Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Where the Cows Come Home…Sew A-Long…

Half the fun of starting a NEW project is pulling the fabric and wool and auditioning it to see if it all ‘works’ together!  Ohhhh…man, I had FUN!

I went from this…

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To this, in two seconds flat!

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Today is the first day of our ‘Where the Cows Come Home’ Sew A-Long!  (bells and whistles are going off…start up that BAND!!)  Our sew-along group is small but mighty…Gloria and Renee (from the Sand’s Clubhouse) and Linda will be joining in on the fun in June, after school gets out! 

We are starting off with Block One of ‘Where the Cows Come Home’ by Kathy Cardiff and her daughter, Taylor Olvera… Love this quilt!!  Our plan is to stitch one block a month…which will be a totally do-able project, even for someone who is busy doing other things like working full time, being a busy mother, or someone like me…a retired quilter who sits around all day watching TV and eating bonbons!  I WISH!! haha

So I opened my book to Block #1- The Milking Parlor…and chose some background fabrics (out of my stash) that I am very happy with…(you can’t see the bottom green very well but you get the idea!)

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Rather than pull my bins of wool, I opted to check inside my ‘Down South’ Wool Stash…

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This is the wool that I take down south with me, which I use and replenished along the way!  I NEVER go down south without a bag of wool…NEVER!!  You see…if I ever get lost out in the desert I would STILL be able to stitch a penny rug or even a quilt if out for very long…who needs WATER?!  Yup…There is a lot of wool in that little bag!

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And yes, I found what I was looking for!  Look at those pretty greens and yellows!

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Well that was fun…my neat Sewing Room is now a mess but that’s OK…I have got the perfect pieces of fabric and wool to work on my first block so it was worth the search and resulting mess!  I’m sure Renee and Gloria are doing the exact same thing as I speak! 

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I will be posting more as I get my block prepped…Renee is new to wool and will need a wee bit of guidance.  This is the perfect project for someone new to wool!  The book is so well written and easy to follow that it is the perfect manual for a newbie woolie!  Renee and Gloria will, hopefully, be sending pictures at the end of the month to show us what their blocks look like!  You GO girls!!  And remember, it’s NEVER too late for YOU to join in!  Just sayin’…!

Now, I need to clean up this mess and get out the Heat n Bond Lite…stay tuned!  Mooore is coming!  (hey…is there a cow under this mess?)

Have a wicked Wednesday and happy Stitching!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Goals for March…

Well another month March-ed off into the sunset…and I bet you’re dying to know how I did with my goals…Did I fall flat on my face?  Well if you had asked me this last week at this time, I would be looking up with mud all over my face!  But today, NOT so…since returning home I have been stitching like a crazy lady!

Goal One~  Stitch 10 houses a month…check!

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Bringing that to a total of 32 wee paper pieced houses! 

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My box is full…and I am loving making these little 4 1/2” houses!  They are addictive!

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Goal #2~  Add two rows to my Clam Shell Quilt Top….check!

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There are now 13 rows total all hand appliqued! 

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Goal #3~  Make the House Block to ‘Winter Wonderland’ by Norma Whaley…as part of the Winter Wonderland Facebook Quilt A Long…check!  IMG_4366

I still need to stitch the snowman’s face and add a band to his hat…maybe tonight!!

Goal #4~ Finish a UFO…check!  She is quilted and bound…

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A label will be added and this should be in the mail by Thursday!  Yahoo!

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Goal #5~ All the blocks are completed to the Gift Quilt and I have started to sew the blocks together…CHECK!

And the gravy?  Four hand appliqued Orange Peel blocks and four wonky star blocks made while reviewing Jo and Kelli Kramer’s new book, Country Girl Modern…you can read about that HERE!

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Whew!!  I am happy and no mud on this gal’s face! 

Next month my goals are going to be a lot more difficult to achieve as I am adding the wedding School House Quilt to the mix (I will be giving it top priority as I want all the blocks completed by the end of April), PLUS I want to complete the Gift Quilt as it will be gifted to a family member in May.  In addition, I will be starting another another Quilt Along…’Where the Cows Come Home’ begins tomorrow!!   Can I do it?….plus keep my other goals intact? I have my doubts…but I will do my best to get ‘er done! 

Thanks for stopping by!!  How are your goals going?  Has it become a juggling act with you too…and does it feel like the music is going just a wee bit faster?  YIKES!!

Have a terrific Tuesday and Happy Stitching!~P

Monday, March 30, 2015

Rainy Day Sunday…

…and I couldn’t have been happier!  I mean REALLY, all of those lovely Spring flowers NEED rain, right?  And I need just one more day in my Sewing Room!! 

It was a perfect day to spend sewing away…with the ‘Outlander’ Marathon on TV and both the midarm and the Janome purring like kittens (I think they missed me!)  I got a lot done!

Geeze, that Jamie has a hard time keeping his shirt on…and NO, I’m not complaining!

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Just TRYING to keep those eyes on the stitching…OH Dang, where’s the ripper?

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It’s all good!!

Have a magical Monday and Happy Stitching!~P