Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
This is my oldest child, Joe (18y). He is a really good kid. He has always been headstrong- most people who know Joe would be surprised that I'd say that because he is always looking just like that picture- smiling and batting those ridicoulously thick eyelashes...but I am just so thankful that he seems to be headed, fullsteam, in the right direction! He is a sweet and thoughtful guy- a real problem solver. He drives a big ole truck and wears steel toed boots, but don't let that fool ya. He's extremely creative- notice a trend? Joe's a writer and most days he has to write at least a few pages of a fantasy novel he is working on- so when he's published, you can say, "I knew him when..." He also draws these amazing pictures, full of detail. Must take after my Mom, with the writing and drawing. He's as steady as a rock and once he makes up his mind, it's a done deal.
His feast was a Mexican fiesta. No big surprise as Joe is easy to please and he knows what will please his brothers and sisters. The kitchen was decorated with green and red crepe paper. He wrote their names on a piece of crepe and draped it over their plates- looked very artsy. He had nachos and cheese. Tacos, with all the fixin's. For dessert he had brownies with ice cream, hot chocolate sauce and whipped cream. He gave everyone their own Xmas cup with snowflakes on them. His drink was juice mixed with Sprite.
Joe has a sweetheart. Her name is Laurie. Aren't they an attractive couple? But they are so sweet and good to each other. She thinks he hung the moon. What mother could ask for more?
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
For the joy of human love,
For Thy Church, that evermore
Friday, November 21, 2008
...got all of my stars put together, and I am almost done with joining all the strips. You can kinda see how the overall pattern is coming along. I am loving that and as it is going to be a wall quilt, it'll show up very nicely. I'm taking a little break so that I can sit and chat with you all for a few minutes. There are a lot of intersections to match up- I have even been pinning- aren't you shocked? I almost don't have enough pins for an entire row! I can only work on it for so long before I start heaving big sighs. Then you know it's time to work on something else- I've quilted one quilt, pinned another one on the quilting frame, and I finished up about a dozen little pocket papers. See? I never go too far from the project! Can't seem to get myself out of the quilting room, these days. I have lots of big windows out there and the radiant heat is just yummy! And the view is pretty awesome, also. There is a light dustiung of snow on the ground and with Fernando Ortega singing softly in the background... well, it's pretty irresistable!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Nothing fancy, but Sandy wanted to see it. They had a fancier one, but I didn't think that it would match the more humble aspects of the house. Notice I have no doorknob- something we keep forgetting to pick up at the hardware store! The electric is run and the insulation is in, progress, progress. Movin' forward.
The little baby quilt is finished. I just threw the blocks in with some of my vinage fabs. I think it turned out sweet and very old fashioned. Working on another one that Sandy embroidered with her fancy machine. I spent the day with her, yesterday. She loaded me down with new projects- her old ones that she was tired of and I am thrilled to have! There is a fall colored 9-patch, the baby blocks, a stack of dresden plates, and some redwork snowmen! What a windfall! I have company coming next week so I need to try and set those aside and concentrate on the housecleaning. But then again, what's the point of cleaning too much in advance? The kids will just mess it up... see how easy that little justification was? sigh. I'm hopeless.
Monday, October 27, 2008
sewed up a little backdrop for my old birdhouses. That was Sandy's idea. She is always making more work for me. OK, you know me, it isn't work to get to play out in the quilting room with the pretty colors of autumn. Now, I am commiting to make one for each season. Hmmmm wonder what colors I'll use for winter? Maybe plaids in flannel in a bearpaw pattern... or icy colors of pale blue and lavender... see? It's a sickness!
Been sewing curves...
using up some of my repro stash. Made a little baby quilt- I'll see if I can't get a picture of it in the next couple days. It turned out very sweet and old timey. And that's a good thing in my book. Who's it for? I'm trying to make the nursery at the church building more...welcoming. For someone else to use. Been there, done that.
This bright green just makes me smile. It's just a pokey ole hallway- to the quiltingroom and guest quarters, but now it has plenty of personality of it's own! Need to trim the doors and openings... But that can wait. In the meantime, you'll find me peeping around the corner to see if it's really as green as I thought it was.... yep, green!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
a picture for Darcie. She loves skyscapes. Especially the dawn ones. Isn't the hoar frost pretty? The corn is getting cut this evening and then it will feel so naked out here on the prairie.
Isn't that the sweetest bag?
Sweet Darcie strikes again! She sewed me up this adorable project bag and it was filled with crocet thread. The bag is completely reversable and just so darIing. It has really inspired me to finish a few started crochet projects- like this little table runner. I just love this bag!! I have made two of them, myself- nothing like an example to hold in your hands to use as a pattern! They aren't as pretty as Darcie's(I made mine from vintage fabrics) but the recipients were in as much raptures as I was over mine.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I love October! The days are cool and fulll of warm sunshine and the nights are nippy and that makes for great snuggling under the quilts! The gardening is a thing of the past and the holidays are far enough away to not throw me into a tizzy. All's calm and sweet.
I have a dining room that is being built- I can hardly wait until it's done, but I am loving the sound of hammering and sawing- all these things mark progress. The dining room will be a monster in size- 17'x28'- now that is big enough for at least 3 dining tables! I'm gonna throw me a bunch of parties! Doesn't that sound like fun?
I have been sewing a lot and making myself scarce around the construction zone- that way, every few hours I can come out and ohhh and ahhh over all their progress!There are walls and windows- still needing a door, but we have it all roofed. Today is quiet, my sweet William is at work, and will be picking up insulation so the boys can make progress without the foreman.
I have quilted another quilt for my bed- even have the binding on already! I'd take a picture of it, but then you'd see my cluttered bedroom...I've quilted a few different projects, actually. Wallhangings and table toppers and such. And then I've been sewing on a few different things- a valance for the livingroom, out of scraps of the pink and black quilt- which I'd take a picture to show you, but then you'd see my dirty windows. What a dilemma... My Aunt Isobel is always asking how I get all this sewing done- well, I'm not washing my windows...or decluttering my bedroom... I will, I will... just not today.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I've been working on my applique- I still am not very good at it, but I kinda enjoy it- in moderation. (I got this "pattern" from an old magazine, McCall's Quilting, April, 2004. Flower Bed by Michelle Scott) I just think it is the sweetest little block- I added some old vintage fabric to the border and even though it's unexpected, I think it still works. I don't think I'll be doing a whole quilt in applique- any time soon. Seems like there are more and more applique patterns in the quilting magazines. Maybe that is the result of the newer, fancy, sewing machines. It is a lot easier than it used to be. I have a queen sized quilt on the frame now, and then I'll be quilting up this sweet baby and another child art quilt. My sweet William bought me 40 yards of cotton batting(my favorite) yesterday. Ahhh... that should tide me over for a while.
Oh, I've been intending to mention my opinion of Warm Co.'s newer batting called Warm and Bond. I wasn't impressed. Stiff stuff- I mean really stiff- I've washed it once and still it's, yep, stiff. I'll not be buying any of that again.
Hope everyone has a grand day. My 5th son has a Birthday, today, so I'll be taking him to lunch and then cooking up a Mexican feast for dinner. Happy 12th birthday John!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
the future is ours to see...whatever will be will be... so baby hold on to me...
Don't I just look giddy in this picture? Is it because I am with my baby? Well, yeah! But also because I survived the "Island in the Sky" trail!! Shew! Note to self- if a West Virginia trail has the word "sky" in it, expect a vertical climb!! But the lovely breeze at the top made it all worth while.
Went out with Sandy, yesterday- spent the whole day having a blast with no schedule or purpose! We had breakfast and then we were the first through the doors at the local quilt guild show. Here's my loot- sorry the picture isn't better. I found some sweet repro fat quarters and I am still collecting red and white- I have no idea why- I have more than enough for my redwork quilt! Just a habit, I suppose. And I also guess that I could make two quilts... The "jingle" is a panel for the holidays- there are six other blocks. I might piece some stars to go with it- fast and easy. I bought a batik just because it didn't seem right not to. My favorite thing that I picked up is my "Little Bits" pattern for 15 tiny little 2" blocks- Called Lynn's pins. Guess what I am hoping to make as gifts, this year? There are enough paper patterns to make 45 blocks. So I hope to make some pins, but thought that they would also make a great "mini."
The tied-dyed, whole cloth quilt that my loot is sitting on is my new quilting project. My cousin dyed it for me last summer and I finally am getting around to quilting it. I was all out of cotton batting so I bought a Warm batting called Warm and Bond- odd stuff. Stiff and has a scratchy hand to it- but we'll see how it washes up. I'll let ya know. It was on sale so I thought I'd give it a try. I am quilting a flame meander on it- starting out tiny in the center of the design and getting larger as it moves out. Not so simple for me to remember where I am, but I'm moving right along.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Can ya tell? The water wasn't too cold, and while you couldn't have stood to swim in it at this time of year, it felt quite refreshing on the tootsies. Our cabin was just a little bit up the bank. All day and all night, you could hear the water as it splashed it's way down the mountain. Today, I noticed that the wind rustling through the corn, all copper and dried, sounds just like Glade Creek. Isn't that cool? Whoda thunk?
Bill and I stayed two nights in the cabin(Babcock State Park) and then we mosied up the road to visit with dear friends and pick up Daniel. Bill is always happiest when he has a tool in his hand, so he, with some help, built a very nice deck for our friends. I had a relaxing time of it, sitting in a lawn chair and offering a very lightweight hand now and then. Bill, Daniel, and Alan had some manly bonding- hope I didn't get in the way, too much.
After a few days there, we made it back to the farm, and we were happy to see that the kids hadn't done Grandmother or Grandfather in! Listen, just feeding 7 more people is a huge job for anyone! No one seemed the worse for wear and I think we all had an equally good time. Grandfather had lots of help with the chores and Grandmother had a very appreciative crew at the dinner table- especially the bread pudding!
Now that we are home, I am slowing trying to move in the direction of some sort of order. I am wondering if I'm catching a cold or if the cut soybeans are the culprit. I've actually dusted off the sewing machine and the quilting machine- how cool is that? I have sewed a few blocks just for the fun of it and I have a quilt loaded on the rack- ready for the batting that I need to run out and pick up. I like to put all of my running into one day, how about you? I just hate to ruin a perfectly good day at home with an errand- maybe I just hate to take my apron off... At any rate, I'm having breakfast with Sandy in the morning, cold or not, and then we are going to a small guild quilt show and then, I'll run my errands so I can stay put for another week! It was a wonderful vacation, but as ever, it's good to be home.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Sorry I have had such a difficult time posting with regularity, lately. I have been busy. Honest. Like my "new" quilt? Isn't it unique? My friend Kelli acquired it in Sisters, OR. The backing is a sweet pink and it is all hand-quilted. The batting is some super thick cotton. I just thought the applique is fun, if a tad unusual. I'll try to get a bigger picture of the quilt, soon. Kelli also sent me another winning quilt that I can't wait to show you, but that might need to wait until I get back from our anniversary.
We had planned to go to ND to see Darcie and watch some races, but then we had to change that as we didn't have enough time to make the trip. So... we are going back for a couple days to the place where we had our honeymoon in WV. The kids are staying with my folks and we are also planning on picking up Daniel while we are in the same state. Next week, my whole family will be back together! sigh. I can't wait. So... I'll be seeing you in a week or so.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
posting this picture. They are so sweet and can't you just see how happy they are? Sigh. Joe was here for one week and then he had to go back to Alabama(Laurie Anne) for a week- only a week, as he promised his little sisters. We actually swapped out- I have her baby sister for the week. fair enough trade.
We have made 10+ gallons of applesauce, this morning. Might make some apple butter from some of it. We have been playing, otherwise. You believe that? Well, the kids have, anyway. They had a bonfire late last night. This morning, after the first 8 gallons of apple sauce, we took a break and I whipped up some funnel cakes- Sarah Fran- my neice, had never heard of them. Isn't that sad? She is now a big fan- especially with honey. What's not to like?
I did get a wallhanging quilted and bound. A small job. But now I am back to the stove to finish up the applesauce. Everybody have a great day!
Thursday, September 04, 2008
all around. So sorry I have been "incognito." Canning season really does a number on the creative side of my brain- not to mention the worn out body I'm wearing these days. I'd guess that we are approaching 300 quarts of various garden goods- and they will be good this winter, I'm sure. Gotta keep that in mind when you are just too tired to stand!
That "falloween" quilt was my last bit of sewing. I did piece, quilt and bind it- that's got to count for something! I closed up the machine and it's stayed closed as I had company and canning. Guess which one was more fun? I finished this HUGE doily a week or so ago and I've been too tired to do more than a row or two on other crochet projects. That's when you know you're tired, when you can't keep your eyes open to crochet. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, though. Applesauce and apple butter and then, really, I'm done. really.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Julia, I canned about 8 gallons of tomatoes, yesterday. My sis-in-law pitched in and helped...ooops, I think that was supposed to be our little secret. She doesn't want the word out that she can do manual labor- some one else might put her to work, too. Ah well, that was the risk she took- working with me! Anywho, I gave a couple gallons away because I was just too tired to deal with them. So, in a nutshell, this is how I can them.
- I blanch them in boiling water and then plunge them in cold water. The peels just fall off- the coolest thing.
- Roma tomatoes just need the stem end cut off- larger tomatoes I cut in half.
- I stuff the tomatoes in the jars- until there is about a 1/2" headspace. No water added- just let the juices fill the jar.
- My fruit is very ripe, so I add 1 t. of lemon juice for more acid.
- Hot water bath.
I have always wanted to make salsa and such, but it just seems like I can't find the time. Imagine that. Blue Book is better at explaining it all than me, I'm sure. And I figure you might have elevation issues, huh?
No sewing. my boy is coming home, tonight. Can hardly wait!!