Since realizing I didn't have a ready supply of little boy quilts, I've turned my attention towards making a few. I settled on making I Spy Quilts. I've had it in my mind to make one and a friend and I even exchanged some squares a few years ago. However, for some reason I suddenly felt compelled to make them now and I began collecting. I won't tell if you won't.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Monday, September 27, 2021
The day after the kids headed back, our girl called with a quilt request. A little 2-yr old boy was diagnosed with Leukemia and would I happen to have a quilt ready to send. I try to keep some on hand for just this reason, and while I seem to have an abundance of quilts for girls, my collection is lacking in suitable quilts for little boys. We wanted something fairly small that would be easy to haul to appointments and treatments. I dug out this top I had pieced probably 4 or 5 years ago and our girl gave 2 thumbs up.
I thought the little dinosaur print was so cute.
I think strip quilts are a sweet way to showcase a fun novelty fabric so I just pulled some coordinating fabrics from my stash and added some patchwork.
I made a trip to Hobby Lobby for some blue Minky to add that snuggle factor and took it to Jackie. She quickly added her magic touch in the form of meandering leaves. Perfect!
This orange print that I found in my stash made the perfect binding:
I filled it with prayers for healing and love as I stitched on the binding
This little quilt finishes at 40x40 and as I publish this post, it ought to be arriving in Oklahoma, hopefully bringing a little comfort to Taos...and his parents, knowing they are being prayed for:
Monday, September 20, 2021
On Friday, the 10th, our girl, her fella, his mama, Harvey, and Chopper pulled in for a visit and that translates to a wonderful weekend! I usually take lots of pictures, but I didn't take many this weekend and I regret that but our girl and Kenny's mom were kind enough to share theirs and combined, I have enough to document the fun!
These two make a good team
It's dove and Teal season here so lots of time was spent out and about:
As were Philly Cheese-Steak Sandwiches:
Poor Nina! Be prepared! You may find yourself slaving over a hot stove when you visit! She's such a good sport, as well as a great cook - she brought wonderful Spanish rice and spoiled us with homemade tortillas.
Fajitas are always a favorite around here and I introduced everyone to Palomas. They made a fun addition to our menu and I think it's safe to say they were a hit and will be a refreshing summer treat from now on:
And Arkansas Possum Pie for dessert
Our girl and Kenny's mama made a trip into town on Monday morning for 7 bushels of green chili to take back to Oklahoma
I missed out on the great green chili project because Monday is sale day at the Sale Barn and I had to work. After 3 late nights, it was a struggle to stay focused, but it was worth every moment of memory making!
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Once everything was cut, the blocks came together quickly:
Monday, September 6, 2021
Let's put it on point.
Sashing might be good.
Oh, let's add cornerstones.
I'm sure a pattern exists somewhere for a quilt like this,
Friday, September 3, 2021
That really IS the question around here lately. DH has been toying with the idea of diving into beekeeping. I laughed and told him I liked being his only queen bee. 😂
A few years ago he bought this book and he recently pulled it out again:
I have been reading a financial planning book at night and he has been reading his bee book. I laughed and told him we had odd bedtime reading selections.
So last Thursday we drove into town at 7:30 in the morning to spend some time at the tire shop to have some ranch tires repaired :
And to stop in at the local Seed store:
To pick John's brain about bees:
We had no idea there was such a robust bee community in the area, but I think we're swarming (LOL) around the idea of taking part:
DH has seen bees set up around the ranch through the years and they have always peeked his interest. He saw this ball of bees in a mesquite bush the other day when he was spraying Cockleburrs:
So we drove up to North Adobe after dinner and attempted to capture them into our newly acquired hive:
DH scooted the box under the tree
After sliding the lid on
He loaded them up
DH wears a lot of hats around here - looks like he's added one more:
and we drove them back to headquarters, setting them up with some sugar water for 2 days before opening the hive back up and hoping they'd settle and stay. We shall see. I figured he'd tie into this when we slowed down and semi-retired, but if this is something that interests him, then beekeeping it is. I'll admit that I'm a little fascinated as well: