Friday, May 1, 2015

Farm Girl Fridays - Week #1

Farm Girl Vintage is a new quilt book by Lori Holt from Bee in My Bonnet.  All of the block patterns in the book are things you would find on a farm.  Lori gives you block patterns and then several mix and match settings so you can design your own quilt.  Lori’s motto is “You are the boss of your own quilt!”

She is hosting a sew-along to promote the new book.  Beginning today, she will post each Friday which block or blocks to sew from her book.  Click here for more details.

The blocks are supposed to be scrappy which is something that I struggle with…I tend to be too “matchy.”

This week’s block is Apron Strings.

I pulled the 12 different fabrics needed and was not feeling too confident about what I was doing.

I decided after getting the block together that it wasn’t so bad after all.

I probably won’t always post my Farm Girl Fridays update on the appropriate day of the week since I have a day job.  I just happened to be off today because we have family in town to attend my daughter’s commencement ceremony tomorrow.  She is graduating with her associate’s degree in accounting.  Doesn't it seem just like yesterday she was graduating from high school?  We could not be more proud of her and the hard work she puts into everything she does.

Enjoy the weekend J

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sailor’s Quilt Top

This weekend was very productive.  I was able to get my sailor’s quilt top together.

It needs a lot of trimming and a bit of pressing but I am very happy with it.

Sorry for the crooked picture.  I had to get on a ladder to take it.

I hope your weekend was filled with things that make you happy!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

H2H Progress Report and A Sailor's Quilt

In my last post (a while ago) I shared about Sarah’s Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge. In that post I mentioned that two of my donations would be familiar to you.

This is the first one…remember Goodnight Irene? 

Well, it came back from the long-arm quilter with cute little swirlies. I am in the process of making the binding and once it is finished, it will go to Happy Chemo.

You can read more about the Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge and the featured charities on Sarah’s blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


My Navy son and his shipmates will be leaving San Diego for Japan in May.  He wanted a quilt for his ship’s rack so, of course, I’m on it!

I machine embroidered blocks with a nautical theme.  There will be 3 blocks each of 7 different designs.   The racks are so small that I only need 21 blocks, sashing and a small border to make a quilt.


Compass and Coral




Ship's Wheel and Oars

(We live in the Sailfish capital of the world, according to the Chamber of Commerce)

Each block will be sashed in yellow then bordered by white anchors on navy background.

I’ll share more about the fabric and the designs when it is finished.

It doesn’t look like our son will be able to come home before he deploys so my daughter and I will personally deliver the quilt to him.  Flights and hotel are booked.  We will spend just over a week in San Diego and be on the pier when the ship leaves the dock!  I am crying now, can’t imagine what that day will be like but I am so very proud of him.  I’m also grateful that he is doing something that he enjoys.

Between these two projects and my day job, the screen door is surely slammin’. 

What has been keeping you busy?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge

I discovered a new charity opportunity while reading Val’s and Tanya’s blogs.  I don’t know why I haven’t heard of Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge before because this is its 5th year.  This worthy cause is coordinated by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

In reading about past challenges and looking at how many quilters have participated, I’ve learned this really is quite an undertaking to pull together. Sarah seems very organized which is what it takes for such an effort.

Three charities will benefit from donated quilts during this year’s challenge.  I’ll be donating to two of them.  The first is Happy Chemo and the second is Layers of Hope – Quilting 911.  You can read all about the charities and the challenge by visiting Sarah here.  You can also sign up there if you decide to join us.  Please tell her that you heard about H2H on my blog if you decide to participate.

I’ll be sharing throughout the challenge about the quilts I’m donating.  Two are very familiar to you J

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Blogger Issues

It seems that I have three separate issues with Blogger.

1)    I schedule posts to publish on a specific date and time, they do not.  I have to log in and physically click the “Publish” button. 
2)  Some followers are not allowed to leave a comment on my post.  They type the comment but it doesn’t publish.  In my research, I came across this problem in a few different places but those bloggers have their blog linked to Google Connect, I do not.
3)  I do not consistently receive my email notifications when followers leave a comment.  Therefore, I am constantly checking my blog to make sure I do not miss anything from those who are actually able to leave a comment. 
I sent my issues to Blogger, along with screen shots of my settings…waiting for a response.
All of this to say, I apologize if you are one of those followers that is not able to leave a comment.  I also apologize if it takes me a little longer to reply to your comment, if you were able to leave one.
Hoping this is corrected sooner rather than later.  Otherwise, I’ll be looking for a different platform.

Monday, March 2, 2015

First Empty Nesters' Cruise - Part 4 and Finale

Part 1 here
Part 2 here
Part 3 here

This post will wrap up the Stepping Stones Quilt Guild quilt show in Nassau, Bahamas.

I previously mentioned that this quilt show was held in the hall of a very old church.  As you can tell from the photos, lighting was not good at all.  It was dark on the brightest side of the room and the area where the smaller quilts were displayed was even darker.  I did the best I could editing the photos.

Not a quilt to cuddle under

Actual driftwood attached

I saved my favorite for last...

It took us quite a while to get through the show but we both enjoyed it very much, especially meeting the nice ladies from Stepping Stones Quilt Guild.

We made our way back to the ship for refreshments and a little music poolside.

My favorite little lighthouse on the way out.

Thank you for allowing me to share our mini-vacation and quilt show experience.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

First Empty Nesters' Cruise - Part 3 The Quilt Show

Part 1 here
Part 2 here

For some reason I am not getting notifications when my kind blog friends leave a comment on my post.  Anyone have any idea why this has changed?

Apparently I took too many photos because Blogger will not allow me to share all of them with you in one post. This story may go on for quite some time…sorry.

As promised, this post and the next one regarding the Stepping Stones Quilt Show will contain very few words and many photos.

This quilt was made using the Bahamas version of Batik fabric

Manufactured on the island of Andros
Hand dyed cotton...so soft

The lady sitting at the table was hand sewing little pin tucks on a baby dress.  Sorry that I didn't get a close up but she was a bit shy.

More to come...