Saturday, August 22, 2015

Summer finale!

 As the summer draws to a close,
I have some progress to share.
Farm Girl Finery,
designed by Kim Diehl,
is a flimsy,

Last summer I signed up for Primitive Gatherings BOW, Sunflower Gatherings.  As the packages started arriving, it became obvious to me I had bit off more than I could chew.  
Finally, this summer, I have my abbreviated version pieced.
I am still debating on a border treatment. 
I certainly have plenty of fabrics and wool left over, but they can go in the stash.
My inclination is to leave it as is.
It will be a great wall hanging at the cabin, where I do all my flower gardening.


I did have a small finish...
the September Buttermilk Basin Banner.
I love anything with pumpkins!
My granddaughter helped me plant a garden this summer 
and some of the only survivors are the pumpkins! 
 I will have at least 2 dozen of them in October,
if the hail storm that is currently passing over does not beat them up too badly.
Pesky chipmunks feasted on my carrots, green beans and spinach.
They even ate the jalapeno pepper plant.
I think they snickered at me while I weeded and watered my 'organic' garden.
It was entertaining to watch a row of carrots disappear each night.

We will be heading home soon, so I know this is all the progress I will make on the UFOs and WIPs I brought up with me. Not bad, 3 out of 5 completed.  
Hope you all had a great summer.
Now for fall...
my favorite time of year!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

First Flimsy of the Summer

Haven't accomplished much, but a little is better than nothing.  
We had company over the 4th of July weekend and 
my granddaughter has been with us the last 8 days.
While my daughter was here, we recycled some weathered wood into patriotic decor for the front porch. The cabin is the perfect place to display prim projects.

In the moments I had to myself,
I managed to turn a WIP into a flimsy.
Little Letters,
a free pattern from Temecula Quilt Co.  
I made two sets of letters at the same time.
This one is for my grandson and the other one will be for my granddaughter. The backing fabric is one I picked up 2 years ago.  I started the letters almost 1 year ago...embarrassing that it took this long to get them all done. You can see the backing fabric here.  

I continue to make pennies for my Farm Girl Finery.
 I am not very good at staying on task when the task is very repetitive and involves a lot of flying geese!  

We are headed to Mesa Verde next week for some camping and exploring.
Geez, this summer is flying by!
It will be a miracle if I get a third of what I brought with me done!

Friday, June 26, 2015

I've been lurking!

While managing my LQS, all  I had time for was to read everyone's blog posts; no commenting and certainly no posting of my own.  But now we are at the cabin in Colorado and the annual yard clean-up is done, so my afternoons are free to sew again.  

I did manage to do a few projects while I was working...
 Alphabet Song, by Threads that Bind.

SNOW, by Heart to Hand.

My goal for the summer is to make progress on WIP and UFO projects.  I brought several of them up with me.  Time will tell how much I actually get done.  With no LQS, there are no temptations to buy anything new.  

Currently, I am working on Farm Girl Finery.  I'm busy making the pennies and sawtooth stars for the last borders.  I'll be back when I get them finished.  Hiking, reading on the back porch and my new passion, mountain biking, seem to take up a lot of my time, so it may be awhile.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Friday, January 23, 2015

How Time Flies!

Can you believe that January is almost over?
Where does the time go!
I have not been blogging, but I have been busy.
My barn quilt is at the quilter's and hopefully will be coming home soon.
With that project done,
it was time to work on my next big project...
Farm Girl Finery, designed by Kim Diehl,
 from her book, Simple Appeal.
The applique is wool.
We are offering this quilt as a BOM at the shoppe.
I love a medallion style quilt, especially one designed by Kim!
This one will adorn my guest room bed when completed.
Then I am going to play with painting the furniture in the room using chalk paint to get a rustic finish using the aqua, red and gold hues that are in the quilt. 
Wish me luck! 

I have completed a few small projects as well.
Something for Easter...
'Spring Has Sprung'
designed by Stacy of Buttermilk Basin, 
featured in the Spring issue of Primitive Quilting.
My version is a little different from her's...I framed mine and scalloped the inner background instead of the outer border.  My scallops got a little wonky though, so don't look too closely.

Finished a few punch needle projects.
These are from Threads That Bind.

And another small quilt to add to my growing collection.
Quilt Squares #4, by Lori Smith.
Reminds me how much I love small scale, scrappy quilt piecing.
These finish at 12 1/2" square.

I am still working several days a week at the shoppe and love every minute of it.  My quilting community is so important to my sanity.
Hope your new quilting year is off to a good start, too.
I'll be back next month with my finished Where the Cows Come Home!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

It's a Barn Raising!

I have been busier than a bee trying to get all 9 barns stitched for the Shoppe sample of Kathy Cardiff's pattern,
'Where the Cows Come Home.'

Each new one I stitch becomes my new favorite.
This next one is my friend, Lin's, block, but mine looks identical.  
I just don't have the embroidery done, which you all know is not my favorite part.
Might just sweet talk someone into doing it for me...wink!

I also found some time to do the December Petite Patchwork quilt.
This is from Lori Smith's Small Quilt Squares #3.

And who could resist the freebie projects over at Buttermilk Basin's Blog Hop.
And today Stacy posted her sheep ornament...yes, the wools are all pulled!  Hope I can get a few made for presents in the next 10 days.
It has been a crazy holiday season!
And I have nothing done yet!
Tree is up.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year filled with health and prosperity.
See you next year.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Queries about Where the Cows Come Home


For those of you who expressed at interest in this BOM, it is being offered at
The barns are woolens appliqued on to cotton backgrounds, many of them primitive Diamond Textiles' homespuns.
The registration fee is $15 and the kits are $15 per month for 10 months.
The book is $35, payable at time of registration.
Registration is open until Dec. 30th.
The program starts in early Feb.
If you are interested, call the shoppe at 480-473-2171.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Finally, a WIP is done!

And here it is...my version of Pennies from Heaven.
Off to the quilter she goes!
This will be a perfect spring table topper or a permanent display in my green guest room. I will add some beading after it is quilted. Most importantly, it is a flimsy!

I have finished a few other projects for the clubs at TOWQS.
The December Basin Banner.
A big thank you to my go-to-gal for stitching and embroidery, Debbie, 
for all her help with these little guys.

And this one is my favorite!
The December Petite Patchwork quilt from Lori Smith's Quilt Squares #3.
She is in my quilting queue, and will be finished soon.

I am excited to get these projects done because I can hardly wait to start working on a new BOM that will be offered at the shoppe:
We will be starting the BOM in early Feb. 
Woolen applique on homespun backgrounds. 
I want to make that winter red barn today!

Geez, it is mid November already.
I might have to start getting ready for the holidays, which I will host at my home this year. My mother is coming to visit for the holidays, so probably not much sewing will get done once she arrives.  I don't know though...she sleeps in and I am up in the wee hours of the morning!
My favorite time of day.

Are you ready for the holidays?