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Enjoy your stay under the variable skies of Eastern Washington and watch the seasons change, from planting to harvest here on the farm...be sure to wrap up in a quilt during the winter, it's cold!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune Mystery Quilt

I have decided I am going to try doing this quilt!  Of course, I'll start out way behind because of my shoulder surgery tomorrow morning, but I'm going to give it my best shot!  My stash is minimal here at my dad's house, but there are wonderful fabric shops near me, so as soon as I can drive I'll be heading to Home Depot or Lowe's to get my paint chips and get myself situated as to how much of what color I need to buy.  Reds and oranges aren't plentiful here, so I know those will be new fabrics.  I don't have much neutral either, so I'll pick those up to.  Heck, I don't have much green or blue either, so I'll just make it a big, expensive trip to my LQS!!

Are you planning on doing the mystery quilt as well?  If you have no idea what I am talking about, this is the place to go to get all of the information...inspired by her trip last year to China!!!

#goodfortunequilt

Sunday, October 28, 2018

HQAL, Liberty Belle and My Other Life

Wow, I haven't posted since July!!  I guess you can really tell I don't like hand work.  I did actually work on my curvy geese a little while I waited for my car to get an oil change...a whole three more added to the total, and I am still working on the green geese!  I have so many more to go that  it is overwhelming!!
I finally got pictures of my Liberty Belle quilt from my phone to my computer.  As much as I hated to let someone else quilt a quilt of mine, I just cannot quilt on my sewing machine!!  I miss my longarm so much!!
Here is a close-up of the quilting and binding - I did a faux piping binding and used a variety of the reds (I think) and blues in the quilt for the binding.  I did put this all together back in April and I haven't seen it in person since!!
While I have been taking care of my dad 750 miles from my home, I have returned to umpiring adult slow-pitch softball and kickball.  I used to do this "back in the day" to pay for my Bachelor's and Master's degrees (with no debt!!).  Now it is my sanity and social interaction.  This is a shot I took of a pitcher in kickball - it is so much fun (note his tutu and angel wings)!  I would not do this during a softball game as those balls really aren't soft!!
Earlier this summer, before a softball game, I found this baby on the ground under a tree.  This fledgling was learning how to fly and had no clue how to take flight from the ground.  He willingly climbed on my finger and I was able to return him to a branch.  I checked later and he was gone so I hope he found his way home.
I will not be doing any hand work until next year as I am having my shoulder operated on on November 1.  Not sure I'll be able to even do much typing, so if I don't make it back here, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a blessed Christmas.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Kathy

Lori
Margaret
Kerry
Emma
Tracy
Deb
Connie
Deborah
Susan
Jessica
Sherry
Nannette
Edi
Sharon
Bella
Sassy --> That's me!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Annual Piggy Bank Savings

I am going to join up with Val at Val's Quilting Studio to do the piggy bank savings challenge.  For one year I'm going to save my change and see how much I can accumulate...I'll put the savings towards going to a quilt cruise!  It may take me more than a few years to save up, but that is something on my bucket list.

Since I don't know how to put buttons on my blog (I've tried several times, never successful), this is what the button looks like:
Val's Quilting Studio

Are you interested in joining us in our savings plan?  It is amazing how fast the coins add up and adding a few bills never hurts, right?  Found money!!!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Hand Quilt Along

I actually picked up my needle and thread!!  I am surprised at myself.  I really don't like hand work but I really love this quilt that I am trying to finish within the next 10 years!!  So I added 7 more curvy geese to the total and now it looks like this:
Can you tell the difference between the curvy geese and the ones I haven't gotten to yet?

I haven't just been sewing to be creative.  I went to a class Thursday night with my Daughter #2 (she is moving from Hawaii to Georgia and I am her first stop on that journey across the country) at a place called Board and Brush.  I got a head start on Christmas by making this for my niece and her husband to hang at their farm/ranch where they raise chickens and cattle.
Their oldest son is really into the chickens and has had a small flock of his own to take care of for the last year or so...he is now six!  I hope they like it.

Still waiting on the baby to be born...another week or so!!  I hope to have a picture of her and her quilt soon!!

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Kathy

Lori
Margaret
Kerry
Emma
Tracy
Deb
Connie
Deborah
Susan
Jessica
Sherry
Nannette
Edi
Sharon
Bella
Sassy --> That's me!



Tuesday, May 22, 2018

GDPR

Have you all been getting lots of emails telling you that to be in compliance with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) they (whoever is sending you the email) need you to confirm that you still want to receive emails from them?  After receiving several of these emails, I needed to find out what GDPR was, just to satisfy my curiosity. 

GDPR is coming from the European Union to protect your information on the internet.  Like most laws and regulations from any government, they are about 20 years too late and way too verbose for anyone but an attorney to be interested in reading. 

I have no clue if GDPR applies to blogs that don't sell anything, but just to be sure, you can opt out of receiving notices or following my infrequent posts either with an "unfollow" at the bottom of the email that tells you I've actually posted something or on Bloglovin by going to your page that controls the blogs you follow that way.

I promise that if by some miracle I start posting once a day (or more...but I don't know how they do that!), I'll give you fair warning before you are inundated by posts from me!  Since I don't think you are interested in what I cooked/ate/cleaned, I don't think there is any danger of that!


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day and HQAL

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Mother's Day with your beloveds.  I did absolutely no sewing in the past few weeks...best I can say is that I have been working on cutting out a new quilt, but even that has been going slowly.  Sorry there is no better report on the HQAL.  My step-daughter didn't get her baby quilt in time for the shower as the quilter was out of town and didn't get to it.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Kathy

Lori
Margaret
Kerry
Emma
Tracy
Deb
Connie
Deborah
Susan
Jessica
Sherry
Nannette
Edi
Sharon
Bella
Sassy --> That's me!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hand Quilt-Along and Quilt for Liberty

First off, I apologize for missing posting this morning...absolutely no progress on my handwork.  My life has been taken over by umpiring adult slow-pitch softball 5 nights a week and getting a quilt made for my granddaughter who is due to make her appearance in July.


Her name is going to be Liberty Belle and mom and dad are all-in patriotic, so I designed this for the quilt top.  Doing the Bargello flag with no pattern was quite interesting and challenging!  I used fusible to attach the letters of her name and did a blanket stitch on my sewing machine to hold them down.  The Ohio stars were made from leftover HSTs from this quilt.

The backing for the quilt contains the label I embroidered.  I like incorporating the label into the backing because it certainly will not be coming off without destroying the quilt.  More leftover HSTs (yep, I see the mistake and chose to leave it!) and the part of the red and white stripes cut out to put in the blue star fabric was used to make the label.
Then the binding.  For the first time in 10 years I am sending my quilt to be quilted by another quilter and, bless her heart, she is going to put the binding on as well,  so I made the faux piping binding that she can easily sew on with her sewing machine.  As this quilt is a gift from my in-laws as well as hubby and me, my dear MIL is paying for the quilting and binding since I bought the fabric and made the quilt.
The binding is totally scrappy since I didn't have enough red or blue fabric to make the binding from must two pieces of fabric.  Since this is for a baby, I think scrappy is totally appropriate and all the fabrics are in the quilt.

When I get pictures of the completed quilt from the quilter, I'll put the pictures on here so we can all see how it looks!!  But I'll admit I wish my longarm was more portable so I could bring it to my dad's house with me!!!

Since this is finally off my plate, I'll get back into working on my curvy geese!