I’m still working on my Farmer’s Wife quilt! My progress on this project has slowed way down. I have less time these days to get in the Farmers Wife state of mind necessary to piece together these little intricate time consuming blocks. It’s difficult to see in the picture, but I’ve decided to inconspicuously embroider the names on each individual block. I don’t want to forget the “Old Time” sweet names…… “Farmer’s Daughter”, “Attic Windows”, “Churn Dash”, and “Buzzard’s Roost” to name a few. 31 blocks are finished, and they are all my favorites! Most of the fabrics in this quilt are from “Chicopee” by Denise Schmidt, one of my favorite fabric designers.
It’s a new month and time to make a new project for the Pretty in Patchwork Holidays Sew-Along hosted at Threadbias. Mays project is a quick, easy little drawstring gift bag. After a couple of sleepless nights, I decided on a plan for my May project, a red work gift bag. I love to embroider and try to include it in as many projects as I can. The embroidery design is my own, but was inspired by a pillow I remember seeing on pinterest.
May: Drawstring Gift Bag
The projects selected by Threadbias for April were a little intimidating. Since I am currently a working-girl I need to stick to simple-quick projects. I decided to make a few blocks from the Modern Heirloom Quilt pattern and leave off the heirloom portion of the quilt which would have involved a lot of beautiful but intricate quilting.
DOM stands for Designer of the Month and Aurifil is hosting another great challenge coordinated by Pat Sloan. Every month a differrent designer releases a new block to make and naming their blocks after a song! January’s block is designed by Erin Russek of “One piece at a time” and is called “Jumping Jack Flash”. Well— I jumped in on this challenge yesterday and got this beauty put together just in the nick of time-before the February block is released. I am looking forward to sewing along with this group.
The fabric I’ll be using for this challenge is designed by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics and is called Lucky Penny! I love the rich colors in this new fabric line.
January: “Jumping Jack Flash”
February: “Heavy Crosses”
March: ”The Boxer”
April – “Heart and Soul”
May: Rock’n’ Round the Clock
“Harvest Vine Table Runner” – March Project
I missed out in making the February project for the Pretty in Patchwork Sew-Along with the Threadbias group so decided to jump on the project for March and get it done early in the month. This has been my first experience with curved piecing. It was pretty easy. The finished project has some issues on things not quite matching up here and there, but all and all I really like this little table-runner.
They are everywhere!! It seems like everyone is doing it! Making a Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt using the tutorial at Quiltville. There is even a Flickr group here with almost 1000 members! Needless to say I needed to get on the bandwagon and make a Scrappy Trip Along so that I would also have one of these bright scrappy quilts posted on my blog. This morning I’ve completed all of my blocks and here are photos of my progress so far. That Vetdepot coffee cup looks great on these colorful blocks!
Fast Forward a couple of weeks to this bright finish! Decided to call this Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilt “Ooh That’s Bright” because that is what I thought of everytime I looked at it!
I love my house! I knew 22 years ago when I drove past her and saw the mom’s and children playing in their front-yards that it would be the perfect neighborhood to raise a family. I remember suggesting to my husband that we go and have a look at the models. Well, we ended up buying one of the models that day and moved in! The house came with dishes on the tables, pictures on the walls, and towels in the bathrooms! I still use those dishes today. So many happy memories inside those walls and windows, especially those three little faces that have grown up to be wonderful amazing people. Brings happy tears to my eyes thinking about it! Well, today it’s time for new windows and the Newman trucks will be at our house today!!
The Before Picture
OH YAY! The Newman Trucks are here!
Casey is staying by me!
Work in Progress
A couple of the windows did not fit! And the french-doors are still being made, so the after photos will have to wait!
Finished this today!
You know what that means?
I can start something new!
I have been tempted to make a fabric purchase reneging on my commitment to myself to not purchase any new fabric! And happy to say…. I did not do it!
My Aurifil Quilt:
Pretty in Patchwork Holidays is a book with seasonal patchwork projects to make!
The girls at Threadbias have started a group that will make a project from the book each month throughout 2013. The projects are quick and will be a great way to make a few seasonal things! My goal is to sew-along with the group and not buy any new fabric! I love checking into the homepage everyday to see what others have made.
The January project has been my first experience with paper-piecing. It involved sewing fabric onto a paper pattern and then picking the paper off of the completed block. I have wanted to try this for a long time. It was fun!
January Project-”Greetings from Antarctica”
The new year is a great time to think about goals and making changes to live a better life. I have a few new years resolutions this year, and hoping that putting them in writing will give me the extra strength I need to keep me committed.
No More Fabric
“Oh no…. did I just type that?” Purchasing fabric brings me so much pleasure. This is going to be really difficult. I have reached my limit in my fabric closet and there is simply no more room. My sewing projects in 2013 will have to be made using fabric I already have.
Yes, I need a job or to volunteer where I feel useful. A Productive life. A stimulated mind. A reason outside of myself to get up and get dressed and give back.
Excercise at least 4 days a week. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Sounds easy enough!!