Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Harvest already?

Who would have thought farmers would be picking corn already? It has dried down a lot, however, so harvest is inevitable. The picture below is in our field. Allen has all red equipment (Case IH, I think.). 

This photo below is across the road from us. He uses the green stuff--we all know John Deere. 

I've been keeping up with Pat Sloan's Merry and Bright QAL. This is block #6 from last week. A new one comes out today. I'm using Snow Much Fun fabric. It's going to be a pretty quilt, I do believe.

And these are 4 of the 9 setting blocks I have finished. Need 18 all together. The rest are cut out, ready to stitch. The other 5 I have done are red instead of turquoise.

At our last Sew Day, several of our quilt group made zippered bags from candy bags. Missouri Star has a youtube tutorial on them. 

Here are some sneak peaks of my Pick a Pumpkin blog hop project. It's all done, but I can't show it until my day in November.  😉

Yesterday I finished a new banner for church. In the photo it's hanging from our loft rail--I'll get it up at church before Sunday. This was our district conference theme in 2016, and I asked Debbie Noffsinger, the designer, if I could make a banner from the design. She was gracious enough to give me permission. Our congregation is hosting conference this year (Nov 2&3); my goal was to have it done in time for that. I think I made it! It's 44" x 84".
I'm also working on the Missouri Star binding tool star quilt. I have several blocks finished--maybe 10--with 6 more to go and then the borders will need to be done. Once in a while I get inspired to do some work on my Thimbleberries quilt. I hope to get it done before the year is out.
Never lack for projects, that's for sure!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Pick a Pumpkin hop

Well, I hope I know what I'm doing--I joined Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks' Pick a Pumpkin blog hop. It runs November 5 - 8. Why is that a concern? I am co-coordinator for our church  IL/WI district conference the weekend before--and it is at our church. I figure I can make at least one pumpkin item before then!
Carla's still taking entries, if you want to join. Let her know!

Send her your name, email, blog name and address.

Should be fun!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

More quilt blocks

Here's Merry and Bright (Pat Sloan), week 3. I forgot to post earlier, and tomorrow is block 4, which will probably wait until the grandchildren go home next week. I love block 3--made 2 of them, as you can see.

Our LQS, Stewart's Sewing, is doing a block of the month called Marbella. We actually get 2 blocks at a time, or at least we have the first 2 months. This month was applique`. I love the colors in this quilt--that's one reason I wanted to participate.

Twelve members of our quilt group, Cerro Gordo Quilters, are making butterflies so we can swap blocks. Mine are all done, each one different, since I decided to use scraps. I could easily make my own quilt with these, but I'll have a bunch of different lovelies after we all trade.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Merry and Bright BOW by Pat Sloan

Blocks 1 and 2 of Merry and Bright by Pat Sloan
I'm using Snow Much Fun fat quarters by Deb Strain for Moda.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Recent Achievements

Early last week (I think) I FINALLY finished quilting the last block of the Thimbleberries Vintage Stitches blocks that I had inherited and had wanted to finish. This included figuring out my own patterns for over half the blocks, hand embroidering 9 of the centers myself, designing patchwork for 4 other centers, and finding matching fabrics. This is the last of the 20. Now I am trimming them and then will sash them together to finish the quilt. Other projects get in the way, so it's a slow process, but I can now see the end of it. Woohoo!

A few years ago, I bought Accidental Landscapes by Karen Eckmeier at 3 Dudes Quilt Shop in Phoenix. This month I made a small landscape from that book. I love the desert scene based on the Sonoran Desert. 

Here's my finished Christmas tree runner, all FMQed.

The biggest achievement of all was my brother Alan's retirement from over 40 years work in mental health services. He has been CEO and president of ReDiscover in Lee's Summit, MO, for 24 years, and worked in Phoenix before that. Left to right are my husband Glen, me, Alan, his wife Chris, and another brother Ron. We have 2 more brothers, one of which has yet to retire (this summer), and then we will all be retired. :) Congratulations to Alan!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Barn Blocks

I get the Sew Sampler every month from the Fat Quarter Shop. There is always a recipe for a quilt block, and the series right now is barn blocks. We will have 12 blocks when we are done. Pat Sloan decided she was going to make each block, and I decided to quilt along with her on this one. We have received 2 block recipes; I have both finished. My barn doors will be different reds, but the barns will each be different patterns, so that should work out well. I'm ready for #3 in June!

Our Cerro Gordo Quilters' lesson this past week was a Christmas tree runner. Here's my completed top:

and a single block.

Time to get busy sewing again--I'm working on a QAYG--blocks are all done and I am quilting each one before joining them together. Have 15 1/2 done--4 1/2 left to do. It has taken me a year of on-and-off quilting to get to this point. Now that I can finally see the end, I hope I will finish up soon. Woohoo!

Friday, April 13, 2018

A few more projects

I thought I'd share a couple more finishes from the past week...
The first one is actually a 10 1/2" block that I turned into a small wall hanging. This is for Parables Community, a Church of the Brethren church start in Lombard, IL. They are having a fundraiser for their 2nd anniversary and this project is for the fundraiser. (The block is from Michele Foster's first Aiming for Accuracy QAL, and was a practice block for me a few years ago.) Parables' logo is fish, so I FMQed fish in the square. Can you see them?

The pastor of Parables, Jeanne Davies, a friend of mine, had asked at last year's district conference if I would make a purse for her someday, so I sent one along in the package with the block. I loved it so much, I may have to make one for myself. Thankfully, Jeanne likes it too.

Lots of pockets inside.

If you haven't visited the 30 Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop yet, you should. Below is the entire schedule:

Project Designer

April 1st

Block 1- 4 Patch
April 2nd

Block 2 - Double Stuffed
April 3rd

April 4th
Block 4 - Dutch Door

April 5th

April 6th
Block 6 - Tacked Up

April 7th
Block 7 - Stripper

April 8th
Just Sew Quilter   (that's me)
Block 8 - Staggered

April 9th
Block 9 - Topsy Turvy

April 10th
Block 10 - Chunky Pinwheel

April 11th
Block 11 - Painted WIndow

April 12th
Block 12 - Broken Cinder Block

April 13th
Block 13 - Reaction

April 14th
Block 14 - Median Strip

April 15th
Block 15 - Center of Attention

April 16th

Block 16 - Bounce
April 17th

Block 17 - Sweet Sixteen
April 18th

Block 18 - Yeah Eights
April 19th

Block 19 - Weave
April 20th

Block 20 - Classic
April 21st

Block 21 - Spot
April 22nd

Block 22 - Cross Walk
April 23rd

Block 23 - Opposites Attract
April 24th

Block 24 - Possibility
April 25th

Block 25 - Camper Window
April 26th

Block 26 - Catching Z's
April 27th

Block 27 - Broken Stripes
April 28th

Block 28 - Stockade
April 29th

Block 29 - Dovetail
April 30th

Block 30 - Slow Tee