I managed to get a few more of the Farm Girl Vintage blocks made early this morning. I even made the Wooly Sheep block, but he needs his legs and eyes embroidered on first which will get done later this week. Then I only have a couple more blocks and at least all the blocks will be made. It is rather fun to see the collection growing; of course it will be even more fun to see them all come together into the quilt. Be sure to check out Lori Holt’s Bee in My Bonnet blog to see what she has done with her blocks along with yet another new block she created. It looks like we are going to have make several more quilts with all her new blocks and ideas!
The Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along is almost done–only one more Friday. Be sure to check out Lori Holt’s blog “Bee in My Bonnet” to see all her blocks from the book in addition to new blocks she has made to go along with these blocks, and also to see the cute projects she has made with her blocks. She has so many ideas to share. I have a few more blocks done to add to my collection.
I know I’ve missed a few blocks along the way and one of these days will figure out which ones and get them made too.
Yesterday I went with a group of ladies from our church to a church in a town not too far from here to attend a day-retreat. The speaker was very enjoyable and had such a great presentation. We also enjoyed lots of wonderful music, had breakfast and lunch there, and they had also prepared some nice door-prizes. Guess what–I won one of the door-prizes! I was very happy to be able to pay it forward though as one of our ladies who had signed up to go with us had got a touch of flu that morning and was unable to attend so we stopped by her house on the way home and I gave her my door-prize. What a very enjoyable and inspirational day it was.
In a previous post I had mentioned that Jacob and I had made another quilt with all rectangles, different from the hobo quilts. (Yes, it is true that several other quilts were made during the time the hobos were coming to life). A few years ago I made a quilt for Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party and they had sent me some beautiful fabrics to make the quilt according to their plan. Then they gifted me any remaining fabric. I had drawn up a couple different plans to use the leftover fabrics, trying to find ways to use all of it. Of course drawing up the quilts and having good intentions did not actually get the quilt made. Then as we all know what happens is—other things need the attention, the fabrics get set aside, and suddenly the years have gone by seemingly in the blink of an eye. I decided it was time to either make a quilt or file the fabrics on the shelves of my fabric collection.
I got out my two plans and then opened the bundle of fabric, ready to decide which of the two plans I would use. As it happens, the original quilt had been cut in strips 6-1/2” wide and there were still many pieces of that size cuts. Since we were in the rectangle mode from making the hobos, an idea formed of using rectangles and making good use of those 6-1/2” cuts and in addition, keeping it simple to get it done quickly. I cut the fabric into 6-1/2” x 9-1/2” pieces and some of the smaller pieces into 6-1/2” x 5” rectangles. From the odds and ends left over, I was able to cut enough scrappy strips for the binding. All the fabric was used except for some very small scraps which were then cut into small squares and put in the appropriate-size containers.
Jacob then had the task of laying out the rectangles to decide on placement. I knew I would not even have to tell him that no two fabrics should be touching as he can be a little nutsy about that so without my mentioning it, he told me that is what he wanted. He spent a lot of time on it mainly because he wasn’t fond of the light fabric. I told him it had to stay in as there was no other fabric to substitute. I think he did a great job with the placement. You gotta love this kid as he then wrote each position on a tiny scrap of paper and pinned them to each rectangle so every last piece was marked as to where it should go. Then he put them in a pile and I took them to the machine for assembly. Due to his good placement markers, I was able to sew the top together in about an hour.
It was an incredibly fun project for one of those summer days it was too hot and humid to enjoy much outside time and now that fall is slowly creeping in, we are going to have a lovely new fall quilt to use or give away. Even though it is not what I would have made if I had made it in a more timely manner when getting the fabrics, it turned out just right. I have to thank Quiltmaker for gifting me such beautiful fabrics and also Jacob for his diligence in arranging the rectangles.
Before we reveal the winner, we are going to tell you what the mystery prize is. As it turns out, the mystery prize is one of the hobo quilts!
Since Jacob was quite involved and reading the comments, it would not have been fair for him to choose a number so we decided on another method for selecting a winner. He wrote the names of all three entrants in alphabetical order (We both love things in alphabetical order!) on the white board with an assigned number.
Then Jacob was to roll one dice and whichever number of 1, 2, or 3 came up first, that entrant would be the winner. On the first roll, he rolled a 6. We play a dice game called Zilch and whenever Jacob gets a zilch, he always says “None, nada, zero, zip, zilch” and so that is what he said when the 6 appeared. He rolled again and this time it was a 5—to which he once again said “None, nada, zero, zip, zilch!” But the third time was the charm roll and he rolled a 2. It is Anita who is going to get one of the hobo quilts! We saw in her note that she is planning to make one out of her scraps and Jacob said “Maybe she could give it to one of her grandchildren.” He is so funny sometimes.
In addition, Trina and Aby are each going to receive a fall mini quilt for playing along and having the correct answer. (More about the fall mini quilts in a future post.)
Thank you all for playing along and hope you enjoy your “mystery” prizes!
Once again, I only have one new block made for my Farm Girl Vintage sampler, but as I said last week—one block is better than none. At least by getting one block at a time done, the quilt will eventually get done so it’s all good. I have to admit that it was my intention to finally have some time to sit and sew and get caught up. However life does not always work out according to our intentions. I was happily sewing when my smoke alarm in the studio started chirping. Usually when the batteries start going, they chirp a little at first. This one however, wanted immediate attention. It wasn’t just a little chirp either, it was more like a screeching that was piercing my ears. Fortunately, I keep batteries on hand, but unfortunately, the unit is up so high on the wall that even when I climbed to the top step of the ladder, I was not able to reach it. I figured if I fell off the ladder, I definitely would not be able to sew—I do have priorities–so with that motivation, I decided to wait for some help from a taller person and while I was waiting had to get out of the house if I wanted to keep a shred of sanity (and my ears!) It was meant to be that I got out and enjoyed the beautiful day. Maybe next week I will just plan to spend the day outside instead of sewing and then perhaps it will rain which will force me inside to sew. Don’t you just love how life works out.
Before the screeching started, I was able to put up one of my fall Thimbleberries mini quilts. I would love to spend a day apple picking.
And with that, I am off to enjoy another beautiful day.
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.
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.)
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.