Dear Jane – “Insanity Revisited”

There really isn’t much going on new here – I did get more quilting done in the evening on Insanity Revisited.

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Slowly progress is made – but it is slow!!

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Mike spent part of the day cleaning the outside of the  camper – yes you can get on top of the camper and walk around on it, spraying it down, cleaning and checking caulking ect.  I’ve been slowly putting things away in the camper, going through things, taking things out and putting other things in.  Little at a time it gets done.  All well be ready for next month – so glad I can blog openly and know the house will be taken care of while we are gone – aren’t house sitters great!!

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It has gotten hot enough and sunny enough the last couple days that I had to spend some time watering the little garden and the log planters – I had completely forgotten about watering as it has been such an usual summer that I have barely watered anything all summer.  I went out last night to cut some spearmint and the peppermint pot looked horribly drooped over – I had to start watering right away – I hope it will look better today.

Enjoying the roses while I can.

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Well yesterday I do believe was the last day of our nice weather – it took all day before it got close to 80!  What a nice week it was – but I do believe the A/C is back on today.  Can you believe the first US moon landing was 45 years ago yesterday! wow time flies – did you watch it on tv back then?  I did – my brother John (died in 1975) stayed up and watched it together while the rest of the family slept!  One of my memories of something that I did with my brother who was only 16 months younger than I.

Part of Sunday was spent sewing the rows of the patchwork together.  I have used the iron press on tape to put small pieces of batting together – I just didn’t know if I wanted to bother to do that was all I meant in yesterdays post, but thanks for all the suggestions.  All the rows are together now and the quilt is 48×48.   I think I will just leaved it pinned on the wall now until fall and decide then if I want to make more patchwork for it or add a border of some type? not really sure what I want to do with it but I grew tired (bored!) of working with the 16 patch and well finish it in the fall – I’m too busy right now to even think of beginning to machine quilt either that one or the twin size “Steps through the Stars”that was finished last month.  It’s ok to leave something be once in awhile! I just don’t like them to sit and gather dust too long before they are finished!  Just noticed the photo is a little blurry – sorry about that.

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Three more blocks were hand quilting on Insanity Revisited – yes for those that asked this is a Dear JaneIR is just the name I gave it.

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And last night while our daughter was over visiting I finished the last long row of Diamonds are Forever – here it is laid out on the floor so I could make sure all the layout was right.  I started stitching the row together while we watched tv and visited – and I got almost done with it!  The one problem I have with the white hexies is the unraveling!  Kona Cotton is a great fabric normally – but when you hand stitch after awhile it seems like all you are doing is leaving bits of thread all over the place!  Linking up to Stitch by Stitch:Anything Goes Monday, and to Judy’s Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday.

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I will pick it up over the next couple days and finish stitching this row and get started on the next – that one will have 10 diamonds in it making it a bit shorter!

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Did everyone have a great weekend!  The weather was just perfect here, I cut the grass while Mike has been finishing up some work on the house, grocery shopping done yesterday afternoon instead of today – I’m actually going to have to water the tree log planters today – we have not had rain in about 4 or 5 days now I think and the heat is going to start building up.

I have noticed that I have gotten some new readers lately and thank you so much for dropping by and leaving comments – I haven’t been on the computer very much the last couple days and haven’t responded to many comments – I do read them – Also thanks to all who order Craftsy classes and supplies from my links – I do appreciate it.

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Yesterday was still in the mid 70’s but today – back to the 80’s then the 90’s – I guess summer in Arkansas is still here – sure was nice to have those cool temps while they lasted!!  Linking to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday.

I got all the blocks going across sewed together then realized the quilt measures 48 inches across and crib batting is 45 x 65!   Hmm might have to cut a row or two of blocks off of each side Smile LOL – not sure, I really don’t intend now for this to be bigger than baby size – I’m getting tired of just patch work – I need to put more baby quilts aside – I’m out of them right now.  I might get the rows sewed together today and then well decide – I will probably need to make two more rows in length but really do not feel like ripping blocks off of each row – cutting them off sounds like a good idea right now. (maybe I will use iron on tape and make the batting wider? don’t know)

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Insanity Revisited more blocks done on Friday night to relax after all that driving.

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Saturday, 7/19 thru Sunday 7/20 at 11:59PM MT

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I was gone just about all day yesterday visiting my mom – it takes round trip close to 5 hours of my day driving and 4 hours of a visit.  But with planning an upcoming trip I had to plan a run up to mom’s as well.  I also got in a visit with one sister and her two girls – I picked up mom and then we all met to eat and do some retail therapy.  My sister’s oldest daughter after a two year stint in a remote Alaskan village teaching is home for the summer and leaving in a couple weeks for a year of teaching English in Mexico.  That girl does love to travel.  But what was appropriate clothing teaching in the wilds of Alaska (believe it or not jeans and sweats were acceptable) is not the right clothes for teaching at a private city school in Mexico.  The girl needs a new wardrobe.

Insanity Revisited from Thursday night’s quilting:

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Saturday, 7/19 thru Sunday 7/20 at 11:59PM MT

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So many of you suggested that I bring along the final rows of Diamonds are Forever to finish when we travel and then add them to the body of the quilt when I get home.  This is a good idea and even though I have two quilting projects and the sock loom – I thought it was a good idea too as it is so close to being finished (other than a border that is)  Smile  so yesterday I got out my diagram and counted how many white hexies do I need to finish this quilt – then I got out my box of hexies to see how many I had.  I think (I say think because the photo is little and the hexies are tiny to count) I need 100 more.  I got busy printing out what I needed and was done quickly.  I think I had 105 printed out.  I am linking to a Quilters Readers Garden today and Confessions of a Fabric Addict

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I sat down and worked on it for a little bit as I would like to be done with this last long row and have it attached.

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More work on Wednesday night for Insanity Revisited – when I said I saw the half way point – that is what I mean – I see the half way point on the previous blog post photo but I am not there yet.

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This is the block I pick up on last might.

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Yesterday record low temperatures were set in Arkansas – it started the day at 66 degrees and dropped to 63 last evening – wow! can’t remember ever having a July temp that low because I believe the newsman said it was 1923 the last time it was this low? something like that anyhow.  What happened to global warming LOL.  I did have windows open for awhile and by late afternoon I was becoming chilly even though it was 71 in the house – I get chilled easily and the breeze coming in from the windows made me put on a pair of socks and closed half of the windows and shut the fans off!  I wonder what it will be like today – I’m going to visit my mom today and it is usually cooler up there in northwest Arkansas – we will see – a light cardigan is  coming with me – and socks! just in case they are needed.

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When I rolled down Insanity Revisited Tuesday night I realized I had been seeing the half way point for some time now and hadn’t really thought about it.  It is always nice to see that.  See my orange handled scissors – that block is the half way point – Row 7 half way across.

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The area I worked on Tuesday night.

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I finished up the row going down on the left side making this scrappy patchwork grow some more.    Now six rows by six rows – these are 8.5 inch blocks.

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Only three more colors of diamonds to cut for the Lemoyne Star wall hanging – get these in the box and put it aside for the trip.

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And the Diamonds are Forever strip grew just a little more also.  Little by little things get done.

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Just wanted to let you know I saw a new fabric line on the Craftsy site. RJR Palette Jinny Beyer basics Craftsy has for – $6.74 a yard  – you can order by the 1/2 yard, 1, 2, 3, or 4 yard cuts – great looking prints that are a mottled type that are read more solid than print – variety of colors.  I really love the black print.  Some classes are on sale and besides the fabric shown below there are some other new pieces added also.  Countries shipped to here.

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Wouldn’t you know more rain is expected today – possibly up to 4.5 inches!! say it isn’t so – I’m getting a bit tired of all this rain!!  But the cool temperatures sure is nice – two days in the 70’s so far and maybe 2 more.  Windows have been open!

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