Saturday, December 22, 2018

Moda Blockheads 2 Progress

This year I set myself a goal.  Stay current with the weekly Moda Blockheads 2 block of the week.  With only two exceptions, I have kept up weekly. 

My second goal was to use red, white, and blue fabric from my stash.  No newly purchased fabrics.  Collecting fabric is fun, but what good is it in a drawer or on a shelf.  Let it into the wild to be loved on and snuggle under by people in the form of a quilt! 

This week was block 36 (blue and tan rolling stone block in the bottom left corner) and I was able to use my pre-cut strips and squares without having to cut into any fat quarters. 

I have found the square in a square block to be one of my most trying blocks.  I have a difficult time getting them to come out to the correct size.  This was good practice for me.  Go here if you are interested in joining in.

By the time you read this my husband, children, and I will be on our way to Virginia to spend time with my family.  I will get to see and spend time with all of my family for three days!  Even though the 12 hour drive can be exhausting, it is so worth it.  I have my redwork ready to take with me so that I can stitch the miles away.  We will return to Michigan the day after Christmas and then spend three days enjoying time with my husband's family.   I hope you all have a Merry Christmas.  I will see you in the New Year!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Priorities and Slow Stitching

It's been awhile.  I'm trying to decide whether or not I am going to keep this blog.  I dream of being a quilting blogger, but life has a way of filling up.  I read a quote recently that has me thinking.  "Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it.  Establish your priorities and go to work" H.L. Hunt

Lately I am realizing that I keep telling myself, "Life will slow down, when...".  As I talk to those already retired, I hear the same thing, "I'm busier now than when I was working full time."

So, I am asking myself the following questions:
1) Do I want to blog?
2) If so, what do I need to move or eliminate in my life to make space for blogging?
I am determined not to make a snap decision.  I want to be honest with myself.

So, the Christmas season is upon us. Oh, how I love Christmas!  This time of year my sewing machine goes into the closet and the Christmas village takes over my corner sewing table. As much as I love sewing, this special time of year with sparkling decorations and families getting together takes precedence over sewing.

I do have some red work that sits in a nearby basket for those times when I get the itch to sew.  This WIP is 3 years old now and I'm in no hurry to finish it.  It causes me to slow down and enjoy conversation as I slowly stitch.  I won't lie, it also emerges when I'm watching Hallmark Christmas movies!

What traditions do you have for Christmas?  Do you have a hand project you pull out to work on as you enjoy conversations around you?

Friday, July 29, 2016

Christmas in July Finish

Look at what I received in the mail today!  I was so excited to learn that I had won one of the drawings held by Carole who blogs at My Carolina Home.  In my box from Connecting Threads I received a mini quilt stand with 4 different headers, a layer cake, and "Itty Bitty Quilts".  I am excited to try out the projects and look forward to displaying them at the office.  It will make my desk a little more homey!

I also finished the 12 Days of Christmas Quilt Along hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I am beyond thrilled at the way it turned out.  I purchased the backing for it and now it just needs to be basted and quilted.  It should be done for Christmas this year.

I was asked to come up with a pattern and make a sample for my local quilt shop, Bayview Calicos.  I enjoy the process of creating patterns.  When I saw the "Northwoods" panel from Northcott, it just screamed "log cabins".  Using a flannel layer cake, the log cabin blocks came together quickly.   Tomorrow I will drop it off at the shop and pet the new fabrics that have arrived this week!

This weekend will be busy with gardening and farming.  Hope to get a few minutes of sewing here and there.  Maybe enough time to make an "itty bitty"!

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Summer has arrived in full force!  According to the weather channel, we are warmer in Michigan than some places down south!   Wheat harvest is finished and now baling straw has commenced.  We waited to unload until early this morning, and I have the privilege to be outside unloading the bales, instead of in the hot haymow!  I love the top photo. Three generations of farmers getting things set up and ready to unload. 

One of many blessings I have in my life are my in-laws.  I love to watch them enjoy each other's company, whether working or relaxing.  Dad is struggling with immense pain in his knee.  In his calm, gentle way, he continues to live life.  I have yet to hear him complain.  It  made my heart glow as I watched mom carefully place a chair for him to use while he guided the straw bales down the chute to the elevator.  He is a true farmer at heart.  After the wagon is unloaded and removed, mom always rakes the loose straw and adds it to one of the calf pens.  I had to snap my picture quickly, because she is efficient and fast!

No day is complete without something quilty going on.  Early this morning I finished sewing together these gigantic blocks for the Christmas in July Quilt Along going on over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.   I'm having fun following this quilt along.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Christmas in July and a book review of No Way Up

July is the one month out of the year that I do not work in the office at school.  For one whole month I get to be home all I want, sew, garden, play in my flower beds, and be a full time dairy farmer's wife.

For the past 6 days I have been enjoying the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop hosted by Sarah at Confessions of A Fabric Addict.  I have enjoyed reading new to me blogs and being inspired with a lot of ideas for Christmas gifts.  I am also loving the Quilt Along Sara is running simultaneously.  For 1 hour or less a day, we will have a completed Christmas quilt top in just 12 days.  Sara has done a phenomenal job with her easy to follow tutorial.  It's not to late for you to jump in and join the fun.  I couldn't resist laying a block out with the segments we have finished.  It makes me anxious to see the finished result!
Last night I finished quilting a lap quilt for my daughter.  It is a belated house warming gift.  She and her husband moved into their newly remodeled house in February.  This morning I sewed the binding onto the quilt, and all that is left is hand stitching the binding down.  I will most likely do that while watching America's Got Talent tonight.

One other thing I love to do during my month off, is take time to lay on a quilt out in my yard, and read.  It is a guilty pleasure that brings back memories of doing the same thing during the summer months when I was a child.

No Way Up, by Mary Connealy is my latest read.  It is a good, lay in the sun and let your imagination take you west, sort of book.  For those of you who have read the Kincaid Brides trilogy, this book continues the story of the youngest Kincaid brother, Heath.  This book does stand on it's own and you do not need to read the others for the storyline to make sense.  However, I'm guessing you'll want to find the other three and read them after reading No Way Up.  Heath Kincaid is working as a hand on the Cimarron Ranch when disaster strikes in the form of an avalanche.   The ranch patriarch is caught and gravely injured in the slide.  Heath discovers that the avalanche may have been intentionally set and works with the Boden siblings to find out who is working against them and why.   As always, Mary Connealy has done a fine job of bringing the characters to life.  This book was given to me by the publisher for an honest opinion.

Friday, July 15, 2016

College Quilt Top Finish!

 My oldest son will be leaving for Cedarville University in August.  I have been working on his quilt off and on for the past two months.  Today I finished putting on the final borders and it's ready to ship off to the quilter!  I am so happy with the way it turned out.

I also finished Day 2 for the Christmas in July Quilt Along  hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Check out her 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

I am now off to hang out my laundry.  Good drying day with the wind we've been having.  Enjoy your day!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Summer and 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

A whole month has come and gone since I last posted anything!  Time is flying by, but I am also having the time of my life!  What have I been doing over this past month?  The following pictures give a little taste of what's been going on around here.

This garden will feed my family all winter!
Our ladies going out to the pasture after milking.
One of my favorite smells - fresh haybales.
I have been spending a lot of time outside, gardening and being the farmer's right-hand-woman.  I am loving every minute of it.  It's not all work, I am indulging in some summer reading in the hammock as well.

I haven't spent as much time sewing, but as Ecclesiastes tell us, "to everything there is a season".

Speaking of seasons, my favorite season is Christmas, and when I read that Sarah, from Confessions of a Fabric Addict was hosting "12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop, I was beyond excited.  She is also holding a quilt along and so I quickly looked through my stash of Christmas fabric so I could join in.  Today we received the instructions for cutting our fabric.  It's not to late for you to join in.  Head on over and check out the other bloggers who are joining in the blog hop for the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop.
I have my pieces cut and ready for tomorrow!