Baskets Again

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Really don’t have much to post today – a visit to the dentist for a cleaning and told again that I need another new crown – I knew it was coming we discussed last time that there were a couple more to do – but now the old filling has cracked and even though it is not bothering me it is time to do it before it does bother me – can’t get in though until June 1 so I have something to look forward to LOL and then one more for sure after that but it can wait until the end of the year if there is any insurance left for it – limit on dental you know – might be the way I greet in the new year – which is coming pretty darn fast – can’t believe it is almost June already – time sure flies by fast the older you get it seems.

I picked up some chives to plant and a lavender plant – I had a lavender plant last summer but it died I wonder if this one will do better – we will see – just planted it for prettiness – I haven’t a clue what to use it for although I heard you can dry it and then put in your dresser for scenting your clothes and in the wool applique box to keep bugs out I presume but I don’t really have any trouble with that as it is in a plastic box with tight lid.

So what did I get done with – two more baskets – that’s it – I really need to get back to the flannel and cut that border out and do the piecing that will be needed and finish that top and put it away.

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Baskets and Plants

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I managed to get 11 baskets prepped yesterday so now they are handy to stitch when I feel like it.  And that is all the sewing I got done this weekend – so the table and scraps were cut and several baskets made and more cut – other than that I was reading or outside working.  Linking to MCM#73 Cooking Up Quilts today and Love, Laugh, Quilt.

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One thing I am working on right now outside is cutting off the lower branches of trees out in the area a ways from the house.  I am having to bend way over the lawn mower when I go under trees and although this feels like a good yoga stretch LOL I thought it was time to trim.  I have filled up the small trailer that I use 4 times now and still will take at least one more day of work to get it done.  Trees grow so quickly here.  This is just part of the area I worked on yesterday – I forgot to take a photo of the area I already cleared.  Would you believe none of these trees were here 36 years ago when we moved here.  I take that back the pine tree in the distance was here but it was quite a bit smaller.  Most of these washed in as seeds, or blown in from the wind.   This was pretty much on open field when we moved here – just a couple little trees – we would keep it cut as the kids like to play ball over here, gradually as they quite playing in it I would cut it once or twice in the warm weather and just let it go, gradually trees started to grow and we planted some too.  Now it certainly doesn’t look like an open field anymore.  I keep it cut now as it is part of my walking trail here at home.  I will walk around the outer edges to the edge of where I keep it cut.  If I didn’t keep cutting it once a month it would be over grown with trees by now and we would have a forest all around us as we have on the other side of the house for an acre and in the back of us about a 2 acre stretch a 1/2 acre wide.  I like to have a little bit of open space.

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The garden is growing but is surrounded by very soggy mulch – my feet start to sink as I walk around it – we have 2.5 inches of rain on Friday night and into Saturday morning – more expected Tuesday night – we will dry out one day and then I will have to be dragging a hose around watering things and wishing I had a little rain.  All in the shade in the evening.

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Tomatoes on almost all of the plants, just beginning though so not many.

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Green Beans ready to blossom and for some reason the deer have not paid attention to my garden this year!  Maybe I will have enough beans for a couple meals  – this is not a big crop

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Same with the peas – I have not have a lot of blossoms and at this rate I will be lucky to get one or two meals.

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Some of the day lilies blooming.

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The blue hydrangea have started – some kind of lilac again this year and others are blue – a very pretty mixture on one plant. – I really need to put pine needles around them this fall and see if I can get some pink ones – that is what changes the color – the acid.

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Hands 2 Help

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Sometime back Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict gave the call out for her yearly charity quilts drive.  I decided to make several quilts for children to donate.  I had already had one done and set aside as she does this yearly and I participate and I was in the process of making another at the time.  She will be having a link up today and I will link up then – I write this the night before so it was too early to link – I will do that when I get up.  These are the two scrappy quilts that I made – the quilt on the left was leftovers from a scrappy quilt that my daughter took – haha – well I gave it to her but she had expressed a desire to have it lets say. The quilt on the right was made with some blocks that I had made and then they got lost in the quilt room and were found – the red/blue colors are from fabric that I had won so only right they go in a quilt for a charity.

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Wrapped in plastic, boxed up and heading off to Emily at Em’s Scrapbag in Utah on Monday –  her charity is Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo – we all know chemo is not happy but maybe these can put a smile on a sick child’s face.

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I well finish the 4th little basket that I had prepped for Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy and  I well need to get more baskets prepped to have handy when I want to pick up needle and thread.  I was asked the other day my process for appliqueing the baskets. Did I fuse first – NO – I try to make this as easy as can be and for me because I have been appliqueing for years the whole thing is easy.  I use a freezer paper template for the basket – press the freezer paper to the cloth – before you cut the basket out draw around the template with a white chalk pencil or a mechanical pencil depending on the color that is your turn under line – then remove the paper.  Cut out the pattern giving yourself about an 1/8 to 1/4 seam and center it onto the square – using the little applique pins I pin in place.  These pins being tiny rarely get caught in the thread but if you prefer to glue baste you certainly can.  Then I do needle turn applique with closely matching thread – each basket from start – pressing the paper to fabric – to taking the last thread and I cut out the back takes me less than an hour per block.  (I fold the square in half and finger press to get a good estimate on how to center the basket)  Linking to Quilting is More Fun than Housework.

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I find it hard to believe this most recent article that has come from GenerationQMagazine – evidently there is a  secret Facebook group of quilters who seem to have banded together to drive so-called unsavory characters out of quilting. Read the article here.  Quilters bullying other quilters! what is wrong with people?

One reason I have been lazy in the sewing department is I got caught up in a new  to me author – Robert Dugoni – Tracy Crosswhite series I am now on book 3 – I had never heard of this author and found one on Amazon for $1.99 and thought I would give it a try – I loved it, it kept my interest and now I am getting one after another – well need to check and see if the library has his other books – great find!  I always seem to get a lot of reading done in the summer.  When I am sitting out on the porch I actually get more reading done then sewing – I sometimes bring sewing out to the porch but between breezes and whatnot I just find it very relaxing to sit out with my kindle and a glass of ice tea and give myself up to a book –

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A Bit of Clean Up

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The cutting table was to the point of getting out of control – I couldn’t use it to cut even the tiniest bit of fabric  – no room to work.

A project box had to come out of the closet for the wool applique project – heaven knows when I will get back to work on it – soon I hope.

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For now it is stacked on the corner table out of the way.

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All the little bits that were unearthed under things got cut up into the little bitty scraps and put in the boxes of the appropriate sizes.  There was much which surprised me.  I have a box of 2.5 inch squares that is just about full – might be time to start a nine patch soon – I saw a quilt top pattern recently that had a lot of those in it that I really liked.

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Now the table looks like this – I wonder how long it will last.

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I never did get around to working more on the flannel quilt – I need to piece a bit of the yellow to have enough to do another border when that is done and all sewed in place I will see what is left over and cut binding from all the colors left over.  One more basket got appliqued on Thursday night and work was started on another Friday night.  Better than nothing right!  Linking to Tweety Loves Quilting today.

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Little Scrappy Baskets

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Yesterday morning I decided the project box for the scrappy baskets needed to be organized – more blocks cut and some baskets.  First I got some background fabric pressed and cut into the squares and set those aside.  I got to looking at the same old fabric that I had set in the box for baskets but I was tired of them.  I went to the shelf to see what I had from all those 7 inch charms that were included in the Frivols boxes that I had gotten when they came out – which was a total rip off in price but I do like the fabrics (it was the freebies and the boxes that were a rip off in price).  The table was covered for awhile

IMG_2157These background blocks cut and ready to use.  I think there are about 36 of them plus four that I pulled from the 7” charms trimmed down to six inches

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I found two sets, one had enough light color that go with the background types that I am using (more colors in the box not used) and I like these blues and reds so will be using some of those.  When I cut the baskets out I am careful to use the rotary cutter first around the edge to cut away the excess – enough for some pieces to go in the scrap boxes.

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Also had this small bundle called “Little House on the Prairie” that has some pieces that I can mix in.

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So I got four more blocks prepped.  Only one with the red in the background right now but I have several other pieces that I can use to scatter around also – so it might look odd at the moment but remember there are 300 baskets to make and only around 30 done so lots of room to mix in a variety of neutrals with prints in the background.  Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts.

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No Sewing!

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I really intended to get some sewing done and I didn’t even get one border cut or one basket prepped.  But no I was not lazy – laundry was done, exercise was done, what else is beyond me but I stayed busy.

One thing I need to share is this little dusting tool that I have for the plantation blinds – I was sharing an e mail with Karen from Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats about dusting LOL and had to share what I use.  Dusters for plantation blinds – mine looks just a little different  than what is available at Amazon but then I got mine about 4 years ago I think at Wal-Mart hanging on the end of an isle by the dishes.  Here is a link to Amazon  it really does work with little effort once you finally tell yourself that you have to get the dusting done.  Sure can see that dust LOL but this works so quickly I got all 3 blinds done in less than 15 minutes and now they are nice and clean again and that cloth is horribly filthy and will be washed next load.

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Another angle.

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Fabric stacked up ready for me to start piecing a border together for the last of the mustard yellow – have no strips long enough for any one side so I will need to do some piecing – I’m sure it will be just fine and not so noticeable after the quilt is quilted, washed and dried.  That was one thing I did – I went through all the yellow to see what sizes I had left over.

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I really need to clean up my table before I get back to work on anything – I tend to toss everything on this one and then use the dining table instead so I can spread out.

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