Archive for June, 2010

Last Day of June

June 30, 2010

Well, it is the last day of June.  This month I have probably quilted more than I have in my whole life.   Here are a few more blocks that I completed this month…

Women’s Voices:

Month 8

Month 9

Farmer’s Wife Sampler:

   

I complete all 10 scheduled blocks for June!

  One more sampler quilt was started.  It is blue and yellow and a block of the month.  I have to catch up on this one because they are already on  month 6.  Here’s month 1.  There is a 12 inch block and a 3 inch block for a “surprise” at the end. 

12 ” Friendship Star and 3 ” Churn Dash…

 (They are not quite this dark, but he pictures were taken at night again.)

We hope you had a wonderful June.   Where has the time gone?

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I Won!

June 30, 2010

For the past month I have been reading quilt blogs and having such fun.  One of my favorites, as noted below, is Happy Cottage Quilter.  Her description says it all…collector of fabrics and teacups!  Originally I went to the blog because of the name and after reading it, bookmarked it.  She had a giveaway and guess what?  I won!  Thank you so very much Jocelyn, for your generosity. 

Amy’s Quilt Along Week 2

June 28, 2010

She did how many blocks?  How many of them are in purple?  Anyone reading this post is going to think I’ve gone nutty.   We were out of the house all morning.  In the afternoon when I checked messages, I also went to Amy’s Creative side blog to see if anyone else had posted links to their week one blocks.  (I am having such a wonderful time looking at every one else’s work!)  To my surprise, Week 2 was posted and there were a few links to finished blocks posted!  I went to my sewing area to figure out what fabrics I was going to use and proceeded to cut them out.  After that it was on to housework and other things that needed to be done.  Tonight after the children went to bed I went back to those blocks and laid them out.  To my surprise, I had done only 1 plus block and 3 of the others.  And of 4 blocks, one was blue and all the rest were purple!  I have no idea why that happened.    I found some other fabrics and made one more plus block, so now I have 5 blocks for week 2.  I’m sure I’ll use them.  Also, this quilt is turning into more of a scrap quilt than anything.  The other thing is that I don’t seem to have too many bright, cheery fabrics.  I tend to like earthy colors, but I am a little surprised at how few blights there are.  Without further adieu, the blocks…(remember to click on the photos for larger images.)

All these pictures have come out a bit dark.  The photos were taken after dark and the flash on my camera only does so much.  There you have it, week 2!  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s bocks this week.  Happy Quilting!

60 Never Looked So Good!

June 27, 2010

Happy Birthday to my Sweetheart!  We hope you had a wonderful day!

He didn’t want cake.  He wanted vanilla ice cream (Soy Dream) and Cherries.    Here he is enjoying his treats…

And here are the other boys enjoying their treats…

What’s this, no pictures of Veronica?  Well, she slept through the treats that night.  Less to clean up!

Thank you to everyone who sent a card.  Joe was going to wait until his actual birthday to open them, but the kids wouldn’t let him.   We sat, as a family, each afternoon.  Joe opened the cards and we laughed, oohed and aahed and had a wonderful time hearing from everyone.  What a great 60th birthday gift!  God bless you all.

Sewing Along With Amy, Week 1

June 26, 2010

My last post here was a note about a quilt along.   Really I had no intention of participating, but today I just had to go through my stash and start this.  This quilt will be for Charlotte and Veronica’s double bed, and that is why I am doing two of each block.  The pink and blue material with the umbrellas and bonnets is one of my very favorite.  It was bought at a quilt show years ago in Berryville, Virginia.  How I wish I had bought more!  It is very exciting to finally use it up.  When it was bought, we only had boys.  I never dreamed that I would be making a quilt for my daughter!  Enjoy the pictures!   (Remember to click on the photos to enlarge them.)

 

 

Happy Stitching!

Quick Quilt Notes

June 23, 2010

First of all, several people have expressed a desire to learn to quilt.  This latest quilt frenzy not only finds me quilting, but I finally had the bright idea to look for quilt blogs!  I love them too!  Anyway, there is one quilt blog, Amy’s Creative Side, where she is hosting a beginning quilting quilt-along.  Basically it is a tutorial on how to quilt and she adds a lot of helpful hints.  You can find the post where she announced this, has the fabric requirements, and has a picture of what it might look like here.  Today she posted up instructions for the first two blocks.  You can find that here.

My other note is I found a quilt blog that I really like.  I should have posted this sooner.  However, you might find it a fun site to look at.  Happy Cottage Quilter.

Happy Quilting!

Visitors in Bodenburg

June 23, 2010

There are so many thinks happening, so little time to blog, and so many things to blog about.  First of all, our friends from Texas came to visit.  The one boy is Kevin’s pen pal, so he, especially, was looking forward to this visit for a long time.  They arrived last night, stayed over, and then left late this morning.  We all had a wonderful time!

 (American Girls in Bodenburg!)

    

The children had a great time playing cards, playing musical chairs, playing in the creek, and eating watermelon for dinner and pancakes for breakfast.  I hope they come back soon. 

Now, the garden…Now I remember why I didn’t take as many pictures in the past.  The weeds have officially taken over, and despite my efforts, I cannot keep up with it.  Ugh!  That being said, we are starting to get plenty of summer squash and a LOT of hot peppers.    Then one day I came home to find that my neighbors had left some zucchini for us.  What will I do with it all?  Besides zucchini bread and everything else, I’ll go give some to our other neighbors.  Lucky for us, they like it.  The yellow squash is almost all gone.   It’s not hard to use that up around here.  We had gotten a few out of the garden before that picture was taken.    Up in the pumpkin patch I have some new-to-here bug trying to eat up all the squash blooms.  I may have to make a hot pepper spray and put that on the plants.  It will be interesting to see if we get any beans because the Japanese beetle invasion has just begun!  The traps are hung, but down by the barn, where we don’t grow anything and we don’t have traps, they are all over and bigger than I have ever seen them!  Only time will tell!

In case you are wondering, yes, I am still in the middle of my quilt frenzy.  I don’t think I have ever done this much quilting in this short of a time.  I finished a baby quilt top, which I will not post a picture of in case the recipient looks at my blog.  I have also finished up to Month 7 of the Women’s Voices quilt and have 8 out of 10 Farmer’s Wife Sampler blocks done for June.  (There are 111 blocks, I think, and we’ll be doing aprox. 8 – 10 a month.)  I am also thinking about making another set of Farmer’s Wife blocks as I go.  It would not be too difficult, I’ll use fabric from my stash, and they are fresh in my mind.  All that helps!  We’ll see if I have time for that.  I have Month 8 block cut, laid out and ready to sew.  In the meantime, here are some pictures of completed blocks.  Women’s Voices blocks are 15 inch and the Farmer’s Wife blocks are 6 inch. 

Women’s Voices sampler…

Month 6 blocks

 

Month 7 blocks

  

Farmer’s Wife sampler…

   

    

James’s quilt was finally finished just in time for his 10th birthday.  The actual quilting was done by Sharon Williams. (Piecing and binding done by me!)

     (Remember to click on the pictures to enlarge them a bit.)

Let’s see, my Mom also came for a visit.  It was a week-long and so nice.  She and the children played a lot of cards…

Oh yes, we also have a new little kitten.  This was given to us by a friend.  She is an interesting one.  She gets along with Mary Rose really well.  Actually I think Rose wanted a little play mate.  The new cat is Pumpkin.  She follows the kids down to the creek and loves to be with them.  I got a couple of good shots of Rose, but couldn’t get Pumpkin too well. 

 Pumpkin

  

Now, on a more somber note, we found out that ArchBishop Basil Schott of Pittsburg passed away on the 10th.  We only met him once, but he left quite an impression on us.  Please pray for the repose of his soul. 

On yet another totally different note, we have the coolest UPS driver around.  Tony always plays shoot out with the kids, whether we see him coming up the driveway, or pass him on the road.  It has become quite a game and the kids all love it.  Well, the one day I was babysitting my friend’s 9 children.  When Tony came up, I told all the kids to go out and shoot.  They thought I was nuts, but played along.  We had kids on both sides of the house.  I think Tony was pretty surprised.  He was heard saying things like, “There are too many!”  “Aaahhh, there’s more!”  It was quite a sight and I only wish I had gotten it on video!

Well, that is enough for now, I suppose.  Until next time, God bless you!

Month 5 Blocks and More

June 5, 2010

The Month 5 blocks for the Womens Voices sampler were a little more complex, so they took me two days.  (Not to mention that I did other things besides quilt!)  I really like them.  There was a time when I was not too fond of green and pink together, but now I like that combination.  That is what we have here.  The little pink pieces really make these more appealing to me.  Funny how things like that change.  The name of the pattern is Crowned Cross.

     The pink is not so neon looking in real life, only in the pictures. 

I complete the Farmer’s Wife # 26 again, the Cut Glass Dish.  In completing this block, I have 3 thoughts.  First, I will probably never make this block again, at least not at this small size.  Second, I don’t like Thangles much.  Third, I wondering what I have gotten myself into with this quilt.  The small size is really something.  Block 54 turned out much better, but there were no Thangles involved.  I think this block 26 turned out better than the last one, but that isn’t saying much.  It took a long time and a lot of ripping, but I am not doing it again!  I think when the quilt goes together, it will look a littl better because the edges will straighten out a bit (hopefully!) 

Edited to add, I just uploaded photos  on Facebook and found that I did half of this in the wrong direction.  Should I change them or keep it this way?  Decisions, decisions…

Now for the really fun stuff, MaryEllen got out the scrap bags and started sewing.   Let me say right now that MaryEllen saved her money long and hard so she could finally get an American Girl Doll.  Her best friend has Felicity, so she felt it only fitting that she get Felicity’s best friend, Elizabeth.  From here on out, when you hear us refer to Elizabeth, you’ll know who we’re talking about.   Back to the scrap bags…  Before I knew it, MaryEllen was showing me a little rag doll that she made for Elizabeth.  Without further adieu, here they all are….

   

 We hope you are having a wonderful Saturday!

First Completed Block of the Farmer’s Wife Quilt

June 3, 2010

This just completed….

Block #54 of the Farmer’s Wife Quilt.  It is actually the first one that I completed.  The name is Kitchen Woodbox, and I am pleased with the results.

Who needs a garden when you are in the middle of a quilting frenzy?  ; )

Month 4 Blocks

June 3, 2010