Little by Little

Here’s what it looks like at the farm on this blustery, gray, cold morning. The bit of blue makes it beautiful.

Farmhouse from afar

So…with a month and two days of time between now and Christmas Day, it seems that every little moment counts if I’m going to reach my quilt project goals.

Cindy helped me finish my string quilt top, while Ms. G. quilted it. The binding has been attached, the giant gift bag has been purchased and now only two tasks remain: afix the label (created by Cindy) and wait for the giftee to be sprung from her kindly by none-the-less prison-like nursing home. We’re relieved to know that a suitable apartment has been found for my mothers’ friend and she will be moving in to the new place on or about December 1. I can’t wait to see what she thinks of her new bed quilt.

I’ve attached almost all of the borders for 1 of 2 Canada quilts. I have two more wide borders to complete and it will be ready for Ms. G. and her magic long-arm. This is the teal/navy version for the older of the two girls.

Queen-sized version of Cindy’s Garden Gate Pattern

I am super happy about how it is coming together! My only concern: I’m about to run out of thread! Seriously, I’m going to buy a truckload of this stuff, because I can’t make it through the last months of quarantine without it! It has been a lifeline.

Love this thread!

I’m hanging out at the farm for a few days so I can help mom isolate before we get our small family together for Thanksgiving dinner. It is certainly not the holiday we hoped for, but everyone is safe for now and that is all we can wish for during this trying episode.

I am offering thanks for all the scientists and health care workers who are giving their lives to save ours. Let’s all stay inside and sew so we can help save the world! Happy Thanksgiving week!

Barn Raising III

Since I’m working on my barn quilt blocks, I thought I’d share some photos of barns in Ohio and New York. Here in Ohio, there are many barns that proudly display Ohio’s Bicentennial logo for the celebration in 2003.

The barn below is a bit weathered but we can still see it was part of the celebration.

Below are links to some other beautiful barns in Ohio and New York.

https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/ohio/old-beautiful-barns-in-oh/

https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/new-york/beautiful-barns-ny/

Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t include the “official” gray barn that Sandy and I know so well!

Happy Monday!

Barn Raising

Sandy and I have several group projects in process and one of them is a barn quilt for our brother in law. He grew up on a farm “down the road” a few miles from us. He and our sister live in Florida now so we thought we’d take him on a trip down memory lane with a quilt.

I started looking through my stash and found some fabrics that just might work for a barn or two! How about this Gray Barn siding fabric? A dear friend gave it to me and it’s perfect! It’s also very Buckeye-ish with red fabrics. You know the drill…every true Buckeye loves scarlet and gray…but I digress!

We’re going to make it a very scrappy quilt and add some fun fabrics.

I have a flamingo print and because they live in Florida, we really have no choice but to work it into the barn quilt somehow. Got any ideas? Let us know!

One of the barn block patterns we’re using in our quilt is from Eleanor Burns. You can download it by clicking on the link below. It’s FREE!

https://www.quiltinaday.com/shoponline/freepattern/218773

Rustic Christmas – FREE Pattern

Good morning, everyone!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio on this sunny August day.  Sandy and I are excited to show you the final version of our Rustic Christmas FREE Pattern.  Santa on Bush branded

The great thing about this FREE PATTERN is you have several options for finishing your paper pieced blocks.  Want some cute mini pillows to bring some charm to your home?  Give this FREE PATTERN a try!

Mini Pillows branded

Maybe you would like a cute banner for your fireplace!  Give this FREE PATTERN a try!

Stocking Branded

How about a cute wall hanging, table topper or table runner?  Give this FREE PATTERN a try!  Our pattern includes the dimensions for several different runner lengths.

Tree and Santa Branded

Click on the link below to download our FREE PATTERN

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We’ll also be posting this pattern to FAVE Quilts .  Be sure to check this website for  free  patterns.  It provides great eye candy and inspiration for all kinds of quilting projects!