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Anniversary Weekend

My in-laws have celebrated their 60th anniversary.  We live near each other so we planned to join them that Sunday for church.  P shared that with our kids (as a point of info) and they both wanted to come as well.  We decided to keep that part a surprise.

MIL & I talked the week before and she asked if we could join them.  I said we were already planning to be there and that dinner that day would be at our house.  She was thrilled!

They were so happy to have us there.   Grandma exclaimed to K that we wouldn’t tell her the kids were coming.  We tried for a surprise but I’m sure she assumed this.

After the service, their church has a fellowship time with snacks but my in-laws provided cake, cider, nuts for their celebration.  Most of the congregation stayed for nearly an hour.

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K got to see her life-long friend that has also moved away.  They haven’t seen each other in YEARS but grew up together at church, 4-H, each other’s houses, etc as they are only 6 weeks apart and we are friends with her parents.  Great bit of visiting!

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The grands enjoyed a few more hours to visit with the kids around the dinner table.

Special Tour

The company where JP is serving his 1st session of his co-op hosted an open house.  All FT-ers including co-ops were invited to bring family & friends.  We were quite excited for this opportunity.  The grands joined us.

This is such a big deal that we shut down harvest on a lovely fall afternoon — this is NOT something to be missed!  JP enjoys his work and has a fantastic team & manager this session.  We are so thankful.

No photography was allowed, our names were pre-screened the week before, we showed our birth certificates for proof of citizenship at the door, and there was a lot of security.  We even wore safety glasses!  It was a limited access tour but we saw more than we’d ever imagine or be able to ever comprehend.  The huge room with the layout for all the electrical systems of a new jet was so impressive.  Part of that list of things I never think about.  The myriad of wires, generators, and electrical work needed so many places.  It was all mind-blowing!  Over the months, he has explained some of it to us but it was great to see where he works, how the plant functions, the massive work done here – not so far away.

Quick photos afterwards as we headed out….

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(I begged…. “please, a selfie in front of the fountains”….)

 

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Once home, we were in the house for exactly 4 mins to get P changed and I delivered him back to the tractor.  JP came home as well and helped with hauling loads.   As the Great Creator would have it, we finished soybeans and got all our wheat planted before it was quitting time that night.  The next day, the rains began that took us out for a week.  Quite thankful for those big things done.

Sarah’s Quilt

Another summer project was a quilt for a dear friend.  I saw a Disappearing Nine Patch arranged in a colorway of strong color diagonally that I liked and immediately thought that could be a good plan for her.  I know her favorite color is purple so that was my first thought.  However, I sent her an email asking about colors and style.  Her reply, “Purple, black, and white.”  Yeah!!  Just as I had orginally thought.

After much waiting and mix-up and seriously I was lost by Hancock’s of Paducah :(  (never again!) so then waited on a reorder from Fat Quarter Shop (yeah!!) until I could begin.

Once I finally had all the fabrics, I could start on it the end of August.  I used notes from various pinterest links for ideas and layouts.  (Warning, scrolling through these photos does tricks on your eyes!)

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Layout of 30 blocks

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Close up showing the very dark purple used in the smaller squares & the border, another purple for binding.

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Do you want the hilarious part of the label? (If you read this part, you are sworn to secrecy to not bring it up to anyone! And yes, some is in code.)   I’m strict about labels on my quilts.  Very.  I drew an arch with blue wash-out marker on the fabric as a guide for the lettering across the top that was in straight lines.  I wrote the whole label with my black pigma pen (.08).  Before heat-setting the writing, I spritzed the blue marker with water so as not to set the blue guide line.  The WHOLE label ran!!  Ha!  After a break, I made an arch on paper and put that on the bottom layer of my lightbox and then traced the lettering along the arch and the rest of the label.  Success!  

I stitch my labels in a corner with the binding often as this shows.  Many layers of stitching for security.

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I was happy to see her and deliver in person.   :)  Besides quilt delivery, we shared hugs and much conversation over a long lunch!

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Thank you, MM9!!

Signature Quilt

Back in 2004, I secretly made Miss K a signature quilt for her high school graduation.  So long ago that none of the graduation photos are on the computer.  LOL!!  I had everything kept in a dark plastic container, on a far away shelf in my sewing room, and would only get it out when she was gone.  The work times were short and hurried.  In the box this summer… a lunch sack that I used for all the fabric scraps for fear she would see the scraps in the trash and ask what I was making.  Ha!

I collected signatures from family and friends and transferred the signatures to the fabric with a fabric pen (pigma pen) and heat set them with the iron.  Then I assembled the quilt top.  The top was finished for her party but papers were out for others to sign and I added those names this summer.   I quilted this in August but kept it a secret until we could visit with K and I could show it to her.

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The pattern is called, The House That Jack Built, and I got it from my LQS back in 2003.  I don’t know if it is still available.  It was shown on the pattern and done at the quilt shop in dark, masculine colors but I switched it up a lot by using pastel batiks.

I had in my mind 10 years ago that I’d quilt it once I got better at quilting.  I had NO idea that a long-arm machine would be in my future back then.  Meanwhile, I kept doing other projects.  But since this year is strong on me finishing my UFOs, this is one I have finished.

It is all custom quilted; ditch work, rulers, and freehand / hand-guided quilting in the blocks, borders, and setting triangles.

Lots of photos.  I’ll just let you browse.  I will reply to any questions you post in the comment section.

 

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Sept Visit

This semester JP is living in a town that is about halfway between our house & K’s.  So (mid-September) we drove 1 hour, K drove 1.5 hours, JP drove about 10 mins and we met up for lunch together.  It was wonderful!!  Easy commutes for all of us and fun to be together.  We LOVE our adult kids!!

Phil had an electrical question for JP before lunch so the back of the car became the work zone.

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After lunch together, we shopped, visited the parking lot where JP is doing his co-op (1st of 3 sessions), got to see his condo, and I had a gift for K (more on this in another post).

 

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The soybeans were just getting golden and it was a bright blue fall sky so a great day to be out touring the countryside.  I’ve always wanted to get a photo of our house from the corner but it is too dangerous to stop when I’m driving to do that.  I took this through the windshield which isn’t the greatest… but a bit of the view.

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Once home, this shows our soybeans outside the house in mid-September.

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Kitties & A Dog

One of our cats decided to ditch the barn and had her kitties in a tight spot in the finishing building this summer. Now about 2 months old, they still stay in the finishing building area despite The Farmer’s attempts to move them back to the barn.

He has taken to checking on them and now feeding them while he is there for chores.

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The momma cat & 3 kitties came to eat.

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Nina stays out!

 

West Cover Crops

On the next Sunday, we drove to check the cover crops in the west field.  An extra week of sunshine & rain had really added to this field!

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The Farmer digs up the plants for a closer inspection.  (Really, this makes me crazy… as I want him to just leave them be so they can grow!)


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Across the field, you can see the exact rows where the hauling tank puts in the extra fertilizer.  The radishes just crave that and grow extra big there.

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It all looks luscious!

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