Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I am a Farmer's Wife

and so is Christa of Second Story Quilting.  Technically, we are both farmer's wives, but we are also following the Farmer's Wife sew along hosted by The Gnome Angel.  I've chosen my fat quarter collection of luscious Kim Diehl fabrics.
Our first of 99 blocks is Becky
the second is Bonnie
and the third block hasn't yet been revealed to the group, but I've taken a chance on the next block being Patience
I guess I'll sew four blocks this week if a different block is picked.  Angie said that we will be sewing them in order of easiest to the hardest, thus my pick of Patience.  The remaining weeks of the sew along have us scheduled to sew only two blocks a week.  I have also been busy sewing my Shiloh blocks together in rows and I have also started the flying geese border, but just barely.

Question:  Who do you think of first when you think of "success"?  Large scale, I'd have to say Oprah and closer to home I'd say my Dad.  Not so much financial success, but Dad knows how to treat people and to truly listen and that's genuinely successful to me.

I'm thinking that Christa will also be posting her blocks in the next couple days so click here to see what she has sewn up.

Friday, September 25, 2015

And then there was one!

All of my Shiloh pairs are sewn into blocks and I wish that every quilt went together as easily as this one did because it went together like a dream!
This weeks addiction!  ;-)
These are all 25 of the Shiloh stars.  I have them set on point here, but they don't get sewn together that way.  Once they are sewn together, I add a plain border followed by a flying geese border and then maybe another plain border!
I have also signed up for this
I might just be crazy for signing up for this as I haven't even started my first Farmer's Wife quilt.  I've had the fabric and book for that one for at least three years now, so why would I think I can get this one done???  It's neat because on The Gnome Angel, where I am following the sew along, there is a  map set up of the participants from all around the world.  I am the second quilter from Saskatchewan who has signed up, the first person is from Moosomin.  Shirley perhaps?  I've also signed up for the Farmer's Wife Facebook page and there are more than 3300 quilters signed up showing dozens of photos showing the gorgeous fabric choices they have made.  Technology can be a very cool thing!  Who will join me?  The plan is to make two blocks a week for about a year with a couple catch up breaks included and you can either paper piece or use templates and traditional rulers.  Any guesses at how long I stay caught up to the 2 blocks per week?

Question of the Day:  How do you spend the majority of your free time?  I guilty of spending too much time on my phone, looking at Facebook and the news, but two weeks ago, I decided to make a conscious effort to put down my phone and turn on my sewing machine, even if its for only a few seams.  And usually a few seams turns into a whole lotta seams!  Have a great weekend.

Monday, September 21, 2015

September 17 Guild

I don't have a whole lot to share from last weeks guild, but here it is anyhow!
This is Lori's stunning bargello that she has made for a friend.  I think we were all mesmerized with this quilt and the gorgeous color choices that Lori made.  I was taking photos of this quilt and Christa was sneaking away from the quilt as if to say, "You are NOT getting me in these photos!"  Right, Christa?!?!  LOL
Christa and Colleen are doing a Christmas fabric challenge from Quilters Haven in Moose Jaw.  The above photo is Colleen's work in progress.  It is so super cute and I can't wait to see it done.

I forgot to take a photo of my guild project fabrics before I started cutting, but are they gorgeous.  I picked Kim Diehl fabrics from four different lines and the pattern is Jellystone by Miss Rosie.  I'll take photos next guild.  One last thing from guild is we had some grant money to spend and we followed Jenny Doan from Missouri Star and bought an Oliso self raising iron from Purpleberri Boutique.  This iron is proving to be a huge improvement over our last cheap ones.  We have money to buy one more decent iron, but it's on backorder for now.

At home, I've been able to sew a half hour or more for almost a week now!  I've made some progress on my Red Crinoline "Shiloh" quilt made from Ladies Album fabric designed by Barbara Brackman.
Paired up and waiting to be sewn into stars

Four stars finished, 21 left

This is my third Red Crinoline quilt that I have made and I have the patterns for three or four more.  The first three have followed the same method of assembly...it seems like you sew and sew these smaller pieces and units without an end in sight, and then SNAP, the blocks go together so quickly and this is where its hard to stop sewing because you can finally see progress!  The trimming for each individual unit does take time, though, but when the blocks end up like they are for me, its so worth it!  I love piecing Red Crinoline quilts!  I have 21 blocks left to sew up followed by a flying geese border, which I'm assuming will take some time to assemble.  I'm excited to see this quilt come together!

I have reprinted my lost 365 questions and I've guessed at where I had left off before I lost my last set and here is the question of the day:  If I could grant you one wish what would you wish for?  This is an easy one for me and my answer is wisdom.  I think we all could use at least a little bit more wisdom!

Friday, September 04, 2015

Harvest 2015

Another summer has yet again flown by.  I'm starting to think that even though I set a goal every summer to sew each and everyday for at least 15 minutes, I'm just not a summer sewer.  Is that even a real word?  Anyway, I logged four pitiful days of sewing since the end of May.  But I plan to make up for my slow summer in these next eight months!!

Kids are back in school and I have my house back!  I love my kids, but that arguing!  
Our oldest started college this week and I'm pretty sure that I can see the starlings of a mustache on the second boy!  Where does the time go?

Harvest is going well and we are trying now to beat some rain that is in the forecast.  I took this photo on some of our rented land.
It's just so pretty.

We had our first guild meeting this morning and spent a few hours hashing out grants, quilt show possibilities and other such logistics for the year.  And just a touch of show and tell.  This black and green stunner is made by Theresa.  She is definitely a natural quilter as she hasn't sewn a lot YET.

Colleen made these eye glass cases.  The quilting is especially cute on them.

And Colleen also made me this Kansas Troubles mug rug for my sewing table that I have downstairs.  I promise that I will use it, Colleen!  Thank you very much!

I have my blue batik quilt bound and ready to give away in a couple weeks.  

And I made a set of pillowcases for my niece.  I should have kept track of how many sets of these pillowcases I have made.  I follow a simple and easy to follow youtube tutorial from The Crafty Gemini to make them.

Finally on another subject, Dr. Wayne Dyer passed away a few days ago.  He was an amazing man and he filmed many educational fundraiser seminars for PBS. He taught how to live a life intentionally and with purpose.  Here is a quote of his that I came across yesterday
Well said, Dr. Dyer.