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March 2, 2008

Crowing

Filed under: my world — Kathy @ 11:14 pm
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There are some good reasons I’m not building my house out in the wilds of Idaho. One of which is roosters. Yes, you heard me, roosters. I’m kind of a night mama. I sometime, well, OK, often, well, OK, every single night, like to stay up late. The last thing I want is some cock-a-doodle-doer waking me up at the crack of dawn. I think there is some city ordinance forbidding residents of this village to keep poultry, because when we bought our lot, it, being on the edge of town and covering a few acres, came with some animal rights. The real estate agent told us we could have two large animals, like cows or horses. But absolutely no poultry. Which was an ordinance I could agree with.

Now, I’m not living out on that lot yet. I’m right in the middle of town, the “inner village.” The last few weeks, I have heard a rooster outside my bedroom window. A ROOSTER! Not a cute little bunny, not a sweet woolly lamb, not even a yipping fluffy puppy. A rooster. Not only does this criminal crow at the crack of dawn, he does his thing at 1 am and 2:30 am and 4 am and you-name-it am and also every-other-hour pm.

So what to do? The police? A friendly neighborly visit? An anonymous letter?

I don’t know who is keeping this bird. It’s not my immediate neighbors, Heather and Eldon and their four cute little kids. I like kids. I can tell the difference between kids crowing and ROOSTERS crowing. Kids are allowed in the village, criminal roosters are not. At least that’s what I hope.

I might have to go on a little detective mission with my camera, you know, find the criminal and give the police the bird, as in something to go on.

Maybe it would be quieter out in the wilds.

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February 23, 2008

Hammer and Nails Update

Filed under: house — Kathy @ 3:15 pm

 

The siding continues to go up.  This is the raw color; it will get painted pretty eventually.

The exterior trim is going up.  The guys are doing such neat work.

Finally, the weather allowed the shingles to get started.  I like the way they look.

A round of inspections was completed last week and the insulation is now in.  It’s that white stuff on the wall in the background of this photo.  The sheet rock is going up on ceilings and walls.

So that’s good progress.  And it’s starting to look like there is a light at the end of this long, long tunnel!

February 21, 2008

You’ve Got a Friend

Filed under: books,friends,websites — Kathy @ 12:04 am
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I like to make lists. I’m patently unorganized, and making lists gives me the illusion that I really AM organized. I recently discovered goodreads.com which helps satisfy my urge to list all the books I read. The site also is meant to help it’s members network with book loving friends, so I thought it sounded fun. I signed up (it’s free) and immediately had exactly 0 friends. So I told Jo about it, and then she joined and I then had 1 friend. Of course Jo immediately garnered 9 or 10 friends. She invited my sister, Stephanie, to join, who did and pretty quickly was up to 7 friends, so then I jumped up to 2 friends.

As I write this, Stephanie has her 7 friends, Jo has 13 friends, and I still have 2. I love my two friends. I would do anything in the world for them, after all, there are only 2 of them. I would make something by hand for them. Or bake something yummy for them. Or chat on the phone in a pleasant manner with them. Or take a trip with them and let them have the window seat. I’m nice like that. To my friends. My 2 friends.

I’d love to have more friends, of course. Who wouldn’t? For instance, I’d love for Stacie, Marianne, Sheldon, Connie, Holly, Lynnette, Rosie, Matt, Jennie, Myrna, Scott, Ross and Leone (even audio books count!), and you too, if you like to read, to be my friends in the goodreads network. Chances are, I’ll still have 2 friends a month from now. But a girl can dream, can’t she?

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So here’s to lists, and books, and friends. I hope to have lots of all three someday.

February 5, 2008

Appliqué Tutorial

Filed under: applique,quilting,sewing,tutorials — Kathy @ 4:22 pm
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Recently Jo asked me to teach her how to hand appliqué so she could make a pillow, so while we were at it we decided to snap some pics for a tutorial. I’ve tried a lot of different methods of hand appliqué, and this is my favorite because I like the precise, sharp look it gives me. If you’re not into handwork, you can use this exact preparation method for machine appliqué too.

Supplies for hand appliqué: freezer paper, paper cup, heavy spray starch, pressing cloth, iron, Q-tips, applique needles, Roxanne’s Glue-Baste-It, scissors for paper, Sharpie ultra fine marker, scissors for fabric, appliqué fabric, foundation fabric, thread

Draw or trace you appliqué pattern onto the dull side of a sheet of freezer paper.  If your design is not symmetrical you’ll need draw it on reversed.  You can buy flat 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheets at quilt shops.

Layer your drawn pattern shiny side down over a second sheet of freezer paper, also shiny side down.

Press the two sheets together, creating a 2 layer sheet. Peel it up from the ironing board.

Cut out your pattern piece exactly on the line. Be precise because the shape you cut will be the exact shape you end up with in fabric.

Press the freezer paper pattern shiny side down to the wrong side of your applique fabric.

Cut out the fabric around the pattern leaving about a 3/16 inch seam allowance.

Clip into the inner point, right to the paper.

Spread your pressing cloth out to work on. It will protect your ironing board from getting all starchy and scorched. Spray some heavy starch into a paper cup, or the lid of the starch can. Or mix up you own starch from concentrate if you prefer. With a Q-tip, paint the seam allowance of the appliqué fabric until it is saturated, all the way around the piece.

Now you are ready fold and press the seam allowance. Start with any points and corners. Fold the edge up straight against the point. This photo is kind of blurry, but I think you can see the angle that I folded the bottom point up against the pattern piece. Press with a dry iron.

Now fold the sides up over the point, forming a miter. Press.

Continue folding the starched seam allowance up against the pattern, smoothing out any wrinkles and bumps to make the front edge look the way you want it to, and pressing until dry.

When your piece is all pressed, check it from the front to make sure the edge looks right. Re-wet and press again any part that doesn’t.

When you have the edge looking the way you want it to, gently peel the freezer paper pattern away from the fabric.

The starched seam allowance should stay exactly where you have pressed it.

Position your pattern on the foundation fabric to make sure it will looks the way you want it to.

With Roxanne’s Glue-Baste-It, make a small bead of glue on the wrong side of the appliqué piece around the seam allowance. Stay slightly away from the very edge of the piece.

Position the piece where you want it on your foundation fabric and gently press it on. Now you are ready to start stitching. You can do this by hand or machine, but here I’ll show how to do it by hand.

Use thread that matches the appliqué piece, not the foundation fabric. I’m using red thread for visibility purposes in this tutorial. Thread the needle, knot the thread, and starting from the back, sticking the needle up just through the edge of the appliqué piece. Start on a straight part of the edge, not a point, if possible. Pull the thread all the way up.

Go back down into just the foundation fabric only, very near where you first came up.

Without pulling the thread all the way up, guide the needle up a short distance away and up into the edge of the appliqué piece.

Pull the thread all the way up and repeat the stitch all the way around the piece.

At an inner point like at the top of this heart, take a stitch right on the point.

Take two more stitches, one each just a hair on either side of the first stitch in the V. Three stitches should be enough at that spot. Then continue on in the normal manner.

When you get to the end of you stitching, knot the thread on the back in the foundation fabric underneath the appliqué piece without coming through to the top. Then admire your finished product!

One last photo to show you how choosing matching thread, in this case white, can make your stitches invisible.

The beauty of this method is that there is no messing with the seam allowance as you stitch along because you made it look right at the pressing stage. Another advantage is that there are no pins to get in the way as you sew. It is also highly portable once it is glue basted on, and you can take it with you to places where you might have a few minutes to stitch, only needing to pack your needle, thread, and scissors along with it.

January 21, 2008

Project Patience

Filed under: house,quilting — Kathy @ 6:25 pm
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The building project is in a deep freeze, but the audio installers came anyway and had a walk-through with me to make sure everything they put in is going in the right place. Everything takes so long that I can’t hardley imagine what it would be like to actually live in the house–right now it just seems like an ongoing project.

11 am in the morning, this is why there are five fireplaces in the house!

The idea of a long winded project inspired me to get out this quilt top. To say I’m taking my time with it is an understatement!

I’m embarrassed to say how long ago I started this quilt. It was before I had a stash, before I knew you should only buy your fabric from your local quilt shop, and it was also before I understood the world of longarm quilting like I do now. It was the first big quilt I ever pieced and it is intended for my son Andy, who is now 21 but I think he was maybe 8 years old when I started it. You do the math, I’m not going to!

I got the directions from a book called Quick & Easy Quiltmaking. One of the authors, Sara Nephew, developed a method of piecing the tumbling blocks pattern without any set in seams. She is the inventer of the clearview triangle and still one of my favorite quiltmakers. I think I did a good job with the light, medium and dark values, and I still like this quilt, even though it’s been so long since I put it together (and even though the borders look like they are going to be wavy.) I even started marking it for hand quilting at one time, but I don’t think that’s going to happen now.

 

Here’s a closer shot.There are no flowered fabrics in this quilt because that’s what Andy wanted, but there ARE leaves. I have to laugh a little at some of the cheap fabrics, but hey, they work, right? I guess I should find someone to quilt it for me. Otherwise Andy might never get this quilt.

January 18, 2008

Old Bags

Filed under: vintage textiles — Kathy @ 2:48 pm
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It’s hard for me to resist quirky textiles from times gone by. The handmade-ness, the playfulness, and the colors of these pieces just make me happy, and then there is the fact that they are all bags. It’s too much!

vintage clothespin bag

vintage clothespin bag
Clothespin bag in the form of a plunging neckline baby dress. The legs and arm holes are sewn shut, so don’t worry, no baby could ever wear it!

vintage laundry bag
kitty and puppy laundry bag

Dutch girls socks and hankies bag. There is a seam right down the center of the bag to divide it in two.

I have to wonder, did the sock and hankies go in dirty or clean? Or was the bag purely for show? Whichever, it’s just about as cute as it gets.

January 17, 2008

Guild Rat

Filed under: books,friends,my world,quilt guilds — Kathy @ 11:11 pm
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I belong to two different quilt guilds in my area. They are different in format and have different members and I enjoy them both a ton. I had to miss the first one this month because I woke up with a migraine on that day, and that’s the only thing that can keep me from going is if I’m so ill I can’t move. Today was the other guild’s meeting. Every month in this guild someone gets up and tells about themselves using a gift basket they have put together with things that represent themselves. Last month Annette Rose, who works at Stylish Fabrics-Bernina in Logan, Utah put together the greatest basket full of fun things, which she graciously gave to me. Check out this pillow that Annette made, with the crocheted decoration on the pocket. Amazing!

Reminder pocket pillow
The pockets hold reminders, of course, and the cutest notepad in the shape of a dress.

So this month it was my turn to assemble some stuff. This is what I put in the basket, and what it represents about me:

Spotlight basket
  • The children’s book, Mama, Do You Love Me–I was born in Alaska and I love children’s books
  • A magnet about sisters–I have 6 sisters and no brothers
  • A green vintage wall pocket, so cute!–I’ve had a bit of an obsession with the color green on and off throughout my life. I must have been an annoying child when I insisted on using the green bath towell and the green dinner plate!
  • Four fat quarters, two pink and two blue–I have two daughters and two sons
  • A book, “What Dogs Teach Us” –I love dogs and currently have a golden retriever
  • A cat book marker–I also have a cat
  • A package of bookplates–I love to read and love books
  • A little vintage framed embroidery piece–I love antiques, especially quilts and needlework
  • Some perfume and lotion samples–I always wear perfume
  • A CD, All the Roadrunning by Mark Knoepfler and Emmy Lou Harris–I love music and this is a current favorite
  • A package of quilt tape for marking rulers–I love everything about quilting and am a notions junkie
  • A home magazine–my life right now is building my home
  • A car air freshener in the fragrance of “sun and sand”–I lived in Southern California for 20 years
  • A small can of Almond Roca–I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Two small bottles of juice, Martinelli’s sparkling cider and cranberry–two of my favorite drinks
  • A quilt book–I bought this book for myself and then a few months later I bought this book for myself again. I’m absent minded!
  • A book on the history of the Utah Quilt Guild–I’m an area rep for this organization
  • Two movie passes–I love to go to movies and love to watch my Netflix movies too
  • An Apple sticker and the url of this blog–I’m crazy about my new Macbook and this here is my blog

Here are the nice ladies in the guild. I enjoy them so much!

January 16, 2008

Long Time Coming

Filed under: family — Kathy @ 12:24 pm

Picture 1

 

Elder Thomas

January 15, 2008

I Saw Dust

Filed under: house — Kathy @ 4:58 pm
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The new house continues to take shape. The contractor, the electrician, the plumber and the hvac man have all had their crews hard at work on the innards of the house.

15 can lights in the quilt studio

Plenty of natural light plus 15 ceiling lights in the quilt studio. I hope it’s enough!

Family room french doors

These are the doors in the main floor family room that lead out onto the deck. Right now there is a plastic film on the glass obscuring a view of a whole bunch of snow.

Platform for master bath tub

This is the tub platform in the master bath.

Platform for new washer and dryer

Here we see the platform in the laundry room for the washer and dryer. Bending to do laundry with a bunch of titanium hardware in my back will be a thing of the past. The bending, not the hardware.

Next week the audio man comes to do the prewiring for internet, tv, sound system, telephone and camera. Oh, ya, surveillance cameras pointing to the front porch/driveway, with a display on the television. We’ll be so CIA.

After that I think the drywalling will start, and the changes will seem more dramatic.

It’s a good thing I had four kids to teach me some patience before I started this project, because that is the second main thing you need in regards to building a new house, patience. And you can guess what the first main thing you need is, and we’re just not going to talk about that!

December 30, 2007

Joyful and Triumphant

Filed under: blessings,Christmas,my world — Kathy @ 8:13 pm

Since I’ve last posted, I’ve done a few fun things, like go to Las Vegas, stay in a fun hotel and go to a bowl game where our team won by a point.

The Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas
The Bellagio

BYU vs. UCLA, Dec. 2007
The 2007 Las Vegas Bowl

We made it home in time to try something we’ve never done before, and which the recipients may not want us to do again:

Caroling on Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve caroling with an accordion player.

The best telephone call of the year also came on Christmas Eve from halfway around the world from Andy in Korea.

Andy in Korea

Andy is on the left.

The next morning was just good old Christmas fun, and I was richly blessed by those who love me. Thanks to Scott, Mom and Dad, Connie, Jo, Matt and Rosie for the love and goodness. I certainly don’t deserve it.

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