Sunday, June 29, 2014

Gypsy Wife QAL - June Blocks

June was so busy!  Not with activities, but just house projects and all kinds of general life stuff - gardening, spray painting and redoing furniture while the weather is nice. 

I made the Crazy Anne block a while back when I was on a Gypsy Wife kick, but I just made the rest of this month's blocks today!  Luckily, Will took the nap of all naps this afternoon. 

Sam helped me pick out the fabrics for each block.  Some of his original combinations were a bit much for  me, but I think I only changed one fabric in each block.  I figured it would give me a fresh perspective on my fabric pull. 

I should have picked a better portion of the center print to cut.  I wasn't thinking about the aquas touching.  Meh. 

I was piecing on my Brother (which I used to do a lot) since my Juki is set up for quilting right now.  I don't know if it was that or trying to rush and get it done before Will woke up, but some of my points got cut off and a bit of extra trimming was needed.  Oh well.  Totally not going back to fix it.  I live by the motto "finished is better than perfect".  Not to say I don't try to do things right, but spending precious sewing time ripping apart a block and repressing and resewing for one point to get fixed . . . not high on my list of priorities these days. 

I adore this Crazy Anne block (even if the points aren't exactly right and they turn the wrong way).  She is a beaut. 

Well, I'm sitting here trying to think of something witty to write, but it's been a long day.  Church homecoming, Gypsy Wife piecing, a birthday celebration for my grandma, carefully cutting back drywall as part of our closet redo, and a current time of 11:13pm EDT, and this mama is ready for bed.  At least I can say I haven't fallen behind yet, and the blocks are almost halfway done!

Linking up to the Gypsy Wife QAL June linky at Paper Starfish!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Farmer's Wife Friday - 6.27.14

Farmer's Wife Friday is back!

I've been back at it on and off this month.  I really want to enter this quilt in the fair in August, but this time of year is busy with gardening and outdoor activities and trying to spray paint all the things while the weather is nice.  I'm feeling my mojo now, though!

Two corners done!

Current stats:
- Bobbins Used in Quilting: I'm currently on #26  
- Hours of Quilting: 35.75 so far
- Hours of Stitch Ripping: probably an hour so far
  (half an hour the other night with a few minutes more tonight)
- Blocks Quilted: 98 (plus lots of setting triangles)
- Blocks to Go: 30 (plus setting triangles and border)  

And just a little peek at my practice - I stuck some extra border scraps on the overflow backing and batting.  That was my first attempt at feathers; I draw them better than I quilt them.  My hearts and swirls are better.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday - Garden Trellis

I finally managed to get my trellis up in the garden.  My Christmas Pole Limas will love it.  Very technical with discarded cattle panels, mini t-posts, and zip-ties.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Little Peek

Here's one reason I haven't had much to show lately.

 That's standing in my hallway looking through my old laundry closet into our master closet.  We moved the laundry to the basement a few years ago, and it's finally time to expand our master closet! 

Still a lot of work to do (not to mention the other projects I've been working on).


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