My garden is looking awesome right now. My eggplant plants are the best they have been in years. Fingers crossed they actually have eggplants on them this year. The ONE zucchini plant I have growing is way to the right in the garden. You can't see it in the picture. It is being protected with a flower pot collar. It is my ONE survivor after planting seeds (old and BRAND NEW) three times this year. You can also see two of the cats in the photo below. Guardians of the garden...
We are still having fun finding things while magnet fishing. I LOVE this canvas collapsible bucket with pockets on the inside. It's like one an electrician would use while working on a pole. I totally claimed this one as mine!
Here's Owen. We forgot to throw the sunscreen in the truck. He put his hankie under his hat so that his neck didn't get sunburn.
Happy to be able to untie his own knots and playing with his new grapple on the blue rope. We have to have grapple rules. It's not a good idea to use them where there are a lot of rocks, seaweed, or roots.
Another fun find is this fishing pole prop. It retracts to fit into a tackle box. My husband quickly took that and put it with our regular fishing stuff. We call my husband the "fish tender" when he goes with us. When we fish for actual fish he seems to have to keep going back and forth between his two kids (Owen and me) to do something. I don't have a problem baiting my own hook, but for some reason my husband is always messing with my lure set-up or adjusting tension or something on my fishing rod. (I think it's just my beauty that can't keep him away -- LOL)
It's a rainy day with me playing taxi to the kid today. I did manage to get a friend's quilt on the frame this morning just in case I got a few spare minutes this evening to work on it. Wow on that sunlight coming in the window even though it's raining...
This friend usually gives me unusual challenges. The challenge on this quilt is that instead of quilt batting she gave me a blanket to put in the quilt sandwich. So far it's going okay. The quilt will not have a lofty softness to it, but I think it will be fine. Normally she shops at Zinck's Fabric Outlet. Normally she gives me a bag of polyester batting that she purchased for under $7. Many quilters that buy things in bulk (like batting and backings) shop there. I have not been there.
Summer is finally here. Here's what happened this week:
I finished the longarm quilting on my Wings of Spring quilt. I even trimmed it and cut the binding. I put a freehand allover stipple on it. It was fun to do some mindless sewing.
I won these blocks in the Block Lotto on 3/31/19.
I finished the quilting on this customer quilt and returned it to her.
The only work on my Unity QA (Bonnie Hunter design) that I did this week was to carry needed dies from the house where I sew to the house where all the scraps and the BIG TABLE are. I'll be cranking pieces through the dies soon. Here's where the Unity quilt in neutrals stands:
I also decided to ADD one project to my list. I don't have any Halloween quilts. This will be a first. It's a quilt along that looks to be divided into easy steps.
With the new Blogger, I have cleaned up my blog a little and I have taken a few projects off of my list. Some of them have been completed and I forgot to take them off the list. Some I lost interest and put it in the scrap bag. Some were never started except for a pattern or a fabric pull.
When I started using my longarm I would make a click with this vintage clicker that sits on the window sill in the quilt room every time I wound a bobbin. I have wound 1000 bobbins. This also helps me to remember to oil my machine after using 10 bobbins.
My garden continues to grow. I have a new crop duster helper!!! He did great. My husband has fixed my rototiller. I'm back in business to defeat those weeds. These are the best eggplant plants I have had for years! I put flowerpots around them that have the bottoms cut off. It deters the bunnies from eating the young plants. The plants are big enough to take the collars off this week.
Our son has a fun new hobby. It's called magnet fishing. Instead of fishing for fish, we fish for things that are metal that can be picked up by magnets that we buy on eBay. A magnet with the rope costs about $30. We spend $ on gas to get to nearby water sources and boat docks. There is no license to purchase (at this time). You do not need to be QUIET to magnet fish! We have been having a lot of fun. We pack a picnic lunch and spend hours together. There are tons of YouTube videos of people magnet fishing. That's where he got the idea. It's awesome! Here he is on the end of a boat ramp with the magnet. It looks like he got tangled up in a few plants on this cast.
Last summer we seriously worked on Owen learning to tie his shoes successfully. (It was my husband that made the big breakthrough when they practiced on one of his pair of tennis shoes in the garage. THANK YOU!!!) He has been doing a great job with that.
Now that he is really interested in something like this he can even untangle his 30 foot or so rope. I just act like I'm busy and he unties the knots by himself! We also worked on how to reel in the rope by making big loops and doing the same steps over and over. Some take these skills for granted. I took advantage of this time and interest to work on occupational therapy skills (OT). We have also got past touching things that are icky. Sensory skills are important too!
We purchased magnets before the whole Covid thing started. Then for his birthday this June he got two more magnets so that everybody could have one (Mom, Dad, Owen, and Aunt Jo). We went magnet fishing for the first time on his birthday. Here are the big treasures from that trip. The thing in the middle props up a boat motor. It looks like a bunch junk, but it's fun.
Owen and I went on a different day to a place where we used to fish for fish. Every time he pulls in his magnet and there is ANYTHING on it he is excited. It looked like we were fishing in a hardware store this day. The bobber did not have metal on it, but we found it on the shore.
On Saturday, Dad had to go to a school for work. Owen and I took a road trip about an hour away. I kept snagging on something but couldn't get it. Owen told me that we had to use both our magnets and work as a team. He threw his magnet down near mine (as he has seen on YouTube videos). We snagged just the orange fishing line between the two magnets and rope. I started to pull on the fishing line. We were sooooo excited when I pulled up the end and found just a weight about the size of the end of my thumb. THEN I pulled up the other end of the line and found this whole fishing rod and reel! It even had the two catfish jingle bell things on the end of it still in tact. It seemed that most people didn't know what we were doing with the metal things on the ropes. Some people cheered for him when we pulled out the rod and reel. It was so much fun!
You can see the two magnets still attached to each other laying on the dock in this picture.
When we left this fishing spot at Chippewa Lake we got to see a bald eagle parent, two offspring, and the nest. This was the first time I saw bald eagles in the wild. It was very cool.
We are taking a couple of days off of magnet fishing this week. Hopefully I'll get some sewing and gardening done. Our feet and legs are sore from standing on the constantly swaying docks. Guess we need to work on our core muscles as well! I didn't think of that.
I wasn't going to start any new projects... But all that know me know that sometimes I just can't resist. If you think about it, this is really just ONE BIG BLOCK. Check out the #Spidersewalong.
I already bought my pattern! I need to look to see what bright color I have enough of in my stash. I really just want to figure out how I'm going to longarm quilt the spiderweb on all this negative space...
I found this sew-along on Instagram. Click the link here.
Sometimes you just need to throw a quilt on the longarm frame and relax and do some freehand stippling. I haven't quilted many quilts without the use of my stitch regulator. I turned it off and just stitched mindlessly away on this Wings of Spring quilt.
I won these Wings of Spring blocks in the Block Lotto on 3/31/19. I pieced the back of this quilt last month when I found a blue floral print sheet and added some blue orphan blocks for the RSC20.
I am quilting it with a very large freehand stipple. I use my left hand as a guide to remind me what size to make the stipple. It should make this quilt extra soft. I am using left over customer Hobbs batting pieces. It's not my favorite batting because it throws a lot of lint. That's okay for the most part, because most of the moving parts of my Nolting 23 longarm are inside. Lint doesn't get sucked into the bobbin case. My favorite batting is Warm & Natural. Have you seen the price of it lately? Holy cow! It's been a while since I have bought a roll of it from JoAnn Fabrics with a coupon. But even with a coupon it has gone up at least $100 a roll since I bought it last. I will need to check out other batting options.
I got up early today as planned and FINISHED the longarm quilting on my friend's quilt! Woohoo! I can't believe it is finally finished. I may have gotten my longarming mojo back. Whew. Thanks, Patty, for the gentle nudge of encouragement.
I quilted it with it using my Circle Lord giant template board called Swirls. The back of the quilt is a gently used sheet. It's nice to finally hang it on the line on the porch without it draping over a table covered with wood and such. Someday I'll figure out where I can put a clothesline for some nice quilt pictures.
I'm super happy to cross another item off of my WIP list. I still have exercised control and have not added any more to it lately.
Lacking motivation to finish this quilt, my friend, Patty, suggested that I commit to 15 minutes a day until it is complete. This plan is working. After two days of quilting I made it 3/4 of the way to the finish.
The plan is to get up early Friday morning and finish it. Hopefully it will be returned to my friend by the weekend. I am posting this post via my phone to test out my Blogg app. Crossing my fingers as I press the button to post.
I finished my #SSSSQ! This was a mystery quilt along led by Kevin the Quilter.
I finished Clue #7 of the Unity QA -- a mystery quilt designed by Bonnie Hunter.
My husband worked on repairing the air conditioning unit on my truck. This gave me time to quilt because I wasn't going anywhere... We haven't been going many places lately anyways.
We've been swimming a lot!
My husband has been busy digging and moving more dirt. This time he is making the driveway in this section wider. He needs another building in this area.
I am finally working on my jelly roll rug that has been on my list for a long time. I am using RSC20 colors right now to make a rug for our bathroom.
I guess one of the reasons Blogger updated is because they are trying to make it easier to blog from your phone. That's great if you have wifi and data... Our wifi here is hit or miss. I did buy this app for $2.99 to make things easier on my phone. It's called Blogg. It seems more user friendly than just trying to load them on my phone without it. I'm still having trouble getting pictures to load from my phone, but I think that is because I have poor wifi where I was using it.
We were finally able to bowl again! Woohoo! We will be bowling more July 1 through September 7. He was so happy that his first ball thrown with his new ball was a STRIKE! Way to go, Owen!
5. ...And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play (one block to go)
6. Go Four It! -- Scrappy 4-patches started as leader/ender June 2017
7. Patriotic Folk Animals (from Americana Quilts Book) -- hand work-- found the book 8/8/19!
8. Parallelogram Strings -- 2019 String Along at Humble Quilts, started 1.31.19 9. Leah Day Building Blocks QA 10. Jelly Roll Rug 11. Classic Meets Modern BOM 12. Mod Mod QA (turning this one into a baby quilt) (from block Lotto, mostly circles w/lines)
13. Owl's Well That Ends Well (RSC19 project started 1.26.19)
14. Kevin the Quilter's Sapphire Stars Mystery (started Summer 2017)
15. Temperature QA (2019 block-a-day according to high and low temps--changed to table topper.)
16. Kite Girl (RSC14)
17. Amish Country BOM (from Lynn, Johnna's mom)
18. Cabins at the Lake (from Fons & Porter Magazine) (only one house block complete.)
19. 2.5" Scraps from Dani making "cracker" blocks
20. Sand Castles -- Bonnie Hunter string quilt started January, 2019 -- an RSC project
21. Little Houses (3.5" blocks)
22. Pumpkins & the Beanstalk (a second quilt.)
23. Set of note cards and envelopes
24. Simply Summer Sensational QA with Kevin the Quilter 2.5" blocks (started 6.27.19)
25. Slabs with White Rectangle (RSC14 started -- need blocks each month)
26. Bonnie Hunter Box Kite class from March, 2017 (Will make baby quilt.)
27. Kevin the Quilter 2019 Mystery Quilt -- SSSSQ, 1.5" squares
Blocks are made but need to be sewn together (and/or some sashing) 1. Block Swap Adventure Orange/Yellow Sampler (2011-2012) 2. Cruise blocks won from Libby 3. Orange/Blue Fish Blocks (that I won) 4. Split Stars (blocks won from Block Lotto; October, 2012) 5. African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired) 6. Tall Fly (blocks won from Block Lotto, February, 2013)
7. Fortune Teller (RSC14 started)--It's not long enough...needs 4 more blocks
8. Sonja's Windows string quilt
9. Block Swap Adventure (2013) Churn Dash Blocks
10. Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks (New QA starting 5/7/17 Gnome Angel)
11. Flower Baskets (blue and white with some applique) Block Lotto win 10/1/18
1. Card Trick (pink and blue) HUGE charity quilt for local quilt guild 2. Hunter green large (bubbly -- will be a challenge to longarm) charity quilt for the local guild 3. Bubble Gum pink and navy charity quilt for local quilt guild 4. Good Fortune -- A Bonnie Hunter Quiltville Mystery started Thanksgiving weekend, 2018 5. Soul Searching -- Julianne sent it to me 8/29/19!!!
Ready to longarm
1. Farm Panel Quilt -- CM (on the frame) 2. Wings of Spring -- Block Lotto win 3.31.19
For some reason I am having trouble staying motivated to finish a friend’s quilt that is still on my long arm. I am quilting it with my Circle Lord giant template board called Swirls. Everything is going smoothly. I just lack motivation. I made it half way.
I guess I won't be going anywhere for a few days... This photo shows the inside of the cab of my truck. The air conditioning unit wasn't working. My husband was changing the condenser under the hood and the line broke. He had to take the whole dash off to fit it.
Owen really wanted to help. Most of my job was to entertain Owen while all this was happening.
I am so lucky that he is brilliant at repairs such as this.
Sometimes I really like to mess with my husband. I so badly wanted to go touch stuff and move stuff. I knew that would not be a good choice. He was not super happy about the whole line breaking off and all. I did get him to fix a part that I have been calling "the flapper thing" while he was in there. It's the compartment flap that makes the heat/air go where the switch tells it to go (vent/floor)
This was not an easy spot to get to when it comes to working on it. I know he saved me tons of money in labor because this is taking a couple of days to repair it. There are more parts laying on the counters inside the garage. Luckily my husband's brain works well with this kind of thing. It's LIKE assembling a quilt, but different--if you know what I mean.
Hopefully it will be back together soon. Mealwhile... I'll try to finish the quilt on the longarm.
This week I finished my #SSSSQ (mystery quilt along with the awesome Kevin the Quilter.)
I had to dodge a few raindrops this morning to get an outdoor photo. I LOVE how it turned out!
I longarm quilted it using my Circle Lord giant template board called Swirls.
Everything was from my stash of scraps. I pieced the back from the GREEN bin scraps. Even the batting inside is all Warm & Natural pieces. I chose these colors because I had two 30 gallon totes of pink scraps and one extra large tote of green scraps.
I'm linking up with Anglea at So Scrappy for the RSC20.
It was also my OMG (one main goal) to finish this quilt for the month of June. I'm linking up to the June finish party at Elm Street Quilts here.
I'm slowly making blocks for the Unity QA project. I have one more side of Clue #7 to complete before it is done. Unity is a Bonnie Hunter design.
This round I decided to let the pastels come out to play in each block. They still all seem lighter than a brown paper bag, so I considered them neutrals. I don't consider myself an artsy person as much as I LOVE art. When I look at the pastels it makes my eyes jump to the center of the quilt where tiny specks of pastels appear. Quilt MOVEMENT! I love it!
Yesterday as our son and I went outside to swim before the thunderstorm I took a few photos of my husband starting the location of the new building. He's awesome at earthwork.
This is our view to the north from the pool (on the other side of the swingset.) See how there is a hill there? That nice pile of wood scraps is MINE. My husband was going to throw it away and dump in on the "dump pile". I had him scoop up about six other buckets of it and dump it in my chicken yard. When my husband saw how nice the stuff really was and how much the ducks and chickens LOVED picking the bugs out of it, he decided to just pile it here for me until it's time for him to move it.
Here's my husband's digging project for the next few days. I can't wrap my brain around how he's doing this, but I believe he's making the driveway wider at this point.
He's had this tractor/backhoe combo since his early 20's. See how he knows exactly how to put the outriggers and the bucket to get the tires off the ground. I love to watch him operate the bucket. It's like he's using his hand. When I operate it it's not so smooth. I do have to say I love to mess with him a lot. Sometimes I would call him on one of my days off work and ask him where the keys to the backhoe were. As long as he thinks Owen and I are safe, he lets me use stuff. When I use it I am usually digging up dirt and moving it to where I want. It's super important to watch where the bucket is when turning -- DON'T hit the house... DON'T go in the creek... Those are big rules! Be careful going up the hill.
This is what it looks like on the side of his big attached garage on the new house today. I'll post updates. My husband and I love before/after shots.
We can watch what's happening from the cool water of the pool. The water was 80 degrees yesterday. We've talked about getting a larger pool. I think my husband is waiting for some of the construction and earth work to be done before expanding. This will be fine for this summer. I see in the background that the black dump truck has come out to play. Normally it sits out in the field. I love it when my husband uses it as well. He "made" that truck when he was in his 20's. It was originally a really long dump truck that hauled lime and the bed had deteriorated. He replaced the bed, changed up everything and made it a shorter dump truck. He's very mechanical like that.
My swimming partner!
Well, I got this far with the new Blogger. So far, so good. I did notice that it took a little longer to upload the photos, but I was able to upload them all at once. I haven't uploaded anything from my phone yet. We'll try that on a different post. Happy Saturday! The dump truck just went by with a full load. I need to get out there and take some pictures! Woohoo!