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September 11, 2019
rsc letters from Making A Lather

My hubby made pickled green tomatoes with some masterful coaching from me. I have always felt bad about the tomatoes at the end of the season, that we don't get harvested. If these are yummy, we may have found the answer. I want to try a green tomato salsa as well. We still have more than enough red tomatoes to eat and maybe still can for the winter.


I have met a bit with my quilting friends, and since I still can't take my machine with back limitations, I used the time to cut some more letters for ...

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July 1, 2019
Lots of Things from Ravelly1

Canning first. I know this looks strange but remember I'm not in my own home yet so I had to improvise, adapt, overcome!!! Anybody remember which movie that's from....hehehehe
Anyway. It's pickle time. I was down to my last jar. Mr. Cowboy was becoming desperate. We eat pickles with nearly everything.
One of my girlfriends called to say the cucumbers were ready & that I could come & get some for free if......if I'd make a batch for pickles for her hubby. Of course I shouted YES!!!
 
 Next, I finally got to the store to buy ...

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December 3, 2018
good fortune with a discovery from Making A Lather

I have noticed for some time, that especially pieces that are die cut, my fingers are not nimble enough anymore to slip them apart. I put on my thinking cap, and thought about money counters and how they wear little plastic finger tips to give them grip. I found these on amazon.



When I tried using them, I discovered they work - hooray. But, I also discovered their benefits in 2 other ways that I wasn't expecting. First, they make scootching the fabric together that last little bit of a thread, a piece of cake. I can line the matched ...

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November 26, 2018
webbing orca bay from Making A Lather

I have started the webbing for orca bay mystery quilt. I decided to web in quadrants, thinking it would be easier to handle. even though I had a mantra ( left, right, left right) on the cornerstones, I  know I will have to correct a few of them.


I was planning on using yardage for Good Fortune mystery quilt, but when I opened my strip bucket, I saw red and neutral.


A few miles later, I had pairs of strips


A little accu cutting and I had sets ready to sew


chains of red 4 patches


and the cutest little 4 ...

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November 19, 2018
seeing red from Making A Lather

I am feeling red today. It is cranberry season somewhere. I saw them on sale and decided to can some juice. I had never cooked cranberries before, and the instructions said to boil them until the skins burst. They actually burst with a pop that I could hear. too funny.


I made 6 quarts of juice. And thought I would try relish. I am not sure if I will like it cooked, but I make my relish by using a food processor. I use a bag of cranberries and a whole orange peel and all. I water bathed them and ...

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November 16, 2018
A little fishy from Making A Lather

We had a beautiful freezing rain last night - as long as you didn't want to drive anywhere.


There were pretty ice sculptures everywhere.
I am still working on my "finish" quilt. I have all the pieces ready and I have started to form the rows.
But, I am thinking of complicating this quilt and making a fun border. No wonder I don't "finish" everything.


Our Meijer grocery store had turkeys for 37 cents a pound. Of course, they were the big ones. It was an interesting experience purchasing a turkey. Every woman in Kokomo was standing in front ...

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October 12, 2018
pink mrs holder's hexagon quilt from Making A Lather

I am still hand stitching hexagons for Mrs. Holder's hexagon quilt. I have added a pink row- there are 6 on 4 corners. more here and here and here


We have been canning applesauce from our apple trees, but it was time to take a break and try an apple pie. Our apples are yummy in a pie, just a little tart. The trees were here when we bought the house, so we don't officially know what kind they are.


I have need of sorting through a mess to find what I need. I had initially planned ...

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September 30, 2018
Loads of Blueberries from Ravelly1

My cousins were given several containers of blueberries & of course immediately thought to bring then to me right in the middle of the end of hay season around here....sigh. So I put aside my other duties & plunged into canning. I looked online for easy recipes & thank goodness, found one that said boil them until there was a sort of thick brew, add a couple of cups of sugar & boil that for awhile. I them remembered my friend Gene's recipe adding gelatin, so I threw some of that in & proceeded with the jars/lids/hot bath thingy. After the ...

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September 13, 2018
rug hooking dino from Making A Lather

Mr dinosaur is finished for my cleveland rug. There are not any real dinosaurs in Cleveland - I checked- but it represents the natural science museum.  Oh, and I included a nifty seagull or two as well. This was a leftover piece of hand dyed wool that I had done for another project.


 and we beat the critters to the grapes for the first year in a long while.



I am linking
needle and thread Thursdays
Oh Scrap

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September 7, 2018
project box reveal from Making A Lather

The tomatoes are ready. It was a good year for them. They are tasting really yummy, and the thick core we had last year did not plague us this year. Last year it was too cold and rainy for a bumper crop. This year our big problem is the mosquitoes. My hubby dons a mosquito hazmat suit when He visits the garden.


I found this little quilt at the goodwill this week. It's cute, but, apparently, the quilter didn't want to quilt it. It will be great to finish for a donation quilt.


Since, I needed to put ...

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August 26, 2018
Camelot Quilt, A Quilter's Day Out, and Zucchini Report from caledonia quilter

The quilt maker was kind enough to supply the following information about this quilt.
"Camelot", made from instructions in the Quiltmania magazine, starting with the Jan/Feb 2016 issue.

We discussed quilting ideas, then I sent her a few mockups that I drafted on Intelliquilter (which is the computer drive for my quilting machine).  She chose a couple of borders, and the pretty feathered wreath that fills in between the blocks.

The treatment in each of the blocks was up to me.

I stuck with straight lines, curved lines, pumpkin seeds, and feathers.

When I had everything done except the ...

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July 29, 2018
Favorite Block, Sweet Friends, Garden/Zucchini Update & recipes from caledonia quilter

No, I have not finished the quilt I showed you last week.  I'm still plugging away at it.  If I could get DH to refresh his memory on how to use either the vacuum or the hoe I might make quicker progress.  However, if he DID get out the hoe, I'd be a little worried about his aim when he got near the zucchini plants.
I will tease you with what I think is my favorite block so far.  I love Dresden Plates.

As far as sweet friends go... Margaret occasionally sends me squishy parcels.  Those are the ...

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July 18, 2018
wedding ring challenge from Making A Lather

I am having trouble finding green beans to purchase from farmer's markets. But I did can the few I have found. The bunnies and other creatures eat mine as soon as they start to grow. My favorite sweet corn farmer has started selling, and I have a few put in the freezer. It's officially summer.


I am very excited to join a quilt a long with Jo of Jo's Country Junction. She is sewing her double wedding ring quilt in the june 2018 magazine.



Last week, we were to decide on the size, template, and fabrics. I ...

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October 10, 2017
Salsa Canning from Mama Spark's World

Making and canning salsa took me most of the day on Sunday.   I went out to my garden and collected tomatoes and peppers.   I also went to our neighbor's garden and collected tomatoes.   They told me they are sooo sick of tomatoes, LOL.   Here was my haul.   Before you ask, NO I do NOT use bananas in my salsa, they just happened to be on my table. I made 10 pints of salsa.

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October 6, 2017
Feeling Accomplished! from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 I feel like I got a lot accomplished yesterday!!!  YAY!  I am exhausted but I was well satisfied when the day was over!  Then I got in bed and a million things went through my mind that I needed to do.  LOL!  

First off, I watched my 2 nephews and my niece for about 9 hours...ages 11, 8, and 2.  They were really good and I always enjoy spending time with them even though they exhaust me.  :)  So while watching the 3 kids, I pieced this very simple baby quilt.  I know it is hard to see the cream ...

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October 2, 2017
Shop Hop from Mama Spark's World

I don't think I shared this with you all.   On Thursday, my daughter called me at work and needed a favor.   She has a barn cam in her barn and noticed that some of the bigger birds had knocked over the heat lamp and she was worried the straw could catch fire and burn her barn down.   Would I please drive over to her house and turn off the lamp?   This was around 11:30 in the morning and I

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Customer Quilts and Some Piecing.... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Here are the blocks that I have been piecing.  I'm just piecing a few here and there between the canning, quilting and just life in general.  

I found these blocks and I had cut them all out a few years ago but had not pieced them.  The pattern is called, "Lattice Bones" and it came out of a quilt magazine.  Weird name really but cute block. 
 I have more of the blocks done than this but I was just throwing them up on the design wall.  The plan is to piece 80 blocks for an 8x10 setting.  I think ...

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