Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Perfect Day!!

Well here on the farm, it seems the water works have stopped long enough for the men and boys to be out in the field. Here it is 10:30 pm and not a soul but myself is in the house!! Yesterday my husband shared they planted 108 acres of corn and they are going to plant till they drop or get rained out. Eliah has been doing field work, he came in at midnight last night only because he ran out of fuel for that big John Deere tractor he is working with. The amazing part is he managed to still get up with out any difficulty for school this morning. That is very unusual as it always seems I have to pry him out of bed with a crow bar on most days.

This past week was an amazing week for Eliah as well. The FFA banquet was Wednesday night. He was Vice President this past year, but was blessed to be elected for his senior year to come as President of the FFA. The banquet was very nice and the food was great and I was honored to be present. My  son bought me a ticket to attend. Here is a picture of him and his officers from last year. There are 3 Seniors in the group. Eliah second from the right in the back row.

Here are the incoming officers for  2014-2015 

Eliah is the President and he is the second from the left in the back row. For a boy who wants to spend his life farming, I am so happy for him. He has a passion for farming. 

Then Saturday May 17th Durand hosted their Junior Prom and Eliah and his girlfriend Lexi went together. Can you believe they have been dating a year on this dear boy's 17th birthday April 19th? 
Here is a picture of the lovely couple!!

Talk about a 17th Birthday, here is Eliah on his big day!!  

Lexi isn't fond of smiling as she very recently started to wear braces, however, what you don't see in the Prom pictures  is that the rubberbands on her braces match her dress!! She makes him very happy and they seem to get along so well. Her daddy is a true country boy like my son.They come from the same cloth. 

Let's see, I have done some sewing, I finished Celia and John's quilt top for their wedding quilt, but I am still scared to post pictures anywhere in fear they may see it some how, so pictures will be posted, but at a later date. Here are some of the works I have worked on:

These two blocks are for Katie in the Sunday Morning Quilts Bee. She lives in Texas.

This is 4 paper pieced blocks for Aimee from the Coast to Coast Bee

This is a Lucy Boston block for Jan. 

This quilt is from a local quilt group at the Burlington Hotel Quilt Shop and we are doing a around robin and I added the pinwheels on the left side and the bottom to put some contrast and pull out colors from the center panel.  

And of course, it wouldn't be a post if it wasn't for Molly inspecting the latest aquisition of fabric I bought at a LQS. She also is the chief inspector for any sewing/quilting I do. So far everything meets with her approval. She is a very precious kitty. 

HAPPY SPRING!! It has finally arrived. Time to plant my garden this upcoming Memorial Day Weekekend. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Great News!! My only daughter is betrothed!!!

I am so happy and excited!!! I am now officially helping my lovely daughter, Celia, plan a wedding for August 30th, 2014!!! We went to David's Bridal and found a dress right away. I would love to post pictures of her in it, but I am so concerned her Fiance' would somehow find the pictures so I can't do that at this time. This is her after we went dress shopping, then we were hungry so we went out for a Bento Box at Fuji!! It was so good and we had so much fun!!

My husband also had a hernia repair beginning of February. No wonder I haven't posted for a while! There has been alot going on!! He had a laproscopic repair. Here he is freshly awake from his anesthesia. 

The scary thing is, when he was like this, I really believe he didn't not know who I was. It was so unusual. I also realized he looks like no spring chicken either. I do believe I look alot younger then he does, he is just a cradle robber!! He is all grey, and I barely have a grey hair on my head!! LOL! 

Now this is the guy I know!! He looks just like he should!! Still old, but now he knows me!! Haha.

Matthias' Rachel came to visit us as well at the Beginning of March. She had spring break and wanted to spend it with him. We tried to sneak her here, She wasn't going to tell him she was coming, we had plotted for me to come pick her up at the airport and watch him walk in with her here. He said "I would of dropped dead." Here they are hanging out on the couch!

Rachel with my precious putty Molly. 

I have indeed been sewing. I have been busy with my bees and trying to use my stash, even though I did splurge on some fabrics until the very beginning of March, now I am committed to a fabric fast, I hope! 

Here are some of the works I have done:

This is a throw size quilt using the BQ pattern and fabric by Basic Grey - Little Black Dress by Moda. 
I totally adore this line. Since then I have come across Little Black Dress 2 and I love it even more!! Molly is modeling on it for you. There is no quilt like one with a kitty. 

This quilt was created with the intentions of being a Plus quilt, however, the pattern I used had the dimensions wrong so the blocks wouldn't go together as intended so I pieced it with hopes of making a scrappy large throw size and it worked!! I based the colors on a few fqs I had from Chez Moi. I love how this one turned out. Milo is modeling on this quilt. He is getting a little too big for his britches. He is our fattycat! He likes to lay on his back to sleep. He snores real good too!

Here are some bee blocks I have made for the I Love Lucy International Bee

These blocks are for the Sunday Morning Quilts Bee: We use the book by the same name and I have to say this is an amazing book to use up scraps and it is so creative, so check it out!!

For the Coast to Coast Bee I got to make these amazing Elephants for Jan!!

I have gotten to know a very precious woman who is 90 years old who made this quilt. She has vision problems and I absolutely adore her and just want to share with you what she made for a great-grandchild that is only an infant and she feels will never know her, but that the baby will know was made by her.

It is a twin size quilt and I think she did an amazing job!! Not bad for being legally blind!! I do truly love her, she has such a beautiful and fresh perspective on life. God Bless you my dear friend for making my life better by knowing you!!

Well, I think that is a real quick synopsis of it all. I will leave you with a wonderful picture of a barn quilt that I found here in the Rural landscape of Western Wisconsin. The owner was kind enough to let me take a picture!! Can't wait to tell you more of the adventure ahead!!

Everyone needs a good laugh too!! This was posted on a convenience store the end of January. Notice the snow and we had -20s for temps!! They have the best signs!!  

Tata for now!! 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Disappearing 4-patch Block Variation Tutorial

I had cut some squares to make a wonky star quilt, but when I started sewing the blocks together I was amazed at how much fabric was being wasted and I just didn't find it as inspiring as I had hoped it would be, so I made a few blocks and decided that was it. In the mean time I thought to myself, what can I use these blocks for? So I scoped out my Quilting Tutorials I had on my Pinterest Board and decided to make a disappearing 4-patch, I wanted to make it, but the measurements didn't fit the blocks I had, so I adjusted the block size and the cuts as I thought the center strips were too narrow. Here is the first one I made as a sample. I am very satisfied with it.

For February in the Coast to Coast Bee it is my month to have some blocks made. I thought these blocks would be quick and fun for everyone to make. So here goes, these are my directions for making this block. All seams are sewn using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

To begin this block you choose 2 fabrics. For each block you cut 2 - 6.5inch squares from two different fabrics:

Sew two contrasting blocks together and press seams to the aqua side so the seams will lock when sewing them together:

Now, sew the top row to the bottom row, locking seams and sew them together to make one
        4-patch block

Now get your rotary cutter and ruler and measure 2 inches on each side of the center seam and cut the length of the block.

 Now turn the block a quarter turn (90 degrees), I always rotate the mat and then do the same. Cut 2 inches on both sides of the center seam. You will end up with what looks like a cut-up 9 patch.

Now you will take the center square(the 4 patch block) and give it a one-quarter turn to the left so the 4 patch is matched up with the opposite color as below:

Now take the 4 single fabric corners and swap the solid aqua for the pink pezzy fabric as displayed below.

Now  sew your rows together so your final block looks like this: 

That's all there is to it. The block ends up measuring 11.5 inches when assembled. I hope you enjoy making these blocks. Happy sewing!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Joy in the New Year

     Christmas Eve at my mom's house was a lot of fun, but we were missing quite a few family members. My sister and her family and my brother and his wife were all missing. It was my parents, my children and Celia's man John. It had a whole different feel as the boys came after chores were completely done. They used to come around 5:30pm, but not till 8:30 this year and it was much more casual. The food however was amazing as usual!! Here are some family highlights!

My mom just loves Deer and antlers so my husband decided to give my mom her own Deer Mount!!! My husband at first stood in the living room window when he arrived and had the deer looking in the window, she didn't see him, but she immediately spotted the deer and his horns! You should of seen her! She was like a little school girl, getting so excited wondering, is there a real live Christmas deer looking in the window? She was tickled pink to have her own deer to hang somewhere in her home. She was so fun to watch. She even gave me a good picture and if you know my mom, she does NOT like to have her picture taken! I love this picture.

Eliah is my little man, however, he is taller then any other man in the house!! Here he is at Grandma's house.

This picture is Matthias, my eldest and the University Graduate. Not sure what he will do with his degree if anything, you know how that goes. But it is so nice to have him back home too!

This is Celia with John at Omi's house sitting on the sofa. These two celebrated their 1 year "going out" anniversary on
December 28th.

New Years Eve brought a house full!! I couldn't believe it! Prior to New Year's my son's sweetie, Rachel, came to visit us from Ohio!! She flew into Minneapolis and spent 5 days with us. It was so nice to have her here. She is so kind and has good insight. She got a peek into our world here in Wisconsin. It didn't help we didn't get above 0 degrees for a high, but she had a good attitude and it didn't seem to bother her at all. She had some good adventures here and even got to go for a tractor ride with Matthias.

Eliah had his sweetie, Lexi come over for New Years Eve festivities and threw her like a sack of potatoes over his shoulder. She is so petite! 

All 3 children were here with their boy/girlfriends and we all played games. I made pizza compliments of Papa Murphy's and we had all kinds of munchies and sparkling grape juice to bring in the New Year. 

I found out something about myself. I love having people in my home and I am most satisfied when the children are home and we are interacting together having fun. There is a certain satisfaction in that somehow. 

On the quilting side of things I had to put my machine away for the Holidays. So I have not used my machine, however, I have been doing some English Paper Piecing for the I Love Lucy International Swap and made this lovely Lucy Boston Block for Gina, our lovely French member. It is the first time I fussy cut and I think it turned out well. The joy of creating and trying new things always is inspiring for me. 

Well, here are a few smiles to close with. This is Matthias who doesn't like to smile and always gives me a stern look, so as you see he tries to hide his smile, just to get my goat! LOL.

Here is Christmas granny Eliah, with his putty Milo at his feet in the rocking chair! 


Blessing and renewal to you as we start the New Year!! May all things be refreshed and may God Bless you!! May this year be the best yet!