Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Coupon Code for Black Friday in my Etsy Shop!!

Huh? Really? Yes.....25% off everything.....even what is already reduced.

here is the code: BFASHAWNFARMS2010

now go visit my etsy shop: Ashlawnfarms

Happy Shopping!

Sale ends later tonight (between 10 pm and midnight) and I am on EST.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I am thankful for so many things this year. I have a job, but realize there are folks who don't or are in need of assistance due to health problems, etc.

This year, I have a co-worker whose brother is in the need for a special wheelchair. Our department is joining together to assist him in getting it among other things. What a wonderful opportunity to give during this time of year.

This is a link to his Facebook page if you are interested in learning more about his situation or even helping in some way or another.

Many New Rag Quilt Pincushion Kits for sale


I have been hard at work listing some Rag Quilt Pincushion KITs.
These make great office gifts, party favors, stocking stuffers, or whatever your occasion might be.


Here are a few of the kits available:





Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Traditional Quilt Blues and Whites


Creation #47
Inspired by the "Heavenly Blues" By Yolanda V. Fundora
in the Holiday Issue 2010 of The Quilter Magazine


Shhhhh! This is actually for my MIL!

This fall I have been skimming through several quilt magazines looking for ideas for gift giving. My MIL's kitchen is decked out in the blue/white dishes and decor, so when I came across this picture in the magazine my thoughts instantly went to her!

Knowing this was what I was going to make for her, I have been collecting remnants in blues/whites lately. Just enough to complete this as a wall hanging.

Last night I cut all the squares and today did all the sewing.

I used 4.5" squares for this.


Once I had the four corner blocks sewn I decided to change the overall pattern from the magazine a bit. I added in the white cross in the middle as an afterthought. I am not good at doing appliqued pieces, so this was a way out of it!

I follow a blog on free-motion quilting, The Free Motion Quilting Project, and was very tempted to use a cross pattern she had blogged about. So I did.....

Lets just say the 35" x 35" wall hanging was a success. I finished the free-motion quilting tonight. Yay! Another finish all the way through! Except for the binding, which I will do later this week.

This was hard on my back and shoulders moving the quilt around, so I think the next free motion pattern I use will be a bigger pattern!

Thread is out too, so I must replenish before I can sew again! :(

Anyhoo this was fun and different from my usual rag quilting projects.

Happy sewing!




Another Accuquilt Go Givaway!

Simply Solids is having an Accuquilt Go Givaway!
Go to her blog to find out more!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Question: How Big is a Strip Rag Quilt?

You ask?



I have strip rag quilt kits listed on Etsy and eBay.

Typically I will cut the strips of the fabric from selvage to selvage. The width of a bolt is anywhere from 42" to 45". But because all bolts of fabric never come out equal a strip rag quilt can be cut down to about 38"-40" wide to even up these different bolt widths.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Persevering

~~Creations 42-46~~

As the weekend comes to a close I must list some quotes I found this morning:

"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did." ~Newt Gingrich

"The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a
strong will, and the other from a strong won't." ~Henry Ward

Perseverance has always been one of those actions that I cling to. Finishing the project-start to finish. Sticking to it. Not letting anything get in the way of finishing something.

I lived by this word a lot in college. It got me through some tough times. It made me stronger as a woman. It came to me in the book of James as I was working on a project for a Bible class I was taking. Little did I know that his verse would still keep me in line and order today.

James 1:4 (New International Version)

4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Over the last year or so I have suffered from depression and have been on what I would say the "wrong" uppers. What I mean is my physician has changed my meds. and I am now back in my old skin again. The brain is a strange organ. Something as small as a wrong chemical reaction taking place there can literally change you into someone you don't know. I was that person. And looking back now I cannot even believe it was me. But I had to go through that to get to where I am now. Persevering through. Someone once told me I like to get on my pink bulldozer every once in awhile. Well I am on it by-golly!

Recently I took on a job- a custom sewing job to make 6 saddle blankets for a gal...this might be the first batch of a series of them if they are a big hit for her out in California on her horse ranch. But anyway this job was big! I am actually so proud of myself for starting, staying with, and finishing the job all within a 2 week time period. (I work full time too.) It is such a blessing to be able to create and this gal has given me some really great ideas to create from scratch. They are all finished now and I wanted to share some pictures with you all. The first one I think was in a prior post. But here are the final 5:

I hope she sends me pictures of them on the horses....I would love to see them for what they are made for.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Busy weekend, leaves, and rag quilting Creations 39-41

Leaves to the left, leaves to the right.....



All raked now and ready to be swept away by the city sweepers!

Goodbye leaves---see you next spring!

(I am sure I will have to rake more in a week or so- out 2 trees are loaded still.)



Over the weekend I spent most of the time sewing. It has been several months since I have been able to sew and create like this:
I did finish a couple of purses : Snowflake Dazzle and Prim Santa Noel


and


a twin size rag quilt that still needs clipped.

as well as a UFO that has been sitting on the shelf for a long time! These are rag quilted burp cloths for the football lover!


Monday Mentions Featuring Sew Strange Bits N Pieces

It is Monday again....oh sorry to remind you. Well anyway I have some goodies to share with you. My good quilting friend at Sew Strange Bits N Pieces has got some really nice Christmas Rag Quilts for sale in her eBay shop. She is another RQQ (Rag Queen Quilters) member.
Snowman White Stars Blue Snowflakes Rag Quilt RQQ™

Snowman White Stars Blue Snowflakes Rag Quilt RQQ™



Green Gold Christmas Tree Dots Snowflake Rag Quilt RQQ™


Green Gold Christmas Tree Dots Snowflake Rag Quilt RQQ™



12 Days of Christmas Black Green Man Rag Quilt RQQ™


12 Days of Christmas Black Green Man Rag Quilt RQQ™


In addition to her Rag Quilts, she offers a service to cut fabric and batting-
her motto is:
"I'll Cut It, You Sew It, They'll Love It!! Building treasures...One Piece at a Time"

Go visit her - You will be glad you did!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

It is Etsy Treasury Time

So it has been quite awhile since I have curated a Treasury on Etsy

Things have changed actually so they are up longer. I like this so that I can go in and periodically update my list of items there. I made this 2 days ago and already 2 items have sold and been replaced with new ones.

Come check it out if you get a chance. MOST of the items are from my quilting group Rag Queen Quilters (RQQ), so if you are a part of that group and don't see yourself featured on Etsy-you have to be selling something raggy- then let me know.

Go! Givaway Opportunity


Lavender Ridge

Is giving away a Go! Cutter.
You will have to visit her blog to get more info to sign up too.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

No more football, some snow, and Creation # 38


Tonight was the first Friday night I have gotten to stay at home and not be out at a high school football game since the second week of August. I am so thankful to not be out in this weather! It snowed today which makes me shiver just thinking about being out in it for football. Season is over Thank God!

So what I did tonight after work was to try to sew a rag quilt purse. I did not get too far. My machine needed a good overhaul, so 3 hours of cleaning it did the trick.

I finished this rag quilted tote last night. I was able to wash and dry it today, but did not get a chance to list it, so I will add links to this blogging later.

Ironically there are snowflakes on the fabric in this tote. I used minky dot fabric as well. I was hoping to sell this as a kit and had it listed for a long time, but no dice. I hope it will sell now.

I am working on the next tote now and will be showing it off soon.

Have a great weekend. I am looking forward to my extra hour this weekend! Daylight Savings. I dread the Springtime change though.....but that is a long time away.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Wednesday Wants" Featuring Quilts_By_Lee

Today' featured Rag Quilter is Quilts_By_Lee

She has been a Rag Queen Quilter (RQQ) member for over 3 years and has made some really amazing creations during that time. Lee has many eBay listings that give to charity. It is such an amazing thing to be able to give on a regular basis.

Check out her work: she is available to custom sew you anything Raggy, and she has lots of Dallas Cowboy fabric stashed! I am sure of it! My hubby especially loves that!! (They may be struggling right now, but nothing lasts forever!)

BTW she has some sales going on right now....so don't miss this opportunity!

Definitely things you would WANT!!!

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Love this!!

Blue Patchwork Rag Quilt Table Runner RQQ™ QCG

Blue Patchwork Rag Quilt Table Runner RQQ™ QCG


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This is just Gorgeous!

Christmas Rag Quilted Table Topper RQQ™ QCG




Christmas Rag Quilted Table Topper RQQ™ QCG


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Newly Listed:

Brown and Hot Pink Large Rag Quilt Tote RQQ™ QCG




Brown and Hot Pink Large Rag Quilt Tote RQQ™ QCG

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ashlawnfarms Creation #37

It's a bird!

Its a plane!

Its a saddle blanket! Rag Quilted style.......

Yes. I have had a special request to make something unique for a special customer and her horses. This is the first of many saddle blankets I am going to be making for her. I am hoping she will send me a picture of it on the horse soon!

Tuesday "Who's Dey?" Keepsake Baby Clothes Rag Quilts




Well it's another RQQ sister. That's who. (Sorry Bengals)

Rag Queen Quilter Sister

Grandma*Barbara

has some wonderful listings on eBay right now. If you are searching for some unique Christmas Gifts using keepsake baby clothes -get in touch with this seller/quilter. She will create some really wonderful rag quilted items for you.

Here are a few of her listings:

Raggy Christmas Holiday Table Topper 30"x30" RQQ QCG
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CUSTOM MEMORY RAG QUILT from YOUR Baby Clothes RQQ QCG
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MODA Fabric Rag Quilt Fall Colors 52"x61" RQQ QCG

MODA Fabric Rag Quilt Fall Colors 52"x61" RQQ QCG

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday Mentions.....Christmas Gift Ideas

Today's blogging is all about a gal in my RQQ (Rag Queen Quilters) group on eBay.
RQQ has been together for nearly 4 years this January. We are just a crazy group of ladies passionate about Rag Quilting....

Countrygal676 is one of our members. This seller has been working hard to create some really wonderful rag quilt kits that are ready for gifting or ready to be sewn in order to give for gifts or personal use. I would like to share a few of her listings on eBay with you:



Roses,Roses! Rag Quilt Kit~Cotton & Vint Chenille~ RQQ

Roses,Roses! Rag Quilt Kit~Cotton & Vint Chenille~ RQQ


Pink Teddies, Stars & Feet~SO CUTE Rag Quilt Kit!~ RQQ Add to Watch list

Pink Teddies, Stars & Feet~SO CUTE Rag Quilt Kit!~ RQQ

John Deere Rag Quilt Kit w/Cotton, Flannel & Minky~ RQQ Add to Watch list

John Deere Rag Quilt Kit w/Cotton, Flannel & Minky~ RQQ
Please click on the titles to link you to the listings for additional pictures. If you have any questions about her kits send her a message!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Latest creations....

The last few weeks I have been able to finish # 34, 35, 36 creations.


(Drum roll pleeeeeeeeeeeeze.)
My new Fall tote I made for myself.




A very tiny bag-that I made



And last is a flannel baby quilt that will be going to my church charity to support Birthright.

Art Quilt of The Day

Bible Verse of the Day