Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Farmer's Wife Blocks 10-18

Month 2 of making Farmer's Wife blocks.  We (Jeremy, Becky, Adena and I) are making 9 blocks a month and I got 6 completed at Party Party Party on Friday and finished the last 3 tonight.
Here's the latest 9.

And here's what they will kind of look like in the final layout.  Since I am not scanning all the actual fabric I'm using, I have selected similar tones and values of fabrics from the EQ library.
Blocks 1-18
I have also finished the Thimble Town 20 year anniversary challenge quilt - all it needs is a label.  That quilt and about 10 others need labels.  I will need to dedicate a weekend to that project.  And a little boys quilt that I finished the top needs the baby's name embroidered (he was born today) and then I can finish that one.  Too much to do, not enough time.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I like pigs.

"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." Sir Winston Churchill

That is the quote that Loose Threads used as inspiration for this latest challenge. The above mini quilt is what I came up with. It's a pretty literal interpretation of the quote. I used colored pencils to draw and color in and then quilted around it--scribbled the black outline and just scribbled in the background. It measures to 5" x 6.5".

Anna made this adorable flying pig. She's not quite done. She wants to add some beads.

Barbara Sawyer made this cute little quilt. Pet pig.

Sara used a diagram of a pig with all the 'meat' parts. However the nose says oink. Not sure what that means and nowhere did it say where pork chops come from.

Karen also made a dimensional pig that will fly by using the balloon. She still will be adding some bling and a tail. This pig needs a tail.

Graces PIGS actually stands for Projects in Grocery Sacks. You know, projects you've started and put aside to finish later. Yes and each of those pockets has a block from some of her own PIGS.

Janice was there but didn't have a pig quilt. We have our quote for the September meeting. It has to do with a stone or a pebble because last month we each got this.

Should be interesting. Not sure if we have to use part of this.

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Weekend Projects

Me and two other friends headed south for the weekend to spend some quilting time with our friend Anna. She lives in the high dessert in Southern California and lives in a beautiful house and she and her husband were wonderful hosts. I got a lot done. I finished another block to my block of the year project...

I finished the appliqué but had to do the embroidery when I got home because I forgot the thread. I then got all the petals and circles for the border of my butterfly quilt.

This will be machine appliquéd. And started turning the pieces of the center for my Christmas block of the month. (It will also be machine appliquéd.)

Lynn Marie has about 60 blocks of a scrap quilt for her son-in-law done, Anna finished a paper pieced runner top done and some Farmers Wife quilt blocks and a couple pillow cases. I didn't get pictures because I'm a loser and I forgot my phone down stairs and too lazy to go down when I thought of it.

Debbie got a couple of her quilt blocks turned and ready for machine appliqué. This will be a stunning quilt when done.

Now that I'm unpacked I have to get back to the Thimble Towne Anniversary challenge. I also have Loose Threads this week and will post later in the week with our new quote challenge reveal.

Thanks for looking.


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Patriotic Quilt

I really tried to finish my patriotic quilt on on July 4th.  I did finish the machine quilting and getting the binding on but didn't get the binding down until yesterday.  So much for good intentions.
This was our guilds Row Round Robin quilt which only 3 people signed up, so we decided to do 2 rounds each.  I started with the blocks on the 4th row and when I got it back I added the flag row on the bottom.  The ladies (Adena Joseph and Brenda McCutcheon) did great.  I supplied the white fabric and all I asked is that they use only red and blue fabrics.
Here is a close up of all the blocks.
And a close up of the border quilting.
Now I have to get ready for a retreat this weekend.  Going down south to visit with a friend and do some quilting.  I plan on bringing all handwork - I have some applique I want to work on and get started.

Thanks for looking.  Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July.  My hubby and I stayed home and indoors (since it was 110 degrees outside) and kept our doggies from freaking out when the fireworks started. Oh and our solar is finally up and working and now we can monitor it too.