Thursday, February 22, 2018


Our girl has been in limbo since the first of the year. She says she's been a homeless vagabond since then. She defends her Masters Thesis on Monday. It's 75 pages of scientific research that required her to spend countless hours, weeks, and months holed up in a lab

and windowless office.

 She says she's become vitamin D deficient and is in desperate need of sunshine. She received her edits from her adviser yesterday afternoon and headed home. DH had to make a trip to town to pick up the welder from the shop and I jumped in with him  so I could pick up the U-haul. We planned on loading everything last night and heading out at 4 this morning, but the state she is moving to is covered in ice today. Plans postponed. Not a problem except for the fact that we only have the U-haul  until Saturday and she has to be back to defend her thesis on Monday morning. Really, she has to be back on Sunday and it's 11 hours between her new place and the University. Of course, safety is our first concern so we're in waiting mode. We'll load up today and play the rest of it by ear. She had a meeting to attend on Thursday afternoon with her new place of employment and another all day on Friday, but they were both cancelled due to weather. I told her she can now spend the day with her daddy, soaking up the cloudless, sunny skies of home and everything else that's good for her soul...God's got this!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Under the Needle - February

I still don't have any finishes to share, but progress is being made on the sewing front.

I love the Olympics, but I haven't been able to get in as much watching in as I would like. When I do settle in, I've been working on a binding:


In my sewing room, I've completed clue 4 and 5 on Bonnie Hunter's On Ringo Lake and am currently stitching up clue 6:


And I've cut out this quilt, that I'm making for our girl:


The original is 56 x 70, but I reworked the dimensions as I'm making it bigger to fit her double bed.

I pieced a quick baby quilt for our girl's new landlord's grandson who is 1 and in ICU with pneumonia:

And I'm looking to make this quilt using western fabrics for a friend dealing with some serious health issues:

Tomorrow I'm making a trip to town to sew with my Quilt Squad ladies. I haven't decided what to work on. I need something mindless as we tend to visit and eat and share projects we're all working on during out time together. I only made 2 meetings last year so I'm making an effort to make a few more this year. I hope to take something I've already started because the last thing I need to do it begin a new project. :)

That ought to keep me busy for a while!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February Days

You would think that the cold winter months would coincide with more blogging, but that doesn't seem to be the case around here. We're doing our best to keep up with Skeet:

It's been an unusual winter. Single digit days mixed in with high 70's from one day to the next and not a drop of moisture since the first week in October. It's dry and dusty. Praying for rain has once again become the main topic of conversation around these parts. 2017 was a good year and we are thankful that we went into the winter with good grass, but it didn't take long for us to become spoiled and now we're searching the skies for rain clouds...again. Rest assured, Skeet and Harvey are on the job:


The feed truck's been making regular trips down our dirt road:


 And DH is spending a lot of time filling the feed wagon


We're hoping we won't be doing this come June:


One weekend we made a road trip in search of a place for our girl to set up camp in preparation for her new job. We were successful and next week we'll make a return trip to get her moved.


Then this last weekend we worked the annual Safari Club Banquet.


It's a 2 day affair and this year it was held in a neighboring town, as our Civic Center is in the process of being renovated and not available for events.


 Lots of folks made hotel reservations, but we had to come back and tend to livestock during the day. We enjoyed the weekend, but this old gal is wore out after 2 late nights in a row.

And I'll close out today's post on a sweet note: babies are beginning to hit the ground!


I'll be back tomorrow to catch you up with an Under the Needle report.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Under the Needle in 2018

As a quilter, I'm always thinking about the next quilt...and the one after that....and the one after that. I enjoy each quilt as I'm making it, but my mind is always racing ahead and the list grows quickly. It also changes, but I am a list maker and at the first of each year, I like to take stock of the quilts I'd like to stitch.

I've got 11 at Jackie's so those are a given, but I'm not going to list those here or this post will be never ending. As I share what I'm working on throughout the year, I'll publish those posts as "Under the Needle".

1. Four Corners: I set this one aside last year, but I'm not abandoning it. It's going to get made this year and putting that in writing will keep me accountable.

2. Scrappy Christmas Quilt: Our girl has already requested this one so I just may have to make 2

3. On Ringo Lake: I finished the 3rd clue a few days ago and clue 4 is currently 'under the needle'.

4. Scrap Dance Waltz: This is a previous mystery quilt from My Carolina Home and I'm making it in 30's

5. Blessings is the block exchange quilt I'm making with my Quilt Squad girls at the extension office this year - also using 30's fabrics and Kona Snow. I picked these 2 prints up at The Country Store Quilt Shop last week for my 12 blocks:

6. Sequoia: Our girl has recently made more than one quilt request and after going through my Pinterest quilt inspiration board, fabrics are being gathered for this quilt.

7. Bovine Babies: Another quilt requested by our livestock nutrition consultant. This is an old pattern that I tracked down when she insisted that a girl that has a Masters of Science in Ruminant Nutrition NEEDS a bovine baby quilt


She fussed at me over the holidays because she only had 2 quilts from me. It looks like she'll be adding a good number to that this year. :)

8. Sweetwater's Follow Your Heart Quilt - I rarely purchase kits, but I did cave and order this one so it makes the list


9. And a list of quilts I wish to make is not a list if it doesn't include a Miss Rosie quilt by Carrie Nelson. This year I hope to make Jellystone. I've got the scrappy fabrics cut out, but have yet to cut the neutrals:

                                      Image result for Jellystone quilt

10. And my quilt buddy and I are both hoping to make Jo's -from Jo's Country Junction - latest cover quilt

and last Friday we picked up some odds and ends (the top stack in the following photo) to fill in where our stash is lacking.

I haven't entirely committed to that last quilt as the first thing it says is to draw a diagonal line on each 1.25" ivory square...there are 1024 of them! Jo, if you read this...surely you didn't do that, did you? You just get entirely too much done to spend time drawing a gazillion lines and I think I recall you mentioning that you don't do that in your 'I won't do that' post a while ago. Still, my friend, C, is determined to make it and she's dragging me along...we may both lose our minds before this one gets done. :)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Country Store Quilt Shop

On Friday my co-worker, friend, and partner in crime, headed to our favorite local quilt shop. And yes, 75 miles away is local around here...and C had to drive over 50 miles just to get to my house. Still, this gal is always a joy and the miles matter not when you're in good company.

We only get to this shop about once a year, but it's a favorite. It's located on the square in a small town called Lovington:

The Country Store is owned by this wonderful lady, Dee Ann:

She's fun, and passionate, and energetic, and helpful and full of creative ideas.. I've been meaning to post about this shop, but I always get sidetracked in catching up with the ladies that work here and in the projects C and I have in mind, not to mention the new fabrics that catch our eye and inspire new projects

And Dee Ann recently bought the space next door and expanded her shop so this was the perfect time to give ya'll a tour.

This is what you see when you walk in the door

 Dee Ann has set up cute little vignettes around the shop.


She has a love for antiques and is also in the process of opening up an antique shop two doors down from the quilt shop. That'll be another fun stop when it's open!


There are lots of samples for inspiration and I love the old church pews along the wall that hold pretty bolts of fabric:


I neglected to get a photo of the books, but the racks on either side of the front door hold just about anything you could want. Seasonal fabrics are up front on the left and children - a few of the novelty fabrics are in the lower right corner in this shot:


This little cart holds an array of precuts


The second room holds threads and patterns for embroidery


And the back room serves as a classroom and a longarm is also set up where they offer quilting services:


Dee Ann is an authorized Janome dealer and the front of the new addition has machines and accessories for purchase:


There is a wall of rulers and templates:


And the back has a large selection of yummy fabrics. Tone on tones on the left - western fabrics on the right:


This corner hold batiks:


They were still setting up the space for Civil War reproductions and there is also a display of 30's, but I didn't get a picture of those although I did come home with some. :) I'll share those in a subsequent post.

This little town only has a population of 11,000 and it's not close to any other towns, but we all know that quilters will travel for fabric and "if you build it, they will come" and in this case, it's definitely worth the trip!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

What I've Been Up To

I know it's been a few weeks since I've posted and all is well, I've just been busy living life and soaking up January. Here in New Mexico it gets cold, but we still have endless sunny days with the bluest skies so January is not a dreary month in the desert. It's crisp and bright and cold:


Who says that taking a dip in the dirt tank when it is 25 degrees outside in January isn't the best idea ever? Not Skeet!

Our girl brought a family of 6 cats, which included 4 kittens, home with her after Christmas and they have taken up residence in the barn:

Someone asked about my chickens and guineas when the weather dips into the single and negative digit range around here. They are a hardy bunch because they do just fine. They don't have heat in their coop, but they just sleep in there, as they are free to roam wherever they desire during the day, and they walk back into the chicken yard at the end of the day. They run to the coop when they need to lay an egg. They are pretty low maintenance. They DO get kitchen scraps and always have fresh water and they seem like happy chickens:

Feeding cattle is a given in January:


And I've spent some time in the kitchen, cooking for a crew:

Our girl has been in and out...2 days home, 2 days in Indiana...3 days home...2 days in Oklahoma...2 days home...4 days away working on her thesis...and the cycle continues. Lots of coming and going. We are home base and the next 4 weeks promises more of the same. 2 interviews. 2 job offers. It's nice to have options and know that your hard work is coming to fruition. She has accepted a job and she is over the moon about it. We all are. She said it is her dream job that she never knew existed. She will be working for a prestigious non-profit company that delivers solutions to agricultural challenges through leadership, education, research, and consultation as a livestock consultant. Pretty darn proud of this kid and the adventures and opportunities that lie ahead for her:

And in between daily life, I've been sneaking in a little sewing...working on Bonnie Hunter's Mystery:

So, life is good and I've penciled in a nap, a walk with the hound puppies, and a bit of stitching on this Tuesday afternoon.
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