Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Temperature Quilt A Long

I had admired the Temperature Quilts that Mary from Needledmom and her sister made last year...Check them out here, so interesting to see the differences in a quilt from California and Alaska!  Mary suggested a QAL this year and so I am IN!

Anyway, I have been wanting to play with a solids quilt and this seems like a fun thing to try...of course I am bending the rules already and am doing HST's instead of the  square in a square blocks they are doing.  I chose a 2 inch finished size and raided my stash for solids to create the temperature range.
 Most don't have labels...should be interesting if I run out of a certain shade!!  :)
This is the first 9 days of January here in northeast Indiana.  

As a sidenote, Fat Quarter Shop had a generous sale on a wool pressing pad and I am trying it out today.  You can see it above, I think I am a fan!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Beautiful Gift

I struggled a bit to get pictures that fully show the beauty of a package that my friend Soma sent to me...it has not kept me from using them though!
She made me some gorgeous mitts from the warmest color of yarn awhile ago...then she surprised me with  a beautiful hat to match.  I had an idea I was getting the hat (cozy and toasty and quite beautiful on my head in these negative temperatures we have been having) but it was a complete surprise when she shared this beautiful table runner and napkin set.  They are so well stitched, she has such a talent for cross stitch.  I need her to share how she got such perfect round berries too, I wish you all could look at this in person, it is just wonderful.


Thank you friend for sharing your beautiful talents with me, I will treasure them. I think they pair well with my grandma's Christmas ornaments and her carnival glass bowl :)

You didn't know but I have been playing a bit with cross-stitch too...it does not compare to your beauty, but I have been getting the hang of it...this is a Frosted Pumpkin pattern





Friday, January 5, 2018

2017 - That's a Wrap, Bring on 2018

Sorry for my tardy wrap up of the year, I have been enjoying a bit of time with my son who is a senior in high school and is usually just a blur as he goes from his classes to his volunteer work and his paid job to his outings with friends.  He has so many deadlines right now, it is a bit stressful to keep up.  A mom needs to soak up the down time when it presents itself :) So I did!  We even went to the Star Wars movie this week...of course he went to the premier with a friend opening night but he was willing to come along and see it a second time with me and his grandpa...good son :)

I really was fairly pleased with this year's batch of finishes...the goal of the year was finish up the UFOs...
 
Such as this X-Plus quilt started way back in 2013.
 
This finish is a Buttermilk Basin (free at the time) Block of the Month that I was glad to complete this year!
 
This is a quilt I modified from a Bonnie Hunter Christmastime mystery sal from 2013.


And this is another Buttermilk mystery qal finish.
 
But not all my finishes were oldies...this is the Long Time Gone Quilt from this year's sal.
 
This is my Colfax County Quilt finish from this year.

 These quilts were the finished objects for 2017 and there were many other fun projects started that I will continue on into this next year. 

On another note, I would like to thank these two ladies for the lifts of joy they sent me...

Does my friend Patty know me?? yes I believe she knows me well...so nice for her to share a bit of the scraps from her EPIC quilt in yellows this year, what a sweet fabric card, my fave color, fave quilt block, fave fabric from that quilt, matchstick quilting.  Just so perfect  :)  I am going to hang this on my wall of minis!


And my friend Colette also appears to have heard me shouting about how much I love a good yellow and she sent me a box of sunshine, what a fun thing to find peeking from my mailbox today, it is beautiful - thank you :)

I am behind in blogging my progress on the Brimfield Blocks, I am currently about halfway done with number 7 so I will try to get those posted in the next day or two.

Happy 2018 my friends!


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.