Saturday, May 24, 2014

She's a Winner!

Tore myself away from  finishing the Farmer's Wife quilt long enough to gin up a giveaway winner via

And the winner of this:


Who is Barb in Michigan, who wrote:

Barb, I'll send you an email in just a minute to ask for your postal address. Congratulations, and thanks for following 52 Quilts in 52 Weeks!

And now, back to the final border on the Farmer's Wife!

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Worth It: Memorial Day Weekend 2014

Younger Son, aka My Little Sailor, is preparing to depart for the USS George Washington's summer patrol.  I received a phone call very (very!) early this morning -- but it's always worth waking up at 2am:

To see this:

Fair winds and following seas, Sailors!

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WIP Wednesday: FW, BaD and a Giveaway

The vote for setting triangles for my Farmer's Wife quilt seems to be to match the cornerstones.

I went out today to do errands -- mail a package to My Little Sailor, buy the new OPI Neon nail polish collection, stop at Ruth's to buy fabric for setting triangles.

But there was a baby brown bear in the tree behind the Air Force Academy post office. I had to stop and look, although I did not get out of my car to take a photo. If there's a baby, I know Mama Bear isn't far away! Then the radio dj announced a "severe thunderstorm warning" for our area -- with golf-ball size hail. So I raced for home, and left the other errands for tomorrow.

Which means I have only a few setting triangles made for the Farmer's Wife quilt. I had to play with my "setting triangles" ruler to get the right size, because with the sashing, the blocks aren't square. I think I've got it right:

The fabric looks really grey in this photo, but it is more a sage green. Just what I wanted.

Here are all the blocks (except the last one, it must still be on the ironing board);

Speaking of ironing boards, look at this beauty custom-made for me by the DH of Chrystal, who owns Cotton Candy Sewing Shop:

It's right in front of my old ironing board, which has one short leg. That's why there's a bread plate under one leg! I'm planning to stain it aqua green, when it's done, I'll show some more photos!

Sunday, May 18th was the 60th day of Spring. How are you doing with the Quilt Block a Day challenge? I was caught up on Sunday, but now I'm two days behind. Distracted by a spectacular quilt pattern to test!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

And WIP Wednesdays with Tami's Amis.

Have you commented on Friday's post for a chance to win this bundle of Kona Cottons?

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Almost half of my "Farmer's Wife" quilt is sashed. Watching it come together is addictive!

One row is missing, it's at the sewing machine waiting for sashing.

When I get all the rows sashed, I will have to decide on a fabric for the setting triangles. The cornerstones are a pale, sage green. So far the vote is for the setting triangles to be the same fabric, but I'll post some choices and ask for input.

Remember the gorgeous yarn My Little Sailor sent for Mother's Day? Here is my current manicure, which compliments the Shawlcowl perfectly!

Linking up to Anything Goes Monday at Stitch by Stitch.

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As well as Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times.

Have you commented yet for a chance to win this bundle of Kona cottons? Go to Friday's post to comment.

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