End of the Line for the Hobos

All seven of the hobo quilts are now completed. This has been such a fun project, however next year for spring break, I think we will have to limit the quilt-making to one quilt. Jacob told me tonight that he wants to keep all of them but that is not going to happen!  He is going to choose one of them and a few more are going to people on my list and then there will be a couple left over to give out at some point.  We want to empty more of the scrap containers which means we have lots and lots of quilts to make.  It is surprising how many quilts are just waiting to be made in each one of the Delightful Little Treasure Boxes.

7 quilts and a munchkin

7 quilts and a munchkin

 

Hobo 1 Alford

Hobo 1 Alford

Hobo 2 Charlie

Hobo 2 Charlie

We thought giving away the magazine was rather fun so we have decided to have another give-away.  We have not decided what it will be yet so we are going to call it a “mystery” give-away.  If you would like a chance at winning the “mystery prize”, then you need to answer a trivia question.  We will choose a random winner from all the correct answers.

Some of the facts–All seven of the hobo quilts are made from similar scraps cut into 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ rectangles pieced into 6″ blocks.  Two of the quilts are larger than the other five.  Four have pieced borders, three have floral borders.  One quilt uses all dark/medium pieces and the other six all have a light mixed with two dark/medium in each block.  The question you need to answer is—What is the one other thing all seven of the quilts have that is the same?

(PS–The answer is NOT that they are all finished.  You have to find one other common factor in all seven quilts.)

A New Tote Bag

Tahoe Tote Bag

Tahoe Tote Bag

I made this pretty tote bag from a Nancy Green of Pink Sand Beach Designs pattern.  The pattern is called Tahoe Tote.  It is very roomy and has 6 inside pockets.  I also added a magnetic snap closure.  This bag is going to be raffled off at my church senior group at the end of the month.  We have a fairly small church so when special needs come up, the monies needed have to come from donations.  Having a raffle gives everyone the opportunity to contribute even if it is only a dollar or two since the tickets are only a dollar each.  Even if a person did not want the bag for themselves, it would make a great Christmas gift.

This bag has all the interfacings and linings that the Pink Sand Beach bags are known for so it is very sturdy.  I have to admit though, that this bag was much easier to make than the last bag I made.  I can see myself making more bags with this pattern.

Winner!

As promised, September 1 is the day we are choosing one lucky number for someone to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s Quilts from 100 Blocks.  Thank you all for your nice comments.  I asked Jacob to chose a one digit number and write it on a piece of paper.  Here is the number he wrote:

Jacob chose # 4

Jacob chose # 4

The winner is Jen!  Congratulations Jen!  I am sending you a separate email to get your address so I can mail you a copy of the magazine.  Thanks to everyone who commented and I only wish there were enough copies so I could send you each one.

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along

Scrappy Maple Leaf

Scrappy Maple Leaf

It was fun to choose a variety of fabrics to make this quick block.   I was glad to grab a couple minutes to get it done and even though it is only one block done today, that is still one more block than none.   Be sure to check out Lori Holt’s Bee in my Bonnet blog and see her blocks today.  She is also showing a new tool she created for making accurate 1/4″ seams and also stitch and flip corners.  I have a large square version that does the same thing; however, it is too big to leave on the machine for all use.  I use it occasionally when I am doing a bunch of something where I do not want to draw the lines.  I really like Lori’s little flower one much better and I think I might get one for Jacob.  He is sewing now and he works so hard to keep the seams accurate.  Having this little flower tool on the machine would make it easier for him to have a longer line to follow.

Since there is only one little Farm Girl block to show you today, I am also adding another of the hobo quilts that is now completed.  The other ones are quilted and in the process of getting the hand-stitching done on the binding so they will be coming up soon.  Jacob has asked me to not send any of them out until all of them are done because he wants a picture of all of them together.  He was so cute when he told me in his most serious voice “Grandma, it’s summer so no one needs a new quilt right now!”

Hobo 7 Toby

Hobo 7 Toby

Give-Away

Just a quick reminder that I will be giving away one of the Quiltmaker’s Quilts from 100 Blocks magazine to a lucky winner.  Just leave a comment on the previous post—the one with the picture of the magazine—and you will be entered in the drawing that will take place on Sept. 1.  If you would like a chance to win, just scroll down and leave a quick comment.

Quiltmaker Quilts from 100 Blocks

QM Quilts from 100 Blocks

Jacob went to the mail box and brought in an envelope posted from Quiltmaker.  It looked to be about the size the 100 Blocks magazines come in but it is much too early for Volume 12 as that will be out in November.  Because I was not expecting any new magazines, I hurried to open it and see what was inside—and surprise—the envelope contained two copies of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.  And then came the second surprise as I thumbed through one of the magazines, there on the last page in the spotlight section was my sampler quilt made from the test blocks for Volume 8.  I had no idea that quilt was going to be in this magazine!

Spotlight page

Spotlight page

There are some great quilts in the magazine.  For me, it is fun to see some of the blocks I have tested now made into such interesting quilts.  If you would like to have a chance to win a copy of this magazine, please leave a comment.  We will do a drawing on September 1.

End of Summer

This has been a very hot and humid summer and while the days are still hot, at least the mornings are much cooler and it’s nice to have the windows open again for part of the day. Now that Jacob has gone back to school, I am planning to get in a bit more sewing time and will soon have a few more finishes to show you. In the meantime, I thought you might like to see some of the Thimbleberries quilts we have had out during the summer.

These first two are from one of the Thimbleberries Club. Usually the club quilts were so huge that I had to re-size them down to a smaller more use-able size. For this club though, there were four different projects that were large-wall size. They were much too big for my small wall space and yet not big enough to actually use if you needed to cuddle up under a quilt for a bit. So for this club, instead of down-sizing the quilts, I had to make them bigger. I did this by making them into rectangles instead of squares by adding some extra rows to the top and bottom.

Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender

Little Garden

Little Garden

This next quilt is one I like to use now for the end of summer, but not yet fall. This Thimbleberries pattern was another one of those huge quilts that I re-sized down to snuggle size.

Colorful Garden

Colorful Garden

Of course not all Thimbleberries patterns are huge. Many years ago I made a great big stack of Thimbleberries mini quilts. I still enjoy them and have a nice spot in my studio to display them one at a time so I rotate them all year. These are ones I have had displayed over the summer. Now I am ready to get out the fall ones. Actually I am ready for fall to get here.

Posy Pudding

Posy Pudding

 

Buttercup Square

Buttercup Square

 

Watermelon Pickles

Watermelon Pickles

 

Rose Wreath

Rose Wreath

The Thimbleberries line of fabrics was retired at the end of 2013, however Lynette Jensen did not stay retired and is now coming out with two new Thimbleberries collections this fall. Of course, I already have enough TB fabrics to last forever!