A weekend cornucopia: little boy gifts, a quilt top finish, and we’re off to the races on the Farmer’s Wife quilt!

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I got a birth announcement this week.  I love it, because it gives me a good excuse to hit up my sewing room and come up with something new and different.  It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve embroidered…

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These adorable trucks are in a set by Anita Goodesign, Baby Construction.  Along with cute applique designs, they have these made-in-the-hoop softies.  Ooohhh, I can give the baby his first trucks!

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I took some photos in my sewing room.  Not good enough.  I knew they needed to be photographed at a work site.  Now that’s more like it.

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The new little tot has two older brothers, so I put his name on his toys.  These were fun to make and turned out so cute.  Anita Goodesign does a great job on these in-the-hoop projects.

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Big brothers like to get gifts, too.  I decided to stick with the construction theme and make pillow cases for the two older boys.  I was at my local shop on Friday woking on the Million Pillowcase Challenge, so pillow cases were on my mind.  And I figured that everybody like to have their name on things.  Especially with a house full of brothers.

If you are hearing a grinding noise now, not to worry.  It’s just the sound of me switching gears.

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I have finished my Downton Abbey Christmas quilt top!  It looks very elegant, if I do say so myself.  I’ll figure out the backing, then off to the quilter.  And anytime I mention Downton Abbey, I have to include a picture of me at Downton.

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More grinding of gears here.

The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt sew-along has begun!  We got a preview of the first block, and here’s mine.

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Loving the brights.  Mine will have quite the variety of colors.  Is anyone else riding along for this adventure?

Union Jack quilt squares inspired by Barbie; fabric porn for the Farmer’s Wife Sew-along

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This month’s bundle of Liberty is heavy on the pinks.  So three of the new Union Jacks are pink and pretty, just like Barbie!

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So many of the Liberty prints have little animals in them.  I love the little peacocks in the strips.  They remind me of the trace-your-hand turkeys we made in elementary school.

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Little love birds.  Or pigeons.  Or turtle doves?  Anyhoo, at least I got them all right side up!

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The stripes in this block have little folk art people in them.  And now I see a rabbit.  I don’t think any of the little folk are standing on their heads.

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As you know, I am paper piecing the blocks.  The centers of the blocks look lumpy in the pictures because the papers are still in the outer quadrants.  Fear not, the blocks all lay flat when the papers are removed.

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Fifteen Union Jacks to date, and what an assorted lot they are!  And now for something completely different…

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The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along is only one week away!  I have convinced a friend to join me in this journey. I plan to paper piece my quilt, and my friend has never tried it.  This week we are having a little sewing session so she can get familiar with that process.  I’ll be curious to see if she chooses to use that method for her quilt.

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Here are my fabrics for the sew-along.  Bright and cheerful, just like me.  And if you have a problem with that, let’s step outside.