Sunday, October 19, 2014

QUILTING EYE CANDY 09-19-14

Rosie at Scarlet Today has had this sample in her booth for quite some time.  She said she need to get it quilted before it was too tattered to do anything with.

These little Brownies are so cute.  You can get the pattern here and do your own redwork to make yourself a Brownies Quilt.  It's a small quilt, only 37x37".





I love what Rosie did with this panel and the pineapple block pattern.

I quilted an edge to edge snowflake pattern with off white thread.



And there is one more quilt I quilted for her but I know it's a new pattern so I'll wait until after Quilt Market to share it with you.  But I promise you're going to love it!


Cheri made this girly John Deere quilt for her neice.  She requested "giraffes" quilted on it.  She said John Deere and Giraffes were her favorite.  




Delia made a "modern" baby quilt.


Circles all around was quilted on it with Magic Mint thread.


Friday, October 17, 2014

A DEER'S SNACK

I'm going to have to quit going anywhere.  It seems like every time I leave for a few days or a week or so, the deer make a feast on my plants.

The first time they ate my portulaca that I planted in the tilted pot.  I never got around to replacing anything in there.  Those are weeds growing in there now.  Of course, the deer won't eat that!  Then it was the geraniums off to about 2" tall.  They were so big and pretty.  It has taken them all summer to come back out of it and they still aren't as pretty as they were to begin with.  In fact, they are pretty scraggly. They're are in the pot on the right with the flag.



Then they ate my impatiens in a galvanized bucket off, down to the dirt!  They never came out of it so I gave up and planted some fall mums in the bucket a few weeks ago.


This time they ate my begonias and Gerbera daisies down to nothing.  Didn't quite make it to the dirt but still made quite a feast on them.



I have babied my flowers all summer, making sure someone watered them when I was gone... and you know I was gone a lot....!!  I caught rain water and fought the mosquitoes in the rain water all summer to be able to water them.  We're in a drought here in central Texas and have watering restrictions!  All that for the deer to have a feast on!  And for those of you who don't know, we live in town!  With lots of houses close by.  However there is a wooded area about 4 blocks away and an open field about 2 blocks away.  The King sees them, and when I say "them", I mean a large herd of "them", like anywhere from 6-20 deer almost every day.  It's a wonder I have any flowers or plants in my yard at all!

Here are some other pictures of my back yard.

We love our screened patio.  


The entrance to the back yard, next to the garage.  The little clump growing next to the star is coreopsis.  You can't see it but there are 3 other "clumbs" in that area between the star and the edge of the garage.


Gerbera Daisies in an old watering can.  The bottom is rusted out of this can so it's perfect for flowers.



My bicycle still hasn't found a permanent home and I still need baskets for it.  But I'm not worried about either until next spring.


This is the little flower bed on the side of the garage next to the street.  


And another little garden corner on the other side of the fence next to the garage.



A galvanized tub and an old typewriter.  (Remember the typewriter from one of my auctions finds?)  Since it wasn't in working order and I would never use it anyway, it made a great container for a succulent. 


This old fence has been a burr in my side since we moved here.  It is slowly deteriorating and the fence boards are falling off.  It's not on our property, just the property line.  The neighbor won't do anything about it.  I keep hoping for a storm to blow it down!  I know, be careful what I wish for! 



The previous owners said a storm came through and blew the entire fence down.  She was soo happy until a few days later a crew showed up and put the old fence back up!  If you'll notice, there are two sets of cross boards where they put it up the second time.  I'd replace it myself but it will cost an arm and a leg or two.  There are 22 - 8' fence  panel sections along the property line.   After 8 years, I'm embracing the rotten fence.  I've planted ivy along most of it and am planting things to help "hide" it.  Plus I'm switching to "rustic" type containers so it will fit in with the rotten fence.



And while I was inspecting my flowers, I noticed a "hole" in the middle of this ground cover between these two big Live Oak trees.  Look in the lower right between the cherubs and the tree.  


It's a bee hive and the bee's were BUSY!


These two photos (above and below) were taken about 2 weeks ago when I first noticed it.


This photo below was taken this morning.  It is getting bigger!! Yikes!


Not sure what I'm going to do about this.  Nothing for now.  Maybe I'll wait till it's cold and then try to do something.  Any suggestions??



Thursday, October 16, 2014

MORE AUCTION TREASURES

I completely forgot to post the second set of pictures from the Auction Treasures that my sister and I got a week ago.

We only paid $27 for this quilt.  It's in pretty good shape too.  Only a couple of places that the fabric is wearing through.


Look how small those pieces are.  The half square triangles are less than an inch.  



I love the quilting pattern in the border.


A nice big #8 Red Wing Crock for only $50


And a nice big #10 crock with a spigot for only $60


We also picked up some shutters, 7 of them for less than $2 each and a small primitive type cabinet/table and a couple of twin headboards that she's going to make into a bench.  They were already in the barn and it was dark out every time I went out to her house.

We didn't get this rocker at the auction.  We got it off of Facebook on the Southwest Missouri Antiques and Primitives Site.  I can't remember how much it was, but it wasn't much.  Dad will make this piece shine when he re-finishes it or she chalk paints it black.  


We also got this ironing board on the same Facebook site and only paid $7 for it.  She picked up the dress form from a garage sale.  I might have nabbed it but I already have one.





Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PROGRESS UPDATE

William went back to college on Monday morning and I made hay with the sun was shining.... so to speak.  It was actually pouring down rain, lots of rain, all day long!  Which is why I didn't go home to Texas on Monday.  I decided it was better to stay another day instead of drive 10 hours in the rain. But the silver lining in the cloud is that I got SOOO much done!  I think I got almost as much done on Monday as I did all last week.

These Farmer's Wives blocks are only 6" finished.  Since I took these photos, I've added the sashing and corner stone on two sides.  It will make assembly much faster once all the blocks are complete.  These are the blocks from month 10.


The singles are "stragglers from previous months.  This one had a template so I put it off.


And this one the instructions were wrong and I had to re-cut the pieces.  I also had to get creative with the background fabric as I didn't have enough with me to do it like the pattern said.  I also have another "straggler" that the instructions were wrong on but I didn't have enough fabric with me to re-cut those pieces.  It will have to wait till next month.


And I think these are month 9 blocks.


My messenger bag is all finished except for the strap.  I even added a divided panel in the center lining part.  I think I'm going to purchase some web strapping but the verdict is still out on that one.  The other choice is a strap from the black Kona and if I'm going to do that, I just as well buy it and take the easy way out.  It turned out much larger than I expected but I still like it.  I was thinking of something a bit smaller.  I'd make another one but I don't really want two similar bags out of the same fabric.




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

EXCITEMENT ON A BORING DRIVE HOME

I'm back home safe and sound but not without a little excitement on the way.  What is otherwise a really boring drive wasn't for a few minutes today.  I'm cruising along, minding my own business, watching my gas gauge as I was getting close to empty and wanted to make it to a certain point - Oklahoma City.  I had been watching the mile markers and my gas gauge and knew I was going to be fine when all of the sudden I look down at my dashboard and that's where the excitement began.

This is what I saw



Can you see what I saw?  No, you're not looking at the fact that I only have 24 miles to empty, or the fact that I'm driving 77 miles an hour.  Look just below the odometer reading and a little to the right. It's a ginormous huge really big spider.  Ok, maybe it wasn't really a big spider but it was about 3/4" long and it was "hairy" and ugly and a spider!

I just about had a heart attack and when I re-couped, I realize I just about wet my pants.  You see, not only was I overdue to get some gas, I was overdue for a bathroom break too!  And then to top it off, I was less than a mile from my exit, clear over in the left hand lane. I was trying to watch the spider, cross 3 lanes of traffic to get to my exit, and not have an accident (car or clothes).  As I'm trying to cross 3 lanes of traffic, I notice the sun moving across the dash and as it was, the spider was moving into the shadow, getting closer to the edge of the dash board.  I knew if that spider got to the edge, it would most likely drop down, on my bare leg.  I'm trying to pull my leg up under me, trying to watch traffic, crossing 3 lanes and I made it!  But when I came to a stop, the spider was gone!  OH H-E- DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS NO!!!

I threw open my door and jumped out.  But I had to find that spider.  I still had another 4 1/2 hours to go in the vehicle with that spider and I'm telling you that wasn't going to happen!  Just as I was about to give up and call the King to come get me, I saw the spider again up near my brake pedal.  Let's just say I didn't have to share the remainder of the trip with any other creatures that I'm aware of.


Monday, October 13, 2014

A LITTLE MORE PROGRESS

Progress is slow I tell ya!   It's not enough that I have all these distractions while I'm in Missouri but now I have some new "jewelry" to contend with.


 Isn't it pretty.  Hmmm I see clothes shopping in my future to go with my new jewelry.

Way back in July (July 2nd to be exact), I was flying home and had a little mishap!  It wasn't one of the bright moments that I'd like to brag about.  In fact, it was so bad, I didn't even mention it to you until now.  To make a long story short, I attempted to lift my suitcase overloaded trunk up on the check-in scales at the airport with ONE hand, actually my two middle fingers, and it weighted 49.5 pounds!  While trying to hoist it up, I felt/heard something snap.  It hurt like ... well let's just say it hurt a lot!  I ignored it since but every time I hit it on something, it kept reminding me that it was still there!  This week while I was home, I needed to go back to my ortho doctor for another injection in my knee - another one of those Missouri mishaps!  The doctor took a look at it, xrayed it and sent me to physical therapy specialist for hand.  Preliminary diagnosis is a ruptured sagittal tendon.   There is a slight chance it will heal on it's own but most likely I will have to have surgery to repair it.  Ugh!  In the mean time, I'm getting some kind of iso cortisone injections and some exercises to do.



But back to the progress.... Here are three more Farmer's Wives blocks finished.  I'm just 2 months behind now!

This one didn't quite turn out like the layout.  I turned something around somewhere.  But it's paper pieced and I'm not ripping that out.  It's going in the quilt as is!



And here is my new messenger bag/purse for market progress.  I've got the outside cut out...



The pocket sewn to the lining...


The tabs and "d" rings attached...


the front flap rounded and made 


The body sewn together....


The lining is also sewn together so maybe tomorrow it will be a bag!