Sunday, July 12, 2015

Val's Third Annual Piggy Bank Challenge

Val at Val’s Quilting Studio is hosting a fun little challenge.  This is her 3rd Annual Piggy Bank Challenge.

It’s really pretty simple.  You collect loose change for the next year, add up the savings and next July 6th share your quilty purchase or what you plan to purchase.

Click here to read how the challenge started and how Val and her husband have turned it into a little contest.

Since I am on a stash busting mission this year, I expect I'll need to replenish the fabric bins next year.  That is why I have decided to join Val's fun, to have some extra cash for the future stash.

I searched the house this morning looking for my “piggy bank” and come up with this

It is one of two jars that I used to store snacks in for the kids.  The kids grew up and one jar turned into a scrap catcher for my cutting table.

I emptied the coins from my wallet and one other small change jar that was sitting around so I am now on my way.

Won’t you join in and see how much you can save?  If you do, click over to Val’s and sign up.  Hopefully, we will be cha chinging next summer J

Friday, July 10, 2015

Farm Girl Fridays - Week #11

Happy Friday Friends J

I am still having fun sewing along with Lori Holt and so many others in the Farm Girl Fridays Sew Along.

Week 11 brings us….

Grandma’s Quilt Block


Haystack Block

This week’s blocks are super simple but not my favorites, mainly due to my fabric selections.  I have mentioned before that scrappy is not natural to me.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Wooly Firecrackers and Happy 4th!

Celebrating our nation’s birthday with another small finish.

Bareroots Little Stitches - #144 Firecrackers Candle Mat

I purchased the kit from The Village Mercantile booth at our local quilt show in February last year, yes, 2014.  This post is a recap of some of my purchases.

This project is very different for me as it is a bit prim and wool felt instead of cotton.  I had a blast with these little beads.  No…really, I did.  I found stitching them on to be fun and relaxing.

This finish allows me to check-off an item on my "To Do" list that was created here.  I have other updates to my lists that I need to organize and share with you...another time.

To all of my friends here in the good ol'
United States of America 
I wish you a happy and safe July 4th!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Farm Girl Fridays – Week #10

Click over to Bee in My Bonnet for more cute ideas.

Here are my blocks for this week.

Furrows Block 

Gingham Block

Not sure the name applies to my gingham block considering the fabric selections…but this is what appealed to me at the time.

There are some adorable blocks in blogland.  So fun to see the different fabrics people choose.

Are you sewing along with us?

Happy Weekend!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Farm Girl Fridays – Week #9

Happy Sunday friends.  I am here to share my Farm Girl Vintage blocks as part of Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Fridays Sew Along.  If you haven’t already, check out Lori’s blog Bee in My Bonnet for a recap of the sew along and additional ideas / projects for using these blocks.

This is week 9 and block #s 16 and 17, hard to believe!

Feed and Seed Block

Fresh Pears Block

Staying inside today, the temperature is forecasted to be in the 90's with a heat index of 105 degrees.

I'm linking up to Karen's Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party.  Go over and see what everyone else is up to today.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a blessed Sunday and great week ahead!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sailor's Quilt - Recap

promise this is the last post about the quilt I made for my son’s bed on his Navy ship.  I want to share just a few of the details with you.

White-on-white seashell background and the Navy Mini Anchors border fabric is from Timeless Treasures Fabrics of SoHo.  The yellow sashing fabric is Artisan Spirit Shimmer by Deborah Edwards of Northcott.

The embroidery designs are from Anita Goodesign’s Nautical collection.  You can see a close up of the individual blocks here

Some blocks stitched out beautifully…

 Some proved to be a challenge… do you see the issue with the compass? (Don't worry, I found a work around)

 There was some “un” sewing

Then I had to prove that those titanium needles WILL break!

My friend worked her quilting magic.

Small stippling around the embroidery designs with wavy swirls in the sashing

Stars and “USA” in the navy border

Would I do it again??????

For my Sailor…ABSOLUTELY!

The Quilt Label

After all of that, I never got a picture of him and the quilt.  I delivered it to him when we went to San Diego in May.

Fair Winds and Following Seas...

Sunday, June 21, 2015

All Caught Up on the Farm

…Farm Girl Vintage blocks, that is.

Our trip to California, getting DD ready for university and my charity quilt sewing put me behind on the Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Fridays sew along.  I spent this weekend getting caught up.

Week 4 - Canning Season

Week 4 - Chicken Foot

Week 5 - Churn Dash

 Week 5 - Cool Threads

Week 6 - Corn and Tomatoes

Week 6 - Country Crossroads

Week 7 - Crops

Week 7 - Egg Basket

Week 8 - Farm Fresh Flower

Week 8 - Farmhouse

After I completed each block I declared it my favorite.  I’m also getting used to this scrappy thing…it’s kind of fun.

Hope you had a great weekend and all the Dads out there had a very Blessed Father’s Day J