Tiny Camping - T@B 320 S Boondock Edge

4.02.2019

Russ and I are starting a new adventure! We are saying goodbye to our motorcycle and hello to camping! We are a few years out from retirement so this will be a weekend and short vacations camping. Next summer we plan to spend 3 weeks camping and exploring the Grand Canyon, as well the Mighty 5 Utah National Parks.  We are even talking about overlanding to Alaska in the next few years. We are very excited and having a ball getting the camper set up and ready. Half the fun is in the planning, I think. 


This is our new tiny camper! It is a nΓΌCamp 2019 T@B 320 S (which stands for a shower!) Boondock Edge (which means higher clearance so we can go off road and camp in public land areas). Boondocking is something we very much want to do. They are made in the heart of Amish county in Ohio and they work on everything on the T@B, so you know the workmanship is stellar! 



Here you can see the bathroom door and the tiny kitchen with a refrigerator. We plan on doing most of our cooking outside, but this will be the perfect place to make a cup of coffee. 


This is the seating area as well as the place to make up the bed. The backrest in the back lays down to make up the bed and the table gets removed and slats get added. When it is made up the bed is 70" x 73". We chose to buy a memory foam topper to use to sleep on. We will be leaving the backrest in the down position and during the day we will roll up the memory foam and bedding and tuck it under the cabinets and use that as the backrest. That way we can still use the table during the day.  As we get more organized, I will share more pictures of our set up. We still don't know what we don't know, but we are learning more every day! 


I want to give a huge shout out to our dealer, Trevor at Front Range Gear! He is very knowledgeable, helpful and is willing to be available anytime if we have any questions or need help. We love to go to his shop and just hang out! Small businesses are the best!

This is a video of one that is almost like ours. Ours has a few more features, but you will get the idea. 



We are planning a fun summer ahead of camping, hiking and maybe we will get back to kayaking again, too, Lord willing!

Until next time!! 


What is and isn't happening...

3.18.2019

There are times when I think I may say goodbye to this little blog of mine, but I can't seem to let it go. Not yet anyway! 

So, here is what is and isn't happening around here... 

This quilt is a shop sample that I really need to get quilted today!! I have been procrastinating. The pattern is Love You More by Kati Cupcake.  I tweaked the pattern a bit to eliminate unnecessary seams and I like it much better. 


The spare bedroom closet is beginning to overflow with UFOs!! Most have the backs already to go and only need to be basted. Most of them are baby quilts to be donated. When the weather warms up, I will have a power basting day outside and get them finished up.


My poor neglected Zuma project is languishing! I have 7 of the 30 blocks pieced. Everything is cut and ready to go, so I just need to get to it!! I lost steam with the passing of my father-in-law and the holidays.  


Coming up, I am going to host a Block of the Month at Cotton Creek Mill using the new book by Carrie Nelson, Summer Moon. I am using my stash of fat quarters by Lella Boutique, Nest and Farmer's Daughter, that have been sitting for far too long and some Grunge to mix things up. I love the cleverness of this sampler quilt. I look forward to getting this done along with the ladies of Cotton Creek Mill


 And speaking of Cotton Creek Mill, our shop has expanded to offering bus trips! Here we all are (freezing, I may add) in front of the new bus! It is gorgeous inside!! It's hard to tell because of the window tinting, but that is a large window above the windshield so the passengers can see out. It is stunning! 

(back) Tara,  (left to right) me, Deb, and Tami (owner of CCM)
Okay, I have procrastinated enough. It's time to get the shop sample quilted!! 

Have a sweet day!! 


Happy Valentine's Day and Queen Bee

2.14.2019

πŸ’˜ Happy Valentine's Day! πŸ’–

February is my month to be Queen Bee for the Sew Sweet Bee club. It only makes sense to have my bee sisters make some heart blocks for me, right? Or you could say I was overthinking what block to have them make and I finally landed on the one that makes the most sense because of Valentine's Day landing in February. Or, I lack imagination. Or all of the above. πŸ˜‰  No matter, I chose a darling ombre heart block created by Julie @ The Crafty Quilter. Here is the link to her tutorial: Ombre Heart Quilt Block Tutorial. I asked for them to make them in any combination they chose of various red, pinks or a mixture of the two, with low volume or off white background. I hope they will all go together well enough to just sew them together and make a baby quilt for donation. I am waiting for them all to get there before I make my own blocks to add to the mix. 

Made by Lisa12822

Russ and I don't go all out for Valentine's Day, but he always buys me a card and candy. He is thoughtful that way. This year, he bought a really cool card! No candy since that is not allowed on Keto. 😢 I didn't buy him a thing but trust me, I love up on him every day! πŸ’



Have a sweet day, and be kind to everyone you meet. You don't know what kind of heartache they may be dealing with.  


Another snowy day...

2.12.2019

Here in Iowa, we have been hit with snowstorm after snowstorm. Today, we are once again digging out from another 6" that fell overnight. The winds will be picking up, gusts of 45 MPH and temperatures are dropping. It's days like this I am thankful to be able to stay home! 


While being snowed in, I have been making simple patchwork baby quilts as part of my effort to clean up my stash and make baby quilts to donate to our local pregnancy center this year. Because the weather hasn't cooperated, I haven't taken pictures of them all. As I get them quilted I will get pictures and post them. 

I also went through my minky scrap stash and took the time to piece them together to make quilt backs for baby quilts. When I pieced these two, I knew exactly what fabric I wanted to use to make the top, and quickly started cutting and piecing. No overthinking allowed!! 


I got out the low volume Bonnie and Camille fabrics in my stash and cut some 3 1/2" squares to make a 45"x54" top. 


Because I loved it so much and I wanted to use it as my lap quilt right away, I basted it and got it quilted with simple cross-hatching. 


I have decided to make this the year of simple patchwork when it comes to my scraps. I love the simplicity, they are always cute, it takes no thought and they come together so quickly. 


 I am also thinking ahead to Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for this year. I have made tote bags in the past, but since they take up larger cuts of fabric and I am getting low on those, I have been searching for ways to use up the fat quarters I have purchased over the years that have been sitting way too long. I am considering drawstring bags. Cute and functional! 

Do you have plans to use up your stash and scraps this year?

Until next time!  


25 Patch Scrap Quilt

2.02.2019

For the last six weeks, I haven't been in my sewing room hardly at all! Mostly because the new eating plan my husband and I implemented has taken up most of my time to research and learn how to cook differently. We have had to find a whole new repertoire of meals that we can prepare. Now that it is becoming more familiar, and since I didn't go to work this last week due to the crazy cold, I had time to spend in my neglected sewing room to see if I could find my long lost mojo...

I pulled out my box of 2 1/2" squares. I keep them sorted by color to make it easier to play with them at a moments notice. 


In no time I had I a pile of 25 patch blocks ready to go!


I decided to get out my larger boxes of scraps cut 2" strips and make a frame around each block. That eliminating the thinking it would take when pressing the 25 patches to get the seams to nest with one another. 


Here I have it all laid out with the fabric I chose to frame each block with. 


All done!! This was quick and easy. I wish I could say it made a huge dent in my scraps, but it didn't, but a little is better than none! 


The math...For those who may be interested.

25 patch block: 
25 - 2 1/2" squares.
 Sew together make one block unfinished at 10 1/2"

Frame:
2 - 2" x 10 1/2" strips
2 -  2" x 13 1/2" strips 

Block will be 13 1/2" unfinished. 

It's always so rewarding to use up fabric scraps and end up with a cute quilt to gift to someone. It makes me want to pull out the larger precut squares of scraps I cut last year and make more scrappy simple patchwork quilts. 

Do you have a favorite go-to pattern to make use of your scraps? 


Good Morning and Happy New Year!

1.04.2019

This post will be a bit of a ramble as I try to catch up on what has been going on in my life and sharing the progress of one of my project. I intended to share a bit of an end of the year review, but God had other plans...I'll start with the most major life event...

On December 21, my beloved father in law, Wayne, went to be with the Lord Jesus. He was 87 years old and I loved him dearly. 



Here he is working on a puzzle with Russ a week after he was moved into memory care last August. His passing wasn't unexpected as he has been getting more frailer these last few months, but it was surprising. 

It all began with a fall on December 15 at our family Christmas (5 minutes after we arrived, so he missed the whole thing!) which resulted in several fractures in several of his ribs. The dr at the ER called it a "catastrophic life event" due to age and prior lung damage due to smoking years back. By the end of the day, the news kept getting worse. A neck fracture was found as well as an aneurysm. The decision was made to make him comfortable in hospice, as he did not want any extraordinary means to be taken to keep him alive and that's what would have had to take place. He said, in one of his lucid moments that night (he had mild dementia), "I have lived a good life. I am ready to go." The blessings of that week, though sad and stressful at times,  we (all the children, grandchildren, brother, etc) were all able to say what needed to be said and could love up on him until he met the Lord on the other side of the veil. I am thankful I could be there the whole week to sit with him and with my mother in law, Mathena. Wayne's funeral was December 26...

Christmas in my home was simple and low key. No complaints there! Russ got a battery. Exciting, huh?? He is converting his recumbent bike into an electric bike. Why? I don't question is choice of "toys" because I appreciate he doesn't make me justify my sewing toys. =)

My Christmas gifts were all fountain pen related. I fell into the fountain pen hobby last year and haven't stopped loving them! I received a Pilot DecimoVanishing Point pen and lots of ink. You can never have too much ink! Or pens for that matter. ;-) 



With the week-long stay at hospice with Wayne, his funeral and Christmas all bunched on top of each other, my sewing time was non-existent until New Year's Day when I finished up my 2018 Temperature quilt. 

In the last two rows, I added a temperature key. The actual temperatures are not written on them in any way but they do show what the colors were in order from coldest to hottest temperatures. That way you can look at the quilt and get an idea of what the temperature was. 


Here it is all finished!! It measures 72" x 88". I still have the first of the months marked with a piece paper pinned to the quilt. I am not sure if I want to mark those days in some way or not. I am leaning towards not, but I'm not ready to take the papers off until I am sure. 

  
I am organized to start another temperature quilt for 2019 but haven't firmed up my choice on block and layout yet. What I do know is it won't involve applique!! ;-)  I am going to use the same colors/fabric and same temperature key. You can read more about my process and find out what colors I chose on this post from April - Temperature Quilt.

 My quilting goals for 2019:

1 - Make more donation quilts for Bridgehaven
2 - Continue to use up my stash. 
3 - Continue with being very selective about what I add to my stash. 
4 - Learn one new technique out of my comfort zone. Last year I did curves! Not sure what I want this year's challenge to be. 

My personal goals for 2019:

1 - Love my husband more.  
2 - Memorize at least one new scripture verse a month. I have this months already mostly memorized, so I expect to exceed my goal. 
3 - Continue to stay on the Low Carb High-Fat eating plan. I haven't been on it very long, but I feel better already! 
4 - Be an encouragement with those I meet. Greg Koukl at Stand To Reason sums it up well in his mentoring letter: Give 'Em Heaven

Whew! If you stuck with me all through this post, thank you!! 

I wish you and yours a year of PEACE! 


Zuma Obsessed

12.11.2018

Last week I brought home a fat quarter bundle of Tula Pink's Zuma. Within days I had that baby opened, and cut! I rarely do that! I usually let the fabric sit for a while, but I had to play with this fabric now!! The colors are so rich and full!! I love the areas where you can see fluorescent colors pop!

photo source
I decided to use the pattern Shimmer by Cluck Cluck Sew. To make the twin sized quilt,  I needed a total of 30 fat quarters. I had removed the six fat quarters in the original bundle that read too light and went through my stash to pull twelve coordinating fabrics to add to the group. Moda Grunge, Peppered Cotton by Studio E and Blueberry Park by Robert Kaufman


This is only one of many pictures I took while sorting and deciding how to group the fabrics for each block and how to lay them out. I found that this pattern is one where you need to have a plan before you make the blocks. I wanted the warm and cool colors, the prints and the solids to be as balanced as  I could get them without over thinking it to death! By the way, I made a couple of changes after I had decided this was the final layout. LOL! 


I have one block finished! With all the prep work I did to get to this place, it went together quickly and easily and it came out the right size! Yay!! 


With Christmas right around the corner, I will only be able to grab a few minutes here and there to make more blocks. That forces me to enjoy the process, right? 

If I don't post again until next year, I want to take the time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. 

The God of all creation humbled Himself to become a human being—our Savior, Christ the Lord.  Because Jesus was born He could die, bringing the abundance of life we enjoy through Him.  May each of you rest in the security of the Babe whose birth we celebrate this day.

Stitched With Love

11.08.2018

Loved making this mini quilt!! πŸ’•




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