Good morning! I know I’m behind on my Easy Street updates, but I am not behind on Easy Street! I was on a last minute trip to Indiana and was just too exhausted to get round to blogging. Let’s have a look at how it went. I started out with The Shop Around The Corner. I do like Jimmy Stewart. He’s such a fine looking guy in black and white. It was a cute movie and the flying geese simply zipped through the machine while I was watching him. I don’t know if you can see it but I have a stiletto that’s actually a dental implement of some kind. I think my dad gave it to me when he was working for an orthodontics manufacturer. Regardless, the thing is wicked sharp and works well for keeping those points in line.
When I was in Indiana visiting my grandfather, we stopped at an antique shop. Oh, they had just some wonderful things. There was a gorgeous double wedding ring quilt that someone did a beautiful job quilting. It didn’t come home with me because I’m not really the quilt collector type… not yet anyway.
I did find a working iron that I thought was a total bargain. It was only $16! There’s no steam and my goodness this thing gets hotter than Hades and it’s not even on Linen. I pressed a goose and normally with my “Kenmore 1600 watt plastic I’m a great iron” iron, I’ll slap my hand down on the piece I’m ironing to be sure it’s as flat as I’d like… with this one GeezO’Pete! I nearly burnt my hand!
So, there are my flaming geese. It took me a while to get through the trimming. no matter how accurately I measure a seam, sew slowly, press carefully, it’s always off. At least it’s too big 99% of the time but it’s never the same spot so I can’t accommodate for it. It’s just random.
I decided to work on Alice for the next unit. What did Bonnie call them? Squatting turkeys? Whatever they are, they’re flying geese with long tails. I do like them but just look at all the brown in this quilt! At this point I’m thinking the brown should have swapped places with the orange.
As much as I love them together, orange is my favorite. Maybe Bonnie will surprise us with a purple and black on white step. I think she said on quilt cam that we are done with the turquoise now, which is my brown pieces. Speaking of Bonnie, you should go check out everyone’s progress right now at Quiltville!
Thanks for stopping by and have a happy Christmas!
Can I just say that I never thought I would actually get to the clue this weekend? It was stuffed full of all kinds of things. Fabric shopping, machine cleaning, some horrible news and some Christmas shopping just about sums up the whole weekend! On Friday morning I started cutting my fabric for this week’s clue.
That evening (I believe) I caught Bonnie on the QuiltCam. Oh, I was SO happy that there were only 64 bits to the clue this week! You can see my fabric bin there. I am using brown, green and orange in my quilt because… I LOVE luv orange. 🙂
When I finally got back to it on Sunday evening, Bonnie wasn’t around so I has to settle for Castle. I know. It’s a rough life but someone’s got to lead it. There we were then sewing away. I think I got to within 20 of the finish line though! WOOT!
Look how cute! I know I will have to do some squaring up but I don’t mind so much when they are bigger pieces. Oh! And if you look back there at the first pic, you can see my non-slip ruler secret. It’s wicked simple. I take 2 pieces of painter’s tape and loop them sticky side out like you’re going to stick it to the wall, you know? Then When I put it down on the mat, it doesn’t wiggle. Eventually the tape loses it’s stickiness but it still keeps it from sliding. I don’t know how people keep their “naked” rulers from slipping, I think I just have the worst grip or something. I’ll have more updates this week about the fabric shopping, etc… right now there is present wrapping to be done. I love everything but the wrapping, however, I am thankful for having things that need to be wrapped. Oh! and don’t forget to hop on over to Quiltville and check out everyone’s progress!
I am happy to announce that I have finished the top for Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery from 2011. Yes, I was working on it down to the wire and I pulled it off on November 21st. I am calling it Daphne. I started this thing a few quilts ago where I name the quilt after one of the television series I am watching while I make it. This one is named after Switched At Birth. The main characters are Bay and Daphne. I think you can figure it out from there!
This quilt was not the most fun thing to put together. Well, I take that back. I LOVED it until the 750 black wing triangle bits. Really, I don’t know if you know this yet but I am not, not, NOT the most precise piecer. I enjoy zipping through and fudging the bits that don’t quite fit which is why I’m not a big fan of triangles. lol
I have to say, though, when I was actually putting the rows together they weren’t as off as I would have imagined. There was some stretching from the bias parts but all in all, it could have been worse. there are points that are so cut off they aren’t even close to pointy.
That small inner border made everything fit perfectly!
My edges were totally wonky and I thought the border would never fit. I actually thought about leaving it off but since I already had the black wing triangle bits done, I decided it was better to use them then to toss them out.
I really adore it and I am wicked proud that it’s not another UFO.
This clue was not my favorite after buzzing through all the bazillion triangles for Orca Bay! I persevered though! I haven’t finished the ironing but I’m calling it a success. As you can see, I was surrounded by quite a few triangles. They really are brown. It’s not the picture quality! Purple isn’t my favorite color so I have brought in a substitution. There are quite a few different browns, too. I have a 30’s and a Civil War repro there. There’s also this wicked mod brown with dots. I love it. You can see my set up. I have the iPad set up with Netflix, headphones and make sure it’s plugged into the charger and then I just buzz through the TV shows while I sew. I rarely watch TV when it’s on…TV. 😛
Because of that obsession, I frequently name my projects after one of the TV shows I watch when I’m making it. I wonder what Easy Street will be called when I’m done? So far I have only watched season 1 of Once Upon a Time. Please watch it. It’s fantastic.
If you already enjoy Once Upon a Time and you want more of this sort of mash up of fairy tales and real life, you should pick up the graphic novel called Fables. It’s really not your average comic book.
Easy Street isn’t the only thing I have worked on this weekend. I was digging through my 2.5 inch squares scrap bin to make up a quilt for a friend’s daughter. She’s got an American Girl doll that needs a good cuddly blanket. I just popped them in as leaders and enders and now need to just add a border and quilt it up quick.
I think I can get it out before Christmas easily.
I also went over to the Quilted Crow this weekend because they were having a 30% off sale. I got a wide back fabric that I have been putting off purchasing online because I’m lazy. 🙂 The cost was comparable to buying it online with the shipping included so I figured I couldn’t lose there.
My husband and I went Christmas shopping as well. Does anyone else feel like they go out and buy out a store yet come home with nothing? It’s like that every year and when Christmas Day comes, I get overwhelmed with the amount of stuff we have bought!
My dear son let me know (in no uncertain terms) that he would like to have Cinnabons on Christmas morning. He’s autistic so he’s very set in his ways and enjoys routine. My husband told me I have inadvertently started a tradition in our family. I am so happy about that but really, going to pick the things up on Christmas Eve AT THE MALL isn’t my idea of fun this year. Of course, I will be going because that’s what we moms and dads do for our kids. 🙂
I do hope you all are enjoying Easy Street and the holiday season. Remember to step on over to Bonnie’s blog at Quiltville to see everyone elses’ progress!
Here we are again! It’s time for another Farmer’s Daughter update. I have to say I haven’t exactly been concentrating on it this month with everything else I have been working on but I do have some of my blocks done for the month.
I completed 84. Spool. I used a coffee bean fabric for my spool color and a stripe to look like thread. Although, it could totally be a bowtie. lol I thought about slightly tilting the stripe so it would spiral down the block but I forgot when I was cutting it out and I am happy enough with it to not go back when it was done.
Then we have 81. Snowball. This one went together in a snap. I liked choosing the snowy colors for it. Couldn’t you see a whole quilt done in these colors? Something with an alternating applique snowflake or snowman?
And here’s 41. The Friendship Star. I had to fussy cut all the “friends” and stick them all on the star.
It came out looking very baby quilt but I an sure that it will play nice with everything else I have put into the quilt.
I haven’t completed 9. Box because I keep cutting the fabric pieces too big so I need to go back and print the template again. So the count is now 7 down 104 to go!
Good Morning everyone! Welcome to Easy Street! I just came off my Orca Bay quilt so I am really looking forward to digging into this new quilt. I especially loved the part where Bonnie Hunter said it would be easier than last year. Thank goodness, too. I barely pulled the other one off within a year!
I am making a concerted effort to be as precise as I can with this quilt because I want the next few weeks to NOT be filled with frustration. I think I am doing pretty good so far.
The first clue was the grey with the black and white pieces. I think I might have to get more of the grey if we are using it in another step. I cut a couple of my strips too small and I am now short of my 2 yard requirement.
All this “being precise” is a bit tiring though. I am getting through this step pretty slowly. I sewed through the strip sets and now I’m alternating pressing and sewing my “foursies”.
This arrangement wouldn’t even look bad by itself as long as there were some colorful borders around it.
To join in or just look at everyone elses’ progress, go visit Quiltville!
We all know the book is just templates on a CD. I am okay with templates but I would appreciate an alternate method to cutting out my teeny bits and pieces. Since this quilt isn’t brand new, I reckoned the internet would be the best place to find easier construction techniques.
Now we can certainly print out and cut out the templates. Get some old cereal boxes and paste the templates to the cardboard to make them sturdier. This is all well and good. Your farmers wife ancestors would be proud of you but we have easier and more efficient ways of working here!
First up is the Template Compilation! It’s 15 pages long but it’s every template in the book! (WHAT!? You talkin’ crazy!) I know what you’re thinking. I already have all the templates. Yes, you do. The CD has them. However, the CD has them printed multiple times for each block which if you printed them all is a whopping 106 sheets of paper. It gets better with the second technique … just wait.
The next idea I have to share is that you can print out that template compilation on freezer paper! Cut your freezer paper into 8.5 x 11 sheets and print on the paper side of the sheets. Now you have templates that don’t wiggle when you cut around them. I can’t tell you how frustrating that is when you have a 4 patch that you’re squaring up and the templates are all wibbly wobbly.
The third idea is From Marti Michell‘s templates which work with all the blocks but the genius of the plan is that she’s come up with alternate construction techniques for nearly all the blocks to eliminate seams and make life easier. Click the link to find out how to sign up for the PDFs.
Heh. I may be from Indiana but my dad was not a farmer. However! That slight flaw will not keep me from creating a Farmer’s Wife quilt. Have you seen these? Talk about gorgeous!
This all came about when my MIL told me she and a couple friends were kicking around the idea. I asked what the rules were. She just looked at me like “what do we need rules for.” There can’t be a quilt along without rules! We all need to be held accountable and if I’m doing it then I may as well make the rules. (Notice there was no actual time between her telling me and my becoming part of the project for her to actually ASK if I wanted to be a part of it?)
At this point I sat down to write the email. We will be making 4 blocks a month which means it’s a 2 year project. Officially the first thing in my life that I have planned 2 years in advance. Heck, babies only take 9 months so this is a big deal.
Here’s my progress so far! They are 16. Calico Puzzle, 21. Contrary Wife, 70. Prairie Queen, and 72. Railroad.
Over the years I have made many cozy quilts. Some of them I have put heart and soul into and others I have just BARELY followed the directions on, hoping that luck would see me through. All of these treasures have been adored by the recipients. These masterpieces have stood up to repeated use and washing. So I ask (slightly sarcastically[or maybe not]) …from what dark place does the quilt world’s constant need for perfection come?
It’s all out there! The myriad rulers, grids, cutters, gadgets and machines are only a quilt shop away. Some of these items costing us upwards of (let’s face it when it’s the machine) the price of a small vehicle. Yes, I do want them as much as the next quilter. Seriously? Who would not want a Viking Sapphire? I want them because I want to be the one who gets the oohs and ahhs. I want mine to be the wedding gift that they fight over in the divorce settlement. Do we need to pay the price to get the reaction though?
So, I am a slap dash quilter.
My seams are not always perfection. I’m not saying to leave in a seam that’s obviously going to pop but will the world end if it’s not a SCANT 1/4. Maybe it will, but I doubt it. My colors are not always coordinated. I quilt what I like not what I think will win me best in show. If it’s got a flaw, I’m leaving it in. I hope that you leave some in, too.