Thursday, October 28, 2010

Quilting, Crochet and More..

Tomorrow I am off on a Quilt  Retreat until Sunday.  I can't wait...we are staying in rooms overlooking a river I believe!  I will post pics next week.  Should be tons of fun, there are about 13 quilters going and who knows how many projects!!  I know I plan to take along at least three quilting projects (Paducah Nine Patch, Jo's Courthouse Steps and an Applique) and one knitting or crochet a good book to read if I find a quiet moment.

I started on another hand applique project.  It is by Barb Adams and its called Wild Pomegranate.  It is 16 - 20" finished squares.  I have one block finished to show you....

In the pattern the blocks lay on their sides and are rotated facing different directions.  I wonder what it might look like set on point?!  I may have to play around with a few different layouts.  The blocks make up fairly quick because of the large pieces.  This is a project that I will be taking on the retreat. 

This past week I have been to Canmore Alberta, a day trip with my oldest daughter.  We were craving a little time in the yarn shop
It is called Knit and Caboodle.  Great little shop with tons to see.  We try to get there at least once a year. We both found some nice new yarns and a few projects to keep us busy for awhile.

Also went on a quick trip to Kalispell Montana.  I managed to find moment to stop in at the yarn shop there..Camas Creek  Again a great shop with so much to see and touch.  I came away from there with a few little goodies as well.

Just a few of the goodies I brought home.  The books - Miss Rosies Spice of Life Quilts - was from the Quilt Store..Glacier Quilts in Kalispell.

The days are getting shorter and a lot colder here.  It is definately the time to hang around inside with a warm cup of tea (or a cinnamon dolce' latte - from Starbucks if your so lucky!).  Pick up your knitting or quilting and enjoy!

Happy Quilting........


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Harvest Time

Just a quick post to show you all what happening around the farm...............

Things are moving along well and the weather is cooperating!

A little chit chat then back to work!

Ooops.....the grain truck is stuck!!

The Truck is out and all is well and moving along again!!

On the stitching front...I did a little tidying in my sewing room today!  I tried to organize my scraps....they were everywhere.  Now the bigger pieces are folded in baskets........most of them, and I am down to one basket with scraps!!  Still a little chaotic in there though......time to buy some new shelving. 

Happy Harvest,


Thursday, October 14, 2010

I Couldn't Help Myself!!

After staring at the Jo Morton quilt on the front of the American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, I gave in!!  I started cutting 1" strips of any Jo or repro fabric I could find in my stash.....the pile is growing!  Then I cut the red center squares, and next came the blocks!  I think I am up to 20 completed blocks now and loving it! I have to make 174 blocks I believe if I want the size in the magazine, but my plan is to make it big enough for my bed.....big plans!!  I am going a little lighter with my lights...better definition I think.

Blocks aren't layed out properly so there is no real pattern yet!!  Many more to go!

This is a Jan Patek applique I started many moons ago.  Time to finish it I think...I am almost done the applique then need to add the border!  It will be nice on the wall next spring!

Another little project that needs completed.  Its quite small, great for a little Mug Rug!

Just a quick look at a few of the things I have been working away on over the past couple of weeks!

 This morning I was out in the garden digging up potatoes.  I guess we may have a little moisture in the form of the "white stuff" on Friday.  Lots of combining to go yet so hopefully the weather man is wrong on this one!!  I guess I better get back to the gardening, still more cleaning to do so its ready for the winter.

One more thing.....A big thanks to Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts. Check out Vickie's blog at   I am one of 6 lucky winners from her 600th blog post.  Not sure what I won, but its coming in the mail and its quilty!! Thanks again Vickie and congrats on 600 posts!!

Have a Great Day,


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sew Many Leaves

Today I finally finished sewing all of my little 5" leaf blocks for the "Small Quilt Talk Challenge".  They are scrappy little blocks made with reproduction fabrics.  Quite darling really............

Tomorrow they will be mailed to the US, and soon after all of the participants will each have a new set of leaf blocks to do whatever they wish with!

I have really been enjoying checking out all the blogs participating in the FFF (Fall into Fall).  There are so many great give a ways.  I have been wanting to do a few of the projects as well. Now that my leaves are done I just might do that!

I just picked up the December American Patchwork and Quilting!  For those of you who don't have it, it is a must.  The quilt on the cover is definitely one I have to do.  It is a Courthouse Steps Quilt by Jo Morton.  An excellent way to use up your reproduction scraps.....or at least make a small dent in the pile!!

Happy Quilting