Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Snow Day, Pioneer Woman, and Netflix

What a combination!

The Pioneer Woman, Season 1, is now on Netflix. I have been watching it and getting some very good meal ideas and recipes. Yesterday, I made her Beef and Bean Burritos from Episode 13.    They were very good. I used green enchila sauce with some tomato paste because I didn't have the sauce she used. I also used corn tortillas and love the flavor they gave it.  I also put my leftover hamburger meat filling on top just to use it all.

I plan to accomplish today  . . .

spend at least a couple of hours quilting
reading about gardening and hobby farms on my kindle
enjoy the beautiful few from the warmth of my den
package up some chicken breast that I had a friend get me from the Tyson chicken store

The only reason I am telling you this is that I hope if I write it down, I will actually do it.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Half a Snow Day!

We got a little bit of snow on Sunday. But, we still made it to school this morning. I had a feeling it would be short lived.

Sure enough, by 11 o'clock, the decision was made to close school at 12 to get the children (and staff) home safely.

About an hour after I got home, the snow stopped, only to start heavily about 2 hours later.

So around 4, I got the idea to sit down, read a magazine, and sip on a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy the snowfall.

What a life! So relaxing.

I just got the phone call. No school tomorrow. I guess I can have another relaxing day of quilting, reading, and drinking hot cocoa.

I did take some time to quilt on this quilt . . .

It has been 10 months since my mother died. Each time I quilt or pressure can food, I think of her and so want to call her up.

Monday evenings are when I sit with my dad. This week and last week, we had snow so I couldn't make it. Hopefully, I can get out tomorrow evening and visit with him, then.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sometimes . . .

the oddest things happen. When I sandwich a quilt, I usually use the kitchen floor. It is a large enough area and has tile floors so I can tape the backing on the floor. Today,  I laid out a queen size sheet to sandwich my Grand Illusion quilt. I laid the batting on top and smoothed it out. Then added the flimsy; but . . .

My first thought was to pick it all up go he get a new sheet. But, I went to a lot of work taping the sheet to to the floor and then getting the batting laid out straight. So what to do? What to do?

I just decided to use a different top.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!

Cold, dreary Day . . .

but, I feel better when there is pretty ice or snow to look at out the window.

A wood stove is going so we are warm, plenty of food, so no worries.

Yesterday, Becca came to sew with me. She was working on this quilt top

She purchased a bag of retro fabric, (that's what we call it) and had some more given to her. I think she said she only had one block that was repeated. And this is not all of them. She is making a king size quilt. She asked me to quilt it. I told her she could. I think we decided we would quilt it together. Unless her grandma decides to hand quilt it for her. But, I think it will be too big for her quilt frame.

I just finished the flimsy of Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt.

I am too lazy to lay it out for a picture. I'll try to remember to get one when I sandwich it to quilt it.

I have decided to get out this quilt  . . .

and get the borders appliqued. So that is what I am working on today.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!


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