Dear Jane – “Insanity Revisited”

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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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!


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Y’all are going to get tired of my posts this upcoming week – with just working on two projects it is more of the same – hexies and insanity – sorry!

Yesterday morning it was so nice outside on the porch and it was so nice not to have to run to Little Rock once again that I brought my work basket outside and finished attached the row of hexies to Diamonds are Forever.

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In the evening I got started just on the very beginning of the next row.  You can see on the diagram how much is left to do – 4 diagonal rows. That last corner will all be white as that is where it ends off.  You can see it is how I did the opposite corner as well.  I do not know if I will get done before we leave and I am not trying my hardest to do so.  I have plenty of other things to do getting ready to go.

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Thursday night I got a little more done on Insanity Revisited -

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I was out in the camper a little bit the last couple days – I wanted to get contact paper up on my cupboard for my pots and pans – it really looked dirty although it wasn’t – it is just that the pots leave so many marks on the walls of the cupboard when bouncing about as we drive.  I did get the contact paper up – and wow what a pain that was – twisting about contorting my body trying to get work done in a little space!  I still have a few hooks that I want to put up to hang the pot lids on but I need Mike to drill some little holes in the edges of the lids first so I can hang them – lets hope it works.  We have been cleaning and organizing – ordering some last minute things like new LED light bulbs to replace others – some of them get so hot it will be nice to have the cooler bulbs in a small space.  Today I am running  around with Melanie (our daughter) lunch and looking for a few things – I want to find a new silverware/utensil insert for a drawer – the old one is too small and they get so crappy looking after awhile.  It might be a camper but if I am going to be in it for 2 months I want it comfy!!


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On Wednesday night I got a little more quilting done and was able to roll the quilt down again and start to work on Row #6 – Row 7 half way though is the half way point on this quilt.

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I didn’t have the light turned on and the flash was off, you can sure tell a difference in color but oddly enough this one below is closer to the correct color.  I believe I told you the light color batik is called “buttercream”

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While the news was on last night I started to sew the finished row onto the Diamonds are Forever and because it is shorter I got it half way done. I am linking to the hexie party at Glory Be Quilter who is guest hosting for A Quilters Readers Garden as she is busy this week – also linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict whoop it up Friday.

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We ran back to Little Rock again yesterday to pick up the camper in the early afternoon.  This time on the way home Mike went to Camping World to look at a few things and I left with the car and stopped at Kohl’s to buy a new pair of jeans – they had a lot on sale and I did find what I wanted but the store was so disorganized!   I’m amazed I found the size I needed, everything was thrown all over the place – different sizes mixed together, different brands ect – what a mess.

I need to run back to Little Rock for a regular scheduled doctor appointment and I think I will run by Barnes and Noble while I am there and pick up some of the tea I like as I ran out – can’t think of anything else and to think when I used to go to Little Rock years ago I would stay all day – now I run to one or two places and head for home.


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You might want to check out the fabric, I think they might be trying to clear out some of the older fabrics and yarn to make room for the new.  Some of the very good sale prices are for  – Fossil Ferns, Robert Kaufman, Free Spirit, and Riley Blake – just to name a few.  Have fun wandering through the fabric from the comfort of your computer and a cup of coffee or tea Smile

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