Sunday, June 29, 2014

Farming on the Weekend?

Yep, I was farming this weekend.  I was so busy basting that I did not get to farm for Friday.

Now, before I show you my blocks for this week, I will like to tell you about a giveaway!

I have spoken several times how without the classes, tips and techniques from Karen at Laugh yourself into Stitches, I would never have been able to make these blocks.
Karen is having a huge giveaway!

Not, one, or two or even three, but

SIX months of her Farmer's Wife Revival Class!!!

all details can be found

Wow, that is a great giveaway, head on over!

Now for my blocks.

This one,  yucky, not enough contrast, bummer..

#98 Waterwheel

#75 Rosebud

#85 Square Dance

And my favorite for this week....
#64 Peach and Pleny

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

So Basting....Part Two

First thank you so much for all your suggestions and tips. They we all very helpful! Fusible Batting, Spray Basting, board method,  use large tables and a few sent links to this binder method.

After viewing this video I decided to try binder clips.
Off to Staples to buy clips, $4, not bad at all!  

I set up my banquet table and well would't you know it, the clips would not fit on the edges of the ding dong table!  Hmm, what to do?  Try card tables, no the pins would rip the tops. Try an old kitchen counter, too wide a lip.  My kitchen table, perfect size, no would scratch it.
Hey a hollow door! 
 So off my hubby took me to the hardware store.  Here I told the man what I wanted to do and, by golly, he did not even blink an eye. He said he has heard it all!  He led us to the hollow doors, I took out my clip and the ding, dong door was too wide.  With his help he sent us to get a piece of plywood 3/4 inches thick. I saw a beautiful piece of birch, nice and smooth so no splinters. They even cut it to the size I needed.  In the car we went and back home to set up the banquet table which is 30 X 72.  We placed the board on top which I had them cut at 34 X 76, so it would hang over and I could clip the clips.

It worked!!
It really works!

There were two things I did that were different than the video.  I did not use the sticks and I started at one end horizontal and one end vertical so I could really clip the backing.
But do as she says and clip each layer one at a time.  There is a lot of walking and clipping but there is no crawling and no wrinkles.

Sorry blurry, but you get the idea.

See the clips!

That bowl of pins is now empty and my fingers hurt!
It is a small price to pay for a perfectly basted quilt.

Off to dinner we went to celebrate our 37 year anniversary.  Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuesday Archives

Val's Quilting Studio

Today I am linking up at

for Tuesday Archives.

This week dogs and dots.
I do not have any dog quilts but

I do, right HERE

I am off to Val's to see more fun projects!

Happy Sewing

Saturday, June 21, 2014

So Basting......

I am at that point again, basting my quilt.  I do not know about you but I REALLY do not like this part.  Yes, I used to crawl around the floor and baste but wow, that is hard on the old back!  I have seen Sharon Schamber's Video on how to baste with boards. 

 Love the idea for smaller quilts but for a king!  I would need 10 foot boards and a very large table.  I read about using a 6 foot table and using binder clips to hold everything down as you baste.

I have even sent in my king's to longarmers to baste but to be hones the stitches were so small it took longer to take then out than to baste. I also like pins so I had to be careful and not quilt through the basting thread.

Now tell me what is a girl to do?

I have a 92 X 106 quilt to baste and have no idea how to get it accomplished.

Can anyone offer any suggestions?

Friday, June 20, 2014

The First

How fun is this!  Val from Val's Quilting Studio is celebrating her one year blog anniversary.  She had a fun idea about sharing our first post.

When I went back to look at my first post I just laughed.  It was titled My Three Girls and there were 5 comments, 2 were deleted spam and three were from you know who!

The post can be found
and I am linking up at Val's.
 Such a fun idea.

Why don't you link up too.

Farming on Friday

I did manage to get a few more Farmer's Wife Blocks done yesterday.

#33 Farmer's Puzzle

#108 Windmill

#15  Buzzard's Roost.

I also laid them out to take a peek.
Farmer's Wife Blocks to Date

Oh Farmer's Love.

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you do something you love.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Nested Churn Dash #3

  EDIT: That's it!  7 comments and only two, two, showed up in my inbox.  
Gmail here I come!!

I finished Nested Churn Dash block number three. 
 I think I like the contrast in this block.

Today, I am going to do some farming. 
Farmer's Wife Farming that is!

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Post Comments

Just a quick question.
For the last 6-8 weeks I have not been getting all my comments in my email inbox.  It is so frustrating as I do not want you to think I am ignoring you. 

Is this happening to you also?

I am with Yahoo and have been for many, many years.
 I was thinking of changing my email to gmail.

Unless gmail is having problems too.

Thank you for any advice.

I Do Not Think It Is Just Me......

I am not sure but I do not think it is just me or is it?

I am thinking because the United States had one doosy of a winter we are spending a lot of time outside.

I know I am and because of that sewing and blogging have been put aside for a while.
As I type this it is almost midnight and by golly I did not sit more than 45 minutes at my machine.
I did however get snuggle time with my grand-babies.  Dinner with hubby and an evening walk together.

Over the weekend as I was doing laundry I did make two
Churn Dash Nesting Blocks

Wow are these fun!

Are you playing too?

It is not too late. Information is on my side-bar.

This is my first block and I do like the color placements.

I am not too thrilled about the second block.  (oops forgot to remove the selvage on the yellow stripe).

This is the layout for the third block.  I think I will like this one, whenever I get it done!

Off to bed!  Going to be a hot one tomorrow.  Yeah!!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday Farming with the Magic 8

It has been awhile since I worked on my Farmer's Wife Blocks so I decided to make Friday my Farming Day!

I have skipped the blocks that contain a lot of half square triangles for no other reason than fear!
But it is time take on the challenge!
I have a wonderful helper!

Karen for "Laugh Yourself Into Stitches"  has an amazing tutorial on HST's.
She  calls it the Magic 8.

Her tutorial can be found

Here is a sneak peek from her site. (pictures courtesy of Karen)

Start  here

get these!

She also has a sizing chart for us!

Thanks Karen!

So I met the challenge in only the way I could.
Not perfect, but I like it!
All thanks to the Magic 8.

A few more I finished....

And I do not know why but this is one of my favorites.

I have a total of 37 blocks done!


Have a wonderful weekend. I hope you get to do something you love.  

Monday, June 2, 2014

Working with my Favorite Fabrics

I have been doing some handwork. I am making hexies with my favorite fabrics of all time.
Yes, all time!
And I am old!!
Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt
Kerchief Girls by Kei

I am thinking a nice big throw pillow for the bed to match my quilt.

(I just have to keep on showing it, sorry. It is on the bed and being used and loved!)

Happy Sewing!