Daily View for Cecilia

There is a lovely lady named Cecilia over at The Kitchens Garden. I read her blog every morning about life on her farmy. She has a magical way with words and so often she starts my day off with a smile. She suggested we post a view from our back porch and we could see a bit of the views from around the world. I am really pressed for time today, but I thought I would share my little view.  If you care to join in, make a post link back to my page here and we can enjoy getting to know each other a little more.

Cecilia…these are for you. Enjoy!

Our Dream Home

This was actually before we moved in, but it will give you a little perspective. Our home in the Fall.

The view when I open the door first thing in the morning.

My morning view from the front door.

My morning view from the front door.

You can see a bird feeder first. And my bench chair over the fire pit. Don’t worry. We just put it there for mowing the lawn. 🙂 Beyond that is our Quaking Aspen tree and a pile of brush we need to burn. You can’t see it, but we have made a little creek for the water that flows from the right side of the screen to the left and down into the bog. On the far right, just at the turn of the road we have the Red Pine Spring.

If I look along my porch here is what I see.

View on the front porch.

View on the front porch.

I always loved porches. The longer the better. 😀 I love ours. Here you can see our New Guinea Impatients in my hanging pots. You can also see my fake well that covers our real well. And just barely see the flower beds I have been working on through the rail. We planted the BEST strain of Hostas ever! They are from my mother in law and grow anywhere!

Here is a peep out my back door. It is actually just a sliding glass door to nothing. Someday we will have a deck, but here is what I can see.

View from the back door.

View from the back door.

Across to the trees you can see the squirrel gauntlet. It has gotten quite advanced. The squirrels still get up there sometimes, but with all the flowers etc, I don’t think they try as hard. 😉 To the left you can see our mini organic garden. We have planted peas, tomatoes, beans, garlic, rosemary, strawberries, asparagus, lilies, basil, blackberries and some squash. That is a lot for such a little space! You can also see my husbands rain barrels for watering the garden.  Off to the right is a path that goes through our 5 acres in the back. In the winter you can see past all of our land to the field behind. But now, with all the leaves, you can only see a few feet into the forest. If you look to the very farthest part, that is actually our septic field which used to be a goat pen. I am not allowed to have goats (LOL) so now we are trying to figure out what to keep there…other than poison ivy. yuck. If I had a porch out here I would be able to see our RV tucked just behind the garden.

I love our life on this dirt road. One of the most wonderful things is what you hear. Or don’t hear actually. If I go outside I hear frogs, birds, wind through the trees and… yeah. That is about all. It is so calm and peaceful. I love it.

Thanks for sharing my daily view!

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Spring on a Dirt Road and other stuff

Spring on a dirt road is…interesting. 😀

My poor little Mom-Van had more paint shaken off of it these past few weeks. We have had days of 70 degrees and sunshine. And the next morning snow. What that means for a dirt road is that it becomes nearly impassable with potholes. And not just one or 2 jumbo potholes but so many potholes in a section that we actually have traffic! (For us traffic means 6 cars in a row as far as we can see. 😉 )

The good news is that after it dried up a bit we got a serious grading. See below.

Grading the dirt road

Grading the dirt road

That center mound if dirt is about 1 1/2 feet high. No way the Mom-Van was getting over that. I had to drive until I caught up with the grader and then wait until he pulled over before I could continue on. But I gotta tell you, it was worth it! Nothing like a freshly graded dirt road. 😀

The other thing that has been going on is bird houses. Hubby wanted to make some bird houses. He made them from old wooden pallets. Upcycling at its best.  If I would have been more with it, I would have documented the whole process. It was pretty cool. But I wasn’t and I didn’t. I have however taken a few shots of them being used.

Squirrel on the cafe feeder

Squirrel on the cafe feeder

Oh wait! Did you notice it was NOT a bird that was on the BIRD FEEDER! Yup. Dratted squirrels have been having a grand ol time at our bird feeders. He looks pretty proud of himself doesn’t he. Humph. Hubby has been devising a gauntlet for them. Trying to protect the bird feeders. It usually only lasts a couple of days and then they figure it out. It is quite amazing actually.

We don’t have a porch right outside of our sliding glass door. (on our wish list) However the little stinkers have figured out how to run UP THE SIDING of the house to the window bird feeder!!!

Squirrel in the window feeder

Squirrel in the window feeder

As I say they are really quite amazing animals.

We do have a lot of birds that get the seeds. I don’t have picture myself, but here are 2 of my hubby’s photos. He has a great camera! And a good eye.

Woodpecker Photo

Feeding time

We have been starting our pea and gourd seeds in the house for when it is warm enough.

Snap Pea Seedlings

Snap Pea Seedlings

I have ordered some flowers. My mother in law has some Hostas for us to plant. We just need Mother Nature to cooperate and make it warmer for good. 🙂 The frogs are also back. Singing very loudly. We are again home of the Farting Frog. 😀

I know I said I was going to post about our vacation. And I am pretty sure I will, but this was more interesting today. While I am doing a little bit of catching up I should mention that I recently was nominated for 2 more awards. 🙂 (And I am still in my PJ’s this morning so it seems like a good time to accept awards, eh?)

First off I need to thank Amy at Cloud Cou Cou Crafts for the nomination of the Liebster Award. This is an award for up and coming bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers. ( I am currently at 80 I think. Whoo Hooo.  And she thinks I am up and coming. Sweet!) Amy is a very crafty lady who lives in North Wales. (I just love that people all around the world can connect through the world-wide web!) Anyhow, she has some pretty neat stuff on her blog. Go check her out!

Here are the rules for the award:

  • Post eleven facts about yourself.
  • Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated.
  • Choose eleven people (with fewer than 200 followers) to give this award to and link them in your post.
  • Go to their page and tell them.
  • Remember, no tag backs.

My 11 Random Facts:

  1. I would rather go barefoot than wear shoes.
  2. I blog in my jammies.
  3. I have lived in more than 24 houses.
  4. I love to laugh. Especially with my family.
  5. I am scared of spiders. Unless my kids are more scared. Then I am brave.
  6. If I had to choose another animal to be I would be a dolphin.
  7. When I was a kid we got our car stuck in the ocean. We left it there and had to dig it out the next day.
  8. I hate bugs. Really hate them. I mean it. Uck.
  9. I love good black licorice.
  10. I love coconut.
  11. I wish I could love coffee. It smells so good. I just can’t get over the taste.

My Questions

  1. Why did you start blogging?                                                                                               I started my first blog: Born4Travel as a way to share my photos. But it didn’t really take off and life got busy. I started this blog for much the same reasons. I wanted to share my new house and country living. I have been lucky enough that people other than my family find it entertaining. (Thanks you guys!)
  2. What’s your pet peeve?
    I really get annoyed at indifference. Like when you go to a store and the clerk could care less if your bread is on the bottom of your bag and your watermelon is on top of it. Argh!
  3. City or countryside?  Well, I bet you can guess. 🙂 Countryside all the way.
  4. What’s your favourite film? I actually love movies. I have a large collection of Disney movies. And I think it would be too hard to pick just one. But one of my favorites is The Princess Bride. (Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya!)
  5. If you could invite 3 people to a dinner party who would they be? I think I would invite Martha Stewart. I would actually just like her to clean my house and prepare the meal. 🙂 I think I would invite Walt Disney. I would love to get to know the creator of the Happiest Place on Earth. And then I would invite my Grandpa. He passed away 16 years ago. I miss him everyday. I would love to have the chance for my family to know him.
  6. What’s you favourite fabric line? I think I am too new to actually know fabric lines. But I have bought Moda before and I do like it. Batiks are what I am in love with though. ❤
  7. Who’s your favourite author? My all time favorite it C.S. Lewis. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Or maybe it is J.R.R Tolkien and the Hobbit. Tough choice.
  8. Morning person or night owl? definitely a morning person. I turn into an evil pumpkin after 9pm. Seriously, ask my children. They call me Mumzilla at night. I need my sleep.
  9. Do you have any goals for the year? Yes. I do. 😉
  10. Where did you last go on holiday? Eastern Caribbean. Post to come soon.
  11. Favourite word? Again a tough call. I love the word Mimosa. It is just fun to say. Mimosa. Try it!! I often say that on my tomb stone should be the words “I wonder”. I always wonder things. But if I go all intellectual like I think my favorite word is LOVE. Because really I think that is the most important thing. 😀

My new 11 Questions for the blogs I nominate:

1. If you could be any animal what would you be.

2. Why?

3. Coffee or Tea?

4. Where would you like to travel to?

5. What is your secret talent?

6. Would you like to be rich or famous?

7. Do you think paper books will ever become obsolete?

8. What is your favorite hobby?

9. What makes you laugh?

10. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

11. If you could change 1 thing about yourself, what would that be?

And the 11 blogs that I nominate are (in no particular order)

  1. UK City Crafter
  2. Crab and Fish
  3. Cloud CouCou Crafts
  4. Life on a Colorado Farm
  5. Clear Reflection Yoga
  6. Primal Quilting
  7. Cotton Happy Days
  8. Buzy Day
  9. The Garrison Vanderbilt Experience
  10. The Life and Loves of a Sheweevil
  11. Erins Back Yard Farm

Thanks for playing along!

I have also been nominated for another award:

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I have received this award before and I am flattered that the lovely lady at Container Chronicles nominated me. She has a lovely variety of subjects on her site. Pop on over and tell her hello!

Well my goodness! If you have read this far then I really want to thank you for your endurance. Little did you know this would be a marathon read, eh?

Today there is rain. A lot of it. Hubby just called and said that the nicely graded road has turned into a mud pit and he had to use 4 wheel drive to get through. I wonder how the Mom-Van will do. I will find out soon.

Thanks for reading!

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4 Generations and 1 Quilt

Well, I am back from my wonderful vacation. (More on that in my next post)

I had a fabulous time. The weather was wonderful. The ocean was amazing.

The company was divine! (18 of my family members! We were only missing 3.5 people!)

Of course if you have been following my blog you know I was working on a quilt for my Nanny. (If you are new you can read about it here .)  On the cruise, to celebrate her 90th birthday (which was actually yesterday), I gave her the quilt.

She was thrilled. She loved that it was from feed sacks. She loved the Country Whimsy Chick label. Isn’t she the greatest Grandma? 😀

So here is a photo of me, my mom, Nanny and my eldest daughter. (the youngest was just outside the photo) 4 generations and 1 hand quilted, made with love, feed sack quilt.

Just thought you would like to see how it turned out. 🙂

Nannys Quilt

PS. To see a great photo that my husband took of my Nanny check out this link.

 

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I’ve Been Adopted….And I Am SO Thrilled :D

A bit back I was lamenting that I don’t have enough of a stash to follow along with a “Use Up Your Scraps” project that Lucie the Happy Quilter was doing. Well! Lucie was so fabulous that she decided to adopt me as a Newbie Quilter and she SHARED HER SCRAPS with me. 😀 Can you believe it! She even sent along some goodies too. All the way from England!! I am tickled pink. Take a peep at my new treasures.

Scraps and Goodies from Lucie the Happy Quilter

Scraps and Goodies from Lucie the Happy Quilter

Darling Little Purse

Darling Little Purse

Fantastic Goodies ~ Pens, a Pad of Paper, Charm Pack, Thread, Needles and Wadding too. Squeal!

Fantastic Goodies ~ Pens, a Pad of Paper, Charm Pack, Thread, Needles and Wadding too. Squeal!

Fabulous Browns, Tans, and Blue

Fabulous Browns, Tans, Peaches and Blues

Purple, Yellow, Pink, Blue, Green and Adorable Owls

Orange, Yellow,  Blue, Green and Adorable Owls

Orange, Purples and Blues

Orange, Purples and Blues

Crazy Square

Crazy Square

There are bunches more, but I thought y’all might get really jealous of my good fortune if I were to show it all. 😉

I am so grateful Lucie. Thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart! I now have scraps.

Care to share some ideas of what to make? I can barely wait!

Off to sort and play with my new goodies. Yipee.

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Winter Wonderland on a Dirt Road

On Tuesday night we had a big snow storm coming. Well… it might be snow or it might be rain. Or maybe even a mix said the weatherman. Do you know that I think being a weatherman (person) is the only job you can be wrong most of the time and still keep your job? Seriously. Think about it.

Anyhow, precipitation was coming in some form or another. By 4pm it was doing something. A lot of something. A lady I know, Cecelia, calls it snain. Snow and rain mixed together. All together nasty if you ask me. 😦 I boogied on home from work since I didn’t want to practice being an ice road trucker again.

All night long it percipitated. I live more norther than work so we got more snow here on our dirt road. It was supposed to bring 8 to 12 inches of snow. Yay we were excited to get a proper snow storm. 🙂 Sadly because of the snain that didn’t happen. It only ended up being 4 inches. I got up to take the trash out and it was SO beautiful. So calm and peaceful I just had to share. So below, take a peep at my Winter Wonderland on a Dirt Road.

Snow Covered Well

Snow Covered Well

Snow Covered Candy Cane

Snow Covered Candy Cane

Snow Covered Bush

Snow Covered Bush

Heavy snow on an evergreen branch

Heavy snow on an evergreen branch

Heavy snow on our fence

Heavy snow on our fence

Snow on a wire fence

Snow on a wire fence

Snow Covered Logs in the old Goat Pen

Snow Covered Logs in the old Goat Pen

Zebra Snow Tree

Zebra Snow Tree

Pallets

Pallets

Winter Wonderland on a Dirt Road

Winter Wonderland on a Dirt Road

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Scrumptious Dinner! Lime Chicken Bliss

I have never blogged a recipe before. After tonight’s dinner I decided that had to change. 😀

I started out with boring chicken. 😦 I am kind of sick of making chicken. I am not a good nor creative cook. I LOVE to bake. (I get that from Nanny) Hubby is the creative chef. When I told the kids I was making chicken they put on their sad faces. Not pesto chicken said kid 1. Not curried chicken said kid 2. Sigh.

So I started trolling the internet for inspiration. I found a recipe for lemon chicken that seemed doable. Except … well… I didn’t have any lemons. I did however have lots of limes. Hmm. So with a little modification I made a dinner I am going to call Lime Chicken Bliss ala Carol.

Shall we begin? 🙂

Ingredients:

For Chicken

  • 2 pkg boneless skinless chicken breast or tenderloins. (I buy from Costco so I don’t know exactly how much that is weight wise. Maybe 4 to 6 chicken breasts) Rinsed and cut into bite size pieces.
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari sauce. (Braggs Amino Acids if going Paleo or gluten-free)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1/4 plus of coconut oil for frying

For Sauce

  • 2 or 3 limes. Zest and juice. (1/2 cup)
  • 4 Tbs sugar (you could use honey I think)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp ginger paste

Directions

  • Put chicken in bowl and toss with soy sauce. Leave to marinate for 30 min.
  • To make sauce, whisk together lime zest, juice, sugar, water and cornstarch in small pot. Bring to a boil whisking constantly until thickened. Set aside and keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, heat coconut oil on medium in large heavy skillet or sauce pan. Whisk together  yolks and cornstarch to make a thick batter.  Toss the chicken in the batter and fry for 3 or 4 min on each side until golden and cooked through.
  • Recipe can be halved. Serves 6-8 (Unless your family of 4 eats is all through the night!)

Serve on a bed of quinoa with a spoon full of lime sauce on the top. 🙂

We had broccoli on the side. Sadly we gobbled it up too fast to give you a pretty picture of the whole shebang. I do have 2 pictures to share.

Battered Chicken sauteing in coconut oil

Battered Chicken sauteing in coconut oil

Lime Sauce with Lime Zest

Lime Sauce with Lime Zest

I have to tell you my kids (and I) can’t stop eating this. We keep getting the cold chicken and dipping it into the sauce and munching on it.

All family members ate it! 5 out of 5 Stars. Whoo Hoo.

Try it out and let me know what you think.

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Today I feel like I need an award

Now before you get all excited and all, just let me tell you I am very delinquent. (Just to clarify, I am delinquent. I am not A delinquent. My daughter made me clarify.) Lori over at The Inbox Jaunt So kindly nominated me for these 2 awards, The Very Inspiring Blogger and One Lovely Blog Award. She nominated me back in JANUARY!! Yikes.  It has taken me this long to get around to accepting it. 😀

So I would formally like to thank The Inbox Jaunt for taking the time to find my blog, to read it, and to think I am inspiring and lovely. Well at least my blog is.  She has a wonderful blog also. So diverse and colorful.  She also has AMAZING photos. Go check it out and see if you fall in love with her blog too!

I have done nothing special today. I stayed in my jammies way too long. I drank a pot of tea, did the Mom thing. Worked on taxes. (oy!) My hair is scary and I have bags under my eyes. So I decided today was the day I would give myself permission to accept this award. Seriously, sometimes you should just get one for getting out of bed, eh?

Anyhow… Scroll down to read the RULES.

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The Rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you. (Done)
2. Add The One Lovely Blog Award The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post. (Done)
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Pass the award on to 10 nominees.
5. Include this set of rules. (Done)
6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs. (Will do)

7 Things About Myself

1. When I was in high school we had 2 geese for pets. Goober (the boy) and Marlena the girl. Goober was mine and Marlena was my brothers. That would be a nice ending to the story but there is more…

2. More often than not our geese would fly over the fence and start walking around our subdivision. (Yes we had geese in a suburb. I am embarrassed to admit it.) This would mean my brother and I would have to go out into the street and herd our geese back into our yard. Can you say EMBARRASSING!

3. In my family growing up at one time or another we had as pets : Geese, a chicken, lizards, fish, turtles, canaries, cockatiels, a pony (only for a week), various dogs and when I was very young a cat.

4. I have been inside the largest geode. (So they claim) Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Seriously. Cool, eh?

5. When I was in second grade we took a trip to Brazil. I remember the plane was rather empty. I got to go sit in the cockpit and visit the pilots. Back then there were no locked doors. I even got to bring them some chocolates. It was fantastic.

6. I cannot paddle a canoe. Really, it is quite pitiful. Last time I tried to paddle with my daughter, my husband had to fashion a tow strap and tow us along! Oh, and I have lost a paddle before. They just ask me to stay on land now or sit in the middle without a paddle. 😀

7. I love to research. LOVE. But only a certain kind of research. The kind that needs to happen if you are planning on taking a trip. I will research the destination for hours. Days. Ok, months. I love to be able to be a walking info booth for my fellow travelers. Someday, when I grow up, I want to be a travel agent.

Whew.That takes care of the 7 things.

Which brings me to my nominations. Yay.

I know some of the Nominees (sounds so official) have no desire to play with awards and that is just fine. By nominating these bloggers, I want them to know that I follow the stories they care to share. I get inspired. I oogle their lovely photos. I wish that they were my “in real life” friends. I want to thank them for sharing their world with me. So here we go!

The Kitchens Garden How can you not fall in love with this lady who does it all. And she has Hairy McLairy. The Farmy. Sheila and Charlotte the pigs. And of course the newest additions the lambs. Quick! Go check her out!

Pomegranate and Chinz Teacups, flowers and quilting. Need I say more??

Homemaking in the Last Frontier A lovely lady making a life in Alaska. Recipes and beautiful photos. I am hoping someday she will send me a moose. I have always wanted a moose.

Nina in Roma She is very adventurous and brave. And moving to Rome. I get to peep inside Rome through her eyes. Way cool.

Canadian Hiking Photography Truthfully, I just lurk on his site. Some of the most breath-taking photos. Makes me dream of where I want to go someday.

Bending Pins This lady has some crazy quilting talent! I drool over her quilts.

Deep in the Heart of Textiles You know how Texans are so friendly? They truly are. One of my favorite places to live was Texas. The people are awesome. So is the Textile Ranger. She is partly vintagey (yes, I just made that word up) and quilty (probably that word too) with a whole lot of friendly tossed in.

The Crafty Pioneer  I know she has already been nominated for this award, but I am going to nominate her again. Just cuz she is super wonderful. And in Australia. And we have a Tea Date for whenever I can get down there in the next few years. A lovely lady with great quilting skills. Seriously, I am going to take her up on her offer for tea someday.

A Londoner in Dorset   Another chance for me to live in another country without actually having to really do all the hard work of packing. A lovely lady who has moved into the country. I always love to see what she is up to.

Sewn Up by Teresa Down Under  My oh my. Teresa makes my fingers itch to go sew. She just did this tutorial for a bag. It is so easy to follow along. I just need the right fabric to get at it! But I have bookmarked her page so I can come back and make one!

Whew! I bet you thought I would never get done, eh? There are so many more wonderful blogs that I follow. I just don’t have the time (nor do you have the patience I suspect) to list them all. So for now this is just a tid bit of who inspires me lately.

And now in honor of me accepting my lovely awards, I think I will go grab a cup of tea. Put my jammies on and go browse through my newest purchase. Learn to do Hand Quilting in Just One Day by Nancy Daniel. (I think she is a great optimist, don’t you? 😀 )

Learn to Do Hand Quilting in Just One Day

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The Label is DONE!

I really hope my Nanny doesn’t read my blog. 😀 Otherwise the surprise will be ruined! :0

I finally finished putting on the label at midnight last night. My fingers are so sore from using the needle. I probably should have used a different needle or a thimble, but they didn’t hurt much last night. Typing is not fun though. 😦

It is all a little wonky. Not super elegant. I like to call it “Country Whimsy” (my new favorite phrase don’t cha know!)

In 1 month I will be able to give this Vintage Feed Sack quilt to my Grandma (Nanny) to celebrate her 90th birthday.  It was Nanny’s Mom, Great Grandma MacDonald who got me started with my first quilt when I was a baby, which I still have. Only my second quilt completed. I am pretty proud of myself. I know she will love it because it was made with love. ❤

Happy Birthday Nanny.

Nanny's Quilt Label

Nanny’s Quilt Label

And to catch you up here are the earlier photos.

Vintage Feed Sack Quilt Pieced

Vintage Feed Sack Quilt Pieced

Vintage Feed Sack Quilt on the Hoop

Vintage Feed Sack Quilt on the Hoop

Completed Lap Size Vintage Feed Sack Quilt

Completed Lap Size Vintage Feed Sack Quilt

Close Up of Hand Quilting on Feed Sack Quilt

Close Up of Hand Quilting on Feed Sack Quilt

 

 

 

 

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Bobbins, Quilts, Ice Road Truckers and Country Whimsy

Here is a sneak peek of the quilt I am going to talk about. More on that in a minute!

Close Up of Hand Quilting on Feed Sack Quilt

Close Up of Hand Quilting on Feed Sack Quilt

Things have been hectic lately. My mind has been a whirl with office stuff, planning stuff, life stuff. You know, the usual. 🙂 And so I have been delayed in posting. Today I am feeling…disgruntled. Crabby. Dare I say it, maybe even a little pissy. :O

So I decided to change my mood and blog.

For Christmas my Super-Duper-Handy-Hubby got crafty again. I love it when he does that. I found some nifty thingies that go on bobbins and keep them from unwinding when not being used. I put a homemade version on my Christmas list and boy howdy did he come through. Not only did I get some fantastic new doo hickeys, he made a how-to video! He makes it look so easy to make these. Really. Go check it out right now!! 😀

Handy Dandy Bobbin Collar DIY video

Here is a picture of one of them. Hard to see because they are clear. Below that is a whole pile of them. Should last me a little while, eh?

Bobbin Collar

Bobbin Collar

Bunches of Bobbin Collars

Bunches of Bobbin Collars

I have also been busy with quilts. The Feed Sack Quilt is all done but the label! Yay. I pieced the whole thing by machine, but hand quilted it. I felt that since there were vintage feed sacks in the quilt it really needed to be quilted by hand.

Completed Lap Size Vintage Feed Sack Quilt

Completed Lap Size Vintage Feed Sack Quilt

Close Up of Hand Quilting on Feed Sack Quilt

Close Up of Hand Quilting on Feed Sack Quilt

I really fell in love with hand quilting as well. You can read more about the process here and here. Actually, I went a little overboard with the binding. I put a bazillion stitches in the back to finish it. Way too many. But I just couldn’t stop doing such small stitches!

Now that my Grandma’s quilt is done I started on another secret project. I couldn’t help myself. I will give you a sneak peek. Promise not to tell, ok? 😀

Surprise Rag Quilt. Duck Duck Goose

Surprise Rag Quilt. Duck Duck Goose

And now that this quilt is done, I need another project. I really enjoyed such tiny stitches on the binding of the Feed Sack Quilt. Really Really. Strange, I know. So I thought that I might work on learning English Paper Piecing. I cut 272 squares today. I meant to keep then for an upcoming vacation, to give myself something to do. But…I don’t think that is going to happen. Hopefully I will not finish all 272 pieces before I go! Here is a peek. I am using reproduction 30’s print fabric.

English Paper Piecing

English Paper Piecing

Which, of course brings us to Ice Road Truckers!! I know your were waiting with baited breath for this part of the blog! I live in Michigan. In the country. On a dirt road. As I mention in my “All About Me” section, living on a dirt road is different. Living in Michigan is different too. One day it is -20 F with the wind chill and then 8 inches of snow. A few days later it is 45 and rainy. Which would be all fine and dandy if we had paved road or even roads the county took care of. However, we live on a private road. So we get graded 2x per year. (whether we need it or not. And we always need it.) We do get plowed when it snows. And they did a bang up job with the 8 inches. Made it nice and smooth. Then the rain. Lots of rain, but not enough to melt the ice. Oh yeah. Then it got really cold again. The result? A nice slick ice road.

Ice Road

Ice Road

There is a show on cable (which we used to get, but don’t anymore so I can’t tell you what station) called Ice Road Truckers.  In this show these people drive big rigs way up North across the frozen water. They can only go at certain times of the year when the water is frozen and really thick. So literally they are driving these big huge trucks across huge frozen lake or something. Sometimes they show the ice cracking. Personally I think it is for dramatic effect, but it did make me scared for them. Anyhow… I figured that is who I am training to be. An Ice Road Trucker. Not fun going up a tiny hill and your car is sliding out of your control toward the ditch!!

Did you know that it is not effective to salt a dirt road? Me neither. I gather if you salt a dirt road the salt will make a little hole as it goes down to the dirt and that is all. If you sand a dirt road that is better, but the sand blows away.  Huh. Never knew. I also never knew that the mailman wouldn’t come. But he will NOT come for 3 days when we live on an ice road. He will not come when the big grader trucks slide off the road and get stuck. He will not come when little momvans barely make it up tiny hills and people with trucks abandon their vehicles by the side of the road because it is too icy. No he will not. Humph.

One last totally unrelated thought. One comment on a previous post called my name tag “Country Whimsy”. I love, love, LOVE that name. Country Whimsy. I think I will now call all my quilts “Country Whimsy”. What is your style they will say. “Country Whimsy” I will reply. Yup. I love it. I am off to work on my Country Whimsy Hexagons.

I really do feel better now. 😀  Thanks for stopping by.

Livin Life on an Ice Road.

Livin Life on an Ice Road

Livin Life on an Ice Road

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Super Quick Quilty Update

In my quilt guild on Tuesday they stated they are having a name tag challenge. All members need to make a name tag. It needs to have our name on it and somehow be quilted. Some of those ladies are true ARTISTS! Unlike little ole me who is more crafty than arty. And did I mention I HATE name tags? I really do. Especially ones that you pin on yourself. Bleck.

So I pondered quite a bit today. At first I was going to learn to make hexagons with Christmas fabric and then make it into a shape of a tree. But…I didn’t want to take the time to learn to make hexies today. So then I started poking around my teeny tiny stash of fabric. (My goal is to someday be my very own Joann fabric store in my sewing room!) I found some components of the little chicks that I use as labels for my quilts. (Well, the whole 2 so far I have finished.) I thought that might work as a focus piece. I found some scraps from my very first quilt and decided that would make a good background. A few more scraps from my first quilt and I managed a border too. I just bought a quilting book that had some embroidery stitches in it, so I used that as a guide to do my name and outline the chick.  After digging through my sewing basket I came out with some scraps of batting and some ribbon.

It took me 1/2 a day to get this all done, but it is all done! It isn’t too large. About 4in by 4in. I doubt I will win any awards,(my binding is REALLY wobbly! LOL.) but I like it and it will be unique.

Quilted Name Tag

Quilted Name Tag

 

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