Time flies and this last year, the sheep have taken most of my time and energy, but I really miss the quilting and blogging. I decided this year, it is important enough to at least get a little done each month. This morning I pulled out these Sunbonnet Sue blocks and my goal is to make a quilt top from them before the end of the month. After making 3 twin size quilts with the other blocks, these 15 were left over. I’ll think this layout will work. I am linking to https://www.elmstreetquilts.com for the sake of accountability.
The 10 pups have had a lot of extra attention this past week since the schools were on vacation. Here the neighbor is telling them the story of the Lion King. At their 10 week vet check this past Friday, the weights were between 18.5 and 25#. No wonder we are going through so much food!
“Knock out” is the name of this pattern for this quilt, which I tested for http://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com/. I loved how easy it was to put together and will definitely make another. The size is 55″ square – just perfect for wrapping oneself while watching TV or reading. Now to have my quilting machine serviced and get this quilted before winter.
My neighbor came over twice this week and we put ads up for some of the fleeces. Several were shipped out yesterday. We have absolutely gorgeous fleeces, so I think we will sell out this year.
WOW! I’m sorry for neglecting this blog so long. I started this quilt a year ago and put it on the quilting machine early June. I had plenty of time to get if quilted for a gift, but it didn’t happen.
First, I lost power and had to find the pattern again and set it up to fit as I was in the middle of a row.
After that, the computer on the quilting machine died and I had to get an upgrade as that one was no longer supported. When that arrived, I had the machine serviced and the new computer adjusted.
Then I had to have the technician return as the program was not behaving correctly. Even now, the thread wants to keep jumping out of the tension disc.
Then I ran out of the correct color of thread. I bought more of the thread the end of February and tried to avoid going into the studio because this quilt just kept looking at me very accusingly.
The only sewing accomplished this winter was mending sheep coats.
Finally, enough is enough, and in order to get over this mental block, I took myself in hand and finished the quilt. I had issues with thread jumping out of the tension disc and took the quilting out each time it did that and started over. However, it is quilted. As soon as I took it off the frame, I squared it up and bound it. It is now on the way to its new home, and at last, the studio is once again calling my name.
This morning, I stopped to have some fun with those half triangle I was making yesterday. They make the best Churn Dash blocks. Playing gave me the energy to go clean the barn.
Did you see the moon turn red last night? Here are some photos in case you missed it. The first is one I took, but my Iphone would not capture the red color, so I borrowed a photo from the news. It was amazing!
I tried a new to me way to cut half square triangles. First I stiffened my fabric, because somehow drawing on fabric tends to distort it. So on the stiffened fabric, I drew corner to corner both way. Then a scant 1/4″ on either side of that line, I drew a sewing line. I sewed the 4 sewing lines, then drew another line across the middle of the block each way. I cut on those lines as well as the diagonal lines
Then after pressing these squares open, I trimmed them to size. I loved the fact that they didn’t stretch and I got 8 squares out of each larger square.
These half squares can then be used in any pattern using half square triangles.
AND THE LIVESTOCK
The sheep know that when I have done the cleaning for the day, food mysteriously appears in their feeders. As soon as I have unloaded the last tractor load, they are on their feet waiting to eat.
Chickens don’t herd like sheep, but that doesn’t keep Bracken from trying.
I’m for more sewing time this week, though it will be slow while I’m still working on taxes. I hope you are taking time for fun.
These little blocks measure 4.5″ plus the seam allowance, when trimmed, which is 1/2″ These blocks are taking about 1/2 hour each because one first lays the sky down, embroiders, then trims, then the grass, then embroiders that in place. The the lamb is done, and finally batting and backing go on each piece. But aren’t they turning out cute?
I now have these three rows done and another 2 embroidered, but not put together. I may not get it all finished in a week, but I’ll come close. I linking up with Patty over at Elm street quilts
The chickens know a good perch when they see it and the sheep don’t seem to even notice. The girls in this pasture got their mite medicine dripped on their backs today. it beats having shots or oral meds.
I was given this pattern for an embroidery machine Lamb Crib quilt by Heart n Sole. I have been given a week to get it done. I think I can do it, but it will be close. It will make a nice quilt for my next grandchild – if and when.
It is made of little 4.5″ finished quilted squares and then put together. Then a backing is used across the back to cover all the seams and the original was then tied in the corners. Today I made 30 of these little squares. That gives me another 80 to go. Since they are small, and the quilting is minimal, they go fast.
As we enter this next year, I have joined some groups to help me keep accountable. This means that I get to post the photo of the quilt I want to finish each month at the beginning of the year and check in at the end of each month to see if that has been accomplished.
January- this quilt still needs to be quilted and bound
February – Bear paw has been cut out. There are many, many pieces and it will be a challenge to get this top done in one month. But I need to apply myself as lambs will be coming next month.
March – Leg Cozie, a lap quilt
April – babies are mostly here and needing a lot of work, plus the garden needs to be worked. So the aim is to get the teapot miniature done.
May – Glacier is 50 x 70 and I’m hoping things have calmed down enough I have time to finish this top.
June – I still have 14 of these blocks that are finished and need to be set into a top. The plan is to find a baby quilt design into which to fit them and finish the top.
July and August – There are several of these blocks. I plan to finish 2 of them during the hot weather.
September – The garden is still needing lots of attention so if I complete the top, I will be happy. This has been on my radar for about 15 years.
October – Time to start thinking about the holidays. This will be gifted.
November – Garden is mostly done, Sheep are breeding and I will catch my breath. I love Penguins and so do others. This will be gifted.
December and another penguin quilt. These are my month goals and I am connecting with American Patchwork challenge, and others as they come to my attention. That’s my way of being help accountable. And of course, I have told you my plan, so you will also be watching.
Have a very blessed 2019, full of health and happiness.
This teddy bear blanket is the largest left over piece from the quilt I made using some of these parts as blocks. And it must have a satin binding to be a proper baby blanket. It is 44 x 44, so will be useful for some time. Instead of quilting, I bar tacked where she will be put the ties as she wanted a tied blanket, but I don’t know what color, so she gets to do that part.