Sunday, September 29, 2019

You Might Be a Redneck

 I planned an amazing date night for Friday night! We attended Olathe High School's 1st Annual Cow Patty Bingo Night. It was the team's bye week and instead of having their usual car wash, they tried Cow Patty Bingo as a fundraiser. One yard squares were purchased for $10 (I bought one for my hubby and one for me)--the plan was to have 400 squares, but it was expanded due to the high demand. The winner would earn $800 with the rest of the pot going to the OHS football team. Dinner was also available for the bargain price of $4--choice of 2 hotdogs or a cheeseburger, chips, a drink, and a cookie. We of course had to have dinner too. The football players were manning the grills and then guarded the bingo perimeter--it seemed like much less work than a car wash. They also had a few bounce houses set up and corn hole--it is Olathe home of the famous Olathe Sweet Sweet Corn. 
The cow took the field at 7pm and was very interested in nibbling grass, but not much was going on in the cow patty department. We waited until 8pm and headed home--we did not have to be present to win. The cow finally dropped a patty at 9:04pm, but alas we did not win.  I think this was much more profitable than a car wash and it was far more entertaining--a perfect small town event for sure. I expect this to be an annual date night for sure. It was even better than pumpkin chuckin'--which is coming up soon!

 Our weekend redneck adventures continued with target practice on Saturday morning. We got a little shooting in before the wind was too strong and kept knocking our target over. We go shooting a few miles from our house.
 The rest of Saturday included removing paper from and trimming 800 half square triangles!!!  This is for my secret sewing project I am making for a Fat Quarter Shop Sew Along and a chemo quilt for a friend. 
This project has really made me fall more in love with my Juki TL-2010Q. This machine just flies through seams and fabric like butter--I don't even have it set to full speed and the automatic cutter is awesome. The only thing that is missing is a bobbin empty warning--I had a couple of instances where my bobbin was empty and I had no idea.

Too bad the Broncos had to lose again--they are not even as entertaining as a pooping cow! 

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Fall Door Banner

 Happy Fall! I got my new door banner done in time for the Fall Equinox. I posted about this a couple of weeks ago--I used blocks from Lori Holt's new book, Farm Girl Vintage 2. The book is a must have if you haven't gotten it already. 

Fat Quarter Shop and Lori Holt will be hosting a Farm Girl Vintage 2 Sew Along starting on November 1st. The plan is to sew two blocks a week. I was invited to sew along and I will be sharing my blocks here and on Instagram @tanyaquiltsinco. I will not be using the same fabrics that Lori does because this is the perfect project to dig into my overflowing scrap bins and massive stash. You can find out all the details here:
I am making a sample for another Fat Quarter Shop sew along. These are the fabrics I selected--Moda  Zen Chic Modern Backgrounds More Paper with Kona black as my background. 
 I sewed through most of the papers yesterday with my Singer Featherweight at my mom's house. I sewed up some more this morning on my Juki--I have to say it was much faster on my Juki with the automatic cutter. Now, I am in the process of trimming, removing papers, cutting off corners, and sewing them back together. This project will be revealed in about a month and the pattern will be a freebie!
I have several quilts ready in my pile for hand binding. It is a good thing that it has cooled off--it was 34 degrees here this morning (not great for our garden)--and I can sit under these projects and get them done this evening for Slow Sunday Stitching:

I am going to make a pot of white bean chicken chili and cornbread for dinner and a stir fry for my lunches all week to use up some of our garden goodies. Have a great first week of fall!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Sewing Machine Accessory Pouch

 Fat Quarter Shop has been asking bloggers to remix some of their old tutorials and I volunteered for this one--the Sewing Machine Accessory Pouch. This is a great pouch to make for each of your sewing machines and then grab the pouch whenever you are using the coordinating sewing machine. 
 What makes this zip pouch unique is the pocket on the back where you can easily slip in your sewing machine's manual. Then all your feet and machine tools can be inside the zip part. These pouches would be really convenient for when you are traveling with your machine to classes or retreats.
 I make zip pouches as gifts all the time. When the pouch was complete, I realized it would also make an awesome pouch for a coloring book and crayons/markers/color pencils. You could easily make a pouch and throw a coloring book in the back pocket and some coloring utensils in the zipper part and you have a terrific gift for kids and adults alike. This would be great for someone going through chemo or recovering from surgery or their caretaker. Put a magazine or book in the pocket and some snacks in the zip part with some hand lotion, tissues, etc.--then you have a little self-care gift. The gift possibilities are endless!
The block finishes 9 inches, so you could also dig into your stash of random blocks and use a block you already have. A letter block on the front could be used too.
Heidi from Fabric Mutt designed this pouch and her directions were fabulous! The hardest part for me was picking which fabrics from my Bonnie and Camille stash to use! Here is the link to FQS for the tutorial and all the remix projects:

I will be frantically working on some secret sewing for the Fat Quarter Shop for the next couple of weeks. The fabric is due to arrive this afternoon and the deadline for pictures of the completed quilt is 10/15, plus I am making it for a friend to use during his chemo--good thing it utilizes precuts and some quick paper tricks. Stay tuned--it will be a free pattern and I am so excited about the fabrics I chose!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Farm Girl Vintage 2

 Happy Fallish! I received my Farm Girl Vintage 2 by Lori Holt yesterday. You know how I love her designs, so I dove right in and started making some of the fall themed blocks with the intent to make a new fall door banner.
 The book is awesome with very detailed instructions--the only bummer is I already own a lot of these block patterns! I bought many of them separately over the years, but now they are all in color and easily accessible in one place. The photography in the book is top notch!
 With fall on my mind and cooler temperatures today--only in the 70s, I busted out a spiced cider candle for my warmer as I worked on my door banner. We could leave the windows open all day and had a little bit of thunder and sprinkles. I also washed the sheets and did laundry--call me domestic!
 I made a 12 inch Mr. Scarecrow Block and put him in the middle.
 I made a six inch Maple Leaf Block and a six inch Little Acorn Block for the bottom. You could also use some blocks from Farm Girl Vintage too.
I made a six inch Autumn Pumpkin Block and a six inch Curious Crow Block for the top. The letters came from an Art to Heart book, Curiosities and Mischief. I machine appliqu├ęd them with a buttonhole stitch on my Pfaff.
 I cross hatched quilted it using a 1.5 inch grid. All fabrics were from my scrap bins and stash--nothing was purchased except the book!
It is ready to hand stitch the binding down tonight for Slow Sunday Stitching

I am off to the kitchen to start a big pot of chili--we are eating chili cheese fries for dinner tonight as we enjoy Sunday Night Football. I am also going to make a meatloaf tonight for sandwiches the rest of the week--cook once eat multiple times. Our Denver Broncos play tomorrow night for Monday Night Football---I think chili mac will be dinner for that.

The cooler weather will be here all week and I am thrilled with that and football being back. Have a great week!