I found a cool little Lollipop Bags pattern in a quilt shop last fall and so far have made probably a dozen of them and given most of them away as gifts. I simplified it by not adding the handle or rosette. I love the contrasting triangle, it just gives it that little extra a little bag needs.
They make perfect little gifts and it takes only a couple fat quarters of material and a piece of fusible batting and a zipper. I made one at first and then decided to make at least three at a time. It goes so much faster when I use, as I like to call it, the assembly line method.
I wanted to make a bag for myself that I could put my essential oils in without the glass bottles hitting each other. So I did some thinking and measuring and added elastic that would hold the bottles secure. It works pretty well, although I will adjust the elastic higher for the next bag I make.
I was using one of the bags for my knitting. It is a perfect size for scissors, darning needles and anything small. My needles however, needed a longer bag to keep them secure. So I used the same technique as the other bags without the contrasting fabric and made it long enough for my longest wood needle. I just love it, now my needles are safe and not lost on the bottom of my big knitting bag.
Now to get busy and make something with my needles other than dish cloths!
some pics from the ocean get away…..
The days have been getting warmer and longer. The fields are turning green and the wheat is taking in the sunshine and rain. Mark has a great way of expressing it, God is irrigating the wheat for us again! Praise God, because we need the rain and the sunshine. The farm work gets kicked into high gear in the spring, as the weeds also start to shoot up. Farming is so much like life. Just when I’m feeling good about how life is going, something will come up and make me doubt and complain. Just like all those weeds in my wheat field, I need to get rid of the doubt and stop the complaining.
Mark has been putting in long hours on the sprayer getting rid of those weeds and giving the wheat a boost with some fertilizer. We should see the results soon with the wheat shooting up and the weeds getting knocked out. Just like the wheat, I need help getting back on track, for me that means spending more time with Jesus.
Here are some shots I took of Mark spraying and the growing wheat fields.
I took this one this morning! It was a beautiful day today.
Quilting is still going on….
I managed to work on a wall quilt/table topper, right now it is on the wall. It has been in the works for a while, but I wanted it done before Easter and it was. I used fabric I had in my stash. I just love it when I don’t have to run to town to finish a project. It pays to buy fabric even when I don’t know at the time what it is going to be for. Gotta have a good stash to be a quilter!
is almost ready to be quilted. I just need to move my frame back in the house and get started. It will have to wait for a little while though, I am going on a girls trip only with my mom, aunt, sister and cousin to the Oregon coast for a few days. I’m sure I will have some pictures to share when I get back. The wheat will be even taller and greener!
I thought I had better share with you my slow progress with Carson’s quilt. I have been working on some blocks that will be the main focus. It has been fun and challenging.
Last fall I had visited family in Nebraska and my aunt showed me a quilt that had barns on it. I asked her where she got the patterns for the barns and it was in an Eleanor Burns quilt book on American Barns. It took me awhile to find a book, but finally found one on her website, I should have looked there first!
I reworked a barn so it would look similar to our own barn and made the silo look more like a grain bin.
The ruler on the book was a must for the next block. I wanted a tractor pattern and found one on Craftsy. It was a paper pieced pattern that looked difficult, but it was the only one I liked so it just had to be done. The only experience I have with paper piecing has been at a one hour class many years ago. So the next best teacher is the internet and I found a YouTube video. The Add-A-Quarter ruler was the main tool she suggested and I have to say it was worth the money. I looked locally at a couple of fabric stores but to no avail, so Amazon is where I picked one up.
This is my work in progress.
This week is Holy Week and Easter is coming. I have lots to do in preparing for Resurrection Sunday. We will have family here on the farm and Church to celebrate our Risen Lord, and of course a feast to prepare and eat together!
It is still pretty cold here, but I managed to take a few pictures of some spring flowers that are making their appearance in my flower beds.
He is Risen!
It will soon be my grandson’s first birthday and I have a quilt to make! I had some ideas running around in my head and finally figured out what to do. It obviously had to have ‘farm stuff’ in it, so I looked on Pinterest and in my quilt books and came up with a plan and pattern on my Electric Quilt. I love this software. It allows me to be creative and then see the project before I even start. It also helps me when buying fabric, I usually buy way too much just to make sure I have enough.
I recently made a trip to the Portland area and made a stop at Fabric Depot. This store can be overwhelming and very costly. It is huge and has fabric of all types, on this day I was focused on one quilt and I had success.
I just love these tractors. The fabric line is Apple Hill Farm from RJR Fabrics. Don’t you just love the fences in green and red. I added other fabrics that blended well and I think I did pretty good at picking fabric on this trip to Portland. So this is it, the fabric for my grandson’s quilt! Now I need to get started.
Cece, is what we call her, is my nieces daughter and she is two. She and her sister get to come up and visit us here on the farm one day a week while her parents work. I love my days with them and often we go on excursions around the farm and sometimes we go for ranger rides.
I made a quilt for her trying to get it done by her first birthday, but ended up getting it to her a few months late. Picking the material is always fun and with Cece, I knew it had to be bright and cheery. The pattern was ‘Sweet Pea’ from The Pattern Basket. It was perfect for her as she is a little sweet pea girl.
It is machine pieced and quilted. I’m still not a pro at machine quilting, but I keep trying and really that is all that matters. I machine embroidered the tag on the back and it makes it special and fun
Here is miss Cece and her quilt.
It did take me a little longer than I had hoped, but midway while machine quilting; I wondered if I should start over! So I stopped and left it alone for a couple of months. When I took it out to reevaluate, I decided to dive in and finish it. I’m so glad I did.
This quilt was quite the project. My goal was to somehow bring an African influence into the quilt. Since it was made for my daughter Hannah, who had lived in Burkina Faso for two years, I wanted it to remind her of that time in her life. Seeing first hand, where she lived and ministered, has helped me to visualize this quilt into being.
Life in Burkina is hard, and never perfectly in line, so the imperfect log cabin squares and quilting lines are so appropriate. (Thank goodness, because machine quilting straight lines are harder than you think!)
Hannah actually hasn’t seen the finished quilt. So here it is Hannah! Made with love for my beautiful daughter.
We are just finishing up Rapeseed harvest here on the farm. Here are a few pics of the guys doing the work.
Mark (Boss Man)
Jesse (Combine Operator)
Wheat harvest is next and I should update you on my garden too!
Wow! I can’t believe I have been away from blogging for so long. Last fall seemed to go by so fast and then the holidays and it is spring! Somewhere in between winter arrived and has now passed. Yay! No writing about the winter doldrums for me! So, I think I will just jump in like it hasn’t been that long!
I have done some quilting this winter and actually got a couple of quilt tops ready to be quilted. Lately I have been working on a wall quilt for my daughter Hannah. It started out as an experiment as I tried a new technique for me, inspired by a quilt book I bought. Modern Quilting by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson.
When I was in Burkina Faso a year ago last November, I bought some Ghana Batik fabric and now wanted to do something with it. So I looked for some fabric to go with it and here is what I found. The top piece is from Ghana.
I needed a neutral and found the gray material at my local quilt store, Becky’s Fabrics, and then started the process of basically sewing and cutting at the machine. I loved it and did make a few blunders from time to time, overall the process was pretty cool and I’m sure I will sew more of these quilts.
I have the top done, but forgot to take a picture of it before I pinned it to be ready to quilt. So you will have to wait until it’s done to see the whole piece. It won’t be 7 months, I promised my daughter I would get it done this spring!
I thought I would post a few pictures of my travels these last 7 months. These were taken at Clearwater Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Florida. I was told that the best sunsets are here and I have to say it is very true, they were beautiful and it was a lot of fun watching the pelicans catch their dinner!
It is good to be back blogging again. Next time I should be done with that quilt!