Thursday, April 23, 2015

Little Wooly Lamb Block

Hi guys! I'm still working on the machine quilting on the basket quilt but I did sneak in a little lamb block from Lori Holt's book, Farm Girl Vintage. These are quick, fun blocks.

I'm still broke and think that tomorrow I'm going to sell my Prarie Rose appliqued blocks. There are 15 of them. What price do you think I should charge for hand appliqued blocks? That's the hardest thing for me. Or should I sew them into a top? What do you think? 

Well, hope you're having a great evening! Tomorrow is Friday! Woo Hoo! XO from Bev

Monday, April 20, 2015

I got a present!

Hi everyone! Well Monday is over for all intents and purposes but I had to blog about a present I got from my friend, Camille! She sent me the Farm Girls Vintage book by Lori Holt! She apparently won one in a giveaway but had already bought it. I am so excited! Thank you SO much Camille! I made 2 quick blocks from the book yesterday. They are cute and easy. First, I made the strawberry block:

and then I made the baby chick block:

I still have to embroider the little feet. There are so many cute blocks and cute projects in this book! And, on May 1st, Lori is starting a Farm Girls Quilt Along. I'm sure it will be adorable. You remember her Row Along quilt that started all of her book publishing. So that's all the news I have. I'm still working on quilting a piece to list on eBay and Etsy. I started out doing the background quilting too small and now it's taking forever.  Hope your Monday has been great! XO from Bev

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I won something!

Hi everyone! I had a good day all day yesterday which is the first one in a long time. WooHoo! I've told you that, if you aren't on Instagram, you should check it out! I won the cutest little potholder made by kitqueen50 on Instagram. It is adorable! Only I'm not using it as a potholder, I hung it in my kitchen:

My kitchen is yellow and red with cherries. Again I apologize for the color in the photo. The yellow walls are a much nicer yellow that it looks like in this photo...anyway, it's the perfect size for this little corner of the kitchen. Here is a closeup of the "potholder" with the keyring she also sent. Just look at that quilting!

The pattern is from Lori Holt's new book, Farm Girl Vintage. Then, as if that wasn't enough, I had lunch with Karen Walker! She's adorable. She teaches rotary cutting of the Farmer's Wife blocks and is the only person who has the blessing of the book's author. No other person who teaches it has permission from the author. She has a great blog with lots of free tutorials. You can visit her blog HERE if you aren't one of her regular readers. Anyway, I snapped a photo of Karen:

She's actually prettier in person. She lives in Oregon and is on a road trip to Texas with her Mom. I'm so glad she stopped by Oklahoma City to have lunch. I've made so many friends on Blogger and wish with all my heart I could meet each of you. If you are ever coming through Oklahoma City, let's do lunch! Listen up Annette in Edmond. I never imagined I would have such close blog friends. You know who you are and I love you all. In fact, I love and appreciate everyone who stops by the blog and whose blogs I watch. Quilters are such great (well, with a couple of exceptions) people. It's so wonderful to have a fabulous day! Hope you are all having a great day too!  Love you guys! Bev

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Happy Day

Hi everyone! Last night I made this block:

The ironing job isn't so great (I'll re-do it). My happy news is that I'm having lunch today with Karen Walker of Laugh Yourself Into Stitches and Farmer's Wife fame! She's driving through Oklahoma City and I can't wait to meet her! It's so cool to meet people that I've made friends with through the blog. Hope you're having a great day too! Let me know what you're doing!  XO from Bev

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Still Using My Scrap Squares

Hi all! While I was taking a break from machine quilting, I started using my scraps that I cut into squares. I'm actually putting blocks together and using them as leaders and enders. After a while, Boom, I have an entire block. Not that I don't have plenty of UFO's. So here's one of my finished leader and ender blocks:

I actually like the look of mixing all kinds of scraps. Today I have to catch up on washing and really clean the kitchen and I'll start machine quilting again. I used the "wall basting" method to baste the quilt I'm doing and I really like the way it turned out. I'm having no problems with the layers staying put and basting on the wall really saved my back and knees. I hope you're having a great day and including something fun in your day. Love you all...Bev

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I had to take a break!

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday to you. I've done a little sewing this weekend. I started quilting a top to put in the Etsy store and I did the same thing I always seem to do. I made the quilting in the background too small. Now it's going to take forever and, if it sells, I'll make about $1.00 and hour...maybe. I always do that to myself. I've got it about 2/3 finished but had to take a break. For some reason, when I quilt, I do it with my shoulders about level with my ears. I'm always having to tell myself to relax my shoulders. So I took a break and started making X and O blocks from my scraps. Here are the first 4 - not sewn together but you get the idea.

I've been cutting squares from my scraps for quite a while and this is the perfect block for using those up. And I have a ton of leftover charm squares and you can make this block just from charms. I guess you could use a coordinating charm pack to make these blocks. I just want to use my leftovers and have a super scrappy look. People on Instagram have been asking for the pattern for these blocks. I don't have one but here's what I did. To start, cut one 5" x 2" rectangle for the center and two 2" squares for the side. Those make the cross in the center. You can see here with the green center. You can cut these from one charm square.

Then cut four 2" squares from a high contrast color and sew them to the ends of the center pieces. They are shown here in black dot. You can get 4 of these squares from one charm square.

Next I choose four different print 5" blocks. These are leftover charm pack squares. You don't even have to cut those if you have some charm pack leftovers around.

I MAKE myself choose without matching up. It's hard for me to do. I used all colors in these blocks, including black. The last thing you cut is eight 2" squares that are a contrasting fabric from the 5" squares. I can cut these from 2 left over charm blocks. Just sew them diagonally onto each of the 5" squares, trim the excess and press. 

I first sew the 2" squares onto the 5" squares, trim and press. Then I sew the 2 contrasting squares to the middle rectangle and squares that make the cross (in this block, the orange and teal print pieces). Sew them altogether and press. That's all there is to it. I have to make one complete block and then have it by my sewing machine so I can keep it straight. I thought these blocks would be a much cooler way to use my leftover charm squares than just making a 9-patch with those squares. 

This was a nice break from the machine quilting project. So what are you working on? Anything fun? Hope you have a wonderful weekend with family and friends. Today is Jason's birthday and he's skiing at Mammoth in Cali. Happy Birthday Jason! 

Have a great day! XO from Bev

Friday, April 10, 2015

Fabulous FREE Tutorials and Quilt Alongs!

Hi my sweet friends! Kisses to you for taking such good care of me! Your encouragement means everything! I have some really cool stuff to share with you! Karen Walker, the machine quilting designer extraordinaire, is doing a School Bell Has Rung Sampler. It's got her great instructions and she's including detailed instructions on quilting! It's a 5 week sampler and the best part is that it's free! Here's a pic of the sampler:

The link to Karen's Sampler is HERE.  But wait! There's more! Although this is not a quilt along, if you've never been to the Podunk Pretties blog, you are really missing out! Lea Anne is an accomplished designer and she has tons of free tutorials and patterns on her blog! This is my favorite:

You can find this free pattern and many more HERE. You have to admit, my blog buddies are expert quilters!  Lori Holt from Bee In My Bonnet blog, is going to host a Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along starting May 1st. It's free but you have to buy her new book. It has tons of adorable blocks and quilt patterns. Here's one of them:

Her book looks like this:

You can buy it from her Etsy shop HERE. Thanks again for your love and support! Have a happy weekend! XO from Bev

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thanks Everybody!

Thanks to you sweet people who have been checking on me! I really appreciate your concern! I'm still plugging along. I finished this quilt top:

I left the border wide so that it could be scalloped:

I wish I had more of that rose fabric. It's by Tanya Whelan and I just love it. I'm doing some other things too--trying to keep busy. What have you been working on? I've been "doing" Instagram. It's fast and there are lots of quilt alongs and giveaways. If you haven't tried it, you should!  It's the perfect activity when you have insomnia. If you're already on it, my name is FabricWoman. Come say hi to me. There are not only quilters, there are about a million dog owners. Lots of dogs have their own accounts-it's hilarious. Lola isn't getting her own account...I don't have time. Well, I best get to work. I hope you have a great weekend...we are almost there! XO from Bev

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A treat for paper piecers!

Hello! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. I know some of you have Monday off too! It's Sunday night and I'm watching "A.D. The Bible Continues" and was looking through my quilting videos. It seems like I have lots of quilting friends who are doing paper piecing projects lately and I thought you might enjoy this tutorial. It's amazing because you get the benefit of paper piecing without having to tear away the paper. That's my least favorite part because it can really distort your block. So here is the video:

It's made by Beverly (she doesn't say her last name) from Quilt N Bee. To my freezer paper buddies out're welcome! She also tells you where to get the free paper pattern for the quilt hanging behind her (the one on the right). I love this method and wish I'd had it when I did the Oklahoma Beauty blocks although I'm not sure it would work for such skinny points.

If I ever make another one of these quilts, I'm going to try it. Hope you have a great week. XO from Bev

Friday, April 3, 2015

So how do you guys do it?

It's the Friday before Easter. I am a believer in Jesus Christ so I acknowledge the celebration of His sacrifice for us. This is a rough year for me as you know because I share my life with you. I believe that God knows what He is doing and I trust Him. I don't pretend to understand all the wondrous mysteries that this belief entails and I am relieved that I don't have to. All I know is that this is a very dangerous time to be a Christian and I hope that, if I am challenged, I can do the right thing. I hope your celebration is happy. On another note, I finally finished my Great Granny quilt top. So here it is:

And here's my question. This top is so large that I don't have a place to hang it for photos. I have to stand at an angle to get the entire quilt in the photo. I can't spread it out and flatten it. Will you guys share how you take photos that don't look awful?  

 This was a fun top to make because I got to use the 6" square patchwork fabric that Lori Holt designed. There is a large variety of patterns that are not printed anywhere else. 

I love the border that has green and gray dresses on a yellow dot background. I'm still totally broke though so will list it in the Etsy shop for someone else to quilt. Because I'm going to try to sell it, I need good photos. Can you share your photography tips with me? I hope everyone has a great holiday and that you get to spend it with family! XO from Bev