Many of you remember my shameless begging for your votes for Sami, The Wonder Dog ‘s entry to Lily Pad Quilting’s Pets on Quilts contest. Well….drum roll please…..SAMI WON! You all made it happen.
Sami’s momma’s prize is a fat quarter bundle of 30s Playtime Collection from Green Fairy Quilts. Not only is this one of my favorite fabrics but I have been a loyal customer of Green Fairy for a long time. They are my go to place for the Superior So Fine thread that my longarm, Miss Daisy, loves. As a matter of fact, it is the only thread she likes. I have always had first class service from Clint at Green Fairy.
Thanks to everyone that voted for Sami, Lily Pad Quilting, Green Fairy Quilts, and Sparkle on with Abbie for giving me a heads up. 🙂 Congratulations to all the other participants and winners of this fun contest.
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This week’s Grandma’s Kitchen block of the week by Pat Sloan is called Recipe Box and our stories are supposed to reflect that subject. I do not recall either Mammaw Cooper or Ma Neal ever using a written recipe but I still consider them two of the best cooks. Our meals consisted of things we grew or items we traded for.
I remember big bowls of gravy served with hot biscuits and fresh eggs gathered the previous day for breakfast. Dinner (served around noon) was usually the biggest meal of the day. We always had some kind of potatoes, either fried, mashed, or baked and a big pot of pinto beans and cornbread with freshly churned butter. Other vegetables would be whatever was ready in the garden. It could be corn, green beans, cole slaw, cooked cabbage, sliced tomatoes or a number of other vegetables. Lunch preparation was started as soon as breakfast was over because it took a few hours to cook pinto beans, green beans, soups or stews.
Supper was the last meal of the day and it was usually leftovers or a pot of homemade soup. There was no snacking or fast food between meals or after supper was served but I don’t remember ever being hungry. In the winter we ate stuff we canned or put up during the summer. For meat we killed a couple of hogs in the winter and we had chickens that had quit laying eggs or roosters. Each time I make chicken and dumplings or fried chicken I think about how lucky I am now that I can get chicken from the store instead of the hen house. 🙂
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This week’s Blockhead is called the Cat’s Cradle by Betsy Chutchian. I love blocks that allow me to use a focal square in the middle, especially if I can fussy cut. As I have added my fat chickens on several blocks already, this time the rooster received center stage.
This was another fun block to work on but I have to admit using Jack the Ripper when I sewed those little rust colored triangles to the wrong side of the HST on all six blocks. Grrr.
Looking forward to seeing what other blocks come from this wonderful pattern.
Today the I Wish You A Merry QAL group received instructions for blocks 3 and 4. Block 3 is a cute Santa themed block from Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts. I love this block. It was quick and easy and has 100% of the cuteness requirement.
Block 4 is an applique block called Christmas Memories by Jennifer Fulton of The Inquiring Quilter. The thing I like most about this block, in addition to the above mentioned cuteness factor, is the nice large pieces. With Jennifer’s detailed instructions it was easy to put together. I used black with white dots ribbon for the ornament hangers that (I think) sets it off. The very busy background I picked out was probably not the best choice but I still like it.
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THE STARS AND STRIPES QUILT IS DONE!
Luckily you did not have to witness this old lady climbing on an eight foot ladder to take this photograph. It was not a pretty sight and I learned that Sami, The Wonder Dog, is as bad at climbing ladders as I am.
I have been participating in Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal (OMG) for a few months. Not only has OMG spurred me to finish projects that would normally wind up in the ’round to-it’ pile but I have had the pleasure of visiting other quilt blogs that I would not have found otherwise.
Above is my completed August goal: To finish the Stars and Stripes quilting and binding. I quilted it on my long arm, Miss Daisy, using free motion quilting with wavy lines on the red/white stripes and outline stitching within the star blocks. This project was a quilt kit purchased through Craftsy and I was very happy with the fabric quality and amount that was included. I added an additional white inter border and still had enough supplied fabric to complete the wide blue border on the outer edge. This was a BIG quilt and as much as I love it, I am glad it is finished.
Here is the lovely backing fabric I ordered from Connecting Threads a couple of years ago. It was just waiting for the right quilt and I think the Stars and Stripes fit the bill. Isn’t it lovely?
You can see other participants of OMG at Elm Street Quilts OMG.
Here is my version of Pat Sloan’s Grandma’s Kitchen Challenge block of the week. This week’s block is called The Kitchen Window. Again, we are to share a story in regard to the block title of the week. Here is mine:
My Mammaw did not have built-in kitchen cabinets in her kitchen. As a matter of fact, she didn’t have a sink. She had a metal topped table that held the water bucket and, when it was time to do dishes, her dish washing pan. Her window was a regular, full length window and the work table was beside the window. She used the window for additional light in the kitchen, as a way to get ventilation, and to keep an eye on us kids. She could spot us getting into something and instantly the window would fly open and she would yell at us. We never could figure out how she looked at us all the time and managed to get anything else done in the house, but she sure did.
During the winter she would crack the window a little every time she cooked to let some of the heat out of the kitchen as she did all her cooking on a wood stove.
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Blockheads block #25 is called Twice the Friendship by designer Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters. As always Lynne provided directions for both her Layered Patchwork and traditional piecing methods to construct the blocks. Even though this block design was new to me, with Lynne’s easy to follow instructions it was very quick and fun to work out.
I am so pleased with this BOW project. Each designer has provided beautiful blocks with easy to follow directions. The blocks are always waiting every Wednesday as soon as I get up, and yes it is one of the first things I do on Wednesday morning.
The blocks are available for download at Moda Fabrics. Even if you do not have time for another project at this time save them for a later date. The blocks are great and I have plans to use the patterns to make more quilts down the road.
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This is Sami the Wonder Dog and she is a contestant at Lily Pad Quilting for Pets on Quilts. A lot of very cute pets, to include chickens, are in the running so it will be a difficult choice to make. As you can see from this adorable face, Sami would really appreciate your vote. She is contestant #15.
This is the last of my Four Seasons wall hangings and I think it is my favorite. I love all the birds and their nests. If you missed seasons 1-3 you can find them on my previous posts.
Shown below they are hanging in window openings on the second floor of my house. It was very hard to get pictures. I ended up scrunched up on the stairway without a way to get all four in the picture at one time.
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Here is number three of my Four Seasons wall hangings. The snowy winter scene was yardage fabric that I cut into six sections and added sashings. To see the first two wall hangings of this series you can find them here: Four Seasons Wall Hanging #1 of 4 – Summer and Four Seasons Wall Hanging – #2 of 4 – Fall.
This wall hanging was based on a pattern called Autumn Retreat designed by eQuilter and Jude Spero of Little Louise Designs.
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