Saturday, August 02, 2014

keeping busy... lots of stuff going on!

here are my January through July blocks for Judy and Vicki's mystery- Tell It To The Stars. loving how it's going so far- and the august blocks are some of the setting and corner pieces-and they use more YELLOW! Judy did tell us way back when that color #2 would be the predominant color. I'm excited to see how it's going to start going together.

JUST TO BE CLEAR: I should mention that ALL my blocks are done- they're just pinned on the design wall in pairs... there are 2 each of all 6 star blocks, and 6 of the chain blocks.
I tried to figure out how this quilt would go together- I even went so far as messing around in EQ5, but couldn't get it. (didn't try TOO hard, though! I don't want to ruin the surprise.) although- having said that, there seems to be a spoiler in the linkups... oh, well.
this quilt top was one that I "just had" to do- found the tutorial on youtube here. after seeing it, I got the brilliant idea to make mine in low volume fabrics. (you know, what we quilters used to call neutrals, or background fabrics, before quilting got all popular and modern!) I had originally planned on doing the grey squares at all the intersections, but after doing a bit of math, realized that that would mean cutting, sewing, pressing and trimming 296 grey triangles! I quickly "scrapped" that idea and opted for the more modern version of the grey squares just fading away- and I really like it!
this is a huge hodge-podge of different fabrics- mostly all from my stash- and some quite new (purchased for this quilt) and some as old as 25+ years! it's a good feeling to use up so many different fabrics. and also surprising at how well they look together- no one fabric seems to jump out at me.

Sunday, July 06, 2014


 it's still early in July, and I managed to get my blocks done for Tell it to the Stars. yay, me!

it's only the second Saturday of the month, and I've used all the red (or most if  it, anyway...) in my scrap jars. 7 more blocks for the RSC14.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

slow and steady wins the race...

I was able to spend some time last night piecing my red crumb blocks for July. I still have a pile of reds- maybe enough to make 6-8 more blocks. I enjoy piecing the crumb blocks- just sew and go! no thinking, no cutting... it's relaxing.
see what others are making with their red scraps here.
also: if you scroll down a few posts over at soscrappy, you can see the Wednesday linky that they did with all the rainbow blocks we've made so far this year. (green, blue, yellow, teal, pink and purple.)  it's definitely worth taking the time to click over. every one's blocks are beautiful. ( I didn't' link up, but wish I had... I didn't' take the time to get all my blocks out and line them up...)

Friday, July 04, 2014

Tell it to the Stars: January- June

I managed to come in just under the wire and finished my June Tell it to the Stars blocks today. just in time for mr. linky! see all the other blocks over at Judy's blog...

( I took designer liberties with June's block, and replaced the HSTs in the corners of that block with the plain background squares. I didn't like the way those HSTs were so busy looking...)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

crumbing right along...

the RSC14 for the month of June is yellow. finally, on the 15th, I was able to slip up into the sewing room, and sort all my yellows. after only an evening of sewing, I was able to make these 9 blocks. I'm happy with that. now, if we could only get all the rabbits, deer and groundhogs that are eating the garden~ especially the broccoli!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

just beautiful!

my oldest son, who lives (and surfs) in California took these two pictures. I just love them- the vivid, clear and crisp colors, the depth of field, the stones in focus in the foreground....

what's not to love? just wanted to share!

Friday, May 02, 2014

when it rains, it pours: Tell It To The Stars ~ May's blocks

after *just barely* finishing April's Tell It To The Stars blocks around 10PM April 30 (thanks to a rainy day that made it too wet to work in the fields), I decided I'd take advantage of the still-too-wet-to-work-soil, and get May's blocks out of the way.

TA-DA! love the way they look- and that we got to play with fabric #3 again!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

it was all thanks to the rain...

although it still feels as if spring has not "officially" arrived, we're still SUPER BUSY in the fields and the gardens. we have many of our early crops planted, as well as the tomatoes in the high tunnel, for a good, early start on the CSA/Farm Share boxes which start the first Thursday in June.
today was a rainy day, so I only worked a half day. after a hot shower AND a nap, I was thankful to head up the the sewing room and work on my Tell It To The Stars blocks for April.
I like how they're turning out!
here's all 8 of my blocks so far. I was hoping that Judy had posted tomorrow's block a bit early- I'd sew some more as long as I'm on a roll. but- tomorrow promise to be rainy as well, (or at least too wet to work the soil) so maybe I 'll get  a bit more time in the sewing room again!

I did see that Angela dropped a huge hint about green for RSC14. I already did my green scraps into 6½" crumb blocks back in March, so either i'll pick another color to do, or it's just as likely i'll be too busy to be sewing anyway!

if you want to see more about what we do with our CSA and the veggies we grow for our members, you can jump on over to facebook, and like our farm page, "by the bridge"
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