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Oct 13, 2015

Chickens in the Box

I was clearing out some old scraps the other day from a box in my garage. I'd started to just throw it out without looking inside but got curious. Thank goodness for curiosity because lookie what I found... CHICKENS!!! This is a quilt from a long ago block swap. All I'll need to go is put a binding on it. Surely I can get that done before long!!!

Oct 7, 2015

Mini Wednesday

"At the Pond" is the name I've given the mini you're about to see develop.
I've started with a mottled cream background & a McKenna Ryan subtlety faded blue green fabric.
Add to that a sandy area with a darker brown to lend foreground depth. Then add fish from a great fabric I've had in my stash for years....laugh out loud! 
Isn't this fabric great?? I didn't have a purpose when I bought it but knew that one of these days it would come in handy.
Got to have a crane to scavenge for fish.
Now for some greenery!
I'm striving for an oval shape on a rectangle background. Not quite there but I'm on the right track.
Perfect & all quilted & bound. This one measures 13" by 14"

Oct 6, 2015

Canned Watermelon Jelly Recipe

Here's what's needed:

  • 4 cups of chopped watermelon or 2 cups of watermelon pureed
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 pkg. of no-sugar pectin
  • several mason jars with lids and rings...below you can see a lid and ring.
  • a very large boiling pot/lid & boiling hot water 3/4 of the way full
  • a medium sauce pan with boiling water
  • 1 larger pot for watermelon mixture
  • Note: I advise that you watch a canning lesson on youtube be become familiar with the "hot bath" type of canning.
  1. Place mason jars without the lids and rings into the large boiling water. This will sterilize them while you prepare the jelly. Also place lids and rings in the medium sauce pan of boiling water. This will sterilize and prepare the rings to seal to jars later.
  2. Cut open and remove seeds from the "meaty" part of the watermelon you wish to use. Roughly chop into chunks. Rinds are not used in this recipe. 
  3. 4 cups of chopped melons should yield about 2 cups of melon puree.
  4. Pour puree into large pot. Add lemon juice.
  5. Mix sugar and pectin together before add it to the puree and lemon juice. This step will aid in declumping the pectin.
  6. Turn on the head and bring to a boil. Stirring regularly.
  7. Once the mixture has reached a rolling boil which means the boil won't be stirred away, set a timer for 2 minutes so that mixture boils strongly. Continue to stir regularly.
  8. Once timer has ended lower heat while you decant the mixture into jelly jars.
  9. Leave at least 1/4" headspace and apply the sterilized rings and lids. Place sealed jelly jars into the larger boiling water bath carefully to process for 12 minutes.
  10. Remove and sit jars on towel on the counter. Listen for lids to pop. This means the seals have set or once the jars have cooled over night, test the middle top of the lid which should not flex up or down. 
  11. Jelly will last for at least a year when stored in a pantry.
  12. If a lid fails to seal, no worried, refrigerator and use jelly for breakfasts and snacks.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I'll attempt to answer your questions in a timely manner.

Oct 5, 2015

One Last Time

I got my hands on a small round watermelon, enjoying the last of summer goodness, but could not finish it off. So I decided to do a little last minute canning.
Seven half pints of Watermelon jelly is the  results.

Sep 29, 2015

Mini Wednesday

I've decided to delve into the mini quilt world & post about the experience on any given Wednesday.
As most of you know I have a wide selection of background, textural, landscape & grass type fabrics. I really need to use them but find it hard to cut into the stash. It's easier to make use of them in small portions.
I started with the above fabrics trying my hand with mountains & distant trees.
A little foreground activity here using uneven lines.
Fence parts are my favorite thing to add.
Here is the results of my first mini. 
It measures 13" by 14 1/2".

Sep 25, 2015


I'm gifting this 13" square outhouse mini to a new friend who admired my "When Nature Calls" quilt. She's a quilter & loves to work out quilting designs so this small piece will be great & quick for that sort of thing.
I used scraps from my landscape & tree bark collection. For the background I used a mottled cream tone on tone.
I hope she likes it!!

Sep 21, 2015

Flying Eagle

Here's what's on my design wall today.....
I'm working on a new project. This eagle will appear at the top of the quilt. I had a great time looking though my stash and choosing fabrics to use. As usual I used Steam-a-Seam for the fabric adhesive. I plan on blanket stitching around all the parts this afternoon.
Pop over to Judy's to see what others are working on this Design Wall Monday!!

Sep 17, 2015

So, I Was Sewing When....

Got a few minutes? You're going to want to hear this one. So I was sewing up a storm on a secret project for October (a little hint below) when Mr. Cowboy texted me that he needed help with something. He doesn't usually ask for help with many things so I knew this must be important.

So I shut off the machine, turned off the iron, changed into my work clothes, jumped into the Jeep and headed for the pasture.
Now those who have followed me for the past few years know that I DO NOT like certain things (critters) but I won't list them at this time. 
I drove slowly thru the pasture, bypassed the "mud" hole that I got stuck in back in the winter...nope, Cowboy has yet to fill that in.....rounded a corner and this is what came into view....

Three "wild" pigs in Cowboy's hog trap. Two females and one crazy, hyped up, angry male that kept charging at the fence. Now, you may be wondering what I'm thinking about this time......well, let's just say that I was eyeing Mr. Cowboy like he was crazy because he was instructing me to back the trailer up to the gate of the trap so that he could maneuver the shoot into place. He was barking orders at me so fast, I could hardly think straight. 
The 3 little pigs (pun intended) were squealing and grunting and charging the fence. And did I mention that they can jump really high. That was scary to see. I'll have nightmares about jumping pigs which was pretty close to "pigs flying!"
Finally, Cowboy got the trap door open and had me manning one of the trailer swinging doors with a rope to pull it closed. Did I mention that those doors are very heavy and you really have to pull like mad to get them to catch!!!!!
So, with that all firmly pictured in your minds, now comes the really hard part. Mr. Cowboy starts prodding the piggys towards the trailer area, attempting to have them load into the trailer.....this is not easy and those pigs are mean and fast.
By this time he and I are sweating buckets. My hands and arms are getting tired from holding the rope in the ready; Mr. Cowboy is not happy that the pigs are not willing to get in the trailer when.....the male broke into a mad run towards me (OMG) then into the trailer. He went in so fast that I didn't have time to shut off the section he ran in to and he almost went back into the trap but I was bound and determined that that was not going to happen. I was screaming at the top of my lungs No! No! No! This gave me extra strength to get that section closed but me loud voice frightened off the two females. Oh' brother!!!!!  Ten minutes later the females went in, we got every area closed off and Mr. Cowboy and I collapsed onto the grass laughing and sweating but happy it was over.
The pigs are off to somewhere far away. I hope never to have to help with that sort of thing again.....EVER!

Sep 10, 2015

I'm Going In!

Its time to clean the bobbin area again & change the needle. I'm still blanket stitching around the Be Attitudes but making progress.
Here are my cleaning tools minus the machine oil of which I only have to use a drop. This may take awhile.....sigh!

Sep 4, 2015

The Daunting Task of Blanket Stitching

When I started the Be Attitudes I knew that once I finished the blocks I'd have to stitch the pieces down. I knew I'd do blanket stitches around but, oh the time consuming effort. On the bright side of that thought is.......I'm doing the stitching by machine so why am I even complaining??
Hope everyone has a nice Labor Day Weekend!!

Sep 1, 2015


The photo is terrible but I've gotten all 12 blocks done. Now comes the hard part of stitching around each piece......sigh 

Aug 24, 2015

More Attitudes

I'm on a roll with the Attitudes! It;s very addictive. Each block takes roughly an hour and a half to put together. I have yet to stitch around all the pieces but that's for a later time.
Block #3
Block #1
I failed to mention that most of the fabrics are coming from my stash. Only a few were purchased after my long-arm quilting class the other week.
Make sure to pop over to Judy's to see what others are doing on DWM!!

Aug 20, 2015

Shower! Finally

Can you see the raindrops on the stepping stone? I'm doing my happy dance because it's finally raining here in Central-ish Texas. It's been around forty days since that's happened. So since we're having a good shower I decided to get busy in the old sewing studio. Me. Cowboy was grateful to see me finish piecing his T-shirt top.
Now all I have to do is quilt it but never fear, I'll get that done when I go back to the long-arm place next week.
I just completed #2 block from Be Attitudes. I like the fabrics & the slow but steady progress.


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