Stalking the Mail Box

We know that quilting probably won’t save the world, but we hope that some distraction during this difficult time brings you a few minutes of respite.

Cindy is a life-long over achieving, perfection-seeking, bar-raising human being. I gave her a little border fabric and a sweaty, slightly tortured quilt top and she has turned it into a 2-bordered, mitred-cornered (not to mention straight) masterpiece. She says it’s in the mail and on it’s way to NY. Yippee!

Meanwhile, while I wait and as I type this, our mother is in the next room ironing the backing in preparation for its arrival. My huge, crowd-sourced postage stamp quilt will be at Ms. G’s for quilting by mid-week. I am so excited!

Now let’s focus for a minute on something that’s not red: buttercups are in bloom on the farm.

Happy yellow late spring beauties.

Stay safe and well, quilting buds.

On the Border

Sandy asked me to give her a hand with the border of her Postage Stamp Quilt.  Of course I jumped at the chance because she did all the hard work and I get to do the easy part!ScrapsFirst things first.  I squared off the quilt because all those postage stamps made this top a little, shall we say, UNEVEN.  Proof of my effort was this lovely pile of tangled redness.  Scraps2 Next, I went on a fabric hunt.  The ladies at the quilt shop suggested adding a thin, white inner border before adding the red outer version I cut the white border at 2 inches and the red border at 6 inches but I think the white border is too wide next to the postage stamps.  I’ll need to do a bit of un-sewing to re-cut the white border to 1.0-1.5 inches.

Sandy, I’ll be keeping your quilt top for a bit longer but I promise to send it your way soon!



Charming Bet

Hello!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio.  I’ve been doing some sewing for two of my son’s friends.  They are expecting babies soon and it’s always fun to piece together baby quilts.

One of my “Go To” books for baby quilts is shown below.  With a charm pack and just a bit of yardage, baby quilts come together very quickly. Baby Book 1 Since I didn’t have any baby charm packs on hand, I raided my stash and pulled out some bright scraps for a baby boy.  A large piece of left over  black and white polka dot flannel was the perfect backing.Baby 3Of course I had to add some Ohio State Buckeye fabric, just to be sure this little one learns about his Buckeye roots early in life!  Brutus Buckeye, the Ohio State mascot, is peaking just above the seam.Close up 1Here’s the full view of a very fast and fun project!Baby Full Pic Baby girl quilt to follow on Thursday!  Both couples want to be surprised and I’m hedging my bets, hoping for one boy and one girl.  Wish me luck on this bet!




Moving on to the next project

Last summer (a life-time ago??) we threw a high school graduation party for my son. During the party, my Florida based brother-in-law spied a barn quilt that I made long ago. It was based on a Lori Holt Farm Girl quilt tutorial. He didn’t tell me at the time, but my sister let me know that he wanted one of his own.

I loved Lori’s patterns (there were two different styles of barns). Long before this blog was a thing, her on-line tutorials helped me polish my sewing skills. But now I can’t find the patterns any more, as she’s taken them off-line. Then it occurred to me that I have my own barn — a gray barn — for inspiration.

I’ve been working on a paper pieced version of our real barn (version 1 is located below). I’m almost there. I’m not completely happy with the barn roof and when I started testing the pattern, I realized that the whole pattern is backwards (because when you’re creating a paper pieced pattern, you need to think of it like a mirror). Sigh.

Hopefully I’ll be able to rotate all these lines, fix the roof, and finish the pattern soon. If all goes well I’ll have it ready for the BIL when he arrives on the farm for a visit sometime this summer.

Happy May!