I love to share my Quilting projects with other Quilters. My goal is to share my progress on projects that I am working on. I would love for you to follow along with me during my endeavors. I hope you enjoy watching me tackle new techniques and projects. Hopefully you can learn from my "hiccups" and mistakes and make your journey easier.
In October I posted the story about me doing a “dum-dum” by not realizing that there was a new Farmer’s Wife Book! I joined a Quilt a Long with Marti Michell, Fat Quarter Shop and Gnomeangel Blogger for the Farmers Wife 1930’s Sampler (not the 1920). Marti provides conversion charts for the blocks that will be rotary cut and Fat Quarter shop provides a kit (fabrics). Since then, I have changed to Very Kerry Berry Farmers Wife Quilt Along. Kerry is starting from Block One in the Book rather than skipping around. I am providing both sites in case someone would like to start this project. Both provide 2 blocks each week. Of course by now I am behind 20 blocks, and by tomorrow 22! (LOL). The blocks provide challenges to all quilters. I am going to do a mix – rotary cutting and paper-piecing (see how long this lasts).
Today I am determined to start this project. Any bets? I wanted to show my fabric selection for this project. I purchased some fat eighths from Westwood Acres Fabric and all the fat quarters from Calico Annies. The background fabrics are Bella Solids from Hancocks of Paducah . I am not going to spend the time in trying to wash them so keep your fingers crossed – it is the first time I will make a quilt without washing the fabric.
I would like to end this short Blog wishing each and all a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Please keep the families of the victims of France and Russia Terrorist attacks in your prayers. We all have many things to be thankful for but the main one is our Freedom. My prayer is that our great Nation CAN and WILLsomehow remain safe from further attacks until 20 January 2017!!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY TO ALL.
Greetings from Whetstone, Arizona, about 8 miles from Huachuca City, Arizona and 25 miles from Sierra Vista, Arizona. We are really enjoying the area. It is so nice to look out and see the mountains. There are mostly mesquite trees in this area, whereas in Sierra Vista the foliage is much different. There are trees that have the beautiful fall colors starting in October. Reminds me of Virginia when the leaves begin to turn. So pretty.
I do not know where the last month has gone. It seems like each time I plan to start the other 2 projects (1930’s Farmer’s Wife and Dear Jane) things happen. Last Sunday I was at a point to “get with it” and had just began to start when all of a sudden a “boom” noise coming from the RV. Well, it was the clamp on the hot water hose that gave way and hot water was rushing out from underneath the kitchen! NOT GOOD! This had happened when we first purchased this RV. Well, needless to say, it took me 2 trips to Sierra Vista to find the right clips that Clay need to repair the problem. So goodbye Sunday. Monday – well, weather always gets me and it did on that day. On Wednesday Clay reworked the hoses so I took advantage of that time and worked on my Stonefield Quilt blocks. I am now in the process of finishing the 2nd segment, of which, are appliqued blocks. I will post the 2nd segment as soon as I complete them. These are some of the fabrics I am using for Stonefields and my “limited” workspace.
There are two quilting groups that I meet with while we are in Arizona. Tombstone Quilting Guild meets on the 3rd Monday of the month in Tombstone and then on the 4th Wednesday of the month they meet in Mescal, Arizona (about 30 miles from Whetstone). Due to weather and water issues I missed both times to quilt with the Ladies from Tombstone and Mescal (early due to Thanksgiving this week). I will visit with them in December. On Thursday I was able to go to the Sierra Vista Applique group that meets each Thursday at the Squirrels Nest quilt shop. I have been visiting with this group since 2008.
And of course each week I set a goal to “finish” a few things and get started on my 1930’s Farmer’s Wife and Dear Jane……MAYBE today I can start cutting out a few blocks from the Farmer’s Wife. I am hoping to do so. I have completed the Medallion of my Brinton Hall quilt. But I will have to wait until we return home to finish it. I need more room and a bigger design board to complete the medallion and the surrounding hexagons.
Brinton Hall Medallion
A week or so ago we made another trip to Tucson to Tandy’s for Clay’s projects. On the way home we stopped off in Sahurita, Arizona at the Quilters Desert Patch Quilt Store. There is such a great selection of fabrics. I purchased a few of the 1930’s fabrics, a Southwest panel, and Clay found some fabric he wants me to make a cover for his chair. He is Choctaw so he loves the Southwest fabrics.
I found a book on Panel Play but like a dummy, did not purchase it. I was lucky because I was able to find the Designer on-line and ordered the book. The Designer provides so may different and beautiful ways for settings for panels. I have only made one quilt using panels (2011) and it happened to be the fabric that she used on the cover of her book Panel Play Book by Barbara Becker. When I downloaded this picture, I could not believe it was in 2011 when I made that quilt! It was the year we “thought” we wanted to have 2 Shihtzu puppies. Been there done that and they lasted 18 days before they went back to the Breeder! That is a story in itself! Doesn’t take long to figure out you may as well adopt a baby and raise it instead!
I must leave you with a short story about scissors and timbles! Wednesday I was able to work on my projects. Later that afternoon I cleaned up my work space and put things away. On Thursday when I arrived at my Applique group, I was shocked to see that I had forgotten the thread I needed for applique, and NO SCISSORS! What? Out to the quilt store area to purchase thread and cheap scissors. When I arrived home I almost panicked – my black Elan scissors were no where to be found. We went through everything including shaking the recliner, etc. I figured that they had fallen into the trash can by my chair, so we went dumpster diving…………..By then the trash was gone! So I did what most quilters would do – ordered another pair from Amazon! The Elan scissors are 4″ scissors with one blade serrated and they are wonderful when trimming the fabric around applique pieces. Elan Scissors I still had the feeling that the scissors were not in the trash, but I had absolutely no idea where they could have gone. Thank God they were not my very very expensive Italian Gingher scissors.
After the dumpster diving experience, we decided to go to Sierra Vista to eat and do some shopping in Sierra Vista. I still felt that the scissors were not in the trash! Later that evening, I went to the pantry to grab some chips. As I picked them up there were my scissors hooked to the magnet that is on the chip clip!!!!! I laughed and laughed and thought that I would be having a scissor sale soon. I had experienced a similar situation in August when I thought I had accidentally put my silver thimble from TJ Lane Thimbles in the trash! So I ordered another one after exhaustive searches for my thimble. On the same day I placed my order I turned the recliner in the Den upside down (for the 3rd time) and WOW there was my Thimble! Now I have 3 wonderful silver thimbles from TJ.
Have a great day and find some time for Quilting! (Of course life may get in the way!)