Thursday, July 4, 2019

July 4th 2019


I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.



Saturday, June 8, 2019

My How Time Flies !

 Today I'm throwing up (ha ha) all my completed Gypsy Wife photos.  I'm behind the FB group sew-along but pleased with what I've accomplished so far. 
My arm was sore from cutting strips, two fabrics at a time.  These are just a few so far. Steam and heavy starch are your friends in this endeavour. Lots of rotary blades too. 
 I'm sewing two quilts at once, one for my sister and one for me.  I cannot imagine cutting one quilt at a time, considering all the deciding and measuring that goes into a Gypsy Wife quilt.  As others have said, this is an exercise in precise sewing ! Better get your 1/4" down !
 I wasn't looking for a lot of contrast in my quilt.  Strips below are about half the number needed.  I'll mix in some deeper colored strips later on.

Some blocks I changed up like these, supposed to be square in a square but didn't want to loose butterfly wings.  Little changes make the quilt my own.
 Lots of novelty scraps are being put into use.  I did paper piece the little two inch blocks, easier for me that way.  (The FB group doesn't allow paper piecing but I won't tell on myself).  There are several other very difficult blocks I'll paper piece, I found free patterns on Pinterest so why not ?
 There's about a gazillion more of these 2" filler blocks to make. But it's fun choosing fabrics for them. I have learned to not be picky, just choose and sew.  O n e  a t  a  t i m e.

HST (8") block using the same print and mixed with black/grey/white for interest.  So many different colors and combinations you could choose, it was hard deciding.  Lots of ideas on the net.
The FB sew-along is going by sections each month but I decided to complete all my blocks first.  No, I don't know why, LOL.
Gotta keep slogging away,  I'm too far along with this quilt to quit and would be disappointed in myself if I did.

Friday, March 1, 2019



    For flowers that bloom about our feet,
    For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet,
    For song of bird, and hum of bee,
   For all things fair we hear or see,
   Father in heaven, we thank Thee!


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

It's Melted !

Clear skies at last but still very cold in these pics.  Dreamer was excited to be out of his stall and paddock.   Silly goose ran up and down the horse lane, past Taxi several times.  Taxi is watching his dad put hay out front.

Freezing cold, I was standing on back porch taking the pics.  Mustang Mountain was snow covered for about the third time in our seventeen years out here.

Taxi still standing stoically after Dreamer left to eat. The only thing moving was his ears.  I think he wanted back in the barn.

I was able to cook a hot meal for hubby.  Chicken fried steaks, mashed potatoes and italian beans.
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The Gypsy Wife quilt is messy (no its not me).  I'm using the Hello Kitty to mark stacks of papers for the PP blocks.

Sewing blocks on the Rocketeer.  I ordered clear presser feet for both machines but forgot the accessory arm to hold the foot on my Rocketeer. Now waiting for that to arrive next week. The clear foot for Hello Kitty also fits my Featherweight machine. Would love to pull that one out to use but it needs oiling first (I've never done that before).
Gypsy Wife Quilt Along 2019 on FB is now secret and not accepting new members.  Since announced over 2,800 have joined.  There's lots'a information and help on the internet if one just googles. Several blogs have been a great help to me. If anyone wants to make this quilt, go ahead and have fun !
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Oh, BTW-  Snow Friday,  Tuesday it was almost 70 degrees here !





Friday, February 22, 2019

Across the Frozen Tundra

South East Arizona. Yes. It. Does. Snow. Here.
         Side yard. My "green place".  Mulberry tree, fig bushes, apple tree (that had started to bloom),  weeping pine, trumpet vines.
View to backyard.

Highway to our dirt road. (Photo from Cochise County Sheriff Dept.)
Cochise County doesn't have a snow plow.   Both highways to Tombstone are closed now.  Sheet ice reported in all foothills along with low visibility (we are in the foothills).  Snow will stop around 4pm today and temps will drop to 20's.

A brighter photo-  Anna's Hummingbird, downtown Tucson.
                                         
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Great time for me to be sick in bed. Husband is dealing with wet muddy poodles and feeding livestock.  Even cooking and grocery shopping (glad he went yesterday !). He got a snow day off work, Ft. Huachuca is closed as is just about everything else in this county.

Stay tuned.  Temps here next week in 70's !