#33 and #34

Today I worked on Farmer’s Wife blocks #33- Farmer’s Puzzle and #34- Flock.

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The Farmer’s Puzzle block became the Bonnie’s Nightmare block.  I had to take it apart four times and re-sew to get it anywhere near correct – and I still don’t think it looks like the picture. 

The Flock block includes a bit of classic Mickey Mouse fabric leftover from a quilt I made a long time ago. 

Bonnie

Farmer’s Wife #69 and #70

Two nice and easy blocks from The Farmer’s Wife – Block #69 Practical Orchard, and Block #70 Prairie Queen
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It sure is fun to grab fabrics from the scrap bins and put odd combinations together.  Each little block is a piece of artwork all in itself.
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In the mean time, I’m working on bindings for friends.  Here is a colorful binding on a quilt filled with nine-patch blocks in bright colors.  The quilt is huge, so the hand sewing of the binding is taking a long time, but I’m really enjoying it because just when I get tired of a binding fabric, a new one begins and I get to enjoy that color for a while.
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Bonnie

Tumbler Frenzy

My Fall tumbler block quilt is now all sewn together and ready for the next step – borders? no borders? – and will be put away for a later decision.

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I wanted to get the design wall cleared so that I could put up the Christmas tumbler blocks and make sure it was OK before I return the Accuquilt Go Cutter to my friend.  I really love the Christmas reds and greens.  They always make me smile.  (However, this picture makes the colors look dull.  Believe me, they are vibrant in person.)

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My favorite fabric is this one (below) and it is the very last scrap left.  Again, the pictures does not do it justice as the mottled green in the background is actually a very sparkly bright Christmas green.

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These blocks will get packed up in a project container for a while as I really need to get back to my binding projects.  When I get bored with the binding, I will take time out to make a few more Farmer’s Wife blocks.  A quilter is never without things to do!

Bonnie

Project progress

Block #3 of Christmas At Hawk Run Hollow – progress so far.

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On the quilting front, I am enjoying using my friend’s Accuquilt Go Cutter and have started a tumbler block quilt.  It began as a dark green block and the dot fabric seen below, but the contrast was too great and not pleasing to the eye.  So I switched to fall leaf fabrics instead and am happy with the result. 

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A closer look at some of the leaf fabrics….

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A huge storm came my way on Saturday and the whole neighborhood was without power for 14 hours.  By the dim light from the front window, I was able to work on binding for my friend and got one of her quilts finished.  The only sufficient light to take a picture was on my front porch.

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It is so wonderful to have power again – to be able to use my computer,  sewing machine, iron, overhead fans, and microwave! 

Bonnie

Exchange

(Warning – pictures are dark.  Photographer error.)

Today I picked up some quilts from a friend.  She asked me to bind them for her. 

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In exchange for my binding services, she made a huge loaf of pesto bread for me (oh so yummy) and a little coin purse.  She included extra fabric so that I can make a notebook cover or tissue cover.  (Her daughter gave me the bookmark pens.)

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AND – she loaned me her Accuquilt Go Cutter ! ! !  Whooee.  What fun. 

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This morning I made two more Farmer’s Wife blocks –

#63 – Ozark Maple Leaf, and #64 – Peace and Plenty

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I won’t be making any more Farmer’s Wife blocks until I get all the binding done on those quilts – and I make good use of the Go Cutter. 

Bonnie

Birthday Blessings…

Today is my birthday (I’m almost as old as the hills), and I have been touched by all the greetings – via email, Facebook, snail mail, at church, gifts at my doorstep and flowers.

When I got home from church today, there was a package on my door with this adorable heart-shaped scrappy fabric wreath made with love by my wonderful niece.  I think it looks outstanding on my bedroom door.

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There are fabrics from my niece’s stash and from my sister’s stash.  There are new fabrics and old fabrics.  The one that stuck out and made me smile is this one…..

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What aunt wouldn’t want to get something from her niece that says “you rock”! 

Many thanks to my family and friends for all the smiles you gave me.

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Here is a little quilt (table topper) that I made with a package of charm squares – Moda’s Mother Goose & Friends by Terry Clothier Thompson.  The fabrics around it are possible border fabrics – if I decide to do a border.  It may be done as is, in which case those fabrics could become the backing.

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Hmmmm – my design wall could use a new covering.  This one is coated in threads.  Well used, you might say.

Bonnie

Another surprise

Today I decided to finish up an old, old project.  All I needed to do was finish the decorative blanket stitching on the leaves of this flannel quilt.

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It was nice to finally say “finished”, but I was very disappointed to discover this quilt was not on my UFO list.  I did what any sane quilter would do…….. I added the project to the UFO list and then crossed it out!

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In the basket with this unfinished quilt I discovered a gift my cousin Lou Ann had given to me many years ago.  I had forgotten about it and was delighted to find it and enjoy it all over again.  It will be fun to use it once more and hopefully not let it get buried in with an old project.

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Thanks again Lou Ann.

Bonnie