03 March 2010

This and That

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Using Bonnie Hunter's method of Leaders and Enders has resulted in lots and lots of 4-patches, some with white squares and some with off-white squares. I thought it was time to use some of them so I searched some downloaded patterns and came up with this one. It is a Mystery Quilt from Judy Hopkins called Golden Oldie that uses the Buckeye Beauty block. It is a perfect project for this and will result in a 45" x 60" donation quilt.

The weather here has improved so much and we are looking at a week of warm temps that has the melting snow turning the dirt road into a muddy mess.  There are streams of water running down the road and cutting ruts into it. I guess when everything dries out, it will be time to hire a road grader to come in and smooth it down.

The sewing room is still being modified. Do you know those plastic milk crates like this one? I had three of them under the fabric shelves just packed with yarn. Now there are none. Yahoo! Where did the yarn go? Wool-aid; I'll be blogging more about that later.

CarGuy and I sold our pop-up camper that fits into the bed of the pickup. We bought a sweet little 18 foot fully contained camping trailer. The only thing I don't like about the new one is the southwestern vinyl graphics on the outside. Lizards and spirals and suns -- O My! Those will be removed with patience and a heat gun. After a thorough cleaning inside and out I will try my hand at pin striping. No caffeine for this girl when she has a tiny little paint brush in hand. No siree!

9 comments:

  1. Oh how I miss our travel trailer days. We had so many good times during our travels with it. I even took a sewing machine in mine and did find time to sew.

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  2. I really need to start using leaders/enders. I just use a scrap as a thread saver over and over and over . . . . still such a waste when you see what lovely results can be had instead *S*

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  3. Aren't Leader/Ender quilts fun. I always tell people that I used free thread because the thread that is holding the pieces together is what would have ended up in the trash can.

    Camping was a favorite thing for spouse and I. We really need to try it again sometime.

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  4. You know I sent that better weather your way.....LOL....the sun is shining here and I love it!!! Take care.

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  5. Winter is retreating here, too. Warmer temperatures, brought melting snow, singing birds, and a desire to clean winter out of my house. I'm more than ready for Spring after having snow on the ground since mid-October.

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  6. Oh, oh - a new trailer. I'm excited for you. We just picked up our motorhome (from the service folks) and hopefully all is ready for the camping season ahead. I have the new Bonnie Hunter book and haven't made anything but my collection of L's and E's is growing.

    Computer question - oh Ms. guru: I tried to add the html 'text' for the Blogging without Obligation thingy onto my blog and nothing happens. What am I doing wrong do you think?
    Marne

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  7. Oh fun, with the new camper. MY DH is VERY tall and he gets the heebie jeebies in a camper, so that's not in OUR future! Dang it - sounds like fun to me!

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  8. That looks like a great pattern. I keep changing my mind about what I am doing for my leaders / enders, but so far I am sticking to the rail fence blocks. Might use them with four patch or hsts though.

    I'm glad your weather is improving, even if it comes at a small price.

    Congrats on your trailer. Be sure to stop by when you vacation my part of the world.

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  9. I'm so glad you mentioned this Paula. I've been trying to remind myself to put some squares on the machine to do this with and I never remember when I'm in there. I'm going to write myself a note! I know you're going to love the new camper - getting those decals off might be a lot of work but you'll like it better when you're done. blessings, marlene

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