Skip to main content

A good weekend

It was really a wonderful weekend.  I love it when I can say that!  Saturday we went into the Quad County Porkfest.  They had a pie-baking contest, and I came in second!  There weren't that many entries, so I didn't get too worked up, but I still won a really nice pie carrier.  I made a pecan pie, and it was pretty tasty. I think if I hadn't overcooked the top a bit (it was too dark) I might have won.  You may wonder why a pie-baking contest at a porkfest?  All the crusts had to be made with lard. Which does make the best pie crusts!

It was a beautiful day to be outside, so we wandered around the booths, and I bought a couple of Christmas presents.  Mom then took Gunner, and Isadora and I headed to town.  We went out to lunch at Culver's, then grocery shopping, the fabric store ($1 patterns!) and a haircut.  It was supposed to be my haircut, but I decided she needed it a lot more than I did.  And it turned out beautifully.  But the best part was that she was wonderfully behaved the whole time.

Sunday we attempted our first geocache!  There were a couple of very local ones, and not difficult ones, so it worked out really well.

This is the second one we found.  It was at an old church and cemetery, not far from my house, that I was completely unaware of.  We walked through the cemetery; mostly old tombstones, many from the 1800's.  It really makes you appreciate modern medicine and vaccines.  There was a family with four children's tombstones; three of them died before the age of 2, and the fourth died at 7.  Some tombstones were so old you couldn't read them.  But someone is obviously taking good care of the site. It was well maintained, as were the church grounds.

After that we headed to a neighborhood fish-fry.  Very good time - the hostess and one of the neighbors caught and filleted all the fish, and they were cooked wonderfully.  Both kids ate fish till they couldn't eat another bite.  I definitely need to get my pond stocked!!  Although I'm not sure how well I'd do at the filleting part.  :)

All in all a great weekend.  Life is good.


Popular posts from this blog

Starry Field

Another Moda Bakeshop  finish!  I love how this one turned out.  It definitely too a while, and is by far the most complex pattern I've done, but I think there are so many possibilities with this one, and I hope that some people make this one and let me know what they've done.

So many stars!  My flying geese ruler definitely came in handy for cutting things out, and proper trimming was absolutely key to this one coming out properly.  All those flying geese - the extra time in trimming was definitely made up in having the squares all come together easily for the final assembly.

Mary, of Round the Bend quilting, fit me in on short notice, and did a great job of it.  A simple all over pattern, based on a small star shape and stippling, worked just perfectly.

I went with a poly batting, since I wanted something very white to keep the color for the background bright, and I love the loft it gave it too.

I had two people handy to do the quilt holding, and grabbed this shot just as …

Urban Improv

The BadAss Quilters Society recently paired up with Frond Design Studios (my favorite, favorite fabrics) for an Urban Brights Challenge.  I couldn't resist the opportunity/excuse to buy more Frond Fabric, so I purchased the bundle and away I went. Now, I am NOT an art quilter.  I would love to be someday, but I'm definitely not there yet, so I'm still undecided as to whether or not I'm even going to submit the pictures of the quilt, but I do love the final result.

I decided to go with improv.  I'm pretty new at improv, so it was a challenge for me, and definitely a step outside of my comfort zone.  I went with no binding, as it seemed to work better visually that way.  I quilted it myself, with a number of different motifs and techniques.  Overall I love it, even if it doesn't quite measure up to the competition!

I ended up taking the pictures last night in our shop.  It's been raining for what seems like forever, so I haven't been able to get an outsid…

A Thicket of Stars

This was a fun one!  I'd sketched out the design a while ago, and when picking fabric options for the Moda Bakeshop, the center of my 'octagons' seemed to call out for the animals in this line, rather than the pinwheel shapes I'd originally planned.  I love how it turned out!

Key to the success of actually constructing the quilt top was to find away to make the half rectangle triangle with the right dimensions, so that it was 2 inches wide and 4 inches tall.  The provided template will work, as well as several rulers. 

 This one goes together very quickly.  I did simple straight-line quilting, which was both easy to do and emphasizes the outlines of the stretched stars.

 Windy day!  I finished this up and had to get the pictures taken. Unfortunately, the wind wasn't really cooperating, but I did like this location. 

I'd have a hard time saying which little animal is my favorite, but this guy probably wins. :)

Another fun project finished!  This one will be auct…