Saturday, October 17, 2015

Such a sweet surprise

It is always nice when you get to see something you made be used and loved. I just saw this picture on Facebook. It a baby on one of MY quilts. I asked his mommy if I could use it on the blog and she said yes.

This is Elliot. Isn't he just darling!! This is my hair dresser's baby and that is the quilt I gave her before he was born. 
Elliot's mommy is Grace Konski and she owns The Parlor in Morton IL so if you are ever in need of a GREAT hair cut check her out. 



I also got caught up with my Farmer's Wife Blocks for the week and that feels good. I hate being behind. It makes me crazy! (Oh I can here people who know me saying I am already crazy whether I am behind or not.)
Here are the next few Farmer's wife blocks. 
This one is #20 Caroline I am really enjoying using the Marti Michell Templates in doing these blocks. I was just using the printed templates but that made my blocks a wee bit shy of 6.5" but using the templates it is coming out perfect. 
This one is #14 Betty. Reading all the stories of these women from back in the depression era are amazing. You would think that they would be sad but they aren't they are very uplifting and inspiring. If they can be happy in that day, then I should be able to be happy with all the modern comforts and enough money that I can grocery shop without too much worry about what I spend. 
This one is #24 Coral I had fun with all the fussy cutting. Many of the other's doing this quilt-a-along eliminated the seam in the flying geese units but I just cut everything with the Marti Michell templates.

This one is #13 Belle, she was tricky. She has "Y" seams and it takes some doing to get it just right but she is done and I thought it went very well. ;-)
  
 I am working on another block of the month and I have to finish one block then I will show you the quilt so far. It is totally different than Farmer's Wife blocks. Also, I was commissioned to do a T-shirt quilt and I can't wait to get started. It is all Fighting Illini so it should be fun!! 




Thursday, October 15, 2015

LOTS to share !!!!!

Check out the new look on my blog. I just love it!! A big shout out to Emily at Blogaholic Designs. I found her on Etsy and I am so happy with her work and help on this page. If you are thinking about changing your blog check her out.

Now that I have the blog looking good I would love it if you would subscribe by email over on the right side bar. If you like what you see on my blog you can hover over a picture and Pin it to your Pintrest Board.  I also have a Facebook page and you can follow the links on the upper right to Like my page. Please share my site with your friends and friends of friends so that I don’t feel like I am talking to myself. J What? What? Did you hear that too…?? No, just the echo of my own voice. :-( 

Now on to some sewing…
I have been working on so many projects and I wanted to share a bit about them.  

First off I have been pattern testing for an independent designer Jen at Faith and Fabric.
 She has made some really cute wall hangings. The first one was an Advent wall hanging.

The second pattern was a Thanksgiving wall hanging and I just love it.



I found some really pretty fall fabrics at my local quilt shop The Quilt Corner.

The pattern was easy to do and I even added another boarder because I liked the fabric so much.


The Second thing I am working on The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s quilt along. It is a year long quilt along with over 2000 quilters’ world wide following along. We do 2 blocks a week and I am sad to say I am a week and a half behind but here are first blocks. My sewing machine was in the shop for an entire week with apparently nothing wrong with it. When I got it back he said he couldn’t make it do what it was doing for me. But I will catch up now that I have her back. J


This one is #8 and it is named Aunt

This one is 16 Bonnie

This one is 12 Becky

This quilt along is sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop, Marti Michell and Angie at http://gnomeangel.com/   will be hosting the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along.
Check out their businesses.

Here is my very large stash of 1930’s reproduction fabrics.


This really isn’t all of it but you get the idea!!



I have much more to share but I will leave some for the next post. Please don’t forget you can follow me by email, Pintrest, Twitter, Facebook and please leave me a comment so I know you have been here with me. 


Procrastination Ended

 This is a repost for most of you but I wanted to have it in my archive.

So, I have wanted to start a quilting blog for some time now and finally I have said, " ENOUGH PROCRASTINATING" to myself, so here it goes.

A bit about me. I am a self diagnosed Quilt-a-holic. It all began about 3 years ago when I was taken to a my local quilt shop,The Quilt Corner by a friend. I am not sure why she wanted to go there, but as I looked around the shop I remember looking at all the quilts hanging on the walls and thinking a few things. First I was surprised this shop hand remained in business for all the years it had. This store has been in my town for as long and I can remember and that's a long time. Second thought I had was there was NO WAY I could make one of the quilts on the wall. But I was inspired enough to buy a pattern to make a pillow.

Since then, I have been hooked on making quilts. I didn't even know how to quilt but I bought a pattern for a Block of the Month from an online shop who said it was beginner friendly. I was about 3 or more months into making that quilt that I thought maybe I should take a class so that I could finish it properly and learn to see if I was doing something wrong. When I told the teacher of the beginning quilting class she exclaimed, "THAT'S NOT A BEGINNER QUILT PATTERN!". I replied, "Well it is coming out good so far". I was happy that I took the beginner class, it provided me with invaluable material and I have referred back to her instructions often. Here is the quilt that I made in her class. Below, it the quilt that I had started before taking a quilting class.


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I wanted to start a blog as a way to keep track of all my quilting adventures as well as some tutorials. I have had some people ask me if I teach quilting so this can be a platform to teach also.

I will be updating the blog as often as I can. I don't want to put a time limit on when I add a new blog post as I don't want to put any stress on myself. :-) This is going to be fun for me and not a JOB.