Monday, July 15, 2019

Mud on the door

Mud on the door, mud on the screen, mud on the steps and mud above the door is a big disgrace!
Barn swallows have been trying to build a nest above my front door for the last week and a half.  Last week hubby and I hung strips of fabric thinking that would deter them, no such luck they just flew in underneath, then I cut the loops so they were longer still they fly under and up.  I have knocked the mud down 4 or 5 times a day.  They are persistent little birds.  One day it was just the pair trying to build the nest the next day they enlisted three more birds to help.  Fortunately for me the construction crew wanted to see progress on their efforts and I was a hindrance so they flew off the job.  The pair is still trying.  I finally consulted google because they have an answer for everything. 1. Keep knocking the mud down and they should give up after 3 weeks.  Three Weeks!!!! 2. Let them have their nest they do eat lots of bugs.  3. Clean up the mess and put petroleum gel where they are building,  really?  like I want a grease spot above the door that will eventually be covered with bugs.  4.  Buy a bunch of stuff not that different from what I hung on the porch.  5. Hang a plactic owl on the porch.  6.  Keep knocking it down only a week and a half to go.
He couldn't curse me because he had a beak full of mud but I knew what he was thinking.    They are really quite ingenious to build a nest out of mud and grass hauling the mud from the storm pond a couple blocks away and to only be able to bring about a 1/2 teaspoon on mud each trip and to make it stick to the siding.  We have way too much mud this year.  Where did they build their nests before the homesteaders came to the prairie?  The battle continues..............--Ann--

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

knitting and finishes

The last couple days have been filled with finishes, the quilt top, a book, the 4th shawl for son's fiance for their wedding in October only 2 left to knit, the sleeves of my sweater and the heel of these socks.  I always have a pair of socks in progress in my sewing room that way when I am studying what ever is on the design wall I can knit a few rows while I ponder what I should do next.  I also used the lint roller over the entire design wall to remove all the threads from the plaids it was messy.  Clean design wall and finished projects now I can start something new.........there is yarn for another sweater and 2 more shawls.............--Ann--

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

quilt top

Quilt top sewn together. 2 1/4 inch strips cut into squares and triangles using the easy angle and companion angle easy peasy.  --Ann--

Monday, July 8, 2019

Fresh Scraps Design Wall

Time for a new project!  The plaids have all been put away and to make the decision easier as to what to start next I pulled out a Fons and Porter book American Country Scrap Quilts which had book marks in it and a bag full of fabric beside it.  This quilt pattern caught my eye years before I started quilting.  All of the bits and pieces were leftovers from previous quilts.  I just love using up the bits and pieces.  --Ann--

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Celebrate America

God Bless America   --Ann--

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Last road trip knitting

I knit from the marker up on the last road trip.  The first thing I did was k1, p1 when I should have p1, k1 so I continued alternating those two row as I increased for the gusset.  On the way home I started knitting on the leg and decided to do a 2 x 2 basket weave pattern.  K2, p2 for 2 rows then a plain knit row, p2, k2 for 2 rows and another plain knit row.  It was easier when there were bumps in the road.  Finally I can see a change in the color of the yarn.  The red sock has a light blue yarn that eventually turned to navy,  on the other sock the navy has turned to light blue and the red has become pink maybe by the time I get to the cuff I will be in the light blue section of the ball and out of the predominantly red section of the yarn on the other sock.  I had no idea the color changes were so long in this skein.  Hoping to stay home for a few weeks to work on other projects.  --Ann--

Tuesday, July 2, 2019


 These are the leftover cuts from the red, black and plaid quilt top 50 by 60 inches just right for a throw quilt.  I was going to offset the 4 square sets on the top and bottom border of the quilt but took a set apart to make a 4 patch for the corners.  I like that much better.  --Ann--