Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sleepy Acres start

I have made a start on the Sleepy Acres quilt by Amy Bradley. This is the quilt my 9 yr old son has chosen. We looked at both Amy's cat and dog quilts but ds couldn't decide; then I found her Sleepy Acres quilt. This solved his problem as it had lots of animals in it, and he loves animals.
This block isn't finished yet, only partially done.
He has helped go through my stash and the scraps to find suitable fabrics for the quilt. Only thing is I don't seem to have any fabrics in gray tones... need them for the horse and sheep. There are plently of other blocks for me to work on before I get to those ones though!

I have all my bits ready to start on my sewing machine cover for Jenny's challenge. It took me a while to decide on fabric; because if I wasn't on my self imposed ban I would have went out and bought fabric instead of thinking over what I had in the cupboard. So glad I did. This is French Hatbox by Tanya Whelan and is very pretty. I don't have enough for a quilt as I bought yardage of 5 prints I liked best. This project has taken thinking on because a sewing machine cover is something I will be looking at everyday and some days for quite a portion of the day, so it had to be something I really liked; it also had to go with my green walls.....
Here is the folder cover I made the other week. It is my sisters birthday present. I didn't want the jar in the middle and am really pleased with the final effect with her name up the side of the folder.
It is for recipes. DH does not like to see the leaves in the jar... *grin*.
These are my espalliaed apple trees, I started mowing around them the other week, and now have to mow more to the left of the picture where we have posts in ready for another row of trees next autumn.
This is done by push mower too, as our ride on is older than the dinosaurs and no longer safe to use. Could definately do with some rain, it is getting dry. There is only green in this pic because the apples are on a dripper system from our bore.

22 comments:

Tammy James said...

sleepy acres looks great! I'm looking forward to seeing those apple trees in bloom too!

Sarah said...

Lovely quilt Bec! I look forward to seeing the progress on it!

x Sarah
PS: Love the fabrics chosen for the sewing machine cover - so pretty!!

Cubby House Crafts said...

Loved your little needlecase and pincushions! Lisa

jannimary said...

You've been busy again. Sleepy acres looks like a fun quilt to make. Your sister should like her folder and I'm looking forward to seeing how the sewing machine cover turns out.

Terry said...

Love the Sleepy Acres quilt! It's going to be adorable! :0)

Amanda said...

Sleepy Acres looks as if it will be a fun quilt to make. You've taken much more care for your machine cover than I did. I just used some of my leader/ender four patches with some strips in between to make it the right size; very scrappy. What a lovely lot of apple trees you have - I have just the one, a dwarf variety. I imagine that you must have quite a lot of land. It does look dry though. We've had so much rain this summer that everything has grown wildly.

Carin said...

I LOVE Amy Bradley designs I hadn't seen this one yet, now I am in love with it too.

Your machine cover is going to be so beautiful, I adore the pink rose fabric it will be wonderful with green walls.

I think that's funny that the leaves in the jar bother your DH, I can kinda understand why though LOL!!

Looking forward to pictures of apple blossoms!

Farmyard Crafts said...

Sleepy Acres looks like a fun quilt! That's great that he's helping you pick fabrics and that you're sticking to your fabric ban!! Should be great!!

Tozz said...

You certainly are kept busy Bec and I love the Sleepy Acres one. It will be fabulous.
I have a confession....does buying fabric for swaps count? If so then I have failed the fabric diet *hangs head in shame* But thats all I have bought it for ..well I might have bought a little bit more as there was a sale on at the shop I had to get it from. I dont think I will last until Christmas tho as I am becoming rather keen to "buy" some soon. I am hopeless I know!! hugs Vicki

Kerry said...

Hi Bec,
Sleepy Acres looks like such a fun quilt to make. Your Christmas stash is lookin good too.
Some rain would be a blessing here too. Spring rains soon....hopefully!

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Love your latest projects. I love the jar. Very effective....
So there will be stewed apples etc one day then?

randi said...

The sleepy acres quilt looks adorable!

I am a 5-kid homeschooler too! Looking forward to getting back to the books in a couple of weeks since the kiddos are kind of bored! :)

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Your son's quilt will be adorable! I'm curious to see what kind of sewing machine cover you're going to make Bec. Be sure to post some pics.

Judith Tetley said...

Hi Bec; that's going to be a lovely quilt for your son. I bet he has enjoyed picking his own fabrics from your stash. Do tell him that you are creating a heirloom for him and he is to keep it "forever", no matter what (that includes a future wife who doesn't understand a cherished memory. Your Christmas stash is looking fabulous....I think using the word "stash" is the way to go...crafters love to hoard things.
Kind Regards
Judith
http://creativestudio10.blogspot.com

Ginger Patches said...

I miss the days of making fun kid quilts...guess I have to wait for grandkids now. Have fun with that it's very cute! I love Tanya Whelan, I think she's one of my top 5 favorite designers.

Myra said...

Sleepy Acres - What a great pattern! That is going to be one adorable quilt! Lucky son! 8-)
Great fabrics for a machine cover...
Wonderful recipe folder cover. ...leaves and all! lol!
That is a lot of Apple trees you'll be caring for! Wow! Apple pie... 8-)
Adorable pincushions...especially the little bag looking one!
Have a great weekend busy lady! 8-)
Happy stitchings!

Kylie said...

That quilt will look sooo cute when it is finished and I luv the fabric for your sewing machine cover. Can't wait to see both of them finished.

Granny Goose said...

Love your needle cases and pincushions, I have started to adding to my stash for christmas and you have given me some great ideas.

gg

Ellice said...

That Sleepy acres block looks great, it will be fantastic when completed. Thanks for visiting my blog, I love reading comments from others.

Blessings

Jelly Wares said...

ooohhh, can't wait to see some apples on those trees...

Take Care
Jodie xx

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Kiddo you have been so busy....love your new project, very cute.

clare's craftroom said...

You've been very busy , the folder looks great !