Friday, November 26, 2010
here is the code: BFASHAWNFARMS2010
now go visit my etsy shop: Ashlawnfarms
Sale ends later tonight (between 10 pm and midnight) and I am on EST.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
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.
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.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
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.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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
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
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:
Monday, November 8, 2010
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.)
I did finish a couple of purses : Snowflake Dazzle and Prim Santa Noel
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!
Snowman White Stars Blue Snowflakes Rag Quilt RQQ™
Green Gold Christmas Tree Dots Snowflake 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
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.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
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
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!!!
This is just Gorgeous!
Christmas Rag Quilted Table Topper RQQ™ QCG
Brown and Hot Pink Large Rag Quilt Tote RQQ™ QCG
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
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!
Well it's another RQQ sister. That's who. (Sorry Bengals)
Rag Queen Quilter Sister
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:
MODA Fabric Rag Quilt Fall Colors 52"x61" RQQ QCG
Monday, November 1, 2010
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: