Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Becky & Bonnie - Farmer's Wife

29 September 2015

Why not start ANOTHER project?  I joined the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sew Along. This will be my first real patriotic quilt.  I'll try to post pictures of all my blocks along with corresponding letters as they would be relevant today or based on what's going on at the moment.

This is a sampler quilt based on inspiring letters to the Farmer's Wife Magazine from farm women of the Great Depression.  The former Farmer's Wife Magazine is now known as the Farm Journal.

This is the first week and the assigned blocks are #12 Becky and #16 Bonnie.


The heading for this block was: Quit Merely Existing (Letter from Nebraska, March 1934)
I have never been to Nebraska.
Like her title, many days it seems like I'm going through life just existing, worrying about the state of our country, bills, losing weight, washing clothes, straightening the house, what's for dinner, worrying about where I'll be in the next 10 years and so on (you get the idea)...Well, I don't always just worry about getting through the day, month, or year (ok, well maybe I do), but I do try hard to ensure that those close to me know that I care about them and am thankful for their love, time, and experiences we share.  I think my biggest fear would be to exist without my spouse, I mean no relationship is perfect, but I really try to ensure he knows how deeply I love him.
My favorite thing is the smell of fresh cut grass, and all the silly things that my spouse does to make me smile; I actually pause to enjoy the sunrise or sunset and watch how it interacts with the clouds.  Some days I just sit on my front porch and listen to the water fountain.  Basically, as I get older I really try to appreciate things that would normally have gone unnoticed growing up; for instance, as I was driving today I noticed that someone had placed a blue bird cut out on a rail fence and had the flag flying next to it - it was just a farm along a road in the middle of nowhere, but it was a pleasant sight. 
If it's just a cup of coffee or the entire day, take a moment to really live, do something out of your normal routine, and maybe you'll find an energized heart and a quick smile...


The heading for this block was: Rain for the Soul (Letter from South Dakota, June 1934)
I have never been to South Dakota.
It's interesting that I assembled this block today, it's POURING down rain and I think it's suppose to rain for a few days.  Fall just began and it's a transition time with rain, wind, cooler mornings, leaves trying to change, some leaves not knowing what season it is and just falling from the trees...it's a time where things die off and the scenery changes. 
My take away from this letter is the same from this woman back in June of 1934 - "Only faith in God and a strong determination to look for the good side and wish everyone well has kept the soul from becoming a heap of dust." -excerpt from Farmers Wife 1930's book.
Although times may be difficult and there appears no relief, stop and look for the good in even the worst things is all we can try to do.  I mean there must be a reason we get a flat tire the very day we can't be late for something, right?  :-)

Happening right now (9/29/2015):  The iHeart Radio Music Festival is on TV and most of the music is good; well it's good background noise anyway, however I have to say... announcing Kayne West as the next President of the United States really makes me take pause as to where this country is headed.  It's become a country that doesn't care much for patriotism, fiscal responsibility, and being a community; it's turned into special interest groups, ever raising taxes, greed, and singers thinking they know how to run an entire country. My heart is heavy with sadness for this country and I am praying that this sew along and the use of patriotic fabrics will be my positive productive therapy; keep me grounded.

I pray common sense will prevail. I am especially thankful I am able to budget for fabrics and enjoy this creative community of wonderful quilters!

Have a blessed week!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Feeling grateful...thank you HomeFront Girl

I play the lottery every week and although I haven't won yet, I'm going to hit the big one someday soon! This isn't about winning the latest lottery for millions of dollars, but it is a post about winning the lottery of a completely different nature.

Not too long ago, a friend and I went to visit Melissa at the Quilts of Honor booth at the Prince William County Fair.  I bought a few raffle tickets knowing I probably wouldn't win, but the $$ was going towards a good cause.  This group relies on donations to obtain fabric, batting, and quilting for quilts to provide to veterans and the piecing is all done by volunteers.  A LOT OF LOVE GOES INTO MAKING EACH ONE....

(I'm most familiar with the East Coast Quilts of Honor; to contact them, click here)
The mission of Quilts of Honor is to bestow a universal symbol and token of thanks, solace, and remembrance to those who serve in harm's way to protect and defend our lives and freedoms. Quilts of Honor are made by the loving hands of countless volunteers who wish to thank those who have served so that they know their sacrifices are appreciated.

Well, one day I received a message that I WON a set of yankee candles.  You're probably thinking candles aren't really that big of a deal, right? First of all, I was so dog gone tickled I won anything, it could have been a roll of TP!  But seriously, when I realized what these candles represent, I really think I won the jackpot!!

These aren't just any Yankee Candles, they were designed by a local artist, Gabby of HomeFront Girl.

MORE ABOUT HOMEFRONT GIRL: (click on this quick Youtube video to learn more)

"She is a wife, a mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, fiancee, girlfriend or a friend.  She is anyone who has ever loved someone serving in our military and "shared her Hero with the rest of the world".


Support Our Troops

Give Thanks for Heroes That Never Stop Giving
Gratitude Never Out of Style

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and don't forget to thank a service member, including your local police officers and fire fighters... They are the ones keeping us safe...

Thinking of my dad, my father in law, my nephew, veterans, all those currently serving in the military and their families and friends that support them.  Take a moment today to reflect on what you're thankful for...


Monday, September 14, 2015

Washi Tape, Tea lights and tiny bags...

When you get a call to help out...well, that's what you do!!! 

I made sweet little shower favors for my niece's baby shower.  I saw an idea in Pinterest (of course) and just went with it. 

1.  YOU NEED CANDLES...I bought a bag of 100 tea lights at the party store (the kind with the silver liner and they don't look so decorative; but that's OK... we're going to make them pretty!)

2.  GET SOME WASHI TAPE...most craft stores have this and they come in ALL sorts of patterns and colors. I picked BLUE, because IT' A BOY!

3. ADD the tape to the tea lights..

4. Place them in a cute little bag.  I chose 2 per little blue bag because they are going into a bag with a bath sponge and bath gel with a tag that says:  From Ashley's Shower to Yours

Viola!!  1/2 way done with the favors.  

You could do this for party favors, teacher gifts, as thank you gifts, or WAIT!! Maybe I'll make myself a few!! HAHA

Until next time..Happy Sewing!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Tuffets & Baseball

N A T S, Nats, Nats, Nats...whoo!!  That's what is chanted at the Washington Nationals baseball stadium when they want the crowd to cheer on the team to a win.

We've been going to the new stadium since 2008 and I've even considered looking for a small condo there since we have season tickets for the next few years.

My love for baseball inspired this latest tuffet.  Ode to the Nats...


I am thinking of doing another one using the 10 year patch and maybe different fabrics.

Hope you enjoyed this little sports tuffet story as much as me! 

Look for classes coming to a local quilt shop or guild near you!  You can also inform your LQS you REALLY want to make one of these.  If you happen to mention my email info to them (bogeyinspired@gmail.com), well I would be tickled pink and be very appreciative.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Little Tuffet Pin Cushion...BOO!

Just in time for Halloween; this is my first Little tuffet pin cushion. I got a kit, cut a few festive strips of fabric, found some drawer knobs, a little button and this is how it came together.

There are a few lessons learned and modifications I'll make for the next one, but overall this is a fun project for all ages and took about 3 hours; which means most could probably finish sooner!  Hah

Kits soon available on my website: www.bogeyinspired.com

Have a great day!