Chocolate Gems – ORL Mystery

Following along on the On Ringo Lake Mystery or as I call it ORL, this week we are combining our browns and turquoise.  I have named this half block the chocolate gem block as turquoise is a gem and my favorite color paired with decadent chocolate browns.

I sewed some chocolate gems Friday when I got home from work.  Yesterday I went to Dallas for some Christmas shopping.  What I noticed, traffic was light, but lines were long.  It looked like the masses were carpooling for Christmas shopping.

Last week, building my diamond blocks, I did not find completion.  So I am still sewing on clue number three.

Here I am with my scrappiness ready for some binge ironing.  Notice the one block.  Yes my ironing board has this turquoise fabric in the cover.  I ran out of the aluminized fabric and this is a simple strip on its rear end.

As a quilter, each week I also have oopses or blooper blocks.  How about you?

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One of these is just sewn wrong.  One is actually cut wrong.  I have plenty of fabric.  I learn from it and go on.

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Pressed and ready for the shoe box, which by the way is almost completely full.  My son is getting a pair of boots for Christmas so I am going to commandeer the box.

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I had to add to my variety so I searched through my scraps and have a few more browns to add to this block.  I am not sure how old some of these fabrics are.  I acquired them earlier this year and am glad I did.  I keep pulling from this lot for ORL.

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I am thinking they just don’t design fabric like they used to.  The quality of the prints are sew much more calico.

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And introducing my sew steady table!   I bought this on Black Friday as it was bargain priced.  I am currently using it for piecing, but I really purchased it for free motion quilting.  I do have a quilt, all pin basted ready to go, but I am focusing on these chocolate gems.

Sadly my dual machine is acting up.  The touch screen will not work after the machine is on for a long period of time.  I can only assume there is a cooling fan that is not working as it works just fine when just turning on.  I am holding off purchasing new feed dogs for this machine.  So why did my feed dogs wear out?  Well, this machine is 20 years old now and yes I run over pins which contributes to wearing of the feed dogs, but the main reason why they have worn out is my 1/4 inch piecing foot is made with a black metal edge that is always cheese grating on one side of my feed dogs.   I cannot use the credit card short cut for 1/4 inch pieces as it would cover my drop in bobbin plate and my feed dogs themselves are too wide.  If anyone has a suggestion to get past this issue, I certainly welcome your comments.  I am probably going to start using this machine for FMQ only and will be on the look out for a featherweight.  Anyone willing to part with a featherweight….we should talk.

I am linking up with the Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt On Ringo Lake.  I highly recommend looking at everyone’s progress.  I find it mesmerizing looking at all the different color combinations and fabrics pulled for this mystery.  It is not too late to join!

I will be working most of this next week so I am uncertain if I will have a post before Christmas.  So if I don’t make another blog post, have a splendid holiday.  Enjoy food, family, and friends!  Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

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Please remain seated for this brief intermission

As On Ringo Lake continues in it’s third week, I am mesmerized by the beauty in each block we make and how perfectly the turn out is.  Last year while working on the QSTs from the Enprovence Mystery, I had lots of waste.  These were the triangle units tried from the HST’s and QST blocks.  Lots of it just went to the scrap tub.  I started regretting not stitching the triangles together at that time.  Now they are currently all separated in that tub and can be used, but the perfect mate is hard to find.

So this year, I told myself I would NOT do this again.  It was stupid of me last year to be so careless.

I am working smarter, not harder!  I am stitching those little bits of scraps I go.  I have made two potholders.  One has already been gifted to it’s new home and I regret I did not take a photo.  But I did on this one!  I counted the pieces in this little jewel.  140 can you believe that?  I deemed with the rest I will make a doll quilt and make it a row quilt at that.  I have always wanted to make one of those so why not do it doll size.  I already have all the pieces before me.

So as I sew each piece of my diamonds/chisels/flying geese gone wrong blocks I am trimming, saving, pinning, and sewing those tidbits making something out of the otherwise waste.

This is the nicest pot holder I have ever made.  I quilted it at a diagonal so it will fold easily around a pot or pan, protecting the hand.  I hope it’s recipient will like it and use it.

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The borders on this potholder were mis-cuts from making my flying geese.  My brain cut these at an inch and a half which is NOT the right size.  I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use those as well.potholderbOff to the side is the small QST’s I am salvaging from my scraps.  These blocks finish at .75 of an inch.  I did not measure the HSTs but they are small as well.

Through my many years, there were really bad years where I struggled greatly.  The dollar spent too fast and the earning was meager to get it.  I learned much from this time.  We never went hungry.  I was always trying to figure out what to make with the ingredients I had.  My character building years do not make me fear of losing my job or my income.  If that were to happen I am confident we would not go hungry.  This meager mentality parlez’ed into quilting.  At the time going through that tough period, it was so hard and you always felt beaten down.  But I was happy.  I am still happy, and even more happy that this has molded and sculpted the person I am now and it is behind me.  I feel sorry for those who do not have some point in their life where they struggle a bit.  Those years have the most take-aways.

So in reflection, I am glad I have the time to spare to stitch these little pieces of cloth together to make something that might mean something to someone else.  But most importantly it means something to me!  Yet another chapter in life presented itself and is wrapped up only to continue to the next.

Have a great week and thank you for reading my blog!

Messy me and Finger Pressing Techniques

When I get sewing, passion tucked in each stitch, I keep my sewing/cutting area clean by a swipe of the hand to the floor.  Most of what you see in this picture is file 13 bound, there are a few meager pieces to go to the scrap tub.

remnentsIt looks as if it was strewn about by a tornado, doesn’t it.  I cleaned up quickly with a swipe of my hands and the vacuum.  Earlier this week it was littered with dog ear trimmings from the bonus HST’s and QST’s.

I am trudging on with determination for the mystery quilt sponsored by Bonnie Hunter.  This is week three.  If you are interested in seeing how easy this is, visit her On Ringo Lake Tab and it will give fabric requirements, and sizes and great tutorial how to’s as well as the link up pages to see other’s peoples progress with her/their techniques.

During last Sunday’s link up someone commented how my seams were pressed so flat.  For those of you who may think your iron is substandard because you have not the money to buy an expensive one, save your money and try a different technique.

My sewing corner is in the living room and there are times when I cannot run the iron constantly.  In the summer months here in Texas we have the 220 dryer and the 220 ac window unit as well as the 110 window unit running to keep the house cool on a 60 amp box.  If I am running all of these things at once, I have to turn something off to get the iron going.  So my iron time is brief and I make the most of it.

First I finger press all my seams.  This is easy and costs you only your fingernail tips and really does not hurt those at all.  I have never had a failure with finger pressing.  There are other expensive gizmos you can purchase.  Save your money and use the best tools you have, your hands.

A while back I did a small post about a pressing tool.  You can buy these tools and they run about 18 dollars.  Save the 18 and for 5 you can have a set for yourself as well as a friend.  This post talked about taking a dowel rod and cutting it down the middle to make two half moon pieces and then cutting those into desired lengths.  The math behind this tools is simple.  You normally press things on your ironing board.  If you press your seams on a dowel rod, you are pressing them further than a flat surface, or further than 180 degrees.  This tool works great.  For more on this read visit the blog post here.

I have taken a video of finger pressing and formatted snippets into jpeg format for the viewer that is available.  It is not hard to finger press on small pieces of fabrics.  I highly recommend trying it.

 

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I have snapped some before and after photos as well as pressing of all the small pieces.

pressinggeese1These geese have all been finger pressed, and stacked in their piles awaiting the seam iron.  Using the steam iron on an after finger pressed seam is best because it does not distort the fabric in any direction.

pressinggeese2I just laid the steam iron on this one, removed the iron, placed another block on top, and pressed, until I had a whole row of geese overlapping one another.  The bottom ones really get the best pressing.  But they all press beautifully.

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Below is a geese unit and one of the corners is flannel.   Yup, usually pressing flannel to a normally woven cotton piece of fabric can be obtuse (oh isn’t that punny), and the naked eye can easily tell which is not homogenized.  Can you tell which one is flannel?

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If you guessed the plaid corner, you would be correct.  Using every little scrap counts and I am my own quilt police and deem flannel a usable fabric in the On Ringo Lake quilting mystery.  🙂

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Above is a chisel block that is finger pressed, below is pressed with a steam iron.  Nice and flat.

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If you are interested in learning how to make this chisel block, visit quiltville.blogspot.com and it will give exact directions.

Linking up for Mondays Mystery Quilt On Ringo Lake Link up Party.

Well this concludes my post for the week.  I am hanging in there with the On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt.  I have not gotten an exact piece count on the flying geese from last week but I know I am very close.  I have cut all my orange strips and have also cut a gob of squares to sew on for this week.  I can’t wait to see what Friday brings.  Are we going to see this same block again?  Perhaps in brown’s and turquoise?  This is my guess.  Is it right?  We will certainly find out.

2 Squares Plus 1 Rectangle = Geese

So I am cruising along with Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery quilt called On Ringo Lake and we are in the second week!  I highly recommend if you have never done a mystery quilt, to bust your stash and visit her website and sew that stash up.  It is not too late to start this and you will learn so much from the normal things that you are already doing.

This week I got to really exercise my new ruler called The Folded Corners Ruler.  A couple weeks ago when I got this in, I was binding a quilt and used this ruler to join the beginning and ended of the binding.  Perfection!  So it works for many efforts.  I thought it would be hard to use, naw, no different than any other ruler.  It is just a matter of time before someone does a tutorial on the pineapple block using this ruler.

As you may have guessed by the title of this blog post, we are making flying geese.  I am sewing my neutrals and oranges together.  I just love the scrappiness of this so far.

cuttingflyinggeeseHere is the ruler doing its job.  I hate having to draw the line and then scantly sew on the side of the line.  Not perfection.  This ruler enables both corners of the flying geese to be perfect.  Above I am showing that you just lay the square on the rectangle and cut, sew, plus you have a perfect bonus triangle corner to sew.

I am really utilizing all the scraps with the flying geese step.  I am not going to waste my $10 per yard fabric, heck no.  So I started making bonus half square triangles out of them.  Winner winner chicken dinner, or is it goose dinner?

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These are quite small.  It will fashion nicely as a potholder soon or perhaps a doll quilt.  And then I got smart.  Why not sew them like QSTs?

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I have never put orange into a quilt and am really liking this visual.

And drum roll please……2 squares plus a rectangle equals a flying geese block.

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This leaves me dreaming of the next step when I am no where close to being finished with this one.  A girl can dream, can’t she?

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Linking up for the sooner than Monday, Sunday link-up for On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt.  I am sew excited.  I am no where finished with clue 2 and it has left me hungering for clue 3.  Stay tuned for more mystery quilt action and thanks for visiting my blog….now off to make tamales from scratch.  Be looking for that on my other blog the cookbookproject.

ORL 9 Patches

ORL or also known as On Ringo Lake is a Mystery Quilt for us to join in and have fun and perfect our techniques.  Hosted by Bonnie Hunter annually, it is something to look forward to, an assignment, and a goal.

To work on this project, I wanted to deplete my scrap bin.  I started working on a string quilt, because all those scraps will give me a couple free, no cost quilts.  Well that is going well, but with the start of On Ringo Lake, I cannot continue as the demands of this mystery quilt will envelop my spare time making working on other projects rather impossible.

 

From this above, to this below…

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To this flat, ironed, neat, trimmed, scrappy string block

 

This mystery quilt consumes me….drives me….I have an assignment with a goal and somewhat of a deadline to have it finished before I am bombarded with the next clue.  Just sewing without a deadline set is kind of undisciplined so, this deadline pushes me.  And I am the little engine that could…I think I can….I think I can…I know I can…I know I can.  A wonderful feeling, much like doing a good job on a paper in school when you were a youngster getting a star and a “good job” written by the teacher.  You are pleased because you pleased yourself and you impressed the teacher.  Even though I will never meet the teacher, I do this blog and there are other amazing, talented people who bother to read it and getting kudos from them is a wonderful feeling.  Their blogs teach me, I am their student.  They learn from my blog, they are my student.  Full circle.

The string blocks featured above stored nicely in the empty shoe box I had set aside for On Ringo Lake.  They fit perfectly inside.  Because I utilized this box for them, I had no shoe box for my ORL 9 patches.  What does this mean?  This means I had to empty the other one I was already using.

What was I storing in the one I emptied?  I was keeping my leader ender together inside. Most of my thimbles blocks had been sewn into groupings of 4.  Practically rows.  So I laid them out on the bed.  Once I laid them out, I did not want to fuss over this part again.  So I started sewing them together.  I have emptied the box.  I have covered the bed and sewn many rows together.  I will be putting a border on this thimble tumblers going in a different direction for the sashing.  I will continue on with this leader ender during ORL mystery quilt.  Great progress happened just by cleaning out the box to make room.

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This is my thimbles leader ender.  I fussed so much over the layout because I used some of the same fabrics for the neutrals as well as the darks.  Because I did this I had to be careful what was surround that thimble.  The bottom row 4th from the left, this one I used as a light and a dark.  This is a fantastic way to get rid of ugly fabric that would otherwise be in my stash for years.

I have enjoyed emptying the box and gotten so much accomplished this past couple of weeks.  Here are my 9 patches for the mystery quilt.  I enjoyed this immensely as well.  The words used in that mystery quilt post, leaves me dreaming of a pineapple quilt using that folded corners ruler.  We will see.  Turquoise, an earth tone naturally occurring, with brown and neutral, all favorites of mine.

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Here are all of these little critters just waiting for the next step.  At least I hope they are all there because my count could be off.  If so, as you can see there are few extra partial block pieces ready to be utilized in the event there was an error in counting.  Linking up with this post on the Monday after link up!

I owe I owe it is off to work I go.    I will miss having so much sewing time and returning to work after this Thanksgiving holiday.  I have enjoyed it at so many different levels.  *Sigh*…..this is a sigh of contentment.

Plenty of Leftovers

Thanksgiving meals have come and went.  Bellies are full and ready for round two, three, four, and five.  Leftovers are part of this holiday.  You cook way to much food, and try to eat on it for days before it gets thrown out or grows the fuzzies in the fridge.

In the scheme/spirit of Thanksgiving and their scraps, I have been duly working on a scrap quilt, all from leftovers that I have been saving for years.  It started out in an old pillow case.  Every time I would have a scrap, triangle, square, or selvedge I would put it in the pillow case.  Well, the pillow case burst at the seams.  The scraps were moved to their own tote.  This tote is at the top of the stack currently and easily accessible.  My goal is to deplete these leftovers or at least trim their fat.

I would be sewing/quilting a boy themed quilt top right now as it was told to me this past week that the next person in our group found out they are having a boy.  I have the top already done, but do not have any batting.  I will have to purchase a roll of batting because you get the best bang for your buck buying in large quantity.  I will wait for the right deal and take care of this as destiny defines it.

So, I was itching to use the sewing machine and sew.  The Mystery Quilt On Ringo Lake does not start until tomorrow and I simply could not wait to sew.  I have time off from work and wanted to keep my hands busy.

So I took the phone book I had been saving and am using it as the foundation to sew my scraps.

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I grab a few scrappy leftovers out of my tote and the sewing begins.

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They are wrinkled and crinkled, but oh so valuable.  To think people do not save their scraps.  With as much as fabric costs per yard this is insane.  I am sewing down my scrap stash to make it a tad more manageable.

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Once I fill the whole page with strips/scraps I can then iron and trim them down to make a perfect block.  I am using an outdated telephone book (which by the way will become collectors items one day since everyone is going to cell phones and Ma Bell is dying).  My mother made one of these quilts and used a foundation of used Bounce dryer sheets which is an excellent idea since they are trash anyway and the smart thing about using those, you will not have to tear the paper away from the blocks once you are done.  Green and Genius at the same time Mom!

I am running my strings from opposite corners and will alternate my blocks when it is assembled.  This process is very fast and it is free fabric sew to speak.

So save those scraps, be thrifty with your nickels.  The farther you can make your yardage go, the better for your pocketbook.

Tomorrow once On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt starts, I will put these away and work on them later, but taming the tote of scraps feels good and I am enjoying this process.

Today–leftovers in my quilting realm.  Tomorrow I will make new leftovers and eat the Thanksgiving ones too.  Life is full, of leftovers.  Life is good!

Quilting and The Fire Ants

As the days shorten with daylight, one finds themselves trying to cope with less daylight and the same daylight hour activities.  Rush to rake leaves, or mow what is left of the lawn, or simply cook supper before the kitchen lights need to be turned on.  Rushing makes life no fun.  Preparing for the holidays some may get overwhelmed with less daylight (daylight has been known to help get rid of the blues), some get so taxed they get sick (this is usually me), and some take it easy and roll with the punches.  However your next week unfolds, slow down and take time out to pay attention to things that my otherwise pass you by, like a lady bug on the window sill, signifying it is going to get cooler.

Today I was trying to get a quilt finished to take pictures.  It didn’t happen.  And that is ok.  It is almost finished.  I am hoping to finish this before the thanksgiving holiday so it can be given to the parents before they vacation and it has to wait a little longer.  My goal is to be finished with it by the time Black Friday arrives and the Bonnie Hunter mystery begins.  I am well on my way to a finish.  But I am not going to push it.

Here are pictures of it unfinished.  Who said I have to show finished pictures, it is my blog eh?

bindingFirst I started making binding, and fell short, so revisited digging through my stash and reorganizing to find the snippet that I had already put up.

crisscrossbindingI received my simple folded corners ruler in this week and got to try it out with criss crossing my binding and using it to trim before sewing.  No more line drawing…woooohoo!  Those of you who have not purchased a binding tool, don’t.  Get this one instead.  It snowballs your corners wonderfully.  It makes flying geese perfectly.  And if you order directly from Antler Quilt Designs, Doug Leko may sign a note of thanks.  Nice highlight for the week.  A famous person, and I have their autograph sort of.

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Binding attached and have started hand sewing…

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And then while nestled in my chair needle-ing, threading, and thimle-ing away my oldest daughter screamed outside and started crying “ANTS ANTS!  Get them off me!”  So I threw down what I was working on to knock the fire ants off her and because she was now inside had to kill the ants with the vacuum cleaner.

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I have not picked up this quilt since to bind because after that (she is quite the clumsy child) she fell flat on her face, literally.  I think she broke her nose.  She definitely had a nose bleed and a goose egg on her forehead.  Tsk Tsk…..this is my child that will probably break many bones in her lifetime, so accident prone.

And here is the almost finished/unfinished quilt. front and back.  Just pretend there are no raw edges.

Quiche is in the oven, with less than 5 minutes to go.  I will attempt to make apple pandowdy tomorrow and post that on my other blog as I have ran out of daylight today.  *sigh* time flies, the older I get, the faster the time continuum goes.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  And behave yourselves shopping during Black Friday!  May all of you have a safe, fulfilling holiday!

My Fabric Stash Grew! Zero Dollars—Priceless!

I have taken pictures around town with local landmark goodness of the En Provence quilt.  I would like to note the backing I selected was neutral with a tad of purple in rows much like the photo for inspiration the quilt was designed from.  I enjoyed this whole process down to the last 12 inches of binding.  I cut binding, going blindly on amount.  And low and behold, I had 12 inches to spare.  Usually I have way too much or not enough.  Win Win!

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For you local readers, can you guess where these pictures were taken?

On a huge, massive, positive note to my stash, I am the recipient of a co-worker’s grandmother’s stash.  Her grandmother downsized and new she would never get to make all the quilts she had fabric for.  I was the “winner” of the fabric.  Five trash bags and one box full of goodness. And just when I had gotten my stash manageable it multiplied.  I would never complain.  And I went through and picked out what I would consume right away and what would warm the inside of a tote for a while.  I gave 2 1/2 trash bags to my mother.  She will go through it and what she doesn’t want I will pass onto the Estitchers.

I wonder how many yards I did get today?   How many pounds?  It is much like the tootsie roll sucker commercial with the boy and the owl from the 70s.  How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll tootsie pop?  The world may never know.  How many yards did I have before this gift?  The world may never know.  LOL

I have received vintage Dresden’s made of 30s fabric.  I have received very nice appliquéd blocks with satin stitching to finish the edges.  There is enough there to make a quilt pretty darn quick.  Beautiful yellows, golds, and cheddar…oh yum.  There were blacks, purples, blues, greens, pinks, reds, rusts, neutrals.  There was even a panel in oranges and browns/rusts from the early 70s.  It had a hot air ballon on it.  I will cut that up and use it in my tumbler quilt I am making.  There was a panel to make a stuffed dog.  there was a panel to make a birdhouse vest.  Can you read the excitement in my text?  I can now shop my stash and have a brand new stash store.  I cannot wait to see what that fabric holds for my future projects.  YeeeeHaw!  What you put out there is what you get back.  It is great to enjoy the giving process of quilting.  And it is so nice that someone thinks of your efforts and singles you out for a gift like this of mass proportions!  I will pay this forward, as I usually do.  That is also something all of us could stand to do more of.  Thanks for reading my blog!

En Provence Finale and about the thimble

Last year at this time I was gathering fabrics ready to start my En Provence quilt Mystery hosted by Bonnie Hunter.

Fast forward to now, in one of my latest posts I shared fabrics I will be using in this years mystery On Ringo Lake.  I had just finished the quilt top Farm Fresh Deux, and wanted to get started quilting on it to gift it.  I guess I was just kidding myself as this baby quilt is not “due” until February.  So it is best to finish what I started in order right?  En Provence needed to be finished.  The quilting was about 85% done.  So I just wound my bobbins and brainstormed while finishing the orange peels.

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This was tough going, especially in the middle of the quilt because I was quilting on point, so in the middle of the quilt, the longest distance from the center was the corners, and that was all bunched up in my 6.5 inch throat space.  Some, er….very imperfect quilting in that region.  But the quilting is done!  I chose a doodling pattern for the center of the stars.

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The borders I just did circles as feathers would take too much thread and time.  I find the more thread you put into a quilt, the heavier and stiffer it gets, losing it’s cuddle softness.

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I am binding now and only have one side and part of another to go!  Today is rainy dreary out so a photo finish will have to wait.

During the binding process, usually I bind baby quilts and my finger does not have time to get sore, but on this larger project I had to whip out the good ole’ thimble.  I got to wondering about the thimble and how it came to be as such.  Reading up on it I came across some neat historical information about it.

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  • Did you know the earliest existing bronze thimble is dated to Roman times and was found in Pompeii?  It is also known that the Etruscans who predated the romans also used the bronze technology in their thimbles.
  • Bone and leather thimbles were probably the first ones but because of content did not survive the centuries.
  • Early thimbles had to be extremely sturdy.  Because cloth was predominately homespun and tough as well as the needles not being finished/polished.  Can you imagine trying to push a needles with burrs through dense cloth?
  • During the 1600s threads/cloth became refined and so thimbles also updated to being thinner.
  • During Elizabeth I reign, it became fashionable to gift thimbles that were ornately bejeweled
  • Victorian times allowed much needlework and also began the collecting of thimbles
  • But did you know that a slightly larger thimble, usually two ounces, was used to measure spirits?
  • And did you know that 19th century prostitutes used them to tap on their clients’ windows and Victorian schoolmistresses used them to knock recalcitrant students on the head?

My thimble after studying it, is a size ten and I wear it on my middle finger, as it is the pusher finger.  It is awkward and my hands look so old in one (perhaps it is only because I have seen the old wear one).  But it helps preserve my tip for the finer, less painful things in life.  Mine actually says “Spain10”.  I have others but they just hit my fingernail funny on the side and actually cause more pain to my finger than the needle.

We are all sick at this house, everyone has sore throat and runny nose.  The children have had their rounds of puking because of too much bile in the digestive system (yay! a laundry party 😦 ).  I have had bouts with vertigo….not fun stepping out of bed and everything felt slanted and me running into walls high stepping with every baby step.  We will mend, not as easily as with needle and thread but our bodies will do the work.

Here is a picture of one of our kittens all dressed up in doll clothes.  Fight or flight it looks like to me.  Perhaps its pride got a little bent with the process, but as most cats, definitely did not like the process of dressing up.

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Farm Fresh Deux

At the beginning of 2017, I finished a quilt called Farm Fresh using the Farm Girl Vintage pattern of a tractor.  Since the quilt was for a boy, I made it boy appropriate.  Here are those results.

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Fast forward to this weekend.  I wanted to make a one block quilt again and since it is in the theme of pink, gray, and white, I thought I would build another tractor block.  I dug and dug through my stash to come up with this.  See my homemade alpha bitties?  They are just bread ties and potato ties and work marvelously.  Depending on the BOM system I am using, I can use blue tape if necessary to mark/re-mark the ties.  It works and hey I am a cheapskate.  Maybe not a cheapskate….I just prefer to purchase fabric with my money not gadgets.

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I wish my clothes line was functional so I could just pin this up and get a full picture.  But you are only losing fabric border, no frills just fabric.  I really like the chuckwagon/purina style corners of this block and it makes it look farm fresh doesn’t it?

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I wanted the dark pink for the centers of the wheels but thought two solids would be to stark and not enough pattern.  So it is a tractor why not green eh?

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My father would not approve LOL (he worked for International Harvester for years so the red is what put food on the table, green was blasphemy).  I need to make this block in the future using whites.  You know International Harvester did produce a white tractor.  Not sure how I will accomplish this, but have years to figure it out.

I chose this paisley fabric for the perimeter of the block.  Farm meets chic.  It is soft enough with white that I don’t think the parents will mind the pastel blues and greens.  This weekend I will work to get it quilted, not sure what I will do for that either, perhaps I will script the words home grown over and over.  That part is still in the planning stages and I will be perusing Pinterest for examples to guide me in the quilting process.

Be looking for a completion of this in the next week, and thanks for reading my blog!