Prep Time

It’s almost that time again where I head to Wimberley Quilt Ranch to be a cook and student for Denise Green of HollyDee Quilts. I always wonder if what I’m planning to cook will be what everyone likes and then hope it all turns out well. I worked on my menu and I still needed a meal, so I called my mom to get some ideas and suggestions on what she thought. Yesterday I ended up finalizing my menu and then headed to Wal-Mart for groceries. Of course, I piddled way too much and ended up getting there mid afternoon when all other people where there too.

Saturday, after I got home I unloaded all the food and but some stuff in the freezer/refrigerator and did some pre-cooking so it would make my meals a little easier to pull together. Plus I’m more at home in my own kitchen than I am in someone else’s, even though she has a great set-up there. I made a fresh pound cake as part of one desert and while that was baking I boiled chicken, then shredded it, browned sausage (2 different kinds), and browned hamburger/onions. This morning, David even browned one more pack of hamburger/onions for me, and best of all he pre-diced 2 onions for 2 other dishes. Thanks, Babe – I sure appreciate your help. Hopefully cooking will be a snap! Ha!

yummy old fashioned Pound Cake

yummy old fashioned Pound Cake

Later today I will start pulling everything and get it packed. The retreat begins Monday and ends on Thursday.

Amid all the other plans I have been working on my Primitive Gatherings, Somewhere in Time blocks and I got the yellow centers of my flowers all cut and placed for block one. I only need to stitch down the yellow pieces and I will be finished with it.

block one with the flower centers on, ready to stitch

block one with the flower centers on, ready to stitch

Next up was to work on the sashing sections, there are 12 in all but Primitive Gatherings gave us the wool to work up all the stems for the 12 sashed sections. On the Facebook forum she did a little video to show us how she did that and I was sure grateful for that. I did it, I got all 12 sections done with the stems and they are ready.

my sashing pieces with the stems fused down

my sashing pieces with the stems fused down

I got my pieces cut out and they are ready to be placed down

I got my pieces cut out and they are ready to be placed down

Since I have 3 more blocks in queue I did some tracing and got one sashed section all laid out. It is ready to stitch.

one sashing section ready to stitch

one sashing section ready to stitch

I have been on the fence for some time now trying to figure out if I should use steam or not. Some people/teachers say NO steam and then there are the ones that believe in it rather strongly. For the last 5 years I’ve NOT used steam and now I’m beginning to think I’m changing my belief. Maybe it will depend on the project! For the wool it seems to be a game changer! I bought a wonderful inexpensive iron at Wal-Mart and I LOVE IT, just for putting water in it. I have been using my Rowenta Professional iron, which I love, but still no water in that one. I thought if I got a Black & Decker iron that I used just for steaming projects that would solve some of my issues. This is a great iron and has a stainless plate and small holes so it won’t eat up your project when ironing. So in case you are in need of an iron, this is the one that I got for less than $25.

my Black & Decker iron

my Black & Decker iron

Last night we were invited to celebrate Cathy’s birthday a few days early so we accepted their invitation for dinner and 42! Rex grilled steaks for us and he did an excellent job, the dinner and the company were very nice and it was especially grand to play 42 with them. Thank you Cathy and Rex, we had a great time!

I still need to pull my sewing supplies and get my next project ready for this coming week. I really want to work on my wool, but I guess I had better put it aside for now and cut out my pattern and get my fabrics ready. I’m about to embark on making another wedding ring quilt; this one is Judy Niemeyer’s Flowers for My Wedding Ring. It is a little different than the Bali Wedding Star that I did and I love the fabric that I got for the background. One thing that is good about this pattern is that I’ll be working with 2-1/2” strips so that will make it easier. As I write that I’m thinking that is an oxy-moron because the pattern itself isn’t easy. Oh well, I get one trade-off. 😉 Major sewing project ahead!!

my next big quilt to conquer

my next big quilt to conquer

my background and my fabrics for my wedding ring

my background and my fabrics for my wedding ring

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,
Ronda

About ronda926

I enjoy piecing quilts and getting to know people, as well as sharing the information I have on sewing. I love the sense of accomplishment once I'm finished.
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