Where am I?

Oh, goodness. Well, I’ve had a heck of a time getting down to the sewing room/studio with the exception of a quick wall hanging quilt for my husband’s birthday. It was a solar system panel that I found at a quilt shop in Hannibal, MO. I’ve been working in the garden, visiting families, furniture shopping, and reading along with time-wasting things. Finally, there is a family member who is having a baby, so that means a baby quilt!

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Playing in Green II

Got out into the spring air Saturday and prepped the gardens. Today is mostly sunny and very windy. Tomorrow and Wednesday are expected to be stormy, so I planted spinach, lettuce, and radishes this morning. I’m not a serious gardener. Mostly, I just stick seeds and plants in the ground with a little fertilizer, and hope for the best. But if I would nurture things better, I would get a better yield. Some growth is better than no growth. If I were to get a better yield I would learn to love gardening even more. And loving always makes life worth living.

Quilting was done in gold thread. The yarn was machine-couched, and I’m in the process of embroidering the words.

Playing in Green

It’s spring…or at least the weather should act like it.

I pulled out a packet of green and green-blue fiber that I had stashed away. Playing around with composition, thinking about how to quilt it, and what I want it to say.

I get paralyzed by all the options.

Oh, hello!

Hello, little blog. Mind if we get reacquainted? I ran out of steam here, and I got sucked down the Instagram hole. Life happened. Nothing earth-shattering, but, you know. Have been working on my relationship with God, but sadly my spiritual director’s cancer has returned, and she’s been told that she has until the end of the year. Lovely lady. I can see why God is calling her home.

I’m still wondering what to do with my life, since empty-nesting is getting closer and closer. I know one thing, I think about it too much. I’ll just do what I can do this moment. For now, I’m going to leave the comments off and try not to think about who is reading or not reading this blog. Sound like a plan? OK. It’s just you and me, baby.

Two completed quilts and more

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 35″ X 35″
Reference/Pattern: 
 Fat Quarter Baby: 20 Crib Quilts for Bundles of Joy! by It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Designed by:
It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2017
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting.
Notes: Gift for new baby

 

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 30 1/2″ X 38 1/2″
Reference/Pattern: 
 Fat Quarter Baby: 20 Crib Quilts for Bundles of Joy! by It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Designed by:
It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2017
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting.
Notes: Gift for new baby

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A striped fabric for the next quilt class at church.

 

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This looks more complicated than it is. If any one wants to make this, here’s what to do:

Get about 1 1/2 yds of a stripe. This will get you a table runner. Keep the fabric folded as it comes off the bolt. Make sure stripes that are alike line up the whole cut of the fabric.  Cut ten and a half inch strips. From the strips, cut ten and a half inch squares. Cut the squares into Quarter Triangle Squares. Separate the triangles into two piles: one with horizontal stripes and one with vertical stripes. Form new squares with four horizontal triangles and new squares with four vertical squares. Arrange as seen above.

I had made two mistakes. On the first cut of fabric, I didn’t line up like stripes before cutting.  The stripes in some blocks don’t match up. Went back to the quilt shop and bought more fabric. As you can see, the stripes in some of the blocks match up nicely. I had an easier time lining up like stripes by folding the fabric the other way -cut ends together. It’s a little wonky in places, but I like it. The stripes are pretty busy, so the blocks that are off may not be noticed. It’s going to stay in my sewing room anyway. I’m thinking of putting a border on.

 

 

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Pillowcases for my sister’s birthday.

 

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Made this key fob designed by Lazy Girl Designs. You can wear it on your wrist to carry the house key when you go for a walk.

 

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For one of my birthdays, my sister made these quilted trivets for me. She gave me whatever fabric she had left and I made tea cozies.

 

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I’m going through these books again to learn about color and composition. I’d like to work the lessons in the top and bottom books.

 

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Two Completed Quilts (Kids are probably in college by now)

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 39 1/2″ X 39 1/2″
Reference/Pattern: 
 Fat Quarter Baby: 20 Crib Quilts for Bundles of Joy! by It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Designed by:
It’s Sew Emma Patterns, “Elizabeth”
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2017
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting.
Notes: Gift for new baby

 

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 32 1/2″ X 37 1/2″
Reference/Pattern: 
 Fat Quarter Baby: 20 Crib Quilts for Bundles of Joy! by It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Designed by:
It’s Sew Emma Patterns, “Andrew”
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2017
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting.
Notes: Gift for new baby

Shtuff IX

sign in local antique shop

sign in local antique shop

 

Fall has been beautiful. The temperature has been perfect.

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Our one and only tree.

 

Still have pieces for two baby quilts up on the design wall.

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But, I need to get this quilting done for my sister by Thanksgiving. She’s giving it to someone for a retirement gift.

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We had more trick-or-treaters this year. Must have been the nice weather.

a house in our neighborhood

a house in our neighborhood

Holly was scared.

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I go away for a weekend and this is what happens in my sewing room.

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Hubby was working on the window and discovered a leak above the sewing machine. All better now.

Was looking through a cabinet and found these piggies my son made years ago. *sniff, sniff* Memories.

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Mikey was teasing me one morning about leaving drawers slightly open. Got him back! Look what I found in his workshop.

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Once my sewing table was put back where it was, I was quilting at the quilt machine and spontaneously decided to make curtains for my kitchen.

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Finally, last weekend went to the Iowa Sculpture and Fine Arts Festival and bought a little piece of art at the silent auction.

Holly approved.

Holly approved.

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