Thursday, September 18, 2014

BARN QUILT BLOCK

Quilt Guild was so much fun today!  You may or may not know how much I love old barns.  I don't really know why but I do, I just do!  And I have been extremely fascinated with the Barn Quilts too.  I would love to follow one (or more than one) of the Barn Quilt trails.  You can read about Barn Quilt Trails here.

Well, more than a year ago, the author of Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement Book, Suzi Parron contacted me (as at the time I was Program Chairman of the Brownwood Quilter's Guild) and said she was going to be in our area presenting a program on her Barn Quilts Book and would love to work something out with our Guild.  Long story short, we worked out the details and she come to Guild today and presented her program.



She gave a very interesting presentation about her travels and the barn quilts she found along the way.  Suzi is a wonderful storyteller and she has great stories to tell you!  She also conducted a workshop in the afternoon where we got to make our very own Barn Quilt.  It was so much fun!

We started with a 2' x 2' piece of 1/4" plywood that Suzi had already primed for us on both sides.  We then picked our pattern and drew it on the board with a pencil using very light lines so we wouldn't have to try to cover those pencil lines when we painted it.  We used 3M Painter's Tape to mark off the area we wanted to paint.  You can see I painted the white areas first.


Angela was Miss Speedy.  While the rest of us were still taping or painting white, she had moved on to the color portion of her block.


Joy and Doniene.  Doniene was a rebel.  She opted to paint her colored parts without taping it off; doing it free handed!  It worked well for her.  Wouldn't have for me though!


We gave each color 3 coats of paint and used hair dryers to dry the coats in between.  Miss Vickie is drying hers.  I'm sure she'll tell you all about it on her blog  More Stars in Comanche very soon.



This is what mine looked like after I painted the white and removed the painters tape.


It's beginning to look like a quilt block.


Ta Da!  I love how it turned out!


This is Miss Joy's block


And Miss Ann's block.  I just love the black and red.



Here's where I put my block for now.  I haven't attached it to the building yet.  It's just sitting on the little table between the chairs just outside my studio.








Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GO BEARS

This past weekend was Parents Weekend at Missouri State University.   The King and I decided we better go.  It might be our only year for an invitation.



It was a very good weekend spent with him.  We've taken him out to eat supper, breakfast, and lunch at all his favorite places and took in the football game. MSU played North Dakota State and won! Whoo Hooo!  Go Bears! We didn't buy tickets for the game until early in the week so our seats weren't the most prime seats in the house. 

This is the view from our seats. 

And as you can see, it's a LONG way to the bottom.  And this is the view behind us.

As you can see, there aren't very rows to the very top!

And our view of the jumbo-tron. Guess we better see the plays the first time and not depend on instant replay, huh?

It's was so refreshing to see all the enthusiasm and school spirit from all the kids and fans. I think we were the first ones in the stadium, their newly renovated, just finished 2 days ago, never been played in since the renovation stadium. This golf cart was pretty darn neat too.


And of course Coca Cola played along with all the festivities.



The National Anthem was pretty neat.  A sky diver, carrying the US Flag came in to land in the middle of the stadium.  He missed his mark just a tad.  The weight on his flag drug on the ropes around a roped off area in the corner of the field so he came to a screeching halt before he reached the middle.  Still pretty cool though.









 And of course, Boomer (the bears mascot) also came skydiving in too after the National Anthem.




The evening was pretty brisk, in the upper 50's with moisture in the air and wind out of the north; which made it seem cooler than it really was.  That coupled with the fact that it was 100+ degrees just 2 days ago in Texas.  Temperature shock for this body!

I hated to tell him good-bye Sunday evening but know I can't hold his hand forever and must give him wings.  I just wish I weren't 10 hours away.  I don't think there would be any tears if I were just 2-5 hours away.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

AROUND THE WORLD BLOG HOP

I was asked by Tricia at Dancing Moon Farmstead to join in on the Around The World Blog Hop.  When Tricia asked me, I jumped at the chance.  I love blog hops and love to go and see what others are doing.  The rule was to tell a little bit about yourself and 3 other bloggers on your day.  They would in turn blog the following week about themselves and 3 more....  Well apparently everyone I know is either too busy (really legitimate excuses) or they have already been tagged so apparently my Around The World Block Hop has come full circle and it''s time to end.

I decided I'd go ahead and mention 3 bloggers anyway, even though they have already been tagged or didn't participate this time.   But first a few answers about me.

WHAT AM I WORKING ON

As usual, I have a bizillion irons in the fire.  I am working on my quilt for the blog tour in November for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 10.  I just finished designing the block I'm going to submit for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 11.  I'm waiting on fabric to arrive for the next blog hop "Rush Hour" to make my quilt. I have fabric waiting in the wings for the next blog hop after that "Black Cat Crossing" coming in October.  And I have some thoughts racing through my mind for a quilt book I'd like to write titled "The Quilts in Grandma's Closet".  Of course I can't show you any of these top secret projects.  :(  But I can show you what I'm working on when I sit collapse at night.  They have been 2 years in the making so far.  I just finished these two....


And this one is almost finished....  just 3 more blocks to go.  





HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS

I'm not sure my work is really that much different from others.  I think we all do little things to make it our own.  I hardly ever take a pattern without changing it up a little bit.  Some would call me a rebel but I prefer to think I'm being creative when I do.

WHY DO I CREATE

I love the process.  I love the satisfaction of a finished project.  It's my outlet for stress.  It makes me feel good to give someone something I've created and to see the smile on their faces when they get it. It gives me a warm fuzzy!  It challenges me and makes me think outside the box... sometimes.

WHERE DOES MY INSPIRATION COME FROM

Inspiration can come from just about anywhere.  Sometimes I go searching for it and sometimes it just pops up in front of me.  I get the majority of my inspiration from Pinterest, other blogs, and quilt shops, just to name a few.

So enough about me.  Go check out these ladies too.

First up is Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy.  She is a go-getter I tell ya!  She has a full time job and family in addition to all the creative things she does.  I recently tested a pattern for Amy The Patchwork Star and will show it off to you in a couple of days.  I have it quilted, just need to put the binding on it.  Here is another pattern Amy designed and has for sale on Craftsy.  I love her creativity in her photos too!




And then there's Carla at Creatin In The Sticks who wowed me with her ruffles project.  Carla is from Kansas and the wild, wild west and not too awfully far from my hometown in Missouri.  Well Kansas is close to my hometown but Carla is a little more west.  Here is Carla's You Can Can Can.


And last but certainly not least, is my good friend Vickie at More Stars In Comanche.  She is the type of person I want to be when I grow up!  She loves her quilting, ranch man, and God and not necessarily in that order.  Vickie is the reason I started participating in the blog hops at Sew We Quilt and I have her to thank for that!  Vickie loves her chickens and it shows.  Just one of her master creations.


And there you have it.  A little about 3 talented ladies and myself.  Hope you enjoy the Around The World Blog Hop.

















Sunday, September 14, 2014

MYSTERY SEASONAL SAMPLER SEPTEMBER 2014

Welcome back to the Mystery Seasonal Sampler.  Have you been keeping up with me each month?  If you're new here, I post a block(s) each month on the second Sunday of the month.  I started this Mystery Seasonal Sampler in January 2014.  The quilt will finish as a large queen size quilt.

September is always a reminder of school for me so of course, this month's block is a school house.



Here's what you'll need to cut.

Background fabric:
     1 each of the small triangle template labeled "background" and the reverse of it
     1 - 3 1/2" square
     2 - 3" x 4 1/4" rectangles
     1 - 2" x 2 1/2" rectangles
     2 - 1" x 5 1/2"  rectangles
     2 - 1 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangles
Roof Fabric
     1 of template labeled schoolhouse (large triangle)
     1 - 3/12" square
     1 - 3" x 6" rectangle
Schoolhouse Fabric
     2 - 1" x 2" rectangles
     2 - 1 3/4" x 5 1/2" rectangles
     2 - 2 1/2" squares
     2 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles
     2 - 1 1/4" x 3 1/2" rectangles
     1 - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle
Window and Door Fabric
     2 - 2 1/2" squares
     1 - 2" x 3 1/2" rectangle

Ground/Grass Fabric
     1 - 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangle

Pinwheel background Fabric
     12 - 3" squares
Pinwheels Fabric
     4 - 3" squares of Blue print
     4 - 3" squares of Pink print
     4 - 3" squares of Green print



Assembly:

1.  Begin by making the cupola on the schoolhouse roof.  An easy way to cut the template with reverse is to place fabric right sides together and cut the template, both pieces at the same time.  Sew the background triangles to the cupola roof


2.  Make the 2 half square triangles.  Pair a background 3 1/2" square with a roof 3 1/2" square.  Draw a line diagonally across the background square, sew 1/4" away from the drawn line on each side.  Cut apart, press to the dark fabric and square to 3"





3.  Sew a half square triangle to each side of the 3"x5" roof rectangle.


4.  Sew a 1"x2" schoolhouse rectangle to each side of a 2" x 2 1/2" background rectangle.


5.  Sew the cupola unit made in step 1 to the unit made in step 4.



6.  Sew a 3" x 4 1/4" background rectangle to each side of the cupola unit made in step 5.


 7.  Sew this uint made in step 6 to the roof unit made in step 3.
 8.  Sew a 1 1/2" school house rectangle to each side of a 2 1/2" window square.  make 2 of these units.


9.  Sew a 1 1/4" x 3 1/2" school house rectangle to each side of a 2" x 3 1/2" door rectangle.



10.  Sew a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle to the top of the door unit made in step 9.  



11.  Now assemble the school house together with the units made in step 8 and 10, adding a 1" x 3 1/2" background rectangle to each side of the unit.  



12.  Sew the school house unit to the roof/cupola unit.
 13.  Sew a 1 1/2" x 10 1/2" background rectangle to each side of the schoolhouse unit and a 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" ground/grass rectangle to the bottom of the schoolhouse.


Now you're ready to make the pinwheel blocks that will go on each side of the schoolhouse.   I forgot to take pictures as I was making the pinwheels but you've probably made pinwheel blocks before.  I'll walk you through it, just no pictures.  SORRY!

15.  Pair 4 - 3" blue squares with 4 - 3" background squares.  Draw a line diagonally across the background square, sew 1/4" away from the drawn line on each side.  Cut apart, press to the dark fabric and square to 2 1/2" (as pictured in step 2 above).  

16.  Lay out the half square triangles to form the pinwheel and sew together 2 to make a row.  Repeat for a total of 4 rows.


17.  Sew 2 rows together to make a pinwheel block.  Repeat for a total of 2 blue pinwheel blocks.



18.  Repeat the pinwheel block assembly for the other 2 colors (pink and green).

19.  Sew 3 pinwheel blocks together to make a unit.  Repeat for a total of 2 pinwheel units.  



20.  Sew a pinwheel unit to each side of the schoolhouse.  Ta Da!  You're done!



Here is the second color way.


I also made 16 more flying geese blocks for each color way.