Friday, April 28, 2023

Hawaiian Churn Dash and ... Finished!!! ( or not) Friday!!!

 I came to a decision... and I followed it, and now I have a Finished top.. and many others on the way!!!

I will start with the finish.. I always like that part better anyways!!

You may remember this photo ( below) ? From one of my Design wall posts?
I had already made a Quilt with all my Hawaiian 5 inch squares.... Dash to Hawaii

But I still had 5 inch squares left over - so I started making churns as leaders and enders until I got tired, and then I made 9 patches , until I got tired... then I tried to see what I had... and I got dizzy....

I stepped back for a minute and started playing with teal sashing... and now!!

I have a finished top!!! Whoop Whoop.... Oh! I will tell you.... I wasn't sure about the border since it was a different shade of teal that the sashing... but! 

It WORKS!!!  I tell you -- It does ;-)

now on to see what I can do with all of those Hawaiian Nine patches!! Well, don't laugh - I already know - I have a plan.... so stay tuned....

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Monday, April 24, 2023

Purple Rainbow Scrap Challenge progress - My Spinning Goose!!

I am so proud.... I am getting my Purple Spinning goose done BEFORE the end of the month!! Go me!! I'll take the win!!! Are you ready???

Ta da!!! I love the purple plaids in this one... I didn't know - but I think Purple might be one of my favorite colors... well, at least for today haha!

and now all of them so far!!

Knitting... I didn't report for March.. the color was Green - I had teal... so I made Teal hats...

But then - I had scraps... okay!! WHO KNEW that you could accumulate Knitting Scraps!!!
My Scrappy hat.... 

Of course, I ran out of scraps ( you can see where) so I grabbed a Teal Purple variegated yarn to finish it.
the jury is still out on if I like this hat or not...

NOW it is time to move to Purple - so I have this muted purple in my bags - I pulled it and and combining it with the rest of the Teal variegated which means... this hat MAY be finished by MAY!!!

Every time I post photos of the hats.. I get asked what pattern I use... and you all know I am a quilter ...not a knitter, so I never know how exactly to answer - but here is the what I do ;-)

We use these LOOMS:

and I followed this tutorial: Knit hat   and I made mine like this: 

To make the ones with a brim - you stitch 20 rows and fold in half ( back up on the loom) them make 30 more rows


I use the pink one for the kids hats, and the purple one for my husbands hats. 

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Design Wall Monday at Small quilts and Doll Quilts

Sew and Tell At Melva Loves Scraps

Monday Musings at Songbird Desings

Midweek Makers at Quilt fabrications

Rainbow Scrap Challenge at So Scrappy

Finished (or not) friday at Alycia Quilts!!!!

Patchwork and Quilts at Quilting Patch

Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than housework

Friday, April 21, 2023

Quilting like the Wind.... and Finished!! (or not) Friday!!

Happy Happy Friday!!!

I'm flashing back a few years.... I found this photo in a box at my parents house, and just grinned...

My Dad started as a volunteer firefighter, and worked up to Chief. There is a Quilting group called Firehouse quilts and I had quilted a BUNCH of the quilts for them.  My Dad asked if they could have some... and some they got!!! 

Firehouse Quilts packages them in ziploc bags so they could be stored in the ambulances, and the kids and I made the delivery. My Mom loved to write so she wrote a story about them for their local paper - and this was the photo she used.... too cute right???

So back to me!! I have been quilting. it's so cool to see all the Variety of quilts that clients make - this one... FOOTBALL!!!  LOVE it!!!

My Clients son wanted some theme quilts for his friends - and one was a Peanuts Quilt... LOVE it!

Last photo ... SPRING has to be coming right? Wednesday was a pretty nice day, until it wasn't - and we got wind and snow and super cold....  this little bloom seems to have made it.... Fingers Crossed!!!

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Monday, April 17, 2023

The making of a Churn Dash scrappy jumble of a mess..... and more!

 Aka - How a Quilt idea goes bad,.... and then maybe redeems itself!!


Remember Dash To Hawaii?  I had a bunch of 5 inch squares left over, so I thought... lets make Scrappy Churndashes.

And then I had to make some memory quilts and I thought - lets make some Hawaiian 9 patches as leader ender blocks...

and then.... I thought - lets make them into a quilt...

I put them up on the design wall , walked a little bit away - and wondered what I had been drinking at the time.. cuz man!! I sure felt dizzy now!!!!

Of course, I had to leave that up for an hour or two... wanted to see what the dog did, and what the husband did... they fell down too!!! 

Back to the Design wall... I decided to separate them out to see what I thought....

Nope still not working for me on the 9 patches.....

But hey!! Those churns are starting to look better.....

what if.. I used a solid to break them up????  *Breaking up is hard to dooooo*

I think I am on to something.... say tuned.... my goal is to make something of these before they make me fall down again!!!

Ps... did you see that Bernie at Needle and Foot and Preeti at SewPreeti are co-hosting the Positivity Quilt Along for 2023.... here is the Link    check it out.....

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Design Wall Mondayat Small quilts and Doll Quilts ( plus its her birthday!!!)

Sew and Tell at Melva Loves Scraps

Monday Musings at Song Bird designs

Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

Needle Turn Thursday at my Quilt infatuation

Oh Scrap at Quilting is More Fun than Housework

Friday, April 14, 2023

Ethels QOV and !!! Finished ( or not) Friday!!!

 Happy Friday!!!

Hope your week has been amazing!! We had Cold, Grey Skies, super sunny skies and even hit 86 - all in the same week!!! Its awesome!!

But!! I got a Quilt of Valor Quilted... I am kinda surprised, but maybe not really - this is the first one I have quilted this year!!!! 

I think Ethel did a great job with this panel, and I'm excited to get it back to her to bind!

Look at that amazing green grass!!!  Does it not make you think spring?  
Well - Last year - we put down turf grass - and man am I so glad we did... Its not quite spring yet - but!! I have green grass!!!!  LOVE it!!! ( plus it helps melt the snow!)

That is my great personal finish this week!

I finished two memory quilts for a dear friend, and have a T shirt quilt about 1/2 way done - so it's been very quilty around here!! LOVE it!!!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2023

The Tale of Two pigs ( pt2)

 Good Morning from the Ranch...

Milkshake would like you to know.. that she!! Is just as important as those tiny creatures we all ohhed and awwed over..... she is not a fan of them!!!

But aren't they so cute all snuggled in their straw home!!!

This is what greets me each morning - aren't they so cute!!!
Oh well, and I introduced them to marsh mellows - so you know - they expect one EACH morning, and if I don't bring them one.... they are very vocal about it!!!

Just so you know - Pigs have teeth - so I am very careful as to how I give them their marshmellows!!!

Because we don't really have a permanent pig set up - and we didn't expect the snow and wind to keep coming - even in APRIL!!! Their straw home is temporary.  AS soon as we get consistently warm weather - their real house will be moved in!

So I read them a story - one about all the different kind of pig houses....

 and I am not sure they understood...

Cuz Cam and Mitch - well they huffed and they puffed and they are gnawing their house down!!!

See how they are attacking that bottom bale.... Stinkers!!! ( PS It has been replaced now... I am a great house builder!)

This is Cam eating his Morning Marshmellow.... its a little challenging to hold the marshmellow and the camera !!!

Mitch... oh Mitchy... he has figured out digging in the dirt...

Back to Milkshake.... she is all worn out from watching them... either that or she thinks if she ignored them they will go away!!!

Have a great day!!!!

Monday, April 10, 2023

Crumby Rail Fence in the round ( ish)

 Once upon a time - Cynthia over at Quilting is more fun that Housework said - I could use some rail fence blocks for the compassion quilts that I am making for my local Hospital.. and I said - Hey I can (kinda) stitch straight lines!!!

So I pulled out the Blues and Tans ( and oops a little bit of teal) that she asked for and spent an enjoyable morning stitching blocks for her.  I picked the best - mailed them off, and then looked at my sewing table

Boy did I have a LOT of scraps left, and boy did I make a MESS!!!

Then life happened, I piled those scraps on the lid of a bucket ( filled with other scraps) and went on.

Spring Cleaning hit!!! and I pulled those scraps back out again, and went to work. 

I put everything into 5 1/2 inch squares - and Oh! My ! Stars!!! there were a lot!!

I started throwing them up on the design wall and a plan came to me! 

And I  kept working  - and hey!! How many of you get Hulu?  Brothers and Sisters is on there. I watched a few episodes years ago when it was on TV... but... kids..... Too many events haha!

So on came another episode and then:

But!!! I still had more color blocks,.... and so... I started another round... ish!!

When my husband came up for lunch ( he works in the basement a few days a week) He Said!!

Oh heck fire - I like that!!! and so... I stopped

( okay - I also only have 2 blocks left)

Who knew that I could make a whole nother quilt out of the leftovers?? 

Tip #1 - Make sure your rotary Blades are sharp... Get them here

Tip #2 - Watch a fun show... you won't want to leave until you run out of blocks!!

Now!!! Just to make you aware Cynthia is running another little Block drive - and!!! it is CHURN DASHES... oh you know I have to make at least one..... 

I think I have until May to get a few to her!

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Friday, April 07, 2023

Double Wedding Ring and ................... Finished!! (or not) Friday!!!

A client called and said I have a Quilt top, and I don't know what to do with it. I want it to be usable - can you help?   And I thought  - You know? I may be equipped to do this!! 😂🤣

So she brought me this double wedding ring top.

I had to repair a few seams first, and try to soak some stains out. A few stains wouldn't come out - but! at least it is clean!! 

And TA DA!!

The sun even cooperated to get a few well lighted photos!!!

This is not the whole thing - it is quite large, but I didn't want it to hang on the ground.  - Note - the right side was squared off - so I had 3 scalloped sides and one flat ... interesting.

I am glad that she chose an all over design - I think it helped to tame some of the burbles in this quilt. Which for a hand pieced quilt was rather well done!!!

Panto used is : Feathers a la Mode  (Click Here) 

Quilt Holders: Flamingo Clips   Margarita Clips

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Thursday, April 06, 2023

The Tale of Two Pigs

Once upon a time I went shopping... Of course, it was at a sale barn where the most amazing animals showed up. And I fell in love and I had to buy something!!!

I mean - you are there, they are there.... kinda of like fabric shopping - you can't go into a fabric store without getting a little something right??

and so... I got Something.. times TWO!!!

Here they come!!!! ( Notice the snow on the roof on the top right?)

We loaded them up and took them home. Now here's the thing with Pigs - they are not fans of cold, and the temps dropped from like 50 to almost 20 by the time we got home, so I hooked a heat lamp up in the trailer as soon as I got stopped to warm them up...

and got them a little water. Travel makes them thirsty!!

Now they are all warmed up and ready to go to their new home....but they weren't sure about leaving the trailer...

but then they saw their new home!!
and they got all excited !! I mean I read them the Big Bad Wolf story and they thought the Straw house sounded the best... they knew they were safe from wolves here, and they knew they could burrow in the straw.. things were looking up!!

Meet  Cam!!! and Mitch!!!

They posed - just for you!!!

Don't they just look all happy burrowed down in there!!!

Stay tuned for more adventures.... 

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Tuesday, April 04, 2023

Instant pot Chili

 A while back I got an Instant pot - and I LOVE it!!!! I can make so many things in it !! I still am a HUGE Crockpot fan... If you knew me in my pick up kids, and run to a gazillion hours of sport/ animal/ robot  practices days - you know I make a mean Crockpot lasagna, and well, just about anything.... 

So it is time to ramp up my Instant pot abilities.

It has saved me many times when I did not prepare anything for dinner.  

It has taken frozen meat and made us Fajitas, and soup, and baked potato's, and hardboiled eggs....

But!! I had a new plan in mind...

I wondered if I could make my Chili at lunchtime, and then leave it on the Slow cook mode, and still have a great meal in the evening.  

Spring is coming, and so we have a LOT to do outside, and lunchtime seems to be the time I am free to cook - evening finds me outside until dark.... ( even last night, with the threat of snow coming and awful million mile an hour winds.... I had things to do!)

So I made my Chili at lunchtime ( 1pm) planning to eat about 7:30 pm....


First I turned the pot to sauté - and I sautéed Diced bell peppers and diced onions

then I added the raw ground beef, and sautéed it until cooked. we are beef eaters - I used 2 pounds.

I turned off the saute - and started adding:

 I had 3/4 of a jar of spaghetti sauce left from Sunday  night ( I made pizza!! go me)

Next came a can of Drained Kidney beans, and drained Pinto beans

It started looking yummy.... but you know - I had a bag of mini carrots in the Fridge, so I diced those and added.... oh!! and I had a bag of frozen corn... so I added it...

Stirred everything up.   I decided it needed a little more liquid... so added a cup of water. 

Closed the lid and hit pressure cook - set the timer for 15minutes

When the timer went off, I let the Vent come down for 15 minutes before releasing the vent.. and taste tested!!

You know what I forgot? I added a little Garlic Salt....

and turned it to slow cook ( with the lid on)

At 8pm - when we finally broke for dinner... I was HAPPY!!!

Yummy Chili in my Tummy!!!

Of course, we served it with Fritos, Shredded Cheese - and for me Sour cream

Chili is the one thing that I do LOVE leftover - so after we ate, we divided it up, and I have enough for lunch today and tomorrow!! Yay!!  ( ps! for both of us!!)

Here is a link to the Instant Pot that I have : Click here

Do you have a favorite Instant Pot recipe? Share it with me... remember tho - I am that Pain in the Tocus eater - can't have gluten, nuts, pineapple.... 

Oh yes, and I probably jinxed the weather - we woke up to snow.... and gloomy skies... 

A great day to stay inside and quilt!!!

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