Sunday, May 17, 2015

I'm a Winner!!!

Did ya'll follow the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 11 blog hop a couple weeks ago? I didn't get to it everyday, but I did most days. There are some pretty awesome designers out there. Lots of give-aways were included.

A few days ago I received this message from Sandi of

On Thu, May 14, 2015 at 4:34 PM,  wrote:

You won the Volume 11 issue!  I have notified them of your address, please let me know when you receive the copy and notify me if you haven't received it in a few weeks.  Thanks again for participating!

I am so excited! I can't wait to see all the designs in my own copy of this volume! 

This afternoon I am going to prepare and applique' more baskets. Perhaps I will have a bunch to show soon. Look what others are slow stitching today at Kathy's Quilts

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Busy, Busy, Busy

Seems like the last couple of weeks have been extra busy and sometimes hectic. One of things that has taken a good bit of my time is helping my husband on the small farm he and his brother have. My b-i-l is in poor health, so I've been trying to help out. This little farm has been in my husband's family since just after the War between the States. I call it "The Funny Farm". But, somedays it is not so funny, especially when you have an Angus cow who loves to jump the fence. Ugh! We have crazy cow, her 7 month old calf, and 1 huge bull. They are being sold. It will be the first time in probably 150 years that there will be no cattle on the farm. Kind of sad, but too much work for my hubby and his brother.

I did get to have a fun day trip with Sharon this past Tuesday. We took the 2 hour drive to Paducah, KY. Neither of us had ever been to the National Quilt Museum before. We toured the museum, visited Eleanor Burn's shop Quilt in a Day, and of course, Hancock's of Paducah. I had been to this store before, but Sharon had not. She was in awe.

I have managed to get some sewing time in, too. I have been working on a Sister's Choice quilt off and on for several months.. I am using Bonnie Hunter's free pattern. You can find it here. I used scraps that Sharon and I had left over from the herringbone quilts we made last year.
The pattern calls for 72 star blocks and I only have about 5 left to do. They are all very scrappy. The points are all green. I used greens with a bluish tint to them and dark emerald green. Hope to finish the last of the star blocks today. I cut out the borders yesterday. Hope you find some time to work on a project today.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

May Flowers and a Slow Sunday

May already? Where does the time go? We had 3 times our usual rainfall for April. The April showers really did bring May flowers to my garden. My mother was a master, not so much. The great thing about irises is they will grow pretty much anywhere as long as the ground is not very wet. And, they keep coming back year after year. Most of the irises in my garden were given to me by ladies who have now passed on. Some are from my mother-in-law, my neighbor, and my mother. They are gone, but their flowers live on.

This snowball bush (below) is from a cutting of my mother's bush. Both my sister Karen and I have them in our gardens. My mother's beautiful bush was cut down by the folks who bought her house. Mother's was much larger and more beautiful, too.
Today I will be slowing down and stitching the bindings on the two charity quilts. I did simple quilting on them with the walking foot. Love the flannel backings. Found the perfect binding fabrics in my stash. I just love those cute chickens!

What are you slow stitching today? Check out all the Slow Sunday Stitchers at Kathy's Quilts.