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What I’m Working On…

On Labor Day I was a sewing fool.  I was supposed to be watching the “northern contingent” of grandkids.  I call them Kelli’s and Kalissa’s kids the “northern contingent” as we all like in northeast Iowa.  Buck and Kayla both live south of us…about 2 hours south so I call the “southern” contingent.  It’s silly but it’s what I do.

Well, the “northern contingent” was supposed to be here on Labor Day but on Sunday I restained the dining room floor and it wasn’t dry so they couldn’t come.  I was so surprised the floor didn’t dry but it didn’t so the kids couldn’t come.  So..I sewed and sewed and sewed.

I finished all of the Hawk’s Nest blocks….  I got them sewn into rows too!!  Here’s Rosie showing them off-or rather sleeping them off.


I even got the center sewn together.


Then on Wednesday I had a few hours and started sewing more border units.  I had quite a few of them already done but found I needed more.  So more bonus triangles were ironed, and more sewn together.


Then Wednesday evening I sewed and sewed like crazy.  I was a madwoman wanting this to be finished.  I need to pick and clean up a lot of threads as well as trim a few more dog ears…but take a look at that border…. Continue reading

What I’m Working On….

I had a fail this week that took up a lot of my time…

I finished this quilt.  I know that doesn’t seem like a fail as I have a finished quilt.  BUT…here’s the story behind it.  I worked really hard and tried to put together the full long binding video that I promised you all.  I videoed all of the pieces, I sat down to try to edit them and realized that I didn’t have the camera at the right angle in one of the videos that I was going to clip together.  So…that ruined the whole video.

So, I am back at square one needing to make a binding video.  UGH.  Everything I did was a waste.  I was so disappointed.


I was thinking that I needed to make a whole quilt top before I could do a binding and was so bummed.  Then I realized that I could machine quilt one of the charity quilt tops that are here.  YAHOO!!!  That will help me out plus I get a quilt top finished too.  That was a great pick me up.  I’ll use the top and do the retake of the binding video…that sure made me feel better about the whole day and failed binding video.

Thanks to the blog reader who donated the solid colored charm squares for this.

I also finished this…it’s a baby car seat sized Minky blanket.  I am donating it to the Cedar Rapids relief quilts that are here waiting to be delivered.


I worked on two deadline projects as well and I’m happy to say I’m happy with how they are coming along.  Here is a sneak peek at project #2…. Continue reading

What I’m Working On….

I had a busy week filled with lots of family interruptions.  Nothing is wrong.  The family just needed me extra and I prioritized them to slot #1.

School started here last week on Monday for everyone except preschool.  One of my old childcare families contacted me and asked if their guy could come for the Monday and Tuesday as she didn’t have anyone to keep him.  Carver and Gannon were going to be here anyway so I said sure.  Carver had so much fun!

I worked on my deadline project.  I wasn’t going to show it to you but then Rosie was playing under while I was ironing it and I couldn’t resist showing you this picture…so I guess you ended up with a bigger sneak peek.


The quilt is on the longarm machine waiting for me to finish it.  That will be Tuesday’s job.  I have until the 11th for it to be there so I’m content with that progress.  Kelli volunteered to write the pattern so that helps a lot!!

I designed another project and it’s out of the same fabric line.  What can I say, I loved it so much!!  I couldn’t get enough of it.  It’s “A Blooming Bunch” by Maureen McCormick for Moda.  It will be out in November.  I think you’ll want to snap some up.

Our design will be made with 2 charm packs.  Moda sent us a layer cake instead…darn (I’m totally teasing when I say that) I guess I’ll have leftovers.

I already cut into the fabric…see?? Continue reading

What I’m Working On…A New Video too!!

I feel like I grossly missed my goals this week.  Do you ever have weeks like that?  I feel like I’ve been playing catch up all month.  All I can say is I’m ready for some normalcy and predictability.  I haven’t had much of that lately.

Garden stuff has kept me busy…This little boy, Carver, was begging for some Blueberry Zucchini Cake.  (Find the recipe HERE)  So I made one…


I cut up a bunch of zucchini for the freezer too.  I cut larger pieces to throw into stir fry and smaller pieces to throw into soups.  I like to see the yellow of summer squash or the green of zucchini in my dishes over the winter.


I’ve been eating lots of zucchini too.  Here is the Instant Pot loaded….I highly recommend this.  See the sweet corn on the bottom-then a pan on top of that.  The pan has zucchini and butter in it.  Then I had a leftover pork chop and put that on top of it all.  I used the manual setting for four minutes and I had a great supper.


Using the Instant Pot to warm up the pork chop was the best ever.  I think warmed up pork chops end up really dry.  Not in the Instant Pot.  In fact, I think from not on I will purposely cook an extra one knowing I can warm it up as a leftover like this.

My week wasn’t all cooking.  There was some sewing too…not the kind you expect from me though.  This…. Continue reading