Saturday, April 29, 2017


Oh boy!  This has been a satisfying week.  I had not one, not two, but THREE finishes!!!


Three of us at the weekly sew group made this lone star pattern.  Each chose their own fabrics so they don’t look exactly alike, but they are really impressive.  We will have to see about getting a pic of all three together . . . if we can find a big enough space!


A closer look.  My stars don’t show at all well in photos – they have a gold sparkle, so better in person.


Finish number 2.  The longer I worked on this one, the less I like it.  I’m not real fond of the intense colors, but I suppose I  will like it better when I’m not looking at it every day.  Besides, there’s sure to be somebody out there who will love it!


I do love the fabric in the center of the stars, though.  I only had a fat quarter of it, though, so star centers it is.


And Finish Number 3!  I believe I showed some of the blocks here earlier.  All that embroidery (well, almost all) is in “twilling” which is basically a row of knots.  It is a lot of hand work, but goes fairly quickly.  That said, I think I’ve been working on this for almost six months.  It is less than 50 inches long, so – yeah – I guess it was a lot of work.


I can’t call this a finish since it’s a Block of the Month and we’re only on Month 7 (I think).  But I am all caught up!  That does not happen very often with long-range projects like this.  The last time I showed you this (here) the rows were separate.  Now they are stitched together – even frogged and re-stitched!  Apparently I cannot count . . . or measure!

All these finishes mean I’ve cleared the decks for a couple of dolls I need to get busy with.  Or . . . these finishes were delaying actions because I don’t know what to do with those dolls!  I guess time will tell.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Meanwhile, Down on the Farm


The Farmer’s Wife was a woman’s magazine during the early 1900’s, and The Farmer’s Wife is the name of the current Block of the Month at my local quilt shop.  The blocks are a selection of those published in the magazine and the fabrics are all 1930s reproductions.

These are 6” paper-pieced blocks and they range from simple 9-patch to tear-your-hair-out complicated!  If you are not in love with paper-piecing, maybe you should not make this quilt!!


I have almost four columns done so far – only the fourth one stops at the floor.  This is going to be a Very Big Quilt!

I am loving the fabrics in this project.  And, yeah, I love some of the blocks.  Just not all of them.  Ha!