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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!!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

I Was the Lucky Winner

I was the lucky winner, chosen by Lindsay of http://www.lindsaysews.com/ of all these lovelies:
I received 7 fat meters, a craft block, Color Me Crazy (is everyone on the cool coloring band wagon?), a pattern book with 10 adorable patterns in it and a wrist pin cushion!  Thank you so much, Lindsay!!!  I love everything!  Now I just need to figure out how to open the plastic box containing the pin cushion!!!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes - November Goal

Since I made my October goal just under the wire, I have a new goal to get a wall hanging quilted and bound for my granddaughter for Christmas.  This way it will be there on time!!
She loves purple and adores fairies so I made this little beauty for her.  I pattern tested this pattern for Willow Bend Creations.

They specialize in laser-cut applique, but for this I got to draw out the patterns, fuse the fabric and cut out every little, teenie piece!  I love how this turned out, but I would definitely buy their laser-cut patterns in the future.  Let's just say, my hands were killing me by the time I was finished!!!

I am linking up with Sew BitterSweet Designs for the ALYOF for November.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

October: A Lovely Year of Finishes Finish!!!

I finished the binding last night, but the dark, wind and rain did not encourage me to go outside for pictures, so my dear hubby helped me out this morning by holding the quilt against the wind that was trying to rip the quilt from his grasp!  I am linking up with Sew BitterSweet Designs with my Strip Challenge quilt, now known as Stairway to Heaven, finishing at 45x61.  I had so much fun quilting this quilt!  I love modern quilting and the way I can change what I am quilting whenever I feel like it!  Are you ready for some pictures???
The whole front...love the texture!!

A different design on each of the "stairs" - quite challenging to come up with something to fit the rectangles!
The butterfly.
The dragonfly surrounded by a zillion tiny feathers.
Medallion - love playing with my rulers!!

Fun fillers.
The backing...since the quilt was 45" wide, a single width of fabric just wasn't wide enough, so I hit up my orphan block basket and pulled out extra blocks from 2 other quilts to add to the center of the backing - great way to use those orphan blocks and add some personality to the backings of quilts.

I just love participating in A Lovely Year of Finishes...the give me the accountability I apparently need to get a quilt finished every month!!  Okay, not a whole quilt every month, but to make progress on my projects every month.  When you quilt for customers, their quilts come first and your own stuff gets pushed to the back of the bus; by participating in ALYOF, I am forced to make some time to work on my own projects, or be a failure (in my own eyes) by not meeting my goal.  Do you need the extra accountability to get your things finished?  Oh, and you can win prizes too...BONUS!!!  I won a prize in September and got my choice of a pattern (a Stella Bag) from Clover and Violet.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

What I am Working On

This is my challenge piece, both for my guild's retreat (leaving on Sunday) and for my October goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.  I'm about 3/4 finished with the quilting.  The color on the pictures is weird and I'm not sure why - it really is white (third picture shows the true color) but I thought I'd give you a peek of the quilting.

With so much negative space, I've been having fun playing with lots of designs.  I did choose a different design for each of the color blocks but kept the design the same in the pinwheels.  Of course, it is always fun to try out designs and styles I have never tried before...like smaller feathers with lots of echoing on them.  Definitely will be a heavily quilted quilt!

Edit:  I am joining Jo and her Pre-Mystery UFO Challenge over at Jo's Country Junction

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Holiday Gifts to Make

My friend Jenny from Australia is getting other bloggers to join her in sharing ideas of gifts we can make!  I am always up for making gifts rather than just buying them.  If you are interested in getting some great ideas, come on over and follow Jenny at http://www.elefantz.com and get some new-to-you (or is that me?) ideas from people just like us who want to give a gift from the heart!

My tutorial for this is found here.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes - October Goal

This is a challenge quilt!  Last year at the quilting retreat for my guild (read about retreat here) we played a strip game - we didn't strip, we rolled dice to exchange strips with the ladies at our table!  One of the quilters had a great idea to challenge us to create a completed quilt using only the strips we won in the game by retreat this year...which starts on November 1!!  I was lucky that I had been collecting all the white strips during the game (thank you, table mates!) so creating a quilt with only the strips collected during the game was not too difficult.  Now to quilt it with some really cool modern quilting in the negative space!!!  No pattern, just winged it!!
I am linking up Sew BitterSweet Designs again this month!  If you are like me and have a hard time getting projects finished or you need a little extra incentive to get going/finishing a project and would like to have the opportunity to win some prizes, join up with us!  No one nags you, just a lovely carrot of getting projects done AND the possibility of winning a prize...and maybe a little extra blog traffic!!!  A win all the way around!!!  So come and join us in the fun!!!!!

Friday, September 25, 2015

September Finish for A Lovely Year of Finishes

Doing the happy dance here...I met my goal for September!!  This is a "Treasure" quilt challenge for my longarm guild - Inland Northwest Machine Quilters.  We paid $50 to be in this challenge and two ladies went to garage sales, estate sales, and thrift shops to find quilt tops.  All the tops were put in paper bags and numbered...then the fun began!  They pulled names out of a basket and we got to come up and take an envelope that contained the number of the bag containing our "treasure".  Some were in better shape then others and no two were alike!  Mine is a single Irish chain probably hand pieced back in the 60s.  So many of the seams were coming apart that I ended up taking the whole quilt apart and putting it back together.  I did change the layout of the colors a little, just because I wanted to.  I quilted in using traditional patterns that the quilter who started it might have used. 

Original quilt
I really didn't like the random placement of the lavenders.

This is an example of the holes and the 1/16th to 1/8th inch seam allowance
I knew that no matter how much hand sewing I did to repair the holes, the quilt just would not have stood up to being washed and being such a light colored quilt it needs to be able to be washed frequently!!

Now I have a quilt that I really like!!
With feathers in the border and a heart wreath in the centers of the "white" areas, along with some continuous curves in the colored squares, it has great texture and I'm loving it!  I chose the hearts to represent the piece of our heart that quilters put into every quilt they make.

I am linking up with the finish party at Sew BitterSweet Designs.