Granny and Garden

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Saturday was generally a nice day other than one rain shower – just can’t get away from it.  We drove in to Lowe’s and at the garden center I picked up some annuals to plant in my logs that Mike made for me last year. It will take awhile for them to look nice of course as they are quite small right now.  I sprayed weed killer in back of them where you can see all that long dried bunch of weeds now, I will clear that out and get more plants to put in there next week.

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Still standing water! and more rain predicted for today and off and on all week – oh well, just put the old shoes on and slosh through it!  Nothing else to do about it. It will dry out eventually – we just didn’t get a lot of rain in April and getting it all in May instead – we will probably go through a hot dry spell like usual this summer.

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Pretty perennials that come up every year – I trimmed the rose bushes back as the rain had knocked all the rose petals off any how and now the yellow flowers are blooming to take their place.

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I planted some petunias and others in this space along with a couple more tomato plants and I have some potatoes growing in here as well as oregano and basil.

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More tumblers cut – well it be enough to finish – maybe!

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This third row of Granny blocks that mark the half way point –  I am linking to Kathy’s Quilts: Slow Stitching Sunday and to Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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I got up to the 3rd block in the row Friday night.

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This much left of the 3rd row before I can say half way done.

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I was quite busy outside after the rain finished and didn’t get much done after I cut the tumblers until evening when I sat down to work on the quilting.  The tumblers didn’t take much time as I had my template ready and my box of 2 1/2 inch scraps – I stacked 4 at a time and cutting went fast.  The plain fabric I cut in 2 1/2 inch strips and then layered the same – 4 at a time and before you know it had a bit in my box again.  I hope to work on it off and on all week.

I have been very much just working on three quilts right now – I have gotten to that point where I just want to get the tumblers done and then working on Granny in the evening and now and then when the news is on or watching tv I will make a star – the stars and tumblers need to get done!  I will get back to the applique and embroidery in the summer I’m sure.

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Tumblers and Stars and Cake!

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Yes we had another partial rainy day and I was inside doing some sewing.  First the Tumbling into Insanity quilt.  Do you ever get that feeling when you are lining up pieces and taking more and more pieces out of the box – knowing about how much work needs to still be done and  a light bulb goes off and you realize you really do not think you cut enough pieces?  Well the last couple days as I have been working on this quilt that feeling was happening – so I counted – and I need more pieces!  This is all that is left in my box and I need 95 more prints and 65 more plain (if I counted right this time – I will cut more than I need)  – how the heck did that happen – I counted and counted as I cut.

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I was laying these out on the table as I pressed the rows that I did yesterday and I need one more piece almost this size to make it the 104 inches wide as the quilt is and then I need one more 104 inch x 20 inch piece and that won’t happen unless I get busy cutting.  I do have more background color so that makes me one lucky quilter and plenty of scraps to chose from.

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Work on the Lemoyne Stars continued also – the weather cleared up by 2 or so yesterday so I took my box of pieces out to the porch for some fresh air and stitched more out there.  64 stars on the wall and I think I have enough – if I counted right LOL – for about 20 more – there are more pieces in the box but they would be for mixed stars – meaning I need 8 pieces for each star and I might have 6 or one color and 2 of another etc – so if I need more stars they would be made up of a mixture unless I can find something on the shelf to match up really well.  The color saturation is not as well spread out like this as they are in the way I had them last week all next to each other – but this way would be easier to piece as the star points wouldn’t be touching – and the blank squares would show up really good with a quilting motif on them.  Yes these are hand pieced – someone inquired – really I tried to do them on the machine and made a mess out of two of them and tossed them – I am neater at these stars by hand then machine.  I am not positive I will be doing this layout but I am leaning towards it.  Right now this measures about 54 inches so after seam allowances – 50 inches maybe?  There will still be enough to add one more row of stars to to one side and across the bottom – add a border and we will see how big it ends up.

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On Granny’s Got Style this much was quilted on Thursday night – when this row of blocks is finished I will be half way done with this quilt and half way will have taken 2 and 1/2 months and in the area of 80-85 hours of work – and that is just half way – so we are talking another 2+ months of work.  Sometime in August this quilt might be done.

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I got an IPad for a combination mother’s day/43rd anniversary present – the anniversary is next month –

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A stand and stylus included – makes it very nice to use as a cookbook! as you can see in the above photo – pulled up a recipe from pinterest and can follow it right there.

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And a chocolate skillet cake was made to try out the stand and stylus to see how well it worked when the fingers get dirty – the stylus can be washed off.  The recipe is on a pinterest page here  I didn’t have the ingredients for the frosting though so mine is from a can.

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And it was good!

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Another lizard visit

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And another at the top step heading down if you look closely you will see him and see how little they are – nothing to be afraid of!  We have this species and another little one that are blue in color.  I will try to get a photo of those sometime in the warm months to come.  I caught one them in the house one year that had snuck inside.

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And yes more rain meant more water in the yard – I think in the past week we didn’t have rain only one day – the ground hasn’t dried out enough for the rain to soak in – I’m sure we will have problems with mosquitoes this summer!

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Old shoes are needed to walk down to the garden as you can see.

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More Tumblers

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I don’t have much to blog about today.  Yesterday was one of those days – a lot of stuff around the house was done and I had to make a run to the Goodwill type of store that I bring things to.   I had boxes and bags of stuff I have been collecting up for the last month or two and I just was never in the mood to get it all in the car and bring it in – finally did it though and glad to get it all out of the house.

I got the tumbler rows put together on the piece I showed yesterday and I hope to get another section started today.  I am linking to Prairie Sewn Studios today who will be having a weekly link up on Fridays I believe and to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Amanda Jean’s Crazy Mom Quilts she has some very colorful work to show today.

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The garden is growing even though the ground is water logged.

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this is the amount of water we have sitting on the ground in the area.  We had another 1/2 inch yesterday.  And more rain is in the forecast for almost every single day in the 10 day outlook – at least some of the days say scattered so maybe it will miss us?  Hope so.

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Worked on this section of Granny’s Got Style last night – one small section left to work on before I roll it down again.

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Even with all the rain the purple clematis are blooming like crazy – this is the most blooms this plant has ever had and I planted it almost 10 years ago.

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Piecing

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I spent a good part of yesterday piecing more tumblers.  Instead of my usual 10 x 10 rows for the Tumbling into Insanity quilt I decided to make more rows longer for  a change – just to change my routine I guess – so I did 25 x 10 instead – and I have 10 rows ready to sew together today – or tomorrow? Pressed and ready.

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I played with the layout for the stars too at one point in the day – if they were laid out this way they would have the pale yellow background as the plain blocks in between – this is just play right now – I have no idea right now what I want to do for layout and will be playing around with them while I make the rest that I have cut out.   This way of course would make a bigger quilt.  I am linking to My Quilt Infatuation today.

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the layout I have been using:

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A little more of Granny worked on in the evening

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I am still walking through some areas of standing water in the yard – not deep mind you – but still water and we are expecting more rain for the rest of the week – I sure hope it won’t be much – or it will take forever to dry out!  It never even got out of the 60’s here yesterday – we need some warmer weather to help evaporate this water!!  So far our May seems to be getting the rain we normally get in April and the cooler temps too.

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Tumbling Into Insanity

Mini Tumblers - "Tumbling Into Insanity"

The tumbler quilt is now more than half way done!  I know I can get this one finished in a couple weeks if I would set my mind to it.  I would like to be done with this one and the star quilt – then I could concentrate more on the 5 others in progress!  I am linking to Sew Fresh Quilts I am also linking up a new to me blog called Prairie Sewn Studios – a mother/daughter team.  I had forgotten about this link up at Sew Many Ways and linked there today also.  There is also Freshly Pieced Modern today – you might ask why link up to so many blogs – it is a way to get new readers and to find new blogs to get ideas from.  Some are very new and have few links and others have been around for awhile and have a lot.  I have found some very interesting blogs this way.  I do not look at all the links of course, I don’t have enough time to do that, but I usually check out a couple and if someone new comes to me and leaves a comment I always go back to look and see what they have if they have a blog.

I’m running out of spaces to lay these big pieces so after I got the last segment sewed onto the row yesterday I draped it over the quilting frame to show.  Then I sewed this big row onto the body of the quilt.

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So just picture it without Granny’s Got Style in the background and you can see the hundreds of little tumblers sewed together.  A lot more sewing to do before it is done.

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I cut some roses and iris’s for the table and a little bit of honeysuckle as well.  The rain really destroyed the blooming roses and I had to snip a lot of them off as they were horribly brown and ragged looking.  But more blooms in another week or so.

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And here is another small grouping of flowers.  I love this big bowl on the corner of the counter but I have yet to figure out what to use it for.  I would like to display it as I have plenty of bowls to use for every day, but I’m not sure what will be tossed in it – maybe snacks?  I would put fruit in it but it would be just me eating it and I like a lot of my fruit chilled.

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Stars and Things

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Lemoyne Stars – they are coming along nicely – 57 now up on the wall.  I am linking to Quilt Story: Fabric Tuesday today and She Can Quilt: Scraptastic Tuesday and to Esther’s WOW.

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Another section of tumblers ready to attach to the last row that I showed – that will complete 3 large rows with 2 more of them to go.

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One section of the Granny quilt that I was working on a couple nights ago – you know how we all collect scraps to use in our quilts and sometimes we wonder just how long do we hang on to our scraps?  well you see the fabric with the bunny rabbit on it with the cute little hat – well that fabric first joined my stash when I made my grandson his baby quilt – he will be 15 in June and he got it when he was a new born LOL I think I still have some of it left.  That baby quilt was washed so much and it is now faded – this piece is so bright compared to the fabric in that baby quilt now!

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Melanie (my daughter) did the stitching on this basket and gave it to me for mother’s day and I put it together with the sewing machine and did the lining – isn’t it pretty-

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Different design on both sides! Now what to fill it up with – I’m not sure!  I put it together yesterday.

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