Saturday, April 10, 2021

Farm Girl Vintage Start

Hazel is starting to cruise!  She was chasing the ball in this picture.  Just a bit over six months old and such a happy girl!  She loves to be read to and her favorite book at my house is "That's Not My Puppy!" which we read at least once each day.

Just finished my latest book box.  The story was good though lots of "convenient" things happening to interrupt things all the time.  It got on my nerves a bit.
Finished the Kathleen Tracy Mini Mystery.  She decided to surprise us with the last clue (borders) a few days after the previous clue so now I have another flimsy to quilt.
Sunshine just had a bath a few days ago (Bug did too!) and she was a quick pose on my quilt.
Finally getting around to making some Lori Holt blocks.  My old guild did this a few years ago (a different one each month) but I think it was when I was in the thick of working and sleeping and never went to guild so I did not make any.  And I decided I may as well make two at a time while I am cutting.  Not sure why since I do not know what I am doing with one of these tops much less two.  Anyways I am using up my scraps. Yesterday I made pumpkins....
and today I made cherries.
I am also working on a swap quilt in reproduction fabrics.  It is a mini.  No pictures until the swap is complete.  I made two little tops (one for me to keep as always) and after quilting the first one I realized that is was ONE INCH too small on each side as I did not pay attention to the minimum size.  ACK.  So since I had erroneously cut almost double what I needed to sew my two quilts I had enough left to sew two more.  Today I pieced up another one and added a small border to it so it fits the size requirements!  Now it needs quilting.  Progress!

Friday, April 2, 2021

Easter Egg Art and a Little Mystery

Hazel made some fun Easter Egg art this week.  She loved shaking the bag with the paint and dice (where are my marbles) in it!
I finished putting the clue for Kathleen Tracy's little mystery today.  Barb also finished hers below.

 I got all cut for not one but two of the sweet quilt in the book.  I am hoping I was accepted to join a mini quilt swap..I have not heard back yet.  This has LOTS of pieces and took a bit of cutting!  Should be fun though.  I always like to two make two when I exchange so I get to keep one!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

A Rainbow Scrap Challenge Finish and Clean Up and Prep

In 2017 I made Straits of Mackinac blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I did not put them together because I was waiting for Bonnie's full pattern to come out to decide how I wanted to set them.  Somehow a few years passed and this just hung out waiting for me. A few months ago I laid the blocks out, took a picture (which I apparently deleted) and put the blocks back in the box facing each other to sew them.  I did not pin (next time, I will pin!).  So since laying them on the floor and doing all that is a bit much for me some days with my energy level I just sewed them semi blindly together as they were.  As I went I realized I was not doing it as it planned at I had blocks of the same color lining up..ugh so I did impromptu twisting and turning and in the end, this is what I wound up with.  Not the best, but it is together so there is that.
I only have a few UFO's left.  I took out my landscape quilt from SIX years this point it is not going to get done.  I need someone who knows what they are doing to help me with that. So back in the box it went. I have Circa 2016 left and think I am going to make a mini of what is done and then be done with that one too.  No motivation to finish it anymore.
I spent a bit of yesterday going though my squares and random scraps.  I got out all my green fabrics and cut strips to add to the bag of the right size.  I now have another ready to sew.  That will be Winter Blues but mine more likely to be named Spring Greens.  

A few weeks ago I got out all the plaids and cut for Moth in the Window, any yardage left got added to my already full shelf! Back in February I ordered some fabric from Facebook Marketplace.  I got a decent deal and had not bought fabric in forever.  I needed some reds.  I found a few and some eye spy fabrics and a few others.  So this got added to my fabric shelf here and there.

So all that led to reorganizing my fabric shelf.  I changed things around a bit so the same colors could be together.  It does not look all that different but it is a bit more organized.  
(before is above and after is below) 


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Tulip Time and Easy Breezy

Today I quilted and bound Tulip Time.  Such a happy springy quilt!
Hazel got to rock her new sunglasses!

 The last Easy Breezy is quilted and bound.  Somehow I made five of these!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Spring Time Tulips

Finished up my Red Button Quilt Company "Simply Quilts" and hung it on the mantle.  Really happy with it.
I also FINALLY finished the flimsy of Grassy Creek!  Hard to find a big enough space with good lighting to get a picture so the front yard (snow barely melted) with shadows from the tree is the best I could do.  I sure miss my bougainvillea (not sure I spelled that right) in Arizona!  It was such a pretty backdrop to my quilts and most everyday the sun cooperated for photos! 

I really wanted some spring colored mini quilts so I chose some fabric and a pattern and sewed yesterday.  Tulip Time is the free pattern.

Made it about this far, took a three hour nap and returned to it later on.

Of course it did not take me long to realize it was WAY BIGGER than I was thinking for a little quilt to hang from the mantle!
So when it was done I decided to do another one with the Lori Holt pattern.  I was not crazy for how the bottom or her flowers had no square part like a tulip.  They went to a point,   So I reduced the size of the white squares and got the look I wanted. Made it this far before bed.
Today I got it done.
You can see how much smaller it is next to the original!  We are ready for Spring around here!


Friday, March 19, 2021

Grassy Creek is a Flimsy and Hazel on the Antique Quilts

Decided to get out the antique quilts that my grandmother had made for her son in law's second wedding and last baby.  I have told you the wild story on here before.  So here is Hazel on my Uncle Rick's baby quilt.
Finally finished up the string borders and got them on (they fit perfectly!) Grassy Creek.  I need to get a picture outside...we will see if it is sunny enough today.  Snow is melted but things are still a bit wet.  Sunshine immediately did her happy dance on top of it.  

Here is Hazel on top of the wedding quilt.  I have a picture of me around this age on the same quilt (see bottom).  Hazel loves quilts and I hope she will continue the tradition...her mom does do a bit of sewing but so far does not have the bug like I do!  Here is the story!


Monday, March 15, 2021

Three Merry Mayhem Medallion Tops

I showed you my completed Merry Mayhem Medallion top already, but Becky just finished hers so I thought I would show off hers too!
She originally wanted to use a really pretty succulent fabric for her outer border, but decided it did not work well so after auditioning that, this and green she went with this.

Barb's turned out great too!  Her colors really worked!  The three of us sewed together on New Year's Day and as always it was a good time.

I am still working on my outer string border for Grassy Creek.  I got all the parts done and put them into pairs and realized I was short!  I made a few more matches and put them into pairs and I am still two pairs short.  So I will be getting to that so I can complete this quilt.