Thursday, August 30, 2012

4-patch top is done

Hello everyone,

I finally got some pictures of my 4patch top for you.

I don't think it's big enough though, still, for a nice lap top.

It's 42x58, what do you think? Should it be bigger?

And if so, should I take the borders off and add more to the top? Or add another border? Or should I just leave it alone?

I'm thinking without the pieced border, it would be a great size for a crib quilt. And would look darling in some cute baby fabrics.

Speaking of baby fabrics, I was following along the Henry Glass Summer party last month, and I won a cute FQ bundle!

This is a  flannel set, the line is Buttercup Babies by Beth Logan of ArtStuff Ltd.

It will be fun to come up with a pattern for these lovelies....another quilt to keep Isaiah warm this winter :)

The Henry Glass blog is fun to follow. The have fun blog hops, designer tid bits,fabric news,  and of course, giveaways. 

Hope you have a great Labor day weekend!

I'm linking up with Jenna today.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

A wild week

It's been a wild week here on our Ridge. Saturday, August 18th, my second sons 8th birthday. We had to make a trip to town for some groceries, and on our way back home we saw that  a fire had started down at the bottom end of our canyon.

there is actually a canyon beyond these trees in front, the smoke is on the other side of it

The fire headed North and destructed one of our favorite places, the tiny town of Manton. Lots of wonderful memories of this place. My dh and I lived here on and off for the first few years of our marriage. My dh spent many grow up years here. It's so sad to see such a beautiful area burned.

again, there is a canyon between us and that other ridge

Then the winds turned and the starting spot of the fire took off up our canyon. It jumped the creek and headed right for us.

The fire crews were so very wonderful. I want to thank all of them. Especially Mognus Johnson, who saved our house and property.

Our property has changed, new roads have been put it, fire lines around the place, lots of brushed cleared by the CAT crews, lots of sweat and work went into saving our house. And I am so very thankful.

This picture is taken right outside my kitchen window. When the CATs first started working, see the fire truck in the background?!

Here is a picture taken in almost the same spot as the one above, showing the road the CAT made that goes around our house to the right and to the Hwy to the left of the trees.

The fire went raging  up the canyon to the East. This is the fourth big fire in our area, this past month.
this picture shows gray spots on the opposite ridge there, where the fire had burned

Here are some before and after pictures.

The first two are of some of the brush/trees on the down slope of our ridge, heading into the canyon, taken a year or so ago.

Here is some of that same land after the CAT had made a fire line.

Here's the ridge on the other side of the canyon, a year or so ago.

And here it is now.

Below our fire line the CATs made, there is burned brush. The fire came right up to the fire line, but it was slow burning and didn't hurt many trees.

As of this morning, this fire is 74% contained. One of the others fires is complete out, another is only 55% contained, I'm not sure about the 4th one.

I am hoping to get back to some sewing, now that the excitement and stress are all over with.
I have my 4square quilt top to take a picture of and show you.
I also have some quilt Auntie blocks I'm making and sending out to the piecer.

Hope all is well with you.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bucket hat

Hello Everyone,

This little guy keeps me pretty busy.

His favorite thing to do.... be outside with the bigger kids. Whether it's sitting in the dirt with the Tonka vehicles....he's very serious while 'working'...., sitting on the tractor, looking at chains and tools hanging in the shop,  or sitting in my lap watching the big kids play, he just wants to be outside 'doing' something. Even inspect the veggies....

With his almost bald little head, I decided he needed one of these ultra darling bucket hats from Oliver+S company.... free patterns here. They are so easy to make, and fairly quick too.

He makes it hard to do a lot of quilting though....But I'm not complaining :) My poor 4-patch quilt is still sitting unattended. Although I do have a few pictures of another way to make quick 4-patches. This time with jelly rolls or strips you've cut from yardage.

Lay two strips right sides together. And sew down one long side.

Press open.

Now cut strips the same width as your original strips. I started off with 2.5" strips, so that's what I am cutting.

Put two of these new strips right sides together, opposite colors facing each other and sew.

Open and press. Easy as that. And you can get quite a few out of one jelly roll strip.

I'm hoping to get back to my 4-patch today.

How about you? What are you working on?

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