Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sewing While Hubby's Away

Hunting season has arrived. Actually, there's a hunting season of one kind or another most of the time, but right now it's Elk that are on DH's radar and it's a welcome break from daily ranch work. He debated even going, but he drew a tag this year and that is not always the case so I urged him to pack up and head for the mountains. It'll do him good to spend some time wandering the mountains horseback and on foot after the long days of Fall Works. He packed up an entire camp and roughed it for 3 days. He took so much stuff that I teased him about being gone for 5 weeks instead of 5 days. It was a 5 day hunt - Saturday through Wednesday, but he came home on Monday.

And while he was away, I roughed it behind the sewing machine. :) Besides making a few circles checking things and  our morning and evening chores, my ranch duties were minimal and with no one to cook for or ride beside, I had time to play.

That is, after I finished peeling another mountain of apples and making one last batch of dried apples  and more apple sauce

 and after the chicken coop was winterized

and after I mowed one last time before putting the mower away for the season,

THEN I played with fabric. When I sew, I sew for all I'm worth because I know there will come a time when it may be weeks before I get to sit down behind my machine again. I even moved my pressing table into the living room and watched fights on Saturday night.

 I spent a lot of time behind my iron while DH was away.

I made my project for my T'was the Night Before Blog Hop buddy. Marlene, over at Stitchin' By The Lake ,  is hosting this fun hop and I really enjoyed making this project...which I cannot show you just yet. :)

                                         Sew we quilt

And I pieced a backing for my Plus quilt as well as made the binding:

I pieced a very fast new quilt project with my  Summer House Layer Cake:

It also now has a pieced backing and the binding is made.

I even made some progress on my Wild Horse Quilt:

And I pieced and pressed the rows for another quilt:

I started hand quilting DH's wool quilt in the evenings and progress is being made since I don't sleep well when he is away so I actually stayed up past 9:30 a time or two!

Is amazing what you can accomplish when there is time to sew, but truth be told, I missed DH something awful. I am much better now that he is back, but it was good to get some things crossed off of my list.

He had a good trip and brought back a nice Elk that'll fill in the empty spaces in the deep freeze quite nicely. It's hard to beat that tenderloin and backstrap!

I was a tad chilly this morning when I headed out to walk...it was 40 degrees. That made me trot down the road just a little faster. I may be looking for more excuses to work on that wool quilt!


juliehallfeldhaus said...

All your quilts look great what I could see of them! You are a tease LOL Can't wait to see all of them when you are finished. Nice Elk by the way:)

KaHolly said...

A sewing marathon!! I love it.

Nancy said...

Elk steak is quite yummy, and since I haven't had any for years, you might find me on your door step one of these days. ;o)

Great progress in all the projects! The running stitch on the wool blocks is perfect. Nice job.

Alycia said...

What fun! Sounds like you know how to have a good time!

Dorian said...

Woohoo, glad Dh was able to bring home some meat for the freezer. And glad you got some great sewing time in! Looks like you used it well.

Anonymous said...

Looks like you both had a nice break. What big elk horns! linda

Lana said...

OH MY! You are a MACHINE when it comes to sewing!!! BRAVO! I didn't get in on the November Hop..but that is a good thing...I have been in the last two and the new one is too close to Christmas for me believe it or not!
We have a ranch in West Texas that we will move to full time soon, but even now, we look forward to fresh deer meat in the freezer for the coming year!
That is a very nice Elk...Very nice!
Congrats to both of you!

Judith Blinkenberg said...

My hubby didn't get a deer this year so our freezer will be empty. Congrats to him for a fine elk!! Love your hand stitching. And I recognize that American Jane fabric, I have a little too. So glad you can take it a little easier. Love your applesauce. Have a wonderful week and I look forward to your quilt.

Dar said...

You were so productive while your DH was gone. I've never tasted elk, but I am glad you will have a freezer full for winter. I really like the way you are quilting the wool quilt. I've never made one of those but it would be very warm and I'm always cold. Your other projects look good, from what little we can see of them.:)

Denise :) said...

Okay, okay . . . all your projects are lovely and wonderful. But I'm SO impressed with your hubby's elk!! Man! My great uncle hunts elk in Montana. Obviously, we don't have them here. But I *do* have a cribbage board made from elk antler!!! :)

M. E. Stephens said...

I love chunky, homemade apple sauce! I've eaten that kind for so many years that I can't stand the strained store bought kind now. It nearly gags me. :-) Gotta have those homemade chunks!

What a blessing your husband got an elk! That is a lot of meat for you all to enjoy!

And, good job on getting so much sewing done! That is a good feeling! :-) I have my ironing board in the living room right now too. I'm trying to work through the piles of un-ironed fabric and clothing from the sewing room in a sunnier place where I can also watch something on the computer while I work. Great minds you know... :-)

StitchinByTheLake said...

My husband leaves Friday for the deer woods and while I don't have some of the chores you do I'll "ready" the house a bit and then spend my days in the sewing room. I can't wait! blessings, marlene

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