Saturday, April 16, 2016

Newbie

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

Ta-dahhh!

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

Flutterby

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. 
#freespirit
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.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Moda Frivols Quilt

I made some dumb ass mistakes with this quilt top. Naturally, I only discovered them after I sewed on the last border. I decided the screw-up didn't warrant taking the whole dang thing apart. I still like it aside from the errors. I think my next project won't be so tedious. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A Little JR Taunting & Bathroom Renovation Progress

It was about a 45 second emotional roller coaster for the JR - poor thing. On a completely different note, Denny is about to start grouting the bathroom. There was a bit of a snafu with cutting the corner trim tiles at a 45 degree angle, so he ordered a couple of replacements. If he had contracted out this little project, it would probably be a $10K price tag, Dennis did this at a fraction of the price, and it looks darn good!Last night I went to an art opening. It was a 10 year life drawing retrospective. It was so good to see some of my old friends, and to see some great work. Good stuff. *The painting below is by Ardith Staroska

Saturday, February 6, 2016

#Snowmaha

So, the blizzard of 2016 was kind of a dud. I scurried around all weekend, prepping for what everyone thought would be the mother of all blizzards. I HAD to go to work the day it hit, only because they were making people take a day of vacation if they stayed home. Well, that's fine and dandy for those who actually have vacation, but for myself and my co-worker that haven't accrued vacation, we would have to take a day without pay. Ugh. So, I got up early, took care of the chickens, and headed out. It really wasn't that bad, but evidently the rest of the building thought better about braving the elements. It was a pretty quiet day. Here is my week in pictures, and a few videos.