Quilting

JB’s Firetruck Quilt

January 18, 2018

Our Friend The Farmer has a whole passel of big grand kids (12 to be exact), big as in, they drive tractors, pull down calves, play high school sports and go to colleges.  He also has a new little one coming next month, to which he is extremely excited about, and he has Jacob.  Jacob is three years old and the apple of his Grandpa’s eye.  Grandpa is Jake’s very favorite person.  Little Jake was even going to be Grandpa for Halloween, until he changed his mind and became a Fireman.Now he is obsessed with fire trucks as only a 3-year-old can be.

I had a farm quilt for sale in our Holiday Boutique, that Jacob’s Aunt fell in love with and thought would be perfect for the new baby coming in February.

When Our Friend The Farmer’s wife was alive, she made all of her grandchildren a quilt when they were born.   Our Friend The Farmer wanted to buy the quilt for the baby, but knew that Jake had never been given a quilt.  He wanted to fill that gap and asked me to help.  I told him, I’d be delighted to help, but that this would be my gift to him.  He couldn’t pay me for the fabric or my time.  I had to get straight to work, as there was only a few weeks until Christmas.

I scoured the internet for the right fabric.

Our very small local option was closed for 2 days and as I’d just been there, I was pretty sure that they didn’t have what I needed.

The next day right after school, My Loving Spouse and I drove 53 miles to a fabulous Quilt store to find the perfect fabric.  Except, they didn’t really have the perfect fabric.  They had this fabric, which I bought.I personally, thought it a bit ‘old’ for a 3-year-old, so I attempted to tone it down or ‘fun it up’ with colorful blocks.By the end of the week, I had the whole quilt laid out and ready to sew.  I just needed a bit more red, so I dashed off to our small local shop, which was open that day and the of course, I found the ‘right’ fabric.

I thought for about 2 seconds and bought them.I also bought some red and some black polka-dot fabric and went home to begin a brand new quilt.  I called Our Friend The Farmer.

“I have good news.  I’ve found better fabric for Jake’s quilt, but I am going to have to make it sort of simple because of time.”

‘Well, Ellen, it is for a 3-year-old, not the county fair.’

I started cutting all 4 fabrics in 6 in x 6 in blocks, because that is the size of my ruler, so the cutting goes quickly.It wasn’t quite right, so I added white blocks, which did not help at all.

I decided to try putting the red & black blocks together as triangles.  Luckily, I was taught a quick and easy method to do this.  With right sides together, draw a line across the blocks.  Then using a 1/4 inch seam allowance sew two seams on either side of the drawn line.When both seams are sewn, cut the two triangles apart.

Open, press and Ta Da!I realized I could add a bit of pizzazz by turning the double triangle squares on their sides to give the look of diagonal stripes.

Bordered with white fabric, red quilting and a tiny embroidered nod to the nickname his Grandpa calls him.The quilt was done and I was excited to give it to Our Friend, who couldn’t wait to come and get it.Our Friend the Farmer was so delighted to be able to give his daughter special quilts for her babies, his beloved Grandchildren, not quite like his wife use to, but a sweet, sweet gesture all the same…

and I was moved to be part of the blessing.

 

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Virtual Boutique

November 26, 2017

Last year a few of you said,

“Hey, there should be a ‘virtual boutique’ for those of us, who don’t live in Ellensburg!”

So…it got me thinking…as I got ready for our boutique here, what if I sewed more…

…and so I did.

You folks stretch me.  It only took me all day to figure this out, technical stuff is not my strong point.  Just ask Team Offspring, I can almost hear/see their eye rolls at the thought.

Welcome to your virtual boutique.

New Life Old Farm

Just click the link, that one up there.

See…I did it!  More to come later, but it is a start.

Thank you friends, you do indeed bless me.

 

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My Sewing Room In Pictures

November 10, 2017

My sewing room is finally, just that, a reflection of me and a hard-working room.  It really started by removing the book cases (I hated) into the family room.  This move put them where they belong, pulled the family room together and now I LOVE them!Just goes to prove ‘right thing-right place’.

This meant the sewing room needed a fresh coat of paint.  With the help of My Loving Spouse and Sherwin, I got a bright blue.  Honestly, way too bright for me, but I am living with it.  I also nabbed a new hutch for my space.  It all started to come together and I started getting a bit giddy.

My fabulous cutting counter, I could not do without!  The only time there is not a project on it, is when THE Grand kids visit and then we turn it into a changing table.  (Win-win)

I love when those I care about come into to ‘perch’ with me, while I sew.  It is important to have a chair just for them, but truthfully, sometimes it does look like this.Because it is all about me….During the sewing room re-organization, I really drank the organizational kool-aid.  I sewed 6 color coded baskets to store smaller fabric pieces.They fit in this wire storage container.  Although, I got tired of sewing these baskets, I am quite glad I did.  The fabric stays cleaner in this dusty house.  Looking for a bit of fabric is so much easier this way, as is clean up.  I also made  more trash cans.  It is a small room, but having trash cans and scissors at the sewing machine and the ironing chest has made removing stray threads so much simpler and the trash goes into the trash, just like that!

My sewing machine gas pedal, now stays put with a bit of tool box liner from Harbor Freight.  Any piece of rubbery material will probably do.This is a very happy place….

I do not follow many quilt patterns, so I use my design wall all the time.  This Christmas quilt is waiting for my new batting to arrive.My Uncle’s old seaman’s chest stores some of my bigger pieces of fabric, just as it did for my mom.  If you’ve known me a long time, you’ll remember these pictures, they were the first thing most people saw as they stepped into my parents home.

I couldn’t do much without my fabulous Janome.  This teak sewing table is the one thing we will probably replace.  My Loving Spouse and I are dreaming up a bigger sewing table, possibly made out of an old desk, with the sewing machine sitting inserted into the desk.  Stay tuned….

Yes, I am counting them…

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Quilters Hug With Fabric

October 25, 2017

Quilters hug with fabric.

In celebrations of joy and in struggles, that is often our journey, my response is to hug.  When the loved one is not near, the response is even stronger to sew.Sew a quilt, that I hope will express my love.

Sew a quilt designed uniquely for the receiver.  This one is for one who is red/green color blind.  These colors and pattern designed with extra care of how he sees the world.I long to let you know, that you are not alone.Quilts do not mend bones.Quilts do not remove cancer.Quilts can keep you warm with cozy flannel on the back, the weight adds a unique calming and comforting feel. Love and prayers with every stitch.  His initials sewn into the fabric…JSF.Many miles separate us and it has been a few years since this picture was taken…

Get well…With great love and gratitude for who you are in my life,

your little sister.

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Painting A Cow

September 29, 2017

The hardest part of painting a cow, is getting her to stand still.  The paint, of course, can be purchased at Amazon.  No, I am not painting Agnes.  She is perfect just the way she is, just a perfect black cow.  (Well, she’d be a tiny bit more perfect if she were ‘in the family way’, but we are working on that.)

There is a trend lately, to join together sip wine and paint on canvas.  We might live in the country, but these opportunities come to us as well.  The art we paint, just has a bit more meaning to us, than say a rendering of Monet’s ‘Water Lillies’.  We joined together to paint cows.  (Oh, be still my heart).

A night out with My Loving Spouse to do something fun and different.  It was just what we needed.  We showed up to the Blue Rock Saloon.  My Loving Spouse with sharpened pencil in hand.I had a different set of tools.

I had never painted on canvas, so I was both a tad nervous and quite excited.  We were given some simple instructions.One of us had been practicing their reality cow rendering.

Then it was time to add some paint.  I am sure you’ve noticed that there is a disproportionate number of black AND WHITE cows in all cow art.  Black cows do not receive the recognition that they deserve.  You can be sure, that my art would reflect my cow.
My Loving Spouse on the other hand was just having fun.

What fun it was too!  If you get the chance to join together with friends or people you don’t even know, who become your friend when they pass you the black paint, to enjoy a night out painting, I highly recommend it.  If you get to paint cows, well, as they say in Ellensburg, that is ‘even better‘!

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The Purple Quilt

May 11, 2017

Graduation time is coming and the purple quilt is done!  Our church has only a few graduating seniors this year, so I was happy to be able to contribute a quilt for this special girl.

The quilt started out as a ‘log cabin’ pattern, but then… I started making my own adjustments…until I liked it.  I love quilting my way!

This senior has plans for a major in musical theater, so I added a few treble clefs in the quilting.I used flannel strips for the backing.  I didn’t want them to look like a lot of left over pieces, so I put them on the diagonal.  (If one knows better, they might not do this, as flannel stretches, especially on the diagonal!  It did make it a bit harder to quilt, but I am still glad I did it.)  Sometimes it is good to not know ‘the rules’, just jump in and sew away!I think she will like it.  It was made with all the best of intentions, hopes and prayers….…and I am blessed.

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New Baby Fish

There’s a new little fish in the family. My family name is Fisher. When you’re family name is Fisher, you are susceptible to things with fish on them…especially fabric. I found darling fish fabric, while I was getting just a bit more purple fabric and I had to have it.  My nephew’s family had just welcomed the […]

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Pack A Quilter

My Loving Spouse and I figured out a vital truth on our trip to Cannon Beach last week.  Travel is better, if you pack a quilter.  Seriously, my need for fabric took us to places we would have never gone to otherwise. I will be making a quilt for one of our graduating seniors this […]

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Bob’s Quilt

Bob’s quilt is done.  The back is gray flannel, so it should be quite cozy.  The quilt is meant to be a lap quilt, for Bob to use when he does the nightly crossword puzzle.  I had some fun putting a “Bob” in the quilt.I put a heart as well, actually I put in two […]

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Snow Day (Sew Day)

Today, for the first time in 20 years, the Ellensburg Schools are closed due to weather.  It is not completely a ‘snow day’.  It is more of a ‘freezing rain, black ice, dangerous road condition’ day.  The highways are closed….everyone is being told to stay in. I am really okay with this idea.  You might […]

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Our Busy Season

The last 6-8 weeks have been our ‘busy season’.  This is what I tell myself.  It helps me to make sense of our reality, that while some of you on this second weekend in December, have Christmas trees and Christmas lights, we have pumpkins on the porch covered in snow. We’ve been sewing and sawing […]

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Dear BJ

Dear BJ, Do you remember the wonderful quilting pattern book you sent me?  Oh, I am sure you do.  You probably don’t know, that I do not usually follow patterns or instructions or directions…but I just, love that book!  That gal with a Bee in her bonnet, sure is creative. I used that book a lot […]

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