Sunday, June 23, 2013

Claiming my blog

I am so sorry to see Google Reader go away.  I don't know if that is how you read the blogs you subscribe to, but it has been a staple for me.  Since we are getting down to the end of google reader (July 1), I am claiming my blog on Bloglovin.

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Google Reader, I am so sad that you have to go.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June Goals and May Finishes

This is a copy of the list of my May goals
  1. Finish quilting the border on the large twister quilt and bind it- It is quilted, but I still need to bind it.
  2. Quilt and bind the green/yellow swoon Quilt- would like to gift at the end of this month- This quilt was completed and gifted
  3. Bind the pink/yellow floral quilt- Finished this one 
  4. Bind the monkey tumbler quilt- Trying to decide on the binding color
  5. Quilt the town square quilt- Quilted and bound
  6. Quilt the grey zig zag baby quilt- Moving to the June Goals

June goals

  1. Put the binding on the twister quilt
  2. quilt and bind the grey zig zag quilt
  3. bind the Tumbler quilt
  4. Quilt the large crazy star quilt
Bonus Quilts
  1. Quilt & Bind the grey/yellow Plus Quilt
  2. Quilt & Bind the Small crazy star quilt
  3. Quilt Halloween Take 5 Quilt

Since June is almost half over (how did that happen), I am making my goals a little more achievable.  


2 Finished from the UFO list, and 2 near finishes from the list.  The best part of all - no new starts which means I am making progress.  Slow and steady wins the race.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Buckwheat #13


  • 16 triangles (8 dark and 8 medium) cut with Easy Angle (EA) 1 7/8" strip
  • 12 triangles (8 light and 4 medium) 1 1/2" strip cut with Companion Angle (CA)
  • 4 squares 1 7/8" (2 light and 2 dark)
 Sew the half squares together and square up to 1 7/8" .  If you are struggling with the 1/4" seam, you can use a 2" strip and square them up.

Sew the squares and setting triangles together on the angle in rows.  Alternate the pressing direction by the rows (I press odd rows to the right and even rows to the left)

 Join the rows together in pairs, matching up the seams of the inner squares.  The setting triangles are a little over sized, so don't be alarmed if they don't line up perfectly.

Join the remaining rows, and square up to 6 1/2"

Make sure to leave the 1/4" seam allowance on the edges,

My colors are a little crazy on this one, but in the whole scheme of things, it will be fine.

The Farmer's Wife Resumes

I haven't had much time to sew since we adopted the new puppy, but today I NEEDED some time to sew.  Do you ever get really grumpy because you have too many things that need done and you don't get to sew?  My family recognizes when I need some sewing time, so I know the lack of it makes me grumpy.

I really want to finish up the Farmer's Wife project so I can free myself of the guilt of unfinished business. 

Today's block is 19 - Checkerboard.  It came out perfect on my second try.  I don't know what I did wrong the first time, but my seam allowance must have been too big.  Second time around, it was the perfect size.

Checkerboard- #19
  • 9 colored squares 1 7/8"
  • 4 light squares 1 7/8"
  • 8 triangles cut with Companion Angle 1 7/8" strip
  • 4 triangles cut with EA 1 1/2" strip (can use 1 7/8" strip and trim down if you prefer

Sew the squares together in rows pressing toward the colors

Join the middle 3 rows and the corners to the other 2 rows.
 Join the remaining pieces to complete the block.  Trim off the dog ears and square up to 6 1/2".  Make sure you leave the 1/4" seam allowance on all 4 sides.  This is my completed untrimmed block.

 Stay tuned for block #13 Buckwheat.  It is very similar to Checkerboard with the addition of some half squares.

I am hoping this is the beginning of many more productive days.