Monday, August 8, 2016

Pillow Talk

It looks like I may actually get to teach a beginners quilting class this Fall, at a local friend's shop!
We decided a simple patchwork pillow cover would make the perfect, finishable starter project!
I have plenty of time, but I had to jump right in and "try it on"!
And because this shop owner is also a sweet friend and encourager, I made her a pillow, from a glimpse I got from her Pinterest board while we were planning. 
I feel wonderfully sneaky!
I get to surprise her with it today!
She is also a big fan of gingham! (Be still my heart!)
I need more Valdani colors! I would have gone around each star, but this was the only color I have that matched! I will have to pay a visit to Sunny Day Supply!
Such an easy wonky block, and sew fun!
I have to add a few gratuitous flower shots...their colors make me glad, daily!
And some sweets from my friend Terri! 
It is good to be back with my people!!!!
Linking with Beth@CookingUpQuilts for Main Crush Monday, because all this goodness!!!

ps. When I figure out how to add links from my iPad! Help welcome!









Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lots of Littles

It can be slow going, to get into a new groove, can't it? 
So I am taking my time and enjoying the "littles" that are filling in while I find that new groove :)

After a couple trips back and forth between addresses, this guy tracked me down all the way from Ontario Canada! I don't think that I have thanked Lorna here on the blog for this amazing critter. He is most gorgeous! Thank you Mrs. McMahon!!!! 
Do you spy the mini charms that came along?  They were kinda "burning a hole in my pocket", so I cut them up and sewed them back together again :)
my first ever Carolyn Friedlander...all the texture and color!
 Just for fun! This whole thing only measures 9 inches...now what to do with it! For now it is pinned to my wall, just making me happy!

Here is another throwback! I made this wee mini for Jayne shortly before we moved...in keeping with her amazing shadow block quilt Cool Waters, and the mini it inspired me to make last winter.
Well, I had many Denyse Schmidt mini charms left after making the aforementioned mini...

So they turned into a larger-but-not-quite-big-enough-to-suit-me Four-Square Shadow Block quilt top!
That I love! I will likely add more border, just because :)
I have begun one of the projects on my Q3 Finish Along list...the quilted barn panel.
I thought I would begin with a barn quilt for my barn...quilt :)
Ready, set...
Sew! It was a nail biter, for sure, sewing so small! Reducing my stitch length really made big difference in my success...and trusting my cutting and seam allowance, that had been double-triple checked :)
 But we did it!!!
It will finish at 4"...so glad to have had just a little mini mini practice ahead of this!
This is shaping up to be a fun project, with so many possibilities!

Trying to get back to the party again! Let's Bee Social :)








Saturday, July 16, 2016

New Home Necessities

Hi there!
After days and days, okay weeks and weeks, of repair, repaint, reflooring of the little house we are living in for the time being...
there were a few items that were essential and could be put off no longer.
Because of the condition of the front room, it has become my first ever official Sewing Room!
No heavy furniture allowed.
So while I am pleased to actually have space and all, it seems, well, quite visible, exposed really., after so long in my former bedroom corner :)
A machine cover, which I have long meant to make was in order!
I found a tutorial at Sew Delicious, and just plugged in my own dimensions and patchwork design :)
I thought it might turn out kind of "flopsy", but I am pleased how it stands up after the quilting :)
I tied each corner to fasten the lining, which is more of the osnaburg, which I used on the outside too.
Tiny Michael Miller gingham and Feed Sack from Joel Dewberry's Birch Farm...I just love that combination!

I threw all my potholders away for the move.
So they were actually the first thing I made :)
I used leftover Awesome fabrics, by Sandy Gervais, with a few random charms.
and a "Skillet Handle Holder"...gotta have one of those, always!!!
I am really happy to be easing back into the sewing groove after so much time busy with all the other stuff :)
linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts,

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Q3 Finish Along 2016

Q3 Edition: List of Goals!

1.  Red and White Peaks and Paddocks: For son #1 
Top is finished, all it needs is the sandwich fixins and to be quilted and bound :)
2.  Blue and White Irish Chain:  For son #2
Same as above...top is finished, etc. 
Son #2 was not available for helping me with a new picture...his father found it to be a bit more challenging than expected, and gave up ;) Lol!

3.  Seeing Stars:  Same as above....I got a lot of fun in store, eh?!

4.  Barn Quilt Challenge Panel:

Now this is some fun!  I walked into the County Historical Museum just last week, and the Director, my friend and artist Martha Bladen had this packet practically "at the ready" for me! Inspired by a group of Iowa quilters, Martha has taken a photo of a barn belonging to the Historical Society, divided it into 4 panels to be interpreted by various local quilters, a total of 4 sets to be made and auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Historical Society. I have never done anything like this and already have a few good ideas for my panel :) Deadline is 19 September, so it is easily included in this Q3 list!
5.  Block House Frontier Outfit:
Looking ahead to another September commitment, I need a frontier costume! The boys will be so happy to have me in more appropriate attire at the National Muzzle Loaders Association Fall Championship Shoot. I will be working in the Block House, on the Primitive Range
 and really can't keep showing up in shorts or overalls :)
This addition to my wardrobe is very long overdue :)
I am thinking maybe a gray or navy gingham for the skirt....

That's it for me! Fairly realistic expectations this quarter!
If you haven't done so before, joining up with the 2016 Finish Along is a fun way to encourage and be encouraged to get some of those projects done and maybe win a prize for the effort :)
You may find all the details here!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Safe Travels and A Happy Landing

A very condensed look at our trip, through my son's camera...
From our last evening here, in Montana...
 we traveled the first week of June.
East.


 Taking a break in North Dakota, the first day.


On through Minnesota.

 Ever foggy Duluth, into Wisconsin.
 My traveling buddy on the shore of Lake Superior.
I guess I did take one picture!

 Somewhere in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

 Ahhh, Lake Michigan sighted!!!

 The Mackinac Bridge, crossing the strait between the great lakes Huron and Michigan

 Northern Indiana farm country, we are in familiar territory now, and getting close to home :)

 The Big Truck, that I followed 1742 miles, turning on "our" road at last!

Our new views


 We have been head down with cleaning and painting our new residence since we arrived, but had to pay some long overdue visits to a few of our old haunts in the neighborhood!
National Muzzleloading Association's Spring National Shoot at Friendship, IN, the week after we arrived.

 The neighbor's lake. Fave fishing and swimming hole :)
 Where the boys work, putting up hay.

So, to coin the old title of this blog, "Here We Are"!
First sewing projects, up next, stay tuned!

Sew happy to be joining the party again!