I had a decent week of getting things done,
though not a great one. But I have excuses
for not finishing all my to-do's! (Don't we all?)
I'm feeling a long post coming up so you might
want to grab a cup of something hot.
(Note: sorry for any inconsistent font sizes.
The new Blogger changes it randomly.)
First, The List:
1) Finish quilting garlic knot quilt
Well, technically I have two rows left but I'm taking a
break to write this. It'll be done when this gets posted.
I have a perfect pantograph for this with oak leaves and
acorns (the background fabric is a tiny oak/acorn print)
but I wanted to see pumpkins on my fall bed quilt!
So, pumpkins it is.
(start on quilting when thread arrives)
The thread is here; I'm loading it today.
3) Start on West Point table runners?
Hoping to pop out 2 or 3 here.
Um...All I can say is it's fall and there are
a lot of squirrels at work out there.
More on that in my to-do's for next week.
4) Garden Stuff
Just the usual tomato canning etc.
(Another 8.5 pints.)
I've started pulling some plants here and there.
That gives me a sense of "Ah, winding down!"
There are so many marigolds and sunflowers that
if they're to be feed for the chickens, I have to start
now or they'll be "wasted" at the first freeze.
And so, slowly, the mayhem gets cleaned up.
The garden spiders are showing up everywhere.
I've also found the first egg sac. I know that probably
grosses a lot of you out but it's a happy sight to this
I hope to be back to 100% organic gardening from
here on out. The Aphid-Ladybug War of 2020
The damage of that war is still there but through it has
come a new burst of leaves, vines and tiny pumpkins.
I only pray they make it before the first freeze.
Pumpkins are fully susceptible to that. The pumpkin
in the above pic has already gotten about 4 times larger
and should start turning soon so there's one at least!
I love it when they spread through the fence and into the
back yard so I can see them from our pergola.
There they take some maintaining because they will
very quickly get themselves stuck in the fence.
I caught this one in time but he has the marks of an
"escapee." I like his wonky shape so it's all good.
Now to check in on the chickens.
If you're not into them, feel free to scroll down to
the part where I get a new sewing machine.
And if you are into chickens but are more into new
sewing machines, just be patient.
These are pretty chickens!
I finally contacted the hatchery to confirm
some issues with my order.
Not my Brahma rooster. Photo credit.
I did not receive the Brahma rooster that I ordered.
I'm super-sad about this because...well...
because HE'S JUST SO FLUFFY!
I received instead a Brahma hen with some fun
feathery legs and that will have to do.
As fortune would have it, I accidentally received a male
Cuckoo Maran along with my other 3 Cuckoo Maran hens
so at least I have a rooster. Just two days ago, I finally
heard him crow! I'm a little sad I missed any first pathetic
attempts because those are hilarious. I suppose it could
be he's just gifted and needed no practice?
Here's hoping he can at least tell time better than our
last rooster who crowed whenever and wherever
he darned well felt like it.
Above are the golden comets (brown eggs).
Bernadette, one of the Easter Eggers. Their
"beards" amuse me...and make for funny pictures.
(She's the friendliest)
Olive eggers--note the small head tufts.
(Obviously, olive eggs--love these!)
In the back left is a French Copper Maran.
(Dark brown eggs)
Cuckoo Marans--first time with these.
(Dark brown eggs)
...and a very white Easter-egger.
I also have a dark gray Easter-egger (not pictured).
I had to confirm the identity of both of these with the
hatchery due to their unique [to me] coloring. These
lay beautiful pastel eggs, usually in blue-hues and
occasionally greenish. Even more rare are the
pinkish-brown eggs--I have never gotten any.
But anyway, thus the name "Easter Egger".
Needless to say, we don't need to color eggs
for Easter. Nature does it better.
(In all, 18 hens & one rooster.)
Okay, about that new sewing machine.
I know most have a second smaller and lighter
machine but so far I haven't really needed one.
Still, over the last year or so I've been kind of
watching for a much simpler version of my Elna.
I have mentioned that, with the empty nest and all,
I've started doing some extra sewing while I watch
football and movies with the hubs over the weekends.
Moving the big machine around just wasn't working
so I upped my search and finally found this one for
a lovey low price. It took a little getting used to a
lighter version but it seems to be a nice solid
machine and it can share bobbins and feet.
I wanted everything to be fluid--no extra pieces!
So, what's the plan for this week?
1) Bind and completely finish the garlic knots.
2) Complete quilting on West Point.
My goal here is to make sure it's done before the
Shop Hop--or I can't go...
Okay, nothing will stop me from going on that
shop hop but it's good to have motivation.
3) Work on new Mini-Double Nine-Patch.
Here's where the "squirrel" comes in.
I can only do so much quilting at a time so
I needed to start another project.
I really wanted to keep working with the fall colors.
After all, today is just the first day of fall!
Some of these are in the garlic knots quilt but I've
brought in others; I've left out the blacks,
purple and blues. I kept it only to the colors of the
fall leaves rather than all of fall so, believe it or not,
this one already has a name:
I realize these are more like October for Kansas
but these are the colors that fill my mind in
September so I am naming it accordingly.
The new machine and I became much better
acquainted over the weekend while making
lots of strip sets and the first few blocks.
I have lots of cutting and piecing ahead yet
but I'd like to get a good start on the
90 blocks by next week.
(I'm making it larger as it's for a Christmas gift.)
The finished squares are a tiny 3/4".
If you think I'm crazy, it really is enjoyable.
Perfect for listening to a book.
(The directions are in a recent MSQC Block book
but the video tutorial can be found here.)
4) West Point Table Runners
I have plans for these. Really! I'm just not
sure they'll happen this week or next. See #5.
5) Gardening stuff
Oh just whatever I get done will get done.
I'm taking care of some other winter-prep things like
getting the chimney cleaned, appointments, etc.
Nothing special but things that you feel good after
completing--especially so early--so we'll just
leave it at that.
And so, happy quilting to all and to all a good week!
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