Thursday, May 25, 2017

Adding borders to Farm Girl Vintage

Forgive the quality of this photo. With 30 mph winds blowing today, this was the only spot outside where I could lay the quilt out so it wouldn't blow away. 
The rows are all done and the first outer border has been added.  Unfortunately I didn't read the directions carefully enough. That white border was supposed to be cut 2" wide and I only cut it 1.5" wide.  Since the next border is pieced I'm afraid I'll have to do some math to make it come out correctly.  But it won't be the first time I've had to "fudge" a bit, and won't be the last time either.
Yesterday I stopped into my local quilt shop and found a 30s print that will become the final wide outer border.  I knew I wanted my pieced border to be red and white - to compliment that big red barn in the middle - so I picked a pretty blue that also had some red and white in it. The pieced border is made of tiny (1.5 x 2.5") flying geese, so it will take me awhile to get to the final border stage.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May UFO is done

I did some switching again on my UFO Challenge list, replacing a project I knew I couldn't finish with one that had a chance of getting finished.  And here is the finished UFO. This one was a lost and found item that is at least 12 years old because I made it in our previous house.
Bonnie (The Pin Cushion) quilted it with a cute cherry cluster design to match the outer border. I got the binding sewn on this weekend. And after some experimenting, I've decided to leave off the big yo-yos that were originally in the white squares.  It just felt too busy with those on there.

Finishing this UFO means I've completed at least 1 each month so far.  Too bad there are still so many more to go!

Monday, May 22, 2017

5 good reasons for not sewing

No sewing happened (except a little binding in the car) in the last few days. We left home early Thursday afternoon for Dave to attend a short work meeting and then we headed to granddaughter Sophia's pre-school graduation.  After the graduation ceremony we all went out for ice cream to celebrate and then checked into a motel for the night.  Friday morning we left for Omaha for the weekend.
My niece's husband retired from the army on Friday, and they had a reception for him at their home. It was so fun to visit with family we don't see often enough. 
On Saturday our kids and grandkids joined us at the zoo - where lots of fun was had in spite of the rain.  One would think that 6 adults could keep track of 5 kids, but it was a challenge with all of us counting heads continuously. We kept to the indoor exhibits in the morning and when the rain let up about noon we worked our way through most of the outdoor areas. Jonah's favorite thing was the rattlesnake, Olivia loved the train ride, and we could hardly get Mason out of the aquarium, especially the penguins. 
Sunday morning I had coffee with an old friend that I hadn't seen since our freshman year in college. That was 45 years ago! We met as exchange students in Hamburg Germany in 1971.
All said, it was a fun weekend but I was ready to get home and sleep in my own bed again too.

Friday, May 19, 2017

It's a start

The messy sewing room has been breached!  At least one spot has been.  I have a huge antique dresser with the 2 little drawers on top and in our previous house it lived in our guest bedroom with 2 antique crystal lamps sitting on the little drawer sections. 
In this house the dresser has always lived in my basement sewing room but I had never unpacked those lamps. After 11 years it was time, right?  Interesting find in the box with the lamps - 2 old wooden clocks, one made by my father in a shop class in high school in the 1930s.  More about the clocks another time.
This the BEFORE view of the top of the dresser. It had become a landing zone for junk things I was too lazy to put away or to use.  I had almost covered up my thread basket. Yikes!!
I also hung up a wall hanging quilt that I made about 20 years ago. It hung in our living room in the other house but has been folded up in a drawer since moving here. The patriotic fabrics were some of my favorites, but the navy blue had faded after several years of hanging. I decided I don't care that it's faded because I really love it.  Notice the prairie points?  Guess I loved them back then too.

The thread basket was sitting alone on the top of the dresser once I got it cleaned off, but I have put back my small Ott light and another small project basket.  Let's hope I can stop myself from piling stuff up around this again.

And you can't see it but the lid is back on the grey tub of stuff, with the scrap bins on top.  So some of the mess has been sorted, used or disposed of, and contained for now.  Better yet - there is 1 less box of "stuff" in my storage area.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Looking for my mojo

This should be my new mantra. Just sayin . . .
I stole this picture from 24 Blocks on Facebook and need to print it to hang everywhere in my house where I'll see it.  I have few excuses for feeling low, but I am struggling with my creative happy side right now.  My mojo will return - maybe with some sunshine after so many rainy days.
I started to clean out that "big grey bin" over a week ago. But I got distracted interrupted, and then I spent a few days away from home - and now it's just increasing the mess in my creative space.  I did rescue one long-forgotten quilt top from the bin and it's now quilted.  My plan today is to make and sew on the binding so I'll have some hand stitching to do on a little road trip we're going to take for an upcoming retirement party. 
And my other plan for today is to repack the remaining contents, put the top back on the bin, and leave the rest for another day.  It is just contributing to the chaos in the room and that makes it less enjoyable to be in there.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Farm Girl Vintage update

I spent only about an hour sewing on this darky and rainy day.  My basement sewing room was so dreary!  And chilly!  It just doesn't get enough natural light and I'm tired of trying to make floor lamps and Ott lights create enough good light. Sigh!!!
But one more row was added to the bottom of my Farm Girl Vintage quilt. I have 3 more rows of blocks to put together, along with the sashing and cornerstones between rows and at the top and bottom.  The blocks themselves are finished and the rows laid out.  Once those are done the plan is to add another 1.5" white border around the whole outside.  These are my small blocks - finishing at 6", and the finished quilt will be a generous lap size.
Then I'll decide if I'm going to do the prairie points when I add the wide outer border.  Of course I still haven't picked out a border fabric or even know what color I want to look for. I'm going to need to lay this out and stare at it for awhile before deciding on those last colors.  Design as I go . . .

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Saturday Sampler is a mystery

The new Saturday Sampler that began last month is a mystery quilt. I did all of the cutting last month but since it was all squares and rectangles, the design was definitely still a mystery.  This month we are using the rectangles and some of the squares to make these diamond units. It's still a mystery to me!
So far I've only made 5 of each, so I have quite a few left to make: 15 more of unit 1, 15 of unit 2, and 11 of unit 3.  But at least I did a little sewing today.