Friday, July 19, 2013

Yethi Says it is Hot, Quilts and Bug Bites

Fire Ants....

week ago
tomorrow, I was out watering a flower bed.  Anyone living in the south is familiar with Fire Ants.  Some living out of the south have probably heard of them.  Fire Ants build mounds, and it is unbelievable how many ants there can be in a mound.  I have found that if I take a broomstick and punch several holes in them, the ants come swarming out.  Then I take cheap iodized salt (sometimes at 25 cents a box) and I sprinkle it on top of the mound.  This usually works the first time, but if not the second time, you never see those ants again.  Now back to my story, I was watering.  When I finished I was curling up the hose to put it away, I looked down and I had ants to my knees.  Thankfully, I had on jeans, socks and shoes.  I started patting at them and then decided to wash them off.  I was lucky, I only had 5 bites.  I think I am allergic to them.   In the picture that is one bite.  They burn, they hurt and they itch.  I woke up two nights in a row scratching.  They are not fun.  Today, that bite is about the size of a quarter.  Thankfully all of them quit itching about 3 days ago.

The problem with the mounds is when you mow your yard, you mow over the top and then when you are walking in the grass you can't see them.  That is why I didn't know that the ants were there.  I try to keep the ants out of my back yard because of my dogs.  It is a fenced area, so that is the area that I am most concerned about.  Fire Ants can kill a cow, can you imagine a poor dog. 

Yethi says it is hot.............

First the Back
I bought this fan a while back.  I keep it in my office.  Central air (I have two) just cannot keep the house cool.  Between the heat and the humidity, it is an impossible  feat.  Yethi discovered this fan.  Notice on the back picture her hair is split. 
And Now the Front

This is the center of a scrappy quilt that I have been working on.  It is not quite put together.  I hope to have the borders on by the next time I blog. 

Hope all is well with you.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Movie and a New Quilting Product

Yesterday,  I went with a group numbering 7 of us to lunch and then to see the movie "The Lone Ranger."  If you have not seen it, go see it.  It is great, it is funny, it is good entertainment.  It was so nice to go to movie that you didn't hear a cuss word every other word.  The professional critics of this movie should be sued by Disney.  They have probably cost them millions of dollars.  Now for what reason????  Do these people get paid off???   They certainly did not see the same movie I saw or there is something wrong with their moral compass.  I read an article the day before I went about how Johnny Depp is losing his pull.  I hope Johnny Depp keeps doing what he is doing.  I am not a particular fan of his.  I have not seen all of his movies, but this guy who wrote this article was completely overboard with his opinion.   Go see the movie, I think you will like it, expect to be entertained. 

New Product..............
Have you ever made a quilt and had a terrible time getting the corners sharp and the binding filled?  One morning I woke up about 5:30 and it was not daylight.  It is a long story but I don't like to get up unless the sun is up.  So I closed my eyes and laid there.  The night before I was binding a quilt.  I started thinking about that binding and then it popped into my little brain.................This is the result.......



Sharie's Binding Corner's and Sharie's Binding Strips. 

The corners and strips are meant for a 1/4 inch finished binding.  A glue stick and binding clips would be helpful.  The corners and strips are applied to the seam of your binding after the binding is put on the quilt and before you hand-sew the binding to the back of the quilt.  Instructions are included in the packaging.

For purchasing and shipping charges, please contact me at  

...Binding Corners are 4 to a package @ $3.00 per package
...Binding Strips are 2 at 50" in length for $4.00
per package. 
...Binding Strips are 4 at 50" in length for $7.50
per package


Iowa Country Roads
I have just finished this lap quilt.  I enjoyed quilting it on George.  I have lots of tops that need to be quilted so George and I are going to be busy.  I named this quilt "Iowa Country Roads."  It takes a little imagination but if you know anything about roads in the country in Iowa, it is a good name.