Sunday, October 15, 2017

Moving Along

I have spent the last three days with more time at home than in months. It has been wonderful...so very needed.  It really makes me realize that I am on overload and I need to pare down. Having the Plant Sale under my belt will help hugely, as will some changes we are making with Can’t Never Could. I will always be busy, but I definitely need to do some reallocation of my time.

Today I spent a while in the sewing room. The newest Moda Designer BOM arrived yesterday, so instead of tucking it away for later, I went ahead and whipped it up. 

It was super easy, but cute. Now I need to buckle down and finish up the remaining 200+ flying geese....ugh.

One sleepless night last week I completed the last six blocks needed for Lady of the Lake.

This afternoon I cut the setting and borders. My goal is  to try to get the top finished this week.

Yesterday I did some baking...

Apple Crisp


Fresh Sour Dough bread.

The girls are molting and production is down. We have had a couple of interesting eggs in the nests recently.

First, this tiny little egg.

And then, this monster egg....which turned out to have a double yolk. It is only the second double yolked egg in our five years of having chickens.

Rob, Christi and Robert enjoyed UGA Parent’s Day on Saturday.


Hope everyone has a peaceful Fall week ahead.


Take Care,
Jennie



Saturday, October 14, 2017

Blue Ribbon Winner

On a whim...and because Blake pushed me to do it...I entered my Bunny rug (design and teacher-Tricia Travis) in the Coweta County Fair this year. I was thrilled to win a Blue Ribbon in Heritage Crafts/Rugs and a Blue Rosette in Department!


Each year it seems that there are fewer exhibitors, which saddens me. When the county was less urban the exhibits always seemed to be full of flowers, handicrafts, farm goods, preserved items and baked goods. Next fall I am going to encourage more people to enter, as I would hate to see this rich tradition disappear.  And I plan to enter more items, which I will be working on through the year and will share here.


Yesterday I froze what will likely be the last of the okra for the year. The green came from our garden and the pretty red came from our local organic farm, where we are members of the CSA.

This beautiful girl was Sophomore Homecoming Representative at her school this weekend, and was escorted by her handsome dad.



Making precious memories.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Take Care,
Jennie

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Rainy Sunday

The tropical storms afforded us some much needed rain today....and a good excuse to stay in jammies and just generally take it easy. A much needed break from a hugely busy couple of weeks.

Today I finally arrived here on the Moda Designer Mystery BOM....

This is row one with the surrounding strips and sashing attached. Upon examination of the finishing kit, it became immediately apparent that I needed to add the flying geese surround units and sashing units as I went or it was going to take forever and get awfully boring at the end. For those of you making this quilt, note that I intentionally swapped Blocks 1 and 3. I just didn’t care for the orientation of the flower in Block 1....it faced outwards...so I switched it to my liking.

This is Block 4, which means I am at least up to date on this BOM.


Yesterday was our Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale. I was co-chair. The weather was gorgeous, we had over 3500 wonderful plants,  plenty of friendly volunteers and great customers. We made over $5000, so we were thrilled....and exhausted.

Doesn’t it look great??

On Friday we gave Amy her prenuptial rehearsal party....

And allowed her to sneak off to the beach on Saturday for the real thing.


These guys are enjoying some time in the mountains along with the Horne family.


This is where I am....emotionally and physically. In need of the kind of rest that can only be afforded by our Father:


Take Care,
Jennie

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Time for Some Slow Stitching

Sunday presented some time for a little slow stitching for a change. Between putting up veggies and car pooling Macy about town for a couple of hours, I was able to start work on circle number six of the Fussy Cut Friday EPP'ed six pointed star circles. You are actually able to sort of see where this project is going now.  Still lots of work left.



I am also working on the FQS Mystery Designer BOM. Haven't done this month's block, but have been working steadily (sort of) on the setting. As someone else mentioned, it would be a challenge to wait until the end to start assembling them. 

This one has the first two rounds. I really like it....BUT...it has over 300 flying geese. Yes, that is right. They are made using Eleanor Burns' flying geese ruler. It was my first time using this method. They came out extremely accurate, but the process is a bit tedious.

This sweet girl, who is beautiful inside and out, celebrated her sweet 16th last week.


And these guys loved the UGA game Saturday night. Go Dawgs!!!


The Estes family really needs your prayers as Rob's disease progresses and they are faced with difficult decisions.


Sound familiar??

Take Care,
Jennie

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Month

It is hard to believe it has been a month since I posted last. Admittedly, I haven't accomplished as much as I would have liked, but every little bit counts. I have spent a fair amount of time working on our upcoming plant sale and other Master Gardener activities....and there is always family.

I now have all of the colors I plan to use on the Homespun Medallion worked in. 

I really like how this is coming along. Now it's a matter of balancing the colors.

Lady of the Lakes is coming along.

I thought I had finished all of the blocks, but when I laid them out, I realized I needed 18, not 12. These are the fabrics I chose for the final six...


We celebrated Rob's birthday the last of August.




The Force won their first tournament of the Fall season.


Counting pollinators for UGA...




Take Care,
Jennie

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Hooking Post

Seems my hooking posts are few and far between these days. I do spend more time on quilting projects, but I haven't abandoned the hooking.

I try to keep a small piece in the works to take with me to hooking groups, and Scrappy Chickens from Kathy Clark's Little Scrappers collection qualifies....


It will soon be finished and I already have another "little" on my mind.  And I do believe it will come out of this cute booklet filled with inspiration...



Filled with adorable artwork begging to be hooked or punched. Thanks for the inspiration, Kelley!!! By the way, you too can have this booklet for only twenty bucks by contacting Kelley using the info above.

My big project is Homespun Medallions and I am progressing, though slowly.

What a joy it is to work on!!! Especially since I have cleaned up my hooking corner and treated myself to a new, comfy chair.


Tonight there is no stitching or hooking, as I am spending the night with these guys...



Take Care,
Jennie

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Moving Some Projects Forward

This week I am trying to keep moving projects forward.

Step one is more progress on the Lady of the Lake blocks sponsored as part of the Classic and Vintage SAL series from FQS.

I wasn't sure that this project would be more than a single block, but last night I pulled the fabrics to make a lap sized quilt. These blocks are fun and easy.

And I really love the Bloc-Lok for trimming down HSTs. The quilt instructions suggested using Triangles on a Roll, but I didn't have them.

Next up is Week 3 of Gnome Angel's Gypsy Wife SAL.


And finally, Block 3 of the FQS Designer Mystery BOM...

I also cut for the setting of this BOM.

Hoping to start adding the rather labor intensive settings as I go so that it won't be so time consuming in the end.

Still no pic of my finish....it has been a busy day...maybe tomorrow.

A little late, but this is SA's first day of Sophomore year.....


Me lately....

Take Care,
Jennie

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sharing

A bit of the past week's stitching tonight, more tomorrow.

Fat Quarter Shop is doing a Classic and Vintage Quilt Along series and sent a free pattern out for Lady of the Lake. I had the perfect Pam Kitty Morning bundle of fabric just waiting for a not so difficult quilt, and this one seemed ideal....

We'll see how it goes.

Finished circle 3 of the Fussy Cut Stars...

And Circle 4 is ready to stitch. 

Also got Week 2 of Gypsy Wife done.

I could not even imagine how these fabrics would work together, but they did!!

I had helpers while I was binding over the weekend...



It's a finish, but no pic yet.

Sara Ashley (on the left) cheered at her first HS football game.


And Robert told girlfriend Sophie goodbye as she headed off to France for a year.

Good thing he'll be busy at UGA.


Take Care,
Jennie