Quilt Give Away at Lila Tueller Designs

While googling for Lila Tueller’s Woodland Bloom fabric line (my LQS does not have a lot of it…and I LOVE IT!) I found this!

Lila is holding a give-away at her blog site LILA TUELLER DESIGNS…grand prize is a quilt she made with her new line of fabric called EDEN from Moda Fabrics.

The winner will receive this grand prize quilt with a retail value of about $200+!!!
There will also be second and third prizes of pattern 3 packs.

New Quilt Blocks ~ Nine Patch Variations

I’ve been looking at different quilting blogs and have come across two that have great tutorials…in which these two have caught my eye. Cluck Cluck Sew’s Disappearing Nine Patch and Oh, Fransson’s Crazy Nine-Patch.

I really like the blocks! Now I just have to figure out how I want to place them into a quilt. 🙂

For the Disappearing Nine Patch, I used two Moda’s Charm Packs that I’ve had for some time…Recess by American Jane. It makes a big block…about 13″.

For the wonky Crazy Nine Patch I picked out 9 different fabrics in the Cheep Talk line from Connecting Threads that I had bought months ago.

This was a fun block to make…although it was a bit hard to cut through the last two cuts. This makes an 8″ block.

I have five 1/2 yard fabrics from the Woodland Bloom line by Lila Tueller for Moda..I want more. Not exactly sure what I want to make with it yet, but I do know I’d like more fabrics from that line. They are VERY pretty. 🙂

UPDATE! I found two more pieces in this line here in town…now I have to turn to the internet.

And lookie! Sun hitting Mt. Rose and Slide Mountain this morning! A teaser from Mom Nature…as we’re getting more rain and snow tomorrow. Picture was taken looking out from the building here at work.

The Backyard Homestead – Edited by Carleen Madigan

I was lured back to Crafters’ Choice Book Club and picked out some books…mainly quilting, but one was The Backyard Homestead, 2009, Storey Publishing.

Here is a LINK to a youtube video with Carleen. Love the guy’s comment after making bread and butter.

I really love this book…it has all of the information in one spot! I have lots of different books on the subjects but this one has ‘How Much Food Can You Produce?’ for a Homestead on 1/10 of an acre, 1/4 of an acre, or 1/2 an acre. With guides on Vegetables, Fruits & Nuts, Herbs, Grains, Poultry, Meat or Dairy Animals, and Wild Foods. The book is loaded with recipes throughout!

The planting section is wonderful and very easy to read. Great growing guides; seed starting; cold & hot frames; saving seeds; harvesting; preserving; even an intro on canning.

I really like the Fruit section. I have five blueberry bushes that I was wondering about pruning and there is an excellent how-to with great illustrations on how to prune your blueberry bush. We just moved to a 1/3 acre on there is a peach and plum tree on the property…good section on fruit trees.

Love the Herb chapter! There is even a Flu/Cold planting guide with a recipe for an herbal broth. How to make Herbal Vinegars, Teas, and how to cook with them.

Grains…”Depending on how much bread and pasta you eat, you may not have enough land to grow al lthe wheat needed to feed your family. But that doesn’t mean you couldn’t start with a ‘pancake patch’. Or maybe enough corn to eat during the summer AND make popcorn for the family movie night through the winter. Once you’ve got your pancake patch established, why not try your hand at growing and malting barley for making your own homebrew?” She walks you through planting, harvesting, threshing, winnowing, storing, and grinding. There is a section on cooking with grains ~ cornmeal, bread, pastas. Making your own beer.

Poultry for Eggs and Meat…that is what I want to do…the egg part at least. Still a bit squimish on the meat part. She has guides on Egg and Meat breeds, with dual-purpose breeds too. Egg production, life of the layer, bleaching sequence, replacement pullets, collecting and storing eggs, determining freshness, and cooking with. If’n you’re into the meat part…how to butcher. Directions to making a simple chicken coop. Also a section on raising Turkeys, Ducks, Geese. Duck eggs, I found out, are much richer than chicken eggs…I got sick on them when in high school, so I’m staying away from duckers. And Geese?! They’re just plain mean. I still rub my arse just thinking about them.

Since I’m on a 1/3 of an acre…I’m going to stay away from the larger farm critters. But there is a section on raising goats, sheep and cattle for meat and milk; piggies…which are my absolute favorite farm critter. I raised them in 4-H while in high school. Just love those Durocs! How to raise rabbits. And a guide to processing and preserving your meats. Smoking, making jerkey, making sausage.

There’s a section on making cheese…hard, soft, and cottage. How to make yogurt. Making butter. Ice cream.

The last chapter is on Food from the Wild….how to ‘forge from vacant lots and other wasted spaces.’ How to get permission to forage on other’s property, find a guide on local wild edibles, tools, harvesting.

There’s a section on beekeeping. That is something I would like to do too. I’d like to have one or two hives. How to get started, how to maintain the hive, harvesting the honey. And if you’re in the right climate for sugar maples…making maple syrup!

Eight pages of resources. USDA Hardiness Zone Map. Keeping Chickens: Selected City Municipal Codes (Reno…no prohibition or restrictions on keeping chickens in the city).

For Today ~ 23 February 2010 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 23 February 2010

Outside My Window… Snow.

I am thinking… I’d rather be somewhere else right now.

I am thankful for… My friend, April…she’s the bestest.

From the kitchen… Will be Del Taco’s Fiesta Pack…bean burritos and tacos.

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, and a navy blue 3/4 sleave t-shirt top, hair in ponytail.

I am creating… Nothing right now. Just finished three lap/baby quilts. I’m mulling over my next project.

I am going… to walk over to the dean’s office and drop off some contracts.

I am reading… will be reading my new books from Crafter’s Choice and the new MaryJane’s Farm magazine that my friend April sent me.

I am hoping… My constant wish ~ That everyone that is looking for a job, finds one. (Keep fingers crossed and send up a prayer…my husband has almost reached the 90 day mark on his new job!)

I am hearing… The ice machine…my computer is making a whirling noise…door to the stairwell slamming.

Around the house… snow. Lots and lots of snow.

One of my favorite things… Sunshine. Flowers. Can’t wait until the flowers start to bloom.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Plan a new quilt.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…

Northern Mockingbird and California Quail in Sunday’s snowstorm.

California Quail

Northern Mockingbird


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Quilts and Snow…more bloody snow. Spring Anyone?!

I guess this is what they call “Karma will kick in you in the arse”…while back east was being hammered I said “better them than us this time around!”…well, yesterday we got over 26″ of snow. Which gave me lots of time to finish some quilts!

First the quilts ~

This is the finished Wonky Square quilt, front and back. It’s about 36″x47” in size.

And this is Bugs’ Quilt that I made for her 3rd Annual Benefit to raise money for the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation. It will be raffled off on Satruday, March 6th at the Bait Farm in Silver Springs, Nevada. I’ll post about that soon.

I used Backyard Safari fabric with Ladybugs. Made up some pinwheels and set them on point. It’s 45″x45″ in size.

This is the reason I was able to finish two quilts….

Fight for Nevada ~ Education Funding ~ Petition

When I got into work this morning I found an email from Eli Reilly, President of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada asking fellow Students, Faculty, Staff, and Friends to take the time to visit their website and sign the a petition to fight for education funding.

Fellow Students, Faculty, Staff, and friends:

The educational system in Nevada (K-12 and Higher Education) is at risk of receiving massive budget cuts from the state. The students of the Nevada System of Higher Education have created an online petition to support education in our state and help convince our elected officials that cutting the budgets of education is NOT the answer to solving our state’s problems. All further budget cuts will do is worsen the social and economic problems in Nevada.

Please take the time to visit our website and sign the petition: www.fightfornevada.com.

It takes less than TEN SECONDS.

Eli Reilly
Associated Students of
the University of Nevada

“Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you reach your destiny.” Aristotle

For those of you outside of Nevada or for those of you who are just not paying attention…here’s part of an article from Nevada News that was written on Thursday, February 18, 2010 (link to the full article):

Last week’s town hall was attended by more than 300 faculty, staff and students with another 270 participating online.

“Candidly, our world changed on Jan. 22,” Glick said in his town-hall remarks about the state’s announced $881 million budget shortfall.

A proposal released by the Governor’s Office this week is being reviewed by University budget officials, but early estimates place the total impact in the range of 10-15 percent. Previous potential budget cuts to higher education of up to 22 percent had been reported.

Glick said a 10 percent cut would mean approximately $54 million would be shaved from the University’s budget. A 22 percent cut would total $79 million.

Noting the University has already cut 15.5 percent or $33 million from its annual budget, Glick said, “Every cut we make does damage to the University.”

For the University, budget reduction scenarios include:

:: Across-the-board salary reductions;

:: A declaration of financial exigency, which would essentially mean the campus would be declaring bankruptcy and would sell its assets, cut programs and lay off faculty;

:: Curricular review, which would follow guidelines set forth by the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents and provide a process by which certain academic programs would be reviewed and possibly closed.

Of the three, Provost Marc Johnson said the campus would likely meet mandated budgets cuts through “a mixture of program closure and some opportunistic cuts such as not filling certain positions.”

Johnson noted the goal will be make all final announcements regarding closure of programs no later than the end of the fiscal year at the end of June.

“The advantage of curricular review (rather than declaring financial exigency) is it’s under our control,” Johnson said, noting that curricular review will give terminated employees up to June 2011 to find new employment. “Unlike financial exigency, we will have a little more time to give notice.”

Glick said he didn’t support financial exigency as a way to balance the higher education budget in Nevada.

“You become the poster child for a failed university,” he said of the national reaction to such a budgetary move. “It hurts the reputation of the University long-term and your ability to recruit students and faculty. I think financial exigency hurts everybody.”

Whatever the mode chosen, Johnson said the process will be even more painful than previous rounds of budget cuts, which have seen 281 positions eliminated and the reduction and elimination of several programs and departments. Tuition has also increased 28 percent over the past two years.

If possible, Glick said, the cuts will be made with the overriding philosophy of not doing irreversible damage to the University’s quality.

“This would result in a narrower University, but hopefully it will be done in a way to maintain the quality of the University,” he said. “Protecting our quality … I don’t see any other choice.”

In remarks given at the beginning of the two-hour meeting, Elliott Parker, chairperson of the Faculty Senate, reminded the audience that the University, even in a time of severe budget reductions, represents one of the most important assets the state possesses.

“I think this University is the finest thing about this whole state,” he said, drawing strong applause from the crowd.

A special session of the Nevada State Legislature will convene Feb. 23, by proclamation of the Governor, to consider specific matters related to the state budget. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have criticized Gibbons’ proposal for addressing the shortfall by cutting too deeply into education.

For Today ~ 17 February 2010 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 17 February 2010

Outside My Window… SUNNY! With a few high clouds. SUN!!!! SUNNNNNY!

I am thinking… Wow…SUN! Hee! Am all a’giddy! SUN!

I am thankful for… for my health, even if the snot won’t go away and the cough is still with me.

From the kitchen… I have leftover ribeye that I bbq’d on Monday…maybe I’ll make steak tacos with it.

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, and a brown t-shirt top, hair in ponytail.

I am creating… quilts. I’ve finished the Hushabye, am binding the Wonky Squares, and I’m cutting out a Ladybug Pinwheel.

I am going… to quilt when I get home from work. Call my sister to see if she’s here at work so we can go to lunch…geez, it’s been 5 days since I’ve seen her.

I am reading… quilt books and the new Hobby Farm magazine.

I am hoping… My constant wish ~ That everyone that is looking for a job, finds one. (Keep fingers crossed and send up a prayer…my husband is finished his second month of work, and still liking it!)

I am hearing… The ice machine, liquid nitrogen tank hissing like crazy…me thinks it has a leak, people coming into work and slamming doors.

Around the house… a rug that needs to be vacuumed…still not used to carpet throughout the house.

One of my favorite things… Sunshine. Making things for people. A smile on faces.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Quilt. Vacuum. Quilt.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you… The fabric for the new quilt I’m cutting out now.


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Tuesday’s Ramblings ~ Quilts, Birds, Quilting, and Kitties

I switched my furlough day from today to last Friday…found out that the Nevada Museum of Art was not open on Monday & Tuesdays. So on Friday I went to see the Gee’s Bend Quilts with my mom. I wish we were allowed to take pictures…they were lovely. The best thing I liked about them…they were not perfect. They were useable works of art…no perfect points and no tiny stitches. I absolutely loved them.

Oh yeah…Raphael’s The Lady in the Veil was very pretty too! LOL!


Great Backyard Bird Count:

In my backyard I had the following birds:

Red-Breasted Sapsucker
California Quails
Mourning Doves
Ring-necked Turtle Doves (2)
Downy Woodpecker
Scrub Jays
American Robin
European Starlings
White-Crowned Sparrow
Black-Throated Sparrow
Rufus-Crowned Sparrow (?)
Rufus-side Towhee
Oregon Darkeyed Juncos
House Finches
House Sparrows
Northern Mockingbird
Lark Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow

And while taking a drive to Pyramid Lake we saw:

Prairie Falcons
White Pelicans
Horned Larks
and a bunch of Sparrows…they were flying too fast for me to see what types.


I finished the Hushabye Whirlygig/pinwheel quilt…and I just love how it turned out. Will make a great baby girl quilt…I’m thinking of putting it up for sale on etsy.


Just a few pictures of Lucy for “awwww…what a sweet kitty” effect. 🙂




The Great Backyard Bird Count is nearing…February 12th through the 15th is the annual bird watch hosted by the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Orthology.

Scrub Jay, Sparks, NV Oct. 2008

1 – Plan to count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count.

2 – Count the greatest number of individuals of each species that you see together at any one time.

3 – When you’re finished, enter your results through GBBC’s web page. The count will remain active until the data deadline on March 1st, 2010.

Oregon Dark-Eyed Junco, Sparks, NV, Dec. 2009

PRINTALBE TALLY SHEETS for your area. Just enter your zip code or town/state or national park/forest.

Here is the checklist for 89433 – Sun Valley, NV

Downy Woodpecker, Sparks, NV Dec. 2009

PHOTO CONTEST RULES ~ There will be three judges each from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society who will review all entries. All winners and finalists will be posted on the GBBC web site.

Images will be judged in six categories:
Bird in its habitat
Group shot (2 or more birds)
People enjoying birds

RESOURCES for all Educators/Teachers.

For Today ~ 11 February 2010 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 11 February 2010

Outside My Window… Cloudy and grey…again.

I am thinking… Why do people drive 10-15 mph under the speed in the fast lane (which is really fun when it’s only posted at 35!)? Why am I magnet for red lights? Why do people ride your arse when they can see 10 vehicles in front of you…where do they want me to go?

I am thankful for… my family and friends and two furry cats to cuddle with.

From the kitchen… Tomato Basil pizza (recipe from Mennonite Girls Can Cook).

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, and a fuzzy grey pull-over, hair in ponytail.

I am creating… two lap quilts.

I am going… to switch my furlough day and take tomorrow off instead. Four day weekend still, just taking Friday instead of Tuesday as non-pay day. Going to the Nevada Museum of Art to see the Gee’s Bend Quilt show…AND Raphael’s Lady in the Veil.

I am reading… lately, just the newspaper.

I am hoping… My constant wish ~ That everyone that is looking for a job, finds one. (Keep fingers crossed and send up a prayer…my husband is finishing up his second month of work, and still liking it!)

I am hearing… The ice machine, liquid nitrogen tank venting, me still coughing.

Around the house… kitties ripping from one end of the house to the next…Lucy has never been on carpet before!

One of my favorite things… fabric. Cutting fabric and then putting it back together again.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Quilt. Clean. Donate. Quilt. Go see a movie.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…one of my trips to Monterey, California. It’s been a long winter and I really want to go to the ocean.


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