Wednesday, October 5, 2011
I absolutely love this Christmas Fabric called Holly Jolly by Jen Allyson of My Minds Eye for Riley Blake. The Gray Damask is lovely enough to use year round yet adds a touch of class to the Holidays.
Keep checking back because I will be posting more binder cover options here at The Sunflower Crafter.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
September will be simple gifts, pot holders, cloth napkins and simple half aprons that are easy and quick to make. They make excellent last minute gifts or hostess gifts.
In October I will make full aprons, dish towels and Kitchen Aid mixer covers. (I have a special order already for one but have yet to make the pattern.)
In November I will get started on my decorations, filling in where I left off last Christmas. New stockings are in order for myself and my cousin who recently got married and has a baby due in November.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Here are a few things that I have learned since this quilt:
- The most obvious is the color combination. I still like the fabrics and the colors but just wish I had used a white or dark chocolate to contrast the blue and green.
- When sewing a ton of little pieces an accurate 1/4 inch is a must.
- While many will tell you to only press seams to one side, again because of all the little pieces and seams, I should have pressed everything open. (I now press most of my seams open.)
I have been trying to get all these UFO's done and out of the way so I can make new and exciting things.... I will be working on 2 more this weekend. Hopefully I will have some new pictures to share by Monday.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Again taking advantage of my Parent's ranch for the awesome pictures. I was getting tired of my backyard fence.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
And since I can't be without a machine for too long. I bought a new one to piece on. That will be another post for another day....
Thursday, June 2, 2011
This baby quilt was sent to my Cousin Olivia in Wisconsin. She just had a baby girl named Nora. I love the look of this little Irish chain quilt. I used all pink scraps and a dark brown polka dot inner border. I backed it with some vintage pink fabric my grandmother gave me a few weeks ago. Feels good to have it done and in use already.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Just keeping it real.... Notice the stacks of projects I have to move if I want to press. This is how it looks right now in my master bedroom. Yes that's correct, I sew in my bedroom even though I have a sewing room next door. Right now I can not even walk into that room. (hanging head in shame) My dear husband has given me until May 10th to get it together and back into the sewing room. I'm not sure I have the drive to get it done.
I have been really busy with work and in my spare time, I'm trying desperately to finish this quilt. It is for a friend who recently got married. I won't see her again until June so by then it has to be done. I wasn't so sure about it but it is growing on me. I love the scrappiness of it and how the vintage fabrics actually play nice with the modern fabrics. I'm thinking another one will be on the list of charity quilts to make using any and all scrap fabrics. I can't wait to free motion big flowers in the white blocks. Now I just wish there was enough time in the day to get it all done....
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Originally uploaded by melodylynn128
While I have been on a short (okay long) break from blogging.... We have been having fun cleaning up after the storms that hit Northern California this last week. This tree basically missed the backyard fence and only damaged the top of one board. We were soooo lucky. Our house however was not so lucky. The roof was leaking. Really leaking. I have contractors working on the stituation right now. I will post about that tomorrow.
Oh and yes I have been sewing. Maybe this weekend I can catch up blogging on those projects.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Jared walks back to the yard and starts up the backhoe. We load the last bale intended for the bull field and use the backhoe to feed.
So after this we decided to head back into town and Jared cooked us girls waffles for breakfast! Thanks Stu! (Stu is his nickname)
Saturday, February 5, 2011
When I head back to the Funny Farm on Saturday evening I have the usual chores of feeding the calf and dogs but also collecting the eggs. The girls were productive today and there were 9 eggs!
So back into the house to mix Toro's bottle. The new style of bottles are larger and have nifty screw on nipples. Let's just say the old style nipple is a pain to get on the bottle and you end up wearing half the bottle trying. And calfmana smells terrible! Notice the little bag of minerals in the back. Just like a human baby, calves receive so many different vitamins and trace minerals from their mother's milk. So it is very important that these vitamins and trace minerals get into the formula somehow. Mom supplements Toro's formula daily. (And yes that is the large batter bowl from Pampered Chef.... Doesn't everyone mix their calf formula in a Pampered Chef batter bowl?)
So back to Toro.... I go outside bottle in hand and call for the sweet little baby. No answer, no little clicking of his hooves on the sidewalk. I wait a few more seconds then grab a flashlight. I begin to panic and search the yard, he is no where to be found. Its really dark now.
Call again, from the distance a hear something. Darn he got out of the yard and into the front field. I think it happened when Mike came for JoJo the horse. Toro finally spots the flashlight and comes running to the gate. Poor guy he was starving and in a place he did not know.
So as I am letting him in the gate to the yard... Ginger escapes AGAIN! Really??? The dog really knows how to test me. So I feed the poor starving, wet and cold baby calf and wait for the darn dog to come back to the gate.
Fast forward to 10:30 pm, as I am laying in bed I start to here the pinging of the rain on the tin roof of the shop.... Great.Next time my Parents are gone my Brother gets to stay here!!!
Friday, February 4, 2011
This last weekend my parents drove from Northern, California to Deer Lodge, Montana to pick up their new dog "Hank." So while they were away I stayed overnight at the ranch so the animals' schedules did not change. I must say that this was quite an experience for me. Now I grew up with cattle and dogs but Mom and Dad did not get the chickens and the horse until after we left the ranch. Its funny that the chickens are the ones that kind of freak me out. Dad has 30 egg laying hens and one large rooster in a coop that we call the palace. They have a yard and a side yard (because one yard isn't enough for all his girls).
However the chickens were the least of my worries. The first night was fine, all went as planned. I was a little cold and their bed is a little hard but okay I made it. 7:30 am and I hear my friend Toro waking up. Toro is my Mom's bottle calf that lives in the yard. He gets a bottle morning and night. But when I go outside to feed Toro I notice something out of the corner of my eye... Jojo.
The gate is wide open to the front pasture and in the yard is the horse (Jojo) and three yearling heifers. Jojo was in no mood to get caught and continued to browse the very tall green grass behind the chicken coop. 30 minutes later and phone call to the husband, who was at the pond hunting ducks, the critters are back in their field. Here they are enjoying their hay after a morning in the front yard! The little black calf in the left corner is Charlie. Charlie was a bottle calf this fall and has graduated to the front field.
Then Ginger escapes. Ginger is my Mom's yellow lab that does not listen to anyone. She jumps the fence and bugs the guys at the pond. Finally some coaxing and a couple dog treats she's back in the yard and in the kennel. Ginger is the red one in the corner. Lacey is the old white dog.
Okay this is good its 9:00 am. Wait I haven't had my coffee yet! Then our friend Mike shows up to borrow Jojo for the weekend. I tell him good luck, I haven't been able to get close to her in two days. Somehow he gets her cornered and caught. So one less critter to worry about and I go home to try and get something done....
Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Used this week: 0
Used Y-T-D: 10.86
Added this week: 0
Added Y-T-D: 30.24
Net used in 2011: -19.382
Friday, January 28, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Used this week: 0
Used y-t-d: 10.86
Added this week: 0
Added y-t-d: 30.24
Net used for 2011: -19.382
It would be nice to be in the black sometime this year :(
Check out the blog list to see who is busted the most this year! Tiny hint... it sure isn't me!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Anyway back to my purchases this last week:
I knew that I needed to purchase some background white-on-white for the scrappy Irish chain quilt I am making for a friends wedding gift, but ..... Yes the "but". I had to buy some valentine's day fabric too once I saw Giddy by Sandy Gervais for Moda. Once I had my hands on it, I was done. So here are my numbers for last week....
Used this week: 0.44
Used y-t-d: 10.86
Added this week: 18.379
Added y-t-d: 30.24
Net used for 2011: -19.382
The 18.379 includes 4 yards of WOW and 5 yards of muslin. Although these purchases are "legal" purchases, I feel compelled to report them so I have an accurate count of "ins & outs".
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
The next thing I want to mention is the binding (again gifted to me from my Grandmother from Demas' Dept. Store). I tried a new technique in machine stitching the binding. I attached it to the back of the quilt and then top stitched it down on the front. I like this method for quilts that will be used or washed frequently. My only regret is that I should have used a matching thread color. Oh well....
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
6. Blue scrappy flowers (flimsy) January
As I finish the first 12 I will work on the second list. If I finish the current month’s UFO with at least 2 weeks to spare, I will start and try to complete a second UFO from the second list. When UFO is finished I will scratch it off the list!
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Used this week: 2.48
Used year to date: 2.48
Added this week: 11.86
Added year to date: 11.86
Net used for 2011: -9.383
PS: Using the end of year sale and coupons at Joann's I saved over $62 on my $75 purchase including batting at 60% off.