Monday, October 29, 2012

New great-grandchild package ready to send!

What a fun day of shopping for the new FIRST Great-grandchild!!!  
Tomorrow it will go in the mail so that he hasn't grown out of the clothes before his mom gets to put them on him!
The label on the football jammies says
"mommy's allstar".
Little Kyler Cole is already 18 days old!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I don't know what this is called

I made this little blanket from the softest material I know of.  It is made from 9 six and one half inch squares and one twenty inch square of minkie.  I attached 8 little loops to hold the Garanimal links.  I used a matching green yarn to do a blanket stitch around the edge.

Each Garanimal link can attach a little toy and the whole thing is then attached to a car seat, diaper bag, or a stroller.  I thought this was a great idea.  I wish I had one of these when my kids were little and it would have saved me a lot of trouble.  It seems I spent a lot of time retrieving toys.  I made it to go with the sweater and socks that are now ready to be mailed off to Nevada.  If you know what this is called, please let me know!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Smiley's Yarns are here!

Our yarn arrived today!

This is Carol's fashion toes yarn.  It is 90% superwash merino and 10% nylon.  She will have happy feet!
This is the Aran Marl yarn that I got.  It is 100% wool and very soft.  The tough part will be deciding which of two patterns I should use!  At $1.49 per 50 gm skein, I figured I wouldn't be out too much for a first time sweater for myself!
My photography is not the best, but you get the idea.

I think the worst part of ordering over the internet is choosing a color.  Sometimes it's not quite as it looked in the picture, but I am thrilled!

I got only 3 skeins of this "easy wool" in a dk weight.  I can't remember why.  It may have been for another baby sweater like the tan one I just finished.  It is machine wash and dry, so being easy care would be handy for  that purpose.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Daisy got a haircut!

Doesn't look like she could see a thing under all that hair!

baby sweater finished!

The sweater and one sock finished!!!
The other sock is on the needles!!!

I love finished!!!

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Getting ready to put the sprinklers in.

There are tubes coming out of the ground in so many places!  I guess this guy knows what he's doing, but we are puzzled!

The front yard after the tubes were inserted.  The machine he used to put the green plastic pipe in, (or tubes or whatever they are called ) shook the ground so hard that things fell off walls in the house!  It scared Daisy!
After working all day raking, seeding, and then raking again, we were able to start the new sprinklers.  The front yard doesn't have any sprinklers yet, but at least we have water on the new seeding.  I hope it sprouts before the freezing weather strikes again!!!
I wonder if this will be grass or weeds next spring.
My back is killing me!

Monday, October 8, 2012

My "old" long arm quilting machine.

The quilt on the frame is a beautiful appliqued Iris
made by Phyllis Dorsey.

I took these pictures when I posted my long arm for sale in the winter of 2010.  I love the APQS machines.  They are such a workhorse and the customer service of that company is second to none!  The quilt I was working on was made by  my friend Phyllis that passed away this year.  I miss her so much!


I finished this quilt yesterday for Karen.  She will be totally surprized, I'm sure.  I have had it most of the summer, but have been playing "catch-up" after spending a few weeks in Washington when my brother had surgery to have a kidney removed.  I haven't told her that it is finished, so she isn't expecting it!  I'm so behind in my quilting and have a goal of finishing 3-5 per week this month.  Hmmmmm...  that is really a challenge for me.  We'll see how that goes.

This quilt is made from a chronological Bible story cloth.  It was just a simple panel and is quilted with mostly outline quilting.  I finished it last night by stitching a clear vinyl pocket on the back side to hold the story and scripture references that are numbered to relate to the pictures on the front.  I put a sleeve on the top of the back side so that it can be hung.  I hope she likes it.

Evelyn's stained glass cross quilt

Still on the quilting frame here!
 This quilt was made by Evelyn Sprier and her skill at applique work never ceases to amaze me.  The picture doesn't do it justice! 
 The quilting doesn't show up in the pictures, but it is intensely quilted.    Most of the lines are less than 1/2" apart.  It is a small quilt (wallhanging size).
 The picture below shows the quilting much better.  I used yellow, green, red, deep purple, and royal blue thread to match the the fabrics.
 It is always so nice to finish something, even if it belongs to someone else!

Monday, October 1, 2012

canned tomatoes

I have done 21 quarts of tomatoes in less than a week.  This last batch was a chile sauce made from Mrs. Wagemans seasoning.  I've also done 24 trays in the dehydrator.  The rest of the garden tomatoes will be used for fresh salsa (YUM), salads, and sandwiches because I'm tired of canning.  The garden will probably freeze Wednesday night and I will be free of the guilt of not preserving more tomatoes.  Maybe I'll dehydrate a few pears tomorrow.  Or maybe I will do a little of my real job.... quilting. 

The garden did freeze Wednesday night!  yahooooo