Monday, June 27, 2016

Posh Pumpkins Around the World

Way back in May of 2013, Green Fairy Quilts was giving away a fat quarter bundle of Posh Pumpkins. And I won!! 

Like I said before, orange is my favorite color. I try not to drool over fabric, but this line is to drool for. After I received it, it sat on a shelf until I decided what I was going to make with it. 

I finally figured it out, I wanted my PQA friends to help me. Last year we were making blocks for each other, so I thought this would be the perfect time to cut that bundle into little pieces. I remembered the quilt everybody was making a while back and I knew this was the right pattern. I found Bonnie Hunter's pattern, cut up the fabric, and passed it all out. I received back 25 blocks. I love them. They are just perfect. All of those wonderful fall colors I love. I had a lot of fun with the layout, but decided on this design.

Now that all of the blocks are together, I know I did the right thing with this gift. The quilt measures 48 x 72, not a bad size!

Then one of my sweet PQA friends gifted me two charm packs of Posh Pumpkins and a stack of similar fabrics. Now I can make more blocks!!

I am so excited. I can't wait to finish this quilt!


Friday, June 24, 2016

A Study in Orange

I finally have most of my fabric in their new home. Back in September, when my parents moved in to my family's home, I had to pack everything up and put it into storage. We have now bought a huge storage shed and I have moved all of my stuff into it. I have been working slowly at getting things organized. I have decided to work through one scrap box at a time. Orange was the first to fall under my rotary cutter. It IS my favorite color!! I went looking for ways to use up a ton of scraps and found the Scrap Vortex Quilt Along. Amanda Jean, uses a lot of scraps and has a lot of great ideas. Over a few tutorials she shows how to make these wonderful blocks. I love them. Here is my version of making her quilt, I am going to name it Fabric Scrap Vomit. 

Grab two piece about the same size.
Sew them together.
 Trim them up so that both sides across the seam are straight. I did not worry about the other two sides.

 Take another two-piece section and sew them together. 
 Trim the two sides across the seam that you have just sewn.
Add another section. 
 Trim. Each time you add another section, you trim up the two sides where you just sewn.
 Keep adding and trimming until you have it the size you want.
Here, you can see how I am adding it to another piece that I had already made.
 Trim these.
 Larger and larger it gets, until it is the right size. 
 Is this big enough?
 Or do I add more?
As you can see, I decided it was big enough. These are all the blocks I have made. I am not sure what I am going to do with these. I figure until I have made all of the other blocks using my other colors,I will not know. So until then, I will just keep these in a box. And yes, I still love orange!!


Friday, June 17, 2016

Old Fort Boise Days Quilt Show

I wanted to show a few of my favorite quilts from our Old Fort Boise Days Quilt Show. 

The first three quilts were apart of our older quilt section.

Friendship Quilt, not sure of year

This quilt was made from old clothing and real wool straight off the sheep. It was made in 1929.

I hand pieced Cathedral Window quilt, not sure of the year.

A graduation quilt made by my sister-in-law for our nephew.

A Halloween Jar quilt made by my friend. 

A jean quilt for another graduation. The woman that brought this one showed 4 more very large quilts like this one. 

Not much information on this quilt, I just love the pattern and fabric. 

This one was made by my friend.

Another one made by a friend. 

Another one made by a friend for her daughter. 


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy

So, I have been very busy. This last weekend, we had our small community's Old Fort Boise Days. For the last few years my quilt group has put on a quilt show during this time. Our first year was wonderful. We were near the festivities and had a lot of visitors. Last year we moved to a bigger building, but then we lost some of our visitors. This year we lost even more. I am not sure what we are going to be doing next year, but we need to find a way to get more people to come to us. I thought I would show you a small peak at two of the quilts that were at the show. 

This first one is mine. It was a wedding gift from my husbands grandmother. We have had it for 26 years. We have worn it out. 

This one was made in 1955. The LDS church in my town, made this quilt to be raffled off to raise money to build a new church building. On this quilt, all of the names of the church members are embroidered as leaves on this tree. It is a wonderful piece of history. 

One of the other things I have been up to, is delivering Groomers to customers. My husband has been making Arena Groomers for Premier Equestrian for about 4 years, he is in a business with his brother. This picture is of my husband (the tall one), his costumer, and groomer, a new invention, a Premier Equestrian Pro Arena Groomer. This is the website for the other groomers my husband makes. He is so happy that this groomer has been making so many people happy. 

 This is some of the country we got to see on our way to drop off the new groomer. He had about a 4 hour drive. I love going on these trip with my husband. Good conversation, great scenery, and I get to work on my hexies!! 

I know life is crazy for everybody, mine is not different. I really need to come back to blogging! I miss this way of sharing one of the best parts of my life. 


Saturday, May 28, 2016

H2H Final Link Up

Hello everybody. I AM trying to get my time back to working for me instead of me working for my time. I have been able to finish my quilts that I have promised for the H2H Challenge this year. Funny thing is, I just finished them. HA HA I will be back on again later this week to chat more about them. For now, I am trying to meet up to the link party and then head off to camping tomorrow. 


Monday, April 11, 2016

A Sea of Flowers

Over the last eight months of being absent I have still been busy working on my hexies for The Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap. I make a pair of hexie flowers for my partner and I receive a pair of flowers every month. I have even started to sew the flowers together. I made a little collage showing some of my work. 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Cutting Trees

 I am still working on cutting time out of my week for sewing. After my finals this week I will be able to focus on babysitting and sewing. I am so excited!! But until then we were busy cutting trees. Three small trees, one medium trees, and two very large trees. Our property borders on one side with another property. This neighbor has two small children. They are getting ready to put up a fence on the border of our two places. We had three trees that sit on that border. After speaking to the neighbor, we came tot he conclusion that we need to cut our tress anyway, and we wanted to get it done before the fence was put up. That meant we had to do it soon. So over the weekend, we remove six trees, stacked wood, and cleaned all of the debris. It took nine people on Saturday to fall all six trees and to start cleaning the mess, and eight people today to finish cleaning to get it all done. It was so much work. I am glad it is done now. No more fear of trees falling on the house or the new fence. I am hoping ot be back this time next week having finally time to sit and my sewing machine. 

The very old Cherry Tree on the ground. One of the small trees already stacked.  

The "lumberjack" that cut down all the trees. He is my uncle. 

Most of the logs left after it is all cleaned up. There is a lot of main big trunk behind the piles. If you look over on the far left, there is a very large pile of the small limbs and sticks. The part you can see here is only about one third of the total piles. 


Monday, March 14, 2016

H2H Time Again!!

It is that wonderful time of the year. Time to give to others our love of quilt making. I am excited to be a part of this again. I have been a part of this wonderful event every year and this happened at the best time possible. Hands2Help, or H2H, is a Charity quilt Challenge, were a bunch of people make quilts for charities that have been picked for that year. This year there are three to choose from. You can make as many quilts as you want and donate to any combination of charities. 

I have a few quilts fro last year that I was making and then decided to go with a different idea. So this year I got them out of the UFO pile and have made good headway on them. The are not large quilts, but I am hoping they will make someone happy. 

I will be donating these three quilts. The top and bottom quilt tops are done, the center quilt is almost halfway done. I love all of the fun colors and patterns. If I find the time, I might even be able to make another one. 

So hop on over to Sarah's blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and see if you can help out. 


A Long Time Gone

Hello everybody!! To those of you who have stuck around, thank you so much!! To those of you who lest, I don't blame you. My live has been a little crazy for quite a long time now. August of 2014 I went back to school. I enrolled in the Pathway Program. It is a faith bases education, a chance to go college and get a degree. I did not have this opportunity when I was younger, so when this came up and jumped on the chance. Now I have matriculated to become an online student at BYU-Idaho. At this point I have 5 semesters under my belt. I love it. The homework takes up a lot of my time, but I enjoy the studying and using my brain. Somethings have changed in my life recently that have me doing a lot of introspection. I feel a little lost and I have figured out why. Other than doing school work, I have been babysitting my niece and now my two sweet Granddaughters. That takes up a lot of my time. So right now my life revolves around my church calling, my babysitting, and school work. Hello!! Where is my sewing, where is my "ME" time, where is my blog!! So I vow right here and now to put back the joy into my life. The joy that is my blog and my quilting. I need this time to make me feel better. I still run my quilt group, PQA, but even that seems more like a heartbreak and a chore. It is because I have lost the joy in it. So for 2016 my word is: