Yay!! I finally got to spend some time in my sewing room. Pickles is off on an adventure and having the time of his life, game rooms are involved, a boys dream. Snowflake and JBoy have been bonding over a really dumb game, uh, a game with crappy music.. Minecraft but they like it. My laundry is all done, so off to my room I went! So I’ve knocked out a few blocks.
I joined a quilt guild and they had a couple of blocks to do. The card trick block for a lottery quilt. The rules? Brights.. so off and running with that! I llooovvvvveee brights. Also a signature block, talk about easy peasy, it was all cut out so all I had to do with that one was sew it together.
I’m pretty happy with the way all the blocks came out. I think I’d like to make a whole quilt outta the card trick block. It was a fun little block to do. Thanks to Jenny at Missouri Star Quilting for the tutorial on that block.
I also decided to join a quilt challenge, like I don’t have enough on my design wall. But it looked intriguing. I’ve never done a medallion quilt before. So here goes.. the name of the challenge is, Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt Along and it’s run by Moda Bake Shop. They have path A or B, you choose which path you’d like to take. The new path A’s come out on Mondays and path B’s on Wednesdays. Along with what the call a Sunday Social. (Of course I’m behind, but there are no time cops … yet) I’ve only done (mostly) the medallion center, for that I chose path A, the Dresden Peak. Very cool, and I got to use my invisible thread, always a plus. Then I think I’ll go with path B for the boarder with the cornerstones. Then we’ll see from there.
The Mr. is planning another fishing trip, do y’all think he’ll take all the boys? Hmmm, the sewing I could do.
They predicted thunderstorms on the 4th of July here, so in their ultimate wisdom, the people in the know, rescheduled the fireworks show here, (and didn’t they do a good job!). So off we went, we were late enough to miss Li Wayne, (The Mr. is not enthusiastic about rap.) but did get there in time for “Same Ole 2Step” whom I liked, Zydeco was their music. I loved watching the people get up and dance.
It was really fun, the boys ran around like loons, Snowflake squired his girl around the square. We sat and watched the dancing and generally people watched.
Then it was time for the fireworks!! Now I just love fireworks, the noise, the smoke, the fantastic light show. And I have to say, they did it up right! It was prettier than on tv the other night, so I’m glad I dragged the Mr. out.
That’s about it for today, I’m hoping to get into my sewing room today for a bit! Other than that I think it’ll be a typical lazy Sunday today.
Both of the younger boys had friends stay over last night a first for both, but they’ve never asked to have friends over. I guess this means that they’re growing up. So after not finding the tent.. I still don’t know where that damn thing is. Oh well..moving on. We decided that Pickles and his friend would sleep in the living room where they could watch movies all night. (The friend didn’t make it past the first movie. 😉). JBoy and his friend would sleep in the boys room, Friend in the bed, he’s the guest, and The Boy on his little flip out couch. They slept in till almost 8am!! I am shocked,
This morning rolls around, Pickles and his friend are up at 6:30, I was so hoping to sleep in just a little but it was not to be,
So the coffee is on
And a full fry is all ready to be served, at least as soon as The Mr. gets home from his game
We spent our 4th on the boat, fishing. In as far as I am concerned any day on the water. Even when I’m trying desperately not to give in to sea sickness. It’s just shy of ridiculous I love being on the water, but let it get the least bit rough… and I’m fighting to keep it together. But it’s still amazing, Louisiana is beautiful by water. (Or by land)
On our way out.
The JBoys fish, too bad it was 1/2 inch short.
I caught the biggest fish of the day.
And some hard heads…
And a stingray!
The only way I’m gonna see fireworks today, Maceys fireworks!
I’m working on learning how to free motion quilt on a frame. I got a Ken Lund frame kit a little bit ago. And I have to say it’s pretty dang cool. I did take the top carriage wheels off and replace them with 4 ball casters. After adding some stops on the sides of the bottom carriage I like it much better. It’s some how looser, which makes the loopy quilting easier.
Now with a Ken Lund frame, it’s actually a kit and you build part of it. Namely the rails and the poles that the quilt is mounted on. I do have 3 8ft poles that I normally would use, and the frame ends can hold 4, the one closes to the wall is the one I call the finished rod, that’s were the quilt all comes together.
Now currently I just the 2 rods for my practice piece, I find it to be easier to move around. I have 3 rods on just to see how it would work.
See that door… behind that door is the air conditioner, if the Mr. needs to work on it I’m gonna be trouble, I’ll have to take it all apart and move it to get to the door. 😏 so let’s hope for no air conditioning problems this year.
Here’s where I did my modifications. See the ball casters, they make it much looser.
Here you can see the 2 wood “stops” I used to keep the top carriage on the bottom carriage.
Free motion quilting, it’s quite a trick getting the needle moving at the right speed while moving the machine around. But for me anyway it’s easier than moving the quilt around.
However you really need to watch where you’re going I ran over the ribbon I use to keep the quilt taunt.
Opps… doesn’t take very much to run something over if you’re not watching where you’re going.
It’s getting better, I have found putting on some music with a good beat it’s easier.
The Mr. and the boys went on a fishing trip a couple of weeks ago, down at Mr. Mike’s camp. What does that have to do with fun fruit, you may ask. Well, Mr Mike had an amazing tool that the boys were just fascinated by,
Who knew they made a pineapple peeler and why didn’t I think it up? We love pineapple, I hate cutting it up. You get all those little sharp pointy deals, they’re just a pain to peel.
I’m here to tell you this little thing works, no more pain or wasted sweet deliciousness. Not to mention it’s way easy and looks fun.
He’s such a good sport, my Mr. is! But to tell you the truth he does really know he’s the star of the the blog today. 😘 hiya, honey!
There’s my easy, fun fruit post, now we’ll be able to have pineapple way more.
Since it’s Friday, my normal clean house day. I thought I’d have a show and tell post about cleaning bathrooms, well toilets, but they’re in the bathroom. Unless of course you still have an outhouse, then my friend, you are on you’re own.
First off I start with my favorite bathroom cleaner… and oh my .. it’s fantastic. It cleans everything in there. It won’t kill you to smell it, you don’t have to wear gloves, won’t leave little white spots on your clothes, it’s great. Without further ado.. Mrs. Myers and vinegar. Yep, that’s it. I use about a 1/4 of a spray bottle of Mrs. Myers and fill it up the rest of the way with vinegar.
If you have a weak stomach… I’d look away for a minute or two.
See, gross hadn’t been cleaned since the last time I did it.
So this is the result of telling Snowflake that he is responsible for cleaning his own bathroom. The bathroom that only he uses, but since it’s perfect for this post I’ll let him slide today.
All you gotta do is spray everywhere you want clean… easy enough, am I right? Then let the spray sit there, I let it sit on Snowflake’s bathroom a couple of hours, cuz gross. When the couple of hours was up, (laundry and such) I went back upstairs and scrubbed a bit, but not real hard with the scrubby side of blue sponge, TADA…. Clean!!
On to the toilet part of the post, and OMG!!! I was flipping amazed!!! Something I saw on Pinterest actually worked!! I’ll tell y’all the saga of the glass showers doors another time. All I know is this actually worked!! But of course I didn’t pin it, and now I can’t find the post, so if y’all know who or where…. I so wanna thank the poster!! Cuz it worked. Let me tell y’all what it was that worked, you know that ring you get in your toilet from hard water? Well, I know how to get rid of it and with what. Because I can sure tell you what doesn’t work, bleach, soft scrub, comet, that blue acid stuff, nothing. I had given up and was pretty prepared to just live with the ring. Then on Pinterest at 2 o’clock in the morning, (no I couldn’t sleep, damnit) I found the post that changed all my ringed toilets. Using stuff I already had. See glass shower door post soon.
The 2 things you need are, drywall sandpaper and Bar Keepers Friend. Although I discovered you really don’t need the Bar Keepers. Took under 5 minuets, I was so impressed! I have the pictures to prove it. I cleaned 4 toilets just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke.
See the ring? Nasty, nasty ring. Spray with the amazing cleaner first, cuz gross Snowflake bathroom.
Bar Keepers and the drywall screen, sandpaper. Small grit 120 is what this one is.
CHECK THIS OUT!! Is this flipping amazing or what?!
See the wannabe ring, the tub doesn’t drain quite right so the water just sits there, so the ring
That’s it, that’s all, do try it I bet it’ll work for y’all too. But if it doesn’t see the glass shower door post soon.
Oh, by the by… here’s the link to the drywall sandpaper
Well, mini-vacation for the boys and I… we lounged at the beach, frolicked in the gulf all while the Mr. toiled in meeting after meeting. Not to mention the golf tournament, the dinners… you just have to love industrial related conferences that are family oriented. This one I thought was best with its casino night with kid friendly games too. Air hockey, a couple of arcade games, face painting and photo booth. Much fun was had by all.
I have to say I just love the Emerald Coast, the colors are amazing. The water was warm and crystal clear, the boys and I saw schools of lady fish, a stingray, some kind of baby fish hanging out under the seaweed.
The view from our room, aren’t those colors amazing.
Not only is the beach cool, but some of the views from the trip over, it’s only about 4 hours or so, a pretty quick little trip.
Normal traffic on 12!
Now it’s back to reality, dinners to make, laundry to do not to mention that after not really sleeping well, running around like crazy and sleeping in a Petri dish (the Mr.’s words) my Mr is sick, with all that entails. 😉
Today started out like any other Saturday… The Mr. off golfing, the boys and I sleeping in. I love Saturday, no pressure to do anything we don’t wanna do. Saturday’s are fabulous. On to the real story on this Saturday. The Mr. had a great game, Pickles slept in, Jboy was still on his adventure, Snowflake was still sleeping, so far so good. The Mr. comes home mows the grass, I start the laundry, walk into our bathroom look on the counter and see…..
Can you say… Awww? My heart melted, so needless to say I hunted my Mr. down and jumped into his arms, slapped him with a big kiss and of coarse another yes! So here’s to another 30 years together.
After much sloppiness and googoo eyes I went off to sew, with the kiddos home for the summer I don’t get to spend as much time in the sewing room as I’d like, so I take the opportunity to sew when I can get it! I have a couple of thing that I’m working on currently.
This is the Pleiades quilt challenge, design by Gina Perks. The biggest quilt I’ve ever made. I had tons of fun doing this challenge, learned tons. Like Flying Geese and how to follow someone else’s design. It started as a lap sized quilt, ( in my mind) I was going to do one side blue and one side orange. Welllll, the Biddy Girl saw it and decided she had to have it, but could I make it big enough for their bed and leave all the blocks on one side. Well, sure, no problem. Now that puppy is 115″ by 110″. It is way bigger than my poor little design wall. All I have left on this one is the outside boarder, backing, quilting and binding, whew, sounds like a lot, uh. But not really now that I have all together in my head.
This one is a appliqué deal I’m working on. Just let me say invisible thread is flipping amazing!! Now the appliqué will be stitched down but the emphasis will be on the pattern and (hopefully) the quilting. Keep your fingers crossed on that one. This one is going to be fun to quilt and I’m going to quilt it on my frame.
Let me tell y’all how much fun this has been!! Oh my, it’s been amazing, a big learning curve. Huge learning curve, if you want the truth. But it’s been so worth it. I had a hard time free motion quilting trying to move the quilt around my little machine. Straight line quilting is great on my machine. But I couldn’t find my mojo for free motion. Sad.. sad I know, I did have better luck with the Flynn frame but for big quilts… not so much. This frame by Ken Lund was just the ticket. The only thing I’m not crazy about is the handle on the carriage, but that’s probably user error as much as anything else, but we’ll see.
On that note, I’m off. Have a great rest of your weekend.
The other day the Biddy Girl, (who is now married and a mother! Can you believe it?) called me and said… “Mom, how do you clean stainless steel?” And sent me pictures of her new to her refrigerator (of course it’s stainless steel) it’s got water marks all down the front and looks pretty crappy. So needless to say I told her how I clean mine…
It’s a really simple thing, only uses one thing that y’all probably have in your pantry…
Oil, plain old oil,
Now normally I use olive oil, but for some strange reason I had none, I have no idea why. But anywho, so I needed to clean mine any way so I thought I’d share.
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Just wipe it on with the grain of your steel, mine is sideways, so back-n-forth for me, using a paper towel,you might have to scrub a bit, I know I always have to. (Boys!) then buff it off with a clean soft cloth, I use old tee shirts for that.
That’s it… all clean and shiny. The oil help it resist finger prints and such. I find it to be much easier and greener than the stainless steel cleaners out there which are mostly oil anyway.