And I’m throwing in a little News From the Ranch for good measure. I’ve been working hard on lots of fun stuff lately. Some of it I can’t show you just yet, but some of it I can, so I will!
Last week I showed you a bunch of pieces I cut using a new little wedge ruler I won at my last guild retreat. I wanted to try it out so badly, I decided to use it for my mug rug that we’ll be having a swap for at our next guild meeting. My plate is finished, and it is so adorable!
It measures only 6″ across. I love it so much, I wanna make an entire large quilt out of these cute little things, but when would I find the time? I’ll keep you posted if I decide to take that project on! Haha!
I also finally got my hands on some Mostly Manor, my bestie Victoria’s fabric line out with Marcus Fabrics. I have pieces of every print in the collection, but I’ve chosen to make two separate quilts, because why not? So I’m using the Stripes to make a quilt while I’m waiting on some background fabric that I want to use with the other prints.
More on both of those later. You might want to pop over to Victoria’s blog for a visit if you haven’t lately. She just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Antarctica! Her pictures are astounding — I can hardly believe the color! In my mind, I pictured everything being white and gray — I mean it’s all snow all the time — but the blues are just fabulous! Go take a look.
Meanwhile, here on the ranch, we’ve been having lots of days where the skies look like this:
Beautiful, but a bit ominous, and I find sunshine much more motivating. And the winds — we’ve had horrific winds for days! I feel like I’ve been beat up every time I go out and come back inside.
But I’m spending an inordinate amount of time just standing at the goat pen (or the window) watching my new babies. I can’t help it — they’re so stinkin’ cute and so very funny! Blossom had twins a couple weeks ago:
And Ginger had her baby last Sunday:
I’ve named the twins Sugar and Flower (haha!), and Ginger’s baby is named Bella. They’re all so entertaining.
It’s from the book “Patchwork, Please!” by Ayumi Takahashi. It’s called “Books for Baby”. I had the perfect Saggy Baggy Elephant fabric to use for my book cover. It’s paper foundation pieced, and super easy (so don’t ask why it took me so long to do it!). Ayumi’s book is really cute.
I also made a block for Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts, and sent it off:
And the same day she received my block, I received mine from her — talk about funny timing! We got a good chuckle out of it. Mine had this fabulous handmade card tucked in with it. (I can’t say that I sent anything that good along with my block to her.) I’m in love with the card.
I also got this fabulous gift from my friend, Terri. She’s a fellow guild member, and we’re in Scrap Attack Club at Sew Sweet Quilt Shop together, too. I was admiring her journal cover at one of our get-togethers one day, and she told me how she made it, and I said I wanted to try one someday “in my spare time”. Obviously, she knows me well enough to know that I would never find the time to make one for myself, so she made one for me! I love it so much. She used some really special blocks to make it:
All I can say, as I hang my head, is that my friends do a lot more for me than I do for them — I have some really great friends!
I took a day last week to attend the Hannibal Piecemakers Quilt Show in Hannibal with my friend, Rose Marie. We needed to get together anyway, so we decided to turn the meeting into a field day, and we had a lot of fun. The show was wonderful!
This week, I’m back at some serious work on the longarm, so not much extra piecing is getting done. I’m working on a vintage quilt top, and doing 56 blocks of this little tiny half-inch crosshatching. I may go blind or insane before I’m done. Wish me luck!
That’s it for now! I hope you’re all having a wonderful week — I hear it’s been snowing in some parts of the country, so I guess I shouldn’t be complaining about wind, huh?