Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rowing, Farming, and More!





Yesterday I had fun making some adorable 4-patch blocks for Lori's "Row Along" quilt project! I had so much fun playing with my Marmalade scraps for this project!


Lori has a super easy method for making these 4-patches...you start out with 3" squares and end up with squares that will finish at 1"! And you don't have to ever work with 1" segments which helps to keep your pieces straight and even.



My first row in the row along is finished...in two weeks Lori will post instructions for row 2!


The beginning of this week was busy, but I was able to start sashing the Farmer's Wife blocks...I'm definitely glad I'm using this setting for this quilt! I just love the extra open space this setting provides.



I started with a small group of blocks to be set each way...it's so fun revisiting these blocks again as I work with them again!


I worked on straight set blocks and on-point blocks...love them all!



And...yesterday I received the most amazing patterns...Carrie has done it again...she has a new line of designs created with Moda Candy...those cute packs of 2 1/2" squares!


I want to make every one of these quilts...and all of the pincushions too! You can find out more about these patterns today on Carrie's blog and enter a giveaway to win  set of these patterns here!




And finally...on a completely non-sewing/quilting note...I have to mention this little book, One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book which I first saw on Camille's blog. My personal journaling has lagged a little since I spend quite a bit of time writing this blog, but I really wanted a way to record more every day things. This little book is the perfect solution...I usually just jot down a sentence or two about things going on and already have had fun looking back!

Thanks so much for stopping by...hope you have a wonderful day!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Number One Goal


Today is the first day of school in our house. My normal "first day" excitement is mixed with some sadness, though, because my youngest is a senior in high school....so this is our last "first day."  At the same time I'm excited for fall, excited to set "beginning of the school year goals," and excited to have some "me" time! It's the first day of school for me, too...in fact I'll be off in just a minute to meet a new group of my English 101 students at the college. My schedule will be nicer this fall as I will just be teaching part-time during the day and won't have an evening class as I have had the last few semesters.

The number one goal this week is to work on my Fig Tree Farmer's Wife quilt. While working on the blocks I've kept them contained in a plastic shoe box...and now it's time to set them together!



It just amazes me that this is a stack of 111 blocks and that this represents a project I've been working on for over a year!



My 7 yards of sashing fabric arrived the other day--I'm using Moda Bella Snow which coordinates perfectly with the Fig Tree lines. This will be the first king-sized quilt I've made in a few years--it will be great to have a new quilt for the master bedroom!

Wish me luck...the plan is to have all the blocks sashed and set together by the end of the week!

Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Blogger's Block of the Month Block 12



 
This morning I finished Block 12 for Jackie's Blogger's Block of the Month! Since I made two of each I now have 24 blocks to set into a quilt (or I can make two quilts)!
 


This block was posted today by Amy! It's a darling block, and I had fun choosing fabrics for this fresh layout!



Next month Sarah will present the final block, and then in October Jackie will be back with the block setting plan! I sure have had fun playing along with this block of the month!

Happy Saturday and Happy Sewing!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bee Blocks and More


This month is Amy's month for our Bee's Knees quilting group. She sent along some gorgeous Echino prints with solid colored linen. I had so much fun sewing blocks for Amy!


Although I have some Echino prints in my stash, I have to say I've never sewn with them. They were absolutely wonderful to sew with, and I think I'm definitely over my fear of using them!


Amy said it was okay to make two blocks if you wanted...so I kept sewing! I really have had a blast sewing "Bee" blocks every month. It's always fun to see the fabrics everyone chooses!


I've also been doing a little sewing with this charm pack of the ladies stitching club by Oliver + S for Moda. The prints are kind of vintagey-modern...retro yet really today.


I love the oranges, the golds, the blues, pinks and purples.


And I've started a new project...more on this soon!


Also, congratulations to LynCC who won the Fort Worth Fabric Studio bundle giveaway from last week! I'll be e-mailing you!




Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Christmas on the Farm




Being away from my sewing machine for a few days is likely to put me in the mood to sew very long hours! Yesterday I had planned on just spending some time sashing the on-point blocks, but then one thing led to another and before I knew it  the Christmas version Farmer's Wife quilt top was finished...and it was midnight!



I am really pleased with how it turned out. I initially planned this quilt to be quite a bit smaller, but I'm happy it's a terrific twin-sized quilt (it's pictured here on a full-size bed).


I really didn't have to play around very long with block placement--I just tried to make sure the blocks with a heavy emphasis on one color or another were spaced well.



And I love the border fabric. I bought 4 yards of this poinsetta print at a 40% off sale last fall, planning to use it for the backing. I used 1 1/8 yards for my border and will use the rest for a pieced back.



Initially I was going to use the setting in the book for my Fig Tree version, but now I'm definitely going to use this setting for a couple of reasons: first, I love the increased size you can get with this version. Using the Farmer's Wife book setting all 111 blocks will just make a queen-sized quilt. With this setting I'll be able to have a king-sized quilt without making any additional blocks. Second, I love the open spaces with this setting. Since I'm planning to have my Fig Tree version custom-quilted, the open spaces will allow for the quilter to work some magic in those areas. I'm just going to do an all-over design on this one and plan on using it a lot this winter! And finally, the ease of putting this together was wonderful. Because all of the blocks are sashed and then trimmed, it was super simple to put together. This is an especially good setting if some of your blocks don't measure out to a perfect 6 1/2" unfinished.

Here are the details for this quilt:
  • Pattern for blocks:
  • The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired
  • Fabrics: Flurry by Kate Spain for Moda and Moda Bella Bleached White 9900-97
  • Number of blocks: 56 (just about half of the patterns in the book)
  • Finished Size before quilting: 72 x 80 1/2"
  • 2" cut inner border (Moda Bella Bleached White)
  • 5" cut outer border (Joy poinsetta print)
  • Straight set blocks sashed with 2 1/2" strips, trimmed to 9"
  • On-point set blocks sashed with triangles cut from 5 1/2" squares cut on the diagonal once (I can't take credit for the sashing instructions...info. found here and here and here).
I will definitely share more pictures when it's quilted!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Last Week of Summer Vacation




 I'm back from a mini-vacation to Phoenix, Arizona. I didn't do any sewing over the weekend, although I did do a little designing...and I'm ready to start sewing with my bundle of Odds & Ends! This is such a gorgeous line of fabric, and I've had a project in mind for it for some time, so I'm excited to set to work play!




Before I left last week I did some more organizing and now have my pre-cuts organized and sorted.  I just have a few more shelves to finish up and then I can start on the closet...hoping to finish up all the organizing this week before school starts next Monday!


It's always fun to find a treasure when sorting. I made this quilt from the Lori Smith book Fat-quarter Quilting: Twenty-one Terrific 16" X 20" Projects (That Patchwork Place)  a couple of years ago. I don't know why I never finished it...and I even have the perfect place to put it on a wall, so it's now officially goal #1 to finish for this week! It's wonderful when you set something aside for such a long period of time and still love it as much as when you made it! I think I'm still in love with this fabric which is all from the collection Simple Abundance, an earlier line by Bonnie & Camille. I actually still have a fat quarter bundle of this line that I haven't been able to cut into yet...still waiting for the perfect project I guess!

Hopefully lots of sewing and quilting happening here this week...see you soon!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Half-Way




I'm determined to have my Christmas version Farmer's Wife quilt set together before school starts. So my goal yesterday was to get half-way finished.



I completed sashing all of the blocks that will be placed in a straight setting. The blocks will all need to be 9" unfinished, so I sewed 2" x 6 1/2" strips to two sides of each block and added 2" x 9 1/2" strips to the other two sides. I then trimmed the blocks to measure 9" square.


This is a terrific method to use if all of your blocks don't measure at exactly 6 1/2" since you'll be trimming anyway. I'm really happy with how the blocks are looking...even the "busiest" blocks don't seem to bother me anymore now that there is extra white space.



Now I just need to  sash my blocks that will be set on point. I cut two 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" squares per block, cutting each square once on the diagonal. I will use the triangles to set these blocks, again trimming to 9". I even have the triangles cut and ready to sew, so hopefully I can finish this up soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What I'm Working on Wednesday...




I've been doing a little sewing...yay! Staying in and sewing is one way to deal with the heat, right?!  So I've started sashing my Christmas Farmer's Wife Blocks. I divided the blocks into two piles, the ones to be set straight (like the ones above) and the ones that will be set on point. When I first divided them up I didn't pay attention to numbers, I just put them in a pile according to how I liked them best. In the end I only had to move a few from the "straight setting" pile over to the "on point" pile. The straight setting sashings are going pretty quickly, and I love the extra white space that will be in the quilt.



In my quest to make it feel like autumn around here I decided to sew with some fabric that says "fall" to me.



These fabrics are from the collection "Urban Cowgirl" by the Urban Chiks for Moda...I really love this fabric. I had one charm pack and a little yardage which made it perfect to...



Add a little rick rack and...


Make a new fall bag! I used Nanette's "Mixed Bag to Quilt" pattern; however I made a few changes. Instead of using 6 fabric strips for the bag front and 6 additional strips for the bag back I used just 5 strips for each side. I pieced my strips together using charm squares for a more scrappy look. I also used a magnetic snap closure inside the bag instead of making the button/loop closure the pattern calls for.




I've been wanting to try a bag that was just a bit smaller, so I'll see how I like this size! I sure do love the gorgeous fall colors of this collection though!

Thanks so much for stopping by...what are you working on today?