21 September 2021

Tuesday To-Do #33

I'm baaack!  And going just a wee bit crazy!
 Things have stepped up into high gear around here
so I need to try to keep this short and sweet.
Well, with me that's probably never gonna happen
but I'll try.  And I'm likely not going to do much
editing so just bear with any typos, etc.


First, we both turned 50 and took off on what I've
dubbed The Great Wisconsin Foodie Road Trip of '21!


These days, big trips are not really available so,
long story short, I took the idea of running all around
say, southern France (or even just Napa) to sample
all the local fare and adjusted it to our times.


We headed up to drive all over Wisconsin where we took
in cranberry farms, cheese (cow and goat) farms and
factories, the Dane County Farmer's Market on the
capital grounds and the Public Market in Milwaukee. 


We stayed at B&B's and saw many lighthouses along
the coast of Lake Michigan.  On my actual birthday, we
toured Lambeau Field in Green Bay and stopped by an
orchard where I found the best apples ever! and bought
gourds and pumpkins for the first time in I can't remember
because, as you know, due to pests my fall garden is bust.
We got a little tipsy tasting wines at Von Stiehl Winery and
then chowed on some  wonderfully squeaky cheese curds
(when in Wisconsin....!!!) while walking along the beach.
I believe we saw 3 (4?) lighthouses that day, too.

I suppose others might choose differently but I felt
 it was a lovely way to spend one's 50th birthday.


We drove over 2,000 miles and came with a trunk
full of produce, wine and cheese.   How fun is that?
(More pics here on Instagram.)
We're planning on a small party to share the goods
with our friends very soon but right now we're running
around like mad getting ready for a huge BBQ...and that
takes us to the slightly-freaking-out part of this post.

So often we see the lucky parents who live near West Point
 being able to attend all the events on post and sometimes
even having a few cadets to their home for a weekend.
Here in Kansas those would just never be options for us..
...or would they?

When I found out the West Point Choir (including our cadet)
 would be in town for the Funeral Mass of Father Emil Kapaun,
a Korean War Hero who gave his life to save another soldier,
you better believe I jumped at the chance to finally be
able to offer my services! And take this, you parents who
get to do so much!  We're hosting 28 cadets plus a few
adults and one VIP for an evening of BBQ and games!
We're so super-excited!

But oh the work!  Remember that front flower garden re-do?
The one that we were slow-rolling and mostly just planning
on doing when it cooled off in the fall?  Not to mention ALL
the other yardwork!  Gah!  Well, we have stepped it up
big-time and made a huge dent already this past weekend.


The front flower gardens are completely re-done (except for a
section in front of our sunroom to the left beyond the pic;
I'm just hoping no one looks over there!), now all in
much-more-manageable rock.  All old plants and weeds
removed and new shrubs and roses planted.  Whew!

I have also been tackling the herb gardens, flower gardens and
berms, and my vegetable garden.  I've also been trimming all
the shrubs and trees....oh the list goes on and on!  Basically,
we're cramming 95% of a 3-acre fall clean-up into TWO WEEKS!
So far, we've killed it.  And it might kill me but it's going to be
worth it!  I can't wait to share pics.  And please, everyone,
pray for good weather!  (If it rains, I'm gonna cry!)


And in the middle of everything, I sold another quilt!
Oh this one was a beauty!  I really think I have found my
niche with my fall quilts.  And I had two customers after it
at once--the second customer was so sad to have just
missed purchasing it but I have promised to get more
fall quilts out just as soon as I can.  I can't tell you how
excited this makes me and yet how frustrating it is to be
 so busy with other things that I can't get more made!
This is what I've been working toward for 2 years and just
as it seems to be really taking off, I have to set it aside.
But, of course, these are crazy and, thankfully, fun times! 
There will be time for quilting in the future, right?
(Please let there be time in the near future!)

All right, about those the to-do's:

The West Point quilt is finally quilted!


These are just quick snapshots of it coming off
the frame.  Once it's finished, I'll share better pics.


But for now, I've already folded it up and placed
it in my sewing room closet till after the BBQ.


A couple of weeks ago, I committed to joining the
I'm Falling For You Blog Hop.  The next day I got the
"it's a go" on the picnic and we were, of course, getting
ready to go on vacay so I was in a bit of a panic about
how I was going to come up with a project--and not
only make it but also post a tutorial for the hop!


But, I decided that since it is highly likely that I am not
the only person with tons going on, simple and quick
could be a good idea for the hoppers, too.  I would love
for you to check out my post this morning with the
tutorial on these two cute mini-quilts that I came up
with and let me know what you think!

I'm not even going to attempt a to-do list for next week,
other than "Throw a large party!"

I skipped posting last week due to being on the road;
I'm likely to skip next week, too, but I will be back
in early October [October!?!?!] with BBQ pics and,
OH. MY. GOSH!GUESS.WHAT.ELSE.IS.GOING.ON!?
[Breathe, Cheree!]
It's Shop Hop time!  Right after the BBQ!
(Not even taking time to make a shopping list!)
Then there will be a trip up to Omaha.  And after
that, a trip up to West Point for Parent's Weekend!
I'm telling you, I don't think things have EVER been
this crazy around here and I can't wait to share it all!
Just bear with me over these next weeks!

Happy quilting!

Falling For You Blog-Hop and Tips and Tutorials #21: Migrating Bird Block Projects

Hello and welcome to the Falling for You Blog Hop
hosted by Moosestash Quilting!   On each day, 
Sept 20 - 24, a new group of bloggers will be sharing
a fall project.  Isn't that just perfect for right now?
A whole week of fall fun and inspiration!
For more inspiration, you can also check out
Kathleen McMusing's Tips and Tutorials #21
where I'm also linking up!

A quick note to Tuesday To-Do'ers
Stay tuned--my To-Do post is coming out later today.
I have so much news to share!
Not only is the cadet coming home 
but we're treating
 The West Point Choir to a bbq in our backyard!
If I get time, I'll also share about our recent vacay,
The Great Wisconsin Foodie Road Trip of '21!

But back to the hop!


If you missed Day One don't forget to go back!
And now, I'm joining these other bloggers for Day Two!

How about some fall music to go with today's post?
I'll wait.....
Got it?  Okay, cool.  Let's go!
Now hands down, I'm fall's biggest fan.
[That's code for:  long post ahead!]


I'm a sucker for fabrics in autumn colors so the majority
 of my quilts are fall-themed.  My favorite outfits are always
the fall ones.  (Btw, try shopping Etsy for fun fall tees!) 
I'm not a big decorator overall but I make up for it every
August when suddenly my blah home becomes a RAH home!
As in, RAH RAH RAH! FALL IS ON THE WAY!
I have a huge vegetable garden but by September, it's
completely overrun with gourd and pumpkin plants.
One year, I grew 13 bushel baskets of gourds
and small pumpkins!!


As for the big pumpkins, 58 lbs is my record!

And, next to home, my favorite place for fall?

Highland Falls, NY--just outside the gate to West Point

New England, of course!

Clearly I'm nuts about all the usual fall loves--I can't
get enough of them.  But there are so many other things
that evoke those great "fall feels":  the sound of the leaves
as they become crisp and blow in the wind, the placement of
the trees' shadows changing as the sun changes its position
in the sky, the foggy haze in the cool mornings, the walnuts
and pecans dropping and....well, I could list so many loves
 I have for fall but for today I have birds in mind.
The geese migrating overhead, a blue jay
squawking on a crisp, still fall morn and the huge
flock of black birds settling in all the trees and 
creating an incredible raucous.  And crows!
What's a 
Halloween scene without that creepy
crow keeping his eye on you from above?

So for my fall project I wanted to recreate some
of those "fall birds" in teeny tiny quilts.
This quick little project is not just scrap-friendly,
it's pre-cut scrap friendly (jelly rolls and charms).
So dig through your scraps and/or pre-cut scraps and
let's get started!  You'll be done in less time that it
took me to write up this post!  

IMPORTANT!
All seams are a SCANT 1/4"!

You'll need scraps in three different fabrics:
a background and two coordinating fabrics
that will make up your little migrating bird.

Supplies


Background
(1) 1 1/2" square
(2) 2 1/2" squares

Bird fabric #1 (green in example)
(1) 1 1/2"
(1) 2 1/2"

Bird fabric #2 (black in example)
(2) 1 1/2"
(1) 2 1/2"

Borders
(4) 1" strips approx 6" long

Backing
(1) approx 5" square

Batting 
(1) approx 5" square scrap

Binding
2" wide scrap strip


Using the 4-at-a-time HST method,
place the #1 bird fabric 2 1/2" square on a
background square (right sides together, "RST",
and stitch a SCANT 1/4"  from all 4 edges.


Repeat with bird fabric #2.


Cut diagonally from corner to corner.


Repeat on opposite corners.


Do this with both sets of squares.
Press your HST's open and trim "ears".
For the lighter (#1) fabric, press to the background.
For the darker (#2) fabric, press to the dark.


NOTE:  There will be two extra HST's of the dark
(#2) fabric.  If you're making multiple blocks,
these can be used in another block.  Or just
set aside for another use.


Arrange your pieces according to the
above picture and stitch, again using
a SCANT 1/4".


There is your bird! 


That was so fast, you may want to make more!


Next, add your border.
This is a tiny block and we're not gonna make
this hard--just trim to fit as you go!


Et, voila!


Et voila, times two!


Grab your backing and batting and let's
sandwich those bird blocks up! 


Baste, quilt as desired and bind.


Your teeny little migrating bird quilt can be
used as a coaster, a candle mat...


...or simply displayed as art.
I found this clipboard easel at Hobby Lobby, btw.
(What about a different bird for each month or holiday?)  
Next, I'm planning on making 4 bird blocks
into a table runner for Thanksgiving.


I would love to see what you do with your migrating
birds!  Drop me a line linking your post with your project
(please credit/link back to me) in the comments OR
tag me on your Instagram post @ Cheree4884.

Now, keep going!  Hop on over to the other
blogs to see what they have to share!

Happy fall and happy quilting!

06 September 2021

Tuesday To-Do #32

Another busy day ahead so hopping right to it!

Last Week's To-Do's
* Finally finish quilting Positively Fearless--DONE
* Finish fall quilt top--PROGRESS
* Load West Point--DONE


Well this was sure a long-time coming but yep,
it's finally finished!  It's too windy out for a good
pic so, for now, just a few from the sewing room.


I am so happy with that Lorien's Sweet Pea pantograph!
 


The flange around the quote pane.l took a 
little special care when quilting.


Speaking of extra care, I failed to take into account
the slightly-noticeable direction in the background
fabric when placing the setting triangles in my
churn-dash quilt.  The ripping set my progress back
a little so this is as far as I got.  It might have
looked okay if I'd left it but okay isn't what I'm after
and I'm very glad I fixed it.  Now I can sleep at night,
if you know what I mean.

Next week:
Quilt West Point: start quilting
Churn Dash: start on borders

Tuesday-To-Do is now being hosted by 
Texas Quilt Gal so hop on over, see what
other motivated list-makers are up to
and then link up your own to-do's!

Happy quilting!

01 September 2021

September Monthly Goal

Hallelujah it's my favorite month!
(Even if it does mean I'll be turning 50!)

On this glorious first day of September I'm coming
at you with a rare latte in hand and sporting a 
fall-themed tee.  And now that the tone is set,
I'm linking up to
to submit my intent for the month:

To finish this fall beauty (still unnamed):


This, along with 2 others very close to completion,
will all be hitting my shop this month.

Those make up just some of my many goals for
September--it is going to be a very busy month!
I'm joining a blog hop--for the first time ever--and
will be sharing a teensy little leaf quilt for that.
(One that I haven't even started on yet!)
My day to share will be September 21 but
the blog hop, "I'm Falling For You"
is hosted by Moose-Stash Quilting,
and runs from September 20th through 24th.
Please plan on joining us--and frankly, I could use
a little love as I do my best to up my blog game.

Also this month, hubs and I both will hit 50 and
take a vacay to celebrate.  This is a slightly different
kind of vacay and should be loads of fun.  I plan on
sharing all the details and pics so watch for that,
especially if you're a foodie!  And we're also planning
a great little celebration with friends when we get back!

We will have family visiting and likely a quick
visit from the cadet!  Actually, lots of cadets!
More on that to come as it unfolds.

If you aren't a follower, please feel free to sign up by
email, bloglovin' and/or even over at Instagram
where I often post different updates than here.

Happy September and happy quilting!
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