Cherish the simple things Fall

Cherish the simple things Fall

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Backing up/reverse sewing...

Years ago when going through both knee replacement rehab, one of the tasks I was instructed to do was walking backwards on the treadmill...disconcerting to say the least but eventually the strengthening and balance results were apparent...
I can only hope I will become a stronger quilter after completing this reverse sewing and picking out endless free motion stitching that just did not please me at all...the section I stippled took maybe 2 hours and it took 5 evenings to undo everything...
A machine quilter I am not! I can follow a straight line fairly well, but anything else leaves much to be
desired. Partly due to the stiffness of my hands, even wearing those little gripper gloves, it is hard to manipulate the quilt sandwich satisfactorily. In the past, I have taken classes from some very talented machine quilt instructors but always felt I belonged in the remedial section.
When all the threads were picked out, went back to the machine and did straight lines, put the binding on and can now call it Done! (It really does lay flat despite the wonky look on the clothesline)

I thought the lines in the border fabric kind of said...how about trying mitered corners, so that worked ok. For my first venture into working with wool applique, thought the pumpkins and leaves turned out all right too.


It has been years since I made a Fall/Halloween season quilt, and this one will go up on our hallway wall for the season for a fresh look.
Here we are into September and the days go by at Taylorsoutback with visible changes taking place here ...our fields are filled with color - goldenrod is in full bloom...

...and here and there one can spot a maple tree with a few leaves turning. Crows are calling from the woods and a continuous chorus of crickets are saying summer is at an end...the nights are cooler. Mr. Outback is busy cutting up the remnants of our old cedar deck & we have plenty of kindling & firewood to take us through the next 2 winters before we seriously think about converting to a pellet stove. Cutting up 100” length logs has lost its charm after 40+ years of heating with wood although sitting by the fireplace in the evening certainly has its merits.
There have been celebrations - our 52nd Wedding Anniversary and Mr. Outback’s 75th birthday with a made from scratch carrot cake (his favorite)

... dinners out and lunches with friends. Our daughter-in-law & I enjoyed a treasured Saturday together shopping...did I count how many weight watchers points??? Nope!
My little sign in the kitchen is a daily reminder...

Wishing each of you simple things to cherish...
Pat

Monday, August 13, 2018

Quilting with A/C...

Oh my goodness...I do not tolerate hot weather very well. Our lawns our crunchy and dried; in the vegetable gardens, the long storage onions are ready for gathering a month ahead of schedule & all the pea vines have given up despite frequent watering.

As much as we appreciate having central air, it gets claustrophobic quickly. We have just returned from 6 days in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and even there it was quite warm. I had looked forward to relaxing outside our RV doing some hand stitching, but instead stayed inside with the A/C units running. Our furry shelties could only be comfortable that way too.

So, taking advantage of the downtime, the binding on my Scrappy House quilt got completed...


And I can officially call this one Done! It is a two for one quilt if you check out the backing...


I also got started on handquilting my Brimfield Block quilt but even that felt too warm despite the cool insides of the RV...


Thank goodness for a nearby friend who just happens to have literally 100’s of hand quilting stencils that she let me go through and pick out a set with 2 different sizes. Stencils for hand quilting are like a dinosaur - nobody stocks them anymore.


When time permitted, all the trimming and squaring up was finished for Midnight At The Pumpkin Patch...


Once we got back home, the quilt top went together much faster and the addition of the wool appliques added...



With the continuation of our warm weather pattern and staying inside, will be doing a buttonhole stitch around the wool edges...love those Valdani colors! This has been a very fun quilt to work on - something different from my other projects and a way “to get my feet wet” working with wool. When I figure out how to machine quilt this, will show the whole thing...I am kind of stumped.

Honestly, this hot weather can go anytime...give me 65-70 degree days with the windows open...

Happy stitching everyone.

Pat

Monday, July 30, 2018

It’s about thyme...hmm...time

Here we are at the end of July...the stores are filled with back-to-school stuff, summer clothes are on clearance and in just a few short weeks, Pre-season football begins...I am so not ready to see summer winding down and want at least 6 more months of days in the 70’s and blue skies...Dream on...

We have just eaten the first garden tomato and English and Persian Market cucumbers are providing fresh crunchiness each day. The little herb garden is offering frequent cuttings for drying. I grow English thyme...



And French thyme...a more delicate and finer leafed herb but I use both for cooking not being fussy in the kitchen and also a little patch of lemon thyme.

The microwave in the potting shed comes into use...


And though some may find it tedious, I don’t mind stripping the minute leaves from the stems...the fragrance is gentle. Marjoram is dried in the same manner as well as parsley.


Sages hang from the rafter air drying and I know how wonderful the leaves will taste at Thanksgiving in turkey stuffing.


After a morning outside in the gardens, I have been trying to get in a little sewing time. Distraction comes oh so easy if I discover a new pattern or ruler...such was the case with Midnight At The Pumpkin Patch and learning how to use Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler - a clever all in one tool based on the classic Peaky and Spike...


Lots of cutting...lining up little points...chain stitching units...pressing...squaring up...




But, I am liking the results so far...the first 5” block and nice sharp points...

And all those little units needing pressing? (Excuse the iron) How about watching that 1956 (!) remastered Friendly Persuasion - Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire and a very young (pre-Psycho) Anthony Perkins...if you remember this movie, are you humming “Thee I Love”...


Happy Stitching!

Pat

Friday, July 20, 2018

Rainy day quilter...

With a much needed all day lovely and gentle soaking rain...this gardener is “forced” to stay inside.
Found a recent quote...”God made rainy days so gardeners could get housework done.” Let’s get our priorties straight though...housework? Not so much...a little quilting...that’s better...
Finally got all the foundation papers pulled off the back of that Scrappy Houses project...into the waste can they went...

Now everything is layered and under the walking foot of my machine...Have switched from the gardening gloves to my purple Grab A Roos...simple quilting going on...just stitching down the middle of the narrow sashing...

As each row is being quilted, I can’t help but revisit some of those little 3” houses...from our former President’s face peering out the window (Barbara Brackman did a Print on Demand fabric offering a few years ago and I have a fat 1/4 which was longing to be used) to houses with scissors, crickets playing pool, pumpkins on the roof and a sweet little dog...no two houses are the same and many have a personal sentiment to me.

Nice to have a slower day indoors...Pandora music tuned in, the pups curled up snoozing nearby and with an opened window...the sound of the rain...you can almost hear the earth offering up Thanks!!
Wishing each of you a pleasant weekend and remember to take time to listen to the quietness of Nature.
Pat

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Eureka! Back to blogging...and summer days...

Well, it was a short hiatus afterall...things seem to be running as they should...
So no more whining and back to fun things...

First...are you having the same hot summer days as we are here at Taylorsoutback? Such a strange summer weather pattern...it is totally to be expected that we keep old sheets in the potting shed to protect the gardens from frost...but this is the first time ever that I brought out sheets to act as a canopy from the hot sun...I sure don’t want my lovely lettuces to bolt...


In the early morning hours or the cool of the evening being outside is perfect and we are enjoying the now completed deck...we have gone from a rustic look which worked well with the log exterior...but required high maintenance...


To being without a deck for months because of our contractor’s job backlog...


To the latest in composite decking, much more user friendly for its 74 year old home owners...



It is a great spot for tackling the dreaded job of finally removing all the papers from my Scrappy Houses project...or enjoying a morning cup of coffee..our Seana offering advice...


Summer days are in full swing now...the gardens are producing at long last; flowers are blooming, strawberries, blueberries and my favorite Rainier cherries are abundant...visitors to the house - not only friends and family but wildlife too...such a special time here at the edge of the Northwoods...

Hoping your summer days are filled with time to sit and enjoy the outdoors...

Pat





Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Blogger issues saga...

Reaching out for any feedback dear readers...still not receiving any email notifications when a comment is added by you...continuing to go into my dashboard to see if any comments are pending and then I can hit publish. So will handle that for now...

Also a new problem - one of my followers sent me an email after I commented on her blog posting - my comment came up as a “no reply blogger”...shaking my head over this???? Any thoughts???? I have made so many attempts to correct the email notification issue - following all the shared tips on how to fix things...maybe I have messed up something in the process...

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated and I will make every effort to follow through and reply back to you!

I could end up eating a lot of chocolate(like this little cutie) out of frustration...and being on Weight Watchers only gives me 23 points each day...

Pat

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Blogger Comments - not working

Going to step away from blogging for a while until Blogger can figure out how to fix the mess they have created with the comments/notification situation. I have tried the fixes suggested - it worked for a few days and then yesterday (6/26) the ability to have readers comment has disappeared all together. No comment box showing...I jumped in to the Blogger community forum for help and there are dozens of similar bloggers with the exact problem. I don’t know if this happened to just the 6/26 post and will find out by posting this short update...
Very frustrating!
I might be back eventually - maybe...meanwhile, making tiny hexies seems less problematic...

and you will often find me out in the garden...
(This Inge Look card makes me smile!!)
Happy stitching to everyone.
Pat