Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Another Brimfield Block and a Winner

I have finished another Brimfield Block ring in some of my favorite fabrics:

Here is Block 4.  It is an EPP block that you assemble then applique to a background square and you can find the details here if you want to play along, they are hosting a SAL on Instagram right now.

Here are Blocks 1-3 again...
 


And just a quick note that Random Number Generator chose this comment on my last post's giveaway...

Farm Quilter said...
I live in Washington state but I'm currently taking care of my dad in Nevada. My favorite Christmas cookie is a frosted butter/sugar cookie.
December 8, 2017 at 12:12 AM
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Congrats Farm Quilter!  She has been contacted and I will send on her prize when she replies :)  Thank you to all who participated it was interesting to see how quilters near and far were part of Carol's fun hop, glad I could be part of it!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Virtual Cookie Exchange and Giveaway

So when my friend Carol announced she was going to host this blog hop again, I had to play along!  I have been enjoying everyone's fun creations this year!  Thanks for a fun idea and for hosting Carol!!!

Welcome to my day for sharing a cookie!

Oatmeal-Cherry Chocolate Chippers
1 2/3 cup flour
2 1/4 cup rolled oats
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
1 1/4 tsp Vanilla extract
1 cup dried tart cherries
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Combine flour, oats, and baking soda and whisk together in a bowl. 

In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.  Gradually add the vanilla and eggs.  With mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture above.  Add dried cherries and chocolate chips last.

Bake for 9-11 minutes in 350 degree oven.


If you made it down this far, surprise...I have a small giveaway -


This is a kit with wool and pattern to make a cutie snowman pin cushion.  To enter the giveaway, just comment and tell me where you live and your favorite Christmas cookie :)  (I am in Indiana and my fave Christmas cookie is my Grandma's Date Pinwheels!)  I will draw for the prize on Monday. GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED.

Please be sure to visit all the other participants in this great cookie exchange below.

Thanks Carol for a fun chance to share and celebrate this Christmas season.
 
A favorite quilt of mine, this is a Fat Quarter Shop BOM pattern.


And be sure to check these blogs out as well if you are just joining us:
December 5 



December 6

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Brimfield Blocks

 Here are my blocks two and three of the Brimfield Block...



And here is block one...
 

It is an EPP block that you assemble then applique to a background square and you can find the details here if you want to play along, they are hosting a SAL on Instagram right now.

Here they are together so far...I am still mulling over background fabric....hmmm...
 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Working Through a Bit of Quilter's Block

I haven't been sewing much lately...managed to get most of my son's recent awards sewn on his letter jacket but not sure that counts as sewing - that is mostly trying not to think bad thoughts while wrangling leather-like sleeves through the machine and sewing down letters.  Why is it so much more fun to sew patchwork than repair or embellish clothes?  I suppose it's all in the eye of the beholder.

Anyway, I thought I would change gears and try a new handwork project to get back in the mood to sew...

I believe it worked and I am looking forward to starting another...

This is my first Brimfield Block...

It is an EPP block that you assemble then applique to a background square and you can find the details here if you want to play along, they are hosting a SAL on Instagram right now.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Firefighter Block

It's been awhile since I've done any paper piecing, but today I share with you my version of Whims and Fancies Firefighter block.  I bought this pattern from my friend Soma who designed it as a fundraiser for firefighters.  If you have not already, please consider purchasing it or the companion embroidery pattern, it is a beautiful design and such a worthy cause  :)
 I am so proud of my brother in law who is a firefighter.  They are true heroes.

Monday, October 23, 2017

A bit of Sewing

I have simply lost the motivation to sew this last month...I have been working on other things but for some reason haven't been much in the mood for quilting.  The weather is gloomy and overcast and rainy and cool - usually that would cause me to run to my sewing machine but I ended up there today for a different reason...

I needed to finish the October step for Meadow Mist Design's Magnolia Mystery QAL - http://meadowmistdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/10/magnolia-mystery-quilt-my-half-geese.html

And sew together the pieces I cut out awhile ago to make the first of two Chuckles fish blocks for the Awesome Ocean QAL I am playing at with Colette.
 Both these projects have been great fun but I just lost the momentum these last few weeks...I finally got back to it because I needed to clear space on my cutting table in order to do a bit of paper piecing of this pattern I bought from my friend Soma who designed it as a fundraiser for firefighters.  If you have not already, please consider purchasing it or the companion embroidery pattern, it is a beautiful design and such a worthy cause  :)

Friday, September 8, 2017

September Already?

Time is moving faster than I am these days!

Been awhile since I posted, but not much I can share as much has been secret sewing.  

Prayers are being lifted here for all affected by hurricane Harvey and we are watching Irma close as we have family in Florida that appear to be in the path.

I did get September's clue done for the Magnolia Mystery http://meadowmistdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/08/magnolia-mystery-quilt-cutting.html.

 That chartreuse just wakes you up doesn't it?  :)
 
And here is the first of two Octavian the Octopus blocks I am planning to make from the Awesome Ocean Elizabeth Hartman pattern that Colette from What About Rheema so kindly sent me in a surprise package last week.  I held off for a couple days but the lure of a new project called me into the sewing room and demanded I make this first block this afternoon.  I am wondering if the fussy cut beady eyes may be just a bit too much??  Thank you Colette, you shouldn't have but as you can see it is entertaining me already :)

I was able to hold an octopus "hand" tentacle? one time at a visit to the Toledo Zoo when my son was small...the rascal tried very hard to remove my wristwatch.  It was very impressive to feel how strong it was!  Made me wonder if it could pull me into the tank with it...but surely the keeper wouldn't have encouraged the contact if it could have...right?