Thursday, February 4, 2016

Life at the Clines

I need to back up to Christmas.  Here is the Cline grands and great grands on Terry's side of the family.

 Dave and Parla were here for two weeks.  I enjoyed interacting with these precious little ones over Christmas.

 Brighton was so pleased with herself that she could
 climb this tree all by herself.

 Here are some of our activities over Christmas.
 Mother and Melissa

 Settlers and Rook

 The men are practicing their rook skills.
 Terry with the in-laws.

Hiking up Lover's Leap.

The Snow Storm
We are getting ready for the storm by putting extra braces in the two turkey houses.

 I love making doughnuts when it snows. 
Melissa was a big help in this process.

 The men are walking to the turkey house because
 the snow is too deep for the four wheeler.

Our boys came over and spent two nights to help with shoveling snow off the turkey house roofs.

The picnic table gives you an idea of how deep the snow was.

While the snow flakes fell Melissa and I sewed.

Home Sweet Home

Life as a Quilter....
Pretty cool gift from Melissa.

One day a month I get to spend a day quilting 
with the Bodacious Bumbling Bees.

 Trying my hand at a fiber arts quilt.

A new table runner I designed.

A close-up of the quilting.

What will this project be?
Step 1 Triangle

Step 2 Diamond

Step 3 Baby Block

Step 4 Stars

Here is one of the projects I am preparing for
 sewing retreat with my sisters.
 So long for this time.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Butcher Day and Quilt Projects

On December 31 we butchered two hogs with Uncle Joe's and Dad's. A couple neighbors came in and gave us a helping hand. 

Here are some of the steps of our butcher day.  
We are working on getting the fat out of the meat and cutting it into strips ready for the meat grinder.

 Now it is time to cut out the choice meat for canning.

  After the sausage is seasoned it is run through the grinder.

 Grinding the sausage a second time.

 Cooking the bones, hearts, livers, tongues and
 sweet breads for pudding meat.

 Mom is starting to package the sausage.  We first wrap the meat in clear wrap then in freezer paper. The clear wrap is an extra step we do to keep the meat sealed better for longer lasting freezer life.

 And now for the ribs, roasts, back bones and tender loins.

 This kettle is full of hog fat which is being cooked down....

 and put into lard tanks.

 After straining the lard the cracklings are dumped out.

 I am cranking the sausage stuffer while 
Uncle Joe is filling pint jars with sausage.

 Now the sausage is being stuffed into 
casing which will later be smoked.

 Here we are getting the bones out of the cooked
meat, getting it ready for the meat grinder.

The cooked meat is strained and the broth is ready to make ponhoss.

A little pudding meat, flour, cornmeal and seasonings are added to
 the broth to make the ponhoss.

 Ponhoss cooling.
Now for the next year we get to enjoy our pork. As a matter of fact we
 did a pork roast for lunch and had friends in to enjoy it.

Life as a Quilter
Here is a barn quilt block I painted for my sister-in-law.
The last few weeks I have been machine quilting on this quilt.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Christmas Give Away

Give away
I am giving away one of my new books,  Amazingly Simple Triangle Stars.  To enter a chance to win, leave a comment on this blog post, by telling me what one of your favorite quilt pattern is or like my Facebook page connected to this link. The winner will be notified December 12. 

 One of the nine quilt patterns in this book.
Here is another set of slates I painted.  If you are interested in purchasing one of these go to Sew Classic Fabrics in the Heritage Farmers Market Harrisonburg, VA.  You can also place special orders at 540-828-6815.

  I so enjoyed hearing Caryl Bryer Fallert Gentry's lecture at the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, VA.  If you get a chance go see this exhibit by December 19.
 My niece Jolene was also at the lecture.

Wednesday was our monthly sewing 
day at the church.  Some of us quilt....

 ....and some of us knot comforts.

 A trip to Pennsylvanian 
Ben, Melissa, Rowen, Rebecca and I packed up the 
van and headed to PA to visit Autumn and Laban.

We took our sewing machines and spent all day Saturday sewing.
 Rowen learning to quilt.

 Rebecca is cutting out a quilt while Autumn is working on lunch.

Autumn is teaching Rebecca some tricks on the piano.

Melissa doing some mending.

 Rowen is learning another skill.
Old Fashion Day at the Old Order Mennonite  School
  I drive these precious little children to school every day. 
 Daniel Boone

 A lunch pail and wide rim sun bonnet.

 Most of the girls wore aprons.

 Hat, vest, knickers, white socks and lunch pail.
The excitement of the children was so much fun to see.