Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Mothers Day Roses

This is a late post but wanted to share photos of the beautiful red roses my husband gave me for mother’s day.  I don’t get flowers very often so these were a surprise and I enjoyed them so much.  They lasted over a week before I had to toss the last one.IMG_4786IMG_4784IMG_4787
Until Later,
Lynn

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Guild Challenge 2014/2015

My local guild challenge this year involved using a printed color pallet generated from photos that the challenge committee selected.  Members had to choose a envelope that contained the color pallet and not open it until they were home to discover what color pallet they had to use.  Each member got a different picture and color pallet and we were to use at least four of the colors in the pallet for our challenge quilt.  We were to make a table runner no smaller than 10” x 20” or larger than 18” x 48”.  The biggest challenge was that we had to have the piece of paper with the printed pallet with our completed challenge at the big reveal in May (not loosing it in the depths of your sewing things) plus we got the challenge in September and trying to keep it all a secret from other members until the May meeting.

I already showed you my challenge a while ago and now here are the rest of the challenge pieces.  They are all fantastic, enjoy.  I did post a photo of mine too, it's the orange, green and brown Mariner's compass table runner. IMG_1804 Verleen Vorderstrasse IMG_1805 Candiss Kirchhoff IMG_1806 Gloria Bernadt IMG_1807 Mary Isernhagen IMG_1809 Kathollene FangmeierIMG_1810 Ann Fraser IMG_1811 Deb Barbur IMG_1812 Margaret Karnatz IMG_1813 Patty Day IMG_1814 Barb Blincow IMG_1815 Charlotte Sell IMG_1816 Joanie Meyer IMG_1817 Phyllis Schoenholz IMG_1818 Lynn Greer IMG_1819 Audrey Trowbridge IMG_1808 Monica Meerkatz
Until Later,
Lynn

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Benefits and Problems of Rain

IMG_1911Our cows and calves have all been hauled to our three pastures for the summer now.  The recent rains have made the grass grow which is always good.  The cows are so content to get turned out onto the green grass but by fall they will be equally content to be hauled back and turned out on the harvested corn and soybean fields for the winter.IMG_1917
IMG_1929My caption for the photo above is “Watch Your Step”.  This pasture has some washed out gullies but the cows seem to be aware of the drop off so stay clear of the edge.IMG_1897John took all of the above photos as he was checking the cattle after the heavy rains we had last two weeks.  (We had a total of around 9” so had lots and lots of water.)  He went especially to check on the dam in a neighboring pasture.  As you can see it is full, full, full.  Normally there is just a little water in the bottom but now it is to the top and backed up the valley so it was dug out a bit to lower the level to make it safer and room for more rain if it comes.  Thankfully we had a few days without rain so that some of the flooding could recede and drain away but we had 1.6” on Wed. so things are wet again but not to the levels they were a week ago.  A lot of the rivers, creeks and low areas have had flooding and problems in central and eastern Nebraska.  We don’t get flooding very often so this is new for many residents.  IMG_4899I got up early one morning after a heavy rain during the night and went out to get some  photos and captured the barn and the rain gauge (3.15” overnight – the day before we had 2.75” of rain.)  You can see the water backed up behind the barn but it was not more than a foot deep at the deepest part.  It took several days to all drain away since it all had to go through the one culvert under the highway and backs up whenever we get a heavy rain.  I always say we have “Lake Greer” when we get heavy rains. IMG_4901  This last photo is of our house taken at 6:30 am that day I was up early taking photos after the rain.  You can see the morning sun reflected in the windows and the yard looks so pretty, although you really can’t see all the flowers that are blooming. 

We don’t like to complain about rain but we really can use more dry days.  The corn and soybeans are really needing some sun and John will be needing to be cultivating to remove weeds before the crops get too tall.  I know we will be wishing for rain before long but that is the life of a farmer - too much rain, not enough rain and a few days of it being just the right amount of moisture.

Until Later,
Lynn 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Guild Challenge 2014/2015

Fox color pallet095My local guild challenge this year involved using a printed color pallet generated from photos that the challenge committee selected.  Members had to choose a envelope that contained the color pallet and not open it until they were home to discover what color pallet they had to use.  Each member got a different picture and color pallet and we were to use at least four of the colors in the pallet for our challenge quilt.  We were to make a table runner no smaller than 10” x 20” or larger than 18” x 48”.  The biggest challenge was that we had to have the piece of paper with the printed pallet with our completed challenge at the big reveal in May (not loosing it in the depths of your sewing things) plus we got the challenge in September and trying to keep it all a secret from other members until the May meeting.

I was thrilled with my pallet when I opened my envelope after I got home from that September meeting as these are colors I had in my stash and use a lot in decorating my home.  Now to get to work and design something that will work in my house and satisfy the challenge rules.   IMG_3078I used Electric Quilt computer software to design the Mariners Compass blocks that I printed to finish at 7 1/2”.  I love using that program as anything you design can be printed at what ever size you want.  The program is pretty easy to understand and use as well. IMG_3082 Here are the fabrics I selected for the table runner and you can see they match my color swatches pretty well.  They are all batiks and from my stash so I didn’t even have to go out and buy any.  I love shopping from my stash.IMG_3095IMG_3092As you might guess the block sections were pieced in a ring.  I split the pattern along one of the lines then foundation pieced the points and background then after they were pieced the ring was seamed back together.  I usually don't make all the fabric decisions at the beginning but decide as I go and contemplate the fabric to use for the center and the outside triangles.  The center circle will be appliqued in place and the triangles machine pieced.IMG_3266 All pieced and ready to machine quilt.  I joined the blocks on the sides, leaving off the side triangles so one block would flow into the other.  I liked the look of the points on the ends so added those corners to the block to achieve the points. 

Planning the quilting designs is always a lot of fun for me.  I try out different designs on paper first and here are ideas for the large triangles. and the mariners compass.IMG_3274IMG_3275I have had two small fine line rulers from Accents on Design to be used for machine quilting for a while and was anxious to give them a try.  The advertisement for the rulers said they could be used on a domestic machine.  I didn’t trust myself to just quilt along them with no markings so I chalked the lines first.IMG_3271IMG_3276The small handles made holding onto the ruler more stable as well as the Velcro like strip on the bottom gripping the fabric.  I do not have the correct foot used for ruler work but used the BSR foot.  I did have to make sure I didn’t change the angle of the stitching lines as the foot is not completely symmetrical and make sure the ruler didn’t get under or over the foot, which would have been a disaster.  So far Bernina doesn’t have a ruler foot but I am guessing/hoping that they produce one soon.IMG_3273I have admired curved cross hatching that longarm quilters have stitched for years and it was fun to be able to stitch the design on my table runner.  It was so much faster than using a walking foot and stitching smooth symmetrical curves free hand can be a nightmare.  The rulers really did help with the curves and the straight ruler for all my straight lines.  The hardest part was judging how far to place the ruler to get the line stitched where I wanted it.IMG_3279IMG_3668All done and ready to use and I finished it in March so no last minute stitching which is a big relief.IMG_3667My next post will have photos of all the challenge table runners and let me tell you they are amazing.

Until Later,
Lynn

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