Stitching away!!

So....do you ever wonder why you have so much extra fabric left over after cutting??
Then you sew all your blocks together and realize that you have half as many as you need??
Then your brain starts to work and you realize your kit is for a HUGE quilt??

Well...that's what I did on my Sticher's Club project!
So, I've been stitching away to make more blocks that I've already made!!!

I'm soon to have 32 of theses..

and I now have 31 of these!

what a time sucker doing them twice!!!!
At least I'm enjoy the fabrics and the process...right!?

Hopefully I'll have a beautiful queen size quilt to share soon :)

Wish me luck!!


Strip Texas Two Step: Done!

It's all done...and I like it!!
Can't wait to take it to the shop on Monday for quilting!!


Fellow quilters...

Sometimes you see something a quilting buddy is working on and you get inspired!

That I did...
My friend Paula from Groovy Girls was at the Terry Atkinson test class
and chose to use the bright wovens on a navy linen look background.
It had a more modern feel to it....AND...It was stunning!!!!

So, for Groovy Girls next week I need to use the
Texas Two Step pattern by Terry Atkinson
and at the shop they have a whole line of bright stripes!

How could I not try the color combo for myself??

This is what I left the shop with:

And of course I just HAD to get it cut out last night!!!!
Then I looked at the clock and thought "Hey...I can sew on it a little! It's only 9:30!"
Then before too long I had all the rows put together ...

and some of the rows sewn to other rows
then I was exhausted and had to go to bed!

Good thing I called it a night when I did because as you can see,
 the third row from the right needs to be flipped over!
I don't think I would have caught that!!!

The colors are growing on me....
not my usual though!!


Farmer's Wife: Month 9 (Blocks 74-82)

 Here we go again!!
Another month of Farmer's Wife blocks!

Pleased to announce that we're nearing the end....
the block assignment for this month is 74-82

FYI: All the blocks worked out PERFECTLY...
even the "tricky" ones turned out EXACTLY the size they need to be :)

As you work your way through the blocks this month, remember...
It's not hard, it's just DIFFERENT!!!

You can do ANYTHING you put your mind to :)

Have fun!
I have confidence in all of you :)



I stinking love covered buttons...

I've never covered a button before because it seams like they're one of those things you hear seasoned sewers grumble about.

This months Groovy Girls project uses covered buttons.... I was scared!!!

Wow!!! How incredibly easy they are! I'm now putting them on EVERYTHING I can possibly think of!!


On the road again....

Just a note from the road!
We're on our way to the UP of Michigan!
I just finished the binding on my
"north woods nightfall"
I did it different than the pattern and I like it!!
I've had the kit for a couple years, but it's been so popular at the shop they still have kits available!
It's a nice simple one of you're a beginner or just looking for a quicker project.


We've got a winner!!

As promised, today is the day I announce a winner for the
Little Rays of Sunshine kit

And the winner is ....

Carol who said...

On a sandy beach of Lake Superior.
I love this quilt project! I recently bought the ruler so
I'm hoping this will get me started.

So, if you're the Carol who likes the sandy beach of Lake Superior,
please send an email to me,
With your mailing address so we can get this little cutie out to you!

Congratulations, Carol...
We're getting you started :)

Enjoy the day friends!


Farmer's Wife Month 9

Here they are in all of their glory!!
Your September block assignment - blocks 65-73!

I'm so proud of myself....after doing this for 8 months
I finally figured out an easy way to label them for ya!
...and some even have page numbers!!!

Note: as I was cutting my blocks out this month, as I went I trimmed all my scraps down to 1 1/2" squares and used them as my little Postage Stamps!

I think this one is going to looks STUNNING on point in the quilt!

There they are! Done in plenty of time ;)
Now I might even have time put the binding on a quilt between work and club tonight! Wouldn't that be just a nice added bonus....the hand stitching will have to wait till later though because I'm not that good!!

Enjoy your day!


A note of thanks...and a little extra

Thank you for all the kind comments that you all left about my very first
Moda Bake Shop project! I never dreamed I would have
such positive responses from such kind and thoughtful quilters!!!
Your excitement has been VERY encouraging :)


Second, last night I got all 9 September blocks for the Farmer's Wife club I lead cut out!
Now when I get home from riding horse tonight....and shower....I'll be all ready to get these puppies stitched up for club tomorrow night!

For those of you newer to reading my blog, you should know that I'm a firm believer in last minute work! I love the feeling of getting big projects done WAY ahead of time, but lately life has been busy and I have a hard time living up to that reality!

So, for now...there's no minute like the last minute!

As you can see, all the little pieces are laying in the page their pattern is on!
This system works really well for me UNTIL I drop the book and pieces fly everywhere!!

Each month there is a bundle of 12 fat eighths available at the shop to make the 9 monthly blocks from. As you can see, there is PLENTY left over...enough almost to make another 9 blocks!!

Well, I'll be back tomorrow (hopefully!!!) with finished blocks (hopefully!!)!

Enjoy the day!


Little Rays of Sunshine - HUGE Give Away!

Well friends, today is my big Moda Bake Shop Debut!
I've been looking forward to this day for a while and am excited to have
you all stop by my blog.
Here's my concoction!
For those of you who are stopping by my blog for the first time, my name is Katie and I'm an avid flea market shopper, flower grower, baker, 4-wheeler-rider, auntie, depression glass hunter, horse rider, and supposedly witty quilter that likes to crochet, take pictures and write stuff that confuses people on this blog.
Was that not just a great run-on sentence????

When I'm not busy with my day job in the insurance and investing world,
I fill in at the Calico Hutch Quilt Shop located in Hayward MN.

At the shop I lead a few clubs and occasionally teach a class.
It was working at the shop that lead me to meet Jo of Jo's Country Juntion
I've been a reader of her blog for a few years and thank her for the encouraging
conversations and leading me to create for the Moda Bake Shop.
Thank you, Jo!!

This project has been a learning experience, labor of love, and something I look forward to doing again....and already have many project ideas rolling around in my head.

This girl is a fun one to make and from what a couple testers have told me,
 goes together nicely and pretty quickly!

Just choose a jelly roll and a chunk of background and a piece of binding and you're good to go!
Because this is not only exciting to me, but to the quilt shop too, we're giving away
Jelly roll, background and binding!

...yup...that's right...you too can have a quilt just like my Little Rays :)
just pop me a comment before midnight Friday, August 24 telling me
where your favorite place to soak up those glorious sun rays is!
Winner will be announced on this blog Monday, August 27
so be sure to stop back to see if you are the big winner...I sure hope you are :)

Kits are available at the Calico Hutch Quilt Shop
Just call 507-377-1163 and they'll happily hook ya up!

Thanks for stopping by!
Enjoy today's Little Rays of Sunshine!!

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