Friday, May 29, 2015

Oh, It's Friday?

Wow. What a crazy week! A Monday holiday, a sick kid and all that good stuff. I didn't manage to make my Farm Girl blocks this week or even go for a single walk (update: snuck one in!). So, instead of pacing around a sick kid, I needed something to do. My activity of choice was sewing on binding. I tend to have hand sewing projects ready to go. I would have preferred sleep, but a kid with a stomach bug doesn't allow that! Also, it doesn't help to have a cat sitting on your head all night and a tail smacking you in the face. Apparently, the recliner belongs to the cat. She saw a tiny spider up on the wall and watched it and watched it. All. Night. Long. Thank you little kitty, I'll remember that during your daytime napping session.

So, I thought I'd share some photos of my adventures. I should have grabbed a picture of the cat, but the look on my face may have broken the camera. Oh.....and no stomach bug photos either. I don't want to relive that!

First up, this is old. I'm thinking that I used my old sewing machine or possibly the one before to piece this. Yikes! I've come a long way since then. You should see how the seams are pressed! Oh dear, and I was so proud when I finished the top. I made this from the first charm pack I ever purchased. Boy, was that a can of worms to open. Those things are addicting!

Fabric: Holly Taylor Northwoods Botanical

Pattern: It was SUPPOSE to be a Verna's Cutting Garden Tablerunner (Moda Bake Shop pattern), but the border just never happened.

Quilting: My first attempt at using the shell ruler for my long arm. Actually, my first project I quilted on that machine.

Next up, this is from one of my favorite fabric lines. Oh, and my favorite shape too. I love triangles, they have a bit of attitude. 

Fabric: Lucy's Crab Shack by Sweetwater

Pattern: This was a kit from Sweetwater's Etsy shop

Quiting: Ok, I was lazy with this one. I just quilted a 1/4 inch on the sides of the blocks. I don't think I even had my long arm yet.

Last but not least, I made this last year. I just never took the time to quilt it. Now there's a surprise!

Fabric: Round Robin by Kathy Schmitz, very cute fabric. I paired this up with Fig Tree cream. For whatever reason, that fabric seems to be perfect for everything!

Pattern: Mini Charm Square Table Topper by A Quilting Life. I added sashing between the blocks and changed a few things. I'm not sure why though, I intended to follow the pattern. By, the way, did you see their new fabric line? I really need that!!!

Quilting: I used the Handi Quilter Groovy Boards. These were the simply stipple pattern, good thing they didn't name them simple stipple.......that isn't very easy to say! Try saying it, you know you want to!

So, now that I'm caught up on my binding, perhaps I should quilt a few things that have been sitting around for a while! I probably could work on my photography skills too.......

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Finally - Farm Girl Friday!

On a trip to Tractor Supply, I overheard an interesting conversation. It was during their Chick Days event. Nothing like the peeps of baby chicks! One of the tubs had clearance chicks for just a dollar. I thought nothing of it. However, one of the customers was quite puzzled by it. We'll call him Farmer Joe.

Farmer Joe was looking in the clearance tub with quite a puzzled look on his face. He kept looking and looking. Finally, he took of his hat and scratched his head. He said to the clerk, "What's wrong with 'em?" Now, she had the same look on her face. He further explained, "What's wrong with 'em, they're on clearance."

With a very slight giggle, trying not to be rude, she said, "Oh, they are getting older and their wings are coming in. We don't want them flying around the store."

Farmer Joe looked quite relieved and replied, "Oh good. I'll take six."

He kept looking in the tub as if he was going to find one with an extra head or extra legs. Maybe he had been tricked by a bargin in the past.

My blocks (on my ├╝ber fancy design floor):

I have to finish my chick, she has no legs yet. She must be one of those bargin chicks! I'm also going to tear that block apart and fix the bottom of the chest since it doesn't match up well. I had a bit of operator error with my machine. Apparently, you shouldn't try to sew on a line with the needle is not in the center position ! I've done that one too many times now.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Farm Girl Friday!

Yippee! Farm Girl Friday! My childhood qualifies me as a farm girl. I've shoveled enough farm poop out of the barn as a kid to last a lifetime. Best part? I enjoyed it. Was I a bored child or something? I can think of PLENTY of things to do instead. I actually enjoyed it. Can't say that would happen now. Where is that child? Could she come over and scoop the kitty pan for me? She might find that fun. Maybe she could talk like a pirate and scoop for buried treasure. Fun? I think not.

Anyways, I have a few interesting "farm girl" stories from my past. I'll have to share a few of them later. Sometime in the future. Maybe. Some of them, well.....they are little too comical.

Time to change the subject I believe! Let's start off on the right foot with this new project, shall we?

Sewing machine cleaned and oiled - check

Needle changed - check (that doesn't happen often, it is just sooo.....time consuming. Sigh.)

Fabric ready - check

Delivery of stone - check. Wait, what in the world do I need that for?!? Oh, that's right. I remember.

One occupied husband (see above) check

Don't ask for your porch to be screened in. Somehow, it will end up being completely torn off and rebuilt and not screened in. You'll have concrete trucks and loads of stone. No screen. There better be a screen. Just saying.

Anyways, I love this apron strings block. It is just adorable. Speaking of aprons, I really should make one. They sell them in the store though. Ha! That would just be silly. Buy it ready made and actually use it? Yeah. I could buy the fabric and never make it instead. Perfect!