Monday, April 8, 2024

Sewing Time Needed

 Hello Quilty Friends!  After weeks of not sewing I needed a little quality time in the Podunk Quilting Studio.  No pattern required sewing is the quickest and easiest way to go when you don't want to use your brain.

So I pulled out the super scrappy UFO. It requires no math and no thinking.  Just sew and trim.  The only rule I have is have fun and try not to let the same colors touch.  I'll be adding to this piece in order to make a row that is about 8 1/2 x 70.  

I'll be pulling scraps from the cute little scrap fabric bins.

I just close my eyes and pull out a piece from the color bin I feel like I need.

Then start chain piecing.

The orange triangle piece was trimmed and I sewed 3 of the units together then added them to the original beginning square.

Now to deal with the pink and green piece.  I felt that the pink fabric was too large so I trimmed it down a bit.  Now to add a little blue to the top of the pink and green.

And then I just kept sewing and building until I had a piece big enough to add to the original square.  Then I found a piece hiding in the bins, it's below the yellow circle.

It was added to the unit and trimmed.  

Now to deal with the trimmings.  No scraps left behind!

They were sewn together with a red stripe fabric and then added to the end of the unit.

Here it is on the design wall.  The small section on the bottom is the one I just finished.  Not to bad for 30 minutes of sewing, huh?  

The original plan for this quilt was twin sized, so there's a long way to go.

You know what?  It felt good to be back at the sewing machine.  Why do I deprive myself of playing in the studio?  We really should take time out to play everyday.  Life is too short to work, work, work all the time.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Garden And Yardwork

 Hello Quilty Friends!  Not one stitch in over a month.  I've been busy working on this and that around the house and yard.  Meanwhile my ferocious watch dog is hard at work holding down the couch.

So while she naps lets take a walk around the property.  The mild spring weather has put us ahead of schedule this year.  We've mowed the grass twice and have started the vegetable garden planting.

I don't like to weed in the hotter months so I have decided to start lasagna gardening.  Which is nothing more than a no till garden that is heavily mulched with layers of dead grasses and then fresh lawn trimmings.  When it's time to plant the mulch will be pulled back to expose the planting area.

So far I've planted a small row of potatoes.  The green you see is weeds.  It's easier to pull them when muddy.  And it's muddy after yesterdays rain, but we might get more rain today. 

Our small patch of Kale and Lettuce.

The lettuce has sprouted but the kale has not.  It should peak out of the dirt sometime this week.

I also put out a small patch of Snow Peas for Mr. Podunk.  

He loves to come out to the garden and snack on them.  We also freeze a few for using in stir fry.

One of the things I dislike the most about gardening is moles.  They will tear up all your hard work.  I've tried every mole deterrent available, such as the green noise makers above and caster oil.  They work for a bit but as with all deterrents the critters get used to them and continue on with their destruction.  This year I've had to get mean.  I set the traps and Mr. Podunk empties them.  I don't like it but it's a sad fact of life.

We have several containers in the garden.  It gives root veggies a better chance of survival, the moles and voles can't get in the containers.  In this one I've put a few radishes.  

Mr. Podunk loves radishes.  It's one of those things that you really can't preserve so I only plant a very small amount for fresh eating.  We can plant them again later in the season if he wants more.

Next to the radish container is our asparagus patch.  Asparagus is a perennial and comes back every year on it's own.  It can take over a garden once established.  

The plan is to move this out of the garden and in its own bed later this year.  This too will probably not make it into the pantry.  Hubby picks it and eats right in the garden.

On the backside of our house I've cleared out a flowerbed in order to plant some blueberries.  Blueberries are finicky and like an acidic soil.  This will be my second year trying to get this project completed.  I still need to amend the soil before planting the blueberry bushes.

Along the side and front of the house I have been digging up and moving Autumn Sedum.  

I should have taken pictures before digging them up, but here's the holes left behind.

They have been relocated out in the large circle bed out front.  I think they will be much happier out here in full sun.

We have another area I need to deal with this year.  Such an ugly spot.  The wooden box hides our well pump.  The delivery drivers and mailman hit it from time to time.  So we put a big rock and weather vane next to it.  We need to come up a better looking idea.  This is easily seen from the road.  

The last area for me to work on is the hosta beds.  There's two hosta beds on the side of the house, both need to be weeded and cleaned up a bit.  The dog gets in these beds, moves the rocks and digs for who knows what. 

Last but not least is the kitchen project.  It's slow going.  The garage isn't heated.  Well Mr. Podunk heats it with a kerosene heater.  It gives me a headache to smell kerosene.  The only  time I can sand the cabinet doors is if it's warm.  And I like to have the doors open to let in the light and let out the dust. 
I have all but one door ready for the final sanding.

This one still needs a little work.

There's some dark stain still in a few spots.  By the looks of the weather reports, I should be able to get them finished this weekend.

Well, that's it.  I better get busy on those weeds!

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Happy Easter!

 Just wanted to pop and let you know I'm still here and to wish you all a Happy Easter.  I'll be back tomorrow with an update on the happenings around Podunk.  

🐰💗🐰May the joy of Easter fill your💗heart💗 with renewed faith and hope.
Happy Easter!

Monday, March 4, 2024

Spring Is Here!

Hello Quilty Friends!  I wish I had some quilty goodness to share with you today but no sewing happened last week. So I thought I would share a picture of my favorite fabric stash cabinet. Stuffed full of all my favorite bright fabrics.  Lakehouse Drygoods, Lori Holt, Pioneer Woman and so much more. That top shelf is three deep of fat quarter bundles. 

The kitchen project came to an abrupt halt on Wednesday evening due to a stomach virus. Before retiring to the couch for a much needed three day break I managed to get add three coats of the clear coat to the cabinet base.

I played around with the idea of white washing them before applying the clear coat.  After the first application of clear coat had dried I was regretting not white washing.  But what's done is done I'm not sanding them down again. 

Now onto an embarrassing topic, electrical outlets.  Hubby replaced the old nasty, dirty, yukky almond colored outlets.  He thought they were fine and it took a bit of shaming to convince him it was time to upgrade them.  A big thank you to his sister who without me knowing shamed him a bit more. His mom has also been cheering me on and letting her baby boy know he needs to just follow my lead on this project.

After my stomach issues on Wednesday Mr. Podunk jumped in and ordered some better sanding discs for the sander.  When they arrived I was still couch bound so he pitched in and started sanding the cabinet doors.

Today I will start the detailed sanding in the grooves of the doors, then use finer sandpaper to prepare the doors for the clear coat.  I should have these six doors done in the next couple of days. 

I'm working on the cabinets in sections.  Right now I'm sanding down section one.  When they are stained and back on the wall I will move onto section two.  After the cabinets are refinished I'll move onto the walls.

Last night I was feeling much better so I decided to take a walk around the property to see what needed to be done outside. The spring veggie garden planting starts this week.  There's so much to do before planting. Just like with the kitchen project I'll be doing it a little at a time.  Last year I cracked one of my vertebrae while working outside so a lot of things didn't get done at the end of the year.

All of last years plants still need to be pulled.  Hubby offered last fall to clean up the mess but I told him to leave it be and I would deal with it when I could.

The first thing to plant is snow peas in the row on the right.  I've cleaned it up a bit and will need to add a little compost to the dirt before planting. 

This circle flowerbed is last years back breaker.  I'm not exactly sure what cracked my vertebrae but it happened while working on this project.  I did trip over a rake and fell flat on my face. 

But I also moved a ton of rocks.  Oh well, my back is better now.

This years flowerbed project is to keep the deer from eating my tulips.  See the deer hoof print?

The deer have never bothered my tulips before.  I've read that castor oil, dried hot peppers and Irish Spring soap will all help keep deer away from plants.  We have all on hand so I'll give each one a try.

There's lot's to get done this week so I better get started.  Hopefully I can find time to play with fabric this week.  See you next Monday!