Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Farmer's Wife QAL || Weeks 3 - 5

I spent a little time last night getting caught up on my Farmer's Wife blocks. Missing a week or 2 in a QAL easily snowballs into another unfinished project for me (Summer 2010 Block of the Week, Jelly Roll Sampler, Pinwheel Sampler just to name a few)... so I'm happy to be on track once again with this one!

For Weeks 3 - 5 I made (from the top): #21 Contrary Wife, #10 Bowtie, #34 Flock, #4 Basket Weave, #54 Kitchen Woodbox, #20 Churn Dash

FWQAL Weeks 3 - 5

And all my blocks so far:
FWQAL Weeks 1 - 5

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Project Life Week 25

June 19 - June 25

Happy Father's Day!

Fab new fabrics arrived from a swap with a Flickr friend.

See that depression in my pillows? That's where the cat likes to lounge the day away.

The cat's other favorite place to spend time.

My brave girl on her way home from tonsil surgery.

A new quilt in the works.

I love the purples in this line!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Catching Up

This week just seemed to dissapear on me. My daughter had her tonsils taken out yesterday. And even though it is a "routine" surgery we've all been a little distracted this week. She came through surgery just fine and is on the mend. Now we're looking forward to lots of movies and ice cream for the next week.

I spent some time this week working on a project that turned into a disaster. Maybe a few day's distance and I can try to salvage the project.
Failed Project

I've also spent a little time playing with Robert Kaufman's Pick A Bunch line. I love the colors in this line!
Pick A Bunch Blocks

Pick A Bunch Scraps

I'm behind on my Farmer's Wife blocks, but have no doubt I'll get caught up soon. Though I might have to go back on my promise to try some of the template blocks this week.

I did finish my list for this week's 52 Lists. But I've decided not to post it. "What I learned from my dad" was a hard list for me to work on... my dad and I haven't spoken in years.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Project Life Week 24

June 12 - June 18

Buzz, Woody, Jessie & Bullseye... everyone accounted for!

Week 1 & 2 of the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt Along.

Some of the Father's Day cards we are sending out this year.

Innocent Crush Brick Path quilt

George the Puppy. A gift for my daughter for after her tonsil surgery next Thursday.

The new quilt is kitty approved!

Who knew plastic flamingos roosted in backyard trees?!?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Innocent Crush Brick Path Quilt

Remember my No-Snow Snow-Day quilt? Well, I finally got it finished up.

The plan was for me to quilt it on Mom's long-arm machine. But after some chit-chat, getting the kiddo set up with a movie, piecing the backing, and loading the quilt onto the machine, we decided to go shopping! In our defense it was the last day of 50% off Warm & Natural batting at JoAnns.

Innocent Crush Brick Path

So Mom quilted it for me. And she had a great verigated thread... blues, yellows, purples... it matched the fabrics perfectly!


Thanks Mom!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

52 Lists in 52 Weeks || Week 2

Week 2
What I've learned from a trip to NYC:

52 Lists in 52 Weeks || Week 2

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Farmer's Wife QAL || Week 2

This week I again went with blocks that don't need templates. I'll need to make sure I don't leave all the hard blocks with 10,000 pieces for the end of the QAL!

Farmer's Wife Week 2
#81 Snowball and #103 Whirlwind

I wasn't sure about using the brighter blues (almost aqua) from this bundle... but now I think they'll all play together well in the end.

Farmer's Wife Week 1 - 2

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Project Life Week 23

June 5 - June 11

Blocks for do. Good Stitches quilt bee.

My first blocks for the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt A-Long.

My first time making Wonky Stars and I love them! These don't get to stay with me, so I might have to make myself some soon.

The full DS Quilts collection from JoAnn (U.S.) and Spotlight (Australia).

Some fun new Christmas fabric arrived this week.

Friday night watching the Bruins in game 5 of the Stanley Cup and hand stitching binding to my AMH quilt (that mom quilted for me!)

Grandpa Larry (AKA Grandpa Two Dogs) sent along a new swimsuit, so we had to give it a test in the sprinkler.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Fort Bend Rainbow Room

Today is the Rainbow Room's 11th Annual Flo Berkman Awards Luncheon. I had planned on attending, but other commitments are keeping me away. A little bit of me will be there though...

Fandango Tumbler

This cute little tumbler quilt, made from Kate Spain's Fandango collection, will be a part of the silent auction. If you're attending, please consider bidding (and bidding high)... the Rainbow Room does fantastic work in our community!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

do. Good Stitches

After admiring the fantastic work being done by the members of the do. Good Stitches charity bee I finally joined in. The Grace circle started this month and our first block was a muli-colored zig zag block.

do. Good Stitches - June

I originally requested to be a Stitcher... but they were in need of Quilters before starting another circle... so now I'll be a Quilter! In addition to making 2 blocks every month, twice over the next 12 months I'll be the one to come up with the quilt pattern, piece together everyone's blocks and get the whole thing quilted and bound. August is my first month as Quilter... and I'm already thinking about what I want to do!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Farmer's Wife QAL || Week 1

I really tried to pass on this one... a year long quilt along... 111 quilt blocks... that's some commitment! But then the pictures started popping up on Flickr and I couldn't resist.

Rather than going with scrappy blocks I thought it would be fun to give it a try with a range of Kona colors. And I just happen to have a FQ set of the Kona blues (although now I've read that completing all the blocks will take 10 to 11 yards of fabric... guess I better get another FQ set!)

FWQAL Supplies

My first 2 blocks:
I picked these because they looked fun, and I didn't need the templates for them (just didn't feel like using them right now.) I'm sure I'll continue to pick blocks at random... sewing whatever strikes me at the time.

FWQAL Week 1 Blocks

#9 Box


FWQAL Week 1 Blocks

#73 Rainbow Flowers

Monday, June 6, 2011

52 Lists in 52 Weeks || Week 1

I love lists... so when I found Kellie's challenge to complete a new list every week, I knew I had to join in.

Week 1
Today I Will...
52 Lists in 52 Weeks || Week 1

The list prompts will be posted Sundays on Kellie's blog, but I'll probably get my post up Monday or Tuesday. And I'm taking a simple approach... journaling my lists on my iPhone.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Project Life Week 22

May 29 - June 4

Project in the works...

Picked up a couple of new toys at JoAnn's Memorial Day sale.

Realized I need a little "help" when handstitching binding.

Done! Donated to the Rainbow Room for their annual fundraiser luncheon.

Went to see Stitched The Film at MFAH... a fun documentary about quilting.

After generating this much paper in one day I feel like I owe the planet a new tree.

the book... the templates... the fabric... I'm all ready to start the Farmer's Wife Quilt A Long.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Stitched {the film}

Last night I had the opportunity to see Stitched the film.

Image from

A wonderful look into the world of quilting, the International Quilt Festival, and three artists who created some controversy with their work.

The film is on tour... if you have the opportunity, please go see it. And if it isn't making a stop in your city, pop over to and pick up a DVD for yourself.