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Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Blocks #22 and #23 – Corn & Beans and Country Farm

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Farmer's Wife Quilt #22 Corn and Beans

Farmer’s Wife Quilt #22 Corn and Beans

The fabric in the block was not really my first choice.  I went on a weekend get-away with several of my quilting friends and purchased two new fabrics for my Farmer’s Wife Quilt.

Fabric for Farmer's Wife Quilt

Fabric for Farmer’s Wife Quilt

I picked up another color way of my bucket list fabric and this light blue.  When I got home, I just had to make a block with some of the new fabric.  I soon realized that I had skipped block # 22, so  late at night I choose the fabric for the Corn and Beans block and went with the traditional dark green and yellow.  I made one sections of the block and then retired for the night.  The “Quilties” were arriving at 9 the next morning and I was up early cleaning and preparing lunch.  As we sat down to sew, I started in on the Corn & Beans block.  I finished several more sections before I turned it over and realized that I had picked up the light blue instead of the dark green, so that is how my Beans became light blue.  I still like the block, but it does not look like corn and beans.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

I first used colored pencils to mark my placing of the colors for this block.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

This block was kind of tricky.  Remember if you use the paper piecing that the block is reversed from the picture in the book.  If you get stuck, just turn over the pieces and lay them out to match the image in the book.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

This is the first step in the block construction.

 

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

Next sew the center two sections together.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

The next three steps added the bottom left section, the top right section and the left section in that order.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

The fourth step was to attach the top section.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

Now add the two small triangles.

#22 Corn and Beans

#22 Corn and Beans

The last step it to add your 4 triangle sections and your block is now complete.   I think the block is a little light.  I am going to float my block in the gray fabric, so I hope that it does not get lost in the setting.

Farmer's Wife #23 Country Farm

Farmer’s Wife Quilt #23 Country Farm

I am sorry to say that when I complete this block, I did not take any pictures of the process.  I paper pieced this block.  With 23 blocks completed you now have 88 to go….good luck!

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Blocks # 20 and #21 – Churn Dash and Contrary Wife

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Farmer's Wife #20 Churn Dash

Farmer’s Wife #20 Churn Dash

Isn’t there a saying, “…the best laid plans of mice and men…often go astray”.  Well I can certainly tell you that is a true statement.  In the Spring of 2013, I made great plans to have this quilt completed in a year.  It is now almost the Summer of 2014 and I am only a little over a third of the way finished.  The worst part about this is that I have only posted 19 of my finished blocks.

So this time there will be no grand statements for when the blocks will be completed!  I will TRY to post two per week.

This was one of the first blocks that I completed.  I did not use the paper piecing for this block and I also did not take any pictures of the sewing process.  This is a fairly simple block to complete.  While you are making this block, you may also want to jump ahead and complete #111 Wrench.  These blocks are constructed the same, it is only the color placement that changes the look of the blocks.

Farmer's Wife # 20 Churn Dash and #111 Monkey Wrench

Farmer’s Wife @ 20 Churn Dash and # 111 Wrench

This is an  up close picture of the center of my Churn Dash block.  I still love the “Bucket List” fabric that I am using in this quilt.

Farmer's Wife #20 Churn Dash

Farmer’s Wife #20 Churn Dash

Well, I guess  I can mark off number 4 on this list since is just says “join a gym” and nothing about “going to the gym”.

Farmers Wife -  Contrary Wife #21

Farmer’s Wife – Contrary Wife #21

I’m not really sure I like the name of this block, but I do like the way it turned out.  The “smile more” and “have more fun” in the center block were my inspiration today.  I had many things to do around the house,(one being…writing this blog) when my friend invited me to have a relaxing day at her pool.  I then took one look at this block and headed out the door with my bathing suit in hand.

I did not use paper piecing for this block.  The center and corner pieces are 2 1/2 ” squares and the other four pieces are half-squared triangles cut to 2 1/2″.  I hope you enjoy these blocks and follow me on my new journey to complete this quilt.  Happy sewing!

Farmer's Wife #21 Contrary Wife

Farmer’s Wife # 21 Contrary Wife

 

Paris Theme Baby Shower…signed onesie

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Baby Shower signed onesie

Baby Shower Signed onesie

I am the proud Grandmother of a darling little girl named, Annie Elizabeth.  In January, I hosted a baby shower for my daughter and on one of the tables I had a onesie for everyone to sign.

 

signed onesie for baby shower

signed onesie for baby shower

I purchased a package of onesie’s at Walmart.  The trim was purchased at JoAnne’s.

signed onesie

signed onesie

I first attached the trim around the neck of the onesie, by hand sewing.  Next cut a piece of freezer paper and with the shiny side up, ironed it to the inside of the onesie.  This was to help the fabric stay in place while the guests were signing their names.

 

signed onesie

signed onesie

I then used a gold fabric pen to write the date of the shower on the front of the onesie.  I placed a permanent black marker on the table at the shower for the signatures. (check out other baby posts on my blog for instructions for the other items)

signed onesie

signed onesie

All of the guests enjoyed leaving a message for our dear Annie!

signed onesie

signed onesie

To display the onesie, we purchased a shadow box.  The lining of the shadow box was black,so to tie the shadow box into the theme of the nursery, we decide to line the back of the box with fabric that we had used in the nursery.

nursery fabric

nursery fabric

nursery wall

nursery wall

This is the shadow box hanging on the nursery wall.  We also included the wrist bands and hat from the hospital in that shadow box.   I attached all the items to the back of the frame with straight pins.

Annie Elizabeth

Annie Elizabeth

 

Farmer’s Wife Quilt – Block # 19 and 20 – Checkerboard and Churn Dash

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Farmer's Wife blocks #19 Checkerboard

Farmer’s Wife block #19 Checkerboard

This is proving to be one of my favorite blocks.  I paper pieced this block.

Farmer's Wife block #19

Farmer’s Wife block #19

This is the back of the block and the layout for block #19.  You can see I used colored pencils so that I could see where to place each of the fabrics.

Farmer's Wife #20 Churn Dash

Farmer’s Wife #20 Churn Dash

I did not take pictures when I made this block…sorry!  I did fussy cut the center and used my “bucket list” fabric.

Farmer's Wife block #20

Farmer’s Wife block #20

I really need to step it up on these posts.  I am hoping Spring will get me motivated!!

Dr. Seuss “Cat in the Hat” quilt

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Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat quilt

Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat quilt

This is a “Cat in the Hat” quilt that my friend Tammy made.  I quilted it for her and it was so fun to quilt.  I had tons of blank black rows for quilting and four plain red corners to play with…

quilting on Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat quilt

quilting on Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat quilt

In the black rows, I used blue and red thread and alternated the colors.  In this row is says, “make that cat go away”.  I also quilted the fish.

Fish on the Dr. Seuss quilt

Fish on the Dr. Seuss quilt

This is an up close picture of the fish…

Cat in the Hat quilt

Cat in the Hat quilt

“that bump made us jump….”

Cat in the Hat quilt

Cat in the Hat quilt

“What would you do if your mother asked you..”

Cat in the Hat quilt

Cat in the Hat quilt

I put Kites in all four corners and then quilted the “tails” into the black border.

I quilted this last year, but I just went to a “Cat in the Hat” baby shower and I was reminded of this quilt.  I will post some really cute ideas from the shower soon…

 

Wool Ball Jar Mat

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wool Ball jar

wool Ball jar

This a cute wool mat that my friend Chris is working on.  It is a kit from Primitive Gatherings.  We both have similar tastes and love to work on wool projects.

The real reason I posted this today was so that I could also post  these flower pictures. Today we are setting records low temperatures here in the Midwest today and I needed a little touch of Spring!

ball jar vase

ball jar vase

This Ball Jar was actually a photo taken at Chris’ house this summer with wildflowers picked in her yard.

Summer flowers

Summer flowers

…and  this is Chris with some great Summer flowers….I am ready for Summer or at least Spring!!!

 

 

 

 

T-shirt quilt for Tim

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T-shirt quilt

T-shirt quilt

My daughter and son-in-law are expecting our first grandchild, so they have been doing a major clean out of their home.  One of the things they found were Tim’s high school t-shirts.  In August they sent me a box of 30 of his t-shirts so that I could make them into a quilt for Tim for Christmas.

t-shirt quilt

t-shirt quilt

My daughter had pinned a t-shirt quilt she liked on Pinterest.  It was not just squares, but all sizes of blocks.  To start the quilt, I measured the printed sections of the t-shirt.  I used the fronts and backs of the t-shirts.

t-shirt quilt

t-shirt quilt

I then made true to scale cut outs of the printed sections of the quilt, including the color of each section,

t-shirt quilt

t-shirt quilt

The next thing I did was cut the t-shirts up the sides and then cut off the sleeves.

t-shirt quilt

t-shirt quilt

Here is the pile of rejected pieces of the t-shirts.

t-shirt quilt

t-shirt quilts

Now this is where I forgot to take pictures of the progress.  This is the pile of shirts.  I ironed on the cheap $.99 iron-on interfacing on the back of all the shirts.  I then laid the “to scale”  pieces out like a jig-saw puzzle.  I can not help you out with this part, since every t-shirt quilt will be different.    I  laid the t-shirts out on the floor and sewed them together one square at a time.  I used some of the plain pieces of colored t-shirt pieces to fill in and add color.  Good luck with your t-shirt quilt!