Thursday, September 14, 2006

The weather has been in the low 60’s all week, It rained Monday and Tuesday, but yesterday was gorgeous. After work, Ransom and I were out in the woods for an hour. You know one of the best things about Fall – aside from the colors – It’s the smell. We’re not going to get analytical and talk about composting and things dying, we’re just going to enjoy it because it happens just once a year. I don’t think any other “season” smells this great. Ransom is totally intrigued with the chipmunks and squirrels stock-piling for the winter.

I played in my sewing room while Chelsey and her friends had a Psychology study group. I never took Psychology—never wanted to know how crazy I was. But she’s really into it. Her first test is today.

Soooo, 5 days in a row, I’ve done some form of sewing. It really helps my attitude about a lot of things on a lot of levels. I think I should make it a priority.

O.K.—The Buggy Barn Quilt. After getting the 3 color groups lined up, I pinned the pattern to each stack.
Remember, fat quarters aren’t all the same size, so lining up is important. The next thing I did was cut away the extra fabric--- but don’t discard.
I’m going to add a pieced border, I’ve never made one, so this will be my first. You know why this will be great???



I never know what border pattern to do when quilting a solid border, so a pieced should be easier. The little scraps I’m going to use in my quilt journal. I even save the printed parts on the selvage that says the fabric name.



Fifty years from now when my great-great-grand-daughter looks that my quilting journal, think about it….. She’ll see fabric names and swatches—I think it’s pretty cool…

Remember this isn’t a paper-piecing quilt, it kind of a planned crazy quilt.
The next thing you do it start whittling away the pieces. I pinned each one because location is important.




You repeat this process for all 3 colors—

I’ve got a meeting at Chelsey’s school tonight, so no quilting but I’ll read about yours to make up the difference.

Take care—



Gratitudes:
1. Sunny days
2. Ritz bits crackers
3. The car heater warming my feet on the way to work….

17 comments:

quiltpixie said...

you're so good to keep a quilting journal. I'm green with envy. Everytime I try I end up simply using it as scrap paper to calculate the yardage for borders bindings, etra layout squares etc...

Patti said...

I love it that you are doing this tutorial - we'll turn a bunch more people on to the fun of Buggy Barn quilts. The one time I visited their store I would have gone nuts if I'd had unlimited funds - I wanted to buy every kit in the store. I love their color sense.

Your quilting journal will be so wonderful. What a neat idea to save the words on the selvage!

Libby said...

This is going to be fun. Make sure Ransom doesn't wag his tail in the vicinity of your cut pieces -- the breeze could be disasterous *s*

Tazzie said...

I'm so pleased you've got some more stitching done, I can feel you smiling thru your post.
A journal sounds lovely, what a lovely piece of your quilting history for future generations.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Jeanne said...

I know exactly the leafy fall smell you're talking about!

So far, so good on the first step for the hearts.

By the way, my thread set resurfaced, and I'm going to use some today. Did you get yours yet?

Jeanne

Gail said...

great photos! can't wait for the next installment.

Linda_J said...

It is like doing a stack and slash technique then?? I thought sure from before that it WAS foundation piecing---apparently not the only one!

Bonnie said...

It's fun to see your progress. I think I will learn as you continue to post.

Carol said...

Can I send Howie and Zack up to play in the woods with Ransom...they would just have a ball. Great job on your tutorial!

Dawn said...

I"ve done some buggy barn quilts and the best "idea" someone gave me is to ask a pizza place for a new clean box. Then you can stack your blocks in the pizza box and store! Buggy Barn quilts are so much fun! I can't wait to see yours!

Carol said...

I looked back at all your postcard pictures. Love 'em! I'm trying to make some to sell at my church boutique this fall, but I don't have very many made yet. Now I'm inspired and will make some right this minute!

Norma said...

This should be a cute project when you are done. I have always wondered how these Buggy Barn patterns work. Thanks for posting the stages of the blocks. Please continue to post your progress on this one.

Finn said...

Hi Mel, so glad you got to sew so much. It does a body good!!
And happy autumn to you dear friend..it's just the best season!! I work hardest at loving all of the first part, because by the time Nov. rolls in, I'm clinging to the bright orange of the pumpkins for dear life. Winter fascinates me, but I sure can't say I love it. Can't wait to see your blocks all sewn. Hugs, Finn

jpquilter said...

this looks like a fun quilt - can't wait to see more of it- don't you love the cooler weather to get your creativity going?

ForestJane said...

What colors are you using? Do the FQ's come with the kit? I like the first one that I can see in the pic there. :)

Cynthia said...

interesting quilt. Thanks for showing the progress. Look forward to seeing more of this quilt

Samantha said...

hooray for all that sewing time, and the journal idea! Great!!