Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday #61~ Little Sprout--Bug

 So does he think he's a little sprout of the plant?
 Does he think if he sits out in the clearing of the black dirt, folks will think he is a sprout?
 Does he think if he sits very still, folks will think he is a sprout?
 Does he think he's being clever being a camo insect?
Does he think?
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Think about it.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wordless Wednesday #187 ~ Bunch of Flowers for Bunch of Retired Teachers

Our host for our Retired Teachers Reunion
spends some of his retirement time
working with flowers. 
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Taken by his Galaxy 4

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Initial Christmas Bag

       Initial- not the first Christmas bag I've made this summer.  It's a bag with the receiver's initial.  
     While we don't like seeing stores dressed up in Christmas isles during the summer, us DIYers have to start early.  It is hard to get in the mood.
      This summer, Mr. G and I have been buying gifts as we see something.  So that I don't misplace the gifts, I make a bag to put them in asap.  This also means we can add to the bag the rest of the year.  I have the bags hung on door knobs and sitting on shelves upstairs to make them available to add to easily.



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*A Tutorial Tuesday*
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        Used scraps from a soft red blanket.
          Back to my free hand cutting letters, because I'm a former teacher of the pre 2000 years before the Ellison cutters were introduced.
Even after the Ellison cutters arrived at our school,
I felt I could get them cut faster than going down to the work room
and pulling out the individual letters.
I could also make them the size I needed.
I always started by roughly cutting rectangles of the same size
so the letters could be somewhat consistent.
 
 As I've noted before I don't use something like an iron on bonding material,
 because I have a monster size roll of light weight iron on interfacing.
 The interfacing does the job because it stiffens the letter a bit,
and doesn't allow it to slip around while
I'm appliquing.



 I do have 2 Edge/Joining feet in my collection.
One has a bar in the center,
and one does not.
I prefer the one without the bar,
because I'm afraid of not setting my machine needle offside
and breaking a needle.
There is a need for the bar to make the stitch looser.
I do iron creases in these bags.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Memory Monday 21 ~ California's Chimney Fire

Having memories of Mr. G's family in 
San Luis Obispo.
 One of the California fires, The Chimney Fire,
is close enough that folks are getting help 
and a place to stay from San Luis Obispo.
 As of yesterday, the fire had travel to within a couple of miles from
The Hearst Mansion.
I thought I got a picture from the road of the mansion, but apparently not.
 We so enjoyed the Highway 1 drive.
By looking at pictures today,
it appears they are still as dry as shown in these shots.
 I hope Cambria stays safe.
 We so enjoyed the Scarecrow Festival of this town and area.
 A very unique town.
 everywhere you looked....
 Every business
 every public place
had some kind of scarecrow.
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A time to remember those suffering from the fires & drought of California
& those that suffered the Louisiana floods & other places.
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Note: I think this Chimney fire was named after a road that runs through the area of the fire.
 

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sun Best ~ Bible Journal Snap Shot ~ 3


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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Quilt Shot Block #79 ~ Union

Union
12 ½ square
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Make 2½ inch half square triangles as follows:
 Pin one color to each background right sides together.
Mark as shown.
 Sew 1/4 inch from each side of the diagonal line.
Cut on solid lines.
 Press open and trim.
The demo above was not a 6x3 inch rectangle.  
It was larger so there was a lot more to trim to make a 2½ square.
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Make 4 Flying Geese as follows:
 Mark as shown.
 Stitch 1/4 inch on each side of the marked lines.
 Press open.


 Cut along marked lines.


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Suggested quilt layouts using this square.

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