Applique and Embroidery

Caswell Quilt, Granny's Got Style, Winter Wonderland

In between doing things in the yard yesterday seeing as we had another nice day and it didn’t rain I sat on the porch now and then working on applique and embroidery.

Winter Wonderland Block #3 is coming along quickly as I knew it would – there really isn’t a lot on this one compared to the first two that I did.

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Caswell Block B5 – I need to rinse the blue line out completely and press the block – If I remember right the block then needs to be squared to 11.5 inches.  I will get it up on my design wall after it is pressed and squared.  Before I start another of these fun blocks I need to do some more flowers on Love Entwined – I will have to keep switching back and forth so I will finish both of them.

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Embellished with some embroidery.

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I have put my Aero Garden to use this past month growing tomato plants, they have been growing so fast – I planted the seeds on March 26th and I just raised the light hood to the highest notch.

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I think I have 16 of them growing – I plan to keep them here in the lighted garden for another couple weeks before I move them outside – we are to have some nights in the 40’s still and I just somewhat wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t have a late freeze – our normal last freezing date is in the 22nd – 26th of April range – we usually don’t have one that late – but in the past 10 years I think we have had more in that range than to not have.

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This part of Granny done on Thursday night.

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Quilts and Plants

gardening, Granny's Got Style, LeMoyne Stars

A sunny day for a change – one day anyhow – it was nice yesterday walking around the yard looking at the plants.  The Lily of the Valley’s are coming up all over the place.   Such sweet little flowers – I love the scent.

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Wild Violets that grow all over the place.

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Does anyone recognize this tree and know what it is?  The trees were not here on this land when we moved here 34 years ago.   In fact I never even noticed these trees (we have about 10 of them now growing) until about 5 years ago when they had grown enough to catch my eye.  They do not have fruit of any sort on them – these are just the spring time blossoms (seeds?) that so many trees have.

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Here is a close up of the bark – it is such a pretty tree.  Like I say we have a lot of them growing now, some are quite small and then there are 3 of them that have gotten very tall – fast growers for sure whatever they are.  The blossoms will all be falling off soon.  I just wonder what they are?

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Work on Granny from Wednesday night, I finished the first row of blocks.  Someone had said I was really moving along on this quilt – actually – not – there are 6 rows of Granny blocks and this is just the finish of row one and the first border and over 35 hours of quilting in it already.  I started it about 6 weeks ago.  I figure I will be working on this one all summer and into fall.  I am linking to A Quilting Readers Garden and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  And one more – Crazy Mom Quilts.

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I rolled it down yesterday morning and worked for an hour on it.

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Melanie was over for supper last night and continuing on our series Outlander that we are watching – this is the work she brought with her that I showed last week, she has made a lot of progress on it.  Melanie started a new job last month and is working for the local library and is with the bookmobile – she loves this job and she and another worker travel 3 days a week to various parts of the county – a library on wheels so to speak.  She fills us in on what little towns she has visited in our county, some of them have nothing more than a gas station/grocery store combination so the people are very grateful for the library to come to them.

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I got two more Lemoyne Stars done yesterday – I kind of move them around the wall now and then so I don’t have one color next to each other, but there are so many similar colors I’m sure some of them look the same anyhow.  A third of the way done – I have another that is part way put together and that will make 30 out of 90.

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I sat on the porch reading yesterday – yes it was warm enough for that!  And so far the bugs are not vicious – I have barely noticed them so far – I’m not fooled though – I know that all of a sudden the vicious little bugs will be attacking me.

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Spring Time = Quilt Show Season

Granny's Got Style, LeMoyne Stars, Winter Wonderland

Who is going to the Paducah Quilt Show this year? Any of my readers?  I would love to go but doubt that I will unless it will be a last minute thing.  April 22- 26 are the dates.  It is about a 6 hour drive from my house.  But I am not one to leave the house at 3 in the morning or whatever and arrive at 9 and spend the whole day and then drive home again –  I need about 2 1/2 days at least  – just so that I can drive, sleep, see the show, sleep and then drive home!  Are any of you going?

The one thing about spring that I do not like are rainy days – especially when they keep on coming – I don’t mind a day here or there but when you get them one after another with barely a sunny day in between it starts to bother me – but I do get done with some of the quilting/sewing – well not done – I mean make progress.

I got started on the 3rd Winter Wonderland block

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Another star to the Lemoyne Star quilt 27 out of 90. (these are hand pieced using Inklingo)

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Quilting on Granny’s Got Style from Tuesday night.  I am linking to My Quilt Infatuation today.

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I also got some applique done on the Caswell Quilt block but I’m in the middle of glue basting leafs so I’ll wait for another photo on that one until more progress is made.  The two flowers last shown are appliqued down.

With the spring rain brings rose buds.

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And as you can see most of the trees now have their leafs and I got two hanging baskets of geraniums.

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More of the azalea’s are blooming but I didn’t get close enough to get a really good photo – because it was raining – lightly – but rain.

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Winter Wonderland

Caswell Quilt, Granny's Got Style, Winter Wonderland

Embroidery on Winter Wonderland has been moving along on the block that I was working on and I was getting close to finishing  it so it was mainly the only thing I was working on yesterday.  Two blocks are now done and on the wall.  A little crooked on the wall or I took the photo crooked.  If you want to see more embroidery I linked to Super Mom-No Cape where she has an embroidery link up going on.  I am also linking to Sew Fresh Quilts and Freshly Pieced Modern.

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The next one is mainly a verse – it might go quickly, it is smaller than the two that are completed, got a little wrinkled in the bag I am keeping them in.

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The Granny square from Monday night’s quilting.

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One stem appliqued down and the other part way for the first Caswell block.  I always like to glue baste at least part of the block together so I can just sit and work and not have to keep going back for placement.  I might move a few petals slightly and if I do I don’t bother to glue again I will get my little applique pins out to hold in place.  The flower on the left has the petals slightly out of place.  I had a couple of you ask where did I get my thread cabinet and the cost – as I got it such awhile ago I don’t remember where I got it any more.  As for cost it varies from site to site and most places I found when I looked said they were out of stock – here is one link if you are interested in watching for it – the price is anywhere from $190 to $210 and that is with 100 spools of thread (small spools) 3 can fit in each slot.  Just do a search on the name and the kind of thread you want and something should pop up.

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I got two Calphon skillets from Tuesday Morning – everything in that store is marked down as they get their items from stores that have ordered too much or went out of business I think.  These are a 10” and an 8” pans and I got them for close to half price I believe.  They gave me another discount for some reason and I didn’t even notice that until I got home and I was going through receipts – they gave me an extra $5 off of one pan and $4 off the other.  Total was about $35 for the two.

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And this pan is one from Wal-Mart actually and it cost about the same as the two above combined.   I use this large size skillet for sauces etc. this is from a new line of pans they have called Green Life – it is a 5 quart size I believe –  the other that is sitting near it is an older pan that I had that was the only completely flat bottom pan I had it is a Calphone also.  This is all I am getting for now – now pots were ok for using on the glass top and I don’t usually make huge meals so these should be plenty to work with.

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Yesterday was mostly cloudy with a little rain here and there but I managed to get my shopping done without getting wet. We are having a cooler and wetter April I think then we do sometimes – should be around 70 for the next week the weather says and 50’s and maybe even some 40’s at night still.  All around though that makes an ok month to me!

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What a Rainy Day

Caswell Quilt, Granny's Got Style, Winter Wonderland

It rained just about all day Monday – except first thing in the morning and that was strange at one point – my daughter Melanie lives 2.5 miles down the road from me and it was around 9:30 AM and we were exchanging a few notes on face book having happened to be on it at the same time and she mentioned how pretty her tomato plants looked on the porch in the rain – what rain – it wasn’t raining here LOL – and she said it had been raining for about 10 minutes – not here until almost an hour later and then it stayed with us all day and into the night.

I got some applique work done in the morning – nothing stitched but I now have two flowers glue basted down for the Caswell quilt – this block is B5 – but it is the first one I selected to do – I hope to get started stitching soon – I think I will stitch what I have glue basted down first then go back in and get the leaves basted and the final two flowers.  As you can see I was busy picking out thread from the cabinet to match closely –  I am linking to Mrs. Sew and Sow today and Quilt Story and to Esther’s Wow.

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I never have regretted the purchase of my Gutermann Thread cabinet – 100 spools of 100% cotton – so many colors to choose from rarely do I not find something to work.  I bought it about 8+ years ago? something like that and it has been worth every penny (dollar) LOL – this is my go to for applique!

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This second Winter Wonderland Embroidery block is nearing completion!  I really worked a bit on it yesterday – when I am done with it I will press it up really well and cut it the size it should be and it will join the other block on the design wall.

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And a little more of Granny’s Got Style was done on Sunday night.  I am trying to work just about every evening again on this quilt.  I do need to wear my hand/thumb brace and I continue to use the stick on thimbles right now instead of the hand held thimble.  I can not say the thumb is healed because it isn’t – nor do I think it ever will be.  But I am managing I don’t think I quilt as fast as I did before the arthritis in the thumb but it will eventually get done and for that I am pleased.

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I hope there is no rain today and I will get my grocery shopping done and shop for my new skillets that I need to go with the glass top range.  I didn’t do it yesterday – I don’t care for shopping in the rain – I did have to go out in the rain though as I had a dentist appointment and when I got done with that I went and exercised for an hour –

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Pretty Day

Caswell Quilt, Granny's Got Style

My new kitchen stove was delivered Sunday morning and so I was kind of playing with it, reading the manual (yes I had to read the manual) it is more advanced than my old stove was.  This one is a glass top and evidentially they don’t bother to warn you that you can’t use all pots and pans on this stove – they should put a notice of some kind on it so you know when you are looking at them.  It says no cast iron should be used on the top and no cheap thin aluminum skillets/pans.   The oven is a convection oven or a regular oven – whichever you want to use.  Now my stove looks modern like my refrigerator which I have had for about 4 years or so now.  As the appliances wore out I  intend for them to all match- stainless steel – I like the look of it – the only one left now is the dishwasher.

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The burner in the middle on the back is a warmer plate – nice for when something is finished before everything else.

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3 racks inside which is supposed to come in very handy when you use the convection feature.

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After I played with my new toy – I made a cake to try it out —  I went outside to play in the dirt  – needs to be dug up and turned so I can do some planting next week.  I cleaned off part of the porch, and read outside for awhile as it did warm up to 79 degrees – most likely our warmest day this week – rain off and on all week and low 70’s.  I finished the book in the evening before I got back to the quilting frame and should have more progress to show soon.

I got very little sewing done.  Saturday night I worked on Granny

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And I got some leafs cut out for the Caswell Block – nothing is glue basted. I kid you not – I got very little sewing done!  One more Lemoyne Star was sewed but I didn’t get a photo.  I am linking to Patchwork Times today.

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I intend to do some more of the prep work today on this applique blocks and I have a dental appointment so I’m not sure how much quilting I will actually get in –  a little I hope!  Hope your weekend was good!

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