Elizabeth’s Quilt

Posted by: Ruthin This Is The Life
16
May
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The lattice appearance, as well as the color scheme drew Elizabeth to this choice

I thought I would give an update as to what my current quilting projects are. As you may recall, I am making a quilt for each of my children. This helps me to learn new techniques as I am going along. Currently, I am working on a quilt for my daughter, Elizabeth. Unlike the boys, she took an active role in choosing the pattern and the fabric. Isn’t this just a beautiful quilt?

Fabric choices

I wish you could see the shiny gold in the orange fabric. These photos do not represent the beauty very well. She has great taste!

For the diamond blocks

For the diamond blocks

 

These are for the 9 patch

These are for the 9 patch

 

Cutting strips

Cutting strips

 

The blocks coming together beautifully!

The blocks coming together beautifully!

Here, we see the squares together. I have since added a 2 inch green border and have yet to add the next much wider border. There are surprises in store for the rest of this little beauty, so stay tuned!

Blocks together

Blocks together

I will update as the quilt progresses. I think it will just be so …. Bethy.

Warmly, Ruth

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Fixed Photo Frame…. Glass

Posted by: Ruthin This Is The Life
13
May
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Frames

Thrift store frames and broken glass.

We have moved. No, I mean… we have really, really moved. If you count the week in the motel and the week in a church basement, we moved six times in two years. What a ride! But that is a whole ‘nuther story, but brings me to today.

We have had almost all our belongings in storage for a very long time. When you move, things break. I have a lovely tri-fold photo frame. The glass broke in all three parts of the frame. I went to the thrift store and purchased three frames of the same size for .66, .66, and .99 cents, respectively. I simply removed the glass from the thrift store finds, cleaned them, and put them into my old frames. Ta da! That’s it! Easy and inexpensive. Why, I bet you could do this, too!

Graduations

New, to me, glass. Anyone recognize that couple?

Warmly, Ruth

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Graduation, 2015

Posted by: Ruthin This Is The Life
19
Mar
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After spending endless hours preparing the invitations, they have been sent, RSVP’s received, chairs gathered, decorations chosen, tables procured, and the house cleaned. All this means….. there’s gonna be a P A R T Y!

May I present to you the current Home of Higher Learning 2015 graduates!

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Miss Emily Sue

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Miss Kaitlynn Sue

These are our sixth and seventh graduates, with five more to go. My, how time flies! It seems like just yesterday, these girls were wee tots!

Chitty chatting

These two were holding quite the conversation.

Cuties

Here are the twins with their oldest sister, Anne.

Pathology told me they aren't identical???

Can you believe pathology told me they are not identical???

Now, they are all grown up and are successful horse trainers. See their Facebook page here.

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They are beautiful young ladies, who have shown themselves to be quite capable. They know how to do concrete, build a house, shoot guns, buck hay, sing in harmony, clean a house,  and cook dinner!  Plus, they are fun to be with!

I’ll let you know how the party was next time!

Warmly, Ruth

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The Red Quilt

Posted by: Ruthin This Is The Life
4
Mar
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Last week, I finished hand quilting the very red quilt for my son, Benjamin. This is number five in my quest to learn how to quilt. I will share more about my previous projects in later posts.

I didn’t spend much time on making the top blocks into anything particularly interesting, but decided to spend my energies and time on the hand quilting.

She works with her hands in delight.

I didn’t dare attempt such a large project until I had already dabbled with some hand quilting on a smaller project previously, a table runner.  I enjoyed it so much, I thought I would give it a try, knowing it would be a much bigger project than I had attempted in many years. My only regret is that I didn’t use cotton/bamboo batting. Instead, I used wool, which was quite warm to work with until the weather was a bit cooler.

Here are a couple photos of the table runner I am referring to:

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The back

Here is an image of the back of the quilt. To make it more interesting, I used a few of the squares from the front and laid them out in a row, with space between. I used the backing for the binding. That made it simple, but looks very nice. This image is when I appliqued the square to the back.

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When hand quilting, one tends to go through a lot of needles, due to getting bent. I only went through a mere 120, which really isn’t a lot, compared to what many hand quilters go through.

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These notions were my best friends for a few months:

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I also used, what is called, finger cots (not pictured) on my right thumb. They helped me to grip the needle when pulling on it to draw it out from the stitches. I don’t know what I would have done without those. The use of them was the brilliant idea of my mother-in-law.

Of all the needles I tried, my favorites are the John James Gold’n Glide Big Eye Quilting Needles, size 10.

I am starting two new projects. One is a lattice-looking quilt for one of my daughters; the other involves handwork, because I have really enjoyed that aspect. That quilt is known as Grandmother’s Garden, using hexagons. I will share about those in other post, as well.

I was pleased to hear my son’s report, after his first nights’ use of the new quilt, that it worked as it was intended.

Until next time……  clipsew

Warmly, Ruth

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Play Dough

Posted by: Ruthin This Is The Life
18
Nov
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I have had this recipe tucked away for years, but in all honesty, it has been years since I pulled it out and used it. Since my husband and the older kids are all away for the greater part of today, I thought I would mix up a couple batches for the littles to play with.

This recipe came from my husband’s Aunt. Thanks, Faith! It is a really nice texture. I wanted to share this recipe with photographs so you could get an idea of the process. That way, when the lumps show up, you won’t be concerned that it is flopping.

Let’s gather the ingredients:

The ingredients

Flour, water, salt, cream of tartar, oil, food coloring

Food coloring options

Food coloring options. Any type will do.

Combine in pan:

1 c. flour
1 c. water
1/2 c. salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 Tbl. oil
Food coloring (Don’t be shy here. Be generous with the food coloring to get vibrant colors.)

Play dough in a pan

Play dough in a pan. The beginnings of great things.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes.

Medium heat

Medium heat

Mixing it up

Mixing it up

Stirring constantly

Stirring constantly

Progress

Progress

Getting thicker. Switched to whisk

Getting thicker. Switched to whisk

Ta da! A ball forming. Looking more like mashed potatoes to me!

Ta da! A ball is forming. Looking more like mashed potatoes to me!

Almost done

Almost done

Let’s check out the yellow:

Lumps are okay. In fact, they are good.

Lumps are okay. In fact, they are good.

Knead until smooth. Kids do this perfectly!

Love these colors!

Love these colors!

Good look'n dough

Good look’n dough

Not so good look’n… and I’m not talking about the blob monster.

Not so good look’n… and I’m not talking about the blob monster.

 

The blue didn’t turn out so good. It needed to cook on the stove longer. We discovered that letting it sit out for a couple hours dried it to the point it became really nice to work with.

Store in a sealed container. We used gallon zip lock bags.

Warmly, Ruth

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