I am very excited to say that my farm is slowly but surely growing! I have 5 chickens and 4 cows that just need some appliqué to add some pizzazz.
Up next is sheep, which I have four already cut. I am so excited to make sheep. *sigh* I love sheep!
After the sheep are done, I will be making some pigs because no farm is complete without some oinkers. I think the pig will be the last of the animals and the rest of the space will be pin-wheels, etc.
I have officially set my goal to have the top done by Easter, so about 2 months. I should have plenty of time… Right?
I have been making so great headway on my Ribbed Beanie; I only have about 5 cm until I can start decreasing!
Hopefully I’ll finish in the next week.
I’m excited to say that this week is looking productive as well!
I was able to finish Lori Holt’s Quilty Barn and Furrow block for my 30s Farm Quilt.
This block wouldn’t have taken so long if it hadn’t been for the flying geese. It was one corner that just wouldn’t behave; I spent 2 hours working on it and that was just during one sitting. I ended up getting it to behave a little better but its not as good as I would like. I hate flying geese. Remind me to avoid them at all costs.
For the quilt, I’m planning on doing a medallion type design. The center will actually be three large blocks; this is the final center block. The general layout will be something like this (please ignore the shadows!):
The bare spaces will be filled with farm-y stuff. That’s where you guys come in! What kind of animals would you see on a farm? (Ones that can be pieced into 5-6″ blocks.). My list includes cows, sheep, chickens, and pigs… Any ideas?
I’m so excited to see how this turns out!
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Happy Hump Day Everyone! I hope everyone is staying warm; it has warmed up to a solid 4* here.
I am happy to say that this week has been a lot more productive than last week. I spent a whopping four hours making Lori Holt’s Vintagey Farm Girl Tractor. Even though it took forever I am ecstatic over the results!
I used the classic John Deere yellow and green for a few reasons. One: who doesn’t love John deere? Two: its an American classic. And three (which is probably the most important): my grandpa.
Grandpa was in high school when he bought his first tractor, a 1937 John Deere. The tractor was soon too small to do any mass amounts of farm work, but he still kept the little tractor. When he retired, his tractor got a new life and a fresh coat of paint. This quilt block is more or less dedicated to this family tractor.
There’s something about a tractor that I just love!
In between sewing, I’ve been trying to finish up my first knitting project, my Sherlock Scarf. My goal is to be done my Friday!
I am onto my second skein, so I’m officially half way done! Whoop!
I can’t help but laugh because I want my scarf finished so I can move onto another project. But here’s the funny part: I remember telling a friend that I started knitting and he warned me that I would want to move on to bigger and better things. I scoffed at it then, but look where I am now!
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Yesterday, I was able to finish appliqué-ing my DWR onto its blue back ground (Yay for a finish!). That means its time to get some diamonds (silver metallic fabric will also work) to glam this baby up! I’ll use the freezer paper technique to make the circle, which I’ll be using the finger hole pattern from Strike Out!.
I’m loving how its turning out! Now that I’m in the home stretch, I’m trying to find the best way to quilt it. I’m leaning towards outlining the rings then doing a crosshatch on the inside. What do you think? I would LOVE some suggestions from you guys!!
Yesterday, I was finally able to finish my Joyful Harvest shop sampler! I’ll tell you the placemats turned out adorable…but I’ll have more for you on that later.
With the sample being done, I have time to focus on my own WIPs, such as the Tennessee Waltz quilt that has patiently been waiting in my sewing basket. But, alas, I may not get to the poor Waltz because a new quilt idea has been percolating in my head for a while and it is slowly engulfing my creative side.
I think a cute little farm scene would be adorable in all 30s repo fabrics… Can you see why this is taking over my mind? (Please ignore the icky picture; I have this baby hanging right next to my machine to inspire me to get things done and my sewing room has horrible lighting, as you can see.)
In the mean time, I will hopefully get to some of my other WIPs, just so the don’t feel left out.
What are you working on this week?
This week I have a lot more WIPs than usual. Here’s the rundown:
1: This is technically an old WIP. It was meant to be shown for 4-H but I set it aside to finish the Donkey Quilt. I unexpectedly picked it back up this week… I love it when that happens! When I left this bad boy I had just started putting the squares into columns. Now, the squares are all in columns which are patiently waiting to be put together.
2:. My newest shop sample is coming along slowly but surely. The pattern is very straightforward and simple. I think its turning out well!
3: This is my newest WIP! Remember Strike Out!? Well, its recipient wants to learn how to quilt! He decided he wanted to make a HST quilt based off one from Pinterest. Woohoo 250 HSTs!!! We’re starting off with this pile o’pretties (12 fat quarters) and we’ll go from there.
I love those little birdies and that black is so…BLACK! Know what I mean??
I don’t know why, but I cannot keep my hands idle. After going to my local quilt shop, I came home with a bundle of Joyful Harvest by Sandy Lynam Clough for Red Rooster for another shop sample.
These fabrics aren’t really my style but the table runner and placemats are pretty cute. This is another panel pattern and theres some cute piecing as well. Hopefully this one has fewer troubles than Holiday Frost.
Because I can’t sit still, last weekend I volunteered to make a shop sample for my LQS. Both the fabrics and pattern are absolutely adorable!
I really like how quick the panel quilts come together!
My goal is to have it done for next Monday…. I think I can do it!
…is DONE!! It actually wasn’t that long of a haul and I really enjoyed it. I love hand-quilting!
I quilted it by first outlining the donkey and his/her saddle pad. I then went diagonally across every other square.
The quilting is practically invisible, but that’s how I planned it. I wanted the beautiful fabrics of Honey Honey (and the donkey!) to be the focal point.
I am very happy with how it came out and all I hope is that the 4-H judges like it too!
Next, I’m going to whip up a tiny label. I have a solid 2 weeks before judging. Who would have thought I would have extra time?! (Hopefully I’m not speaking too soon…)