Family Time

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I have great family.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate them.  My brothers and my sister have been great to my kids and for me, that means so much.  Growing up I didn’t know my aunts and uncles all the well outside of my Aunt Agnes that I’ve told you about.  (read here if you missed it) My others either lived further away or we didn’t see them a lot.

My kids are on the younger end of the cousins.  There are 22 in all.

The spread between my sister Judy and I is 16 years and there and three boys, Jule, Jay and Jim, are in between.  My kids always enjoy seeing their aunts and uncles and all the cousins.  I love that.  For a long time I had felt a bit like I deprived my kids their cousin experience by moving to Iowa.  Happily, as they’ve gotten older, the cousins have formed more of a bond than ever.  Part of that is due to my brother Jule.

Jule and his wife Wendy are awesome.  For years and years Jule had a band.  My first memories of Jule have been of him playing guitar.  As a kid him and friends would practice out on my mom and dad’s open front porch.  It was so cool to have a big brother that could be in a band.  I was little…Jule is 11 years older than me so when he was 17…I was six.  He would let me play tambourine.  I thought he was a coolest and honestly…still do.

This past weekend Kalissa, Craig, Carver and Karl made a trek to see Uncle Jule, Aunt Wendy and all the cousins.  It’s more fun than ever for them now that they’ve gotten older and the five or more years of age difference between the cousins don’t make as much difference.

Jule is a magnet for anyone who loves music and has done a wonderful job with his tribe of children and grandchildren cultivating them into performers.  He has built a music room in his basement and has tripped it out with all the neatest equipment.  Wendy is regularly posting videos of songs the kids put together and music that they are working on.  I love seeing it all and am so thankful that she posts it on Facebook so I can see it.

Here’s what they were working on over the weekend with some of my family included.

That’s Kalissa singing..Karl is playing bass…Craig on drums…Jule on guitar and Krysta playing guitar too. There are others doing vocals. See why they love going to Uncle Jule’s??

Carver got totally loved on too….See? [Read more...]

UFO Progress

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I made progress in the UFO department.  On Sunday I hadn’t sewn a bit…not a single bit on anything UFO related.  I lamented a bit to Hubby about it and next thing I knew at supper time he said, “I’m doing dishes tonight and you’re going up and sewing.”

Well I like the sound of that.  I think I should lament a little more often, right?!

Anyway..I didn’t really have a UFO picked out to work on.  I thought which project would give me the most bang for my buck.  That’s when I thought of my Santa Fe String Star.  For those wondering this comes from Bonnie Hunter’s book String Fling.  I sewed the diamonds quite a while ago.  I started the diamonds in May of 2015…at least that is the first time I saw that I blogged about them.  Then in that fall I finished the diamonds…then last year at this time I did the flying geese.  Little by little it’s happening.

I had gotten the diamonds sewn together into a star but had stalled out on picking a background.

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When it came time to sew the back ground on I had some problems.  I had tried one time before but for some reason the numbers that were in the book didn’t work for cutting the background sizes.  I don’t know if my star stretched.  I had blogged about it then and someone said they made it and but cut all the pieces bigger and then cut the center down in size once it was all sewn together.  I ended up cutting my corner squares bigger at 21″ x 21″….the side pieces I cut at 32″ x 32″.

That worked fine but then I had another problem….cutting the sides down.  UGH.  I couldn’t get my head wrapped around how to accomplish this.  It turns out I couldn’t cut it down to the size that the pattern suggested.  I would have cut into the star.  Instead I added two more rows of flying geese to each side.

Then after lots of figuring I found I needed to trim so that there was about an inch of border beyond the star points.  It wasn’t an easy task but I stuck with it.

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I was so proud of myself….this project has sat for this very reasons…trimming…a task I hate.

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I got up early Monday morning and in a short bit I had this.  Looking good, right?
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Cleaning up the Neighborhood

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You might remember back in early December that our neighbors to the back tore down an old sagging shed they had on their property.  Read about it here if you missed it.

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It ended up in a pile.  One blog reader commented saying that they hoped the neighbors were going to do something with the pile…well they did!

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This week they had the fire department come and burn the pile.

You can see there is  a pole right next to the pile.  That’s an electric pole and in order for the pile to burn and not the pole, the firemen needed to be on scene to keep the pole watered down.

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They light the fire….

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and before long they had it burning pretty good.  See? [Read more...]

Find Us in McCalls: Double Dutch

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Have you seen the new issue of McCalls Quilting Magazine?  This issue..the May/June 2017?  It should be hitting the news stands soon.  I can’t help but chuckle on the way magazines work publication dates but even though it’s March and I have my hands on a copy…it’s listed as the May/June issue.

*Purchase Issue*

We have a quilt in the issue.  They named it Double Dutch.  What do you think? [Read more...]