Tuesday, June 25, 2013

More Barns

Quilty Barn Along blocks 7, 8, 9 and 10.  Just 2 more to go.  There is also a version with a silo, and a tractor.  Will I be tempted?
I finished these up today, yesterday was over 10 hours at the dermatologist with my husband.  He had a skin cancer that seemed to go on and on, they had to go back in 4 times, for a total of 5.  He was in a lot of pain last night, but is feeling better today.   Sometimes, it seems to never end, he has another one next Monday, this one on his lip.  Amazingly, he keeps a cheerful attitude most of the time.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Catching Up!

 Catching up, I may even be an overachiever now in my Flower Patch and Quilty Barn quilt alongs.  I think that I have more blocks done than I need on the Flower Patch quilt along, and I have the small blocks done on the Quilty Barn along, and when I finish 2 more barns I'll be caught up.  There will still be some month left, so I'll probably work on a small quilt for my husband's dresser top, or work a little bit on my Scrappy Lattice.  Today, I did finish these 2 blocks, but I spent most of the day driving back and forth to St. Augustine for lunch with my brothers, my nephew, my daughter and her husband, and my grandson and granddaughter.  It was a nice day.   My husband wasn't feeling very well, but he went along with me, which I appreciated.   

Friday, June 21, 2013

Barn Art

The blocks on the right are my versions of block 7 and 8 of the Quilty Barn Along, and the 2 on the left are because I have accumulated a few bonus HSTs.  I think I'll use them for barn 9 and 10, hope I don't regret it when I see what Lori Holt has come up with.  I made her mini design boards too, but mine aren't as cute as hers.  I'm not good with the glue gun, and I think I made a mistake in getting the cheapest $2.98 ones.  Also, I ran out of glue and all that's holding this one together is a fabric glue stick.  It may not last, but at least hopefully, it'll last long enough for my trigger finger to stop being sore. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Out of the Barn and Back to the Flower Patch

I went ahead and did the 5 leaf blocks so that I could sew the last row onto the flower.    I haven't sewn down the rick rack, will probably wait until all 5 are done so I only have to change the bobbin one time.   I lost some of my points on these.  I had changed to my regular foot and forgot to change back to my 1/4 inch foot.  I guess another senior moment.  I consider myself a lazy perfectionist, an energetic perfectionist would have fixed it, but since I'm a lazy one, I decided that I can live with it, and if I do give it away, probably it won't even be noticed. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Quilty Barn Along Blocks 5 and 6

I'm moving right along, half done now, but I think even though I haven't quite caught up I need to work on my Flower Patch blocks.  I'm coming from behind on both quilt alongs.

Not a very good picture, but my first 6 blocks.  They are 20 inches square with the frames and sashings, very large to work on, especially in contrast to starting off with the little 6 inch blocks in the barns. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

And One More

Block 4.  I haven't gotten anything else done today, I think I need to work on my house for awhile. 

I have confidence that it'll look better when things are in their correct place.  The inside corners are supposed to fit together in a little pattern, but since it needs the odd placement, that's not happening, plus hopefully more fabrics will look more pleasingly scrappy.   What can I say, I'm trying to use things up rather than purchase, for the most part.

More Barns

I worked on and off all weekend on my barns and got all the sides, roofs, skies, frames and sashings cut out.   This morning, I got up and all I had to do to finish barns 2 (which this is) and 3 is cut out and sew the art work blocks and sew the barns together.   I'm really enjoying these, as they are so cute.  I know, this is either a really large barn, or a really small tractor, and the bees would be scary if in scale.

Barn number 3, I really like the little postage stamp block. 

When I do block number 4, I hope to sew  the frames and sashings on blocks 1 thru 4 and see a little miniature version of my 12 block quilt. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013


I went to Hobby Lobby today and got a few things.  I got the dot in the foreground for the frames of my barns and then I plan to put a couple of log cabin type rows around that.  The browns are for roofs, the reds for barns, the green is for a roof too, a vine covered one.  the yellows and the juvenile print are for doors and windows.  The rest will come from stash.  I figure that these can also be used if I get a little crazy and decide to do the barns with the silos, too.  They are adorable too, look here.

They also had a lot of their home dec on sale, and I couldn't resist this.  It was originally 80.00 dollars marked down 80 percent to 16.00 dollars.  There are 5 drawers.  Not sure where I'm putting it, but I think it could be good for needles, bobbins, rubber bands, and such. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

More Flower Patch Blocks

My 3rd and 4th Flower Patch blocks.  It's going to be wild and crazy, but cheerful.

The first four.  I think I'm going to like this quilt.  It'll have rick-rack too, and rick-rack always reminds me of my mother.  I don't think our budget would allow fancies, like lace, but she could squeeze in a little bit of rick-rack to cheer things up.  The already made memories will make me like the quilt even better. 

I Actually Started

I've been eying these barn blocks ever since I first saw one, and I've finally gotten my first one done.  I did a lot of the cutting yesterday, and then last night I needed to do the weeks pills, so I got up about 2:00am to get it off my mind.  While I was up I sewed the little 6 inch Weathervane block, and then this morning I finished it up.  I had diet coke with my dinner last night, big mistake, but ok since I got a lot done.  I still need to do the sashing, or frame, but I'm holding off to make sure I get fabric that I like for it.  It'll probably be white, but I just want to check things out a bit first to be sure. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Deck-ade the Halls - Step 2

These cute little stars were fun to make.  I had planned on doing them when the step came out, which was Monday, but Thursday isn't too bad.   I think that it's going to be a very cute quilt, even with my deviations in fabrics. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

First Flower Patch Blocks

First 2 blocks of 17 done, I think I need to wash my flannel, the threads are peeking through.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Progress - Ain't Always Purty

I've got all my flowers for Flower Patch sorted now, but it still isn't a thing of beauty.  Sometimes pretty has to go through a homely stage before it gets where it's going, and my Flower Patch quilt has a long way to go.   I can't wait to get a block together, but progress was delayed by a call from my Grandson to see if we wanted to go to a movie with him and the Great-Grandson.  We saw Epic, and even though it wouldn't have been my first choice (I'm not too much in to animated) it was very cute.  We went to Chic-Filet after that, and are just getting home.  The mess in my house was waiting, so I guess that if I want to get to "Purty" I'd better get going.  

Monday, June 10, 2013

Green Fairy Quilts Flower Patch Quilt Along

This doesn't look like much, but it took me hours.   My feet and my back are hurting and I'm tired, lol.  "The old gray mare she ain't what she used to be", for sure.   I don't think I missed anything, so my Flower Patch quilt is all cut out now.   That's two that I have completely cut out, this and my Scrappy Lattice, which I will get back to.

Hopefully, my Flower Patch quilt will look something like this, but since my background is light pink, I guess it will be less yellow and more pink.   I decided to use that fabric even though I'm using it for my Sugar Block Club-Craftsy BOM 2012, as the fabric is such a bargain, and I do like it.  It is 8 yards for fifteen something, plus shipping.  Can't beat that these days.   I had in mind to do part 2 of Deck-ade the Halls today, but I got up really early (3:30am) for some reason, and it wasn't up yet so I started on this and I'm compulsive, I wanted to get it finished.  Tomorrow for cleaning this place and doing step 2.
Both quilt alongs are just getting started if you need a new project, lol.  

Saturday, June 8, 2013

BOM's Caught up for Now, Yay!

It's coming along.
The June Craftsy BOM 2013 is wrinkly but done.  I don't think that y seams will ever be my favorite.  I don't worry a whole lot about a few wrinkles, as I aspire to the crinkly look in my quilts, and I figure that after washing they'll blend right in.  I do need to improve my pressing though.  Now, I'm a little ahead of the game, I can relax tomorrow and go with my daughter and grandson to see my brothers and my nephew, I'm looking forward to a nice day.  Monday will be for the Deck-ade the Halls block and the rest of the month I can finally start on the barns and table topper for my husbands dresser.  Can't believe I'm finally caught up for now.  I have no self control, I also bought the pattern for another project.  The Flower Patch Quilt Along, the pattern is Flower Patch from Green Fairy Quilts.   There's a Flickr group, too.  It's here.
June Block A, thank goodness these were easy ones.  Craftsy BOM June 2012

Block B, blurry, sorry.

I have 18 blocks now toward my Queen sized quilt from the Sugar Block Club and Craftsy BOM 2012.  These are the latest 3.
Sugar Block Club for June - Done.
The OKCMQG block of the month for June.  I live in Florida, not Oklahome, but they've been kind enough to share. 

More Yellow(ish) Blocks for the June Rainbow Scrap Challenge

January through June of Rainbow Scrappy Trip Along.
And the June Rainbow Scrappy Trip Along.  

Kaleidoscope for June.

This months 16 patches, 6 inch finished 9 patches and 4 1/2 inch finished 9 patches.  As you can see, I'm having to reach to find enough yellowish scraps, I'll just pretend that it gives them character, lol.
Maybe others are working with yellow, not yellow(ish) fabrics.  To see visit SoScrappy here.   Ad I did last month, I'll probably be finished with the RSC until the last week and then I'll so my June wrap-up.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Craftsy Re-Piecing the Past - Shiloh

One down, the Craftsy Re-piecing the past, Civil War blocks.  I anticipated this being one of the most difficult and labor intensive, I hope I was right.  

It's getting there.  One more actual block and then the fillers and borders.