28 February 2020

Farmer’s Wife Friday

Posting from iPad again so short and sweet,
here are my next two Farmer’s Wife blocks.



I should have my computer back by next week so
until then, have a great weekend and happy quilting!

25 February 2020

Tuesday Check-In

Who's got their coffee?  Join me as I check in
on this beautiful Tuesday morning.

The sad note is I broke my MacBook so I’m
very painstakingly pecking away at this post
(ah, alliteration!)
on my iPad and let me tell you, I wouldn’t even be
doing this at all if I hadn’t already gotten most
of this made before my computer broke. 
I do not have the patience for this!!!
Bear with me if things get off-centered or the
pics are messed up or whatever.  Blogger is
not all that iPad-friendly.  

Okay, well, it wouldn't be a post from me
without some digressing...

YES!  I did quilt all three baby quilts!

Charming, Charmed and Charmed, Too!
all lined up for viewing.  

 They are all completely done!

I completed the two Farmer's Wife blocks
and I'm still alive:

The 44-piece bias blob block turned out to be not so bad,
though I did have an unavoidable direction issue on one
piece.   Well, "unavoidable" sort of.
I should've just cut another one.
Another live and learn.


I sat on the fence all week with the picnic quilt but I'm
about to come down off of it.  This will disappoint
some people who were looking forward
to some hungry little ants--and I totally agree
that would be the cutest thing to do with it but
I kinda just want to move on.  While I don't enjoy
applique so much, I do love to do the quilting so
what I'm now thinking about is quilting some nice
flowers in a variegated green thread, which should
really show up in those ivory spaces.  And maybe,
just maybe I'll try some free-hand ants?

I also finished the stash-busting scarf.

Then I decided to make a hat to go with the
scarf I made my grandson.  It’s actually done,
minus a blue pom I’ll be adding to the top.
Pic next week.

Lovecrafts sent me such a nice amount of yarn
that I wanted to do a little more with it.  I'm
even thinking about mittens.  We'll see.

I took my little road trip to a couple quilt shops.

I often talk about how I love to run up to Stitches in
McPherson, KS because their clearance section rocks.
About 80% of the time, I find exactly what I need.
Unfortunately, this wasn't one of those times.
I did find 9+ yards of this:

They had a nice selection of med-neutrals that would've
all made great backings but I showed restraint and just
settled on this one.  I love how it can be modern or
traditional.  Maybe even gray or tan--though the pic
prob doesn't show the correct color.  It's a "neutral"
I could not pass up for $5/yd.

For kicks, here's the front part of the shop which I suppose
is just average as far as quilt shops go but there's a nice
feel to it--and that means more than anything to me.

Then I dropped by Charlotte's Sew Natural in Newton
because it's right off the highway on the way back.
Because they're on Main Street, I usually end up going
in the back door where there's better parking.

Maybe not the best representation but I appreciate that
they've tried to create a nice back entrance as well.

These smaller-town shops tend to be in really old
buildings, which can be really fun if you ask me.

I love little quilts--and I have this display hanger.

My picture taking is really random because I was more
focused on finding fabrics--and I did find a
Bonnie & Camille 
to put on the last of my baby quilts.  

It's rare that I go full-price on a backing but I really like
this one and a baby quilt doesn't require so much.

Some red-love.  Oh, I love reds.  And in a little tin
makes it even better.  I really need to make a
red-white (or -cream) quilt!

I should be attracted to the nice long arm they have there
but it's always the lighting they have above it that I notice.
Because mine is in our sunroom, I haven't needed anything
like this but when I move it to one of the boys' bedrooms
in a few years, I'm having the hubs fix this up for me.

I recently learned they have a knitting shop up in Newton.
Even better it's just across the street diagonally from
the quilt shop so I wanted to visit that while there.
(I got lucky on the front parking this time.)

I didn't get a pic, darn it, but I really enjoyed visiting
their new place and with the owner.  She'd just gone
through a move and was just getting settled in.
Turns out being right next door to a successful deli
is problematic for all of those fibers--something to
think about for yarn and fabric shops.  The owner said
when she had customers tell her they knew exactly
which yarns came from her shop by the smell she
knew the move was unavoidable.  They should be
getting classes scheduled soon--hoping there will
be a few that are a good fit for me.

As I was heading to my car my eye barely caught
a "little" coffee shop.  Turns out it was huge.
Maybe I missed it by walking right under it but
methinks they need better signage?

I will brake for coffee shops about as much as
I will for quilt shops.  Too bad this one is a solid
30+ min drive but with a quilt and knitting shop
right there, it seems the makings of a full
field trip day.  

My to-do’s for next Tuesday
Have my beloved computer back!
Two Farmer’s Wife Blocks completed
Quilt up the Irish Chain, provided my ordered
thread arrives in a timely manner
Get Pom made and attached to hat

Happy quilting!

Linking up to

24 February 2020

Computer Woes

My MacBook is in the shop with technical difficulties.
I should have it back in about a week.

Till then, happy quilting...and try not to trip over your
computer cord.  It might actually yank on the power
port...which is connected to the motherboard.
The motherboard that costs $400 to replace.

I’ll just be in my sewing room, frustra-sewing away!!

23 February 2020

One Monthly Goal--And Beyond

February has flown by and it's already time
to share my One Monthly Goal progress.

I usually like to push myself but with a lot of other
projects going now, I wanted to keep this do-able.
Of the three baby quilts I needed to make,
my goal was to get one completely finished.

All three would have the same backing fabric so I
went ahead and cut that all out at once.
I thought at some point I'd set two aside to get
that first completed, making sure I'd meet my goal,
but I just continued to work on all three and here I am
today with all three completed quilts.

When one reader said they were charming, that
kind of stuck so I went with it for the names.

Quilt 1:  "Charming"

Quilt 2:  "Charmed"

Quilt 3:  "Charmed Too"

I'll be back again in a couple days to share more on
these quilts along with my other projects on the
Tuesday To-Do link-up.

Happy quilting!

21 February 2020

Rotary Cutter Winner!

I've been keeping my nose-to-the-needle
as I've started saying these days.

I now have all three baby quilts quilted up and have
begun binding/labeling them.  Check back next
Tuesday when I show the full pics for the link ups.

I also started on a hat to match the scarf I
made for our grandson.  Lovecrafts was
kind enough to send me so much yarn that
I wanted to do more with it than just that
scarf.  I might even pop out some mittens,
though I'm not sure I'm warmed up enough
to do a tiny little dpn project.  Still, I seem to
be picking it all back up pretty quickly.

I also finished my stash-busting project--just a scarf
for a church bazaar in the fall.  More on that next
Tuesday as well.

Okay, enough catching up! 

Time for the hubs to pick the winner
of the rotary cutter!

Hubs picked #4:

annemarie said...
I follow you on instagram!

So Annemarie if you check, 
there should be an email from me to
get this rotary cutter on its way to its 
new home.

Happy quilting!

20 February 2020

FW Friday #7: The Bias Blob & Last Day to Enter Giveaway!

Happy Friday to all!

Two more completed blocks to show today.
Still plugging away amid my other projects--and
I've been doing a lot of knitting and long-arm quilting
which means I'm also doing a lot of binding and
making labels, etc. etc.  It's a rough life...<wink>
I've also been enjoying our latest snow, though
I was a little sad it all happened over-night.


The first was a no-brainer and a good one
for using some directional fabric.


Next up, the 44-pc Bias Blob.
I brought out the spray starch which is probably
the reason this thing didn't turn out too badly.
That's the first time I've starched pieces; it will not
be the last!  It was more helpful than I realized.
(I guess it's about time to put a new cover
on my ironing station anyway...🙄)

I went with a directional yellow fabric on the
second one telling myself that however I cut 'em is
what I'm going to use, also thinking it wouldn't even
matter on pieces so small.  Turned out all but
two triangles would go the same direction.
(top inner 2--one just goes backwards, the other goes "up")

In retrospect I would've been better off keeping them
all in random directions but my sense of order...oy.
Unfortunately, my "get this done" sense cut off the
more common sense that would've told me that all
I had to do was cut two more in the right direction
and "problem solved!"...well, who knows why
I didn't.  It would've taken a mere 3 mins but oh well.

As has become my mantra for this whole quilt:
Who's really going to notice among 110 blocks?
Ha!  Maybe that's what I should name this one:
"Who's Really Gonna Notice?"

I think it turned out okay, especially for no ripping.
A little pulling here and there, a tiny bit off here and there...
Had I realized that middle green triangle point was off
so badly, I would've ripped but just didn't see that one
till it was bury-sewed in among the others.
(Just made that up but you know what I mean?)

And there it is.
I mostly-conquered the bias blob,
and lived to tell about it.

The hubs will be choosing the lucky number for
someone to win that rotary cutter later today
so if you have not entered yet and you're quick,
 please go here and you can get in on it.
*Update:  This giveaway is now closed.

Happy quilting!

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