Friday, August 05, 2022

I brought them to a finish.... and!! Finished (or not) Friday!!!

 Happy Friday!!!

Real quick... a New Mystery is starting in September: Long May She Wave  

I have been traveling a little bit - so this week I chose to finish projects that came to me already started.

The first one was just the center, so I added the Two Borders, the backing and I quilted it.  It is now a Quilt of Valor size and someone in my QOV group will get it bound for us!

Isn't that a fun way to use strippy blocks?  I thought it was really pretty - so added a little flag border and then.... gingham for the outer border.

And the next one - came from Kathy - she made the center, and then she had to move so she gave it to me to see if I should make it bigger. I decided - I really liked it just the way it was. so I chose a backing and got to quilting:

Isn't it pretty?  ( Don't laugh - but I did NOT notice there was one white border, and none on the others until I hung it up to take a photo)  I must have been overtired... but you know what? It will be loved anyways!!

many of you asked about my Flamingo clips - Here is a link to them:

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Oh! And thank you for all the Zucchini recipes - I have tried quite a few of them - and we have enjoyed them  - but zucchini three times a day... whoa - that's a lot!

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Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Ft Laramie

 How many of you have dreamed of being a Pioneer - one of those brave people that crossed the continent to settle in the west?  I can not lie - I have thought of it ... but now that I know how hard it was... I am a fan of electricity and running water hah!!!

We took a few hours to step back in time at Fort Laramie ( Wyoming) and it was awesome!!! I love reading westerns, and I love hearing how tough people were - but getting a chance to see what life was really like.... amazing!!

Sit back... this is FULL of photos!!

Fort Laramie was first a Fur Trading Post, and then it became a Military Outpost. It was right on the Oregon/California/Mormon trail so many travelers would stop there. There are huge fields around it that people would set up camp, and restock before heading west .

The Stage Lines, The Pony Express and Transcontinental Telegraph lines all passed through here.

This is the Single Soldier Bunkhouse. Its actually very large!

The Fort Began in 1834, and in 1849 was purchased by the Military
Check out this wagon - can you imagine crossing the plain in that? Truthfully - I think if I laid down my feet would hang out the end!!

This photo ( below) is Two Bakeries - the one in the back is crumbling, the one in the front still stands.
They had Four bakeries at one time - they made one 18 ounce loaf of bread per soldier per day - with as many as 700 men at the garrison - Holee cow!!

And did I mention it is hot there? It was 102 when we were there? and Shade is a premium!
The building in front later became a school house

If I counted right - there was a Guardhouse, a Prison, and Jail... Heck fire we were bad people!!!
This is the Guardhouse  ( below)

See those tiny cells? They say there were only 5 ft long, but they sure don't look very wide !! I am 5'10" how would I fit???  

I am also VERY claustrophobic - I think seeing one of these cells would have put me on the straight and narrow.... 

This is me Standing in Front of the Guardhouse.

As we kept walking we came to another Jail cell!!!! You walked inside and man, that was rough - but check out the solitary... I threatened Puppy and K... they had better not make trouble!!

Fort Laramie is about 600-700 miles from the Missouri river - depending on where you jumped off to head west. it was one of the only Civilizations wagon trains would come upon between Ft Kearny and the west coast.

This is a photo from one of the Officers Quarters - note the quilt!!! ( Also note that was Happy Half Square Block 24!!!) there really is nothing new under the sun hahahaha!!!

And another... this one is super cool to me!!!

This ( below) is Old Bedlam - supposedly the Oldest standing Building in Wyoming. Its called Old Bedlam because of all the Boisterous noise that came from it ! It was the Bachelors officers Quarters... you can imagine the fun time right?

Just to Prove we were there...and it was hot... we were melting. My Little dog - he is so picky - there was a fresh water bowl there for dogs, and he just looked at it and stuck his nose up. Apparently he can only drink from his water bowl... stinker

THis is what remains of the Old Post Hospital. One would think that with as many jails as there were, and as many wagon trains, Indian raids and just general sickness the Hospital would have been bigger.

This was actually the third location of a hospital on post, and they built this one over a cemetery - so before they could begin building they had to reinter 6 marked graves. Others they worked around, and were left there.

It was a 12 bed facility. in the late 1880's they installed a phone line, so they could actually call the post doctor if needed. it was the only hospital within 100 miles ( in 1880) so they also treated civilians for $1 per day.

Looking at the major part of the post from the Hospital location.
I just thought that was a cool view.

So if you are ever traveling through this area - I would highly recommend a stop. Its pretty cool to see life the way it was, and imagine what traveling would be like. And again - be grateful for modern conveniences!

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Monday, August 01, 2022

An overload of Steppers

I am starting to think I have a problem... or maybe an addiction or maybe... I just can't stop myself from cutting up 3 1/2 inch strips... and turning them into Stepper quilts.... 

I give myself to the end of the year - then I may ask you to stage an intervention.... 

When I was cutting up my blues for the Blue Plaid Quilts ( One here ) and ( One here) I also found Reds - and because I wanted to empty the bag - I cut them too.....

And now:

I have three MORE in progress

One - Is a top already:

Two is Rowed already.... so you know that top is coming soon: 

And three... its on the design wall - and needed some leftover blocks added to it....

It's an addiction... like chips... you can't have just one....


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Saturday, July 30, 2022

Purple Rainbow Challenge for July

 Oh man - july went fast - and I just never got ahead of it!!

Now worries - I still plan to stitch some Purple in August - along with the Orange Angela called for

I did , however - pull what Purple yarn I had and knit up some hats for Operation Christmas Child. Two of them you have seen - but I wanted a true *purple* photo.... you know - for posterity!!

I have just a little bit of Purple yarn left - so will work it into another hat , with the little bit of Lime I have left over. We shall see how far they go... I may have to add a third color! BUT!! there are the 4 that I finished for July

And I even found some Orange ( ish) yarn in my yarn bin.... 

I also finished up this little quilt. I did not make the top - I really think that San ( GypsyQuilter) did , but I can't guarantee it. Now it is all finished and will head out to bring some comfort.

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Friday, July 29, 2022

A Patriotic Finish.... and Finished.... ( or not) Friday!!!

 My Finish for this week is a little lap quilt... With some of my Patriotic Leftovers.

It is going to my Local Hospice for a Veteran in their care.

I think it turned out kinda cute! and it will hopefully bring a little cheer.
And I like that I am able to finish some of my smaller projects and find a home for them. I don't think I see the end to the finishes any time soon.... but I may be slowing down a bit....

This is me trying to be artsy.... hmmmmm... it was worth the try haha!

This is my Favorite photo of my Barn Quilt

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Tell me your most favorite way to eat Zuchinni.
I printed all the ones from last week - but I have even more zucchini... and baking... not happening until the temps drop.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Colorado Ghost Towns - Keota

 I have always been intrigued by Ghost towns. We have quite a few of them in the mountains, and I hiked to one that was really cool. But .. did you know there are some out on the Eastern Plains of Colorado?

I have actually been thru this one on the way to a hike, but didn't really explore it much - so of course!! I had to go back!!

I googled the directions, and we found a back road. Back road for Serious!!! it was gravel the WHOLE way... which of course - I LOVED!!!

We came across a Patriotic Field - I loved it!!!! 
and I found a BARN QUILT!!!

I loved that we could find old houses/barns that are still standing - but the clouds just show you the vastness of the plains. I do like to see forever - but this area defines *forever*

James Michener used Keota as the headquarters when he was writing and filming his series Centennial
I don't know if you have ever watched that - we gave it a try and it is a LONG epic show.... 

the town of Line Camp in his novel was based off of this town

It amazes me that these structures still stand - I can not tell how old each one it - but can you imagine building something that stays that long?

I can't seem to find exactly what this building ( below) is - but based on the rooms I am going to think it was a boarding house.... My opinion only ,

This is the Water tower - its not in use anymore, and I bet the water now would be bad.... I bet there is gunk in there!  But I thought it was funny to see the old water tower with tanker on the ground.. do you think that has water? and the truck with equipment.  they say the town is abandoned - but we saw signs of life around the tower.

Keota dates to the 1880's when sisters Mary and Eva Beardsley built a homestead here. The history I could find said that the sisters along with their brother came out to homestead (under the homestead act of 1862)      The sisters sold their homestead in 1888 to the Lincoln Land and Cattle Company. 

A few more farmers and ranchers also established roots at the spot.

they say this was the general store and post office .. there was a mailbox out front! 

I just like the shadow play on this one.... 

This was the Methodist Church 

Just a town view - with a foundation still on the ground.

Keota was also a station stop on the Old Prairie Dog Express of the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad. 

The railroad was mostly used for shipping cattle from Cheyenne to Sterling. It was abandoned in 1970 and they removed the track in 1982.

The school started ion 1888 and closed sometime in 1951. the school house was torn down - but I believe the foundation in the photo above is what is left of it.

And of course! I had to find the cemetery!!!!

It was only 425 thousand degrees outside - but I think this might be the oldest headstone in the cemetery.

It was a fun little trip. We learned that Ghost towns do not have working restrooms, or even gas stations haha!!  Okay - we knew that - but it was so amazing to see that it was just open space - with nothing like retail to ruin it.... I loved that feeling.

Hope you enjoyed our little trip 

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Monday, July 25, 2022

A Fall Mystery quilt Long May She Wave

I have been asked a few times when the next Quilt of Valor mystery will start - and I drew a blank!

I was afraid my mind had dried up... but!!
Sunday night I was drawing and BAM!!! It came to me!!!!

So!! I drew it up, have tested a block - and will go into full pattern design mode this week...

All this to say.... mark your Calendars.

Lets Plan on Fabric and Cutting Instructions coming out about Sept 7th

and the first clue September 21st

and a new clue each Wednesday until we are done!

It will finish at 62 x 81 inches

This one will use the Easy angle and the Companion Angle rulers

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Friday, July 22, 2022

Blue Plaid Steppers and !! FInished ( or not) Friday!!!!

June's RSC color was Blue - and I ( of course) had blue plaids - so I started cutting them up... I might have cut a lot - but - on these quilts - they are truly scrappy ! I just grab a stack of leftovers , cut them to 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 and stitch until I run out....

This is the quilt I came up with!

You might wonder about my set up.... well..... I had a friend that needed head shots for their business profile - so I set up my light studio and backdrop to do them

And it was only 400 thousand degrees outside 

And I thought Heck fire!!! Hang a quilt.... it should work.... and I think it did....

a close up of the quilting.

I am pretty happy to get this one finished. I have been commissioned for a lot of Memory quilts. And I really like doing those. I just forget that sometimes there are a lot of small pieces, and a LOT of cutting involved... But I am glad to be able to do them ;-)

Now it is your turn to show off your Finishes ( or not) this week.

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Tell me your most favorite way to eat Zuchinni.
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