Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sweet Potatoes

Yesterday, Aaron and I....well, OK....mostly Aaron...dug up 157 sweet potatoes. some are monsters. there was a bucket full of little bitty ones that go to my sister for her squirrels.

That is a 6' table.


Here is the large side

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And the smaller side

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I even cut one up for the sister would be so proud. haha


I had already dug up 110 of them before this. And there are at least this many still out in the be dug another day. 

I'm wondering if I'll make 500 this year. I wish you all lived could come and get some...I wouldn't even make you dig them up. hahahaha

Monday, October 17, 2016

Brown and friends

The oldest quilt tops in the to-be-quilted cabinet are now less than 3 years old. I finished piecing this one on March 9, 2014. It got a pantograph called Ruffles by Michelle Wyman. It is about 90x98".


I framed squares with selvages. 

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You can't really tell that they are selvages on most of the blocks.

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The border is a print from the stash...brown, black, tan and beige


The back is a fatback that was waiting for the right, brown and tan print. Binding is the same fabric as the back.


Top thread was Glide Sienna and bobbin was So Fine beige


Now I can go play with leather for a while. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Some roof destruction at the Duck

The last time I was at the Duck.....I found an empty quart whiskey bottle in the little cubby hole between my house and the garage. It was sitting there all pretty...on a napkin.  So, did some wino come by and decide this was a nice place to get out of the weather for the evening. Who knows. this is what it looked like before.

The junk is long gone....but it was a nice space...with a roof....out of the rain, wind, and eyes of the neighbors.

I want to dissuade any of that foolishness in the future, so my son and I took off the roof. I figured that will make the space much less desirable. So, now it looks like this. No to the elements. I have some rocks in there...I believe I will spread those out and plant some cactus in there. Should prevent any further malingering. I think I better put a coat of paint on that plywood on the garage before winter to prevent further rotting. might need a new gutter, too. hahahaha

We cut the roof in 4 sections and took it down. I will have to cut that up and get rid of it later.

Always something going on.

Thrift store leather

I made a quick trip to the Duck so my son could help me with some roof work. that only took about an hour.  So, my sister and I did a few thrift store runs. I was specifically going to see if i could find anything in leather to use for quilting.

I think I did all right.

First stop.....little store downtown

Had to spend $30 for the red jacket and skirt

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2nd stop ....  a couple of pieces for $4.50 each

A cool gray jacket

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And a brown vest that I looks like it is pieced. That will make a cool background piece

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3rd Stop.....all jackets were $4.99

I got a beige one...

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And a brown one...

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And this awesome coat...with a hood....and an yoke like piece in the back

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And an orange shirt for $2.99

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Next stop was a new shop we had never been in. it looked kind of expensive, but right inside the door was this nice yellow jacket for $4

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And if that wasn't enough....we stopped one more place and I scored a purple coat for $4.  I like the white stitching in the back, although that will probably disappear in the de-construction.

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So, I got lots of colors....10 pieces...for about $70. and i think i will have lots of leather fun in the next few weeks. I am tempted to just take the current quilt off the frame and get on with the leather.....but i guess i really should finish quilting it. sigh!!!!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

1600 Inches; black, white and lime

This one marinated less than 3 years waiting to be quilted...from March, 2014.  I like putting the little square between the strips...more interest. 


It is 64" x 84" ... nice couch size

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Back is fabrics from stash...still some of that lime green dots left. haha


Pantograph is Fuschia by Keryn Emmerson. this is the first panto I believe i have seen that takes 3 passes to complete one row.

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Thread was Glide Key Lime for the top and So Fine dark green for the bottom.


Got one more planned to be quilted this month. We'll see how that goes, since i have 2 trips planned. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

My son, the artist

While my son is living in my sister's house...he is sprucing up things. he has done a LOT.

She used to have an old, tired, plain brown door. 

Look at it now. He created the shape around the medallion, routed it all, and attached it to the door. The metal medallion is a piece he got from me.


His head is full of ideas. the 2 dragonflys, made from silverware,  hide the bolts that hold the medallion to the door.


The flower in the middle is made of spoons

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I am so proud of his artistic abilities.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Carol's Doodles

Almost everything in the to-be-quilted cabinet is large-ish....and i wanted to do something smaller that was i took this one out of the rotation. I finished piecing it on December 12, 2015. The blocks were done on the embroidery machine, and then i colored in some of it to make it a bit more colorful.


The sashings and border is a cute print of old-fashioned sewing items.


Size is 42x55
Here are the blocks




The blocks have lots of cool doodles plus needle and thread, buttons, tape measure, dress form, scissors, spool of thread, marking pencil





I like the block with the dress form best....just because i have collected a few of them.



The back is a bright blue from the stash. Quilting was done on the Baptist Fan board.


Top thread was a Glide light blue; bobbin was Bottom Line medium blue


Now I have to go load a larger one. 

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