Friday, August 19, 2016

Civil War Pinnie

I have trouble concentrating on my current projects and getting finishes...oh yes I do...especially when I find a cute pattern from Marcus Fabrics that everyone else probably made years ago!  Ha!

This is not a dainty project, it measures around 8 or 8 1/2 inches across but it is magnificent  :)  Those Civil War ladies knew how to make a pincushion...and I adore it in wool.
 I recently saw this on a blog I follow, Three Sheep Studio and she has one for sale that she made in red which is gorgeous!!
 I expect I will get lots of use out of this and it makes me feel good that I used a bit of the wool I bought Wednesday at the Wool Rug Show in Archbold...hey Cheryl, you use any of yours yet??  Lol!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

In Our Garden August Winner of FQS Gift Certificate

Hiya, just a quick note to announce the winner of the FQS $25 gift certificate from the the way, you can still find the patterns for the blocks for this month here.

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Kathy E. has left a new comment on your post "In Our Garden Blog Hop - August Blocks, It's My Mo...":

I really like planting my garden the best! I get sore and stiff, but it's all worth it when those flowers bloom and the butterflies come around!

Posted by Kathy E. to krislovesfabric at August 2, 2016 at 10:57 PM

Congratulations Kathy E!!  You should be receiving an email soon with your gift certificate code.

Thanks to everyone who played along!!  I love seeing your blocks and it was great fun to read your comments!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

AQS Show in Grand Rapids

I went up to Grand Rapids to the AQS Show yesterday and was happy to see it well attended.  After all the posts lately about the dire state of the industry and the issues with AQS deciding to no longer publish books...well, I wondered...

I went with my friends Marie and Beth Ann and had a very nice time indeed.
 I was in a wool mood - must have been the fact that it was in the 90's again yesterday, I don't know.  I was, as always, impressed by the Primitive Gatherings booth and a good portion of my purchases came from there.
 I didn't take many pictures -but, oh my!!  this!!
I left the lady's hands taking pictures next to me in this shot so you could better appreciate THE SCALE!!  Just wow!

There was also a beautiful Lion King Challenge and a grouping of Patriotic / War quilts curated by Sue Reich that were wonderful to see.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Christmas in August - Is That a Thing?!!

I fell into another project...
 because the heart wants what the heart wants  :)

You can find the free patterns on Lisa Bongean's blog just started.
I am doing mine in green even though this is a red and white qal...yes, I know ;) 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt - August Yellow Tulip

I am sewing along with the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt project - the pattern is provided by the Virginia Quilt Museum and all pattern sales benefit the museum. Dawn, from Collector with a Needle, and Doreen, from Aunt Reen’s Place, are hosting a quiltalong for this quilt, here.

The pattern size as provided by the museum easily makes 9 inch blocks. I am doing mine in wool so that I can make that size (8 1/2" finished), many are enlarging the pattern and all the participant's resulting blocks are well worth a pretty!

This is my version of the block for August, labelled Yellow Tulip:

 And here are the blocks arranged together so far...

 Now I need to go give this guy, Buddy, and his partner in crime Sam a bit of company outside in this 90 degree heat, they are much more into running and jumping than I am though...thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Wandering Camera - August edition

I am linking with my friend Soma's Wandering camera series, check out the others here...

 If you are looking for my free blocks for the In Our Garden QAL click here (there is a giveaway too!)

I am having trouble with sciatica the last couple days so I have a slow walk to show you today...

First, I was able to can some green relish earlier this week to use up some of the abundance of produce in our garden...
 This is so good, my friend Cheryl gave me the recipe...I always have a ton of green tomatoes and this year is no exception.

 It takes loads of peppers also though so we pretty much had to harvest all we had, I am waiting for them to come back now!
 I hate to show you my unruly tomato vines, they got ahead of me and I didn't prune/tie them as I should have...brings to mind that giant plant that eats people...hmmmm.
 This is a fun gourd vine...and you can see our bees in the background.  I am allergic to stings so I don't so any weeding back here.
 I like the angle of this picture because it looks like our sunflower reaches over the treeline :)
I adore sunflowers and this is a happy one!
Hoping to have our first sweet corn for supper tonight??!!

 We have been lucky with several pickings of green beans this year.
 Not sure what's going on here, I have a whole patch of milkweed but the caterpillars all want this one??!!
 My walking buddies, Buddy and Sam.
A view of the garden...I call the fence the rhino enclosure, it does do a good job of keeping the deer, raccoons, bunnies, and unruly lab puppies out.

Thanks for joining me on my walk this morning :)

Linking up with Whims and Fancies Wandering Camera.


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Lego Harry Potter QAL with Whims and Fancies

If you are looking for my blocks for the In Our Garden QAL click here (there is a giveaway too!)

I had a very nice weekend and in between outside adventures managed to sew up my friend Soma's first Lego Harry Potter quiltalong block...I love her designs, they always fascinate me with the detail she manages to fit within her blocks...

Dumbledore is assisting with color / fabric choices for this project and I believe he has hit upon a good range with this bundle I found at Yoders Department Store in Shipshewana last week.

I also bought the new HP book/screenplay Sunday and, well...I didn't care for it  :(  Anyone else read it yet?