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Monday, February 25, 2013

Sister's Choice Quilt ~ Progress

A quick update on the progress of my "Sister's Choice" quilt...

I finished all of my blocks and jumped into the task of choosing where they would all fit in the main design.  My method should have been easy --only requiring a few color rearrangements.   But as with all great plans a little error can be expected, and I apparently skipped one side of an outer row, which required me to take a little bit longer completing my task. :(  Well that and a little black furry critter kept making a nuisance of herself! ;) 

Finally, all blocks were in place.  I did a few adjustments on color and picked up my rows.  They are in the process of being sewn together.  It is so exciting to be working on my first full size quilt! :) 

Friday, February 15, 2013

127 Yard Sale Finds of 2012 ~ Part 2

Here are a few of my other finds from the 127 Yard Sale of 2012.  I found this forgotten post in my drafts...Ooops!  It is a great pick-me-up as I write this, look out the window, and am blinded by the remnants of our last snow!  Aaah, Spring is right around the corner. :)

Here are a few cookie cutters that I purchased.  The flags, hatchet and drums will be new shapes to my collection.  The black cat was just too darn cute to leave behind and will join a few identical friends ! ;)

I just cannot pass up these old industrial lights... especially for 5 dollars!   (Due to losing whole days to rain, lots of the venders were making fantastic deals. Thankfully, the showers were always a day ahead of us!)  Mr. Hollow spotted this light on the ground as we were leaving one of the larger flea markets on our travels. 

I couldn't resist this newly made dough trencher from Albany, KY.  The grain in the Buckeye is just wonderful. There was a smaller version with the strongest black in the grain... absolutely spectacular!  But it was quite a bit smaller; although, it did have a huge knot in the wood-- giving it loads of character.  Hmmm... I am feeling just a little regret for not bringing that one home, too. :( 

On its arrival back to Illinois, the bowl was treated with mineral oil.  The grain jumped out immediately.   The grain makes the piece so unique!   

** Note** At one of our motel stays, there was another gentleman that made some HUGE trenchers.  If only I could've thought of a place to display one.  Maybe this year! ;) 

You all know that I love my old spools.  These two big guys came into my home with four friends. :) 

I just fell in love with these bobbins.  On day one of our trip, I bought some of these from a gentleman that had tables FULL of various wooden spools and bobbins.  He was cutting some tremendous deals.  Later down the road, another gentleman had some with great patina, so they entered the grouping as well!

It is so nice to sit here today and reflect on that trip. We had such a wonderful time... with so much to see!   I am really looking forward to this year's adventures! :)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Baa Baa Black Sheep...

Have you any wool?  Yes sir, yes sir...




Yep, it is sheep shearing time in The Hollow.  I am now in possession of three large garbage bags that each contain a warm woolly fleece.  My research into the new adventure of processing wool is still in progress.  I am in no hurry, since the fleeces need to be cleaned and that will be an outdoor activity.  So... these bags will be stored until Springtime makes its way to Illinois! :) 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sister's Choice Quilt in Progress

Last week, my time was spent designing the layout and cutting the pieces for my Sister's Choice Quilt. The quilt is being constructed with fabrics that I have on hand.  Although it will not be as wonderfully scrappy as Bonnie Hunter's (Quiltville) original design (here),  I am pretty confident that there will be plenty of fabric patterns incorporated in the design to keep the eye wandering.   

My original thought was to keep with Bonnie's design and mix up the fabrics on the outside border, but a loose sense of continuity won out due to the lack of stash colors.   I also decided to have a red/burgundy theme in each of the nine patch center squares.  This lead me to create basically 4 color patterns in the final blocks.  Two of the basic four blocks will have the 5 cross red/burgundy squares in the center.  Of those two sets, one stack will be bordered with white corners and tan sides, and the other will have tan corners and white sides (not pictured).

The red/burgundy squares will be in the center four configuration for the third and fourth stacks.  They will also be divided with one of the piles having tan sides and white corners (not pictured), and the other group having white sides and tan corners. 

Bonnie's quilt looks so beautiful.  I hope there is enough character in my pattern choices to make it pleasing to the eye.  Time will definitely answer that question for me! ;)