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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

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The day of the frog.

Yesterday I decided that I would work a little on a jungle scene for “A Crazy World”,  after stitching a couple of leaves and a vine I realized they didn’t look right and weren’t going to work.  So to the frog pond I went and started undoing all of the stitching I had just put in.

After that frustrating attempt at embroidery I then decided to work on the mystery quilt.  On Sunday, while watching the Cowboys, I finished cutting the Tri-Recs and pinned the first side on all 82.  So all that needed to be done was start sewing, about a third of the way through I noticed that the seam allowance looked a tad wide.  Of course it did, the wrong foot was on the machine and I had been sewing a 3/8″  allowance instead of 1/4″.  Another trip to visit the frogs.  With the errant stitching removed and resewn I proceeded to finish sewing the first half of the triangle in squares, press them, pin on the second side and have them ready for my next sewing session.  Hopefully next time I can bypass the frog pond.

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Woo hoo!!!!   Yesterday I finished all of the “millions” of flying geese for the mystery quilt.  Now I have moved on to cutting the Tri-Recs and have already cut half of the dark ones.

Feeling more optimistic about actually getting this quilt top together in the near future.  I’m hoping to make it down to Lawton in a couple of weeks for Skrappy Ladies play workday, to see how everyone else’s mysteries are progressing.

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Anyone that knows me even just a little, can tell you that I don’t enjoy a lot of piecing when it comes to making quilts.  But I did start this mystery and I plan to plod along until it is all put together.  Since coming home from retreat a lot has happened to keep me out of my den of good intentions, even with all of that I managed to finish the light/dark flying geese, all 144 of them.
144 Flying Geese

144 Flying Geese

 I even marked all of the 100 squares that will make the 50 all dark flying geese, the first half are pinned and ready to sew.

Dark/Dark Flying Geese

Dark/Dark Flying Geese

 Our weather turned chilly and there was a chance of frost so I stripped the vegetable garden, except for the hundreds of still too green tomatoes.  The harvest included a few bell peppers, several tomatoes and loads of jalapenos.  I see a day of canning in my near future.

End of the season

End of the season

 Around late spring, early summer we harvested all of the onions, we thought.  Then late summer an onion suddenly sprouted and kept getting larger and larger, then turned into 3 onions.  We now have onion triplets and they are going to be larger than any of the spring onions.

Onion Triplets

Onion Triplets

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Bright and early Thursday morning we headed for Dallas to see the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibit.  It was fantastic and well worth the long drive there and back.  Amazing what they produced with “primitive” tools.  There was a gorgeous beaded band bracelet with a large blue scarab closure that I stood and drooled over for quite a while.  I did find a brass bookmark in the exhibit shop that has the bracelet stamped and painted on it that will have to satisfy me.  I can’t say enough about how interesting this exhibit is,  I highly recommend going to see it if it comes to a city close to you.  About today’s title for the post, I hadn’t realized that the sandals they wore extended at least 3 or 4 inches beyond their foot.  Must have had to walk very carefully to keep from tripping themselves up.

It’s been a week since the Skrappy Ladies Fall Retreat at Canyon Camp and I’m just now getting around to posting about it.  Some of the crew started their fun on Thursday, a day earlier than the rest of us.  By early Friday evening we were all accounted for and headed to town for dinner.  Then back to camp for a game of Quilter’s Craps, a dice game played with fat quarters.  Depending on the roll of the dice, you either sit tight, pass a fat quarter to the left, or right or put it in the kitty.  Last person with fabric wins all of the fat quarters in the kitty. 

After the game we got down to work on our mystery quilts.  You should have heard all of the whining and complaining about all of the cutting and pre-sewing for this.  Then we began to wonder if anyone would get their top together before the end of the weekend.  When it became apparent that no one would finish we begged and pleaded until Cindy unveiled her quilt that inspired the mystery.  That’s when we realized that we all had the pattern and it was on our someday lists, only we kept putting it off because of all the piecing.

Below is a picture of my mystery quilt in progress.
Mystery

And then how it should look when it is all put together.
Cindy's quilt 3

Above is Cindy with her quilt made from the Faceted Jewels pattern, which was our mystery quilt pattern.

Cindy also brought along two more quilts she made since the last time we saw her.

Cindy's quilt 1

Cindy's quilt 2
As always, click on the images to enlarge.

The Skrappy Ladies.
Skrappies

Loved Diane’s t-shirt.  It read, “I’m out of estrogen, and I have a gun.”

In Oklahoma the amount of rain received plays a large part in whether the fall leaves turn beautiful colors, or whether they just turn brown and fall to the ground.  But you can always depend on the Virginia Creepers to put on a show with their leaves turning bright red.  The creeper on the canyon wall was just starting to change colors.  Oh and Ann, we thought of you and your natural dyeing when we saw the lichen on the wall.

Canyon Wall

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On the go.

I got home from retreat late Sunday afternoon and needed to recuperate on Monday and Tuesday.  Today my daughter, Kerry, is coming to spend the day with me.  Then tomorrow Bill, Kerry, Donna, and I will be celebrating my birthday by going to see the King Tut exhibit in Dallas. 

Hopefully on Friday there will be a post to report on the Skrappy Ladies fall retreat and the visit to King Tut.

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I’m still around.  Haven’t done any new stitching on the journey around A Crazy World. 

Instead, there has been cutting, cutting and even more cutting on fabric trying to get ready for a mystery quilt that we will be working on at Skrappies fall retreat.  Decided I wasn’t going to buy any fabric for this mystery and that I would use up scraps and small pieces that are in my stash.  Which means ironing all of the fabrics before cutting and then trying to add all different colors to keep it scrappy.  Even after all the cutting is finished there is still quite a bit of sewing to do, all before next Friday.  

Wondering what I’ve gotten myself into.  Beginning to think that except for sewing the multiple components together, this quilt top will be almost finished before it ever gets to retreat.  Thinking it’s probably not a quilt I would have picked to do on my own. 

In case you are one of the few people who don’t know, I have a love/hate relationship with my sewing machine.  I would much rather do handwork like applique or embroidery.

If I am unable to crawl out from under all this fabric and do another blog post before going to retreat (Oct 10-12), the next post after my return will be full of news and pics.

Back to the cutting board.

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