Monthly Archives: May 2013

Farmer’s Wife Quilt blocks – week 2 No. 1 & 2

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Farmer's Wife Quilt Attic Windows

  Farmer’s Wife Quilt Attic Windows

 

If you read my earlier post on the Farmer’s Wife Quilt, you know I am on a mission to complete the quilt in 13 months by making two blocks per week and posting my progress.  I have been reading posts on the Farmer’s Wife Yahoo group and one of the ladies stated that she was going to do the blocks in order, because she thought if she left the hard blocks for last, she wouldn’t finish her quilt.  Well, that makes perfect sense to me.  So, I then went back and started at the beginning of the blocks and this is block #1 Attic Windows.

Paper pieced Attic Windows

paper pieced Attic Windows

I downloaded the pattern from the Yahoo group website which is listed in this earlier post.  Sometimes I have an issue with which part of the block I am working on when paper piecing, so I decided to get out my trusty colored pencils.  I “fussy cut” the center with the main goal on my now “Leap List”.  I got this term off of the new Honda CRV commercial.  I guess “bucket list” infers that you are getting ready to “kick the bucket” and I have way too many UFO’s to even begin to think about that.  (UFO’s will be addressed in a future post)

I am by no means an expert on paper piecing, but I love the precise look it gives your block.   I hope you will join me on my journey to improve my paper piecing skills as I complete this quilt.

Farmer's Wife Quilt Autumn Tints

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Autumn Tints

My next block is Autumn Tints which is # 2 in  the Farmer’s Wife Quilt book.  Since this was a simple pieced block I didn’t paper piece it.  I cut two strips of cream print 2″ x 5″ and one strip each of the yellow and green 2″ x 5″.  I cut two orange block 3  1/2 x 3  1/2 inches.

Autumn Tints

Autumn Tints

Sew the green and cream strips together and the yellow and cream strips together.  Now sub cut those strips 2 x 3 1/2.  Sew one yellow/cream strip to the green/cream strip.

Autumn Tints

Autumn Tints

Your next step is to join these four blocks.  Make sure you press the seams towards the orange block so that the seams will butt up together.  Happy quilting!!

 

 

 

 

 

Cricut Mother’s Day and Flower Cards

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Mother's Day and Flower Cricut Cards

Mother’s Day and Flower Cricut Cards

Once again I am posting the free cuts in the Cricut Craft Room.  I should have gotten to these earlier since it says they are only on from May 1-8th of 2013.  They are titled Mother’s Day cards, so I am not really sure which cartridge you would have to buy to get these cuts.  I think they could be used for many occasions.  If you haven’t already loaded the Cricut Craft Room to your computer…do it now and let’s get busy making some free cards!

flower Cricut Card

flower Cricut Card

This is the first card we will cut.  First you open the Cricut Craft Room and go to my cartridges and the free cuts for the week will show up.  Then since this card has layers, I first chose the size for the main card.  You also had the option to make the envelope, but since I am a former Postal employee, I didn’t want my card to fit in an odd size envelope and be subject to a surcharge in postage.  I made my card to fit into a 4 1/2 x 6″ envelope.

Cricut flower card

F Cricut flower card

You will size the card (orange) and then hit the plus sign by the layer tab.  This will give you a new layer , yellow in this case.  Now size the liner to fit your card.  Next you can add another layer and size in the flower pieces.

Cricut flower card

Cricut flower card

Now you will need to move the flower layers to different areas on your mat so that they will cut separate.

Cricut flower card

Cricut flower card

Now this is the really cool part. You can cut do all the cuts in one layer at the same time.  Just position the different card stock where your cuts should be according to the layer.

Cricut flower card

Cricut flower card

Now hit cut and choose the layer you what to cut from the top drop down box on the cut screen.

Cricut flower card

Cricut flower card

I used a hammer and this tool (not sure what you call it) to put the hole in the center of the flower so I could add some “bling”.

Cricut Mother's Day Card

Cricut Mother’s Day Card

Do the same method for the rest of the cards.  Place the main card and then add the layers to fit the size you picked.

Cricut Mother's Day Card

Cricut Mother’s Day Card

I added three flowers to the card.

Cricut tulip card

Cricut tulip card

Cricut tulip card

Cricut tulip card

Cricut tulip card

Cricut tulip card

I cut one set of tulips out of patterned paper and one out of plain and made a little snip on the top layer to look more like tulip petals.

Cricut free cuts

Cricut free cuts

Cricut free cuts

Cricut free cuts

Now don’t throw away the scraps from your projects.  This is what I did with the scraps.  The center of the card cuts will be used inside a future card.  The outline of the Mother can be cut down and the corners rounded to use again.  The extra tulip petals looked like Easter eggs and went into my Easter drawer.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards and the cuts were free.  You can use these free cuts on any machine.  You don’t have to buy anything to use the Cricut Craft Room. Happy Mother’s Day!!

This is IT…my last Coke Zero

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coke zero

coke zero

 

Ok, it’s official!  This was my last Diet Coke in a quest of 90 days without a diet pop. (or soda depending on what part of the country you are from)  I have made through day one with only 89 days to go.  I decided to try to give up diet pop after my girlfriend sat across from me at a quilting get-a-way for a weekend and said, “Kim,  we need to talk…you drink entirely  too much diet pop. Do you know how bad it is for you?”

Well I am sure it is not good for me, but I really don’t think it is that bad.  I have heard it said that diet pop will make you crave sweets.  I decided to see for myself it that is true.  I admit I am a sugar addict and I know I can not give up sugar.

I chose 90 days because I read somewhere that it takes 90 days to form a habit.  In this case, I am hoping that after 90 days I will break a habit.  My husband is totally against this quest.  He said he doesn’t want to listen to me “cry” about it for 90 days.  I guess I will have to suffer in silence.

As of right now I have made it through day one with only EIGHTY-NINE DAYS TO GO!  Did I say that already?   We’ll see how this works out!