68 degrees for a high the last day of July! it set another record.  Cloudy rainy day, I actually had my light cardigan on and off today with all the windows wide open!  We have been saving on the A/C this year.  Any of my readers know what kind of weather Wyoming, Montana and the Dakota’s are having?  Linking up to Confessions of a fabric Addict and Lily’s Quilts today and then run on over and see some hexies at A Quilter’s Readers Garden.

Yesterday I worked on my Diamonds are Forever in between other things– getting so close to an end (except the border that is) that I just want it to be done!  The last two rows that I have worked on are just laying there – for some reason I just wanted to keep on doing the rows instead of attaching to the quilt Smile  one more short row of 2 diamonds and then a corner of white hexies.  Can’t believe it is coming to an end!  90 inches across – 80 inches long – these might be a little off as I have not pressed most of it – I was doing a good job of pressing as I went and then I fell off the pressing wagon and now I will have a heck of a job later pressing all of those seam – my bad.  I am still not sure about a border – I would like the quilt to be at least close to 100 x 100 so it fits a deep queen mattress well.

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This much done on Insanity Revisited Wednesday night.  Someone wanted to know if I had enlarge the blocks on Dear Jane – no they are the standard 4.5 inches, I do close ups photos of the blocks though so that is why they look larger.

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Mike ordered new covers for our Kindles that we got last month as the old covers didn’t fit – these are smaller than the old ones are.  But seeing as they are exactly the same made out of felt wool I believe, I thought I would add a little embroidery to mine – two blue flowers and don’t know if you can see – I should have chosen a different color – I did a button hole stitch in dark purple on the flap over.  But this way if they end up on the same table right next to each other I will be able to easily spot which is mine!

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Chocolate Chip Cookies were made seeing as the windows were open, fans were on and the house didn’t even go up one degree!  So nice!!  A little more was brought out to the camper – progress being made!  I will be skipping quilting group once again in the morning – too much to do – I told one of the ladies a couple weeks ago – sorry I have been missing this past month – just busy doing other things.  We will see when we get back if I want to go back to attending – it just hasn’t been a really good fit for me this past couple years and I find myself bored with it  – I might be dropping out of this group permanently.  Some of you speak so highly of your quilting groups and they sound like so much fun but the ones I have found here (3 of them) just haven’t quite done it for me –

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July is so strange this year, more rain than usual and such cooler than average temperatures – I have a feeling it might be warmer in areas that we are heading than normal – either that or it will be cooler.  I was putting some things in the camper yesterday and trying to decide on jackets of all things – it is always hard to think of jackets in the summer time!  – knowing the mountain states as we do – I am bringing a heavy fleece jacket/scarf and gloves – a rain jacket and a sweatshirt jacket – plus sweatshirts, jeans/tee’s and a little bit of summer clothes thrown in as well.  It is always hard to pack when you know you will be experiencing three seasons in two months – summer, fall and possibly winter!

Then I got started looking at my sewing supplies – what to pack them in to keep organized – the black stripe basket that I purchased recently of course! The sock loom and yarn is in a cloth bag and will be tucked into one of the cupboards.  And if it looks like this will take up too much room everything will be tucked here and there into cupboards and the basket will stay home.

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It fits!

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I got the rest of the white hexies printed out yesterday that I thought I would need for Diamonds are Forever as I had done a recount and realized I was short, printed and cut out.   Worked a little more on the row I showed the previous post and have one more diamond to put on it.  We will be so busy off and on the next couple days I just don’t know if I will actually get done with this project – it will be close but if I don’t finish it before we go there you go – It will be close.  I do have a border to do still also so it will not be done anyway you look at it.  It can wait for fall.

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More work was done on the Dear Jane quilt on Tuesday night – almost finished this 6th row and will try to finish it last night before rolling it on down to row number 7 which half way through that row is the half way point.

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Today it is going to be another cooler than average day (and rain) so I will get a batch of cookies made for the trip – half of them will not be baked today, I will freeze big spoonful’s of dough and put in a Ziploc bag after they are froze and then bake them about 4 at a time in the Dutch oven over coals some evenings while camping – it is always nice to have a homemade treat while camping and not processed food all the time.  Homemade cookies are always better than store bought cookies I think.  I can let them thaw while I am making the evening meal and then let them bake while we eat.

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Of course now that we will be leaving soon the zucchini plant is putting off three new little zucchini’s it has been terrible all summer, I have only gotten 3 zucchini off of this plant so far – oh well Melanie and Ric will be here and eating my veggies!!  plus cutting grass and all that it entails to keep this huge yard up – thankful they well be here Smile they can enjoy the garden and pick the veggies and use the herbs.

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More on the Hexies for Diamonds are Forever – I got the row attached and working on another -

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After that photo I did work on it a little more and have more of that shorter row finished and I got to thinking it looked like I didn’t have enough white hexies left to finish this and counted and counted and I think I need about 45 more – darn – I need to print off at least 4 more sheets of 12 to make sure.  I am linking to Sew Fresh Quilts:Lets Be Social today.

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Out in the camper this is the new silverware and utensils set up that I got when I went shopping the other day

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Much neater than it had been believe it or not.

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Vicki at Field Trips in Fiber is having one last give away for the participants of the HSTeria Quilt Along and seeing as I did enter one last month or so I will show another photo of it and you can go to her blog to see the others.  With out moving furniture here it is.  “Stairs Through the Stars” is it ‘s name and I will machine quilt it this fall.

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Here is a close up of the backing.

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Even with wearing the thumb brace I got some quilting done on Insanity Revisited Monday night –I have the brace padded enough now that I am able to wear it for about 30 minutes at a time so I am getting used to it and mainly just wearing it for my needle work and work up to wearing it more if needed.  It was quite difficult to hand quilt at the frame with the brace though and I only wore it for 20 minutes while working on these and then took it off – like I say I am working up to wearing it for longer periods of time.

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Not Much Here

by Karen on July 29, 2014

in Diamonds Are Forever, Inklingo

I really didn’t accomplish much at all yesterday other than driving to Little Rock for my regular rheumatology check up – I do this 3 or 4 times a year.  What is usually a 1 hour 15 minute or so drive turned into almost 2 hours!  Traffic for what seemed like no reason of course was at a stand still off and on for the last 20 miles. When I left the house at 8 I never thought traffic would be like that as normally when leaving at that time I am already at the end of what is rush hour traffic the closer I get to the city.   I never did figure out why that section took so long to drive – I was glad I had left early!

The doctor gave me a brace to try on my right hand for some trouble that the osteoarthritis in my right thumb has been giving me – the brace is so stiff though with a piece of metal that runs down the side of the thumb to the wrist -   it made the joint area at the lowest part of my thumb near the wrist  hurt more using the brace then it does without!   that is the area it is supposed to help.  This brace is supposed to relieve the pain and help support it.  Does anyone use anything like this and do you feel like you need to pad the joint with some batting or something to make it more comfortable!  LOL  I know I don’t have much meat on my bones but come on – I shouldn’t have to pad it should I?

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I did actually run around just a tiny bit stopping at two places while in the city for the third time this past 5 days! – I needed to find a new silverware container for the camper and another container or two for the utensils (I wanted to be more organized) – I found them at Garden Ridge and then moved on to Barnes & Noble to pick up the tea I like – what a shopper – I tell you I was out of the doctors clinic by 11 and hitting the road home by noon or so – with no traffic hang ups on the way back!

Worked some in the afternoon putting things in the camper – getting the silverware in the new container! and then while watching the news I worked some on the Diamonds are Forever and got my long row half way attached.  Other than that I have nothing to write about Smile talk to y’all tomorrow!  I am linking to Free Motion by the River, and to Quilt Story: Fabric Tuesday,  also linking up to Esther’s blog for her Wow Wednesday which comes a day early here and is usually ready to start looking at on Tuesday afternoon.

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Thanks to all that ordered something on the Craftsy supply sale through my links – I do appreciate it Winking smile

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I really worked hard on the hexies yesterday – we were finishing up the last of the old mini series on DVD that we have been watching with our daughter every Sunday for the past 6 weeks and it stretched out to 4 hours to finish it.  I finished the row of Diamonds are Forever  I was working on but instead of sewing it to the body of the quilt I got started on the next row – that was just because I have to move furniture to lay it all out and take a photo and then pin the first area in place so I don’t get mixed up.  Today I will start to sew the row to the body and set the partially started row aside.  It’s looking pretty close to finish but there is still a bit of work left on this to do.  The rows are getting a lot shorter and that sure does help.  I am linking up to Design Wall Monday today over at Judy’s.

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This much done on Insanity Revisited on Saturday night but none done last night.

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I hope you all had a great weekend – it was darn hot here but another cool front is to come through and cool things off again – that is ok with me!!  We haven’t had a lot of hot days this summer and we get them we are just not used to it and it sure can hit you – I think you have to get used to heat early in the summer so you can tolerate it for the usual four months that we normally have in a normal hot summer.


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I decided I needed some new mug rugs for the camper – Mike doesn’t really use them as he uses a thermal coffee mug and says they get in his way if he uses a glass so these are all mine – one for the little ceramic tea pot that goes with me and one for the cup.  I whipped these up quickly yesterday using some of the little leaders and enders that were in my work basket made from 1 1/2 inch squares.  The lines aren’t quite straight but hey they are not works of art and they go in the camper!  I am linking to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday

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The surprise lilies were coming up in one of the gardens – this bed has filled in to the point of overflowing in just a few short years – I’m got some digging to do this fall and reorganize some beds.  The ground cover went crazy!!  I think I need to take the ground cover out and fill in with other plants – this might be a good “mother/daughter” project – help!! Melanie hope you are reading this LOL

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A close up

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I got 3 more blocks finished on Insanity Revisited on Friday night

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On Saturday I worked some more on the next row of Diamonds are Forever and then had to lay it out to check placement of the sides to make sure I wasn’t messing up – it didn’t seem right but once I laid it out I could tell it was ok.

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Melanie and I went shopping on Saturday afternoon and lunch but wow was it hot – in and out of the car and buildings – we just weren’t into the heat and didn’t last long – neither of us are much on shopping – Hobby Lobby and the stretch of stores in that area – ended with a stop at Sonic for a Cherry Limeade for me and a Strawberry Limeade for her – the big cups!


Two more days of the sale!

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