Monday, 28 November 2016

Life can be hectic...

The past few months we have been busy renovating and traveling and simply enjoying life. I have been sewing - a lot - but with limited internet, and/or time I have sadly neglected my quilting blog. I am going to try to blog at least once every two weeks, even if it is a short blog like this one.

Most of my sewing has been by hand stitching Farmers Wife and hexies while traveling in the caravan. I was able to pull out the machine when we had power plugged in. For the next two weeks I have hexies packed to sew. 

I have finished many Farmers Wife blocks, and I will post about each one. I started three mystery quilts, and finished two of the mystery tops, the third needs a bit more time to work out the tonal background. I have also finished a baby quilt top, that I will complete when we get back from our next adventure in about two weeks.
And of course there is Bonnie's new mystery En Provence. I have some of the fabric, and will start the first and second parts just before part three comes out. You can find the link to Bonnie's mystery here.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Farmers Wife #61 May

When I first saw this block I made a note to paper piece it, and promptly moved on to another block. After making a few of my own templates for other blocks, I decided to have a go at making a template for this block. Glad I did. This block has 8 y-seams, but they don't cause a problem when hand sewing.
GnomeAngel tutorial can be found here.

My thoughts on the letter - "A Mother's Smile"

by A Mother, 1938.

The letter was a reminder to mums everywhere, to smile, to laugh each day - no matter what one is going through - one needs to make the effort to smile and laugh. 
I start most days with a smile, and it does make one feel more positive.
Laughter, well that does take a little more effort, especially when things are going wrong.
I will try to find something to laugh about each day, not a fake laugh, a real laugh because something is funny. (May need to watch 'The Project' each day LOL)
What will you do?

QUOTE:- Life is better when one is laughing.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Farmers Wife #15 Blossom

I do like this block. I have made a similar one for a family tree quilt. I guess that is why it was not so daunting to make. I used my own graph paper and made templates. Again, I did hand sewing of the pieces.
GnomeAngel tutorial can be found here.

My thoughts on the letter - 'Three Hollyhocks' 

by Flower Lover, 1938.

Flower Lover was saddened by the state of her garden after the ravages of weather and pests. However she ended her day happy and looking forward to her garden after a kind and thoughtful neighbour shared half of her plants. The neighbour said “It isn’t much” but Flower Lover was so overwhelmed and appreciative.
How often do our friends do what they consider 'little things' that we really appreciate. Even a simple smile when one is feeling sad is often a great uplifting expression  that makes one feel they are important to someone.
One does not know how others feel with what one says or does. We should all try to be more kind to ourselves and others.

One kind word can change someone's entire day.