Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Powerless Afternoon

The blocks are all sewn and sewn in rows waiting to be joined row to row.  Probably would have had this accomplished this afternoon except for the fact that the electricity went off after some rather heavy rain! Don't you just hate it when that happens?  You are pretty well out of business with everything you do since most of it requires the power.  Back in the old days, a treadle could run any time you wanted - electricity or not.  You can't go on line, watch Netflix, etc., etc.  So I spent some time cleaning out some drawers which 
actually was a good thing.  Then I had a really good nap!  The power came back on a little bit after I woke up - so it wasn't a bad day at all.  Now the sun is shining brightly and I think it's pretty warm out there, but it certainly looks nice.

Here is the top left corner of my quilt - you can see the swirly white on white patterned fabric that I got at the Park Bench yesterday.  I think it's going to be a good addition to the piece.
A few more rows laid out on the bed.  just the first two are joined.  The ones in the middle part are really, really long so it will be lots and lots of sewing.  I cut the setting blocks extra big and will leave maybe 3/4 to 1 inch of the white past the points.  Binding will be the white.  

And I also got all the stuff that I had scattered all over the basement put away!  In some of the rubble, I found my circle template that I have had for probably 30 years!!  Missing objects usually do turn up.    I did accomplish a little more than usual today.  

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Sixteen Patch

My Flower Garden is almost done - just need to tweak the rows of the sides and sew them on.  Will post a picture of it when it is finished - should do that tomorrow!  Working with all the pretty Kaffe Fassett fabric got me thinking about another quilt and - yes - I started another one!   I have noticed some really pretty 16 patches and after doing the Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt, I knew that it is quick to sew the four strips together, then cut them in four more strips and sew those together.
Here are three blocks in their first step of coming together.  I so enjoy picking the fabrics.   I'm using at least 90% Kaffe with some dots, stripes, and a few other compatible pieces thrown in.  The colors are light and medium.  There are a few I'm not sure about but they can be discarded without a problem.
Some of these I have had for a long, long time.  Doing a pretty good job of using up some of my pieces.  Of course, most of my pieces are less than one-third yard and some of them look like swiss cheese because of the fussy cutting I have done on them.  The Flower Garden quilt came mainly from a box of just plain scraps!
Here are the blocks on the wall in the basement.  I have them set on point but don't think I will make the top that way.  I have about 65 blocks made - they are 8 inches - and I would like to make this big enough for the bed in my sewing room.  I may make it 72 by 80 so figure I have about 35 more to make, but I won't put on a border - just bind it.  As you can imagine, my basement is a mess again - but I won't take anymore pictures.   Just remember what it looked like in a previous post - it is pretty much in the same messy condition as it was back then.  Only way to work - except it's so hard to find anything.

Happy First Day of Summer!!!!   Hope it was a good one for you.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Sunday in June

A cute little three year old girl getting ready to blow out the candles on her birthday cake!   It's Sherry, my daughter, back in Chillicothe in 1954.  Happy Birthday, my dear daughter!!!  Her cake is on the blue hobnail cakestand that many, many birthday cakes stood on over the years.  I love the way Marsha, the little girl on Sherry's left, is all puckered up to blow, too, as are at least two others.  Marsha is Sherry's cousin who is one year older.   Where, oh where have the years gone!

And it is also Father's Day!!  I am going to post a couple of pictures of my dear father who has been gone many years.  Dad was such a hard working man - he and Mom both worked so hard to raise my siblings and me.  Here is a picture that I had never seen until a few years ago.  It is so precious to me - there are hardly any photos of Dad at that time and not many of Jo and Bud.  I was the first grandchild in Peoria so there are lots of pictures of me.
Jo is sitting on the left , Dad holds Bud and I am on the right.  Another thing that is amazing is that Dad wore white pants.  I am sure he got all dressed up to come to my grandparents' home since that is where the picture is taken.  There are a lot of other ones that were taken that day, but this is the only one with him.
This is the way I remember my dad a lot.   He did a lot of hunting and fishing - and we ate what he caught!!  I was not crazy about wild duck but you ate what was presented by your mom!  I am sure the reason Dad is beaming is that he probably has the limit that day.  The next step would be to dress the ducks.  I can still see him in the kitchen with a washtub, pulling the feathers off the ducks and putting them in the tub.  Then I seem to remember Mom lighting some newspaper and singeing the pinfeathers, etc., off the carcass.   A mess, but the ducks coming out of Mom's oven were always beautiful - even if I didn't care for them.  I only liked the little legs that were moister than the rest of the meat.  

So on this Father's Day, I think of my Dad with so much love and look back on my childhood with happy memories and a feeling of love and security, thanks to my dear parents.  Being poor and not having a lot of 
"things" just isn't that bad!   And I am also thinking of my Ray, who was a great dad, also!!   He would have been so thrilled with the three little great grandkiddies!  He adored little ones.   

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Short Post - Three Cute New Pictures

 Annie!!  Love her skirt, her pigtail, her dimple and her big grin!  A little over 18 months, she is a doll baby.  According to Hannah, Annie is like a little parrot!
And Lauren!  What a happy little cutie this baby girl is.  She just beams cutemess.   Likes her little toes, too.
What a darling size and she looks so cuddly.
Oh, Henry!  You are one handsome little fellow.  This is a picture from a card made at day care for Father's Day for Chad!   Super clever idea along with a cute little poem.

Could not resist posting these pictures of my three great grandchildren!!   Both grandparents and great grandparents love to show off the pictures of the younger generation.  Wish they were closer but I so enjoy the videos and pictures of them and the facetime, also.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Flower Garden - Both Quilt and Actual

I bought two of these gorgeous begonias on Sunday along with the pretty lavendar flower and some licorice foliage that hangs down but can't be seen in this picture.  This is one of the three things that I actually planted this year.  The rest are hanging baskets I bought.  Nothing is down where the deers could dine except the big pot along the side of the house and I don't think they will like the flowers in that one.  Could be wrong.
 This is a beautiful ivy geranium basket I have on my privacy fence.  Love the hot pink and it is full of blooms and buds.  I did stick a few sweet allysum plants at the edge and hope they flourish and hang down the sides.  I love that little plant so much.
 Not a flower!!  When we were at the big gift shop at Warmbiers (a wonderful wonderland of stuff) I found this ceramic pink flamingo.  Today I got out my awl and hammer, made a hole and put in a small screw.  Also have a nail that comes through one of the holes in the lower part so it will hang straight.  I have had pink flamingos in my gardens for years and thought this would be fun for the summer.   They make me smile.
This is the flower garden vase fused down ready for applique.  I may change the three big flowers.  It has a lot of blue in it, so maybe just the tulips might be changed out.  So many options.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Bit of This and That

Bambi was in my front yard last evening.  Walked past the door and looked out to see this little thing in my yard.  It didn't stay long but I got a picture before the little baby left.  Don't know where her (or his) momma was -- it left soon after this was taken and went across the street.  Such a little, lanky thing - could not be very old.   I think the deer had a hard time this winter with all the snow.
 Working on my flower garden.  In the process of cutting and fusing the flower pot which will have three big flowers on the empty stems plus some leaves.  The little squares at the top are to see if I want to put a little border all around the center panel.  I also have at least three more blocks to make, and I do have all of these shown machine appliqued now.  Still don't know how big I will make it.   I really, really like this one.  Stay tuned to see what comes of it.    Yesterday I did some real gardening -- planted and hung a couple of baskets.  Stupid me left the nozzle on the hose all winter and now it's on there to stay, I think.  I bought a new nozzle but can't get the old one off the hose, so now I will go buy a hose.  Anymore, I just don't sweat that sort of thing as it's just not worth it.  Will consider it a lesson learned to take the nozzle off the hose for the winter.  I do undo the hose from the faucet as I know that's bad news if you leave it on.

Here they are - Henry and Lauren and both are lying on their quilts.  Their mommy labeled the picture something like Trouble One and Trouble Two.   They are absolute cutie pies - and so is their little cousin Annie.  Will have to get a new picture of Annie and get it up.  I am so well pleased with my three great grandchildren!!   I love the pictures, little videos and Facetime that we do with the families - and with Hannah, too.  Keeps you so much closer to them when they are far away.