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!

Red Alert

I’m done, I’m done (well almost)…..<drum roll, please> Let me introduce you to the pieced top of my red postage stamp quilt!

So yesterday, the finishing touches of this quilt came to my mind. I’ve ordered border fabric and backing. I’m working on the scrappy binding tonight. I’m so excited to finish this project!

Thank you to all of my quilting friends who contributed to this crazy project. I’ll have a complete list of contributors for the final reveal.

Content to Stay Focused

Maybe it’s the snow that has fallen nearly every day in April in western New York, but I am content to stay at home and work (so much work), sew, and put my 2000 piece Gone with the Wind puzzle together. If only I had both a fireplace and an outdoor hot tub, I could hunker down for another season.

Monday morning’s view from the back door.

A view from the deck earlier this week. The snow melted just an hour later.

Sister Cindy came to my rescue a week ago and mailed me the final postage stamps for the red postage stamp quilt, thus freeing me from the repetitive fabrics that were tossed into the corner because I was sick.of.them.

I am thrilled to announce that all 285 4×4 blocks are completed! Next steps:

  • Order a case of color catchers
  • Wash the 4×4 blocks using the whole case of color catchers
  • Iron the blocks
  • Assemble the quilt top
  • Create a backing fabric from my stash
  • Drop off to Ms. G for quilting
  • Create a binding
  • Bond with the masterpiece whilst attaching the binding by hand
  • Find a home it

Keepsake Quilting came through and the backing arrived for the blue/tan Turning Twenty quilt for my friend. I’ve pre-washed everything (color catchers not required) and now it’s ready for ironing and quilting. I’ll be dropping it off to Ms G’s porch sometime this weekend on the way to the farm. Rest assured we’ll use all social distancing protocols.

Stay safe and be well everyone. Better days are surely ahead.

Spring – A Welcome Break!

It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio.  I made 6 more masks today for our neighbors and decided to take a break, walk outside and enjoy a sunny spring day.  Here are a few highlights of my walk.

These peach and white daffodils are a favorite of mine.Peach white daffodilSquirrels ate most of my tulips bulbs.  A few bulbs escaped the squirrel’s delicious feast and these flowers make me smile.   Tulip duo Another sign of spring for me is my rhubarb patch.  I think these leaves are so pretty when they unfold on sunny days. Rhubarb LeavesDon’t forget to take a sunshine break or two while you’re sewing and quilting, it’s highly therapeutic!  Enjoy your weekend!