Quilting Work-in-Progress WIP Projects ~ 4 February 2013

After moving to the east side of Sparks (from west side of Reno) to a smaller but sunnier condo, I’ve finally unpacked most of my quilting supplies and fabrics. Set up a small part of the second bedroom with my table and an old bookcase in the closet to house fabric. On one wall I put up the design wall…thank goodness for 3M Adhesive strip hooks!

My small work space...that Princess Feather block was pieced by my GGGrandma in Nebraska.

My small work space…that Princess Feather block was pieced by my GGGrandma in Nebraska.

One half of my fabric stash.

One half of my fabric stash.

I left a big box of civil war reproduction fabrics in the box and tucked it in the back of my closet…another box is loaded with prints of various colors.

My $1 chair I bought over the weekend from a garage sale.

My $1 chair I bought over the weekend from a garage sale.

Now onto the Work-in-Progess quilts ~ (minus a quilt top I made with Kate Spain fabric that I forgot to pull out).

Left: Triangle rows out of Frolic.  Need to add a few onto each row and make it longer.  Right: English paper pieced Grandma's Flower Garden out of batiks.

Left: Triangle rows out of Frolic. Need to add a few onto each row and make it longer. Right: English paper pieced Grandma’s Flower Garden out of batiks.

Cut Frolic triangles.

Cut Frolic triangles.

Hexie wall-hanging made with Lauren & Jessi Jung Flora charm pack.

Hexie wall-hanging made with Lauren & Jessi Jung Flora charm pack.

Farmer's Wife quilt blocks that I'm hand-piecing with Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley.

Farmer’s Wife quilt blocks that I’m hand-piecing with Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley.

Farmer's Wife 'Cut Glass Dish' block that I have with me now to stitch together at lunch.

Farmer’s Wife ‘Cut Glass Dish’ block that I have with me now to stitch together at lunch.

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Update ~ two more blocks finished

Finally getting back to hand-piecing a few blocks of my Farmer’s Wife quilt after setting it aside to make the Nevada quilt and to move.

With the new place unpacked, and most of my fabrics back on the book-case, I pulled out the ziplock baggies that I had 3 blocks all cut out waiting to be pieced.

Contrary Wife ~ Block 21

Hill & Valley ~ Block 46

Am working on Cut Glass Dish, Block 26, right now…lots and lots and lots of tiny triangles, a bugger to hand-stitch, especially when you have cts in your right hand. I was going to save it for last, but am going to just get it over with! :)

I’m using Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley fabric line, Kona solids, and Moda Bella solids to make the quilt

Eight and 1/3 blocks down…102-2/3 blocks to go!

For Today ~ 25 March 2011 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 25 March 2011.

Outside My Window… Snow on the ground , ice, snow, more ice, snow. wind. more snow.

I am thinking… no more snow. no more snow. no more snow.

I am thankful for… :::scrowling::: I may or may not come back to this one.

From the kitchen… nothing. We’re going out.

I am wearing… Jeans, UNR hooded pullover sweatshirt, tennies, hair in ponytail.

I am creating… two quilts…a hobo quilt and a baby quilt using leftover half triangle squares from my ocean quilt.

I am going… turn on my heater under my desk soon.

I am reading… am flipping through Mark Lipinski’s Fabric Trends magazine.

I am hoping… that the snow stops. and the wind. yes, definitely that the wind stops.

I am hearing… sirens (stupid people driving too fast for the icy conditions).

Around the house… floor needs vacuuming…boy does it need vacuuming.

One of my favorite things… sunshine on my shoulders makes me haaaappppiee…sunshine in my eeeeeyyyyeeeessss can make me cry. sunshine on the waaaaaattttter looks sooooooo luvvviley….sunshine amost aaallllways makes me hiiiigh!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… quilt and curse the snow.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…

Bad Doggie…Bad! (another Hobo quilt block)

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For Today ~ 14 February 2011~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 14 February 2011.

Outside My Window… Partly cloudy sky, still not a lot of light out…the rising sun must be behind some clouds. Breezy. Very, very, very breezy. That storm front is heading our way. A plastic bag whirling around the rocks and trees. Sea gulls on a thermal.

I am thinking… I HATE this bloody congested cough I’ve had since the 4th! I already feel like I coughed up a lung…obviously the cold wants the other lung.

I am thankful for… that my niece gets to go to New Orleans with mom tomorrow. She is going to have a great time visiting new found family and that beautiful city. :)

From the kitchen… I think I’ll make some posole tonight. I have some carnitas and green chiles I can throw into the soup.

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, long-sleeved grey tshirt-like blouse, hair down.

I am creating… Well…I ripped out the FM quilting I did on the pinwheel quilt, it’s folded and waiting for me to start over on it. I pieced 53 8″ blocks for the orange quilt…still have 46 more to go. I’m going to make it 9 wide x 11 long.

I am going… to turn on my space heater under my desk, it’s chilly under there and I’m still fighting this cold.

I am reading… absolutely nothing at the moment.

I am hoping… that my cold goes away. my niece and mom have a safe flight. my sister has a successful meeting this afternoon. we get lots of snow up in the mountains during this upcoming storm.

I am hearing… traffic on McCarran. Someone opening up one of the labs.

Around the house… Clean! Both my husband and I had off sleeping patterns this weekend. He cleaned the whole kitchen (even mopped!) at 2:30 am Saturday…I followed with vacuuming, dusting, and the bathroom. I did the laundry around midnight Friday. Stupid cold medicine had me whacked.

One of my favorite things… a cough-less night.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… quilt.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…

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Tuesday’s Rambles ~ 13 April 2010

My brain is a bit mushy the last few days…finished the budget for the new fiscal year that is coming up, and the weather has given me a pounding headache. So…it’s a ramble day.

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Thought I’d share a Gingerbread recipe that I’m going to try tonight…I’ve been craving gingerbread for some reason. The recipe is from a 1946 copy of Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book, page 718.

Cake Flour, 2 cups
Baking powder, 2 teaspoons
Baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon
Salt, 1/2 teaspoon
Ginger, 1-1/2 teaspoons
Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon
Shortening, 1/3 cup
Sugar, 1/2 cup
Egg, 1
Molasses, light, 2/3 cup
Sour milk or buttermilk, 3/4 cup

Sift flour; measure; add baking powder, soda, salt and spices; sift again.

Cream shortening; add sugar gradually; cream together until light and fluffy.

Add well-beaten egg (unbeaten if electric mixer is used); beat thoroughly; add molasse.

Add dry ingredients alternately with sour milk or buttermilk, stirring only enough after each addition to blend thoroughly.

Pour into a greased square pan 8x8x2 inches.Bake in a moderate oven (350F) about 50 minutes.

Serve with whipped cream

If you want you can use this batter for an Apple Gingerbread Upside-down Cake: Follow instructions for apple upside-down cake (p. 717), substituting gingerbread batter for dessert cake batter:

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a cake pan; add 1/4 cup brown sugar firmly packed and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon; cover with about 2-1/2 cups apple wedges cut from firm cooking apples; sprinkle with raisins and pecan halves. Pour batter over fruit and proceed as directed above. (bake in a moderate oven (350F) 45-50 minutes. Invert pan on a cooling rack; let cake remain in inverted pan 1 minute to allow sirup to drain onto cake. Serve with whipped cream.

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The peach tree is starting to bloom!

Lilacs are leafing out and growing blooms.

Lucy starting a great adventure...didn't get very far. World's too big for the wee lass.

4 star blocks finished for Hannah's lap quilt.

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I’ve been reading Miss Read’s Chronicles of Fairacre (set in the 1950’s English countryside) ~ the first three books comprising of Village School, Village Diary and Storm in the Village. Thanks April for the recommendation! Last night while reading I found this very funny to me so I thought I’d share (told you my brain has turned to mush).

Pages 167-168, Chronicles of Fairacre, 1977 copy (the school was holding “sports”):

Perhaps the high-light of the afternoon was an unrehearsed incident. Mrs. Pratt’s white goat, attracted by the noise, had broken her collar and pushed through the hedge to see what was going on. Fastidiously, walking with neat, dainty steps, she approached the backs of the spectators and before anyone had noticed her, she picked up the hem of Mrs. Partridge’s flowered silk frock. Gradually, the goat worked it into her mouth, a sardonic smile curling her lips, tossing her head gently up and down, until at last a sudden tug caused the vicar’s wife to look round and the hue and cry began.

Startled, the goat skipped away under the rope and charged down to see its friends, who were waiting, in pairs with their legs tied together, to run in the three-legged race. Squealing with excitement, and weak with laughter, they lumbered off in all directions, the goat prancing among them, bleating. Confusion reigned, some children sprawled on the grass, others attempted to capture the goat, and others rushed yelling to their parents. At last Mr. Willet grabbed the animal’s horns and slipped a rope noose over her head. Resigning herself to capture, the goat trotted meekly after him to the gate, accompanied by many young admirers.

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Garden update: Boxes still not made, but I did get them sawed into 4 foot lengths. I’ve repotted the tomatoes, corn, and cucumbers. Took them outside last Saturday, placed them on the plant rack with a screen over them so they didn’t get direct sunlight. Perked them up! They’re back inside.

Quilt Blocks ~ What I’m Working On

The same day that the quilt contest voting started at Ben Franklin Crafts…they called me up to say I won March’s quilt blocks! Woo Hoo!

Every month you buy what looks to be almost a 1/8 yard of fabric for 99 cents and make a quilt block. Then you bring it back in and your name is put into a basket. First day of the next month they draw a name.

Here are the blocks I won…

The fabric was that lime green floral one. Can you pick mine out? I’ll give you a hint…it’s the brightest one there! Me thinks I will take mine out and just use the other nine…put the not so bright purple one in the middle of them all.

Here is April’s fabric:

And here is my block so far…I um…hmmm…sorta ran out of the fabric before I could finish the block. All I need is 3″x3″! Sheesh.

New Quilt Blocks ~ Nine Patch Variations

I’ve been looking at different quilting blogs and have come across two that have great tutorials…in which these two have caught my eye. Cluck Cluck Sew’s Disappearing Nine Patch and Oh, Fransson’s Crazy Nine-Patch.

I really like the blocks! Now I just have to figure out how I want to place them into a quilt. :)

For the Disappearing Nine Patch, I used two Moda’s Charm Packs that I’ve had for some time…Recess by American Jane. It makes a big block…about 13″.

For the wonky Crazy Nine Patch I picked out 9 different fabrics in the Cheep Talk line from Connecting Threads that I had bought months ago.

This was a fun block to make…although it was a bit hard to cut through the last two cuts. This makes an 8″ block.





I have five 1/2 yard fabrics from the Woodland Bloom line by Lila Tueller for Moda..I want more. Not exactly sure what I want to make with it yet, but I do know I’d like more fabrics from that line. They are VERY pretty. :)

UPDATE! I found two more pieces in this line here in town…now I have to turn to the internet.

And lookie! Sun hitting Mt. Rose and Slide Mountain this morning! A teaser from Mom Nature…as we’re getting more rain and snow tomorrow. Picture was taken looking out from the building here at work.