Monday, September 05, 2016

City Sampler blocks

I am still working on the tree skirt and decided to not show progress right now. I am not happy with it at this stage and I know it will come together, but I need to keep it to myself awhile longer!  Since I am doing it in sections, it's hard to visualize it altogether. I need to have it to my cousin to be shipped to DC by October 1st.  

In the meantime I took a bunch of wheat from our field and met her for lunch Friday (she lives 3 1/2 hours away and we picked a town in between). She thought she was getting wheat elsewhere and I happened to post a picture on Facebook of one of our combines in the wheat field and she contacted me right away.  She is making ornaments out of it along with the thousands she has in progress with her committee of all kinds of state symbols.  She brought some for my students to assemble as well.  This is the project she is working on.

Here is the pic I posted.  The next day I was actually driving this combine!  We have been farming for 30 years and I have never had to drive before.  Both of our hired hands wanted the day off.  I wasn't about to drive the semis!

The tree skirt is extremely time consuming, but I have managed to keep up on the Modern City Sampler on Instagram, 100 blocks in 100 days. Here are the first 20 blocks.  Totally not my usual colors!
Today I made relish out of my garden cucumbers, zucchini and peppers.  I usually have onions but had to buy those this year.  This relish will last a couple years!  I also made zucchini bread.  I have some food allergies, so this is the recipe I used. It is really good and I forgot to take a picture!  I am severely allergic to dairy and eggs.

The first week of school was interesting, and I was exhausted!  Hopefully we will get into a routine soon.

Monday, August 22, 2016

New Sew Along and an Old Project

School starts next week so that will be the end of my summer vacation. Officially it ended today as I had an all district meeting to attend and tomorrow I have a day long math training.  Even though I am considered a paraprofessional, aka aide, I teach Kindergarten and First Grade.  Per district requirements we are adding all day Kindergarten and now my hours will be extended.  Not sure how that is going to work out as I am used to most afternoons off, so we shall see.

I spent two days last week cleaning and reorganizing my sewing room. I didn't have time for a full gut job of getting rid of stuff, although I did get rid of a few things and some "yucky" feeling fabric.  I need to sort through my vast collection of books as I know there are some I will never ever use.  I am working on the tree skirt I need to get done, overwhelmed by it's sheer size, but I am doing it in panels.  Hopefully I will have some of it to show by next week.

One project I found was in a pizza box and had belonged to one of my best friends who passed away in 2010.  I acquired a lot of her stuff including a sewing machine, quilts and fabric.  She had shown me this project on a visit and I knew her intention.  The blue and white print in the cornerstones belonged to her grandmother.  There was a chunk in the box for backing and it said General Fabrics.  The weave is nice but the feel of the fabric is coarse.  I looked at it during my clean out and thought wow, only three dimensional flowers need appliqued down and the strips were all cut for a piano key border.  So I did that.  There wasn't anything for flower centers, so I added some buttons I had on hand.  Now it's a 22" wallhanging ready for quilting!  

Deb's Flower Basket with Memories of Grandma
I joined another sew along.  In a post in March I mentioned purchasing Fabric for Tula Pink's Modern City Sampler.  A sew along started on the 17th and I thought wow, I can do this!  The blocks are being sewn in order and you can follow along on Instagram at #100blocks100days or check out the directions.  I am julie.huffman on Instagram.  Catchy I know!
First Six blocks from Modern City Sampler 100 blocks in 100 days SAL
I am in a small group swap of 6" 9 patch blocks with 6" friendship star blocks.  I made a few extra, but will be sending one of each block to the other swappers.  I have LOTS of Christmas scraps!

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Row by Row and Shop Hop

Last week I turned in my 2016 Row by Row quilt to Material Girls Quilting, Etc. I received my gifts and got lots of oohs and aahs from customers and other quilters there for an open sew day.  The quilt is on the  Idaho Row Experience Facebook page.
Finished 2016 Row by Row Quilt

The shops I visited were all in northern Idaho except one across the border in Washington.  I purchased all the shop kits to support the shops and while making the rows I cut up the leftovers into 2 1/2" squares with the intent of doing a scrappy border on the sides to make it a bit wider.  Stupidly I did not have the sashing done yet and hung the borders up beside the rows and thought YUCK!!!  So I found a fabric in my stash and used it and then thought how dull.  So I pinned the pieced borders over the top and thought yes.  I was talking to a friend in CO at the time and kept walking by my design wall.  I ended up taking out the green border as you can see above but had to cut down the scrappy border a bit to fit because I didn't want to redo the top and bottom borders!
with green border
with pieced border pinned on top

This past weekend we had the Crazy 8 shop hop in Idaho and Washington.  I went with 4 friends and had a great time.  I bought quite a few odds and ends including Terial Magic.  I had never heard of it, but I'm anxious to try it.  I also bought a Trolley Needle Thread Controller.  I hadn't seen one of those either.  I just have to get used to using it!  

I am making a giant tree skirt and chose these fabrics.  I need to add a red, I'm not sure why I didn't think of that, but I need a garnet red since Idaho produces garnets and I have been to a garnet mine.  The tree skirt will be representing Idaho.  I have a plan, just have to get going on it!
I also bought a bag pattern and these fabrics.  These are my all time favorite colors, so rich and deep.

I also decided to do the Magic of Christmas sew along from Lisa Bongean.  I had this leaf fabric in my stash for YEARS!  I found a couple Fairy Frost blues and they looked great and on the shop hop I purchased the silver and lavender Fairy Frost fabrics and made the first block.  I am thinking I will just use blue as the accent, perhaps a star setting, but I will see how this progresses.
Magic of Christmas sew along

Magic of Christmas block 1
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Friday, July 29, 2016

Farm Girl Vintage and Row by Row

I finished my Farm Girl Vintage quilt that I am gifting to my granddaughter Nicole.  Nicole turned 2 on May 7th.  My daughter was raised here on the farm and wants her kids to have the farm experience when they come to visit.  Nicole loves horses so I used a panel and horse fabric for the backing.  We will be making a pillowcase together.  They are arriving today and will stay for a few days.  It's hard when they are so far away!
Farm Girl Vintage

Full view Farm Girl Vintage


Rows from three shops in Idaho

I also made three rows for the row by row project.  I have another one in the works.  I'm hoping to be able to collect prizes on it, but won't have much time to sew for a few days with the grandkids here!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Not a Lot of Quilting

This past week was busy with several activities and appointments and hosting a neighborhood party.  I did silly things like yardwork, house cleaning, etc.  The only quilting I accomplished was quilting and binding this quilt for a friend.  Her granddaughter made it many years ago and had it marked for hand quilting.  I free motion quilted on the marked lines (well I tried at least!).  On the cross stitch pieces I just went around the design.  

I will be finishing my granddaughter's quilt this week and I really, really want to start on this year's Row By Row.  Some shops around here don't have winners yet and I have 10 rows collected.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Amy's Birthday Quilt

My daughter Amy's birthday is not until September, but she wanted a lightweight quilt with navy blue on one side.  The quilt needed to be HUGE to be a spread for her king bed.  The intent was it could be a light quilt for the summer and an underlay for her queen size quilt I made for her wedding in 2010 in cooler weather.   

I didn't measure it after it was finished, but it was something like 116 X 126.  When Amy was here in April she picked a top out of my stash.  I had to make it larger and she also picked out some navy fabric at a stop at a fabric store.  It is a modern style print.  My late friend Debi had provided some of the fabrics and pattern for the 30's quilt called Gentle Moments from McCall's magazine MANY years ago.

It was a tough project to quilt under my machine, but I got it done.  I had to do a two color binding to make it work.  I had never done that before and I like the results.
Gentle Moments 

Backing - I extended the fabric by adding a panel I had on hand.

Two Color Binding

Closeup detail of the front
My birthday is coming up soon and I am part of a forum on Connecting Threads and I'm in a birthday swap.  My gift arrived early!  I love it!  I love the purple and the embroidery design.

This past weekend I was a volunteer at Camp Erin, sponsored by the Willow Center.  There are many locations around the country, and there is one about 2 1/2 hours away at Camp Wooten.  Having suffered a personal, tragic loss, I knew I could empathize with these kids who had lost love ones.  I worked in arts and crafts and had an amazing experience.  The whole camp is a huge undertaking and this year there was 52 campers and 60 adults.  There were lots of donations of supplies.  The kitchen crew has a tough job and they did great at providing healthy meals and snacks.  Everyone was so kind and helpful and the Cabin Big Buddies worked with the kids tirelessly.  Overall it was tough being away from the land of internet and phones, but I was so busy I didn't have time anyway!  I was exhausted last night and I'm moving sluggishly today but I did get out for my 3 mile walk.  I highly recommend this experience to anyone.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Lisa's Birthday Quilt

My daughter Lisa's birthday was July 5th.  This spring she had asked for a quilt for their guest room. She and her husband Kevin had a color scheme and idea in mind.  We worked on EQ7 and had a rough design but somehow it didn't get saved!  They came to visit again and approved the fabrics I had set aside and we got the design finalized.  I showed parts of it in progress.  I had it pieced and half quilted before our trip to Hawaii.  I managed to finish it and mail it to arrive on her birthday.   The leaves are fused on and then free motion stitched. I forgot to take a picture of the piecing backing!  
Bricks and Vines for Lisa and Kevin

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