Friday, September 30, 2011

Craft Night


The table was set and the candle was lit.


We had a hearty supper, then cleared the table and brought out all the paper craft supplies for an evening of creating.

Christine punched out circles of paper for a fall garland…..


Barb worked on making tags for Christmas packages…..


Gretchen sorted through the supply of stickers…..


and Kris made classy Thank You notes.


Missy created pumpkins for a special Get Well card.


I decided to make a mail-art card using phrases cut out from magazines.


As you can see, we all had fun………especially me!


Thanks Christine for being our great photographer.  You all come back soon.


Monday, September 26, 2011

More Farmer’s Wife blocks

Here are four more Farmer’s Wife blocks -

#84 – Spool



#85 – Square Dance (using the last little piece of paper-doll fabric)


And Blocks #71 Puss in the Corner, and #72 Railroad



My wild and crazy batik rail-fence quilt is all sewn together.  Now I need to figure out an appropriate backing.


I went through my stash looking for backing ideas and nothing seemed right.  This may mean a trip to the LQS for some sale fabric.  Can I go into the shop with blinders on and only purchase backing fabric???? 


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

At last….

At last I finished this Round Robin quilt started in 2009.  I received the final round in November of 2009 and my job was to quilt and bind.  Since my machine quilting skills are not the best, it has taken me this long to do little bit by little bit.  My incentive to finally get it finished is that I was returning it to my friend who’s son will be home soon from military training before being deployed to Afghanistan.  Although the quilt was originally being made as a church fund raiser,  I thought she might like to have this quilt decorating their home during her son’s visit.


The picture does not show my quilting (which is a good thing) but I did each section differently – some outline, some free motion, some straight lines, some grid work.  It certainly is not the best quilting in the world, but I was pleased with the final product. 

I remember when my friend’s son was born, and I am a close enough friend to have held him as a baby.  The years went by so fast and now to see him all grown up and in his Marine uniform is amazing.  I thank him for his service to our country and pray that he will be safe.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Farmer’s Wife #20 and 21

Here are two more very easy Farmer’s Wife blocks – #21, Contrary Wife, and….
#20, Churn Dash
Also in the works, and finally completed, is a secret project that I cannot show on this blog quite yet.  Soon though. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

FW #29 and #30

Here are my version of The Farmer’s Wife blocks #29 – Economy and #30 – End of day.


I love that fabric with the smiling children!


Using the Go Cutter that has been loaned to me, I made strips out of the fabric that my friend gave me to make this wild and very colorful quilt.  Put your sun glasses on………



Wow – I am thoroughly enjoying these wonderful batik fabrics.  So much color can’t help but make me smile.  In love


Monday, September 5, 2011

#74 and #100

Today I made Farmer’s Wife blocks #74 – Ribbon, and



#100 – Weathervane.


Every time I make more blocks I change my mind on which is my favorite.  Today it is the Weathervane block.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Finished “Jelly Roll” Christmas Quilt

Took the last stitch in the binding of this “Jelly Roll” quilt today.


My “Jelly Roll” quilt is made from leftover strips of green, red and  gold – some Christmas fabrics, but most are not.  (It looks wavy because of the uneven way I hung it.)

Here is a closeup of the quilting (done by Country Threads in Garner Iowa) and the striped binding (also leftover Christmas fabric).


And the back made with more leftovers.


Next project on my list is some machine quilting.  I am once again practicing and determined to get more comfortable at free-motion quilting.  Just like any other skill, it takes lots of practice, and that’s what I’m working on for the Labor Day Weekend.  Practice, practice, practice.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

#49 and #50

Farmer’s Wife blocks #49 – Honeycomb, and #50 – Honey’s Choice


Since block #50 included four pinwheel blocks, I decided to fussy-cut a little pinwheel for the center.