Tales of a pup, pumpkins, and quilting

Things have been slow on the Farmlet this week, unless of course you are a Walker!  And, as it goes with a two year old, he is constantly being monitored and knows one word PERFECTLY:

NO!

No! That is not a toy,  no cats, no shoes, no socks, no table legs, no sticks, no leaves, and

no pumpkins!

And on the brighter side, literally and figuratively, I have a near finish on my Posh Posies quilt.  I got it back from the new quilter this week and it needs binding for a finish.  Remember this?

and peeking out from behind on the design wall is a nearly complete assembly of this quilt…

Can you imagine?  When I started this adventure I used to cut as I went to make a quilt.  I have seen the error of my ways.  Now I cut all, label the stacks, and it goes faster!   Imagine that?

And here it is by popular request – the obligatory cute puppy shot.

B.F. Walker

His eyes may tell you he is innocent of all charges, but his leash and collar tell the real story.

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NOTES on chewed pumpkins:  I recently read somewhere, that a bit of pumpkin is good for dogs.  So I’m thinking of cooking it down, mashing it up and then mixing with a bit of brown rice to make frozen dog treats.  (2 p to 1 r)  If you know differently, please do tell!

Things that happened while I was away

I mostly finished my Quilting studio.

I never showed you because I was embarrassed that it wasn’t all cleaned up.

Suddenly this week I realized that if it was all cleaned up, then it meant nothing was getting made.

I’ll settle for neat and well used.

🙂

NOTE:  Things on hold during my quilting frenzy are painting the noticeable unpainted edges of the shelving and computer table, and making those roller shades so I can block the sun from blinding me two times a day.  I have the fabric; I just need a minute…  😉

I’m back, it’s back and almost a finish!

Keeping it short and to the point:

I made a Christmas quilt and then sent it away to Hamilton Missouri for quilting.  I held my breath and waited, a rather long time, and it is now here!

I was stunned at the condition of the box, but…

YIKES!

Anticipation…

Excitement!

the treasure inside was unharmed!

Please click to see the snowflakes!

I am calling it “The Night Before Christmas”.  It is very 50s, very country, and was really fun to make.

😊

Next, I will be adding the binding and then listing it on EBAY for sale.  And of course I will be showing you the bound and ready for sale photo too.

more soon!

 

Some things are better for waiting…

as you read in a previous post

It was October 5th of last year, when I started a quilt called “And So It Crows” by Karen Walker.  As it happened, I bit off more than I could chew, as they say.  I got the first row of flowers done and then worked on the center crows and nothing, and I do mean NOTHING was matching up.

Sigh

So I plunked the rest of what I had redone onto the board and left it there.  For a very long time.  You see, the process of working on this was so frustrating to me that I just had to set it aside till I could work on it with confidence.

Between then and now I worked on many smaller projects involving points that aren’t to be lost in the seams involving hundreds of one inch blocks. and then all of a sudden I felt ready to tackle the crows once more.  Points you may ask? See all those flower petals, beaks, wing and tail feathers below.

And now I am here

There are only 164, 2.5 inch squares to be made and sewn together for the border.  Much easier than the 1 inch half square triangles and squares for all the birds and flowers… so…

Coming right up!

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For those who are counting the one inch blocks, there are:  160 for flowers plus 102 for birds which equals 262 one inch blocks.  That’s a’lotta little blocks

AND, for those eagle-eyed people who always see the mistakes, there are two, one was replicated tidily throughout the piece, and I will leave it.  And one is going to drive me round the bend and I don’t think I can finish without fixing it.  I didn’t even notice it til I put it up here in this post.

🙀

Do you see them?