hard to see but I quilted with vines and leaves--a panto called Jungle Fever.  It finished about 70x90".  4.75 yds came from my stash--the rest was donated by Mary.  Thank you Mary!!  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Last week was Karla's birthday--I took treats and we had a good visit--

Happy Birthday Karla!!  Gavins Point Dam/Lewis & Clark Lake/Missouri River are a popular spot for Bald Eagles in the winter.  I snapped these pictures through the windows with my phone--

Not great pictures but you can tell they are Bald Eagles.  The rangers have counted more than 60 some mornings.   I also visited Ozzie--

He lives at the Visitor Center.  He's a lot of fun--sometimes he comes out to have lunch with the visitors.  He happily eats crickets while they watch.  Next stop was my mailbox--

Aren't they a lonely looking group?  I promised my mailbox a makeover this spring.  

Weekly Goals--
Quilt a top
Fall in the City
Make a binding and sew it on
Do some fun sewing
A repeat of last week's goals.  I did everything but Fall in the City.  Four bindings were made and sewn to quilted tops.  

Its getting colder again, the forecast is rain.  March is here so Spring has got to get here soon!


Rainbow Scrappy Saturday

Saturday, March 4, 2017
March's color is red, but I'm still loving teal--

I'm not done with teal yet--more blocks will be made!  Please see everyone's posts at SoScrappy.

This week I bought a new thimble, I cannot hand sew without a thimble.  My finger is very thin and its hard to keep a thimble on.  But I ordered this one and so far its working pretty good--

The green part is soft rubber and the white section is very hard plastic.  I have to turn it on my finger a bit, I "push" the needle at about 3 o'clock and sometimes slide off into the green section--which is very soft!  It doesn't fall off my finger.  

This week I've done some quilting and made four bindings and machine sewed them to the quilted tops.  They are now stacked on the hand sewing pile.  

More sewing and quilting planned for the weekend.  Every day is one more day closer to spring!


Design Wall Monday, Stash Report, Weekly Goals

Monday, February 27, 2017
Over the weekend I finished quilting a Bricks & SS top---

Its my favorite "go-to" pattern and its free from Bonnie Hunter.  There are no diagonal seams, no background fabric.  You can change up the color of the 4 patches--I've used black, brown, purple, blue, and red with a light.  No scrap is too ugly to use!  (Believe me, I've added some real unloved bricks!)  Thank you Bonnie, I love to make this pattern.

The backing was a solid green---

The pattern is Alfresco by Hermione Agee.  Its easy, soft, and hopefully not too girly.  Had a trip down memory lane while trimming the top--the border fabric was a skirt for Laura Beth when she was about 10yo.  She's 33yo, so that piece was 23 years old!  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Too lazy to do a stash report yesterday--so here it is today, my first one for 2017.

Stash in--32 yards
Stash out--12 yards

Stash is ahead 20 yards

Weekly Goals--

Quilt a top
Fall in the City
Make a binding and sew it on
Do some fun sewing

A quiet week is planned.  More sewing.  Reading.  That's about it.  



Rainbow Scrappy Saturday Teal/Mint Green

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Last night I found time to make ONE block--

Maybe I better try again--

Liz doesn't have a blog, but pulls out her scraps every month to use the RSC colors--

Liz made 4 patches in purple and teal.  Please see everyone's RSC posts at SoScrappy.

Thursday we were hit with heavy snow, this picture is from the beginning of the storm (there were big fat flakes falling that don't show in the picture).  We ended up with about 12" of snow.

Luckily it was heavy wet snow that won't blow.  We didn't get the terrible 60ph winds they were predicting.  Whew!

This week I also had a finish--

Billie Lauder Faux Log Cabin.  It was so much fun to make!  Its a free pattern.  This is a donation quilt--72x92" and used 12 yards of stash.  I'm making "boy quilts" for a boy's group home.  Twin size XLong beds.  Quiltville says that quilts for that size bed should be 75x90" so will try to get as close as possible.  

Life is pretty quiet here.  A little stash enhancing, quilting, and reading.  How do you spend your snow days?  And if you don't have snow days--what ARE you doing?  


Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, February 20, 2017
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday was spent with the Iowa Sweat Shop Ladies.  As always, we had a good time!  Lots of pictures in this post--

Donna finished putting together a fussy cut wildlife themed quilt.

Lorri2Rs finished her Cozy Cabins from a strip swap we did with Teresa in Texas.  

Lorri2Rs set together blocks she made as a New Year's Mystery.  She and I walked over to the InWeave (Fabric store in Hawarden a block from where we sew) and she bought the border fabrics.  That fabric didn't sit in her stash AT ALL!!

Lorri2Rs used the big tables to lay out En Provence.  She did this late Saturday night.  She said she was NOT taking it home without it being sewn together.  Her knee was giving her lots of pain, so she moved her sewing machine next to the laid out blocks, and I handed her the blocks--she finger pressed and sewed them.  in 2.5 hours we had it all together except for two border rows.  WOOHOO!!!

Here it is all together!!

And Gina's is together and quilted--

Aren't they lovely?  Where is mine?  Ummm, I'm to step 4.  

I did lots of sewing--118 - 9 Patches for Chocolates on my Pillow.  I did the 5th cut on Simply Woven.  Decided to add the strips at home where there are less distractions.  Over a year ago I had sewn 20 Missouri Star Disappearing Pinwheels.  For some reason they weren't all the same size. 😉 I had used all the pink so for six months a piece of the pink traveled in my wallet.  It was a Kona pink and I finally found it!  I used Dashing Stars from Moda Bake Shop for an idea-- 

I added wide sashings to two sides so I could make all the blocks the same size.  See what everyone else has on their design wall at Patchwork Times.
I'm not a morning person.  NEVER EVER!!  So when I wore this shirt everyone laughed--

My father bought this for me several years ago during a Christmas TShirt exchange.  

Weekly Goals--

Quilt two tops
Fall in the City
Rainbow Scrappy Challenge blocks
Pink Missouri Star Disappearing Pinwheel blocks

This is enough to keep me busy.  The weather is going to be nice until Friday.  Wishing you all a great week!


Rainbow Scrappy Saturday

Saturday, February 11, 2017
January was very busy for me.  Thursday I found time to make a few purple blocks--

The Marti Mitchell Drunkard's Path templates arrived and I was able to make a "Curvy Girl" block the RIGHT way!  You can find the Tutorial at Red Pepper Quilts.  The Cracker blocks are from Moda Bake Shop Ritzy Crackers.  I like this pattern because it uses two 5" charms for the colors bits.  

Next I made a few more blocks using Sea Green/Teal Green--

My stash had one FQ of this color.  Liz from Houston send me a "care package" (an envelope with strips in it) and I used all of them in these blocks--Picnic by Kim Brackett or I think "Pentland Cracker" blocks.  The upper right block was made from two 5" charms found in my 5" charm box.  I have the fabrics Lorri2Rs shared and I can make more blocks next week. Please see everyone's RSC projects at SoScrappy.

This week I had a serious case of ennui--

a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom:
I wandered the house, read, my mind flitted from project to project.  I finished quilting a top.  Loaded the next one.  Measured a top.  Pulled a backing and washed it.  Prepped a top and pressed its backing.  All the while I was thinking about a machine I had stored in the basement.  Ken and I carried it upstairs--I wanted to fiddle with it.  For years I swore it was a Singer 319WI went from cabinet to cabinet downstairs searching for one.  I never found a 319w but I did find a 306w!!
Meet Clara the 306w!  I worked on her off and on.  Lots of oil, internet searching, reading.  A new bobbin tire/adjusting and she winds bobbins.  Removed and adjusted the motor to take up the slack in the belt.  The zigzag/cam mechanism was new to me and that took some research.  She zigzags like the Pro she is!  I found where the 1/4" seam is.  And her stitches are pretty near perfect!
Research says that she's not well liked because of her noisy motor.  After some oil and I can't say she's THAT noisy.  She takes an odd sized needle.  I can live with that.  She needs a light bulb (that's an easy fix) and she's ready to sew.  She was bought several years ago on the auction of a lady in the nursing home.  She came with all her attachments, book, cabinet and sewing stool.  Her previous owner did LOTS of sewing so I know Clara is experienced.  She has no plastic parts (at least none I can see or were pictured in the service manual) and I'm sure she will outlive me.  She does several decorative stitches, her needle can be adjusted side-to-side.  

There's still time for plenty of sewing this weekend.  Ahhh! I can smell spring!  (I might also be delusional!)  


Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Fall in the City is still on the design wall--

I'm sewing the sashings strips to the rows of blocks.  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Saturday Lorri2Rs, Pam, and I went to a sew in at Moville IA.

Over 100 quilters!  We sewed from 9am - 8pm.  There were demos, silent auction, raffle blocks.  Plenty of food and goodies.  I sewed on Chocolates on My Pillow.  Lorri2Rs, well she is good at socializing!  Here was her machine--

Okay, I'm kidding--she sewed until she ran out of "parts" for her project!  2Rs knew I didn't have the RSC color for this month--sea green/teal green.  She shared her stash--

I will have plenty to sew with this month.  I've been doing lots of quilting and I'm always looking for a bargain on batting.  Last week I found 6yd x90" Pellon 80/20 for $18 at Walmart.  The 100% Pellon Poly was $13 for 6yd x 90" rolls.  And I spent enough for free delivery!  The delivery guy did exactly what the sign on the box said "please place deliveries in box"--

The rolls were a little big for the box but he tried!  (I need to paint my box when it warms up).

Today I finished quilting this top--

This top was donated by Mary in South Dakota, she even made the binding.  Its quilted, trimmed, binding on and stacked on the hand sewing pile!  Thank you Mary!  It will be donated through my guild.  

Weekly Goals--

Quilt another top
Sew Fall in the City together
Prepare a backing
Dye a backing

Thanks enough for this week. I'm won't get to it all but that's ok!



Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, January 30, 2017
Yesterday I had planned to play.  I had seen this quilt and I really liked it!

I don't have the name of the pattern or the block yet.  But its made using the "train wreck" rulers (Tri Recs) and a drunkard's path block.  So I made one--

Oops!  My drunkard's path block has the wrong size inner piece!  My block looks just like a giant spider!  I'll play with this again later. 

I'm sewing the Fall in the City blocks to the sashing strips.  Not much to look at.  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

We had a big storm last week, lots of snow and ice.  Ken waited until the city plows went and did the sidewalks.  Today he moved the big drifts into a pile so we could park in front of our house on the street.

I quilted the R/W/B Album quilt this week--

 I dyed a blue backing and quilted it with my favorite pantograph Fantasia--

I did a little online shopping this week.  Missouri Star had free shipping and I ordered two cones of thread--

Yesterday I put borders on the brown album top--

A light inner border, and then brown on the long sides and the sky blue on the top and bottom.  The inner border fabric was scraps and there wasn't enough of the either the brown or sky blue to all four borders, so I used both.   

Weekly Goals--

Load another top
En Provence

I'm not sure how much sewing I'll get done this week.  Saturday is a Sew In with Lorri2Rs.  

Winter is definitely the time to sew.  Its so much easier to stay inside when its cold and nasty!