Sunday, June 23, 2019

Quilting 1930's Farmer's Wife

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I finally started to quilt my 1930's Farmer's Wife quilt. I kept changing my mind about how I wanted to quilt it. I was looking in books and online for various ideas. I ended with this design. The outer border has a triple swag with one inch piano keys finishing up the rest of the border.

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I free motion quilted ribbon candy in the inner border. So far, so good! I'll be doing lots of ruler work in the blocks. The pieces are very small and I think ruler work makes the most sense. However, I've been known to change my mind! We'll have to see what happens!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Disco and Scraps

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I bought a kit for Disco a few years ago when I visited Keepsake Quilting in NH. I really don't want to start a new project. I'm still working on Long Time Gone and Carolina Chain which are both scrap quilts. The only problem I've been having is that I'm using the same fabrics over and over again.

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For both scrap quilts, I have to cut pieces that measure 3 1/2 inches by 2 inches. When I read the directions for Disco, I found that each piece I'm cutting has a 3 1/2 inch measurement. I have a nice little amount of fabric left when I'm done cutting the pieces from each fat quarter. So I decided to start cutting Disco but use the scraps to infuse a  little more variety into my other scrap quilts. The piece above is a half hexagon. I have Jaybird Quilts' rulers which make the cutting so very fast and easy.
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These are the triangles that are sewn on both sides of the half hexagon. The fabrics are by Carolyn Friedlander. These fabrics make a nice contrast when mixed with my own stash fabrics. The only bad thing is that I'm cutting for 3 quilts and that makes my cutting very slow. I'll be happy when I'm done! It's just a little tedious right now. 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

I Like Thursday #6

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This is another outdoor sculptor found at our library. It's not too far from The Children's Room. It's in the backyard of the library. I don't really see anyone ever sitting around it. I just thought it was a unique item to find at the library!

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Speaking of The Children's Room, this is a patio that the children can use to sit outside and read books. There's a door from the children's area that leads right out to the brick patio. I've heard some of the kids have picnics out there.

My husband was getting ready to cut the grass when he found this little guy. He was actually on the street. My husband put on gloves and moved him onto the grass. I'm pretty sure he's a baby robin. There was a larger robin (his mother??) hovering in the background. My husband bought a little plastic fence and hoped it would keep the bird from being hurt from any other animals that might be roaming the neighborhood. We keep seeing the mother going over to him. I hope she's giving him a nice tasty worm! He chirps which I hope lets the mama know where he is.

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I was lucky enough to receive an Advance Reader's Copy of this book and I loved it! I sort of devoured it in a matter of a few days. I'm hoping to read this author's other books. If you get the chance to read it, get it! It's a little sappy but so full of good feelings!

Want to see more nice things that make you feel good?? Go visit LeeAnne at Not Afraid of Color!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

More Scraps for LTG

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This is the last HST block I made for Long Time Gone. It's made up of 16 X 16 squares. I sewed 4X4
squares and then sewed them all together. I thought it would be better than sewing each row separately and having to line up 7 seams each time. I kust had to be careful with color placement. There were a few times I sewed a block backwards and had to use that trusty seam ripper!

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The next set of blocks are made of up Flying Geese blocks. I have to make 64 of them. This is my start in cutting out the pieces. It will take a few cutting sessions before I can sit at the machine and sew them together. I'm also cutting out pieces for Carolina Chain. It's a little difficult keeping them separate but I'm enjoying using up my scraps!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

More Blocks LTG

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I finished up two more blocks for Long Time Gone. This one measures 12 1/2 inches square. I made 64 Half Square Triangles. I will need them to make 3 blocks for this quilt. I liked putting in a cute flower from a Kaffe Fassett fabric I found. I love his colors and thought it would be a great center for this particular block.

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This is another block that I used HST. This block measures 14 1/2 inches X 10 1/2 inches. This is a great way to use up those scraps. Fabrics that aren't so pretty seem to blend right in!

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These are all my blocks so far in no particular order. I think I'm getting there, little by little! I usually do I Like Thursday but I forgot all about it this week. I'll have to get ready for next week! 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Longarm Secret Drawer

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Can you see it?? My husband and my brother finally installed my Secret Drawer onto my longarm frame. My husband bought it for me for Christmas. However, it didn't arrive until sometime in January. It takes two people so my husband tried to get my son to help but he was always too busy.

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Luckily, my brother came home for a visit. He's an anesthesiologist in upstate New York. It's always difficult for him to get time off. He likes to put things together so I asked him to help my husband install my drawer. He came this morning and even brought us a ton of food!

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It took them about an hour and half to finish the job. It looks perfect! I'm so glad it's finally installed. I already put all my pantographs and rulers in there. I feel the pantographs take up too much space so I might find another way of storing them. For now, they're staying in there! It's so convenient and useful. I love it!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

I Like Thursday #5

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I've been so busy working extra hours this week. I wasn't even sure I could post this today but I found the time! This angel sits outside the library in my favorite corner where I like to tutor. I feel she watches over us as we work through our English lessons. The angel is there to commemorate all those who came before us.

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I bought this fabric as backing for the next quilt I'm getting ready to quilt. I just love it! I bought it at a great price. It's all washed and pieced. I just need to iron it. 

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I'm not sure why but I've always loved this wall hanging at my hair salon. I think it would make a very interesting quilt. I have a few ideas but find it very inspiring!

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My cats have all sorts of toys and this piece of cat furniture. I've never seen either one of them sitting in the little area in the bottom piece. Just the other day, I saw Molly in there looking quite comfortable! I'm glad one of them is finally putting it to good use. 

Those are my likes for this week! For more happy things, go visit LeeAnna for more fun stuff to see!

Quilting 1930's Farmer's Wife

I finally started to quilt my 1930's Farmer's Wife quilt. I kept changing my mind about how I wanted to quilt it. I was loo...