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Sep 20, 2016

Mini Wednesday & Hiatus

Greetings everyone! This mini will be my last for awhile. I'm taking a break from sewing & blogging. Nothing major, I just need to unwind.
I've been playing around with leftover scraps from other projects.
It's amazing how they pile up.
The beginnings of a log cabin.
Let's see how the cabin looks near the stream.
Hummmmm! Not sure about this look.
It's getting there.
Mr. Cowboy has a new toy...
Here he is in his new Kubota tractor. So far he hasn't allowed me near it. This is to my advantage ........ hehehehe!!!
See you all in a few weeks!

Sep 14, 2016

Mini Wednesday

"Full Moon" is what I've named this piece. It is done in shades of blue, of which I have very few scraps.
I found a clipart pic and added to it to suit my needs. 
The following photos are in reverse of how the finish came about.
The color blue is, for some reason, is not a fabric I purchase often. Hummmm, maybe it's time to go shopping!! Just kidding, I think.
Since I'm determined to use only scraps, I really had to dig deep to the bottom of my bin. I don't even have muslin. When in the world did I use all my muslin?? I guess I'll have to make a run to my local quilt shop.....hehehehehe!!

As you can see I've used the last piece of muslin for the foundation.
I don't always use a foundation on my pieces but it does stabilize a small piece.

Sep 7, 2016

Mini Wednesday

It's another wonderful Wednesday & I'm so excited to show my latest mini process.
Already you can tell that a bird is emerging.
I'm working with shades of black.
And here's the crow which is the focal point of the piece. 
Here I've chosen a batik for the sky & a mottled tone on tone for the ground. I love all the muted colors and shapes in the pale lavender batik.
Next I've added a horizon line with a trees to add interest.
Now for the fun part. Placement & more details. I find the whole process very therapeutic. If I didn't have to eat I think I'd make minis 24/7.
I've added a rock formation, some sparse grass & a couple of bare branches.
Finally, the shadow beneath the crow. I've name this one "Solitary Crow."

Aug 31, 2016

Mini Wednesday

I know you can barely make out my tracings but trust me, it's a tree.

Here's a much better image of what I've been working on & I've placed it on muslin. All fabrics are from my stash which seems to grow by leaps and bounds.....sigh!!

I chose a sky fabric & decided on the placement.

I'm now building more background.
I'm attempting to building a sediment mountainous area but not sure of my rocky stop point.
Here I've changed the woodsy area & created a more mountainous appearance 
I also added a small lake.
Tired of thinking about my back drop, I'm onto the bicycle parts. I figured it was easier to do the spokes & build from there.

I think it turned out great & so did Mr. Cowboy.
Working on my non-stick pressing mat makes placing the bike pieces easy.

The bike's all done, now it's time for the final placement.

I've named this one "On The Bike Trail." I roughly measures 20 1/2" by 21 1/2"
I am so happy with the way it turned out. What do you think?

Aug 29, 2016

Photos of the Week

With over 12" of rain in a week's time, my yard is filled with mushrooms.
Below are some of my favorite views.

In a few days they will all be gone but for now they're fun to look at.

Aug 24, 2016

Mini Wednesday

Hi there! It seems I'm only able to post mid week these days.
First, desertskyquilts helped me name this mini. Many thanks to my wonderful blogger friend!!
Meet "Green Pastures"

Here's the latest creation.
 & a bit of the process.
I'm so happy to be using even the smallest scraps.

I've used a sky background & fussy cut clouds from another scrap.

Finally, and you really have to squint, I added tiny birds to make things a bit more interesting.
I'm naming this one "Long Journey Home."

Aug 16, 2016

Trouble In The Meadow & Peach Fuzz Jelly

Just when it seems life slows down around the farm something always happens.
 The neighbor's cows got into Mr. Cowboy's hay meadow & he needed help shooing them back toward the dry creek bed they came through. He had some choice words that don't bare repeating as I put me boots, gloves, hat and any other protective gear I could think of to wear. 
We commenced to shooing them home with a stray here and there attempting to grab a bite before they had to go home. That wasn't too terribly bad but mending that gap was no fun for this old girl. Barbed wire is strong, sharp & tricky to handle. Neither one of us enjoyed the process or the heat but we got it done.

Then it was onto the peach fuzz jelly. Yep, you heard correctly. At least that's what I've named my jars. 
I found the recipe via Blind Pig & The Acorn, which lead me to Raising Homemakers by Carmen (Sorry, I don't have the link to that blog but I wanted to give full credit to her and Blind Pig. I was so happy to find this great recipe which allows you to use ever bit of the peach. I printed off the recipe and am providing it below.

Peach Jelly by Carmen
  • 4 cups peach juice (see below)
  • 1 package of pectin (I really like Kroger brand!)
  • 1/2 tsp. butter
  • canning jars, bands and lids (new lids!)
  • 5 1/2 cups sugar

To make peach juice place the peach pits and skins in a pot and cover with water.  (I had about 15-20 peaches so this batch of juice made enough for two batches of jelly and then some.) Turn the burner on high.  Once it starts boiling, turn it down to medium/low and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.  Let it cool a bit.  (I had to wait for hubby to get back from running errands, one of which was buying more sugar for me, so my juice sat a few hours.)  Then strain the juice.  You’ll need 4 cups of juice for a batch of jelly. (If you have less than 4 cups of juice…like 3 or so, it will work if you add water to it to make 4 cups, but I wouldn’t use more that one cup of water.)
Place the juice, butter (keeps the jelly from foaming), and pectin powder in the pan. See how big of a pan I use? It’s a must or you are going to get splattered with very hot jelly later in the process.  Stir it on high heat until it boils.  A full rolling boil.
Add the sugar all at once and stir.  Keep stirring until it gets to a full rolling boil like in the picture above.  You want it to boil like that for 1 minute. (Keep stirring…you don’t want the bottom to scorch.)  Then take it off the heat and set a timer for 5 minutes. During that time I take all my jars very carefully out of the water.  I use a long skinny wooden spoon and pair of hefty tongs to do this.  I set them on a towel on the counter upside down.  Then I set the pan of jelly on a hot pad right next to them on the counter.  I also set the lids and bands next to those.
When the five minute timer is up I skim the top of the jelly.  There will be a bit of foam, but not nearly as much as if you hadn’t put the butter in.  Set a jar next to the pot, put the funnel on, and funnel jelly into the jar leaving 1/4 – 1/2 inch head space.  Move on to the next jar until all are full.  
Once the jars are all full I wipe the rims of the jars with a hot damp dishrag.  You may need more than one, depends on how messy you were filling the jars.  *smile*  Next take a lid out of the water and dry it off with a clean towel, set it on the jar, take out a band, dry it off, then screw it on the jar.  Make sure it’s tight.  Set jars upside down on a clean towel. Repeat until all jars are tended to.  Place the jars 1 inch apart. Once the last jar is flipped upside down set the timer for 5 minutes. (This helps seal the lids.) After 5 minutes flip them right side up and in an hour or so you’ll hear little pops.  Check all the lids in a few hours to make sure the lids are sealed. If you can press on the lid gently and there’s some give then you need to pop that one in fridge and use within a few weeks.  There’s no need to process the jelly/jam if your jars, lids and band are sterile and hot and your jelly/jam is hot.  I know what some people say.  I have done this for a few years now and never had a problem with my jelly/jam.
Note: I did not follow all the directions to Carmen's recipe. I went with my old way to place jars in hot bath for 10 to 12 minutes but the results were great.
Many thanks to Blind Pig and Carmen for this fantastic recipe!!

Aug 10, 2016

Mini Wednesday, Late In The Day

I came back to my favorite thing...fence building. Not the actual process which is back breaking, sweaty & totally Mr. Cowboy's thing!!

Allowing some of the rails to lean adds interest & the knowledge that this fence hasn't been tended in some time.

The old wagon wheel kicks this mini ups notch. I haven't named this one. Any ideas??

Stain Glass caught my eye again so I played around a bit.

I decided on the above background then started placement.

I added a bit of greenery & titled this one "Peace."
I really need to get quilting...eeeeeeek!


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