Mini Design Boards

I’ve had this idea from Pinterest for awhile and just had the push and weekend to do it.  The final push is that the largest one will really help me with assembly of #5, the UFO challenge quilt.


Tutorial part 1
Tutorial part 2

I’ve had the foam board for a bit and the price on the back was $5.99 but from Hobby Lobby.  I know I bought it when it was either 50% off or with a coupon.

The batting is from scraps of my quilts.

The binding edge is some of my first snow dyed fabric.  It is a Kona Cotton fabric and too coarse that I didn’t really want it on a quilt.  And this is all about free and cheap.  So I pulled fabric I already had to use it!

As much as I love my bias tape makers, they just weren’t right for this edging.  I followed the tutorial instructions with pressing and stitching the binding as written and really it was best.


The edges are just anchored with the hot glue gun.  Easy!  My largest design board is 16″ x 32″ and the smallest is 10″ x 10″.

I’m sure you’ll see these in use in future posts.

Guild UFOs

This year for one of the quilt guilds, we have a UFO challenge.  Before our first meeting of the year (March b/c Feb we were snowed-in), we filled in a form with 5 UFOs we’d like to complete this year.  (UnFinishedObject… in this case, a quilt)   I wanted to participate but have clearly told myself that it may not be something I can accomplish every 2 months.

The program chair collected the forms as we arrived and then randomly pulled a number during her report.  This month (to start in March and bring to the meeting in May) is number 5.

I checked my form at home that night and my #5 is the only one that I put on the list that isn’t started.  Nadda.  I have pattern.  I have the fabrics.  I have the reason I want it.  Not started.

In 2 weeks, I have colored in the black & white pattern and cut pieces for 3 of the 4 accent colors.  Enough cutting to get my will power going so I’m eager to squeeze in work on this.

Outside the Box — pattern and a few pages of the “pattern from hell” and the most complicated one I have ever seen!!


I got a bum deal on the pattern.  Found the pattern and fabrics at a booth at a quilt show.  Looked over the pattern in my room that night and thought – what a nightmare!  Once home, I looked online for ways other people had made the quilt and found not. much.  Then I found the pattern writer and her website.  It is a download purchase so I assume in color.  And $2 less than I paid for the black & white at the show.  :(    I’ve tossed & turned about giving another $10 for the color pattern but one evening just colored A, B, C, and D fabrics with colored pencils for the cutting and assembly pages.  All will be well.

The cutting is 1 piece at a time.  Slow.  But steady and all has gone great so far.  The cut pieces are sorted per instructions into the 4 bags as I go.  Maybe but still no betting… it will be a top at least by the May meeting.  Hoping it is a good planting week and I can feed the men and get to the meeting.  I’ll take as much as I have finished.


The background is a light aqua from Kaffe and the 4 accent fabrics.  Who knows what color shows on your monitor.  It will be a large wallhanging…whenever finished.

I’m calling this project Number 5 (#5) for now for many reasons.  UFO list item #5, for our child #5’s room are a few things.

Saturday Road Trip

P took an afternoon off and we went for a drive and dinner out for his birthday.  We decided to visit a large but remote shoe store that carries a large selection of all sorts & styles but we were specifically looking for new work boots for P.

The store was packed as we expected for a nearly spring Saturday afternoon.  But midst personal service, foot measuring, getting sizes from the warehouse, and help with fitting & lacing, we were done in 1/2 hour!

We continued to wander as we aimed for our intended supper spot, as behind the Cheddar Curtain the back roads are paved and not gravel.  We could enjoy a different route & view and keep on good roads.

He said the roller coaster ride would only cost me $5… I get car sick and it was rolling & curving & much more than I wanted that day.

Supper was good enough.  No waiting but we could order off the dinner menu even at 4:50 p.m.

For his birthday, of course I knew he’d want some dessert.  They had lots of options!  He was getting dessert to go, so a great choice of apple-something ala mode was off the list.  First choice = Oh, we are out of that.  Second choice = (yells to someone to ask) No, we are out of that.   The waitress listed 3 options.  He chose the Sawdust Pie — something local (?) but coconut, graham cracker crumbs, walnuts, in a pie like the goo of pecan pie.

He wasn’t impressed when he had it later at home.  I took a bite and as much as I love coconut and a good cheat, I didn’t really like it either.

P’s boots are just great.
The local baby swiss cheese is yummy!

I took my camera and since we weren’t in a hurry, I thought we’d stop at various scenic places for photos.  Much too car sick for any idea like that!  So besides photos of pretty scenes you have also missed the sign for County Road K,  the double signs for “such & such” Cemetery –>  and 30′ farther was a county sign “Dead End”, and the dizzying effect of being underneath the wind turbines.

I love my shoes — $29 + $2 pink shoelaces = fun!!
shoe box

Water Repair

The deep water fixer and his backhoe came on Friday.  Thankfully The Farmer was home and did the back & forth to the basement with shutting off the well pump and turning it back on multiple times!  I could continue with my work and not to have to juggle the dog, the repair man, and my own work for the day.

Mar 7

The area around the faucet thing is packed in straw for now.  To help it heal?  I’m joking! … but it sure is a terrible muddy mess out there now.   That’s OK.  I like warm sunshine better than clouds and cold.  If this source of water works and the men can rinse off their hands before coming to the house, that is all good.

Mud Month Arrives

Today it was 40′ F so I took advantage of the warm temps, sunshine, and fresh air.


Mud is here and snow is melting — it is all good!  I didn’t wear my Muck Boots…. I didn’t want them mucky!  :p  These are my painting, fabric dyeing, outside shoes… but usually not mud shoes.  I cleaned them off in the snow on the way in the house.  All is well.  The lane… a sinking, muddy mess.  This too shall pass!


This female kitty has been requested!  Another farm home needs a good hunter.


Little Pig

This little piggie got her own box.


This little piggie got held by me!  ♥


This little piggie was moved to a pet carrier.  ?????   (city-people)


This little piggie took a ride in the car.03

This little piggie went to (public) school!


This little piggie went right to sleep midst all 150 K-1st graders squealing with joy at her presence!

It would be fun to see photos from the school or if someone had a video of all this.  But it was great to hear the story when the man brought the pig back from her field trip to the city.

(Just ONE little piggie got to visit the kids.  Not all of them!)

No Pancakes

For many years P & JP went to pancake day.  But JP grew up and moved on and will be discussing Modern Physics (ie Physics 3) this morning.

For several years R has gotten to go along.  Those men would have a wonderful time dreaming of spring days and working together again and catch up on all the winter stories and well….. eat pancakes!  In fact, they had a lot of fun!!
So R’s dear wife asked if any women went.    And I thought that yes, we wives should go. We have cabin-fever too.   I’m sure I could have some good ol’ sausage to at least be called a breakfast.  And then double the amount of coffee for my friend since I don’t drink it.  Win-win for both of us.

But R & his DW had conflicts for pancake day today.  *sigh*   I’ll  have to take her out for a nice ladies lunch.  :)

And my P came in this morning and went straight to his office, with the phone book, and sat in the chair.  :(

We have a leaking pipe by the shed.  The well-type underground water person has just arrived.

And the dog wanted to go help when the worker arrived.

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P wanted to say on the phone to just bring the backhoe on your first trip.  He didn’t.  And then he left.  Another day he’ll be back to fix the leaking pipe or broken lines or whatever happens underground in between there and the well and probably bring the back-hoe.

P came back in to a warm & friendly greeting.
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He even made it back inside in time for us to go get pancakes AND make it to his other time spot as well.  But he already had quickly eaten breakfast at home while waiting impatiently for the well-type underground water person to come.

Today = no pancakes for any of us.  Did you get pancakes?


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