Current Quilting Projects Update

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along ~ 21 blocks completed… need 36 = 15 more to go!

Fabric purchased from Shabby Fabrics with the giftcard I won through Amy’s {A Diary of a Quilter} giveaway.  Thank you both for the giveaway!

The dark brown print is going to be my sashing fabric, and the light calico is going to be a wide border.  The dark brown print has a little bit of pinky rose coloring in those little light widgets that really ties into the scrappy quilt blocks.

Here is the layout I am currently thinking of for a 60″ by 60″ lap quilt size using 36 Farmer’s Wife Sampler Blocks.  I may still play with setting the blocks ‘on-point’, but am not sure that I want to try that skill at this point in time.

{PS ~ those are just blocks from Quilt Wizard not the actual block designs}

Lovely’ Quilt for Me ~ No progress, have the next block laid out and organized for sewing though.

Sugar Pop HSTs ~ finalized the layout of the blocks, and have pairs pinned together along the block sides that need to be sewn together.  Hopefully that will help ensure that next time I spend time on the HSTs I will sew the right blocks together on the correct side, LOL!

Ms. V’s Fresh Flowers Quilt ~ still considering multiple quilt patterns for this one.  Until I actually start on it I am not sure what pattern I will be using.  Right now I am leaning towards a dissapearing nine-patch with a border on two sides of each block.  Only God knows for sure what her quilt will look like, LOL.

Ready, Set, Snow Table Runner ~no progress… haven’t even looked at the blocks lately

New Projects ~

Advent Tree Wall Quilt ~ I have layed it out in Quilt Wizard tentatively.  Also, have 5 of the needed 25 yo-yos created from scraps.

Top Secret Christmas Quilt ~ fabric ordered.  I even made sure not to order any extra fabric for any other ‘use’.

Farmer’s Wife Pony Club Quilt ~ My book arrived!!!!  I have been reading through the letters.  Want to get my 36 FWQAL blocks finished before starting on this sampler quilt.  I am also working on details for the quilt-along I will be hosting for this book starting in November.

Charity Quilt ~ I really wanted to create a quilt for the Victims of the Bastrop Wildfires.  Here is the post with details on the Jelly Roll ‘Race’ quilt top I created Tuesday.  I want to get this basted and start on the quilting before this weekend, and hopefully spend time quilting it over the weekend.

I am linking up with WIP over at Freshly Pieced.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

WIP ~ August 31st, 2011

Farmer’s Wife Sampler Blocks;

2. Autumn Tints

A little shy on the one side, but the corners all seem to meet up, LOL!

Fabrics: collection of scraps, and large squares are a green fabric from another quilter.  Block 16/111

5. Bat Wings

Another block I love.  High contrast with a fun graphic feel.

Fabrics: Brown is a Fat 1/4 from Joann’s, blue is from another quilter.  Block 14/111

6. Big Dipper

This was a fun block to piece together.  It was very helpful to have made the mistakes I made last week with matching up pieces.  This time I made sure I was sewing the correct sides together the first time.

Fabrics: Joann’s for the horseshoe print {scraps from Mr. SD’s TV quilt}, and the dark paisley print is from another quilter.  Block 15/111.

9. Box

Took a while to decided on blue on blue, and I am very happy with how it turned out this way.

Fabrics: both blues are from the same quilter as the green in Block 2.  Block 17 of 111.

108. Windmill

My new favorite.  I wish I could make a whole quilt out of these fabrics.  I wasn’t sure about the purple while I was cutting pieces, but I adore the finished look.

Fabrics: Green and Rose Print from Joann’s ages ago, purple cross hatch from Connecting Threads.  Block 18/111 

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While I have not been making much any progress on my other WIPs, I am very happy with how my Farmer’s Wife Quilt-Along blocks are coming.  I am envisioning a dark brown sashing that has some pattern to it.  Maybe like the green leafy fabric I used in block 108.  A chocolate brown would really set all of these blocks beautifully.

What have you been working on this week?

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Linking up at;

Work In Progress Wednesday at Freshly Picked

Show and Tell Wednesday at Blue Cricket Design

WIP ~ August 24th, 2011

Here are my Farmer’s Wife Quilt blocks for this week;

46. Hill and Valley ~ I can totally see using this one block to create an entire quilt of ‘stars’, with this block surrounding a center block.  Not a huge fan of these fabrics, but they do work with my overall color scheme.

56. Maple Leaf ~ What a fun block!  This one went together much easier than I had thought it would.  Maybe know I will have the confidence to make a fall table runner with ‘leaves’ in different colors.

And my epic failure of this week… {a definite redo is in the future for this block}

Here is the redone block ~

Not perfect, but definilty better than my first attempt, LOL!

My mail-man brought these two cute Micheal Miller fabrics for a custom order I am doing for a customer:

These are going to make supr-cute Stay-Put Towels!

In other news…

I have some Sugar Pop fabric coming to help me decide on a final layout of my HSTs quilt-top.  Hopefully I will have a couple options to post shortly for help making the ‘final’ layout decision.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Linking up with:

WIP at Freshly Pieced

Hookin’ Up with HOH at House of Hepworths

Show Off Your Stuff at FireFlies and JellyBeans

Farmer’s Wife Progress {Blocks 10, 21, 30}

This here block is a Bowtie.  It is used as a stand-alone block {meaning you can make an entire quilt using tons of these blocks} that I have wanted to try.  I am okay with how it turned out, but not thrilled.  I had some problems getting the red corner pieces to line up on the larger corner pieces at first.  After recutting the remaining scrap of red fabric I had, I saw that the lines didn’t match up as I had them laid out originally.  I like the contrast created by the lights and the dark.  Even from a distance you can see the red center of the Bowtie.  This is what I was aiming for; high contrast blocks with ‘natural’ feel to the colors.

Fabrics ~
Tan: Basketweave from Connecting Threads
Green: Honeycomb quilters fabric from Joann’s eons ago
Red: a sampler charm from Connecting Threads
Block 8 of 111
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Love, Love, Love how this block turned out.  It was very quick to piece together, and I can’t believe that my points matched up so well.  I went a completely different direction with the colors and fabrics than shown in the book.  In keeping with my high contrast block theme I used neutrals that would highlight what I saw as the main point of this block’s design.  These are some of my favorite fabrics, and I seem to be using them in most of the blocks I have completed so far, LOL!  But my scraps will only do that for so long.

Fabrics ~
Blue: powder blue quilters calico from Joann’s
Tan Paisley: rustic floral calico from
Light Tan: Cirlicue in Antique from Connecting Threads
Block 9 of 111
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30. End of Day
This block should have been called ‘Contrary Wife’, or maybe End of Day refers to… your day will be over when you finally finish this block.  This one was complicated for me to get orientated correctly.  The upper right section ended up getting ripped out once twice before I got the pieces to be in the correct layout for the part of the block.  Geesh.  I am soooooo looking forward to the more complicated blocks {yikes}.  My points came out okay in the four sections, but when I pieced the block together there was a huge bump of fabric at the center that kept the center for lining up well.  I need to go and research how this can be avoided.  I am sure I have seen the solution to this problem somewhere, but I can’t remember now what that solution might be.

Fabrics ~
Plaid: from my Scrappy Mug Rug Swap No. 4 Partner
Light Tan: Cirlicue in Antique from Connecting Threads
White/Ultra Light Cream: more scraps from my swap partner
Block 10 of 111
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Even though I listed all 111 blocks, this is definitely not going to be accomplished this year {probably not this decade}.  My Farmer’s Wife Pony Club book is on order!!!! Yipee!!!
So… this means that I will continue with the Farmer’s Wife quilt until my book arrives, and then the Farmer is getting dropped like a hot potato for a pony.
Isn’t that just the way?  Ponies are much cuter and loads more fun than a stuffy farmer, LOL!
Till next time ~
Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Organizing My FWQAL Pieces and Blocks

I am working on my Farmer’s Wife Quilt blocks in sets of three;

- plan and cut out the pieces for three blocks;

- sew three blocks;

- scan and upload the pictures of the three blocks;

- start on the next three blocks;

To keep the pieces I cut organized between cutting and sewing I am placing all pieces for one block in a zip-lock bag with a tag with which block the pieces are for written in pencil.  Then I tuck the bag of pieces  in the book with the piecing diagram for that block.

This has really helped to keep me on the right track when I am trying to quickly put together a block during nap time, or when Ms. E is playing quietly.  As an added bonus… by having the blocks already cut, I am not having either scissors or a rotary cutter out while Ms. E is ‘assisting’.

Once the block is pieced, and after I used my printer/scanner to scan a picture of the block into my computer, I place the block back in the book next to the piecing directions.  Pretty sure I am going to have to come up with another way to keep the finsihed blocks as my book keeps getting fuller and fuller.

PS ~ This is my favorite block so far. The writing you see above the block number and title on the page is the date, temperature, and current weather.  One of the gals in the Flickr quilt-a-long group mentioned she was doing this, and I thought it was a fun idea.

I am also filling in the square with the block number on the tracking sheet I printed that one of the group members created.

And there you have it.

See ya’all next time!


I got bitten… Quilting Progress Report

It’s official… I got bitten by the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt-A-Long bug.

From what I have heard, it isn’t fatal to me, just my stash and leftover scraps.  On the plus side… I decided that I will be grown up and add the many gorgeous sampler quilt projects currently in full swing here in blogland {see my right sidebar} on the to-do list.  It pains me to say this, but… I just don’t have time to make every quilt I want to.  Darn, it anyway.

There I said it, and my world didn’t end, LOL!  I realized this weekend that since I have gotten ‘back’ into quilting, I have done hardly any sewing of items for my Etsy shop and to stock up for the Christmas season craft fairs.  Can you believe that it is less than four months till Thanksgiving, and less than five till Christmas?!?!?

Here are a few of the Stay-Put Towels I just finished.  The two brown fabrics are for a special order, and the daisies on the aqua background will be available in the Spunky Diva Shop later this week.

And here are the FWQAL blocks that I finished this week…

The new trick I learned this week was: to use the printer’s scanner to import a ‘picture’ of each block to the computer.  It is ‘sew’ great!!  Each image is in focus, and the block are pressed flat by the lid of the scanner.  It was much easier than trying to take a photo of each block.  There are more details for each block on Flickr for The Spunky Diva.

~ In Progress ~

My ‘Lovely’ Quilt; no progress this week;

Sugar Pop HSTs; finished off making the HSTs, now I need to decide on layout and then piece the quilt top;

Puppy Quilt; needs to be basted and quilted;

Ready, Set, Snow Tablerunner; need to lay out the charms and start piecing;

V’s Fresh Flowers Quilt; need to lay out and start cutting fabric;

~ New Projects ~

FWQAL; finished 7 blocks;

Quilts for Joplin; need to cut fabric for quilt top to be mailed by August 10th {they are accepting quilts and quilt tops till the middle of August}

~ On Hold ~ this list is a ‘work in progress’

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Thank you Mail-Man! {quilting edition}

As most of you know, I just love SwagBucks.  My favorite ‘prize’ to redeem my SBs for is $5 Amazon gift cards.  {I have scored 13 $5 giftcards so far this year… which is $65}  Not sure what SwagBucks is?  Check out this post.

Currently, I am working to save and purchase the Electric Quilt 7 software program with SwagBucks.  I would love to be able to record all the thoughts I have regarding Quilt Patterns, and be able to go back and create a quilt from those thoughts.  Plus, I want to create an official layout of my Charming Log Cabins quilt to with you.  I tend to have a problem with the measuring part of figuring out how long/wide the different pieces need to be to create a block.  The Electric Quilt software figures that out for you, and creates a list of the different pieces {with measurements} you need to create that block.  Sounds like a win-win for me.


Since that is going take a while to save up for… I currently need $135 more to purchase the software program..

I went ahead and redeemed some of my giftcards for a copy of The Farmer’s Wife by Laurie Aaron Hird, and a Clover Hera Marker.

I have been following the Flickr group for the FWQAL {Farmer’s Wife Quilt-A-Long}, and have been inspired by all the different fabrics that have been chosen for the various blocks.   It is ‘sew’ neat to flip through The Farmer’s Wife book and see all the different blocks there are in there {111 total blocks}.  I may even make some of the blocks while waiting to be able to get my copy of The Pony Club sampler quilt that Laurie is releasing this fall.  If you are looking for a BOM program for The Farmer’s Wife Pony Club quilt, Hidden Quilts has one they plan to begin in Oct. 2011.

So… since I have a couple months and ‘nothing’ to do… I guess I will start on my Farmer’s Wife Quilt!  Thank you mail-man for bringing my next obsession right to my doorstep!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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~ About Me ~

I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!


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