Monday, May 30, 2022

5 quilts May 30, 2022

 my last 5 quilts progress May 16, 2022

1. Rainbow scrap challenge - green- I have made a few green zipper blocks. I need to look for more solids. I have cut the print fabric for every color so far, but, I need more solid variety to sew the blocks.

2. rhododendren mystery - hunter -   I finally cut the 1 inch squares I needed for the mystery quilt. Everything is ready to start assembling the top.

3. Boho heart - The first section on the left is together. Time to make a few blocks for the next section. I have a set ready to go together with the background pieces.

4. maple leaves -  nothing has been done

5. fair and square - nothing has been done

MY  next on the longarm of my own quilts in the 'to be quilted' closet.  

1. tiger tiger

customer quilt time pause

2. EPP green

customer quilt time pause

3. lotus flower? my notes say it is in the upstairs boxes

4. blue ridge beauty

5. Epp bright

5. scrappy twirl

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Sunday, May 29, 2022

stash report May 29th, 2022

This is the little batch of scraps that someone handed me at quilt guild last week. I love that Other quilters think of me as a safe home for their scraps.

 Stash report  May 29, 2022

fabric added: 0 yards the scraps were too small to count

fabric added year to date: 55 3/4 yards  

fabric used: 2 yards  - gone

fabric used year to date: 130 yards 

75 1/4 yards used more than bought. 

I sewed 5 days last week. And I made a little progress

I have the border finished on my sheep rug. I have it pressed and flat. I need to zig zag the edge of the extra linen and trim. I will take the black "binding"  and turn it under and hand stitch it to the back.

Our oldest Grandchild graduated high school this weekend. We are so proud of him and his family. His Dad ( my oldest) is  on the far right.

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15 min to stitch at life in pieces

Saturday, May 28, 2022

star and crown blocks

I started the green blocks for star and crown a little late this month for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I only have 4 of them done, but, the other 4 are cut and ready to go. I need to dig out some background scraps. I am running low on those fabrics.

I did 2 zipper blocks as leader/enders. I need to cut some solids. Finding scraps in print fabric isn't hard, but solids are not something I use very often. I have been through the 2 inch drawers and have pulled as many as I could find. It is time to actually cut, actual fabric.

Carrots were 97 cents a bag at Kroger this week so I bought, and canned. I used pints now that we are mostly just the two of us.

 Our supply of peanut butter was Jiff and was part of the recall, and we had eaten some of it. The interesting thing I discovered, was the best buy date was May 12 2022. And I bought it at sam's club a month ago. I am guessing it sat at the port on a container ship for awhile. So check new food you buy for dates.

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Friday, May 27, 2022

One monthly goal fail

 I had as my May one monthly goal, an older ufo. I have no idea how to finish this little quilt. I have procrastinated and procrastinated. That is why I am making it my one monthly goal or I will never see this finished. 

Well, I did not finish. The 26th of May I said to myself - oops time is up. So, I did sew one piece to the side, and then, wondered why it had taken so long. sigh...

Maybe now that the thread is cut and the needle is threaded I can make a little progress on it. sigh

My Grandmother's rose bush has started to bloom. My Grandmother was a cute, little, old gardener. At least, that is my memory of her. Even in her 90s she would love to sit in the middle of the garden and start weeding. I started my first garden when I was 12 and she was there. She loved flowers and I was more inclined to food. I was 15 when she passed away and I dug up her rose bush and brought it with me into my adult life. One year there was no sign of it, and I was upset, but, it has come back and is ready to make me smile again.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

hunter's star spring

Earlier, I blogged about starting these this month here, I have spent a little time finishing the green  hunter's star blocks. I try to do 20 each month in the color of the month for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I had to recut some background ( white) to finish the dark point pieces.

And the white point pieces. 

I experimented with a few blocks. I am still missing some color groups to really start piecing the big blocks. I need blues, oranges, and maybe purples.

I really look forward to the poppies blooming each year. And, they did not disappoint. They came with the house, and were such a lovely surprise our first Spring 35 years ago. The dame's rocket is another favorite. They bloom wherever they want to each year. And, I don't have the heart to kill them when they go rogue. They smell so good and look so pretty. 

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Monday, May 23, 2022

hunters star in green

Next, for my rainbow scrap challenge projects, is my Hunter's star blocks. This month the color is sage green and forest green. My other blocks are brighter than that, so, I found scraps that were as close as I thought I could go. I use the accuquilt dies to cut the pieces. All the pieces are on one die. I can put a large enough piece on the die in the print and the background and have all the pieces cut that I need for a set of blocks.

I had never tried this classic block because it looked complicated. And when I tried sewing, I realized why. Have you ever sewn pieces like this? haha - they look like spaceships. The accuracy of the pieces are great.

Pressed they look a little more like useable quilt pieces.

I still need to make the reverse pieces, but, that is for another time.

Kroger had a sale on pork roast. I canned pulled pork last week. It may not look pretty, but, it will be yummy when we need a quick meal. It will be shelf stable for a year or more.

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Stash report May 22, 2022

I bought this fabric at goodwill this week. It was 6 3/4 yards for 6 dollars. It is a pretty forest green that could be a backing.

Stash report  May 22, 2022

fabric added: 6 3/4yards 

fabric added year to date: 55 3/4 yards  

fabric used: 0 yards  

fabric used year to date: 128 yards 

73 1/4 yards used more than bought. 

I sewed 4 days last week. 

I am working my way around my friendsheep rug border with little bits of time in the evening.

I made another batch of strawberry jam. you can never have too much strawberry jam. These are not homegrown berries. But, there was a good price at the store. I used a low sugar sure jell.

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

lucky blocks

I guess, I wanted a little shamrock luck making these hole in the barn blocks for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. 

pink blocks here

My husband harvested a laundry basket of stinging nettle from our yard. He adds it to his peppermint herb tea for the anti- inflammatory properties. It filled the whole dehydrator. we joke that we spent years trying to eradicate this weed from our yard and now, we harvest it. Ha-ha. I am just glad he handles it and I don't have to do it.

other benefits:
pain reducer
aids in digestion
boosts the immune system
improves kidney health
has vitamin a,c, potassium, iron, and beta carotene

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Friday, May 20, 2022

snail pace

I have finished 10 snails trail blocks. It has taken awhile since I only sew these when I need therapeutic sewing. I have been away from the sewing machine for so long, I hoped it would help me get back into the mood. And, it did. But I seem to be busy with other priorities right now.

I am using recycled shirts as fabric for these blocks. I have 33 ready so far.

I have one lonely little easy breezy as a leader/ender, with these blocks.

I made strawberry jam and strawberry pie filling. yummy
I used the low sugar sure jell

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

waffle sky

I am guessing I only meant to cut more waffle stamp blocks this year for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. because, when I went to sew this month's color, I found several piles of pieces of other colors. I did finish green and red this month. I can get lost in making the strips for the 1 1/2 inch center blocks. And I can always dig up an odd piece of 1 1/2 inch that I can use. So, I just keep making them, and there is no stopping. There is always a partial piece to be finished. The upside to that, is that it is easy to start again, already to go.

I walked out of the library today to this fun cloud show. How grateful I am for the little things that make me smile. There was a solid piece and then little pieces were breaking off in a line like marching soldiers. And it looked like waffles.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

5 quilts May 16, 2022

 my last 5 quilts progress report April 25, 2022

1. Rainbow scrap challenge - green-  I worked on blossom time this week and I have used all my stems and leaves. I need to cut and make more. I will already be in the green scraps, so, it is a good time time to cut more.

2. rhododendren mystery - hunter -   I still need to cut 1 inch squares for cornerstones in garnet. No progress here.

3. Boho heart - The first section on the left is together. Time to make a few blocks for the next section.

4. maple leaves -  I have the sashings added to the blocks and I have the first 2 rows together. This is an older UFO. 

5. fair and square - I have one whole row made - HAHA. If I ever have sew time again, I have all the parts ready to go. I just need time to sit and sew.

MY  next on the longarm of my own quilts in the 'to be quilted' closet.  I haven't quilted anything for 2 weeks. Sadly, I am behind. 

1. tiger, tiger

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2. EPP green

customer quilt time pause

3. lotus flower? my notes say it is in the upstairs 

4. blue ridge beauty

5. scrappy twirl

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Stash report May 15, 2022

 No changes in or out on my stash report. We have been busy in the garden. We have added worms to the garden, counting on the little wrigglers to make compost out of garbage.

We have buried 5 buckets in different spots in the garden and we will see if we can get a better soil. The price  of most garden supplies has jumped at least 20 percent, especially fertilizer.

Stash report  May 15, 2022

fabric added: 0 yards 

fabric added year to date: 49 yards  

fabric used: 0 yards  

fabric used year to date: 128 yards 

79 yards used more than bought. 

I sewed 1 days last week. Again,  I didn't even go to friday group sew. 

I have started the border on the friendsheep rug. I have added a black wool "binding" all around so that I can hook to the very edge. I am using recycled white and black wool on the border.

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

more blossom time

I made blossom time blocks for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I wasn't sure how I would fit green into the mix since there was so much green already with the stems and leaves. I think I found some greens that were ok. I used 2 1/2 in strips to cut these. I used pieces that were at least 8 inches long. If I had any left over, in green, I cut for more stems and leaves. I need a piece that is at least 9 inches long to cut a set.

I planted orange mint last night to my herb garden. I have one other I am trying to grow called mojito mint. It didn't start well under grow lights so we will see if it can direct sow. Today is a plant sale at a church to raise money for missions. I think we are out of places to plant here but, it is always fun to see what others are growing. I hope you all have something growing this summer.

My favorite tomatoes to eat are cherokee purple and yellow stripey. We decided to grow mortgage lifter for canning, because of the name and back story was fun. The names are just fun.

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