Saturday, February 6, 2016

More Progress on Sarah Fielke's Happy Days BOM

I can tell I am not the only one excited about this BOM, the facebook group is just exploding with everyone's block pictures.  So many fun combinations. 
 
Here is my version of the other block that was released for this month...a churn within a churn design.  It is sitting on some texty fabric, that's not part of the block.
 I finally managed to get a bit of yellow introduced into the palette...much better now!
These are the blocks for month 1...though we are making several more stars total and I may be "forced" to make some more this month!!

Friday, February 5, 2016

My Post for Wandering Camera

My friend Soma has cooked up another fun idea with her series Wandering Camera.   Be sure to follow the link and check out all her wonderful tips, she shares some great ones on taking low light pictures...something February in Indiana is full of!!

These pictures were taken on my walk this morning, I hope to do a better job next month of taking pictures throughout the month...procrastination, yes...I believe thy name is Kris.
 This is a picture of one of my favorite things, our windmill!  The sky is very blue this morning...no clouds in sight.
 A picture of our cornfield through one of our apple trees.
This should have been a better picture, all the beaks pointed straight at me but the digital delay caused me to lose all but this lady who was slow to get down to be let out or fed.  That's the expectation from my ladies...if I am out, I bring them food or let them out to play in the sunshine.
 I am thankful for our woodpile, yay for cozy fires in the winter.
 This is our old plow, we haven't used it in years but it is fun to look at all covered in frost.
 Truly a heavy frost, crunches under my feet this morning...
 This is my walking buddy, he is very hard to get to standstill for a shot...can you see his unhappiness that I made him stay still?
 This is what he usually looks like, my walking (running) buddy Sam.  Ok, Soma...what do I do about this??
 The light is pretty filtering through our woods.
I shall call this one...waiting for the butterflies, a frost covered Milkweed pod.

Thanks for making it down here to the end, whew!!  Have a great day!

linking to WhimsandFancies.com Wandering Camera
 Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

Thursday, February 4, 2016

In the Garden Block of the Month Has Begun!

The first two free blocks in the new blog hop this year with a Block of the Month flavor hosted by Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy have been released!  You can find the patterns here.
 These are my versions of blocks one and two...made with Riley Blake Fabrics.  I used mostly Calico Days but block one also uses 30s Mini Petals in purple and block 2 has Cottage Newsprint in Pink and OohLa La Dot in Aqua added in.
 A closer look at the cutesy frog Amy designed...I have a bit of trouble following a pattern to the letter and ended up adding a small butterfly to introduce the fabric from the first block.

In my actual garden news...hope to have better to report next month but the daffodils are trying to reach up through the soil as we have had unseasonably warm weather.  You can see a sprinkling of snow in the flowerbed but we haven't had enough to coat the ground in quite awhile.  I have been scolding these silly flowers as the weather is bound to change to thick snow before Spring...they are not listening and keep climbing higher!!


Here is the schedule for the full hop...
 February
 
March
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt
 
April
 
May
 
June
 
July
 
August
 
September
 
October
 
November
 
December
 
January
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up
 
And a special thanks to Riley Blake and the Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring my month of the hop in August.
 
In addition to the link above,you can join the Facebook page for all the latest news on this fun new adventure :)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

New BOM progress and a Bit About My Muse

The new Sarah Fielke BOM started today, you can see more info on her blog  http://www.sarahfielke.com/29/block-of-the-month  if you are interested in joining us. There is still plenty of time!
She has just released a couple of the patterns today and I started playing with one of them...a star...


 I mention in the title of this post that there would be a bit about my muse...that would be my son.  
In this quilt, his influence can be seen in the above and below blocks...bugs.  He bought these Australian fabrics for me for my birthday several years ago.  He just really chuckled because, well...they are pretty but they...ummm...have icky bugs in the illustrations.  Well, I am going to use them anyway...surprise!  A smile for us both!


 I am so not a fan of spiders but I am fussy cutting them and in they go!

The other blocks are more  of my usual stashy goodness from AMH and Denyse Schmidt fabrics...


That text print above keeps me on my toes, there are some words of questionable taste that I have to artfully cut around and/or place in the seam allowance.  If you recall if you've been following me for long, this fabric caught me unawares when making a strawberry...now I watch a bit more carefully with my glasses on!!



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A BOM Finish From 2015

I really enjoyed these wool on cotton blocks from the free Buttermilk Basin Mystery QAL of 2015.

Here is my finished quilt top:

 A close up... and a bee button...


Ode to my orange kitty.

Stacy is doing another free BOM for 2016...more info here:  http://www.buttermilkbasin.com/

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A New Block of the Month

I have decided to join in with a new BOM beginning at the end of this month, it is being offered by Sarah Fielke and you can see more info on her blog  http://www.sarahfielke.com/29/block-of-the-month  if you are interested in joining us. There is still plenty of time!


She has released a fun extra pattern for this project which I finished today...


She calls it a block book and we will be storing our blocks inside as we go...hmmm, tough to tell this is mine, eh?  I chose my favorite block and some of my most favorite fabrics and am happy to try this new storing technique as we go :)
 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

In Our Garden Hop Coming

I mentioned in a prior post that I am happy to be included in a new blog hop this year with a Block of the Month flavor hosted by Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy.  This new hop is called In Our Garden and all the details can be found here.

I am designing August's blocks (each month will have 2 blocks, one will be traditionally pieced, and one will be applique).  I have a great start to curating a beauty of a garden thanks to Riley Blake and their Calico Days line.
I have long been a fan of Lori Holt's Bee in My Bonnet fabric lines and patterns, this line is another great one and perfect for my gardening.  The folded fabrics on top are fat eighths which come in panel form to allow you more variety when purchasing yardage. Nice!! 
Here is the schedule for the full hop...
 February
 
March
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt
 
April
 
May
 
June
 
July
 
August
 
September
 
October
 
November
 
December
 
January
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up
 
And a special thanks to Riley Blake and the Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring my month of the hop in August - yes...there WILL be prizes, yay!!

I am looking forward to the first blocks in February, be sure to check out the links and join the Facebook page for all the latest news on this fun new adventure :)