Saturday, October 20, 2012

Saturday Ramblings

It's raining for the fourth day in a row.  There is a peacefulness about it.  It's best to stay in with the temps in the 40's and wetness all around.  I keep wandering into my sewing room for some inspiration.

I finished cutting out the 900 squares for the Country Road quilt yesterday while the carpets were being cleaned for our open house tomorrow.  If I have to stand around and wait while something is being done to the house I might as well be productive, right?

Selling your house makes you see it in a whole different light.  Everywhere I turn there is a surface to be cleaned, or a pile to be sorted and put away.  This house has probably never been more organized in all our nine years of living here.

For today, I am exhausted emotionally and physically.  I find myself back on the couch looking at this view out the window and listening to the rain coming down.  I really hope someone falls in love with our home tomorrow.  Blessings!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Joy Topper

I carved out a small bit of time the other day to make a quick table topper for my dining room table. I'd like to share with you how I made it in case you would like to try one for yourself.  First, get four fabrics that you like.  To make it scrappier looking, grab a few more.

From each of the four fabrics cut: 
2 - 4 1/2" x width of fabric strips
cut each strip into 4 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangles

Lay out the fabrics to make a square.  This is where it's up to you to determine the size you want.  I kept adding rectangles till I got the size square I wanted for the topper.  Sew all the pieces together.  I knew it needed something to jazz it up a bit so I decided to add the word "Joy".  I went to my go-to book "The ABC's of Words on Quilts" by Elizabeth Scott.  Trace the letters onto fusible web and iron the web to the back of the black fabric.  Carefully cut out the letters, peel off the paper and iron them to the front of the quilt.  I machined stitched the letters, using the blanket stitch, onto the fabric.  Next, get a piece of fabric large enough for the backing and a piece of batting as well.  Quilt the fabric anyway you'd like.  I machined stitched on either side of the seams along the rectangles.

To make the circle fold the fabric to find the center and put a pin on the back of the fabric in the center.  Take a piece of yarn and tie one end to the pin and one end to a sharpie pen (or whatever pen you'd like)  Once you determine how long the yarn has to be to go all around the square to make the circle and have adjusted and tied the yarn to fit, very slowly draw the circle.  When that is finished, carefully cut the circle from the quilt square.

I made bias binding because it stretches to fit the shape of the circle nicely.  There are many tutorials on the web for making bias binding if you haven't made bias binding before.  I machine stitched it to the front of the circle and hand sewed it to the back.  My finished topper is 29" round.  

If you decide to make a topper, I'd love to see it!  I think it would make a nice Christmas gift, don't you? Have a wonderful day!


Monday, October 15, 2012

My Girl

Last month my Maddie turned 18 and had her senior pictures taken on her birthday.  We had our lovely photographer take a few special birthday shots.  It was a lot of fun!  When the pictures arrived on Friday we were overjoyed with the results.

I'm glad that I was able to purchase the CD with all of the photos because we are having a hard time choosing our favorites.  This one stands out for me.  I love how you just see a subtle blur of the vintage quilt she is sitting on.  It was cool that day and at the last minute I grabbed a sweater of mine for her. It turned out to be a good choice.

This Bible is her Dad's from when he was in high school.  I'm going to frame this one for him as a surprise.  

We also took a few shots of her in a local vineyard with her guitar.  It was a day I won't soon forget. It's so hard to believe she's 18.  

This sign went up over the weekend.  There has been so much going on and I haven't been on my blog a lot.  In the last two weeks I have finished the weddings at the farm, moved my husband to a new town to start his new job, packed up quite a bit of my home and got it ready to go on the market, everyone in our house got sick and my niece got married over the weekend.  Today I finally feel like I might have stepped off the hamster wheel and can get back to doing those things I love (just as soon as I stop coughing!)  When it rains, it pours!  It's been doing a lot of that here too these past few days!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hill Farm

This is the view from my back door.  It is cold and the air is brisk this morning.  The colors are all at their peaks.  My raging cold has not let up so I will be enjoying all this beauty from my couch today.  It never seems to fail, after a season of busyness, I get sick.  Our bodies can only take so much stress.

I purchased this wonderful fat eighth bundle of "Hill Farm" by Brenda Riddle for Lecien.  Brenda's blog is here.  Brenda's work includes the beautiful lines of "Celebration, Georgia Lou and Durham Anew" as well as many patterns. I love her work.  Be sure to stop by and take a look.

I found this great book on the Fat Quarter Shop website and will be using Hill Farm to make this featured quilt.  There are some real beauties in this book.  It's a great book to have in your library. You can look at it here. Enjoy your day, friends!


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pin Pick Saturday

Oh how I love vintage quilts.   From the colors to the patterns, to the tiny stitches, they make my heart sing.  The photo is from the Meadowbrook Farm blog.  Teresa's blog makes my heart sing too!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Metro Links & Giveaway Winner

The winner of the October giveaway is Lisa Cox.  I have sent you an email, Lisa.  Congratulations!  I have been an absent blogger this week.  I picked up a nasty head cold on top of my already busy schedule.  I realized I didn't show you my completed quilt "Metro Links" which I made for the beautiful bride and groom shown below.

Michelle and Kaj were married this past Saturday and had their reception at the farm.  It was a gorgeous day and since I am friends with their parents, this day was extra special for me.  Have a wonderful Friday!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October Giveaway

It's a lovely fall day today here in southwest Michigan.  The air is crisp and the colors of the trees are breathtaking.  This past weekend we celebrated our last two weddings at Friendship Farm.  Both weddings were beautiful, Christ-centered events and it was a wonderful way to close our wedding journey.  The farm is for sale and the business is officially closed.  I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store for me now.  After such a special weekend, I knew I needed an extra special giveaway. 

One Winner Will Receive

The book, "Scrap-Basket Surprises" by Kim Brackett
One Marriage Certificate Panel - "Honeymoon Cottage" by Gloria Parsons
for Blue Hill Fabrics
Six pieces of fabric measuring at least one yard each
12 - 6 1/2" blocks made by me, using Thimbleberry Fabrics

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The giveaway is open until midnight on Thursday, October 4.  The winner will be selected by Random Generator and will be announced Friday morning, October 5.  Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Pin Pick Saturday

I needed to turn in early last night.  Two big weddings this weekend.  I laid there wide awake listening to the sounds of the above animal scratching and clawing along the side of the house by my bedroom for what seemed like eternity.  I hope it's not inside the siding.  Oh heavens, there's never a dull moment.  Blessings!


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mother & Son

Such a busy week getting ready for the wedding.  I wanted to do something special for my friend, Debbie who's son is the groom.  I found a vintage makeup compact on Etsy. I carefully took out what remained of the pressed powder.  I borrowed a favorite picture of my friend with her son as a toddler. I printed the picture on to printable fabric and pulled some of my favorite Lecien fabric for the frame. A little batting, some card stock and glue and it was all set.  A pretty hankie to dry a happy tear and a little mirror to check her makeup~all set.  A special gift for a very special friend!


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rowing Along 3

Today I got a chance to complete row three of Lori's Row Along.  It's a cute little zig zag row.  It was fun putting it together.  I'm really liking how the quilt is coming along.  I hope you are having a good day!


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Country Road

Slowly I am making my way through my sewing "to do" list.  Up next is the quilt "Country Road" found in the book, "Weekend" by Blackbird Designs.  This quilt is for my Sis in Love, Ellen.  It's because I love her so much that I'm willing to cut out 500 3 1/2" squares and 400 3 7/8" squares.  Yes, you read that right.  This fabric, also by Blackbird Designs, is just dreamy.  That's a good thing since I'll be cutting a lot of it!

We have an important wedding reception at the farm this weekend.  A dear friend's son is getting married.  I get to be a guest and an employee.  I can hardly wait.  It will be the last reception at the farm before shutting down the wedding business.  I made this banner yesterday for the bridal table. Have a good day, friends!


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Pin Pick Saturday

There's a thunderstorm going on outside, I've got the Pioneer Woman cooking on t.v. and I'm pinning on Pinterest while having coffee.  Perfect multitasking.  Now if I could just get someone to cook me breakfast!  I thought I would start something new for Saturday's on my blog.  I'm going to be sharing something I like from Pinterest.  There's so many wonderful ideas on the site.  I'm loving this variation on a Drunkard's Path quilt block.  Such an interesting name, said to be linked historically to the Women's Christian Temperance Movement.  I have not made this block yet, but I'm intrigued.  Have a wonderful, Saturday!