Tuesday, October 29, 2013


I took some time out from quilting this week to work on a Halloween costume for a friend's little girl. If you are familiar with Pixar's movie Monsters, Inc., you might remember the character named Boo.

I had no pattern to work with. I googled, and pinned, and googled some more. It was trial and error, hit and miss, but eventually, a final product appeared.

As soon as I have a pic of her wearing it, I will post it, but I'm sure she'll be adorable for her first trick or treat session. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Quilting by hand

Thanks to YouTube and Google, I am trying hand quilting. I don't know anybody who does it, so I have to use the resources I can find. I ordered supplies online and they arrived today; a hoop, some perle cotton, a couple different thimbles, the "right" needles. I was so excited, I began right away.

The stitches aren't even or straight, and my "seam allowances" vary, but I'm enjoying this. I like the peacefulness of it. And all of the websites assure me that perfection will come with practice, and just to give it a few hours. 

Earlier today, before my package arrived in the mail, I was working on some more Farmer's Wife blocks. 

My camera doesn't capture the colors or patterns of the fabric well, so take my word for it that these turned out lovely. This brings my total number of blocks to 16 out of 110. A little progress is better than no progress.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Working on the Farmer's Wife blocks

I decided to go back to a project I started earlier this year, and try to whittle down my scrap bin at the same time. When I started making the Farmer's Wife blocks, I decided that my only condition was that every block had to have pink in it somewhere.

These are the four I finished today. They are bright and lively, and done completely with what I had in my stash. I have a basket of pinks, specifically for this project, and another basket that has other bits of leftovers in it.

So far, I am just piecing the blocks together in the order they are in the book. According to others that have followed this fad, there are more patterns than are needed, so we can pick and choose the ones we like. I'll probably skip over ones with curves, but that's speculation at this point. 

I'm only twelve blocks in and each finishes at only six inches, so at this point I can't fathom having more than I'll need.

Friday, October 4, 2013

New facebook page and more bags

I've been trying to keep busy, and at the same time, use up some of my fabric stash. These are this week's completed projects:

It's been fun. Then my friend L said I should try to sell them... So I sat on that idea for awhile, and then said, OK, why not try?

So you can visit my new facebook page, or try my Etsy store (click the Etsy button on the right side of the page), or if you have the app, I may have something on Varage Sale.