Sunday, October 17, 2021

Orphan Block QOV in progress

 I was asked how I construct these and I laughed and said - well... I mess around, and take some measurements, then I go change the laundry. Then I come back and think a little, then I go make a snack. Then .. I come back and cut some strips - and then.... haha - you get the picture ;-)


I decided on this one I was going to start with the width - I would get the panel grown up to 60 inches wide.... then I could start going up and down...


Oh Boy - that photo is a little blown out... sorry - we had sunshine so I opened all the windows!!!


I added two blocks and some sashing to each side - and I even started on the up!! I added a 2 inch border to the top and bottom of the panel section - then started building those blocks on the top.... and now...

when time allows I will start on those bottom ones. 

I am not sure if I will just stitch them all together and then add what is needed on the outside of the row, or if I will sash them.... I guess I have another load of laundry to do to get to this thinking spot!!! 


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Friday, October 15, 2021

Finished ( or not) Friday!!!

 I don't  really have a finish to speak of.... 

I did finish one more hat for M.... 


and!!! I cleaned off my computer - it was running slow so I decided to purge files. I take a lot of photos for a lot of events - and none of those photos need to stay on my computer - so I backed them all up to a external drive and deleted them off the computer. Went from 30G free to 203G free.... now on to the documents....

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Skyline Drive

 We are back to our Vacation photos ;-) 

We saw this one way road and it looked pretty cool - so I was driving and up we went.....


It was very very steep - and very narrown


and on the passenger side... it dropped off pretty quick


but it felt like you were on the top of the world
Until the husband screamed  - stop getting so close to the edge!!
and I told him - i just wanted to see what you see
and he threatened to sell my fabric if I got closer



I am a huge Johnny Cash fan.... so as we kept driving up I started singing:
 
" I drove her out of my mind"   ( but I might have changed it to him.... The husband was not impressed.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Orphan Blocks

 I have been inspired by Cathy's use of Orphan blocks, so I decided to dig into my bag. The only difference is - she has orphans in all these great colors - I have orphans in Patriotics....

Now don't get me wrong - I love Patriotics - but what I had envisioned happening ( you know - being like her) just didn't pan out that way with all one color scheme haha!

And so - I made a change. I have a stack of really cool panels - and I thought maybe I would pull one of those, and see what orphans I can use to build around it!

Here is where I am:


I think I will try to start filling the blanks up and see how many more rows I need to add to make sure it is a 60 x 80 inch size.

I haven't been inspired to start new things lately - so maybe this is a new start for me! 

With Fall coming we had to do Summer clean up - and we still have more to clean up before snow can come. After quilting client quilts ( yay for a real job) and spending the rest of the time on the ranch - its night when I come in. I didn't have any projects in motion to just sit down and stitch for a little  - so I knitted... which is good, but not the same as quilting. 

I had even ( gasp) put some of my scraps away when we had company - and hadn't drug them back out yet. Maybe I will remedy that too. 

Happy Stitching you all!!


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Friday, October 08, 2021

Monkey Wrench Finish... and Finished!! ( or not) Friday!!

 I have a finish!! Yay!!!


So I made this top in March - its is a part of Debby Browns Color Block class ( of which I have failed to keep up! Oh well)  This one she called Monkey Wrench!



I made it QOV sized - so I added the borders to it - and now - ALL DONE!!



Now - did you know about Devoted Quilters WIP challenge? If you need a little extra motivation - I think you might find it there. 

and only - because I know you want to see MORE fall..... Aspen Leaves!


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Wednesday, October 06, 2021

More Fall!! and knitted hats

 We found this cool trail that was once a railroad track - but they have taken the tracks off and maintained it as a trail and now I want to go back and hike The WHOLE thing ( its a lot of miles)



But Seriously - doesn't that look like an easy hike? 


And!! We were stalked.... This Antelope boy was letting us know we were TOO close to his ladies!


I feel like this tree is my kindred spirit - every tree around her was turning colors, and following the rules - but Nope!! She had to stay Green... dancing to the beat of her own drum! haha





I love Fall - well - I love winter too.. so I know I am weird - but I just love seeing the way the earth changes!!


And then I did a little knitting experiment. ( I did not do these while driving to our hiking spots cuz I drove!!! that way I could pull over when I wanted to see something.... and!! I got to pick the trail!)

Texas sent me a roll of Variegated Pastel yarn,  and M's mom brought me a roll of Purple - so~!



I still have no idea how to tell how much you will need
so I started with the Bottom hat - All Purple
then the next one is all Variegated
Then I had more - so I used one strand of Purple and one strand of Variegated and made hat 3

Then!! I still have more left - so I made the top hat out of the leftovers !

I'm pretty sure the next two rolls will result in a different amount of hats - but! There are no leftovers of these two to stash.... I have been warned about having a Yarn Stash  haha!!!

My husband says there is NO MORE ROOM to stash things ( Bwahh haah ahaaa)

Monday, October 04, 2021

FALL!!! ( and a Moose)

 I am skipping the travel log of our Labor Day weekend today because. FALL!!


Fall is my Absolute Favorite Time of year - and so!! I begged the man to take a vacation day ( didn't take much begging)



and off we went - to see what we could see - and lawsy Mercy....



I found what I was looking for!!!




The Drama of the colors - the contrast between land and sky.... 


The ability to watch a storm move in.... the smell



and lookie there!!!


a Big ol Daddy moose was watching us - and you can bet... we did NOT get closer, or even try to be friends - he was amazing!! and protecting a momma and baby moose.... I value my life...


These were my favorite shots of the day - but you know ... there were more!!

I even found another barn for QuiltDivaJulie of the Build  A Barn Book Fame!!!!

Sunday, October 03, 2021

Crockpot Zucchini soup

 I made a soup!!

Or I cooked - either way - you should be jumping for joy!!

I love when the days get cooler, as I love to have my Crockpot going and something yummy waiting for us at the end of the day.... 

So here is 

Zucchini Soup!


2Tbsp Butter

1 Small onion diced

5 cups of Diced Zucchini ( I peeled mine, cuz I don't like the peels)

2 potatoes - Peeled and Diced

4 cups of Chicken broth

1/2 cup of Cream or Half and Half

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese


1. Melt the butter in a pan and saute the onions until soft. I kinda let mine get carmelized.

2. add the zucchini into the pan and stir fry for about 5 minutes

3. Put this in the crockpot

4. Peel and dice the potatoes

5. Add them to the crockpot

6. cover with chicken broth and cook until soft - Mine took 5 hours ( well maybe less, but I left the house for 5 hours and came back and they were soft)

7. Use an Immersion blender to cream it all up

8. and the cream and cheese - stir until melted

9. serve and tell your family you made a cream soup and they will NEVER know it has zucchini in it!!


Friday, October 01, 2021

A Scrappy Strippy and!! Finished! or Not Friday!!

 Hey!!! Did you know that today is October 1st??? Holee Cow!! Fall!! My Favorite-ist time of year!! The only thing I am not a fan of is the dark... Think I could make a deal with the weather that we still get long light days??

I'm starting to dig back thru my Crockpot recipes ... Love having that thing going! I have a love/hate relationship with cooking... I love it, until I run out of time - then I hate the time it takes to make something!!

If you have a great Crockpot recipe - Pass it on ( it has to be gluten free and nut free - because - of course I am allergic to all things good)

Now onto all thing Quilty!!! 
This is my Finish for this week!! 

It is a scrappy Strippy quilt made up of all good things!! and its Blue and cream - so even better!

I quilted geometrical squares on it - and I laughed... I am already a dizzy person - but I found I could make myself dizzier....













Doesn't this make you dizzy?



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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Placemat Project ( RSC) and knitting

 

So September is getting away from me.... I only have one orange placemat made - and not even quilted....



I also got a Blue one made  - and again not quilted. But its good - I have a lot of  Client quilts to quilt, so haven't been able to sneak in one of mine ... when I sneak in mine I add backing to them - so I can just quilt the placemats.... it will happen 


These were being created for our Local Senior Center - we aren't close enough to town to do Meals on Wheels - but our Senior center does weekly lunches - so soon these will be accompanying the lunches - they only needed 32 - so I have delivered those already.  These extras - well I am sure they will find a home ;-)  

and knitting!!
I got a box in the mail from TEXAS... and look at these goodies!! Can't wait to start knitting up hats for M with them!!



These are the two hats I got finished this week... and then we got an update from M - she needed 200 total - and she now has the first 100 all filled, and of the second 100 - 30 have been made... so She is feeling like her goal will be accomplished... but she told us to keep knitting haha!!




I had car time - but it was really truck time - and we are so dirty after riding that I really didn't think it would be good to knit in the dust!! So.... to all the knitters out there.... how do you wash these hats?

Do you use a lingerie bag so they don't stretch???


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Monday, September 27, 2021

A Jeep Tour ( on Day one)

 After we Attended the Military Reunion - we headed out on our adventure! The first thing we did ( after the Wine Tasting of course) was take a Colorado Jeep Tour!  This company was awesome!

I had never been to this region, and so we thought - why not take a Jeep Tour - learn what is out there and then - we can go adventure on our own... BEST decision!!

Our Jeep Driver was Scott - and I wish I had taken a photo of him - he was awesome. He is a school teacher in the regular year and a guide in the summer!

I should warn you - I might have a lot of photos in this post... go get your coffee??


This is looking back at the Territorial Prison. Maybe you knew this - but before Colorado could become a state they had to prove they had a place to lock up the bad guys... Can you believe that? so this is the present day prison - but they started with a small Territorial prison - and a Women's prison.  The first woman arrived at the prison system in 1873 - having been accused of Manslaughter - and they didn't have a place for women - so ... the built a women's prison It was built in 1884 with only 6 cells.

A new one was later built with 40 cells... and they housed women from other states too - Wyoming, Utah and South Dakota.


That little white thing there in the center? That is the Steeple of one of the oldest churches in the town - and for perspective - I wanted to look down on it - to see how high we had climbed. 


Looking down into the river. I think this is the pretty part - then it heads into the gorge - and to me - that was a bit scary to look at - solid rock walls!!  ( and yes - Claustrophobia is a problem ha!)


My dads rule when we were kids was - the First one to see Wildlife gets an ice cream. and so! I documented that I saw the wildlife - and yes - I was actually the first one to point these two out.  We also saw some deer - but I was not fast enough to get the tour guide to stop.

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We thought these two were amazing - their horns are so big!


Then!! We got to the Royal Gorge Bridge!! They stopped letting traffic cross it after 9/11 = but the Colorado Jeep Tours has an agreement with them - and so we got to drive over it!

Oh man - my feet got the Jitters SO bad!! I mean really bad!! You are high up there - 


And it is not very wide - Two cars could not pass each other. If I remember right he told us it was one way traffic -  but still - I held on tight!



I tried to get a little brave and stick my camera out for a downwards shot. I am not sure you can see the train tracks and realize how FAR down that is. K was videoing from his phone and I was yelling at him to hold that phone for dear life!!


Just a rock - but see the edge of the jeep there? ( to the left) Scott left the big door open for me so I could take photos.

The Aerial Tram = this goes over the Gorge from one side to the other - too cool to watch right?


This was such a cool trip - there are way more photos of just this half of the day - but I know you are out of coffee!  If you go to the Royal Gorge - I totally recommend Colorado Jeep Tours! Its a great way to see the area. and if you get Scott - you get THE best history lesson....

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Friday, September 24, 2021

Flags for Sue and..... Finished !! ( or not) Friday!!!

 When Sherrill came to visit me - she did not come empty handed!!!

She came with a Flags for Sue top and backing!! and it is GORGEOUS!!

So what is a girl to do - but to get it QUILTED!!


Isn't that just pretty?  I love the colors she used and that Gold - oh that Gold just sets everything off!




A little Close up for you to see the colors - and of course the Quilting!!

The Quilting is my Finish for this week!!
















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