Change of lifestyle

My husband and I have been playing around with the idea of starting a small garden on our 3 acres. With realizing how ridiculously expensive fresh healthy food is this last week it has made me work a lot faster on getting said garden started! I’m a bit hesitant in one way only. I have absolutely NO green thumb at all. I can’t even keep a pot of flowers alive longer than two weeks. But I am very determined to get frugal. Not only am I wanting to start a garden but I am going to start my own compost. I am going to attempt a hot pile. I know it will take a few months to get going good, but I know it will help with the garden. Another project we are working toward on our frugal lifestyle is raising chickens. We are lucky enough that previous tenants had chickens here at one point and have left a well structured chicken coop behind. With a little renovation to it and adding the originally planned playhouse into a chicken roosting house it will be a good start on housing for them. However that little adventure isn’t going to be completely started until next spring. Going green hippie style but not quite extremest. Be respectful and humane.  

SUMMER!

SUMMER IS HERE!!!! OMG so my girls have been out for summer for about two weeks now. Although they are much more independent now days, they are STILL keeping me super BUSY! So much to my disappointment, I have been SLACKING on my sewing. Although this year is my year to mostly just start new projects, I feel like some of the unfinished projects that are at a non stopping point sitting around in my craft room are screaming at me to hurry and get them out of the way. BUT I am determined to give my girls a GREAT summer, which means driving them to places and getting out of my house and craft room to do those things. Some things on our summer calendar is their day sports camp this week, then swimming in the lake and splash pad as much as possible. Along with that we are enrolled in the public library’s summer reading program. So we have to make time out of the day to read! Not to mention our annual family summer fish fry in July and then the following weekend my sister’s “best day of her life” event.

At the top of my mind, my count on unfinished quilting projects reach at about eight. My newest one is going to be a Term of Endearment Quilt for my sister’s wedding. Instead of doing the traditional guest book at the reception table I’ll be having blocks of white cotton and fabric markers for people to put some advice or “term of endearment” for the newly weds. Once the wedding is done and over with I’ll take those blocks and get fabrics in the same color wheel as their wedding colors. 

SOOOOO just to let any “followers” know that I’m still here, but I won’t be near as much as I was. Maybe once my girls go back to school in August I will again find the time to update on my sewing. 

Pinwheel Quilt

So lately I’ve had several “fascinations”. I couldn’t limit myself to trying out just one or two different quilt patterns, SO lol I have started them ALL. I know I know, I’m batty ;) I’ve changed up how I quilt now. Before I’d start one project and do nothing but that project until it was finished. I would find myself getting burned out and tired of working on it halfway through, then I’d realized that it was taking me way longer to finish it then it really should have. Being on here I’ve started to realize how some quilters would start many projects all through the year and would take their time finishing each of them. So that is why I’ve got over a handful of unfinished quilts going on in my sewing room. You would think that doing that would be hectic and stressful, but it’s not that bad. Some projects I’m working on only require a small space to work, usually just stationed around my ironing board. However if it is a “big” project that needs the whole floor, then I will get it all laid out and sewn to a point I can fold it back up and hang in it my closet. I will one day get me one of those felt walls and have almost no need to be on the floor! Anyway, now to tell you about this pinwheel quilt.

I bought the fabric I’m using here for a project for my Mother-in-law. These colors are her favorite. At the time I had no idea what they would be used for and after many months of thinking, searching Pinterest and going to the Public Library, I came across the pinwheel pattern and thought that would just be adorable. Considering I was already now considering the Prairie Garden Quilt to be going to her.

This is a picture of my first pinwheel EVER. It’s not THAT bad, but I think I know how I should pin it to make it come together better. I’ve got two pinwheels finished and about 60 more to go, that is going to be a little time consuming lol.

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Neighborhood Quilt

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I’ve had a little fascination with house blocks lately. This is my first house…not super great, I made it with what I had for a backing at the moment, just to see if I liked the outcome before I bought more into this. This is one quilt that may take me a year or so to make, just because I make it out of scraps mostly. I think it’s a nice job for being my first. :) What I like about this little house is it’s itself, I don’t follow a pattern. I can make them as straight or as crooked as I want. My “plan” at this moment in time is to make several house blocks and boarder them with black or grey fabric. To make the quilt look like a little town. I might even make a block for a swimming pool and one for a park.

Independence Quilt

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MY 1st PLUS quilt!!!!! Super happy with it so far ;)

I have had this fabric sitting out on my sewing table for MONTHS and I had to just do something interesting with them. They are such beautiful and interesting prints that I wanted something a little more special than a normal block patchwork quilt. So I got onto my Pinterest and searched all the pins of wonderful quilts I saved and was stumped between this one and one other. Obviously this one won ;) Kind of helped that the talented woman had a free pattern and instructions to go with it.

This quilt’s ending size will be 38″X52″, as long as I don’t screw up along the way. This picture is a very horrible take on it and does not give the prints justice. I spent all morning making up my mind on what the quilt was going to look like, then a couple of hours cutting. I saved the stripes for last. Love the print, but I find I get a little OCD on them matching up. After taking a stop to go help my Hubby out outside, I came back in and tackled the striped print. Well I was going to stop there for tonight but after I got it all cut I just HAD to lay it all out and visually see what it was going to look like. LOL ya know “if you give a mouse a cookie” kind of thing.

 

 

I Finished It! The quilt top that is. After is sat on my floor for a whole week. It turned out really good. Now I just have to figure out what I want for the backing, I’ve already got an idea for the binding. Just have to check out the fabric and make sure I’ve got enough for that.

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Although it is overcast and moist out I think it helps bring out the brightness of the colors. If you look close enough you’ll probably be able to see how the prints look. Earlier I had said something about getting the stripes all lined up and matching. WELLLLLLL that turned out to be more difficult and frustrating as I was going along. SOOOOOOO I just went with it. I really enjoyed doing this quilt. Now I’m considering taking it to get machine quilted. We will see ;)