Monday, September 29, 2014

A finish and a giveaway

Here's another little project I got finished up this morning. The cross stitch was done by my mom years ago. Now it's quilted and hanging on the wall. It will be so nice to be able to see this one every day. :0)

In an effort to clear out some more "stuff" from my sewing corner, I have a pile of strips and selvages I'm giving away. The strips are on the left...the selvages on the right. There aren't a lot of each, but I hope someone wants them because I'm tired of storing them! LOL So if you're interested in these leftovers, just leave me a comment saying so, and if more than one person wants them, I'll choose a winner on Wednesday.

Friday, September 26, 2014

More sharing

I was reading blogs this week and read on Jeannette's blog that she's going to be collecting signature blocks to celebrate a special birthday that's coming up. So this morning I made this block to send to her. I used a black Pigma pen for the writing on the center block and surrounded it with two inch scrap squares. It's simple but I like it! :0) 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sharing with others

I was just reading on Paulette's blog about a woman who lost her entire stash to a fire. Her daughter is asking people to send a fat quarter to her mom to help get her stash going again. I'm going to do what Paulette suggested and just fill an envelope with fabric. You can go HERE to read about it and get the address.

This photo has nothing to do with quilting, but the other day I looked out and saw a butterfly sunning itself on the deck. I also noticed its shadow. I have a thing about shadows! LOL I just had to share. :0)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beautiful Brown Barns

I had the day off work today, so I sewed...and sewed...and sewed some more! I sewed so much that I got my barn quilt top done. I'm really happy with how it came out. Although in hind sight I might have left off the extra little off white squares formed by the border blocks. But I'm not taking it apart now. It is what it is. :0)

I've ordered a brown fabric marker, and when it gets here I plan to outline each barn star block with little dashed lines that look like stitching. I was going to just outline each block with quilting in brown thread, but I want this one to be quilted with an all over design, so that wouldn't work. And I thought of doing the stitches with embroidery thread, but I was afraid that might get caught in the quilting. So since the barns are just printed on the fabric, I thought it would be fine to draw on the stitching lines too. As soon as that's done, I'll get this one sent off for quilting. :0)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

There was music in the air

Last night was the 55th county wide band-o-rama, which was held at our high school. I believe we had nine county bands plus one guest band there to showcase their music. This is a photo of all the county bands on the field getting ready to perform the Star Spangled Banner.

The one band had their quad drummers play upside down for part of the one song. That was something I'd never seen before. The drummer in the middle is blindfolded, and the ones on either side of her are being held upside down.

Here's our high school band on the field. My daughter is in the row on the far left...she's a little hard to see in a photo of the whole band! LOL

The guest band this year was from the College of Wooster. They're known as the Fighting Scots, thus the kilts. They also have a bagpipe group (I happen to LOVE bagpipes) so I was more than a little excited when they came onto the field. What a thrill it was to be able to hear a bagpipe group in person! And the kilts were pretty cool too! LOL

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Small Finish

I was sorting out some things on my sewing table after work today, and I came across this little cross stitch. It's been waiting quite some time for me to make it into something. So I started sorting through my fabric tubs and I came across this yellow fabric. I got busy cutting and sewing and before long I had a finished wall hanging. It's small...just about 8" by 9", so I shouldn't have too much trouble finding a spot on the wall to hang it. :0)

And thank you all for your comments on my last post. I guess I didn't make it clear when I posted that I couldn't go back to just the four patch blocks, as the X-blocks were made using those four-patch charms. But that's OK, because I do like the X-block setting and I think once I get the border blocks made and get it all sewn up, it's going to be just fine that way. Now I just have to find time to sit and sew again! :0)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Another change of plans

Do the quilts you make change as you go along? Mine seem to. I don't necessarily think that's a bad think...but it does complicate life sometimes. The more I looked at the barn blocks with the four patch blocks, the more I thought the layout was too simple. Now I love a simple quilt, but sometimes I think I go for simple just to get something done, and I didn't want to do that with the barns.  So I thought a bit and today it went from this... this. What do you it better or worse with the X blocks instead of the plain four patch blocks? I've still got 40 border blocks to make, and I think those will help pull the whole thing together. And these blocks are just laid out on the design wall...I still have a lot of sewing to do to get them put together.

Monday, September 15, 2014

I just couldn't wait!

I tried not to do it...I really did! I have too many other projects I'm in the middle of to start on something new. But the quilt barns were calling to me! LOL I thought I'd just cut out the barns so that much was done. Then I thought I might try using up the charm packs of Pure from Moda that I had. Well, some of those prints worked and some didn't. So I used what worked and cut some other charms from my stash. I still need to rearrange some of the charms, but this is what I have so far. I also think I'm going to use some of the brown strips from the jelly roll of Pure for a scrappy border on this one. 

Someone (I apologize that I can't remember who) asked in the comments yesterday about sourcing the barn fabric. The selvage says Mystery Harvest Shop Hop designed by Beth Baker Dix for Andover Fabrics Inc. © 2011 Patt 5599. I remember the woman who sold the fabric to me saying it had been for a shop hop. I pulled out the card she gave me about this year's shop hop and I believe the fabric I got came from a place called Sew Happy in southern Ohio. You can find their website HERE. I hope that helps! :0)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A little bit of shopping

As some of you may know, I've been on a fabric diet for several years now, only buying fabric if I need it to finish a quilt off. I've bought backing and background fabric, but pretty much nothing else for quite some time. Well, at the quilt show yesterday I kind of slipped a wee bit. I only bought two pieces of fabric, so that's actually pretty good, right? LOL

The one vendor had lots of batiks, and I LOVE batiks. I was good though, and only brought home this one piece. I have no idea what I'll do with it, but I just LOVE it! :0)

And then I saw this printed quilt barn fabric at another booth. There are 12 barns in all, so I'll be cutting them apart and then I think I'll alternate them with another block...maybe a star or something else. I don't know for sure yet, but I do love them and having them printed will make this project a lot quicker than if I tried to embroider them.

Just a reminder that I've added the linky thing to my sidebar for the Charming Stars sew-along. If you want to add yourself to it, just use the URL of the post that shows your blocks for the sew-along. There are already lots of lovely blocks showing up all around blogland! :0)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Amish Country Quilt Show

We went to a local quilt show today. It was small, but there were a lot of beautiful quilts there. Here are just a few...

All of the squares in this one were cross stitched quilt images. It was amazing!

This is a close up of one of the quilt cross stitched pieces.

And I just loved this one...both the pattern and the colors. I think a neutrals quilt is in my future! :0)

NOTE: I had lovely comments this weekend from Barbara and Mary Jo, who both are no reply bloggers. Thank you ladies for visiting my blog! :0)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Football Friday Night

My daughter is in the marching band, so I go to all the home games. Tonight was an away game, so I stayed home and have been listening to the game online. And I actually got a bit of sewing done. I've made one more charming star block and two more pinwheels. I've got another block laid out so I'm going to work on that next. The game's only in the beginning of the fourth quarter, so I've got lots of time to sew before Emily gets home.

EDITED: I did get another block made (I'll show you soon), and our team won 74-47! Go Triway!! :0)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Chateau of Secrets

I just finished another book...I do read a lot. This one was amazing, full of all kinds of twists and turns. I highly recommend it.

Here's the blurb from Goodreads about it...

A courageous young noblewoman risks her life to hide French resistance fighters; seventy years later, her granddaughter visits the family’s abandoned chateau and uncovers shocking secrets from the past. Gisèle Duchant guards a secret that could cost her life. Tunnels snake through the hill under her family’s medieval chateau in Normandy. Now, with Hitler’s army bearing down, her brother and several friends are hiding in the tunnels, resisting the German occupation of France.

But when German soldiers take over the family’s château, Gisèle is forced to host them as well—while harboring the resistance fighters right below their feet. Taking in a Jewish friend’s baby, she convinces the Nazis that it is her child, ultimately risking everything for the future of the child. When the German officers begin to suspect her deception, an unlikely hero rescues both her and the child.

A present day story weaves through the past one as Chloe Sauver, Gisèle’s granddaughter, arrives in Normandy. After calling off her engagement with a political candidate, Chloe pays a visit to the chateau to escape publicity and work with a documentary filmmaker, Riley, who has uncovered a fascinating story about Jews serving in Hitler’s army. Riley wants to research Chloe’s family history and the lives that were saved in the tunnels under their house in Normandy. Chloe is floored—her family isn’t Jewish, for one thing, and she doesn’t know anything about tunnels or the history of the house. But as she begins to explore the dark and winding passageways beneath the chateau, nothing can prepare her for the shock of what she and Riley discover…

With emotion and intrigue, Melanie Dobson brings World War II France to life in this beautiful novel about war, family, sacrifice, and the secrets of the past.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fair Day - Take Two

We were back at the fair again today. It was band day and all the county marching bands played. Here's our band...there are so many of them, they don't all fit on the stage! LOL

We watched the county tractor pull too. Unfortunately the third tractor to pull broke in half and threw the driver off. They took him to the ER but later they said he was going to be OK. This is how they had to take the tractor off the pieces on a trailer. I hope I never see anything like that again.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fair Day - Take One

Today was the opening day of our local county fair. I saw some beautiful quilts! The pieces in this first one were about half an inch many little pieces!

I loved the how the black sashing on this one set off the blocks...such pretty colors! :0)

This was a painting...It was so realistic that it looked more like a photo.I love the jars!

And I found this in the school art projects building. I think it would be great to make a quilt like this...this was just made out of paper squares.

This is a friend of my daughter. She did freestyle reining for 4-H today and got first in her class. I didn't know much about freestyle reining, but the they ride their horses to music and kind of choreograph their riding to it. It was really fun. :0)

Friday, September 5, 2014


More of my miniature sunflowers are in bloom now...I just love these. I even got Mr. Bee in two of the pictures...the first one is my favorite! :0)