A Little Quilt Project In Progress

I had to check to make sure it was okay to share this, and it is!

Windham Fabrics put out a call for people to make 18″ square quilts to decorate their space at Quilt Market. My fabrics came yesterday!

fabrics are here!

Hello Beautiful! Rome in the Spring! How can you not love that?

Ciao Bella

The main print is larger than I expected to have for a small quilt. Hmmmm. Time to play with these fabrics and see what looks good!

Perhaps a scrapbook page look? The florals are smaller pieces, so I thought I might use them to make triangles over the corners of the “photos”.

Ciao Bella

I need to introduce them all to the iron and then play with them some more. I could use the white for background, but I like the words if I am going for a scrapbook theme. Then the white can be the edge of the photos. Things look better on the brown background words than the green. I may end up leaving the green words out if I go this route.

Not sure about binding yet, either…

What would you do with these?

Kelly

Hosting a Quilt Square Swap!

cut squares
I just finished hosting a quilt square swap. If you haven’t participated in one before, here’s how it works.

Each swap has 30 spots in it. Each participant signs up for one or more spots. For each spot, one yard of fabric is sent in. For each yard, 30 different 6.5″ squares are returned, including one from the yard sent in by the participant.

In the past, each participant has sent in their squares already cut. For this swap, participants sent in uncut fabric and I ran it through my Accuquilt Studio cutter to make the squares.

Accuquilt Studio

This worked really well. However, there were a couple things I didn’t consider.
1) Fabric sent through the mail needs to be ironed before it can be cut into squares.
2) I can cut one yard of fabric pretty quickly to make 30 squares. However, doing this 30 times takes a while!
While ironing, cutting and sorting, I played through an entire season of Mad Men on Netflix and made my teen sit through Sneakers!

cut squares

In this case, two swaps ran at the same time to make shipping costs more economical for participants. So, those piles each contain 900 squares. 1800 squares total from 60 yards of fabric.

Once cut, the fabrics are sorted into piles containing one of each print. Here are the dots:
sorted dots squares

Then I stacked them just to get them out of the way so there was room to pack them!
all sorted squares

Once sorted and packed by destination, they just need postage!
all packed squares

One waiting for an address, but the rest are ready to ship! I will drop them off at the post office since I try not to leave big piles of mail for the mail carrier without giving him advance warning.
shipping

I am looking forward to seeing what all these squares become!

Happy Sewing!

Kelly

Going to Quilt Market!

I am so excited! And nervous. Very nervous!

Going to Quilt Market!

My confirmation for Spring Quilt Market arrived!

I signed up for Sample Spree, a class about Retreats and Social Marketing. I have no idea what to expect. I am really anxious about meeting new people, but after last summer’s Sewing Mamas retreat, I am trying really hard to remember that these are all people who love the same things I do.

Anyone else going to Spring Market?

Happy Sewing!

Kelly

Dots or Spots? Time for a Quilt Square Swap!

dots fabric

How it works:
Each swapper sends in one yard of dots fabric for each spot they sign up for.

Fabric should be a solid color background with dots. Big dots, little dots, red dots, white dots, purple dots, dots, dots, dots!

Each swapper gets back 30 6.5″ squares for each yard of fabric they send in.

Sign up is open in the forums, deposits are due March 25th and fabric is due April 4th.

Happy Swapping!

Kelly

Photo credit: gina pina on flickr, licensed by Creative Commons

Degler Farm Barn Quilt

A quick post today – another barn quilt square from the Carver County barn quilt project!

This is the Daisy Applique Barn Quilt block on the Lois and Dean Degler barn which can be found at 9111 Audubon Road in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Degler Farm Barn Quilt

The side of the barn with the quilt square on it faces the fields rather than the road, so getting a picture is a bit of a challenge. And also why it looks more like a diamond than a square shape, but it really is a square.
Carver County Barn Quilts

Hope you’re enjoying these!
Kelly

Kerber Farm Barn Quilt

Finally, another barn quilt square to share with you from the Carver County barn quilt project!

This is the Kerber Farm, located at 410 Arboretum Blvd (Hwy 5) Victoria, Minnesota.
Carver County Barn Quilts

The block is called Goose in the Pond.
Kerber Farm Barn Quilt

This particular block is just east of the Arboretum’s Apple House on Highway 5. It’s set back from the road some and I’m sure I’ve driven past it tons of times without noticing it.
Carver County Barn Quilts - Kerber Farm

Hope you’re enjoying these!
Kelly

The Hunt for Barn Quilt Squares Continues

This was something of an unintentional find. I had my camera with me because we were driving out to the county fairgrounds and I wanted to get pictures there. As we were zooming along, I noticed one.

Andrew Peterson Barn - Carver County Barn Quilt Square
After we were done at the fair, we stopped back and took a couple pictures. This is the Andrew Peterson barn, located in Laketown Township, at 8060 Parley Lake Road, Waconia. I love this picture, and Zoe was so excited to see the horses I had to remind her to stay in the car. I’m hoping to get back there with a different lens on my camera, the one I had was not great for getting a picture of the block itself. (Or, equally likely, the camera operator is inexperienced and needs more practice!)

Swedish Apple Orchard - Carver County Barn Quilt Square
This quilt block is called “Swedish Apple Orchard”. It’s very fitting for this site as Andrew Peterson was a Swedish immigrant who farmed and planted apples here in the mid to late 1800s. Peterson was a horticulturist who planted over 100 varieties of apples while experimenting to determine which could best survive the harsh Minnesota winters and resist blight.

On March 8, 1873, Peterson wrote in his diary, “This winter I have grafted 404 apple trees, 13 pear trees, 30 plum trees and 12 cherry trees.” The Minnesota Historical Society published an article in their Minnesota History Magazine in the summer of 1972 about Peterson. Here’s a link if you are interested in reading more about his work.

Happy Sewing!
Kelly

Time for the County Fair!

Look where we went today!
Fair Dates

Of course, if you know that today is the 6th and happened to notice that all those dates are in the future, you might be thinking our calendar was off and we went too early. Don’t worry, we had it right!

Dropping off entries
Today was the day to drop off fair entries. We had never done this before, but I made jam and thought it might be fun to enter it. After looking at all the entries for kids, Zoe decided to enter one of her stories. We dropped those off this morning while hockey boy was at practice.

Log Cabin at Carver County Fair
We also took advantage of the fact that the fair was not actually open and grabbed a picture of this building. See that? It’s one of the first barn quilt squares in the county collection! A log cabin square on the log cabin, of course.

Log Cabin Quilt Square at Carver County Fair
If you want to see this square in person, your options are pretty limited. If the fairgrounds are closed, the closest you can get to it is the view from the other side of the chain link fence.

Log Cabin at Carver County Fair

Do you go to your county fair? Have you entered anything? Maybe next year I’ll be brave and enter something I’ve sewn in the fair.

Happy Sewing!
Kelly

Family Crest Barn Quilt Block

It’s kind of a dreary drizzly day today, but I managed to get these pictures while hockey boy was at practice this morning.

This is the Barckhoff Barn, located at 1255 78th St in Victoria, Minnesota.
Barckoff Barn

Kind of a lot going on over there. The sign on the tree says “Welcome to Jack’s world”. I showed it to my Jack, who’s seven. His response – “I have my own world? Whoa… Wowwww…”
Barckoff Barn 2

Barckoff Family Crest
Here’s a closer look at the square. Google translate says “Suum Cuique” means “to each his own” in Latin.

And one last pic… Did you see the gingerbread cutouts by the barn? And the cows by the old farm equipment?
Barckoff Barn 2

Hope you’re enjoying these!
Kelly

Dahlia Barn Quilt

Here’s another barn quilt for you! This one is located on the Street / Smith Farm on County Road 10 in Chaska, MN.
Carver County Barn Quilt Square

Carver County Barn Quilt Square
This block is called Dahlia. I like that it’s hung on the diagonal. Here’s another shot of the barn. Too bad about the electrical pole right in the way there.

Carver County Barn Quilt Square

I also found the square at the County Fair, but I’ll have to wait until the fair opens to take a picture. They seemed rather insistent about their no trespassing signs over at the fairgrounds, and the angle was all wrong to try to get a picture through the fence!

Happy Sewing!
Kelly

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