Thursday, January 15, 2015

Flying Blindly

Machine quilting flying geese.

Pattern by Jeliquilts.  Pretty apprehensive about quilting, I searched for help on the net-APQS Tutorial: Custom Flying Geese BorderForest Quilting plus my copy of Custom Curves by Karen McTavish were all helpful.

Stitching through the paper, I figured it's not much different than paper piecing.  It's kind of messy, not having any marking pens (not dried out from non use).

 That's it, DONE!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Update and a new name for our Home

Rosewood Acres
We're almost finished with the majority of the renovations here. Only 2 rooms left to be gutted for remodel. It's been a rough and rocky 2 years. We've done a lot of the work ourselves with a HUGE help of our friends in Missouri (couldn't have done it without their skills!)  With things  starting to return to normal, I've started to sew again.  Can I get a small Hallelujah!! I'm very thankful for everything we have in our lives and the ability to live on our small acreage.  I will again start to blog here and there as its been a log of sorts to help me remember especially in light of a break-in we had during all of this transition.

A few finishes in the last 2 months.
Sew along Mini done on Instagram.  Pattern by Better off Thread
Applique added to the borders of my World of Blossoms Top.  It's now finally waiting on a call from my favorite quilter to be next in line.
Baby quilt

I finally got the scallops cut and binding on this quilt.

This has been my project from the beginning.  It was originally a built in and was planned to cut up and hauled to the landfill. With a little TLC this has been one of my favorite DIY projects in some time.  As of 2 days ago, it's considered finished and the room all put back together.  I couldn't be happier with the end result and a place to finally display my china which has never made it out of a box in 20 years.
Yesterday playing in the studio instead of working on UFO's  Pattern by Jeli Quilts
So for now it's back up to my new sewing studio to tidy up from pulling scraps out to play.  My hopes are this year I will focus on finishing some projects already started, sew from my stash, plus sew from my scraps.

May your week be blessed!


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Where has time gone?

It seems almost forever since I've visited my blog, not to mention since I've had real internet! I've missed the interaction with the few I follow and those who email me. Thank you for checking up on me here and there. I am still here.

 Lets see if I can catch you up on happenings around the farm (Rosewood Acres) since April.  BTW there has been no applique or sewing what so ever.  I've had some really down days but all my supplies and most of our belongings probably about 95% are in the barn with the mice.  Yeah, I know, depressing.

We started out with renovations to be completed by no later than Sept.  They have barely even began.  We've done a lot of work outside while waiting on the rain or whatever the excuse might be for the day. I've even planted a garden with a few flowers. Gasp, when did that ever occur?  I think this was really my sanity many of days.  I've harvested several heads of cauliflower, beans, a few bell peppers and a couple (really only a couple) blueberries. I've purchased numerous trees to add to the landscaping when the renovations finish including lots of trees for an orchard.  I can't wait to move them from their temp homes to a more permanent location.
The flowers were mainly to lift my spirits.  My Grandmother used to plant flowers in her garden.

A dear sweet quilting friend of mine, 
Miss Sandi gave me 2 of these guys for my garden.  I have one to dress yet and get him out to be on guard with the trees. Isn't he just the neatest scarecrow?

We took the corn crib down, I stressed over destroying a piece of history, but in the long run it should of been taken down more than 10 years ago.

 I saved numerous boards to work with at a later date.  They guys have worked hard to make our place seem more like home each time they were here.
After it was taken down, they shredded it to be used as horse bedding for Miss Emily's horse. The ultimate in recyling, yes?!

When it was shredded, all the nails were separated out so not to be any hazard for the livestock.  From here, it gets put away for later use.

There was a lot of hay making going on all the while. Thank goodness we have friends to help us along the way to know what and who to call for help in the field.  We got 2 grass cuttings making over 500 small bales of hay for our Lulu.  Let me tell you, the first round, the Mister had the baler set for 75# bales....needless to say, the next time was more like 45-50#ers.  Not bad for 5 acres which had been severely over grazed and full of thistles.  We've learned a lot this go around.  Although Miss Emily is still waiting on her riding area to ride in.  She has been the most patient of girls. Thank you Sweetie for all your help and being patient.
We've enjoyed many Iowa sunsets, every one seems more and more breath taking than the last.

And there have been a lot of these since we've moved.

We've added a few animals to the crew, just because we could.  Many being chickens.  This is always something I've wanted to do, have fancy chickens.  Miss Emily has taken it a step further.  There was an old chicken coop to our property she choose to clean and renovate.  Of course the Mister has helped a lot.
This is Bubbles our Easter Egger roaster.  He is good to his flock and can be seen a many of nights with his arms stretched around another chicken who isn't feeling secure enough.  He loves the camera and always is in range to have his photo taken.
Emily has even taken to raising chickens for hire.  Her webpage is Rosewood Poultry.  Basically, I showed her how to get started on building her site, from there and with the help of another online chicken friend, has built a pretty awsome site.  Currently she has approximately 3 dozen eggs in the incubator.  She has even made a Facebook page as well.

And this is Hope.  She is an Australian Sheppard we adopted about 2 months back.  She has 1 blue eye and 1 brown eye.  
Hope meeting her first chicken.  Lol, the chicken thought he was being offered up for supper.  He didn't really know what to think.
And this is what we have been living like for the past several months waiting.  I'm starting to wonder if we will get everything buttoned up before the snow starts?  I have great friends encouraging and praying for us.

  So, until I have another evening to update you on our happenings around Rosewood Acres, know your in my thoughts a many of days.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Starting a new block

Sunday was more of a down day since the Mister and Emily were fighting a cold. I decided to pull one of these from Sandra.  Thinking ahead right before we moved, I ordered kits knowing everything was stuffed into storage.  We had to fish a bag of horse feed out of one yesterday, let me just say it was all the way in the back of one of the three units.

I'm glad I had the forethought to place the background fabric along with the kits.  Now, I'm ready for prep work while I wait for gravel to be delivered for the driveway and propane for heat. 

Saturday was a nice warmer day. We lost almost all of our snow, with just the right amount of sunshine to dry the lots a little around our new place. We're trying to decide if we want to rent or purchase a used Skid steer.   The Mister had 2 to call on Saturday, of which, both were sold.  Since this was the case, we stopped in town to rent one for next weekend.  Hopefully, we'll be dry enough to get the barns cleared out along with all the goat mess in the lots.  Last week, we mostly worked by hand getting the horse barn clean.  WOW is all I can say.  This is a photo of just some of what we cleaned. 

While we were working, the moon was rising on the horizon.  I couldn't help but try to grab a shot.  I think this is one of the better ones.  I'm still trying to learn my new camera.  
Living without any major appliances has been a challenge to say the least.  This has been where I've been doing my laundry, 5 loads at a time.  Although sometimes it could really be more like 7.

And did you know, you can bake (or cook) brownies in a table top oven type slow cooker? The edges were a little brown on mine because I didn't check them enough.  I mixed them straight from the box, using 300 degrees instead of the recommended baking of 350 degrees. Cook time was a little over 30 minutes.  Plus, asparagus cooked in the same cooker (my first time trying Sunday) was the best I've ever cooked, taking about 2 hours on 300 degrees. I just kept checking it with a fork till it was tender enough.

I imagine, I won't have much time extra time this week.  Only time will tell.  Our construction friend is coming up for a visit in 2 weeks.  We're trying to finalize our work plans for the summer.  It sure seems funny talking about it this way, when there is still some snow on the ground.

Friday, March 22, 2013

A new Stitch Technique

When I took a couple of classes, back in October 2012, with Sandra Leichner, one of the classes was a technique class with fuzzy details (as Sandra calls it) "the Turkey Stitch".  I took notes thank goodness inside my class instruction booklet she gave me. Apparently not good enough, I had to search online for a video to refresh my ole noggin (which is more often than it used to be).  Thankfully YouTube rescued me once again. What did we ever do before YouTube?!!  First you begin with regular applique in blue of course since it's my all time fav color.

 Then add the veining (like Sandra's) (I'm not sure I care for the color I picked for the lighter blue fabric) and a few french knots, I thought would be appropriate.

 The looping

Next you cut and shape your looping, which btw was a little unnerving, being how I just spent so much time learning.  Then fluffing,
Repeating for the sides.
Cut, shape, fluff.
There you have it, I learned a new stitch, the Turkey stitch. Gobble, gooble, lol, ok Sandra did say it's not named after a turkey.  Maybe someday you'll find a use for this stitch.  I'm all about learning new techniques to use.  I love the extra dimension it gives applique, kind of a little unexpected surprise.  I also have an older book by Karen Kay Buckley with stitches something like this in my library.  Great things to know.  Thank you once again for another wonderful pattern Sandra!

As I sit here typing, our new house is almost ready for us to take possession.  Hopefully we get to move Miss Emily's horse home Sunday.  Then, more moving will be in order.  I only hope I'll still get to do some handwork for my own sanity.  

Have a blessed weekend!


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