Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Harvest Time


The combines came this afternoon and cut the wheat around the barns today so there will be no wheat for quilt show but I'm sure they are happy to get it in before the predicted thunderstorms due tonight.  After last year, our first quilt show ever to be even partially rained out, everyone remember to keep praying for no rain on quilt show days!

I did get my Missouri Daisy back from our quilter and it's stunning!  I'd never used  rickrack along a binding before but Gloria helped me through!  Thank goodness she's back on her feet!  And yes, just in time for quilt show!!

And along with harvest comes fall and at our house that means Halloween- with both boys being October babies and Zack actually a Halloween baby, so I had a hankering to get these "Home is Where the Haunt Is" blocks put together.  I love the "Mind your Mummy" block and the "Bugs and Hisses welcome here" saying.  This block of the month has lots of little dimensional touches with the broom, and the flower on the hat, the sign on the house, even the mummy!  It was fun to make.  I don't see this on our web site but we do still have a couple kits left-I just called and checked!  They are $79.00 just FYI.


Besides getting ready for quilt show, the girls have still found time to keep stitching on these "Words to Live By" blocks.  They, too, are beautiful.  Its's nice to have a wool appliqué project to take along with you.  I not real happy with the color in this picture- the reds just aren't showing up very well but at least you get the idea.  They really are beautiful blocks.





I think that's all I have to show you for now!  Just happened to see the combines pop over the hill and thought you'd like to share the moment!  Hope to see you all next week for quilt show week-don't forget the show on Saturday and Sunday August 23rd and 24th!  It seems early, but I guess I could just be sounding old!  As a kid I remember thinking that all that old  people did was complain about how fast time went by....and guess what?  It does!! And yes, I know it's not rocket science....so no one needs to chime in about my age!  See you next week, I hope!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It's a hot one again this week!  Harvest is just around the corner.....although at the elevator where my son works, just a few miles south, harvest officially started yesterday, so I won't be seeing much of him-just his dirty work clothes and empty lunch cooler!!!  He moved home from southern California in May and we have all adjusted from living lives of our own, but he agrees that being "Home is Best"!  

He's just so happy to be home!  (Me too!)


 Meanwhile, I've cut out and started piecing the crazy stars to use in the "Winter Quilt" block of the month and thought I'd give you a sneak peek of what they will look like!  







I decided to make the backgrounds scrappy, so I stacked all the darks in one pile and all the lights in another, cut each pile, put the light stars in the dark pile and the dark stars in the light pile, and then only shuffled the background pieces.  You only use the stars with the dark backgrounds in the Winter Quilt so the other 90 stars are yours to use in a project of your choosing!  What a deal!





Earlier this month, my nephew got married outside at my sister's house, which was previously my mom's (and our) home. Just for fun, I painted a frame for them to use at their reception for candid pictures.....



My sister, Ron's mom, made him our "Folk Art Blooms" quilt.  She didn't start until January and it was still done in time!  I was so impressed!  She and I both need to quit saying she's not a quilter!  She's just not a full time quilter!



I used four of the blocks from Folk Art Blooms and designed a fabric panel for Henry Glass and I just received my production samples and made the project for "Flannel Essentials 8" which will be arriving in the shop in August.  There is a cream panel as well as the black version shown here.  I was able to cut a couple kits so call the shop to be the first to get one!

And quilt show is just around the corner!  I also finished my "Missouri Daisy" block of the month quilt but forgot to get a picture before sending it to get quilted for the show!  I really like the scrappy alternate feather blocks.  You'll just have to see it at the show!  If I don't talk to you before then, I will see you there!









Thursday, June 19, 2014

Snowbound is Here!!

Our "Snowbound" fabric line has arrived!  I know we are all thinking summer, but now is the time to make our "Let it Snow"  quilt, off the cover of our "Crazy Snow Days" book!  


I love the word  print: I took liberties with the words to "over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go..." and re-wrote them with my kids in mind..... they loved their Grandma and loved going down the road  to her house to stay and play....the words go something like this:





"Over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house we go, where sledding is best and the cookies are fresh and it’s me she surely loves best! Over the river and through the woods, oh how the wind does blow! My cheeks are all red, my nose is quite cold, but won’t the hot chocolate taste fine?  Over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house we go, where snowballs we’ll throw, and build men made of snow, Oh the fun, what very good fun, we’ll be having! Over the river and through the woods just look at the snow come down!  We’ll play for a time and smile all the while and stay for as long as we can!  Over the river and through the woods, to grandma’s house we go!  It’s our very most favorite, yes the absolute greatest, place we ever can go! "

My oldest sister lives in mom's house now, and the boys still have a tendency, as we all do, to refer to it as Grandma's house instead of Aunt Kathy's, but she has been so generous with all of us to allow it to still be the family home.  It's soon to be the site of a family wedding next month so we are all excited about that!

Meanwhile, I forgot to share with you the finished "Cottage Basics" quilt...It turned out cute, don't you think? 




Bertie is enjoying his summer!  You be sure to do the same!  Talk to you soon!





Monday, June 2, 2014

Words to Live By



We've been busy trying to get some of our sample blocks done for "Words to Live By" block of the month...it's going to be so beautiful!  The appliqués are all done in wool on cotton backgrounds.  You stencil, or trace, the calligraphy word for each block using a permanent pen.  I used the one recommended by the designer and that we are selling with the block of the month; it doesn't seem to run or bleed like other permanent markers tend to do.  We are also suggesting an awesome light panel that's  compact and easily transportable.  It makes tracing your words a breeze! 

And speaking of words to live by, our gal Gloria could probably use a kind word now and again as she begins her physical therapy after a fall several weeks ago left her with two new pins in her ankle! UGH!  We've been missing her in the shop, but the rest of the girls have been troopers and have stepped in to fill in the gaps!  We are all wishing her a speedy recovery!  

















Since Gloria needed to keep her ankle elevated, (another reason she might be in need of a kind word: not being able to piece!) I have taken over the piecing of a "Piecemakers" quilt that Gloria had started; it's really cute!  It's what we call either a "cheater" quilt or a more politically correct name is a "convenience" quilt: all those blocks that look like appliqué are really cut from a fabric panel! I just have all of the alternate blocks/sashings to piece and then it will be all done!   Best I get to it, so here's to speedy piecing to me and a speedy recovery for Gloria!  Hope everyone has a great week! 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Heavenly Days!

I mentioned in a post a bit ago that our newest Buggy Barn Yarn Dyes were in....and with the rich reds and pumpkins and golds paired with the Basic Black Yarn Dyes, these will be perfect in our Heavenly Days kits, one of my all time favorites.  It's a classic!  So, if you don't have one yet, there's still time!  Order yours today!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I'm just getting some of the blocks done for the "Cottage Basics" quilt.... aren't they adorable?  They colors are so cheerful and I love the word prints!  Just thought I's share a bit of spring sunshine!  Have a great day!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter!

I know everyone (including me!) is tired of the long winter and ready for the spring sunshine and green grass! But if spring is yet a bit distant, just plant a smile upon your face and bring a little sunshine to those you meet as you hop on down the Bunny Trail and may you find many blessings along the way!  Have a very happy Easter enjoying family and friends and maybe a bit of chocolate too!  Take care, and truly, have a wonderful weekend!