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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!!

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!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Hand Quilt-Along Plus


I have actually made a bit more progress on my curvy flying geese!  The bag containing the quilt top sits next to my recliner and I’ll admit I usually reach for my computer rather than my hand sewing!
Another 5 have been done!


I haven’t just been sitting in front of my computer, I did finish a quilt top that I am donating to QoV to replace the quilt they gave to my dad at Christmas.  I did have to order the fabric since I didn’t have the red/white/blue fabrics here in Nevada with me.  Honestly, I have very little red in my stash at home either!  I followed the pattern by Jenny Doan at Missouri Star Quilt Company Nine-Patch Madness.





Another project is underway because one of my step-daughter’s is pregnant and due in July with a little girl!!  So very excited for the new addition to the family!  And this will be the first girl of her generation on my husband’s side of the family.  They are going to name her Liberty Belle and red/white/blue is the theme of her nursery!  Well, I just happen to have some fabric in the right colors now and I’m creating the pattern for this quilt in my head and using some of the HSTs from the Nine Patch Madness quilt.  Win/win!!

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, March 11, 2018

Hand Quilt-Along

I almost forgot to post!  Not that I have much to post about.  I got a whole 4 more geese sewn in 3 weeks.  Ugh.  I really don't like hand work but I do love how the geese look when I do them by hand.  I did this same sort of block once before but did the sewing on the folded over part by machine.  When I look back at that, I am not happy at all with how it looks, but I'm certainly not going to take the whole quilt apart (it is the center medallion of the quilt) just to change it.  I'm looking at it as a learning experience!  So I am up to 43 geese done, at 10 minutes per goose puts me at over 7 hours of hand sewing on this quilt and I know I'll be pushing 100 hours of hand work by the time I get it finished.  I hope I can finish it this year.  At least, because of this HQA, I am making a little progress.  I have also decided to put safety pins to mark the geese I sew each 3 weeks so I don't have to count them all every time!
You can see all the extra pins I had hoped to use, but I got lazy!!

If you have any hand project and would like to join our group, contact Kathy at
Kathy

Other than Kathy, the rest of us participating are:
Lori
Margaret
Kerry
Emma
Tracy
Deb
Connie
Deborah
Susan
Jessica
Sherry
Nannette
Edi
Sharon
Bella
Sassy --> That's me!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hand Quilt Along

Well, three weeks since my last report and I've sewn exactly 5 more geese!  Now my total is 39 down, so I am over 10% finished with this endless project!  As they take me about 10 minutes each, I couldn't even manage an hour in three weeks...and I am totally blaming it on my dad's doctor - we spent 5 minutes in the waiting room (one side done) and 5 minutes in the treatment room (finished that goose) and we were out of there.  I was counting on a good 30 minutes total.  That must be the first time in history that someone wanted to spend more time in a waiting room, right?
Minute progress, but I'll take it!

Check out what these ladies have been up to - I guarantee they are much more ambitious about getting their projects finished than I have been!

If you have any hand project and would like to join our group, contact Kathy at
Kathy

Other than Kathy, the rest of us participating are:
Lori
Margaret
Kerry
Emma
Tracy
Deb
Connie
Deborah
Susan
Jessica
Sherry
Nannette
Edi
Sharon
Bella
Sassy --> That's me!