Shabby Chic Pink

10.23.2014

Fall is in full swing here in Iowa and this year, the trees are giving a beautiful showing. This tree is outside my sewing room window. When I moved into this house, it was a small stick. We had to be careful to not mow over it! 


Last week, I did marathon quilt back making and spray basting. I have five quilt tops all ready to go. Even though I cover my floors and furniture with sheets, my floors still get sticky from the over spray. Yesterday I scrubbed and oiled my hard wood floors to make them look nice again. I need to figure out a better way to spray baste my quilts. When the weather warms up next spring, I am going to start using the garage. Until then????

Anyway! When I sat down to quilt the first of five quilts, I found this mistake!! How did I not notice it when it was sitting around for weeks and when I basted it? I don't know!! It took some work to take it apart, and fix it, especially because of the basting spray making it sticky, but I had to fix it. It was going to drive me nutty... At one point I was ready to toss the whole thing. Tell me I am not the only one who feels that way at times. 


Here she is all fixed and quilted up. I am very glad I didn't toss it!! 


And the obligatory view of the back. Yes, I layered the top on the back a bit crooked. Such is life. Its meant to cuddle with and not win any prizes. *wink*


Now that I got my living room floor all prettified, I have gotten in the mood to do more deep fall cleaning. I need to strike when the iron is hot! The one time I am not thrilled with being an empty nester is during cleaning time. I miss my helpers. =) 

Have a happy Thursday!! 






Mini Quilts

10.16.2014

There is something so satisfying about making mini quilts. They are quick and fun. This basket pattern I purchased as a kit last summer. The colors in the kit was all 30's solids, but I decided to shake it up and use Vintage Happy fabrics by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet. Its more me, though it was painfully hard to cut into my fat quarters. 


Still on the Lori Holt kick, I joined the bandwagon and made her birthday block in honor of the one year birthday of her amazing book, Quilty Fun. I used fabrics from several of her lines. She creates such happy fabric. =) You can find the pattern for the birthday cake block here.


Here it is on display in my kitchen. One of these days I will get that yellow cabinet repainted. 


Not a mini, but another quilt top I had to make. It was in my head for weeks. I used the Yellow Brick Road pattern to make the canvas out of low volume fabrics and appliquéd the letters on. I wish I would have had enough black to do all the letters in black, but alas, I was just short of having enough, so I improvised. The font is CAC Pinafore and one of my most favorite fonts....


I had 4 blocks left over, so I played with some Bonnie and Camille scraps and made some petals to make another mini quilt. As you can tell, I don't through away even the smallest of pieces of their fabric lines. I always find a way to use them. =) 



Lately, I have found myself using Instagram more and more often. It took me a while to really get into it, but now that I understand it better, it really is a fun place to do quick updates. You can follow me @aquiltingsheep.

Today is a "work" day, so I need to get going! 

Have a happy Thursday!!



Sew Sweet Bee Blocks

10.10.2014

I am all caught up on my Sew Sweet Bee blocks. Now to get them in the mail! 




Today and tomorrow we are celebrating our 1 year anniversary at Cotton Creek Mill. To celebrate,  everything is marked 25% off store wide, so if you are in the West Branch, Iowa area, be sure to stop in!! 




Tis better to give...

9.28.2014

...and, lets face it, it's a lot of fun to receive. =) Can I get an Amen? In July,  Colleen @ Quilting Under the Sun gifted me with some fabric that was gifted to her because she knew I loved 3 Sisters fabric. That sweet kindness makes this quilt very special to me because I had the privilege of enjoying being given to and in return I get to enjoy giving this beauty to a dear friend. =) 

The pattern I used was Bright Sky by Blossom Heart Quilts. I did change up the pattern a wee bit and added an extra star in the center. I also added a boarder so this quilt finished approx at 74"x74". 


A few pictures of how I chose to quilt this quilt. I traced around various cardboard petal shapes and used my Juki to quilt it.  



The creamy white I used is a cotton/linen blend. Loved working with it!






And here is the back...Love this quilt a lot!!






This quilt is for another dear friend of mine. A couple of years ago I purchased a jelly roll at a steep discount. I was sitting far too long just begging to be used. I followed the tutorial by 3 Dudes that Jenny @ Missouri Star Quilting Company shared. 


Here is the back, but you knew that. =)



Close up of some quilting. 


If you follow me on Instagram, you know that my walking foot put two dark oil spots on a quilt I began quilting. To say I was upset is putting it mildly. I am going to try Grandma's Secret to get it out, but I need to finish quilting it first. A new walking foot is on order, so in the mean time, I am going to get back to my Farmer's Wife blocks. 

Other than working (which is really playing), enjoying this weather and going on long bike rides with my precious hubby, that's about all I have been up to. I hope all is well for all of you, my friends!!

Have a very happy Sunday!!


9-11 A Day I will NEVER Forget....

9.11.2014

Three years ago this month, Russ and I went to NYC for a 3 day trip we had won. It was the most amazing trip and I long to go back to the city. Since we had only a few days there, we had to be very deliberate on what we would do and see while we were there. On the top of our list was the 9-11 Memorial.

 This is One World Trade Center during its construction.


A few names of those who perished on that day...


Many unborn children are honored there, as well....


The fountains where the original towers once stood. 



Its safe to say that the time we spent in NYC, is one of my favorite vacations. I truly wished we could have stayed longer. I love New York...


More Farming

9.09.2014

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have been farming like crazy. I really love making these blocks. =) More farming planned for today. The rest of my week will be busy working at the shop. My boss' daughter is getting married, so I will be running things while they celebrate. I'm a little nervous, however, I am sure I will do just fine. =)



What's keep you busy these days? 

Farming with Pam Kitty

9.05.2014

Thank you all for your input on what fabric to make my Farmer's Wife quilt with. Pam Kitty, which was what I was leaning to use, has become my final decision. I am having so much fun making these blocks!!


Earlier this summer, I won Karen Walker's first six classes of Farmer's Wife Revival. Karen's classes are worth every penny and I have already purchased classes 7 and 8. Class 9 will be released any day now. I can't speak highly enough of how much easier her classes make the process of making this amazing quilt. I am so thrilled to finally be a real farmer!!

Have a happy weekend, everyone!!


I need help in making a decision

9.04.2014

Can you help a gal out? I need to make a decision on what fabric to use and get going on my Farmer's Wife Revival quilt. =) I am paralyzed by indecision...

I have the full fat quarter collections of each of theses in my stash. Which one should I choose? 

3 - Pam Kitty Picnic (as well as some Pam Kitty Love and Pam Kitty Morning)
4 - Go shopping!!

If it helps any, I have been leaning hard about using the Pam Kitty fabrics. I just need a push...

When I am stuck in an indecisive place, I like to make a "quick" project. The last couple of days, I worked on a new bag. There isn't a pattern for this one. I just made it up as I went. To make it structured, I used the same method as my Amy Butler Weekender bag


Next time I need to add a little something to the back panel. I wasn't thinking...


My first attempt at a recessed zipper. Really like it!


Slip pockets and a zippered pocket in the lining. 


I need to get out of the square rut and make a bag with some shape. 

Thanks in advance, for helping me get off the fence and make a decision on my Farmer's Wife Quilt. =D

Have a happy Thursday!!



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