Road Trip with 2Rs

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Last week 2Rs and I road tripped!  Oh we had fun!  Our first stop was at Dee's in Columbus NE--

2Rs showed Dee how to make a microwave bowl holder--

Chicken fabric!  I love chicken fabric!  Excellent choice Dee!

2Rs and I posed in front of Dee's stash--look at those neat shelves!  We stayed overnight with Dee (thank you Dee) and continued on the next morning.  We were doing the Nebraska Passport Stamp.  There are 80 places of interest--we needed to stop at 10 to qualify for a t-shirt.  This was so much fun!  A bar/restraurant called Black Cow Fat Pig had excellent wild rice/turkey soup--made from scratch  An Coffee shop in the basement of an old hotel that was now apartments--great coffee, a cherry turnover and it was decorated with original artwork and art deco style.  We stopped at Boys Town in Omaha and saw the largest ball of stamps--

and a wonderful museum with lots to see.  I need to go back--it was that interesting!  We also stopped at Lewis and Clark Missouri River Visitors Center in Nebraska City.  They have a scale model of the keelboat Lewis & Clark used in 1804.

The original boat was 55 foot long.  Pretty big to drag up river in low water and swampy marshes and sand bars.  Other stops were a home decorating store, a state college library, the windmill museum, and of course the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center where i volunteer.  

Of course we stopped at several quilt shops--my favorite was Fabric Traditions in Fremont NE.  They were so helpful and organized.  When you had fabric cut or they saw you carrying FQs they offered to put it in "your basket".

Your name went on your basket and you could put things in it as you shopped.  I shopped the 50 and 60% off rack.  Even some FQs were 50% off.  If you ever get close be sure and stop.  We eventually ended up in Cameron Missouri. where we spent the night.


Sunday Stash Report and a Finish

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Oh, I've had fun this week!!  Lorri2Rs and I road tripped.  We went to Missouri Star in Hamilton Missouri.  When we planned the trip we hadn't realized it was their 8th Birthday celebration.  Lots of people and it was SO MUCH FUN!!  FQs were $.88 with a limit of 50.  I made sure we both bought 50!  We stopped at several shops along the way.  2Rs thought for sure I had bought 100 yards but I didn't.  So here are my new numbers--

Stash in 79.25 yards
Stash in YTD 345.00 yards
Stash out--16 yards
Stash out YTD--95 yds
Stash is ahead 234 yds!

Okay--laugh if you must!!  I only paid full price on FOUR yards.  The 74 FQs from Missouri Star @.88.  17 other FQs were on sale, some were $1, some 1.50.  The yardage averaged $4 a yard.  All from sale racks!  I bought "with purpose" and not willy nilly.  (well, there were a few fun purchases).  Lots of black & red for a quilt this winter--my stash lacked those colors, especially black.  I can use gray and dark blue so picked up some of them too.  Lots of browns, I always use brown and it flies out of my stash as fast as it comes in.  And I shopped "boy quilt" borders, binding, and backing.  10 yards was a solid black and 5 yards a dark blue for backgrounds.  (These came in the mail--Country Solids from JoAnns).  I think I am stocked up for now, I can happily sew all winter.  I doubt I'll be in the black at the end of the year but that's okay, my stash had holes in it.  

And I can report a finish for 16 yards--

80X100 for 16 yards.  I will give it as a QOV.  The pattern is Star Struck by Bonnie Hunter--a few pattern.  Thank you Bonnie!  I used just one red but the rest is from my scrap stash.  The whole top was done "point and sew" no drawing of lines.  If you look closely you will find chopped off points or other "personalizations".  Not quite enough of the border fabric so it needed cornerstones.  Controlled color quilts test my patience, I become bored with them.  But--this one is DONE DONE!!  Woohoo!  Please see everyone's stash report at Patchwork Times.


Tales from the Mailbox on HWY 121

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
1R has been neglecting me.  Ken picked up the mail on Saturday and there was a box--and I don't know what's in it!  1R at least took pictures of what was in the wonderful smelly package from Vic.  But this one--is it a secret?  I tell you, I'm going to pout until she tells me what was in it!!

1Rs isn't here November-April or so.  Its vacation for me.  Luckily I am not lonely, I'm in a row of mailboxes so we chat all the time--I'm the one leaning on the left, 1Rs promised me an update next year. 

I overlook a restraurant/beer/bait place--

That place is JUMPIN' on the weekends!  Loud music and the parking lot is full of vehicles!  They have a billboard that "moves"--

Don't you love that?  Great idea!

Back to pouting!  

The Mailbox on HWY 121

Design Wall Monday

Monday, September 19, 2016
Saturday the weather was beautiful and I cut parts for "Pieces of Eight" outside--

No bugs, only a slight breeze--it was heaven!  Pieces of Eight is by Victoria Eapen and I found it in this book--

 Here is a picture of the quilt--

I'm making it with 20 blocks--72"x90"--boy quilt size.  Vic from NH sent me a large package of FQs and Vic--I'm slicing them up!!  Thank you Vic!!  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

No goals this week.  Its going to be a busy week.  Road trip with 2Rs.  More on that when we get back.


Rainbow Scrappy Saturday--RED

Saturday, September 17, 2016
This week I worked on Arrowhead blocks--

Reds with gold.  Please see what everyone is doing at SoScrappy.

Other than lots of rain (4.10" on Thursday) life is pretty quiet.  The rain delayed plans I had to cut a new project.  There isn't a large surface to cut on the camper and I was going to cut outside on a picnic table.  Instead I stayed inside, did a little sewing and lots of drinking coffee and reading!  


Happy Anniversary!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Today is our 38th anniversary.  Happy Anniversary Sweetheart!

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, September 12, 2016
This week I have a finish--

Its based on the Pattern "All in a Row" by Kim Diehl.  78"x94" and 13 yards used. Red/white/blue and I'm giving it as a QOV to a Vietnam Vet.  

Saturday my Mailbox was very happy!  There was a package from New Hampshire in it--  

filled with 31 FQs from Vic!  Thank you Vic!  These will become a "boys" quilt--I have a pattern picked.  Vic looked through her amazing stash for FQs that would fit--nothing too girly.  It will be easy to make a top with them.  I will add a little more green and brown and neutral.  Yup, those FQs won't last long!  The smelly was sachets Vic makes.  They smell so good!  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Saturday morning there was a hummingbird on my feeder when I got up.  He must have gotten chilled, he sat there motionless, even when I walked past him.  I stopped for a photo--

He was gone when I checked later, he must have warmed up.  He better think about heading south, its going to get COLD here. 

Weekly Goals--

Arrowhead blocks
Borders on two tops
Bricks & Stepping Stones
Double 4 Patch
DSS top
Lime Green Dinosaur borders

Its a busy week.  I'm not sure if I will get to sew with the Hawarden Sweat Shop ladies this weekend.  And its another busy volunteer schedule this week.  

Summer is winding down, kids are in school.  The soybeans are turning color and soon it will be harvest.