Monday, January 27, 2014

A Check List....

I mentioned in my last post that keeping up with a regular schedule has been a challenge for me...
I am still sewing almost everyday, but not always completing or getting distracted.

So this morning I decided to download Evernote...hopefully, to keep me accountable....a check list of daily tasks...

Today my list was full...and thus far I have completed 3 of my 5 tasks!

Blogging was one **wink, wink**

      The Swedish Bloom quilt needed basting and then to begin quilting.

Because this is a shoppe sample, and I would like it to be completed in a timely manner, I have decided to quilt it with a combination of machine quilting and hand quilting.

Straight line stitching in the sashing and hand quilting around the blooms and leaves...

Swedish Bloom quilt basted and quilting has commenced - CHECK!

Not too long ago, I purchased the Farmer's Wife Pony Club book.  I realize I am late to this party, but better late than never.  

I love the combines two of my very favorite subjects...quilting and history.

Plus, included with the book is a CD to download the pattern templates and even paper piecing patterns!  With the extreme bone chilling temperatures and snow, my fun weekend plans were, Pony Club!

I chose Pig's Tail as my first crack at it.  I printed out the foundation paper pattern and transferred the pattern to my Golden Threads paper.       

Why did I print out the pattern and then transfer it?  I wanted to keep the original pattern and the Golden Threads paper is easy to tear away.  You could also use parchment paper, but I have found Golden Threads to come in handy!  I used it on top of this whole cloth quilt to "mark" my design.  I, then, hand stitched through the paper and tore the paper away after the quilting was complete.

With my Pig's Tail pattern and some cute Japanese Pig fabric...I stitched my first Pony Club block!

Certainly, you have all heard about The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt....I seem to remember a little quilt-along with this one last year....
Karen of "Laugh Yourself Into Stitches" is offering Craftsy classes to help those working through The Farmer's Wife book.
You can find the information you need - HERE - to take advantage of Karen's Craftsy Classes! 

Work on a Pony Club block - CHECK! 

And, finally, I have a little bundle of goodies that needed to be wrapped and popped in the mail....

more on the super secret contents later...hehe!

Package for___________ wrapped and mailed - CHECK!

I am feeling pretty pumped right now!  I am off to meet my sweetie Molly {oldest of my three sweets} - we meet for lunch on Mondays...Monday's with Molly!

I hope the sun is shining in your neck of the woods!

Blog - CHECK!
happy monday


  1. I do like that Swedish Bloom quilt a lot! It has that "old-fashioned" flavor I like with a touch of modern class...hugs, Julierose

  2. You have been productive!! Your Swedish bloom quilt is really wonderful!! I love that you used pig fabric for your Pigs Tail block. That's very crisp piecing for echino linen. It's always a treat to see peeks of your wholecloth quilt, the heart is gorgeous!

  3. Evernote is AWESOME. I use it for work, house projects, craft projects, and even the grocery list because I can share notes that way with Jeremy.

  4. Look at you- getting organized and using technology to do it! A new Mary for the new year! And look how well it's working! Love the pig tails block! Is it only 6"? And the combination of straight line quilting and hand stitching will be the perfect finish to the flower quilt!

  5. Hi Mary! I love your Works and reading your blog! This quilt is going to be so beautifulLovely block with pigs! Usually sun is shining here in Crete, but today it's raining. Still sunny wishes! x Teje

  6. Wow, I wonder how organised you are. I am using small paper notes all over my home with tasks I am supposed to do, but if I do 1-2 every day I feel very successfull. The Swedish quilt looks amazing!

  7. everything is looking lovely as usual. Thanks for the tip of quilting with the parchment paper. I'm going to have to try it.

  8. I really want to join in the pony club after party, I'm just waiting for my book to get here next week :) I really love your Swedish bloom quilt too!

  9. I luv Evernote. Been using it for some time.. Used it to pin articles and photos off the web with it, before I got caught up in Pinterest. Always enjoy seeing your work,

  10. Hi Mary!

    Just wanted to pop in and compliment you on the Swedish Bloom quilt. I love it!!! Hope to see it when its hanging in the shop. Take care!

  11. The Swedish Bloom quilt looks fabulous, great fabric choices. I've been using Evernote for a year or so now, and it makes my life about a zillion times more efficient. I keep everything from To Do lists to menu plans to kids party plans on there.

  12. Haha so funny I just wrote a list of 'to-do's' and reading blogs wasnt on there whoops.
    You always make such sunny quilts, I hope this one will bring sunshine somewhere x

  13. What a delightful post and so full of eye candy. So looking forward to seeing your Bloom quilt

  14. Utterly amazing, love the colours and pattern :) x

  15. I had not heard of that book, but I'm on my way to find out more right now! I adore anything that includes hand quilting. Your quilt is fantastic, and can't wait to see more!

  16. Don't just love checking things off your list? I didn't know about Evernote will look into it. Lots of nice things going on as usual with you.

  17. never heard of Evernote... but I am going to download it now and check it out! I love checking things off a list! all your projects are lovely... as usual!! can't wait to see the quilt in the shoppe :)

  18. So lovely! :)
    Greetings from Finland!
    Hugs, Ulla

  19. I have Evernote on both my iphone and ipad, but have never spent the time to figure it out. It always gets such good ratings. *sigh*

    I have the Pony Club book too and there are such wonderful blocks in it. Isn't the whole concept interesting--that children actually received ponies?!

    Your block looks wonderful!