Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter Dinner

 This last quilt is all quilted and trimmed, just waiting for binding. I had hoped to get it done by the end of the weekend, but oh well! I had some other stuff to do!
 I made a TON  of carrots for Easter Dinner at my folks' house. Leftovers anyone? I used this recipe Skinny Glazed Carrots. I just sauteed my carrots in a skillet with the butter instead of microwaving them.
 A TON! Look at this good looking spread. It was all delicious!
 After lunch Dad showed us the tree that was struck by lightening the other day. Pretty weird stuff there. It looks like someone just took a potato peeler and stripped off a thin strip of bark from top to bottom. We'll see if the tree lives on or not.
 It's just a few feet from the house, so it's a wonder that it didn't strike the house!
 Here we go all loaded up and ready to go home.

It was a beautiful day and we had a really great dinner!
Sunday, April 20, 2014

Merry Easter

Easter means Easter Dresses. I don't think I'll ever forget this Easter Dress. The print says 1965, so I would be 5 my sister would have just turned 7, so I guess big brother would be 9 I think.  My Mom made these dresses for my sister and me, and they were wondrous dresses because they had capes. Yes, capes. Like super heroes. Of course I got boring blue and my older sister got pretty pink, but Oh my what excellent dresses they were. My brother  and sister and me and the neighborhood's dog-Tippy, I think, out in the yard on Easter morning. I imagine we were leaving to go to Sunday School.Looks like it was a nice day and I hope this Easter day is nice too! I'm off to the folks for Easter Dinner-YUM!
Saturday, April 19, 2014


Look what I got! My SIL came over and put in additional lights in my garage. They are wonderful!
 He out in two more, now I can see into the freezer and I have great lighting on the steps too! What a great Job !!!

Craft Your Environment

Today I went to the Craft Your Environment event at the Iowa City Salvage Barn.
I blogged about the salvage barn before, Here. It's at the same location as the Re Store store. Today was a crafty show of recycled craft items, and fun things for the kids to do too. DD was babysitting for Wyatt and Mason and Will today so they all came out.
 Here's Will and Wyatt planting a sunflower seed in a reused newspaper starter pot. They also went on the reusable water bottle hunt...they all found a water bottle! YAY!
 This crafts person, made lamps and decorative items out of gears, and car parts.
 The girls that had this booth had really awesome re-purposed paper notebooks and comic book covered shoes and all kinds of interesting things. But what caught my eye was the table. Look it was once a treadle sewing machine table. See the foot treadle and belt reel? It's so different!

Look at the very back of this picture they made tote bags out of grease rags. I remember those pinkish colored grease rags from  along time ago!

 Over in the Salvage Barn is a lot of really wonderful wood parts.

 It's so great that they do this work to re use the wonderful old house parts.
Look at this pretty fireplace surround. It is awesome. It must have been a really sad day when it was removed from it's home. So with the wonderful weather it was an excellent day at the Salvage barn!

Number two done!

 I finished the 16 patch quilt! It looks great!
 I just did a big meander on this one and used the scraps for a scrappy binding,
 The back is pieced too, I didn't have enough of the block fabric left and it came out really good. I don't really like to piece the backs but it does look good!
One more to go, maybe I can get it done before the weekend is over!
Friday, April 18, 2014

One Done

 I have a little pile of baby quilts waiting to be quilted.
 This one is first. It's for a girl who works at the American Legion.
 I added a little green border to the edges. I kind of think now, that I should have made it wider, but it is what it is now.
 I just straight line quilted it, and it came out great!
 I used my new favorite 3" binding, and I love this quilt!
 Look at those nice corners!
 ANd the back is little pink, black and gray hearts.
 Look here's one little issue I had, I was short 1 block, so I had to piece one, can you just barely see it? Gives it that made with love by hand look don't you think!
 All washed up and has a nice crinkle look that I just love. Now on to the 16 patch. Come on motivation, don't fail me now!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lunar Lunacy

So I tried really hard to get a quick picture of the lunar eclipse last night, and I guess, you can tell, that my little cell phone just isn't doing the job. It was pretty cool to see though. I checked the progress from about 1:50am until about 2:05 am and it did get pretty pinkish colored, but I didn't see the red color that was talked about.

 Yes, I was at work...shhhhh.
I walked away from the lights and still couldn't get a picture of the shadow.

This is probably the best it got for me.
Saturday, April 12, 2014


 So Hubs volunteered me to make another baby quilt for a gal who works over at the American Legion. She's due in May for a baby girl and he says she likes pink and green.

 So it's my lucky day! I have this cute Riley Blake fabric and it has green and pink stripes. See I'm still on track with using up my fabric!
I have a bunch of blocks to square up now. This is going to be a cute baby quilt!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Moving Along

 I had a couple of four legged friends in the car the other day. We are back to a 4 dog home for a while again. Such good grand-dogs.
Yeager, just makes herself at home.
Anyways, I got some blocks cut out for a different boy-ish quilt. I used that template I made...TRIANGLES!
I better get busy, if I get this top done, I'll have two done and ready to quilt, if I get three, maybe I'll go rent the long arm machine!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

April Frost

Really? I mean RALLY! I sure wasn't expecting it to be this cold Saturday morning.  Oh well no matter, I'm planning to sew some quilt blocks for another baby quilt. DD has informed me we need a couple of girls quilts for a couple of nice gals she knows.
Chain piecing these 16 block squares sure goes fast, I have the 9 blocks I need for the baby size all done already!
Cute! I am such a bad color matcher I kept the baby socks and clothes print in all of the blocks. Most of the bloggers are using all different fabrics-I'm not that brave.
I have the back pieced and ready to go, but I need to go get some batting. If I get several quilt tops done I might take them to the longarm machine! I haven't been there in awhile!
And I have cut out the temp[lates I need for the next quilt I have in mind. I'm still on a mission to use up my fabric stash. I made these templates out of s sheet of plastic I got from my work. It is block with a texture on one side and it is found on some incoming raw material pallets. I think I'm pretty smart-I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch holes in the plastic so I can mark on the blocks when I cut them out. We'll see how this all goes, I'm not very template experienced.