Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day


this is my brother inlaws flag
that we got when he passed away
he was a Vietnam vet



this became placemats for Memorial Day
and July 4th



and this little guy was a day of play in the tumblers
for a cute flag type mugrug


what will you be doing this Memorial day?
hopefully mine will include these
comfy chairs in the screened in porch


and a little barbecue 


Happy Memorial Day!
and thanks to all the veterans who gave up their lives
and served to protect our freedoms.


 I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.









Sunday, May 28, 2017

squirrels


I have a huge pickle jar
saved for my brother to make me this

a squirrel feeder
they look so cute when they go inside to eat
and look out the windows LOL

I want him to make me one 
and he said he would

what a nice brother....

I also have fabulous friends!
Jacky and her hubs
and Bev next door came over for a cookout

Jacky made baked beans and a 
lemonade cake to die for!
OMG  it was SOOOOO good

and Bev brought some chocolate 
frosted brownies

we had some dogs, burgers
tater salad. 3 bean salad, chips
root beer floats

lemonade cake
brownies.......

and literally rolled out of here

I am so so stuffed.....
but happy to have a wonderful afternoon
with some wonderful friends.

Are  you having a good Memorial Day weekend?



panel magic


I have these panels and many more in  my stash
the idea was to have a quick start on some
pretty lap quilts for gifts
these cardinals are so gorgeous
love them!


Landon saw this one in my stash
and said "Auntie can I have that one? I like the
two bucks with big racks"
(from a 6 year old child LOL)


these will have to be Fall placemats for the table.



this one is cute and would look 
cute I think as a window quilt
looking out at Santa



lighthouses for my hubs..........


tractor for the back of my farmgirl.
we had a farmall 
and an Allis Chalmer




and ever since I saw this one on Jenny
Missouri Star with the lights
put into it I have wanted to make one
did I buy the kit?
no.....
but will have to revisit it
how cute for the door or wall
maybe I wouldnt even have to put up a tree! LOL


Saturday, May 27, 2017

I think handwork is in my future.....


as I cleaned I found
ah hem.......
TONS of embroidery floss
not sure where it all came from
I remember as a teen embroidering some
pillowcases for my Gram
but I dont remember having
this many

look at the regular size scissors to see
the size of the box



yeah
chock a block FULL

friendship bracelets anyone? LOL


remember this little clean up project?
I pulled pinks and purples and used the
5 inch charms in the center 
and 2 1/2 inch strips for the outside
and made little blocks for fun


well two became this many after I spent one day
just cutting out the parts and pinning them
the blocks will be about 8 inches so am 
thinking for my granddaughter I need
at least 5 across and 8 down
so that means 40 blocks and I have 17

but
I am out of any pink fabrics
anyone have any purple or pink pieces
they want to get rid of?
I will take them LOL
no seriously..........
I want to make this for my granddaughter 
as a lap quilt for Christmas

if I had a panel that would go
I would put that in the center

but I am liking the modern look of this one
that one lonely bright pink in the corner needs
some company dont you think???




Friday, May 26, 2017

do you have a fav snack?


my good friend Jacky introduced me to these
yeah.......has anyone tried them.
OMG
chocolate flavor in a thin cookie type snack
I could eat the whole bag
see the 2 / 5.00? yeah I dont buy two
that would be double on my hips



and I got these too
a HUGE bottle of pickles
I love pickles
(not THAT much) 
but my brother can make me a 
squirrel feeder out of these and some wood
my other one is at my sisters house
so I need  a new one
hint hint
maybe I can get it for Christmas???
lol
after all he is retired now.......ha ha


and I found this little treasure too
with fabrics
hmmmm

gotta gather up all these little kits and keep them
handy for a rainy day
what are you up to?




my hydrangea turned a darker blue
love it



anyone know if this is a plant
or weed?  it is coming up between my
yellow rose branches
but has buds like it is going to flower
the leaves almost look to me like a marigold
but it is taller than my rosebush
it stands about 20 inches tall


funny I have not weeded the gardens yet
just pulled a few here and there
and on the front and the side there were interesting
plants growing so I left them
turns out they are milkweed LOL
so I pulled them up


any plans for Memorial Day?



Thursday, May 25, 2017

found treasures



how sad that I dont even remember piecing these
that is how old they are
as you can see my fav colors 
blue and yellow combo
so cheerful
six of them ready to be appliqued
and centers added


this is what they look like



and be still my heart some gold fabric



and some blue.......
now which way to go.........hmmmm




oh and six of these too!  with a beige check
oh my.........

I better get cracking......
if I remember right the pattern
for these were on a 12 inch background
and then there was a 3 strip border between
to make a lap size quilt

see what happens when I clean?
yeah I should probably clean more often huh LOL



and these are my iris
they are huge this year

I seperated them last Fall and 
sprinkled them about the front garden a little 
to space them out
I guess it paid off


most of the stems will have FIVE blooms on
them

so so pretty!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

farmgirl fun


these little blocks are so much fun
I love the leaves and may need to expand on them
we will see as I go along.....


postage stamp and egg basket for May
and yes I KNOW  I also had the garden
block but have not made it yet
too many irons in the fire at the moment
but I did get more blocks done
so I am a happy farmgirl 
here are mine all together so far





Jackys blocks........







Jeanas blocks 
it is so cool to see everyones color pallet
they are all looking so good!








and Barbaras egg basket



she is ready to quilt hers




not sure how Colette is doing with hers
I know she was working on her tee shirt quilt
hows your farm coming along?