Friday, July 19, 2013

Farmer's Wife Friday Forgotten!

Hi quilty peeps! I can't believe it's Friday, in fact I forgot it was Friday! I am currently in the middle of a lot of boxes and denial. We have to be moved out next week and as of today we still don't have a place to go. But we are keeping our hopes and faith high and moving forward because that's all we can do! :)
I don't have blocks to share because I've already packed up my little sewing closet and my machine is in the shop. So I thought I would show you one of my favorite finished tops by Julia at My Rainboots Are Red.
Aren't the colors spectacular!? I just love the mix of Bonnie & Camille with other fun, bright fabrics. I am also planning on sashing with white. She did a fantastic job. If you'd like to see her post with more pictures click HERE.

If you still have some blocks to share this week, I'd love to see them! Here's what you need to do:
1. Link up any post or picture from the past week that features your Farmer's Wife quilt progress.
2. You must LINK back to this post within your post. You can also grab a Farmer's Wife Friday button (on the right side bar).
Have fun reading all the posts! Don't forget, everyone loves a nice comment! 

Hope your weekend is Fab-U-Lous! You know what I'll be doing! ;)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Another Move

Well it's definitely official, we are moving! To where we just don't know. So I will have to admit, things are a little well, scary right now. We have only lived in our current home for 1 1/2 years and we were just feeling so settled. (the owner of our home wants to move back in) We are doing our best to keep the faith and know that things always work out in the end. But packing to move and not knowing where that will be is a bit daunting. We have not been able to find a place here where we live and we've been considering moving to St. George because we love it there. But there aren't many places available there either! And of course the hubs job is here. This is certainly not the summer I expected. But if you can count on anything in life it's change.

I would like to enlist your help if possible! I have a lot of fabric left over from my selling days. I was an Ebay Powerseller selling children's decorator fabrics. I have a bit of quilting fabric and some minky too. I have listed a bunch of it in my Big Cartel shop. The site is nothing fancy and I threw it together pretty quick so if you have any questions, just email me. You can find the shop HERE. I usually ship Priority mail and I will shove as much fabric as I can into a Flat Rate Envelope for $5.00 or a Flat Rate Box for $10.00. So if you see anything(s) you love, go for it!

I also plan on listing some other products and maybe even a quilt or two. And just think, you'll get some awesome stuff and be helping this little family of mine at the same time. :)

Thanks in advance, and if you're the praying kind, we'd appreciate your prayers!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Farmer's Wife Friday Linky!

Hello Farmer's Friday followers! I am still hanging out on vacation in sunny St. George, UT. We've actually had crazy couple of days. We got a call from our landlady who told us that the homeowners need to move back into our house and they would like us to be out in a couple of weeks! Now legally we have 60 days, but they have to be moved out by the end of this month and they would really like if we could be too. Oh the joys of renting! So....we've been trying to figure out the best thing to do. The rental market is really tight where we live in SoCal an not to mention prices so high! We have dreams of just staying here in St. George, but the hubs has no work here. So big sigh, the search is on and I'm still on vacation. Just when you think life if settled (we just moved in 18 months ago!).
  So admittedly I don't have any blocks to show you (again, arrgghh!), but I have picked out the fabric I will be using for the next two blocks. And sometimes that's the hardest part. :) Strawberry Basket was a no brainer, strawberry fabric! An then perfect coordinating prints. And for Streak of Lightning I kept with the strawberry theme, this time in blue an kept it super simple. That looks like a fun block to make.
 But lest you think I haven't done any sewing, I have! (just not the sewing I should've been working on:) It's been very therapeutic in the last two days. I came on this trip with my Honey Honey by Kate Spain Dessert Roll and a plan for a certain quilt. But I just wasn't feeling the pattern I had chosen and needed to come up with another one. I  quickly remembered a pattern from Moda Bake Shop and Lily Quilts called Hexagon Park. Perfect! Loved the hexagons and the white border. And it stays with the Honey Honey bee theme. I am loving the way it is turning out, I will keep you posted on this one.
I hope you've had a chance to work on your Farmer's Wife blocks, please share! Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any post or picture from the past week that features your Farmer's Wife quilt progress.
2. You must LINK back to this post within your post. You can also grab a Farmer's Wife Friday button (on the right side bar).
Have fun reading all the posts! Don't forget, everyone loves a nice comment! 

I had a suggestion to leave the linky open longer to allow for more link-ups! I think it's a great idea. I will leave it open for the weekend and end Sunday night at midnight. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, wish us luck on the house hunt, prayers are welcome! :)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Farmer's Wife Friday Link Up!

Happy Friday! I hope all of you in the states had a wonderful Fourth of July! It's one of our favorite holiday and we have a tradition of spending it in St. George, UT. Small town holiday at it's finest! :) So while I don't have any Farmer's Wife blocks this week, I'll share a couple of pics from our holiday.
 Our traditions include running (or walking, as is the case with me) a 5K, a community pancake breakfast & parade, going to the Gunlock Rodeo, watching the fireworks in town and setting off our own stash of fun fireworks later on. A new tradition when coming to St. George includes heading to Swig! This little place has become wildly popular and the picture above are a couple of reasons why. It's basically just a treat shop! They sell snow cones, fabulous and already Pinterest worthy sugar cookies and cheap drinks; the favorite being "Dirty" Diet Coke. They add a lime and a splash of coconut juice, SOoooo good! And becuase it's been 110+ degrees hereall week, we've had to go there a lot. ;)
 We had a wonderful bbq with the family and then left into town to watch fireworks. We picked a spot right across from the beautiful St. George LDS temple. This is the temple where I married my hubby for all eternity so it has a special place in my heart. Isn't it beautiful?
Later we came home and set off our own little firework party and the kid's favorite is always just simple sparklers. They could play with them for hours. This is my little Charlotte.
My daughter Sophie on the right and her friend Emily, who was also in town visiting from California, joined in the fun with us.
We had a full and very fun day filled with family, friends, fireworks, and good food. Who could ask for anything more?
Well, actually, time to ask you to post your Farmer's Wife block posts! I hope you had some time this week to work on them. Here are the rules for posting:
1. Link up any post or picture from the past week that features your Farmer's Wife quilt progress.
2. You must LINK back to this post within your post. You can also grab a Farmer's Wife Friday button (on the right side bar).
3. Have fun reading all the posts! Don't forget, everyone loves a nice comment! 

I get to spend another week here on vacation, and despite the hot weather, I just love being here. I did bring my sewing machine, so hopefully I will share some blocks next week!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tennis T-shirt Quilt

 I am so excited that I finally get to share this quilt! Excited because that means it's finished! Yippee! It only took a couple of years. Seriously. Two years ago my younger brother brought me a box of his tennis t-shirts and asked if I could make them into a quilt. Sure! But being a bit overwhelmed by the amount of t-shirts and the fact that I'd never made one before it quickly went to the back burner.
It was eating at me that I wasn't getting it done and I've been slowly working on it for the past year. I finally decided I need to finish it so I could cross it off the list! Actually it was fun to reminisce as I worked on it. Andy was a big juniors tennis player and I spent many a weekend taking him to his tournaments and to his weekly practices. He and I have always been pretty close and it was so fun to watch him play. He continued with tennis and is now a tennis pro and does amazing tennis analysis work. He was also able to use his acting chops recently to do a Wilson commercial with Roger Federer!
I used a 15" square ruler and squared off each shirt and then used iron-on interfacing on the back of each one. I framed each shirt with black sashing and used green sashing squares in each corner.
 I wanted the back of the quilt to be cozy and comfy so I chose a green and black polar fleece, I think a John Deere plaid? But it coordinated well. I also put Warm & Natural batting inside so this is a heavy, warm quilt! Which is why when I went to quilt this quilt I nicknamed it "The Beast"!
 Quilting was probably the hardest part of this quilt. I really wish I had sent it out to a long arm quilter. This is a queen size quilt and SO heavy! It was hard just to get it to fit in my machine. But I did it! After much debate I finally decided to make tennis balls in each square. I didn't want too much quilting and thought it worked perfectly. In every other square I moved the curved lines from horizontal to vertical.
I also quilted straight lines down each side of the black sashing which made a nice little design in the green blocks as well. When I was done I washed and dried it to get it nice and clean and smelling good to give to Andy. He loved it! I'm so glad I was able to finally finish it for him. And to be able to cross it off the list! Have you ever made a t-shirt quilt before? I've had a few requests, but I don't think I'll be making another one for quite a while! :)

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