Friday, September 22, 2017

Zig Zag ' ghan

I was digging though boxes today;
trying to organize our bonus room.
I came across a crochet project that I started maybe two years ago.
I thought I would try and see if I could get this finished.
It is perfect for this time of year.
Especially since today is the first day of Autumn.

It reminds me of "Candy Corn".

I started this to use up scraps of yarn leftover from other projects.
There are white, cream, tan, yellow, orange, browns, black
and even a very dark green.

I am not following any particular pattern with the yarn.
Just random strips of different colors.

As usual when I start a crochet project I really have to concentrate
and I usually have to restart the project a few times before I 
remember the count pattern.

And since it was so long since I had worked on this afghan;
I would crochet a few rows and then have to undo it and start again.
I feel I have the right count on all the stitches now and plan
to keep going on this and get it done.  
It mainly uses half double crochet stitches.

I love ripple design afghans.
Not sure how big this one will be.
I will just keep crocheting and see how far the scraps of yarn take me.

I hope that this will keep myself and my friend...
motivated to get our projects done!  ;0)
She does cross stitching and crocheting.
I have been watching her projects and it has been inticing
me to crochet again

Happy Autumn everyone!

~ Sandra ~

Friday, September 15, 2017

Down Time

We will be rewiring and installing new cable in our home
 over the next few days or so.
I will be away from my computer.

We have rain and dropping temperatures.
News says we may have our first frost.

Hopefully we can get the work done and not have to be outside too much.

Check back in with you when I can.

~ Sandra ~

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Desert Rose Quilt

I am continuing to add more quilting to my daughter-in-laws
Desert Rose Quilt that her great grandmother made as a quilt top;
and I am doing the quilting.  I work on it now and then.
I have stitches over the entire quilt now and want to add in some more.

I have all the white blocks quilted with the center design;
and want to add a quarter inch border around the block now.
This is an old quilt top and it needs all the stitches to help hold it together.

Here is a closer look at some of the blocks.

I am using a large hoop and I rest the quilt on a TV tray
to do the quilting.

We are working on a room for me to sit and quilt with better lighting.
It has been slow going but hope to make some more progress soon.

Summer is over and Autumn has arrived and the time is right to start hand quilting again.

~ Sandra ~

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Finally Framed

Two trips to Hobby Lobby and I finally have some finishes that I can hang on the wall.
I am hoping to have some more motivation now to continue to stitch
 on some more of my works in progress.

First to share is "A Pair of Wolves" by Dimensions.
7 inches by 5 inches in size.
Stitched on 16 count dove grey Aida.
Pattern from 1999

Second is "Wolf" by Janlynn.
7 inches by 5 inches in size.
Stitched on 14 count white Aida.
Wolf is in the Wildlife Series.

These will stay with me and be hung up in our home.
The hobby lobby lady helped me to pick out the mats;
and she was able to cut them with matting that was in stock.
On the second trip my husband and I picked out the frames
 and he put them together for me.

Anxious now to see where I will hang my newly framed cross stitch projects!

~ Sandra ~

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

In my Backyard

We have been in a drought this Spring & Summer.
We are limited to special days when we can water our yards.
They think it best if we use as little as possible;
and keep what we have for an emergency.

Earlier in the Spring I had some roses blooming;
before the weather got too hot.

We have this red rose bush that gets covered in blooms;
but last only for a short while.

I also have one pink rose bush.
It only bloomed a few flowers.

We have no pets of our own.
I enjoy feeding and putting out water for the wildlife
in our backyard.

I had a mother duck with her little ducklings walk along our fence line.
As hard as I tried to zoom in...this is the best I could do.
She must of had a dozen baby ducklings.
Even the momma duck was rather small in size.

I wish she could have come through the fence to come to our little watering dishes.
You can see the grass was still a bit green at this time.

I have been trying to post a picture of a bad bunny that keeps coming around and chewing the tops off my Sunflowers.  He seems to come very early in the mornings.

This one lone sunflower was bitten off when it was around 10 inches tall.
I left it in the ground and later saw that it was growing leaves again.
Now we have one bloom and more about to open.

 Notice how golden the grass is...

Another goal of mine was to bring prettier birds to our backyard.
Other than the common brown finches.

I was so pleased when I finally looked out my window and saw this pretty yellow bird.
I have seen them out at my son's home here in the country;
as well as at my son's home in Colorado.

We put new seed out on Sunday and then Monday morning I saw this yellow bird.

We also had just purchased this bird bath at Menard's.  It was only around $8.00.
Well, sometimes you get what you pay for.  The plastic gets hot in the sun and will lean one way or another.  But, the birds come and splash and drink so I guess it is good enough.

We have a special tree with all the goodies for the squirrels to eat and play.
They don't seem to bother any of my flowers.

This little squirrel loves to come for a drink of water.

This window is in my sewing room.
It is large and I love the light it brings in.
The way our yard slopes the window sits practically right on the ground.
I have a water pan and a feeder and a bird bath all right in front of this window.
Most of my pictures are taken right here from this view.
I clean this window often; but the birds splash in the bird bath and spray water everywhere!

My ironing board is set up right in front of this window.
It makes for perfect lighting to see as I iron.
The birds and animals have been getting so use to seeing me while
I sew or iron; they don't often fly away anymore.

Later I will show more of my sewing space.

I am happy to say "today" we got rain for the first time in a long time.
Maybe our grass will green up a bit?

So what better way to spend the day...
baking some Apricot Bread from some fresh apricots from my DIL's fruit trees.

Hope you are having some Summertime Fun.

~ Sandra ~

Monday, July 24, 2017

Visiting Colorado

We have just returned from a one week semi-vacation in Colorado.

We met our newest family member,
our Grand-doggy "Oakley"
a rescued Siberian Husky two year old.

With his new mommy; our daughter-in-law "V".

We also went there to help with some home improvements.
They wanted to lay some wood flooring 
to replace some carpeting.  My DIL Vanessa and our son James.

While there I revisited some cross stitch pictures I had made previously for my son.

Above is the Wolf cross stitch I made for my son;
and you can see her beautiful wedding bouquet she had made for their wedding.

Above is another wolf cross stitch I had previously made for my son.

The project above was one of the hardest ever cross stitch projects.
It was on linen and had lots of half and quarter cross stitches.
The places to stitch were so small.  I got lots of help from my 
other DIL "M"; she did more than I did I am certain.  
I am afraid that they received this gift a year or two after the actual wedding.

I also got to see the photo we took and had framed when we visited 
The Roosevelt National Park when we first came to North Dakota.
This is the actual cabin that Teddy Roosevelt lived in as a child.
It was moved to and is able to be visited.

One day during our visit we took the day off from working and went traveling.

The water was sparkling clean and the sky so blue.
And some of the wild flowers; so pretty to see.

We saw this Castle.

We could see the mountains all around us.

The air was quite a bit harder to breath way up here.
We were at Mount Evans.
Elevation 14,130 feet.

Some of the wild life on the mountain.

We stopped in an old mining town for lunch on the way home.
We were sitting outside where they welcome dog owners to sit and eat with their pets.
This was the view from our table.

We wanted to walk through the town and take pictures;
but a storm started and there was thunder and lighting
and it started to down pour rain.  People were dashing for their cars.

This is the flooring when completed.
We actually helped with the tile work on a previous trip
a couple years ago.

We had a personal escort at the Denver Airport 
that helped us get through more easily.

Our daughter-in-law the Pilot.

She did not fly the airplane we were on.
  She was on her way to work and just helped us find our way around the airport.
Someday we hope to fly on one of her flights!

It was a wonderful week away.
Visiting with family and meeting "Oakley".
Seeing such wonderful sights!

~ Sandra ~

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

~ Autumn ~

I call this little quilt "Autumn".
It reminds me of the colors of leaves in the fall;
gold, greens, browns,  and rust.

Here is the front view.
Blocks are called log cabin variations.
I had to piece together some tiny scraps
to make this little quilt.  I don't mind.
I like to use up every last piece of fabric I can.

The back view.
A piece of fabric picked up from a yard sale.
Loved the fall scene with the dogs and pumpkins;
had to add a strip of fabric at top and bottom to fit the quilt top.

Here is the quilt as a table topper;
before being put into the washer.
It lies flat and thin.

After being washed the little quilt has shrunk in size
and is all lumpy and soft.

I know it is Summer; but we have so much overcast
with clouds that this morning seemed more like a day in fall.

Autumn Quilt
Machine Sewn - Hand Quilted
19 inches square

~ Sandra ~

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

4th of July

~ Sharing some Red, White and Blue ~

"Lone Star Quilt"
Hand Pieced and Hand Quilted
made sometime in the late 1990's?

and below "Pinwheels".

I have shared this before; but thought I would share again for the
4th of July celebrations!

We have firecrackers!

Some stars!

A feathered center design!

And the overall design of four Pinwheels!

"Pinwheel Quilt"
52" X 52"  ~  Red, Cream & Blue
Machine Pieced & Hand Quilted

Wishing all a Happy 4th of July!

~ Sandra ~

Friday, June 30, 2017

eBay Quilts

Sometimes I look on eBay for quilt tops or quilts for sale.
The two quilts I will share today are little quilts that I bid on and won.

The Bear Quilt 

This was just a quilt top when I received it.
It was pieced together and was a bit wonky in the corners.
I'm the type of person who wants to save quilts
and decided to do the best I could with it.
I added batting and a backing.

Here is a picture of the backside of the quilt.
I heavily hand quilted this piece;
 and I put on the strip to be able to hang the quilt.

Here is a close up of some of my stitches.

I have this quilt hung up on a wall.  I just have some tacks holding it up for now.
I usually use some dowel sticks to hang the quilts on,
but it makes this wall hanging quilt not hang properly.
So I will look for something to use
that is flat.

The second little quilt I will share today is dated 1994; 
there is a name of Marie Hunter hand written in the corner.
I call this one: 

The Eagle Quilt

This little quilt came to me with just some machine quilting;
the maker machine stitched the house, eagle and vine designs,
there is also a rabbit in the lower right corner.

I added the hand quilting stitches around the edges.
In blog land some quilters really love Eagles.
I like the historic look to this quilt.

I need to sew a strip of fabric across the back;
 to be able to hang this little quilt up.

As much as I enjoy making quilts myself, I also enjoy buying quilts.
Especially when they are not too high priced.
I enjoy collecting quilts of different styles, colors and sizes.
I always seem to add my personal touch to the already created items.

For me the best finds come when you are not looking for them.

~ Sandra ~