It's time for New Years resolutions and mine is more sewing and card making. It's about time for more Farmer's Wife Quilt Blocks. Between Christmas, Christmas Sewing and getting sick, not much has been happening around here. Now that the New Year is here maybe things will slow down ( or pick up) and I can get more done. Please enjoy these blocks.
Here we have Saffron from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and Circular Sentiments - Christmas from Lily of the Valley. This week we are playing over at Little Miss Muffet Stamps with Barbara's new release. Come and check out her stamps and get yours today. It's time to tell you about what is going on at Little Miss Muffet Challenges! The current challenge is Anything Goes and you can use any image you want! Plus there is a DT call so if you want to work with and have fun with these adorable images, now is the time:-) Speaking of adorable images, there is a freebie! I love this freebie named Saffron
I'm back with pictures. I had to hurry and run to the store with my daughter and I wanted to get these posted before I left. After I did that, I decided that I didn't like the color. I am still working on my picture taking skills.
Today is picture day. I have 5 more Christmas Stockings to share with you, plus a few of my favorite things at the end......enjoy:
These Stockings have been sooooo much fun to make, am going to have to make more! I already have 3 more cut out....
I have learned that you don't start a project unless you plan on finishing it. I had made stockings for my children when they were young. As they got married I ask the spouse if they were happy with their own Christmas stocking or if they wanted new ones. Then when the little ones came along, I made Christmas stockings for each of them and gave them a dated Christmas ordainment for their first Christmas. As the years past, I felt like I needed to put labels in each one, so I asked for them all back. The in-laws decided they wanted one now, Some had gotten destroyed, some I was not every happy with, so this year I made new ones, dated all of them and have plans on making extra's for the surprises in life. I have made and remade 12 this last year and made a total of 34 with the remakes. Plus I wanted about 6 in storage. It's great having a larger family, life is more fun, but just be careful of what you start. I had this vintage napkin holder and thought that it would be a fun way to show off my vintage hankies: My love for vintage hot pads have gone wild. With the new inspiration from Pinterest, I can see them daily:
I hope you enjoy this post and have a very Merry Christmas!
Hi, It's about time that I may a card....This is Breena from Little Miss Muffet. She is simple, but she was a lot of fun to do. You can check out more of her stamps here. I am a little bit late, but wanted to play around with this week challenge. Buttons and Bows. You still have time to play with us.
Copic sketch markers: This time I only used 110 black with my staedtler pigment liner pens Stamped on type paper, DP Lost & Found from My Minds Eye, The Pearl came from Stampin-up, the punch is Martha Stewart, The rest came from my stash. Enjoy.....
Merry Christmas! Just an update on how my Christmas Stockings are coming along. We have 4 more done and 4 more waiting. Be sure to check back in a few days....I have got some fun cards and Farmer's wife Blocks coming.
Theses are for my new set of twins:
These are for Gary and Kayla:
If I get a chance to sew this weekend the other 4 will be posted next week. Enjoy.
Here we are today with more Farmer's Wife Blocks. These have been really fun to make and I am looking forward to having them all made so I can sew my quilt together.
These are #96, #39, #60, #62, #109, #97, #8, #75, #30, #3
I have also been having fun on Pinterest. One of my boards have been sewing room storage and I have been so inspired by what I have seen that it has made my mind spin. After thinking about my room, what I could do with what I already have, I came up with this:
The 2 kitchen cabinets I had and was just being stored. The white tub drawers is what I have been using to store my projects in. So I went over to Home Depot and bought a 8' counter top and the shelving for above the counter. You can see that I have the important things done, with all of my supplies on the shelves and the ladder still waiting to be put away:
I used an older white shelve to put on the end to hold my smaller dies. Easy to get to when using my Studio and Go cutter. I can't believe how much room this gave me and how easy it is to use my supplies.
I hope you enjoyed seeing part of my sewing room(s). I really have 3 rooms that are connected. It's going to be lots of fun using this new found space.
Here is Hope from Little Miss Muffet Stamps and she is all ready for the new releases. We sure hope you will come visit us and check out all the new stamps. If it could be as easy and this.....
This card was soooooo much fun to make. I love the idea of the weight and just wish I could make it happen this way, because life would be so much fun. Just think of it....all the chocolate you could eat and with the holidays coming up, you would not have to worry about all that party food! Thanks Barbara for this GREAT IMAGE!
Copic sketch markers: Face: E000, E00, E11, R20 Hair: E70, E71, E74, E77, E79 Eyes: B41, B45 Clothes: BG11, BG13, BG15, R81, R83, R85, 0, White jell pen Scale: E30, E31, E33 Stamped on Cryogen White by Cut Card Stock, DP is Lost & Found by My Minds Eye, Spellbinders Label Four, Ribbon from Stampin-up, Flower and jute from my stash.
Back home from the Houston Quilt Market and was it FUN! I have even got caught up with my Farmer's Wife Quilt Blocks, and even found time to play with new fabric I bought at market.....
Enjoy.... Blocks #77, 89, 74, 64, 54, 80
Blocks #102, 11, 55, 44, 85, 107
Blocks # 86, 104
This is the new fabric I bought at market It's St. Remy de Provence by Robyn Pandolph for RJR Fabrics. Isn't it beautiful? This Fabric will not be sold on the bolt until late December or January. I knew the minute I saw it, I wanted to try a block pattern that a friend shared with me called the Disappearing Nine Patch. This has to be the fastest - easiest way of making a quilt I have ever seen and fun too!
This is what the blocks look like after you cut them up. Think of the possibility of how many different looks you could get depending on how many fabrics you use and where you place them. This is a link to the web site that had the directions that I used: Disappearing Nine Patch http://www.popularpatchwork.com/news/article.asp?a=5294 But there are many of them out there. You can even find them on Pinterest.
I cut my blocks into 6 inch squares, but I now think I could have got more for my bucks if I would have cut them into 5 inch squares. The difference being was I was using fat quarters instead of yardage. But it will be OK, I will just use my left overs in the boarder. I now have the blocks all sewn and cut apart, so hopefully you will see a finished quilt before long.
It has been awhile since I have done any Magnolia's card but they are still one of my favorites! Here we have So Spooky Tilda. I had lots of fun doing her hair. Colors that I never would of thought of! Copic YR01, YR14, and YR18. What do you think?
Close up of Tilda:
Copic sketch markers: Face: E000, E00, E11, E02 Hair: YR01, YR14, YR18 Clothes: YR20, YR21, YR18, Y21, G40, G82, G85, W2, W4, W8 Broom: E42, E44, E47, E49, W4 Stamped on Cryogen White by Cut Card Stock, DP Life's Journey and Susan Winget from K&Company, Big Scalloped Ovals LG from Spellbinders, Pearls from Recollections, Gemstone flower brad from Paper Studio, lace and ribbon from the craft store, stitching with a fine line pigment pen from Staedtler.
I am back with more Farmer's Wife quilt blocks, but today I am starting with my 30's prints. But I also want to talk to you about thread. There are 2 new threads on the market today. One is Aurifil and the other is Presencia. I love both of them and I have them in my stash. Which one do I like the best depends on what I am doing. First, lets talk about Aurifil.... I love the colors and you can get it in different weights. I have seen 50 and 60. I love to use the 60 when I am doing applique and hand sewing and the colors are great and MANY quilters are starting to use it these days. Presencia comes in different weights as well, I have seen 50 and 60 but I know there is another one. This is the thread that Harriet Hargrave's uses and sells at her store. She uses the 60 weight for piecing, sewing and quilting and the best thing is that it comes in the large cones! Great for machine quilting and sewing on the sewing machine. Another thing about using these 60 weight threads is that more fits on the bobbin so you don't have to stop and fill it so many times! That means more sewing! With your handwork the thread just blends in and you can't see it. I have seen seen the Aurifil in the stores more, so we need to let our quilt shops know we want Presencia too!
Now on to my Civli War blocks.... This is what started all of this and with our last trip, I got behind. I still need to do 3/4 more blocks to get caught back up. Thinking that my next set of blocks would not come until next week, I thought I would have plenty of time.....then they came. Oh well, there is always next week.....But for now I am packing up to go to the Houston International Quilt Show and there will be no more sewing until after I get back home. Hope to see you there!
So my Farmer's Wife Blocks using the Flora fabric is coming along slowly and with being behind, I did not make as many of these. More will be coming. Please enjoy...
We are here with Megan and Little Miss Muffet Challenge #21 Use Clouds. This was a test, only a test...to see if I could remember how to color with the Copic Markers and post a card. You be the judge? So get out your coloring medium and come join the fun over at Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge ....See you there......
Stamped on Cryogen White by Cut Card Stock, DP is from K&Company, clouds were cut from my favorite things out of felt and colored with the Copics. Stampin-up pearls, Flowers are from the craft store. I am putting my cards in these fun journal books so I can sit it one the table in my living room and rotate the cards as often as I like. Please enjoy....
Ok, I am still here..... A few months ago my daughter's talking me into going back to college. So that is where my rusted brain has been. I can say that learning is something that is easier if you are younger. And right now I should be doing homework. Monday night our teacher gave us 6 assignment to turn in tomorrow night and I haven't started yet. I can hear the clock just ticking away, while I spent my time doing other things.
Then this summer, my very dear friend showed me the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt Block Book by Laurie Aaron Hird and I knew in a minute that I would just have to make them. There are 111 blocks in this book and if you want to make a king size quilt you need to make 145 blocks. I also new that it would HAVE TO BE MADE with the Civil War Fabrics. I started sewing 1 1/2 months ago and here are my Civil War Blocks:
Blocks #23, 72, 69, 70, 2
Blocks #10, 111, 9, 29, 61
Blocks #15, 34, 20, 103, 72
Blocks #16, 6, 31, 98, 21
Blocks #48, 12, 81, 84, 41
Along with making these blocks Marti Michell has made a Perfect Patch Templates Conversion Chart so you can use her Templates. All in all this makes making the blocks a lot more fun and easier. You can go to her web site and watch and sign up to receive the chart for about 10 blocks every 2 weeks. You then have 2 weeks to make the 10 blocks before you get more information and it's enough time to get them done while still living in the real world, unless you leave and go on vacation for 2 1/2 weeks with no machine. I am now behind about 15 blocks and one week to get caught back up.
It was after I started sewing the first ten when I started finding other quilt bogs that were doing the same thing and I saw one done in the 30's prints. (My other love of fabric choice) So I just knew I had to make that one too. I did a back track and resewed all the ones I had already done in the Civil War fabric.
So here are my 30's and this one will be made into a crib size quilt, so I don't have to make as many, only 50.
Blocks #12, 20, 31, 48, 10
Blocks #15, 69, 21, 41, 16
Blocks #61, 72, 111, 103, 34
Blocks #23, 9, 6, 72, 98
Blocks #84, 2, 70, 29, 81
Let me just tell you that before I started these quilt blocks, I had promised myself that I would not start any more projects until I finished up all of my UFO's (that's short for all unfinished quilt projects). Well I did get 5 quilts done and then it happened.......I just could not stand it, new projects are always more fun!
Then in my web searching I found some one else doing the same project and I just fell in love with her fabric. She didn't write what the name of it was, but I knew that while I was out running earnings that day I would just stop by the quilt shop and just look, but not buy any more fabric.
Well, look at what followed me home that day and see the blocks that I have made from Flora by Lauren Jessi Jung for Moda. It's a new fabric line that is just coming out. My quilt shop had the bundle of Fat Quarter, but not the fabric on the bolt yet, So I get to go shopping again to buy more fabric when it comes in. I will just start making the blocks now, making just the blocks that I want to make 3 of and make enough for a crib quilt.
Blocks #48, 72, 12, 98, 20
I really need help, this is worst that eating chocolate! So much for trying to get my UFO's done, I just added 3 more the the pile. Besure to tune in again and see what other stuff I can get my self into.