Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, September 28, 2015
No change to my design wall--

Sheesh--you'd think I'd find time to sew but its been a busy week.  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Saturday I went to Lorri2Rs guilds show.  A few pics-

Perhaps a use for all my 2.5" squares??

A Bonnie Hunter Scrappy Trip Around the World

Another Bonnie Hunter Scrappy Trip Around the World.  There were several and I especially liked the planned placement of colors in these two.

This one is part of the Hoffman Challenge that travels to various shows--

The quilting and embellishment with beads was beautiful!  

I can't remember the designer but loved the movement.  

Lorri2Rs called to procure me a ticket to the banquet at the last minute.  She had a blank moment and could not remember my last name, so they substituted my town.  

I had two "R's" in my name too.  The speaker was Maxine Rosenthal, author of "One Block Wonders"--she is an excellent speaker/trunk show.  It was a great time, I have met/sewed with several women from her guild, they are lots of fun!  

Weekly Goals--

Finish Monkey Wrench/9 Patch blocks
16 Patch blocks

That's all for this week, its going to be another busy week! 


Sunday Stash Report

Sunday, September 27, 2015
New numbers again this week--

Stash in this week--10.50 yards
Stash in YTD--248.75yards
Stash out this week--0.0 yards
Stash out YTD--166.0 yards

Stash is ahead 82.75 yards! 

I bought 5 yards of backgrounds for a QOV. a Tonga Treats strip pack, and a layer cake of Civil War repros.  All for new starts I'm planning!  Please see everyone's stash report at Patchwork Times.

Its been raining a lot.  Karla had 4" in her rain gauge--

Karla and I did an Ed Event in Sioux City on Friday.  Luckily it was sunny and perfect weather.  

After the Ed Event Karla took me to the Sioux City Lewis and Clark Visitor Center--

I love history and I really enjoyed it.  Thanks Karla!


Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, September 21, 2015
Monkey Wrench/9 Patch blocks are being worked on.  Enough 2.5" squares are sewn and pressed into rows for fifteen 16 patch blocks.  I had to put one together--

Playing with my 2.5" squares is fun.  Although the same fabrics are in my album blocks, I know the next project will have a totally different look.  Please see what everyone is working on at Patchwork Times.

There is a small flower bed by my camper.  Although it had a late start, the seeds planted are going crazy.  

Lots of old fashioned zinnias.  Zinnias remind me of my grandmother and its a very good memory.  One zinnia has a splotch of color on it--

Some have stripes--

Some have freckles--

Zinnias are one of my favorite flowers!

Weekly Goals--

Finish Monkey Wrench/9 Patch blocks
Two R/W/B album blocks
More 16 patch blocks

Its shaping up into a busy week.  Beautiful weather with warm days and cool nights. 


Sunday Stash Report

Sunday, September 20, 2015
New numbers this week--a fabric order arrived and I bought one yard while shopping.

Stash in this week--10 yards
Stash in YTD--238.25 yards
Stash out this week--0.0 yards
Stash out YTD--166.0 yards

Stash is ahead 72.25 yards! 

Please see everyone's stash report at Patchwork Times. 


Rainbow Scrappy Saturday Orange

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Did I tell you I liked orange?  Yes, love it--four more orange blocks--

Please see everyone's orange posts at SoScrappy!

I've been checking my blocks totals.

60 Rainbow Scrappy Album Blocks--enough for two quilts
17 Red/White/Blue Album blocks--need to make more
17 Rainbow Scrappy Monkey Wrench/9 Patch blocks--need 20
14 Red/White/Blue Monkey Wrench/9 Patch blocks--need 20

More work to be done with Red/White/Blue blocks.  I may split my Album blocks up and make an album quilt featuring green, I'm not sure yet.  I'm not tired of making album blocks, but I am tired of some of the fabrics in my 2.5" squares box.  I'm sewing them into strips of 4 to be made into 16 patch blocks for a couple of projects I've been thinking about.  Wonderful mindless sewing--I love it! 

Friday was rainy and chilly.  I stayed in the camper and made French dip sandwiches in the crock pot using Laura Beth's recipe.  YUM!!  Thank you Laura Beth!!

My sandwich was half eaten before I remembered to take a pic.  A bowl is the best way to eat it, the bread can sop up all the delicious juices.  

Orange Creamsickle fudge has been on my mind.  Lorri2Rs makes it and its delicious.  My first efforts were grainy/sugary so I recooked it using more cream and patience.  The "cream" part was gone so I decided to add a chocolate ganache swirled in the orange.  

Hmmm, tasted pretty good, its in the car cooling.  I'll share it with Cecely tomorrow at the Visitor Center.  

Fabric came in the mail this week.  A planned start, the pattern has been on my bucket list for a while.  "Sunny Squares" was in McCalls Quilting July/August 2015.  

Although this quilt is made using batiks, I am using my 2.5" squares.  But the orange/golds were so pretty I ordered some solids to use.  Their placement of fabrics is NOT random, the same 16 fabrics are in the same position in all the blocks. Can you see them?   Mine will not be!  I have a couple of projects that will use 16 patch groups and I can hardly wait to start!

Tomorrow there will be no electricity ANYWHERE on Gavins Point Project (well, except in the powerhouse itself).  A switchover with a transformer (being replaced after 58 years) requires everything be disconnected.  The dam is still producing power and everyone else in the area has power--its just our small portion that will be off.  A generator will be brought in to power us while work is being done, but the initial work is done "in the dark".  I have all my extra batteries charged, its only going to be six hours (6am-noon).  I can still make fresh coffee (propane stove) but I better make sure all my laundry is dry and my hair washed/straightened tonight.  There will still be water (and I can use propane water heater) and my fridge can run on propane so it will be inconvenient but that's it.  The visitor center will be dark too, we can organize/sort/answer the phone etc.  The building has huge overhead windows so although it won't be bright light it won't be dark. 

I'm planning to sew on Sunday, so we better have electricity by then!  

Design Wall Wednesday and Weekly Goals

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Two Monkey Wrench/9 Patch Red/White/Blue blocks this week--

I like to switch the light/dark areas of the Monkey Wrench portion. 

Weekly Goals

Four Orange Album Blocks
Two R/W/B album blocks
Two Monkey Wrench/9 Patch RWB blocks

Its been a busy week.  Mason turned 7.  A cake was baked and candles blown out--

 Maxwell is growing like a weed and a happy baby--

Asher loves his hat--

Grandpa is fair game when playing dogpile--

Technology is wonderful--instant pictures!!

And a family picture--

Its a beautiful day, warm and sunny.  Happy Anniversary to my Husband!  XOXOXO!



Rainbow Scrappy Saturday

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Orange is the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge color for September.  I LOVE orange!  I finished four Monkey Wrench/9 Patch blocks--

All have orange in them somewhere.  Please see everyone's orange projects at SoScrappy

Do you read lots of blogs?  I use "Feedly" but its not as handy as I'd like.  I particularly have problems leaving comments on Wordpress blogs.  The reading surpasses commenting by 10 to 1.  Many times I go back several posts (or more) on a blog.  How do you read blogs?  


Motivation Friday

Friday, September 11, 2015
Yes, some sewing is being done this week.  Six blocks should be done by Saturday.  But first I had to find my KEYS!!

How could I misplace such a large set of keys?  I do it regularly even though I have a dedicated hook to put them on.  

Visitor traffic has slowed at the Visitor Center.  Sometimes we have time for this--

Cecely and I are fans of microwave popcorn.  I bought a big box (44 bags) at Costco, about $.25 a bag.  Cecely likes to put M&M's in her bowl--sweet'n'salty.  

The weather is beautiful, warm days and cool nights.  I hate to see summer end.  


Labor Day and Weekly Goals

Monday, September 7, 2015
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Congratulations American Workers!

This week I made two R/W/B album blocks--

Well, they are mostly blue but that's Ok!  Maybe by next week I will have checked my totals for blocks, they have just been stacking up in their totes.  

Weekly Goals--

Two Orange Monkey Wrench/9 Patch blocks
Two R/W/B Monkey Wrench/9 Patch blocks

Another busy week.  Guild on Thursday and plan to babysit with the boys on Friday.  Whew!  How has your summer been?




Sunday Stash Report

Sunday, September 6, 2015
Time to update my stash report.  A few weeks ago I finished the flag wall hanging and Pat's wall hanging.  Total stash used was 3.5 yards.

Stash in this week--0.0 yards
Stash in YTD--228.25 yards
Stash out this week--3.5 yards
Stash out YTD--166.0 yards  

Stash is ahead 62.25 yards! 

Every little bit helps!  Please see everyone's stash report at Patchwork Times.


Rainbow Scrappy Challenge -- Orange

Saturday, September 5, 2015
September's color is ORANGE.  I love orange!!  Four album blocks with orange in them were made--

Please see what everyone has made with ORANGE at SoScrappy.

Life has been very busy.  Three weekends with the grandboys.  Volunteering three days a week.  So not much time for sewing.  

We had a small celebration.  

Toni and Eddie

Reception Food

Bob's Bar in Martinsburg Nebraska

Outside Bob's

Honeymoon is over!!
Bob's is famous for their burgers.  Yes, huge and the onion rings and french fries filled an entire plate.  We will happily eat there again!