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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, May 7, 2015

So Blessed!!

I was so blessed to win a giveaway at mycreativedays.com where Lindsay can DIY anything into something fabulous!  Look at all the goodies she sent me
Some Homemade Body Scrub - Brown Sugar and Honey - made by From Scratch Farm, two soy candles - Blueberry Pomegranate and Falling in Roses - made by Love in a Jar Candles, Lavender Vanilla Homemade Healing Salve made by From Scratch Farm, Peppermint Chapstick also by Farm Scratch Farm, and a darling pink cake necklace from Bakery Charms.  As if that wasn't enough, she included this amazing tote from Backroads Textiles with Live, Work, Create on the front - LOVE IT ALL!!!  Thank you, Lindsay, for this incredibly generous giveaway!!!  I definitely feel very pampered and blessed!  And she included the sweetest note (handwritten, y'all!)!!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

May - Lovely Year of Finishes Goal

It worked so well last month, I'm going to try do it again this month!  My goal this month is to finish the piecing on my Texas Teardrops quilt top.  I really love this pattern and I'm loving the colors I chose, but I really find it difficult to sit down and sew when I'm home.  I spend my time quilting, not piecing!  I am determined to get this top finished, so it is now my goal for the month!
This is what I have so far...only 30 more to make!  Because all the pieces are fused and I don't want to be locked into a specific quilting pattern, I am sewing every piece down with my sewing machine using a blanket stitch.  Takes time, but this is going to be a gorgeous quilt for ME!  I haven't made myself a quilt in a long time, so I'm planning on keeping this one!

I am linking up with Sew Bitter Sweet Designs again this month so I can continue to get my WIPs and UFOs under control and finished!!

Monday, April 27, 2015

April 2015 Lovely Year of Finishes

Yippee!!  I am so glad I finished my quilt this month!  This quilt was made by a group of quilters in my little town.  Our challenge last year was to make a row quilt.  We got to choose our own fabrics and make the first row to determine the width of the quilt, then passed it along to the other ladies for a month so they could make a row for our quilt.  I chose to try a low volume quilt using creams and tans with a pop of color using sage greens and burgundy.  It was made with a very special friend in mind, so it matches her living room. 
Here it is hanging in my local quilt show that happened last Friday and Saturday.  After the show was over, I took it to my friend to "show" her.  She loved it and then I had to show her the back and then had her read the label which showed that it was hers.  She was so surprised and cried.  Best reaction EVER!!! 
I am linking up with Fiber of All Sorts for this Lovely Year of Finishes!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I've Been Busy Getting Things DONE!

I am expecting a grandson soon!  My husband's oldest daughter and her husband are adopting a little boy who is due at the end of the month.  I am so very excited for them and can't wait for him to be born!!!  Jamie is decorating his room in grays with a pop of teal with an elephant theme (I wrote about it here).  Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts was kind enough to create the pattern, Elephant Parade, and put it out there for FREE!!  Talk about perfect timing for me!  Well, I'm finished with the quilt except for quilting a label on the quilt when I find out his name and birth date!
 And here is a close-up of the quilting
I made up a block for the center that I am calling Exploding Pinwheel (because I started with a pinwheel and just kept cutting and sewing)

I made this little wall hanging with the three extra elephants I made (yeah, I can't count!) and a block I made with the trunks I made incorrectly for the little elephants!!
With the wonderful Minky fabric that I used for the backing of both the quilt and the wall hanging, I made a little blanket and pillow for the little guy.
I did quilt the blanket after I had sewn all the sides, just to keep everything together

I can't wait to give them to Jamie!!  But the quilt is going to be in my guild's quilt show next week, so it will have to wait until the end of the month to be sent on to its new home.

Then I made something for me!  I have long wanted some sort of organizer for all the stuff that sits in front of or around my sewing machine, so today I made myself one today!
I had already cut out the material when I decided to have some fun quilting it on my longarm, so I played with feathers.  I used some scraps of batting and I think it turned out cute!!  It rolls up with all the goodies inside when I want to pack up to go traveling or on retreat.
Doesn't it look cute under my sewing machine?
It feels so wonderful to be so productive!  I have also finished my April goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes, but I will save that post for later this month because it will be in the quilt show as well and I can get some good pictures of it hanging there before I give it to my dear friend!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I Was THE Lucky Winner

Not so long ago, Melissa Corry at Happy Quilting had a giveaway and I was the lucky winner!!  Now, I am a thread snob when it comes to the thread I use on my longarm, but when I piece, I kinda use what I have.  Well, I won this awesome box
and it is filled with
twelve!!! of the most lovely Aurifil threads from The Fat Quarter Shop!!!!!  Aren't they just perfect???  I am so excited because I will get to try them out putting the binding on the quilt I am just about finished quilting!!  I'll let you know how I like it, but I'm sure I'll be happy because of all the fabulous reviews from other quilters about Aurifil thread.  Thank you, Melissa and The Fat Quarter Shop for such a generous giveaway!!

Friday, April 3, 2015

April Goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes

Since it appears that I need a deadline to get anything of mine finished, I am joining Sew Bitter Sweet this month for April.  This is a row quilt that was made with a group of quilters in my little town of Odessa.  We got to choose the fabrics and the size of our rows, then every month another quilter had our fabrics to make a row for our quilt.  It was lots of fun and not one pattern was duplicated by the quilters!  I really want to get my low-volume (first time trying this - love the result) row quilt finished this month, all the way to the label!  If I can get this one finished this month, I'll still have over 50 quilt tops that I need to quilt *hangs head in shame*, but I always seem to put customer quilts ahead of my own quilts - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!!

This lovely, calm quilt is on my frame...do you think I can get it finished by the end of the month?  I HATE hand work and this one will really need the binding finished by hand...my hands ache just thinking about it!!!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Elephant Parade

My stepdaughter and her husband are adopting a baby that is due to be born the end of April.  She is decorating the nursery in grays with a pop of teal and she loves elephants.  Well, isn't that just perfect (in so many ways!!)!  Lorna who blogs at Sew Fresh Quilts designed the adorable quilt, Elephant Parade, so I just had to follow her pattern and make this quilt for my stepdaughter and the new grand!!  Of course, I had to put my twist on it so it is a bit different from hers, and that is just fine.  It is not quilted yet but it will be on the frame soon!
I chose to do only elephants, use teal for the ears and some random sashing and the exploding pinwheel just for fun.  I also alternated the color placement on the elephants and the background.  Because I can't count and I make mistakes, I also had to make a wall hanging or a car seat blankie (it will be her choice)
I am linking up my almost-finish with Sew Fresh Quilts.