Wednesday, October 31, 2012

September's Done

Yipee! I got my September Farmer's Wife blocks done. For both color-ways! Here are the last three. I got them done while doing four loads of laundry, and fixing some meals for this weekend. I needed to cook some ahead meals, as we have a gun show both days this weekend.

P.S. I also got two blocks done for October, but I'll share them when I get more done!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Back to Quilting

Today, I spent time working on quilty stuff. First off I am trying to catch up on my Farmer's Wife blocks for September! I got four more blocks done from the colorway "Breath of Avignon". I do have all the civil war collorway blocks done for September, see here.

Awhile back I posted about a Local Quilt shop monthly quilt project that was on my list of past year's projects I wanted to get done this year.  The yellow arrow shows the four other ones on my list I would like to get done this year too!  You can see the pasts posts that show these blocks here.

(Sorry for the poor pic, but taken late in the evening)

So, after having the blocks done and stored for three years, I ran into a few issues.  Let me preface this by saying that i have gone to some very wonderful local quilt shops, but the one that I
participated in for this project lacked in running the shop as a business.  They substituted the background fabric after block two, their close, but it is a distraction.  And the substitute they chose was short, and I ended up having to piece the sashing.  The finishing instructions, written by the shop owner, were incomplete, excluding the last three rows (sashing blocks, sashing). It is just frustrating to invest time, money, and materials on something that is mediocre at best. Arg!   Now my quandary is to decide on how to proceed?  So why I ponder, it has been put back on the UFO shelf.  Bummer...

Saturday, October 27, 2012


I have been busy the last three days. I have been trying to get my Etsy shop geared up for holiday shopping. Now that I have my goal of having stock in the shop, I am hoping to get back to my quilting. I'm a month and a half behind on my Farmer's Wife Blocks, and I have several Old BOM's with completed blocks that need assembly and quilting.

This is a mini hipster that I blogged about a few posts ago done in Oregon's college theme.

This is another one in the rival college in Oregon.

This is a wristlet.

And another wristlet.

A Two Zip Hipster done in camo.

Another Two Zip Hipster.

And this is a tortilla warmer to use in the microwave, and it also will cook potatoes.

All of these items can be found in my Etsy shop, linked at the top of the blog on the right side.  

Friday, October 26, 2012

Wristlet Gift

I can now revel the rest of the pictures from this post. I made this for my Mom who lives out of state, so I had to wait to post these pictures until I knew she had received her package.

 The pattern is by Erin at Dog Under My Desk, and you can see it here and purchase the PDF pattern for a very reasonable amount - $8.00. In my humble opinion, this is less than or equal to the other PDF patterns out in blogland. I will also say, that her patterns are written so well, that your project comes out perfect and professional the first time using it. (Please note, I am note receiving any payment or gift for this review, I just like her patterns that much!)

I made this wristlet in my Mom's favorite colors, red, white and black. She was happy to see it come to her, as she requested something small to take with her to the pool and on quick trips.

It measures about 8" X5", has a detachable strap using some nice brass hardware I got  here, a zippered closure and a cute pocket inside.  It is perfect for all the essentials one would need to take on a quick trip, thus the name of the pattern, "Essential Wristlet"!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Participation Gift

I am so excited today! I am being featured on another bloggers post Freemotion by the River. Connie is so nice, and hosts a Linky Party every Tuesday. So go on over there and say hello, and meet some other bloggers.

And then to top it off, I got a package in the mail from a different blogger! This came from Donna at Brynwood Needleworks. She sponsored a quilt-a-long, the Farmer's Wife and the participants decided to make her a friendship block as a way to say thank you (I linked to the post on her site showing she received my block). In return, she sent each of us a gift for participating! How cool this that, and my gift is just perfect because I have been making all different kinds of bags and here I got another one to try out!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Little Bags

I have been busy, busy, busy, planning and cutting out things for my Etsy shop, because I am trying to get geared up for the holidays. Below is a a bag called "Run Around Bag, by Lazy Girl Designs that can be found here, made with one of my state's college theme fabric.

This one measures 10" X 8" with a 42" strap.  The front has a zipper for access to the main part of the bag.

The back of the bag has an opened pocket.

This shows the zippered front opened.

I can't show all of this one yet, as I sent it off to someone special.  More pics when I get confirmation they received it.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fat Quarter Designer Mystery Club

I got the 5th block in the mail Saturday. I got it cut out last night, and made it tonight. I've been so busy with sewing things for my shop, I forgot how fun making blocks and quilting is!

I have pictured the previous blocks below to give you a look of all the blocks as we progress through out the rest of the program.

 Block 4

Block 3

Block 2

Block 1

"Give Thanks"

This is a small wall hanging that I have made for my cubicle at work. The pattern comes from here. There are eight verses that can be changed and hung on the button. I am using the fabric line "Vintage Modern".

Friday, October 12, 2012

One More Hipster

I know, I know, I so enjoying making this hipster bag! So far this is my favorite. It is made with a heavy linen from IKEA, lined with a Moda line "Sweet" by Urban Chiks. It will be in my Etsy store shortly.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hipster Bag

Just a quick note to show what I made over the weekend. It is another Two Zip Hipster like I did here. It is in my Etsy shop!

Monday, October 8, 2012

September's Farmer's Wife Blocks

I finally got my September Farmer's Wife blocks done tonight! Unfortunally, it is only the Civil War colorway, and I still have the other colorway to do. I have two of the nine blocks done, but I'll save thos pics for when I get the rest done. I'm hoping to get them done this week, so I can get working on Octobers!

Just so you can see all of the Civil War color way for September, here are the ones I had done in an earlier post.