Sunday, May 26, 2013

A Patriotic Quilt.

The last few days have been really busy around the farm. We have been getting the equipment ready to plant corn, planting corn and cleaning up the mess. The whole time all this was going on I  kept thinking about these fabrics and trying to come up with a pattern to use them in. There are actually 7 prints between the two bundles. 

My favorite is the Liberty Bells print. It is from "The Betsy Ross Collection" for Marcus Brothers fabrics. And the small cream stars on red are "Civil War Homefront" by Barbara Brackman. The other pieces may be from Joann's. I am not sure as they have all had the selvages removed. 
Now I also wanted to make a quilt that I could practice my free motion quilting on. Something that would have large open areas. Something that I could use around the house if my quilting doesn't look very well. I chose to use Jeni B's In Color Order "Giant Vintage Star pattern. I had bookmarked it when Jeni first made this quilt using vintage sheets.
It measures 68 1/2 "square. The gray looking star points are actually the navy with tiny cream stars from the 1st fabric photo above. I think it makes a great quilt to have around the farm!
 Jeni's pattern is very versatile and it is a great pattern for using large scraps or co-ordinated bundles. I used a mid grade muslim for the background.
It was really hard to photograph, even on the clothesline! Now I cannot decide if I want to practice free-motion quilting on it or let someone with a large machine have a go at it! I plan on using a solid dark red for the binding and I have no idea for the backing yet. This was yet another one of those projects that I wasn't sure if I would like the outcome, but turns out I love it!

Please take time this weekend to remember all the brave men and women that gave the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country and protecting us and our loved ones! Remember their families
and loved ones as well.

Friday, May 24, 2013

226 Charms! Happy mail, Sweeeeet fabric and Planting Corn.

So I realized that I never showed you guys my Denise Schmidt 5" charms from the DS Charm Swap hosted by Crafty Tammie.
Gorgeous right? If you are a DS fan like I am then you know what I mean. I have no idea what I am going to do with 226 5" charms. For now they will sit on the shelf for me to stare at for a few weeks. Several sweet friends suggested HST's of some sort. Just gotta decide on the pattern. I am thinking of using a light grey for the solid?....
I also received some very much anticipated and long awaited Happy Mail!
I can't wait to browse through these and hopefully delve into a few projects. Both of these artists are totally awesome. I love all their projects! It will be very hard to decide what to do first!
And I happened to stop by Joann's when I was out of town this week and they had these adorable Quilter's Showcase prints 50% off.
That's $2.50 per yard. I think they will make cute pillowcases, trim and maybe even go into a low volume quilt.
But first, it's corn planting time. Yep! I gotta help that handsome farmer hubby man plant 20 something acres of corn! I know. What we women do for our men! lol! Just so long as he doesn't mess with my fabric.And while he is going back and forth planting rows of corn, I will be watching and going round and round with rows of this:
That is, if he doesn't put me to driving this monstrosity!

Now I gotta go fix us a jug of sweet tea and a picnic lunch to take along. Wish me luck!
Have fun this weekend!

Monday, May 20, 2013

A Cuppa and a Catch Up!

Happy Monday everyone! It has finally quit raining here in Georgia and the sun is shining and the birds are singing. Thank goodness! We were starting to get quite waterlogged. I thought as I sat here and enjoyed this beautiful morning, a warm cup of tea and butter cookies that I would share a little of what I have been up to over the weekend.
I have been working on my Inchy Hexies for my May partner in the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap. These will be headed to the Netherlands when completed.
I started out in Tennessee.

Then on to Richmond!

And finally ended up in London Square!
Whew! Maybe that is why I felt like having a spot of tea and working on some English Paper Piecing.
So, where have you been and what have you been working on? I would love to see it!
Linking up to Tessa of  The sewing Chick for this weeks Let's get Acquainted!

Thank you so very much for stopping by! I love to read your comments and cherish each and every word!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Farm Friday!

Things have been so busy.
 "I just don't know if I'm washing or hanging out!"
Have a great weekend!
PS. Thank you for stopping by! I LOVE to read your comments and cherish each and every word!! Also be on the lookout for another blog hop coming up soon!

Monday, May 13, 2013

"To Boston with Love" and "It's for The Birds"

 Happy Monday morning! I hope everyone had a super sweet weekend!
 I realized over the weekend that I never did show you guys the two flags that I made for the "To Boston With Love"  effort being hosted by the Vanvouver Modern Quilt Guild. As you all know, I just LOVE Pam Kitty fabrics, so I thought these two would be great for the 6x8" flags.
The backs are the same pink as the ties with an iron-on quilt label.
There are flags being sent from all over the world. They are going to be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from May 23rd thru June 16th, 2013. You can read the press release here. If you would like to make a flag, they have to receive them in Massachusetts by May 21st. Here is the shipping address and tutorials. If you need some inspiration here is the flickr group! Oh how I would love to be in Boston and see all the beautiful flags that are being made flying high in the museum.

And speaking of flying..... there are some fantastic projects that will be flying in for the remainder of "It's for the Birds" blog hop. Listed below is the schedule.
These Tweet-hearts have been feathering their nest with all types of little birdie projects, so be sure and visit them and show them some awesome bloggie love!!

Monday, May 13th
Tuesday, May 14th

Wednesday, May 15th
And as always,
 thank you so much for visiting. I love to read your comments and cherish each and every word! Have fun!
Linking up this week with "Let's Get Acquainted" at Plum and June. Which you should totally check out because Beth has put together a Fat Quarter Bundle that is awesome. This week's linky party is being hosted by Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts. And you need to check out what she has being doing in Japan !

Friday, May 10, 2013

Flower friday and the Winners!

First I would like to say a great big thank you to everyone that visited and left me so many sweet comments during my day of "It's for the Birds" blog hop. It is always so amazing to me how much I learn from listening to other quilters and crafters. I value your opinions so very much! I appreciate you taking the time to leave me a comment and I tried so very hard to respond to each and every one! I apologize if I missed anyone!
And thank you to each and every new follower. I look forward to getting to know each of you and I think I signed up to follow each one of you back. If I missed someone , please let me know!
Now I won't ramble any longer! Let's get down to the giveaway!

The winners are :
 Amy, Sew Incredibly Crazy - Happy Go Lucky Hexie Set!
Pat, ScrapPatches - Vintage FQ, buttons and floss!
Linda J, life, quilts and a cat too - Daisy Charm Pack!
(Ladies Please email me a mailing address and I will get your gifts on the way to you!)I so wish I could have something for everyone that visited!
Be sure to visit the rest of the ladies in the "It's for the Birds" blog hop and show them some bloggie love!
Here is the rest of the schedule:
Friday, May 10

Monday, May 13

Tuesday, May 14

Wednesday, May 15

I will be working on learning Sashiko because soooo many of you suggested I use Sashiko on my Tsuru quilt! Keep your fingers crossed!
If When I get Tsuru completed I will definitely let yall know how it turned out! (Even if I give it to my dog!) I am also going to work on either a pattern or a tutorial for Daisy! I have to say - I love having her around. She is definitely keeping me more organized!
And if you are sending quilt blocks OR flags for Boston they have to be in by May 21st!
Thank you sweet peeps for your comments! Be sure and have fun out there and remember to stop and smell the roses!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

W.I.P. Wednesday

So yesterday was my day of the "It's for the Birds" blog tour and Daisy
My Handy Hen was one of the projects that I made. But  did you happen to notice what Miss Daisy is sitting on? No, it's not an egg.

 It is Cath Kidstons adorable little tin crochet book! And just look what is inside!
Yummy, scrumptious rainbow delight! And a learn to crochet booklet with very easy to follow steps. It even has a very nice granny square pillow pattern. I love this little yarn. It is so very happy. So after flying all over blogland yesterday checking out all the sweet peeps that are participating in "It's for the Birds", I just wanted a little quite me time late last night. This is what I started:

A granny square. I think I will make a pillow cover for my sewing chair. The bright happy colors (and daisy) just make me smile! I did find out from using this smaller than what I am used to using yarn, that I crochet very loosely. I may have to tighten things up a bit! That Daisy just cracks me up. Always sticking her beak into things. Nosying  around...
So I will be busily hooking away on my granny square and trying to decide how to quilt my Tsuru quilt.
I really love all the suggestions yesterday! I am leaning towards no borders, dark blue binding and a little Sashiko in the large open areas.
But first I have to learn Sashiko! So thank you dear peeps for all your fantastic suggestions!
 And I had alot of questions about how I made Daisy, My Handy Hen. I did not have a pattern or anything. I just kinda sketched out what I wanted and fiddled around with it. But since so many of you asked I will try to do either a tutorial or a pattern in the near future.:)
 Now I am off to visit some more sweet peeps with all their birdie goodness. the hop doesn't end until the 15th!  And if you haven't already, don't forget to enter my my giveaway here! It will close thursday at 12:00 midnight. There are some happy go lucky hexies and paper pieces, vintage repro buttons with a FQ and DMC floss, and a charm pack of Crazy Daisy ( that my sweet little hen wanted to share). So go have fun! I am linking up to my lovely friends at W.I.P. Wednesday!

I am slowly but surely replying to all the emails and comments from yesterday . I sew appreciate all the sweet lovely comments and suggestions and all the new friends that I made!! 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

"It's For The Birds" is here! and a giveaway.

If you have been flying all over blogland looking for a place to land, then this is it! "It's for the Birds" blog hop starts today! First I would like to say a very special THANK YOU to Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt for organizing all the wonderful blog hops that we get to enjoy. Also a special THANK YOU to Mary of I Piece 2-Mary for being our cheerleader. These two ladies are amazing!!
Here is todays' list of very talented participants and today is my day too!
Tuesday May 7th!

So let's get started!
 The first project I made is a wall hanging I call "Home Tweet Home".

I love the solid colors in this quilt. They are so vibrant!
Star quilts are one of my favorite quilt patterns and I designed this one like a Medallion Quilt. I really like the "Alegria" blue bird fabrics . These birds were designed by Gennine D. Zlatkis, If you haven't seen her fabrics or art work , please check it out. Her work is amazing!
The fabrics are "Alegria from Project Anthologies, Flea Market Fancy from Jen at Loom and Shuttle on Etsy and Pure Elements from Julie at The Intrepid Thread . It measures 29" square.  I free hand embroidered "Home Tweet Home" and stitched in the ditch around the star. And I did free motion stippling in the FMF Posy turqoise fabric.This little wall hanging is flying off to find a home at my daughters' new apartment.

  My second project is a matching pillow.
My first Wonky Log Cabin Block! I really enjoyed making this Wonky Log Cabin block. I used a tutorial from Quilt Dad .
The back is an allover bird print from the "Alegria" fabric line for Cloud 9 fabrics and the fabrics on the front are a mixture of Alegria and fabric from my stash. This pillow measures 17" square. I machine quilted it in a grid pattern on the back and outlined each log on the front. 

Now are you ready for some Tsuru?
I started out English Paper Piecing some of the tsuru cranes from the main print fabrics. I had intended to make a table runner (also for my daughters apartment), but somehow I decided SATURDAY the 4th of May that I wanted to make a quilt. So here is the flimsy.

The cranes ,and my thoughts, kept going in circles until they finally got their act together and headed home , in a "V".
Now if you haven't seen Tsuru by Rashida Coleman-Hale, let me tell you it is gorgeous fabric to work with. I love the colors and it really has a great super soft feel to it. This quilt top measure 46x52". I plan on using the Motif Madness in ivory for the backing and Making Tracks in indigo for the binding. Not sure yet if I will add borders. I purchased my Tsuru from Pink Castle Fabrics. This is probaly the most modern looking quilt I have made. At least to me it looks more modern than most of my projects.
Now last but certainly not least ,I would like to introduce you to a very special little helper that I have. Please meet....

Daisy, The Handy Hen!

Boy, does this fat little hen like to strut her stuff. She carries quite the load. Daisy keeps my scissors, rotary cutters,marking pens, thread, needles, safety pins,quilting pins,bobbins and even a needle threader all within easy reach.
She doesn't even get her tail feathers ruffled when I carry her outside for some hand sewing. No sir. I designed Daisy to be a good hen. No backtalk outta her! She just sits quietly wherever I put her and keeps all my tools nice and handy!

I sure hope you have enjoyed my little birdie projects today! If you are still hanging in there then you are one lucky duck because I have a giveaway! Actually I have two three giveaways.
First, I have a Honeycomb precut by moda of happy-go-lucky and a 25 pc pkg of  2 1/2" Hexagon papers from Paper Pieces.

Secondly, a fat quarter of this beautiful vintage fabric with matching reproduction vintage buttons and three skeins of DMC floss

 Daisy decided she wanted to get in on the action and have a little giveaway too! She is offering a cute 5"charm pack of Crazy Daisy from Benartex!

So how do you get a chance to win one of these gifts? Simply leave me a comment right here on this post. Tell me what your favorite bird is! You don't have to follow my blog, although I would love it if you did! (and I follow back) If you would like, you could tell me how you would finish my Tsuru lap quilt! Please only one comment per person. And please make sure if you are a no reply blogger to include your email address in your comment.
Now you have one chance to win one of these gifts. I will either use Mr (if I can figure it out) or I will use a very handsome farmer husband that I know to pick a number out of his hat.! Either way, we will have three lucky duck winners by friday that I will annouce right here on this blog! Now I hope you enjoy the rest of the "It's for the Birds" hop! There are some fantastic projects coming up!! So go check them out!!
Thank you for stopping by! I love to read your comments and cherish each and every word!!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Flower Friday and Boston!

 I just wanted to share a few flowers around the garden before the heavy rains hit them this weekend. We are expecting another 2-4 inches of rain between now and Monday!
Do you have sewing plans this weekend? I plan on finishing up my little birdie projects and I also would like to make a flag for Boston. This effort is being led by the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and the deadline has been moved up to May 21st to receive flags. You can see flags that others have sent on this Flickr group.
Also if you would like to help with a quilt block, the Boston Modern Quilt Guild  is asking for 12 1/2" blocks. Their flickr group is here.

  And, don't forget "It's For The Birds" starts Tuesday the 7th!
Now, I better go gets my ducks all in a row!(you knew that was coming didn't you)
Thank you for stopping by and have fun sewing!!
P.S. I hope everythings "coming up roses" wherever you are.