Friday, June 24, 2011

Three Cheers for the Red White And Blue

I'm getting ready for the 4th of July!!! I've had this pattern for Uncle Sam for quite a few years but a few weeks ago I was looking for a pattern for a friend and came across this one and KNEW I had to do it now....... He fits on a skinny wall in my kitchen between the pantry on the left and the doorway to the living room.

Farmer's Wife Blocks Update

I'm caught up and I might even be ahead...who knows. These blocks really are addictive and I'm finding them to be a lot of fun!!! I started out doing them in numerical order but I'm finding that when you use the Marti Michell conversion chart instructions and do the blocks she suggests in her order, you only have to take a couple of templates out at a time and it really is much easier. #12 Broken Dishes

# 16 Calico Puzzle

# 20 Churn Dash

# 21 Contrary Wife

# 70 Prairie Queen

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I'm Obsessed

I'm obsessed!!! I thought to myself, "self, just make your one bowtie for today" but while I was cutting out the one I said "what de heck" and kept cutting until it was time to get ready for dinner. So, I'm good till the end of the month and thru the holiday weekend.

I'll have to do the same thing early in July too so I don't behind when I go on vacation.

I Caved

Yes, I caved.....Anna Lena Land is doing a Summer Bowtie Challenge where you make 1 bowtie a day from the first day of summer till the first day of fall. I don't exactly know how many days that is but I love these guys...and after making these 2 I decided that I'd keep up with them.
Karen gave directions for 6 inch finished and 3 inch finished. I chose the 3 inchers and they are super cute!
Now.....I might not do 1 a day, I may do a week's worth at a sitting because there are days I don't get into the sewing stay tuned as I post pictures of my cute bowties.

Woolie Pincushion Round Robin

Over this winter the girls I go to retreat with decided that we'd do a woolie pincushion round robin and do the reveal at retreat in May. I don't normally work with wool so at first I thought it would be a HUGE challenge. I made my base and added the flower that's up in the left hand corner. Then I mailed it off. We did not show each other what we added so when I got to Indiana and saw what the other 3 girls added all I could say was "WOW". I love the sheep, bird, rabbit and beehive with the cute bumble bees flying around.
I haven't made it into a pincushion yet but I am planning on it very soon.
BUT.....while sitting around, we decided to do another round. The ideas that were flying around the room were soooo good. Circus, underwater, winter etc.
Below is my inspiration...................... Now to figure out exactly what to do so I can mail to the first girl on or around July 1st..... Any ideas???

Monday, June 20, 2011

Thanks Michelle

Aw, lookie me, all Red, White & Blue!!! Thanks Michelle!!!

Since I got the new Red computer I've been having problems figuring out how to save downloads and such and got real frustrated last night trying to change my design.... All I did was email my favorite tech support gal and BOOM...I'm up and running and all holiday'd out!

Thanks Again Michelle......

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Broken Dishes

Block # 11 of the Farmer's Wife blocks is called Broken Dishes.

Sadly, it's the only block I got done this weekend but I'm happy to have gotten at least this one.

Back to work tomorrow...but happily, the kiddies are done and it will just be us secretaries.

Everyone have a good week.


Father's Day

First off I want to wish all father's out there a HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! My father passed away too many years ago but I do think about him on this and every day. My children's father is a very busy man on his supposed day of rest :) Grocery shopping, lawn mowing, and now he's outside cleaning the pool so he can float for an hour or two, if the sun stays out.

I've been doing laundry, house cleaning and most recently, sewing....

Anyone that knows me KNOWS how obsessed I am with pincushions...primarily homemade ones. I don't care if they're simple squares or very detailed, I love them all.

This past May when I was at retreat I received a kit from Robin for a very CUTE carrot pincushion using wool, wool roving to stuff it and some super cute buttons and pins for decoration. I decided to pull it out and make it up today.....

You can see from the picture that it's not a big pincushion, probably about 5-1/2 inches long but is this not the cutest thing you've ever seen?

I just love it....and the nice thing about it is it took maybe 2 hours from start to finish.....

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Do You?

Do you make a"Top 3" list at the beginning of the month with sewing projects that you'd like to have done that month? I do....and it works out well for me. This month I had 3 things on the list and I finished almost all of them.

1) Assemble TB Churnie Top

2) Assemble black and white baby quilt

3) Catch up with the Starry Night Mystery BOM, cut out my next set of blocks for the Hometown Christmas quilt and catch up with my Aunt Grace 30's BOM...

Well, I got caught up on everything but the Aunt Grace BOM....

I spent the last 2 nights assembling my Starry Night blocks so I am up to date....The blocks are all Kaffee Fassett fabrics with Robert Kaufman black.

I can't wait to see how they get set, but I have an idea in my head how I will set them if I don't like how the designer has me do them......

Now to get moving on the Aunt Grace blocks.....


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Farmers Wife/The first three

I figured I might as well look at the first couple of blocks while I waited for the templates to come and decided that I could do at least 1,2 and 4 without them so I pulled some fabrics and got them done.

I don't know if it will bust any 30's stash but who cares....these blocks are so stinkin cute it doesn't matter.


Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt

Well, I've had this book for a few weeks or so, I'm not really sure, but I did buy it after Marti Michell posted that she'd be helping out with the cutting of the blocks in this quilt by using her templates and cutting instructions. The instructions are free by email every 2 weeks.

I signed up and then the other night I pulled the book out and started reading some of the stories. I really hadn't thought I'd do this quilt NOW but maybe sometime in the future. I have 2 sets of Marti's templates and after reading the stories and seeing my 2 buds Robin and Michelle say they were going to start it I thought "what de heck". I have a lot of fabric and a nice variety to choose from. I could do Thimbleberries and keep in the colorway of the author or I could use just random scraps or I could do it in 30's.

I have a TON of 30's prints and solids and truthfully, some have been sitting in the drawer in my sewing room for a good 10 years the choice was easy, 30's!

I did order 4 template sets and I'm just waiting for them to come so I can start.

Are you doing this one?

What size? What fabric?

I am going to go with Queen size. 6x6 blocks = 111 blocks set on pointe! I am going to make this easy on myself though....I'm not making anything that needs an inset seam or looks like it might try my patience. Sewing is supposed to be fun and at my age, that's exactly what I'm going to do...Have fun!!! I'm also going to start at the beginning with block #1 and work my way forward. I don't want to miss anything or get myself confused....

So, I'll be reporting back on my progress, and with luck I can keep up.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Another Finish

Yes, another finish! This is a 44 x 56 baby quilt in all black and white stash fabrics that I made for one of the teachers in school for her baby that is coming in August. I made her first baby a black and white quilt but added bright pinks and blues and purples. This one she wanted only black and whites. I love how it turned out and I know she will too.
I was thinking I'd maybe get some minkee for the backing but my sensible side kicked in and I decided that I was going to use my stash to back it. Actually, when I thought about hubby seeing another quilt shop bag come into the house I cringed thinking "new fabric vs divorce court" LOL I came to my senses and decided to use a black with white polka dots for the back.....

6 more full days of school for the kids and 3 half days !!! I'm excited for the summer to be here and to have some quiet days at work!!!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Thimbleberries Churn Dash Quilt

It's been AGES since I dipped into my Thimbleberries stash and even longer since I did one of the kits that I get monthly so when I was going to Indiana in May for retreat I pulled out a recent kit called "Churn Dash Delight" because of all the traditional blocks out there, the Churn Dash is my favorite. I got the kit cut out and 6 of the 12 churnies assembled the last day of retreat but that's as far as I went with it. The other day I decided to make my "BIG 3" project list for June and put this project at the top of the list....mainly because it's going to be a birthday present. The picture quality isn't the best because I took this with my cell phone because I can't find the hardware for my camera to load it on the new computer :(

The colors are not really "me" but hopefully the person they are for will like them. These are all medium and light greens with a BIG yellow and green print for the border and blocks.....

Now to get this quilted.

PS: It finishes up to 76 X 90 so it should be a nice wrap me up on a cool evening type of quilt!

Mama got a new toy

Yes....mama got a new toy!

Seems my old Dell was acting up last weekend so hubby ordered this new red one :)

Well, needless to say, we found out that it wasn't really the computer, it was our internet server but it was too late "Rosie" was already on her way to me.

The other computer was 5+ years old so it was "almost" time anyway.... I'll keep the other one in my kitchen as a backup or maybe just for recipes etc...

Gotta love a RED computer!!!