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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sew Kitschy Block 2

I can't believe I forgot to post this!

I also forgot to post a picture of a baby quilt I made for my neice.  Actually, I forgot to take a picture of the finished product...but I do have a picture of the flimsy.  This was made using  a pattern from American Patchwork and Quilting, Issue 121, April 2013.  I just left off all the borders to keep it at a baby size.

Sorry about the lousy picture - it was taken in my dark, unfinished basement, which is where I've carved out a small area for my sewing space.  And it was taken with my cell phone.  Try to ignore the fuse panel in the background and the pipes and insulation in the ceiling.

I've also been working on a secret project that I can't share because I don't want to ruin the surprise for the future giftee.

And I'm still plugging along with my Farmer's Wife Quilt.

And, I'm still waiting for spring!  

Stay warm, be healthy!

Friday, February 14, 2014

i carry your heart...

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart)
i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
      i fear
not fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

                                                                         -e.e. cummings

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Farmer's Wife Quilt

I've been dying to get this book for ages and I finally broke down and got it.  The book came Saturday and since then I've been reading the letters and planning how I'm going to tackle this project.  I've decided I'm going to follow the block layout in the book, completing one row at a time, starting with the longest row.  Since the blocks are set on point, the rows are on the diagonal.  I've numbered each row, and then numbered my blocks accordingly.  So thihs is how I'm tracking it:
This probably seems confusing but it makes sense to me.  The numbers on the left are the template numbers.  I cross off the templates I print as I need them.  I had actually started to print them all but there's only one template per page and that was just too wasteful for me!  The numbers on the right are the block numbers and the colored numbers are the order that I need to make the blocks.  So Block number one will be the 79th block I make.  Since the setting is on the diagonal, I'm sewing the rows as I numbered them and choosing fabrics as I go along.  I hope that this method will give me a nice balance of colors in the end and I won't lose my mind shifting blocks around.  I'm using solid white for the sashing and plan on using solid red  for the cornerstones.  I haven't decided what I'm going to do for the setting triangles. 

I would love to have all the blocks pieced in six months.  That averages four to five blocks per week.  Seems manageable, right?  We'll see.  We know how life can get in the way of the best laid plans...

So for now, I leave you with:
Block #85

Block #15

Block #40

Block #53
Block #104

Block #55
Block #90   

Block #100Cheers!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

APQ Quilt Along...

 I decided I was not going to participate in the APQ Quilt Along...Really.  But then my subscription arrived.

Seriously, how could I not?  So here is the very beginnings, partially sewn. 

And I'm still trying to catch up to the Quilty Fun Sew Along! 

It's all good.