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Sunday, June 23, 2013

My - oh - my! What a week!

Kelly had a 2nd job this summer - working for a temporary greenhouse that set up in Cameron in the early part of the summer.  She worked hard and she loved it.  

Then - when the major part of the early growing season was over, they broke down until next year.  And the employees could take home any plants that hadn't sold.

Apparently, you don't only get attached to animals in this family.  I told her that we'd make room for as many plants as we could.  These pictures are just the tip of the iceberg.

It took us 2 days to get beds ready and everything planted.  Hunny did a very good job of overseeing.

And, of course, since we were already on overload, this year's baby chickens came.  The brooder house had to be cleaned and stocked.  Hunny did not get to help with this.

And in the midst of planting in the garden and taking care of baby chickens, I had blocks to get ready for the tutorials we've been filming on the Basics of Needleturn Applique.  There will be a little tutorial on each of the aspects.  I use a specific pattern or quilt to illustrate but the techniques apply to any pattern.  So far we've done Freezer Paper Applique, the Basic Applique Stitch and this one on Outside Points.  I kind of wonder what I was saying here.

Jake and Misty Doan are doing the filming and editing and they are absolute jewels to work with.  I must say that having to stay that focused, making sure I've included everything, yada, yada - is totally stressful - good stress to be sure, but stress.  I woke up at 4:00 am the morning we were doing the Freezer Paper one and realized I hadn't included reverse patterns.  A mad scramble ensued but I had things ready by the time they got here :)

Jake said that the first one in this series should be done in a week or so.  I'll be sure and blog about it and post on Facebook when it's ready.  I do really enjoy doing them and hope you all find them helpful.  Shops, do feel free to use them to help teach if you want to.  

We had a light rain this morning - the garden loved it.  
Pep and Jake got the netting over the baby chicken yard this morning so we can let the babies out of their house when they're ready.  (I saw the hawk circling on my walk 2 nights ago.)
Things are settling down into my routine again.
Pep's off tonight so he's puttering in the kitchen cooking dinner.
So I'm taking Hunny and we're going for our walk - Spike's leg is healing but he's not ready for that yet.
Then puppies get their treats and I get to sit and stitch.
Life is good.


  1. You sure have been busy and the tutorials are a nice way to learn.


  2. Thanks Debbie. You've been a little busy too - kayaking (did I spell that right) 8 miles one way. Sheesh!

  3. Well, at least we're not bored. :)

  4. Looking forward to seeing these tutorials. You were really great in the last one I watched.

  5. I love seeing snippets of your life in the country. I live in the boonies of very west Texas - lots of sand and cactus, high temps and very little rain. I also am very grateful for your tutorials. Thanks.

  6. Thanks for your comments, both of you. It is much easier to demonstrate applique than to write out instructions for it. So I decided to do these. I appreciate the encouragement. And sometimes sand and cactus sounds good - the high temps, not so much :)

  7. Thank you so much for the videos. I watched the first ones you did with MSQC. They were very helpful. Just what I needed to overcome my hesitancy to do needle turn applique. Janita