Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Overview

 ~~for some reason  the tune in my head is the  1812 overture. loll !!! ~~

 and so for this years events.  happenings.  accomplishments, good things.. !

 2013 had ALOT less happening than 2012 !

 with Tim retired now, our days are starting to find a routine. .. maybe. sorta....

Jacob had his neck brace removed, was walking wonderful and looking  toward working again !
 I stitched up a box full of red white blue for  Quilts of Valor
     1 given local
      5 sent to  Alycia in CO

We  tried to start garden seeds here at home in the basement.  with varied results.
I started the Christmas 13  quilt.
 We had 9" snow may 5th and a very wet Rainy season.
 I worked on whole cloth white quilt for Kelsey.

 We spent a week in the RV at Nashua park.. a wonderful pretty water view park
I rounded up quilts to start doing Fairs again after being away 14 yrs.

 I displayed quilt at several Fairs in the area and came home with a Plaque $50. and 21 ribbons.
 We stated canning.
Family camp out with 3 campers full of sisters and extras - fun !

  I participated in a block drive for Quilts of Valor. sent to Colo.
We canned and ate as much Garden as it produced !

 Started 2nd whole cloth white quilt for 3rd grand baby.
 filled the shelves in the basement with canning goods.

 A week in Des Moines with the RV at the AQS quilt show.
canning apples n more apples
 welcomed Henry  to the world

 marathon stitching . realty of Its Not done yet !!
 Bday with  Sisters weekend

quiltquiltquilt !
 hibernate the cold  & snowy days.

good deeds 3
Quilts of Valor 9
baby quilts 4
family quilts 4
Tx Lady 34

I  hope for more good deeds  in '2014. I'm still  at it.   I still have too many ideas.. Hopefully I get  lil better organized with my days
.........retirement 1/2 as much $$  twice as much Hubby................ ROFL

ChristmasStar 2013

The pattern was spotted on the back of a current Quiltmaker magazine and it listed a prior edition several years past... sooo.  I  sweet talked all the girl freinds to see if someone had that magazine on the shelf.  YES !!    I thank DonnaS for loaning me her magazine with the pattern. We drove all over the country side for  just the right colors . To Clear Lake,  Osage,  Forest City, Garner, and Mason  !
With some sun shiny late winter days with the  door open   I cut and I cut...

  and sewed all the funky angles.... and cut some more............ and sewed till late hrs. averaging 6-10 hrs  in a day...

. finally there were units to  connect together and the design starts to emerge..
 ta daaa!!. a snowflake !
 and then the rows go together.........
 This method is called paper piecing, all the tiny bits are sewn to the paper,,,,  then its  ripped off !. billions of  paper bits!
 the rows were laid out on the floor. I love this big house with its large floor space !.  The miles of borders were sewn...

 finally its all together! I have a table in the basement perfect for spreading the quilt tops flat. Tim helps me baste with 100's  of pins.
  I use an Ulmer brand quilting frame. It folds up when not in use. It is ez to load a section at  a time for  quilting. I usually pin a large extension to the edges  so  I'm able to quilt to the very edge.

Our family holiday party and the  raffle  is coming up soon.  I had Tim help me with so many jobs during this process  He pinned, cooked, made beds,  tended puppies, poked and prodded me. Some days even sent me to bed after being hunched over too many hrs !
 ... close up of all the detailed hand quilting...
 Dec 31   finally adding casing tube for hanging ! and testing it out !
  the perfect display wall...........DONE!.. now we can party !!! Its New Years Eve !!

 I  think Ill sort thru all the patterns I've saved over the past few month plus all the colors Ive gathered since last summer. ..  to sketch, dream,, fondle, and plan the next quilt. There's always a next !!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sept - Oct

  We've been busy  ! Of Course ! 

We made V8 one day. the  raw was very good  , mm mm mm,   But after canning it tasted  gross,, something changed within the cooked flavors. Ill make chili with it
 Another day we prepped to can the row of beets. We had big dreams on that   row of beets... sooo many jars.....
 .. It made a monster mess of PINK,   but only gave us 9 jars.
  Then we took a break ! Off to Des Moines..  The sun still shining,   News predicted a week of sun shine.. 
  We headed to DesMoines to the  AQS show..    Day One was wonderful.. Day two was the show.. day 3 was tropical 85 with like 85 humidity ooooo....day 4. 5. 6  Rain ...
  the puppies came with us, they luv all the walks around the parks...  This was the midnight quickie...
 Tim has been  right beside me with all the canning and gardening,  We named him Employee of the month........ well, here he is in DM with the proper parking perks even ! loll
  The AQS quilt show is BIG.  Fancy.  Talented. Awesome. Inspiring...
    This is a type of log cabin..  pretty brights.. neat movement within.
  I was drawn to the brights this year....
  SO MANY many were fancy machine quiting. It really has taken over the shows.  Double click the pics for close ups ,, you'll see why ...
  more brights ...
 more detail....
  ohhh the detail !
  this is on my bucket list..  take a close look !

  This is a total of 9 inches square .........  the bitty points are like 1/16" !
  I like the simple border here,,, some of the pics are possible Good Deed ideas too..
  postage stamp quilt...  million billion bits..... 1"  size

  scrappy layout.. all colors will work...
  this is applique. wonderful colors.  plus fancy quilting.
  click it  for close up......  there is a reason I wont/ don't do applique..
 At one of our stops in DM was a stand of neglected apple trees. LOADED.. I found two grocery bags and filled them till they were bursting.... As soon as we  got home it was  back to the 'work'. They needed putting up!... two batches made 14 jars for the shelves
 home again home again.

Monday, September 16, 2013


  August was just as busy as July was !      I started out with the Quilt of Valor block drive. It was a simple strip block and I had plenty of red white blue strips in a box here.
  Those were sent to Alycia in Colo. She does good work !
  The sisters were here for a baby shower, Camp David was full for a weekend! There was mention of a quilt wanted for Christmas. Gotta grab those ideas when you hear them !  So this was promptly started..

  Its grown... but still needs borders... and quilting !
  The I went to  Quilt club and the speaker demo'd this.. another strip quilt...
  I was going to use the box of fall colors for a Quiltville pattern shown.. but this is same principle but larger..  even simpler.  It was sewn while watching to much  nightmare type news.(Syria)...... I need elves to quilt it yet.
   The Nov baby quilt is making good progress, tis a good thing because it may come early....  I better get to stitching on that again.

 One of my more recent White Wholecloth Quilts  with the most beautiful niece.

 ... and in and around that was the Opening of  The David Canning Company
   with help from the Miller Gardens.. I now have about 100 jars  on those shelves.. NEAT !

                                        ~~~  Employee of the Month~~~

xox      ; ]

   and One fine Saturday..  Raelle was here to explore  the sewing machine.
  She made Jammy Pants.  Designer style with the border at the bottom..  snazzy !
  There is always something in the works here..  with an order from TX for 8 feathered stars to  get done...
............. and my lazy elves watch the  world go by..................