Friday, June 24, 2016

Fun or Funny Fri Foto ~ Impromtu Drive to Flemingsburg

So Saturday afternoon, Mr. G & I got bored,
picked a town not too far away on the map
that neither of us had visited
threw in the always packed bag
and headed out.
These are drive by shots I got going and coming.

So far we keep getting the right amount of rain,
so the Kentucky countryside is a beautiful green.
Carlisle, KY
 Just as we got to Flemingsburg, Mr. G's daughter called to ask if he had told me about our
Father's Day gathering for the next day.  NO!
So we ate supper in Flemingsburg and started heading back home.

Some beautiful horse country east of Paris, KY includes miles of a high stone fence.
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday #52 ~ Reasons Why

Your first thought about the reason why?
No one to help.
Quit farming and leased the land.
Became ill or passed on.
 What else?
Think about it.
You never know what someone is going through.
You never know their story.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wordless Wednesday #178 ~ Father's Day 2016 in the Eyes of a Child

@ Willisburg, KY
The developing photography talents of Mr. G's Grand Daughters.
Shots taken by them during our Father's Day gathering.
I have always enjoyed handing over the camera to kids to see what their eye can capture.
Strap it around their neck and send them on.
Always fun to see what they've captured.
Sharing a few here. 
Just wordless.
cropped from previous picture
 (Look for more of these on the next Sun Best)

 OK, so I shot the last 2 of Mr. G fishing and one of his Grand Daughters checking on both Grand Pas.
 Today's pictures except for the cropped shot,
were untouched.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Transferring a Quilt Motif

One of my souvenirs from Florida this past winter was a Quilt Pounce set.

I was able to put it to use back in May.


*A Tutorial Tuesday*


I viewed some You-Tube where folks drew the motif on one sheet of paper.  Then layered tissue type paper.

The motif was stitched with an unthreaded machine.
        The reason layers of paper were used, is one sheet was used for each block.  Turns out, I only needed one sheet.  It held up just fine for all the blocks.  I used the Quilt Pounce pad.  You actually don't pounce the pad, but rather rub the eraser type pad over the block.  The powder falls through the holes created by the needle. Then I used my chalk pencil to complete the lines and make the motif a bit clearer.  

        I didn't mark the whole quilt at one time, but rather as I framed it in the quilt frame.  The pounce powder bounced away as I stitched and I only had to do a bit of rubbing with a microfiber cloth to clear away the chalk pencil marks.

          I didn't freak out if I didn't follow the lines exactly. For me, the chalk lines were just a guideline to get my brain and hands used to making the motif in free motion.
          I admire folks that can make this type of motif without any marking.  One day, after I've done enough of these, maybe I can?  At the least, to just place points that I can "drive to" to make the motif would be nice.
          This is the "Midnight Mystery" quilt I made via Meadow Mist where Cheryl offered a free mystery quilt along.  It was so fun in that you had no idea how it was going to turn out while it was being made from July, 2015 to February 2016.  This quilt was the reason my sewing machine traveled to Florida with me last winter. If you visit the link I just provided, you'll notice Cheryl has another Mystery Quilt starting in July called "Meadow Mystery."
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Finished Quilt!
September- Quilt Shot Block #46 ~ Square in a Square for Midnight Mystery Quilt 

Meadow Mist Designs Mystery Quilt
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Memory Monday 13 ~Old Barrette

@ My Daughter's Garden
I remember using these in my hair,
and I remember putting them in my girls' hair
when they were little.
of Shot taken by Grand Daughter M.
She's an awesome photography.
One of her many creative talents.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sun Best ~ Improvements Over Time

Frankfort Road, KY
Took this drive by shot in 2012 and never got around to posting.
Glad I didn't.
Drove by there during this past week and took another shot.
Glad I did.
Can you believe I almost got the same angle, from the other side of the car as Mr. G was driving 50mph?
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Quilt Shot Block #73 ~ Dutch Girl

Dutch Girl
12½ inch block
My cousin turned over a box of quilting/craft scraps to me to see if I could put together some quilts for her.

These pieces were from her other Grandmother, a lady well known for her quilting abilities.
She had hand quilted some quilts for my Mother.
In the box were countless Dutch Girls already cut out.
So I grabbed one of Mother/Daddy's sheets, something I knew Juli would appreciate,
 and cut it up for the background of these girls.

When I do applique, I use iron on interfacing.
   Pinning them in place to the backing worked well.
Cutting off the interfacing went pretty fast with the rotary cutter.
I didn't interface the arms.
I started out using the open toe foot but didn't like the way it turned the corners.
So I used the regular foot. It worked great with the applique blanket stitch.  
I first set the width for 2.0 as you see with this first Dutch Girl.
I wasn't sure if this stitch width would hold in place very long.
 So I jumped it up to 3.5.
 Now that I look at these shots, I might try a shorter stitch length?
 I really love this fabric.
Looks like something that would be in stores today,
not something from 30 years ago.
If fabric that is about 30 years old is declared vintage, then these are vintage Dutch Girls.

In no time I had 4 done.
I'm pretty sure Mrs. Carter would have done them by hand,
and it would have taken much longer.

Even thought the Dutch Girl pattern can be download from various places on the internet,
I decided to trace Mrs. Carter's pattern and share.
Please click HERE for this Dutch Girl pattern.
It shouldn't matter much if you print to fit or normal size.

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