Sunday, May 1, 2016


I got this quilt back last week from Mangelsens; they quilted the top with a star pattern, which I thought would be perfect from an old military dude. I used a red ombré fabric for the binding, and tonight I added the finishing  "made by" patch. Tomorrow it gets mailed. A wee bit late for my dad's birthday, but he'll love it. I hope. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Past Few Weeks

Where do I begin? The last few weeks have been jam packed with stuff. I should begin with the PBR. For my birthday, Denny bought tickets for us to attend the Professional Bull Riding event at the Qwest center. It's something that has been on my bucket list for a while. I rustled up a plaid shirt, a pair of jeans, and my favorite cowboy boots for the big show. I hoped to god I didn't look like a geeked-out newbie. Thankfully, I didn't. I loved the whole show. I'm fascinated with anyone who would get on such a huge animal and risk getting stomped on. Even if they don't get romped on, the long term effects of all that whip-lashing can't be good. All that stuff aside, we had a blast.**Note: two guys did get stomped, and one was carried out unconscious.Bummer.  
 Before the show I spent the day checking out garage sales. Thanks to a friend who tipped me off about a fab garage sale not far from here, I scored a 1948 Franklin sewing machine. Franklin's were produced by Kenmore. This gem has the coolest wooden carrying case, and the best thing about this machine? It's perfect! Not a scratch, and not even a shred of "thread fuzz" on it. I honestly don't think this machine was ever used. The case is in perfect tack as well. Did I mention it works, too? A total score for $20. Dennis asked me what my plans are for it. I think I'll just stare at it for a while.... 
 The day after the PBR I volunteered for the Color Vibe run downtown. Some of the proceeds will benefit my office. I thought parking would be a nightmare, so what did I do to avoid it? I ran from my house to downtown, then walked back. Ten plus miles. I think next year I'll drive, as traffic was practically nil. I had fun on my trek, I must say. It's funny the things you notice when you are walking or running. 
 My latest sewing project is a baby quilt. I've been eyeballing this pattern for a while. It is quite a fiddly pattern, with more itty bitty pieces than I care to discuss, but really, it is so worth the effort. I like it so much I might make another for myself! 
 Work took me to Hooper, NE on Wednesday. I would love to take over the office for the rural counties. I don't know what it is about those small towns, but I love them. They are fun to explore, and historically they are fascinating. I would have liked to wander around the two blocks of the downtown, but crappy weather was predicted, so I blew outta there when I finished my presentation. I love that job, there are no words to describe it. It's fun, interesting, and different everyday. 
 Here are some pics to correspond with the past few weeks.

In a bush just off to the left, there was a black, lacey bra swinging in the wind. And no, it was not mine. These bottles were cool as hell though. I'm sure these are souvenirs of many a drunken night. 
This is my Fancy Forest baby quilt. I just so happen to think this will be a treasure of a gift. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016


So this little baby came to live with me on Wednesday. She's a Lavender Orpinton, and is she ever sweet. She'll be living in my makeshift brooder until she gets all her feathers. I found out early on that my brooder wasn't escape proof, which almost made her a Scooby snack for Cha cha. Oy! 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Weekend

It's that time of year again when I make the annual Lemon Curd Fruit tart for Denny's birthday. I figured since I would be in the kitchen all day away, why not bust out some bread? King Arthur Flour posts the best recipes, and they are all very,very good. I don't think I've ever had a KAF fail. Thursday they posted a cheese brioche bread recipe, so I'm giving it a whirl. It's a two day process, so I unfortunately extended my one day in the kitchen to two. Poop.  
Happy birthday, Dennis!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Perfect Day

I took advantage of this gorgeous day to be outside. I spent the morning working on Julie's quilt and decided to hang it on the clothesline for a picture. I really like the way it has turned out, I especially like the wacky, patchy, scrappy color scheme. I hope she likes it. I'm on the fence about the border color, my gut tells me white. I need to give it a little more thought.
   I then decided to do a little yard clean-up. So I spiffed up the coop, and took down another tarp. I'm leaving the south side and top tarp on. The top tarp will do a good job of keeping  the rain out of the run, and until I plant giant sunflowers on the south side, I'm leaving that tarp up. The south side gets so much sun, I thought it best to leave it up for some shade. 
I also cleaned up the back door path. It  was so mulch-covered from the chickens kicking it out of the flowerbeds you couldn't even see the flagstone. It is futile trying to keep up the them. 
Denny is enjoying his trip to Atlanta. There is a big wing-ding barbecue at my brother's this afternoon, so that should be fun. And I'm  seriously thinking of having popcorn for dinner! 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


I put a fork in this tonight, just in time to travel with Denny this weekend to Atlanta. He's off to the practice rounds of the Masters, he's more than excited. This quilt is a surprise gift to my Aunt, I hope she likes it.I still have two more gift quilts in the works, as well as one for myself that needs a binding. I'm digging this quilting business more than I thought I would, and my trusty Featherweight is a dream to sew with. In other news, Denny fired up the rusty turd he bought at the end of summer last year, oh, how I missed the sweet, sweet smell of rusty turd exhaust. Try to overlook the "Sanford & Son" porch we have going on, it's more than unsightly, and in definite need of a facelift. Ugh. But hey, why have a pretty deck when the only thing on it are a bunch of crappy motorcycles? And finally, my little bantam hen, who spent a month being broody, and another 2 weeks recovering from her bad case of the "broodies," finally laid an egg. A broody hen acts like they are possessed by the devil, I hope I don't encounter that ever again.

Saturday, March 26, 2016


My latest quilt project is Flutterby, by Jen Kingwell. This is also a gift, and when this is done, no more. From here on out it's potholders and pin cushions people. The business of quilt making and giving is a little too costly. I still haven't finished the Granville shirt for myself. *Sigh* 
I still need to perfect my points. Some of them look pretty good, and others just suck. I'm not sure where I go wrong. My seams are 1/4", and my cutting is accurate. I did plenty of sewing and ripping on this block, and still the points look crappy. 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

So Close

I'm within 12" of finishing this quilt. Due to a mathematical error, I will be purchasing another bit of the newsprint fabric tomorrow. Argh! I tried piecing a few bits of scrap together, but that looked utterly ridiculous, mainly because the fabric is directional. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, hopefully his highness will appreciate my effort. 
On a weather related note: today sucked. It was cold, with periodic blasts of snowfall. Typical I suppose, but a total drag nonetheless. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Dump Update

So, I worked all day at "the dump." Dennis asked if I would schlep over a bag of corn for the deer, which I did, but I ended up staying all day. I unearthed a brick patio that I refer to as, "the grotto." The bricks were buried under 6 inches of dirt and leaves. I also scooped out the outdoor oven, which will be very cool when restored. We filled 25 bags of leaves and debris, and man am I tired...
Here are a few pics. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Quilting Frenzy Continues

I finally finished the scrappy border for my aunt's quilt, so all I have left is to add another border. I haven't photographed the top with all four scrappy borders, but trust me, it's pretty cute. Paper piecing is a fiddly mutha, let me tell you....
I'm making the border white, with the hope that it will "match" something in her house. I started a lap quilt for my dad. I bought The Gypsy Wife pattern book a few weeks ago, so I'm using one of the block patterns in it for my dad's quilt-practice for when I make the quilt for myself. I love the pattern the little fish give this block-quirky without being cheesy. I hope he likes it. 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Scrappy Quilt with a Scrappy Border

Only 3 remaining borders left to do. What a fiddly, pain in the ass, but completely worth it. I even love the pile of trimmed bits. 

Yet Another Scrappy Quilt

I've finished up phase II of another scrappy quilt. I'm working on a scrappy border to match the center. Now I know why I saved all those miniscule bits of fabric! Oy, this could take a while....

Out With the Old and In With the New

I submitted my last essay on Wednesday, and tomorrow I should finish up the remainder of my last class. I didn't exactly accomplish what I originally set out to do, but I'm okay with that. I ended up with two, dip-shit, degrees. Woot.The last 4 1/2 years have been pretty miserable for me. I never wanted to go to college, and when I got there I realized why. However, I can't say it was all bad. I met some of the most fantastic people along the way, fellow classmates and instructors that were nothing short of wonderful. Today I started the conversion of former "prison cell" back to its original "creative zone." I'm not quite there yet, but it is a bit tidier than it was before. I missed my old life, but I'm back now, never to return to the past....
Precious graphing calculator, you got me through more than you'll ever know. Thank you, friend. 
Just a teeny bit of what I threw out today. Old papers from comp class, and spiral after spiral of math assignments. Oy! Makes me shudder a bit. The last years of my life, piled into a trash bag. As my idol, Karl Pilkington, would say, "what's the point?"
I wouldn't be me if I didn't truly express how I felt. #lastessay. 
The perfect spot, with a perfect view. 
It's still a work in progress. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Quilts, Quilts, Quilts

I can't believe how fast I can turn out a quilt. Unlike knitting, where it can takes months, and in some cases, years to complete a project. Saturday I bought a few fat quarters to begin a lap quilt for my dad.I have something in mind for him that I think he will like. You never know with him, he might totally not appreciate a lap quilt.You'll want to stay tuned for that reaction! The Moda quilt is in for quilting this week, so rest assured I will post pictures when I get it back. I'm kind of excited to see how it turns out.I have several birthdays coming up, so guess what everyone is getting? At this rate I could potentially make every family member a quilt for next Christmas! In between quilting, I'm working on a shirt project using a Sewaholic pattern. This will be the first time I've sewn any of her garments. Glancing at the pattern, it looks like any other sewing pattern, but for whatever reason, she gets rave reviews. I'm making a practice shirt before I cut into my Liberty of London fabric. I've never made a practice piece before this etiher, but for what LOL cost, I better make darn sure I know what I'm doing before I start cutting. Dennis has been making steady progress on the dump, here are a few pictures of the completed bathroom. I think floor sanding is next on the agenda.