BDSI Giveaway!

I always love the day after Christmas.  I try to take it as a vacation day every year, just as a “recuperate” day for me from all the stress of getting everything ready for the holidays and a time for reflection on the year.  A few years ago, Sandy at Quilting for the Rest of Us started a new tradition called “Boxing Day Sew In” aka #BDSI on twitter.  This has become a new tradition for me and something I look forward to every year I can participate.  I made sure to keep my schedule light this year so I could play along!

This is the first year though that I’ve participated in the giveaways!  It’s a fun way to give back to all my twilty friends that I follow throughout the year.  I wish I could “chat” with you more regularly during the day, but the job doesn’t allow for that, lol.

Glace Honey Bun by 3 Sisters

Glace Honey Bun
by 3 Sisters

So, I’m trying my hand at the Rafflecopter giveaway and will give this Glace’ Honey Bun from 3 Sisters for Moda to one lucky winner!  I think I have just about all of their fabric.  I might like them ALMOST as much as I love Bonnie & Camille…almost, lol.  To enter, all you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what your favorite Christmas gift was…quilty or non-quilty…doesn’t matter.

The giveaway will remain open until midnight 12/31.  Thanks for playing along!  Be sure to check out the linky party that Sandy is hosting as well for other giveaways here :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Holiday Update!

Goodness it’s been a busy month!  Are you ready for the holiday?  There’s been a lot of sewing going on over here in the wee hours of the morning in between life, work, and more life thrown in.  And it’s been cold as anything….Brr!  So, here’s a quick recap.  I am actually off work for the rest of the week, so hoping to get the blog updated during that time as well as enjoy some downtime with Scarlett stitching for fun :)

First up was some sewing for the fabric postcard swap generously hosted by Sandi of Quilt Cabana Patterns.  Thank you Sandi for this wonderful treat :)  I’ve enjoyed seeing the pics filter in on Twitter.  I’m going to post pics here because I know Marisa has received mine.  I also posted them in the Flickr group that Sandi set up!  Unfortunately, the post office has not been kind and is holding the one that Marisa sent me for ransom :)  I’m hoping it will still make an appearance someday soon!

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I finished the quilt I was making for my MIL.  She’s been in a wheelchair since earlier this fall and she’s always trying to cover up with her coat or something else, so I thought she might like a little quilt.  Now, she’s definitely of the “muggle” variety as Frances would say, and I’m quite sure this will be just another blanket to her, but it was made with love.  It’s a little jelly roll race quilt made from Sweet Serenade by Basic Grey.  My MIL was a music teacher and I thought she would like the little musical notes.

IMG_0245 And here’s the backing, complete with the assistance of the quilt inspector, Mr. Moose!

IMG_0248A close up of the fabric

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Now, I was running out of time for sewing the binding on by hand like I normally do, so I just used one of my 9 mm decorative stitches and hoped it was wide enough to cover my faux pas with machine stitched binding.  I can never seem to get it just right!  I think this will do :)  Not perfect, but fine for the project.

IMG_0253I’m also trying to finish up a little table topper for a friend.  More pics to come on that.  The weekend of Thanksgiving, I started working on a McKenna Ryan fusible applique called “Under the Moostletoe”.  Kind of appropriate with my crazy Moose kitty.  My goal was to complete it before Christmas so I could hang it up, but that’s not going to happen.  This is where it stands currently.  I used the Floriani Applique-Wonder on this and I’m not thrilled with it at all.  Very stiff and the needle makes a chunking noise when it goes through it.  I probably won’t use it again for this type of project.

IMG_2799There’s been lots of wrapping and Christmas shenanigans around here with the furry crew. Here’s a few just for grins!

IMG_0259 IMG_2906Wishing you all a very, Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays (whichever tickles your fancy).  xoxo   Lori

 

Farmer’s Wife Update – November blocks

I couldn’t sleep last night.  I managed to really tweak my back wrangling a painful patient on Thursday night so I’ve been enjoying some pain killers and muscle relaxants the last 24 hours.  Apparently I’d had enough sleep as of 2 a.m. this morning lol.  So, I finished up my November blocks for the Farmer’s Wife Quilt mom and I are making.  We had to take a little hiatus in September and October because mom had surgery on her thumb (new joint) and I was traveling all over the place for speaking engagements.  I’m happy that we’re back on track because I really, really miss her.  When we’re both working on our blocks and texting each other back and forth, somehow that makes her seem closer.

So, here are my November blocks.  Mine are on the left, Mom’s are on the right.  She’s still working on hers (because she sleeps like a normal person), so I’ll update when she sends me her remaining few :)

Block 9 – Box

Mine

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Block 16 – Calico

Mine

                   Mine

Mom's

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Block 48 – Homeward Bound

Mine

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Mom's

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Block 66 – Periwinkle

The border fabric on this one is from a piece of Liberty of London fabric.  Every so often, Mom and I buy each other a piece of fabric (one for each of us) that we incorporate into our individual FW quilts :)

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Block 71 – Puss in the Corner

Mine

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Hoping for some more sewing this weekend!  Here are the blocks from August before we had to stop for a bit.

Block 61 – Northern Lights

Mine

                 Mine

Mom's

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Block 49 – Honeycomb

Mine

                    Mine

Mom's

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Block 46 – Hill and Valley

Mine

                   Mine

Mom's

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Block 35 – Flower Basket

 

Mine

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Block 30 – End of Day

Mine

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Both months all together.

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A Little Quilting…A Lot of Life

Well goodness, it has been a week around here!  Not much news on the quilting front but I have managed to get a little sewing done here and there.  Hopefully lots more this weekend as it’s supposed to be COLD with a capital C around here.  Sounds like time for some beef vegetable soup in the crock pot and some quilting time :)

I have to say a big thanks to everyone who has been posting their quilt market/festival photos, tweeting and instagraming (is that a word, lol??).  I have really enjoyed following a long.  A special thanks to Tanesha at craftygardenmom.com, Alison at withinaquarterinch.com, and Amy at amyscreativeside.com for their recent podcasts detailing their time at market.  I smiled and giggled my way through all of them and enjoyed them immensely!  I am now CERTAIN that Alison and Tanesha  and I should NEVER go shopping together…who knows what haul we would come back with?  We seem to exercise similar levels of restraint…NOT LOL.

So, what’s been happening around here?  Well, this stubborn young lady and I are getting ready to start some training with a reputedly wonderful trainer.  Today is our first session and I am SO looking forward to what we’ll both learn.  My 1200 lb goofus and I have a lot of work to do together.  It’s a long story, for another time, but I reached an all time low a few weeks ago when the farrier was here and Tongo was in a snit and I couldn’t get her under control.  It’s hard to find a trainer with a mentality that isn’t just “you have to show her who’s boss”…seems like many horse trainers are similar to the Caesar Milan’s of the dog world (as a veterinarian, don’t EVEN get me started on his crock of alpha dog crap).  Tongo may seem like a big, pushy girl, but once you get inside her head there is a wonderful curiosity and love of being with people and involved in whatever you do.  I just need someone who will help me tap into that and work with her on ground manners, etc. so her “crazy” is a little more controlled and doesn’t end up hurting anyone.  So cross your fingers, I have a lot of hope riding on this guy.  Here’s a few pictures of my silly woman (apologies if you came here only for quilting pics LOL).

Tongo helping with gate repair

Tongo helping with gate repair

tongo1We call this one “mirror, mirror, on the truck….if I break you I don’t give a “bleep!”  :)IMG_1076IMG_0718

Speaking of trucks….Lexi broke a nail this week and decided to die on me Tuesday night on my way home from the gym.  Turns out she needed a new alternator which Jim says must have been carved out of gold.  I prefer to think of it as doing my part to support the economy :)

In quilty news, not much happening other than still working on Mason’s memory quilt.  I was moving along like gang busters and then I hit a wall.  My plan had been to keep the quilting straight line and very simple so as not to detract from the photos, but once I got the basic lines stitched down, I felt like the picture blocks needed a little something more.  So after playing on Clingwrap with designs (seriously…the BEST way to audition designs), I decided to go with some small bone quilting…which has slowed my progress down immensely.  SIGH…but it will be so worth it!

IMG_2655It’s fall here and one of the most beautiful times of the year to live in the country.  I bitch about it all year-long because we’re a million miles from civilization, but it’s truly beautiful out here in the fall.  We celebrated last weekend by taking a long walk along the creek that borders the back of our property line and letting the golden boy go for a long swim.  Seeing him so happy brings a tear to my eye because a few months ago, I would have never counted on having him here in November.

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So there you go…a wrap up of my week.  Here’s to lots more quilty love next week :)

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Montana Quilt

Blogger’s Quilt Festival :: Fall 2013

Have you been following the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis?  This is something I’ve enjoyed following every year but never entered for several reasons.  Normally I’m working crazy hours and the time for entry is long past by the time I actually get caught up with my blog reading, lol.  Also, I’ve always considered myself such a novice quilter I never thought my work was “good enough” to be entered in something like this.  This year I’m throwing caution to the wind!  Many of my quilty friends have linked up and so what the heck?  The worst that could happen would be I would get an email from Amy saying, “uh…what do you think you’re doing??” to which I would of course respond with how much I admire her work and have been a long time fan (xoxo Amy….thanks for all you do!)  So here we go!

IMG_0147My entry into the “Throw” category is my Montana Quilt that I finished earlier this summer.  You can find my original post about the finish here and early pictures here.

IMG_0151The reason I chose this quilt to enter is because it was something totally out of my comfort zone that I didn’t think I would like when I started it, but ended up loving because of the memories I now associate with this quilt.  See, the husband purchased the original pattern on a business trip to Kalispell, MT in 2011.  He gave it to me for Christmas and I was like, “wow!  Thanks honey!”  Let’s be honest, I wanted to ENCOURAGE the fact that he would buy me quilty gifts on a business trip out of the blue (uh..yeah!) but this was definitely not my cup of tea.  I’m more of a Bonnie & Camille, Sweetwater, Kate Spain kind of girl :)  A quilt featuring wildlife from Montana was kind of “meh”.  So, it went into my closet and stayed there for a few months.

IMG_0149The following April he casually mentioned that he hadn’t seen me working on the quilt.  Then my Catholic guilt commenced (thanks Dad!) and I thought I better get piecing.  So out it came.

Close up

Close up

Gosh there were a lot of triangles in this quilt!  So I finished piecing the top and back in the closet it went.  UNTIL…in June 2012 I had the chance to tag along on a business trip with him to Montana.  OMG…I fell in love with the place.  Never has there been a more beautiful place and all of a sudden, the fabric came to life for me.  All those silly triangles that made the effect of the running streams went from being a PIA to reminding me of this.

RapidsI went and purchased the backing fabric from a quilt store in Whitefish because at that point I wanted every single bit of fabric in that quilt to have been purchased in Montana, thus effectively being able to wrap myself in the memories of that trip every time we used that quilt.  I love how the backing turned out!

IMG_0154Here’s a close up of the strip running down the middle of the backing.

IMG_0156What wonderful memories!  So that’s the Montana Quilt.  I hope you like it as much as I do…and as much as Moose does :)  He pretty much claims the quilt whenever we’re not using it.

IMG_1862A special thank you to Amy for hosting the 2013 Blogger’s Quilt Festival!  I’m sure it’s a lot of work to get all the sponsors and coordinate all the entries.  It’s sure a lot of fun to be a part of this year!

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Quilty Eye Candy – QGI Quilt Show

What better way to start off a Sunday than with a little eye candy right?  This week I attended the Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis 2013 Quilt Show.  This is a show that they host every other year and is a nice local event.  This year the vendors were a bit scarce, but I suspect that is due to it falling on the same weekend as Quilt Market.  I thought I would share with you a few of the quilts that caught my eye.

Best in Show

Best in Show

First up is “Max”.  Max won best in show and also first place in the art quilts, longarm-machine quilted category.  Max was constructed and quilted by Cathy Franks.

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Pretty incredible huh?  I think she did a fabulous job…of course I am partial to anything “animal” LOL.

Vases, Birds, and Other Things

Vases, Birds, and Other Things

Next up in the applique bed quilts, longarm-machine quilted category was Vases, Birds, and Other Things. This was a beautiful applique quilt constructed by Bonnie Harlow and quilted by Lynette Reynolds.  Here are a few close-ups.

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Beautiful detail.  I love these type of quilts.  Maybe one day when I have more time.  I look at all those berries and tiny pieces…eek!

Mom and Babes

Mom and Babes

This was a very fun log cabin quilt constructed by Sally Wycoff, quilted by Paul Wycoff.  I thought they did a great job!  Here’s a close up.IMG_2601

IMG_2603This one made me think of my parents.  It’s called Luquillo Beach, Puerto Rico.  It was constructed and quilted by Judy Pleiss on her home-machine.  There was beautiful quilting and couched threads.  Here’s a close up..I thought she captured the serenity and movement of the water beautifully.IMG_2604

The Poodles  Who Have Quilted With Me

The Poodles Who Have Quilted With Me

I loved this quilt (of course!).  It was in the mixed technique quilts and was constructed and quilted by Carol Henke.  Here’s the story behind it:IMG_2590And now for some of the larger quilts.  Who doesn’t love a Swoon?  This is “Swoonie”, pieced and longarm machine-quilted by Vickie Smith.  Some day I am going to finish my Swoon quilt….

Swoonie

Swoonie

Next up was “A Cool Starlit Night”, also pieced and longarm machine quilted by Vickie Smith.  I loved both the colors and the secondary patterns formed here.

A Cool Starlit Night

A Cool Starlit Night

Next up is “Alaska Memories”, pieced and longarm machine quilted by Darlene Glesenkamp.  This quilt was made from batiks that she collected on a trip to Alaska and I just adored the animal batiks!

Alaska Memories

Alaska Memories

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Dancing Autumn Leaves

Dancing Autumn Leaves

This was a beautiful quilt entered in the group quilts category.  Loved the colors!

Angela's Wedding Quilt

Angela’s Wedding Quilt

This one I loved and could totally see making for our bedroom to showcase some fun fabric prints.  This was a wedding quilt that was pieced by Ann Petrie and longarm machine-quilted by Jane Pitt.

Just Pinwheels

Just Pinwheels

I’m always drawn to pinwheels.  This was pieced by Carol and Theresa Cantwell and longarm machine-quilted by  Theresa Cantwell.

There you go….your eye candy for the day!  I am on “stay-cation” this week and have lots of quilty plans.  Today I’m going to be working on that special quilt for Mason’s mom :)  I’m really looking forward to quality time with the sewing room today and Scarlett!  I’ve picked a simple 4-patch pattern alternating with 8 inch picture blocks framed in white.  All of the fabric is in.  I’m using “All Around Town” by Whimsicals.  Here’s the fabric before I dig into it along with a stack of all of his photo blocks.

Mason's fabrics

Mason’s fabrics

Happy Sunday :)

 

 

Zig Zag Table Runner – Coffee Style!

Another finish finally :)  Feels good to be sewing again!  A few months ago I started a zig zag table runner based on a fun tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  The pattern calls for a charm pack and some yardage for backing, but I made my own charms from some fabric I bought when I went to the quilt store in Florida last March with my mom and Katie from Katie’s Quilting Corner.

IMG_1759The tutorial was super easy to follow.  It was really interesting how Jenny put it together so I wanted to give it a try.  Basically you make the top with alternating rows at an angle.

cropped-img_1777.jpgOnce the top is pieced you layer the bottom and the batting and then stitch all around the edge, leaving a hole, then turn it inside out, sew up the little hole, then I straight line quilted the top.

IMG_0197My coffee cup likes it!

IMG_0199Here’s a pic of the backing.  Love this fabric!

IMG_0200There you have it!  In other fun news, we had a Halloween photo shoot with the fur babies this week.  It was a little challenging to corral 3 super heroes :)

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The End of the Travel Season…and a Baby Quilt!

So, this picture perfectly depicts how I feel after 6 weeks of intense, crazy travel and speaking engagements!  I am mentally and physically exhausted but oh so happy to be home.  I have one more speaking engagement this coming week, but it’s only an hour away so I’ll be home the same night.  Whew!  Bring on some sewing time!!!

Bubba Jr.So, when I left you in August, I was working to finish a baby quilt for my niece and her new baby.  He arrived soon after that and is super cute.  The quilt was actually completed when he arrived.  That could be a first for me, lol.

This is the little man himself! AlexReally, how cute is he?  Snuggle, snuggle, snuggle.  You want to know the disgusting part?  The quilt was DONE and ready to go and I STILL don’t have the label on it…sigh.  So now he’s almost 2 months old and his Auntie Lori hasn’t given him his quilt yet :(  Bad Auntie.

So, here’s the front of the quilt.

Quilt FrontAnd the back of the quilt.  As an aside, I need to do some brushing up on my WordPress skills and learn how to insert pics with text to the sides, etc.  Every time I try, it ends up all wonky in the “published” version.  Oh well, for another day…

Quilt back

And just for fun, I hung it from the tree.  Can I just say, trying to take a picture with the dogs and horses NOT in the picture was a bigger challenge than anticipated?  LOL

Quilt HangingSo, one of the many tasks on tap for this weekend is to finish little man’s label so I can actually deliver it to him (or have UPS deliver it) this week!  I have lots to catch up on, so stay tuned for hopefully more frequent posts in the near future now that I’m home :)

 

Busy, busy, busy!

Gosh!  I can’t believe that:

  • #1 – it’s now the middle of August
  • #2 – that it was 45 degrees here this morning at the barn and
  • #3 – I actually have a few days of “stay-cation” and get to do some sewing!

Score!!!!!

Emmie & Moose

Emmie & Moose

Work has been insane for most of the last month.  I’ve had my hands full being a business owner and managing all sorts of fun (insert silent scream here) that comes along with owning a 3-year-old, growing business.  Mom is ahead of me once again on our Farmer’s Wife blocks, but I have high hopes of catching up with her this week :)  We also celebrated my 48-year-old “man-child’s” birthday last weekend with 15 of his closest relatives.  I’m really not sure there is an emoticon that correctly portrays the emotion I have to accompany that statement, so I’ll leave you with these 2 images instead, lol.

After

After

IMG_2276And then this was me…in the corner….IMG_1992And that’s all I’m saying about that :)  The only sewing that Scarlett and I have gotten done this past month has been on a baby quilt for my new great-nephew who shall be joining us any day.  He wasn’t due until September, but my niece has been having problems and went into labor early a few weeks ago.  They’ve been controlling it and this Monday she reached 37 weeks so now they plan to let her go whenever he decides to show up.  I’m finally stitching the binding down and then it will be ready to go.  Here it is before I quilted it.IMG_2217And the backing fabricIMG_2218So, as soon as I finish the binding and wash all the cat hair off of it (thank you Moose!), I’ll post some pics of the finished quilt before I give it to her.  Oh yes, and I need to make the label too.  That’s all I have for you as of right now.  Hope you all are doing well and enjoying the remainder of your summer!  I leave you with Mr. Moose, ever the eager helper…IMG_2228

 

 

Q3 Finish-A-Long Goals

dsc_02732b4It’s time to link up and post my goals for Q3 in the 2013 Finish-A-Long!  I missed Q2, but I was determined to get this linked up for Q3 :)  Here’s my list:

1.  First up is finishing the Fourth of July pillows that I embroidered for my folks and for us.  Yes, I know I missed the 4th (hanging head in shame here), but they’re both just in need of their backing and stuffing then they’ll make good annual decorations for us both.  Totally doable :)IMG_21052.  I want to finish this little table runner by adding the backing, quilting, and binding.  It’s made of some of the fabrics that I purchased in Florida when I was with my Mom.  I love it and it shouldn’t take me long to whip out if I can just get some darned time at my machine :)cropped-img_1777.jpg3.  Farmer’s Wife Quilt – 20 more blocks (June, July, August, and September).  Hard to believe we already have about 30 blocks complete!

4.  I haven’t named this quilt yet, but I really like it.  I want to get it sandwiched, basted, quilted, and bound.  Not sure if it will be living with me permanently, but I want to get it finished.IMG_1070That’s it for me!  Have a great weekend everyone!