Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A few current projects...

Spoonflower (http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome), is having a 2 for 1 sale on printing tea towel calendars this week only. I have been thinking about creating some calendar towels as gifts and this offer from Spoonflower cinched the decision for me to get busy and put my thoughts to paper or I should say, pixels. Here is the towel I have designed to have printed to give for Christmas.
This will be my first order from Spoonflower and I am thrilled to see what magic they can do printing on fabric.

I have been continuing to work on the flag quilt for the hubby. Am hoping to get all the paper removed from the back soon, fix any loose seams and get it quilted early in 2012. Meanwhile, I started piecing the back for the quilt. Here's what I have pieced|embroidered for the backing.
I have added a 16" border around 3 sides of the top to make it larger for our queen size mattress. This is a photo of the original size of the top.
The top is foundation pieced and I know now I should have shortened the stitch length and used thinner paper for piecing this top. Once I figured out how to piece via this method, putting the top together wasn't so bad. But it's been a bugger to get the paper off the back. 
We took a quick trip to Tennessee for Thanksgiving. Here a few photos from visiting a dairy|tobacco|chicken farm(s) that belong to the folks we visited. Kentucky is somewhere over beyond the first row of trees.
Wanted to bring this little one home....but there was no room in the car.
Do brown cows give chocolate milk?
And white cows white milk?
Tobacco baled and waiting for auction.
Ready to be baled.
Trying to get chickens to stand still for the camera is like herding cats...
Catching the last rays to a perfect day.

"If you have a good mind be prepared to use it well."


Jennifer said...

Oh, I do like your farm pics....those chooks are gorgeous, especially their speckled feathers! What an interesting quilt design. Foundation piecing can be very fiddly, have you tried bending the paper back along the line of stitching, scoring it with your fingernail, then tearing it? That can help with paper removal.

Patty Biermans said...

Like the quilt VERY much!! Must be a happy husband who gets it :)) hugzz...peebee