It’s raining cats and dogs outside right now so I’m going to go upstairs and get this going!
Talk to you all soon!
It’s raining cats and dogs outside right now so I’m going to go upstairs and get this going!
Talk to you all soon!
Jim walked into the guest bedroom -which also serves as my design wall and staging area – looked at the wall and proclaimed “snowing in October!” followed very quickly with “hey, that block needs to be turned…”.
This top was partially made up by MOM. I think it was her first attempt at a bed size quilt waaaaay back when I was in High School. I can’t remember the exact year but it was definitely between 1982-1986. She made a sampler block quilt about this same time period and rumor has it my brother wore it out.
The top consisted of 15 blocks sewn together in the Fields and Furrows arrangement (and one turned wonky). There was a missing component, an eyelet center that was lost so I found some fabric that looks coordinated and completed 5 more blocks.
There is enough of the fabric strips to make 7 more blocks. I think I’ll ponder this for a day or two. The extra blocks could be pillow cases, or the strips made into half square or quarter square triangles for the border, something to jazz it up a little or used for the backing or binding. Just something to think about.
Everything was TORN! I remember doing that too back in the early days. I hated it because you get all those loose threads entangled on everything! Uggh!
It also makes it hard to get things perfectly sewn. My blocks are slightly larger then Mom’s so I’ll have to play with these a bit.
This is a SUPER easy pattern to put together. I made the 5 extra blocks in an hour. This pattern is still available, but has been updated of course and is also a feature of two videos …
and Part 2:
Can’t wait to get this one off of the WIP list and onto the ‘Needs to be Quilted’ list!
Till next time, have a great weekend!
Progress is steadily being made on this Scrappy Saber Sawtooth Star quilt. I sewed the flying geese borders on last night and this morning. Now the only thing left is the outer border! Whoot!
I think the darker borders make the blocks stand out! Glad I went with that…
Till next time!
I’ve heard of this ride but always find out about it too late! This year I saw a blurb in the village newsletter and made sure I put it on the calendar!
This is the Sweet Ride. It is a bike tour around my little town with stops at participating shops. This year the beneficiary was a Senior Dog adoption group called Young At Heart so OF COURSE we had to participate!
Stop 1: Signature Sweets! Another family owned business. They were serving Chocolate Gelato! Yummy! Plus, they were making paninis for our lunch later on in the ride…
Then it was time to meet the pups up for adoption! These dogs were ALL so sweet. I sure hope they get great homes. Check out their website (link up top) and watch their video. They are raising money for a permanent home…
Stop #3: A new business for us is Loving Care Animal Hospital! They were in Rolling Meadows but are now in Palatine! It’s always good to have Vet choices. They were serving up refreshments and more chocolate!
Almost my favorite place in town…Mikes Bike Shop for Stop #4. I love looking at all the fun new bikes. Another family owned business and a great place to bring your bike for tune-ups or stop in to check out what’s happening. They were serving Chocolate Milk and cookies! Then the last stop was D’Vine Wine! Okay…there’s a theme here…another family owned business! This time it was Chocolate Wine!! It tasted like a chocolatey Bailey’s. Yummy!
Then back to Morkes for lunch.
All in all we rode 25 miles so the little indulgences along the way certainly were burned off. We chose to do the add-on miles to make it longer. The stops without the add on miles is about 10 miles so a family with kids could do it with ease.
I need more of these rides…or just rides in general. Mikes fixed me up with a new water bottle holder…you can see it there on my handle bar! No more reaching way down between my legs to get my bottle! (My bike is the blue girly bike below)…
Now I’m recovering…but will be ready to go again!
Here is what’s happening on the design wall…
I have completely run out of neutral strings on my Scrappy Saber Saw Tooth Star. That’s good news and sorta kinda bad news as I really DON’T want to make strings for the next border I had planned in the pattern. See the pattern below…
All that neutral white color are strings.
I could just do whatever and see how it comes out. This topper is after all supposed to be whatever I pull out of the scrap pile anyway. We’ll see. As it is designed right now the quilt will measure 70″ x 70″. From my days in the bedding textile industry we made our comforters for a twin 64″ x 86″ and queens usually were 86″ x 86″. This would fit a twin without a pillow turnover. Or a very comfy lap quilt.
I was inspired, as strange as it may be, by a recent report in the news about Nancy Rink’s STOLEN quilts. One of those quilts had me at HELLO! After reading the news about the theft I thought this would be an excellent block for many people to make on their own and collectively we could give back to Nancy what was stolen. It was a thought and I challenged my fellow quilters over at Quiltville’s Open Studio if they wanted to be involved and the response was amazing.
A long story shortened I contacted Nancy and we have been in touch about actually putting together a different quilt of hers but all is on hold right now as we await further word from Nancy.
So as we wait…with more and more quilters signing up…I’ve been working on these blocks. I also have her original pattern but my blocks are three colors as opposed to her 2 color. This ones for me. I’m secretly in love with these fabrics…
I don’t know why as I’ve never been one to shop much in the 1800’s reproduction section. I guess I just needed some inspiration. These colors actually look great in the living room so we’ll see how this comes out!
Lots of triangles on this one!
Have a great Wednesday everyone!
For more information about the stolen quilts of Nancy Rink see these links:
The yellow ones first, then the red. Now I’ve got quite a bit and need to make something quick!
4 cups tomatoes, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
Cilantro, chopped — add to your taste, I added 1/3 cup
A dash of Cumin
A dash of Salt
A dash of black pepper
1 Tablespoon dried Mexican Oregano, crumbled
Mix all the above together and enjoy!
I actually forgot to take a picture of what it looked like when I pulled into the campground. Here is a photo after Roadside Assistance came and cut off the 7 pin connector that was just hanging on by the black rubber…
Somehow I managed to pinch the cable in between the tow hitch and the trailer. Snap!
Thankfully I was able to use my Good Sam roadside assistance card and a crew was at my campsite within an hour working on the repair.
I know that’s a crappy photo and not at all focused on the cable but I know you’ll be able to see what it is that I did. This was my first solo towing trip for a Girls Campout and it was a real education.
Now that I’m back home safe and sound, problems fixed…thank you Jim for meeting me at Carquest (also needed a new fuse) and bringing me replacement clips (lost those too) and thanks to Master Truck and Trailer for checking my 7 pin connection and teaching me how to re-set my brake controller. And thank you Mary for finding 5th wheel guy in the v8 diesel to come and check over a few things! I feel like my crises has given me a new found appreciation for people that are willing to help.
So has this deterred me from doing this again? No. I’ve just been educated and now (although that was rather painful) what to look for and not make the same mistakes.
Talk later you all!
I’m old school. I have tried ear buds and other ear pieces but to my dismay, those usually hurt my ears. Jim has some super monster noise cancelling headphones that are very comfortable but are REALLY BIG. Great for the airplane but not so great if you want to go for a walk and listen to the radio or music…big and bulky on the head plus when you are outside you want to hear SOME noise around you…just to be safe.
…probably not what you want up next to your ear anyway.
To make replacements you’ll need the following:
2. Pencil or marker
3. . Thread
5. Sewing machine, properly threaded with a size 10-12 needle, preferably a machine with zig zag as that is what I’ll be demonstrating. (though you could improvise if needed if you wanted to do this by hand or with a straight stitch)
6. Hand sewing needle
7. Scrap fabric
8. Scrap piece of cotton batting (other batting would work too but try to stick with natural fibers and low or medium loft, not of that 2 inch foam!)
Ready? Let’s begin!
Step 2: Draw an extension, this is about 1/2″, or enough to turn back over the edge of your earphone…
…mark some placement markings. I marked a T for Top and a B for bottom. Cut our your pattern…
Step 3: Layer your batting, your scrap piece of fabric and your pattern and cut two…
I transferred my markings onto the batting…
Step 4: Sew a zig zag around the outer edge of the earphone pads.
…inserting the needle from back to front. This will bury the knot to the inside…
…and sew a running stitch around the pad. The stitches are not that small, you want them big enough so you can pull the threads to gather in the pads.
Start gathering in the pad. Just pull on the thread and ease in the gathers around the edge.
Step 6: Attaching the pad to the earphone.
Match up your markings and patiently work the pad around the earphone. You’ll pull tightly on the threads…
Tie a knot and cut the threads.
If needed (I did on these earphones) run a second line of gathering stitches to snug the fit (I ran a second set of stitches on one side of the pads), knot and clip the threads!
The great part about these pads is they can be made with whatever fabric you want. If you want to use scrap like me…great! If you want to fussy cut something cute, awesome! If you want to make an itsy quilt block, even better!
I had no idea this 8 pointed star block was also called the Sawtooth Star. I guess it all depends on what you grow up with or learn as you learn your quilting. Apparently it’s fairly popular…so nothing new here.
However, just like the Churn Dash block quilt, this block is super easy to make and very quickly I’ve produced quite a number of them from my stash pull.
I’ve been using EQ7 to come up with some kind of placement for the blocks. Here’s the latest. It is built like a medallion quilt only the medallion portion are the 16 sawtooth star blocks sewn together in the center…
From there I get the best of both worlds. I’ll get my strings in as a border around the center and then the remainder blocks get a spacing between them as then next border. It looks complicated but trust me it actually is turning out very simple. Completely based upon a 2-1/2″ base.
…for the third border. This is why I LOVE EQ7! I would never have been able..okay…maybe never is a strong word, but seriously, EQ7 did this calculation for me within a few clicks. I was stunned at how simple it all was. The best $150 I’ve ever spent!!!
Can’t wait to see how all this is going to finish.
This is my second attempt at naturally fermented food. And my second FAIL. My first attempt was sauerkraut gosh, that was 2 and a half years ago and I’ve not tried it since. But somehow all the Youtube videos make it look so easy and fool-proof.
Harrumph I say!
So today was completion day for the fermented pickles and I brought up the crock from the basement… and looked under the hood, removing my weigh down bag and plate…I skimmed off some scum and took out a pickle…Eww! Oh my goodness…this thing is a mush turd with a hint of garlic and dill. Completely gross. After a few minutes of what to do I decided to pour the whole batch out into the sink and dissect a few…I began to pick them up and some were hard! Oh maybe I didn’t have an all out disaster as previously thought! I sorted out the mush from the ones that actually were firm.. The mushy ones are on the right, only about 5… The ones on the left were really quite firm…
Ever the analyzer I proceed to dissect the lot. The fermented mayhem is splayed out before me…
…and I slice and inspect…
Okay…it looks alright… but how does it taste. I get up the nerve to taste it.
I can’t even describe accurately what the taste was. Tinny? Yes, it was a bit salty. No, it didn’t taste spoiled, no it wasn’t slippery it was just really really awful. I’m thinking it might have been my spices that were making such a bad taste or too much dill. I don’t know. As far as the mushy cukes I think I waited too long to get these cucumbers into a brine.
I’ve been reading about pickle problems and from what the experts (Ball) say fermented pickles need to go from field to crock within 24-48 hours or else they get soft. Certainly I had a few softies.
Oh well. Live and learn. Hopefully my next attempt at the Uncle Kruncker Pickle factory will go more smoothly!
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