Binding A Quilt On Machine

September 22, 2017

The Mountain Majesties quilt was finished a couple days ago and I couldn’t face all that hand stitching around that huge quilt.  My arthritic hands could not handle it so even though I prefer binding stitched down by hand, I gave in and did it all on machine. First I cut enough 2-1/2″ strips from […]

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Hot Pepper Jelly

September 21, 2017

The quilt is bound and I’ll post all the steps of machine binding – as soon as I have time. Today I made two batches of hot pepper jelly.  I’ve included the recipe. Whoops!  I got the pictures in reverse order.  I love this jelly on toast or with cream cheese on a cracker.  More […]

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Farm Update

September 20, 2017

We moved the LP tank to a location closer to the road and now Rick has to fix the rotten wall behind it.  Honestly, it’s a never ending job to keep it all working.  Pretty soon we will be winterizing. Mama Kitty is watching from under the bench. Remember Chicklet – he’s in this picture […]

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More Straight Line Quilting Talk

September 19, 2017

As I’ve been quilting, I’ve thought of several more tips. 1.  I like to use the same thread in both the bobbin and the needle.  I think I have fewer problems when they’re the same brand. 2.  I never try to stitch in the ditch.  My hand is just not that steady so I always […]

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Straight Line Quilting

September 18, 2017

This is making me very nervous.  I pieced the backing for Mountain Majesties using some vintage red, white and blue bunting fabric.  It’s pretty thin and I’m afraid it will tear if I stretch it too tightly on the longarm machine. I hope I don’t regret this choice of backing.  I said I’d explain straight […]

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Mountain Majesties

September 14, 2017

Finally!  The top is finished and now I need to piece my back.  I will be so happy to work on a different project.  I can’t remember the name of this Moda fabric line – was it by Minnick and Simpson possibly? I just added 4″ rectangles along the two sides and called it good. […]

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This Quilt Has A Mind of Its Own

September 13, 2017

Ok – got all the rows together, laid it on the bed and it’s not wide enough.  This is all the fabric I have left from 48 fat quarters.  Blocks are directional right and left and measure 6″x7-1/2″ finished so it’s not easy to take rows off the length to add to the width. I […]

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Picking the Pumpkins

September 11, 2017

Reed and I started picking the pumpkins today.  He said it was the funniest day he’s ever had at my house.  We also cleaned the chicken nests,  put in new bedding and added some dried herbs to kill the lice and mites on the chickens – if they have any and it  smells fabulous! Reed […]

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Purple Star Pattern, Plants and Pumpkins

September 8, 2017

For those of you wondering about what star pattern I used, here are my measurements.  You can take it from here and when you’re finished, send me a picture.  Yes, Connie and I can sew quite fast – we learned from necessity years ago. I always think it’s sad to move the plants back inside […]

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Another Gift

September 7, 2017

This Christmas gift was a lot easier and quicker than all those canned pickles – a purple and white couch quilt for a friend who loves  purple AND she doesn’t read this blog – ha!  Here is the very simple star quilt that I made and quilted in about two days. And a little more […]

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