Thursday, July 10, 2014

How about this soil?

The garden plot I was assigned this year is not the best.  Next year I think I'll ask for one at the other end, away from where snow, salt and sand are plowed up all winter.  However I want you to notice that even though the 'soil' leaves something to be desired, I had the first ripe tomato out of all the plots.........and it tasted great.

1st tomato 2014

Hope you have a good day.

-- Pat

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

One Flower Wednesday

It's that time of week again.  As on each Wednesday, Karen of Journey of a Quilter is again hosting One Flower Wednesday.  For me, it's a great incentive to stay on task making my hexie flowers.  I don't know what my next project with them will be but I still enjoy sewing them.  Here's this week's entry:
One Flower Wednesday July 9, 2014

To see more flowers, visit the link above to Journey of a Quilter.

Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat

Philippians 2: 3-4   Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.   (NIV)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Zentangle Challenge #175

This week's challenge from the diva is to use the tangle 'Crux' by Henrike Bratz.  At first glance, I thought this would be a somewhat easy tangle to do.  However, I had to draw it about 10 times before I finally got the gist of it.  But don't look too closely, it may still be 'off'.
Zentangle Challenge #175

To see other entries in the challenge, visit the diva's link above.

Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat

Matthew 11:28   "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest".  (NIV)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Success

Success on two fronts.  I received an email back from Juliet with a few suggestions.  Between what she recommended and my printing the PDF file from my PC instead of my Chromebook, I was able to print the butterfly pattern at 100%.   Yay!  But I put that size aside so I could finish the smaller version.  And here it is:
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Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat

Romans 12:12   Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.   (NIV)


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Confusion

I wrote yesterday about the beautiful butterfly pattern.......... well today I finished one side and I have a problem.  What should finish as a 12 inch block is coming out as 10.75 inch block.  I thought perhaps I cut off all the quarter inch seams........ nope.  I thought maybe I printed it wrong since I'd printed it fit to page so I printed it again....... same result.  I cut out the paper pieces and taped them together....... same size.  I sent an email to the designer asking for help but she's in New Zealand so it may be a little while before I get an answer back.  Whatever size........ I like how it's turning out.

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So I set it aside for now and went back to spinning the sample fiber pack.  Here's what I spun today.  The balls of yarn have the wrapper label stuck inside to remind me what type yarn it is------- Dorset Horn, Devon, Finnish, Falkland.

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Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat

1 Corinthians 2: 9  However it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him".   (NIV)


Friday, July 4, 2014

Paper Piecing Fun

I ordered a new Paper Piece Pattern from Craftsy by Juliet of Tartankiwi.  It's the most beautiful butterfly pattern.  It took me a couple of hours to put together Part A and B............incorrectly.  It was my fault for not following the direction to color my pattern so I wouldn't get confused about which fabric goes where.

 Here's the first try.  The arrows show wrong color and mismatched seam.

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The second time around (following directions) I sewed it together correctly and in half the time.

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Only 5 more sections to go.  The block finishes at 12 inches.  I can hardly wait to see the end result.

Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat

Proverbs 4:23  Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.  (NLT)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Our house...

Actually, I'm not talking about 'real' houses.  I'm talking about paper-pieced houses.  I want to make a houses quilt although I'm not sure of a design.  I have Carol Doak's 300 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks and it has a number of house blocks.  I've seen quite a few fun house blocks in the quilting world and I'd love to go wild and use some fun colors/fabrics for my houses.  I'm not there yet.  These are pretty much 'normal' houses (and a tree).
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Speaking of houses, when I moved into my two bedroom apartment about a year and a half ago, the kitchen floor, though no-wax, was dull, dull, dull with no shine.  So in spite of all I'd read, I waxed the floor (a number of times).  Unfortunately, the floor yellowed pretty badly.  I don't think anyone else would have noticed but I did.  So three weeks ago, I started stripping the wax.  Ammonia, full strength for 15 minutes, 92 'tile patterns' in three different sessions.  I finished today....yay!  I'm so happy to have my dull, no shine floor.  So let that be a lesson to me!

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

-- Pat

Luke 6:49   'But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation.  The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.'   (NIV)