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Posted on May 17, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Crafts
The fabric is still in the dryer, so I have no picture.  Oh, wait, here it is.....
Floyd and Lois need our prayers right now.  For health and strength and optimism.  Bonnie bought Texas blue bonnet fabric at the quilt shop, and I'm making a prayer quilt for them.
Every minute I spend at the sewing machine making one of these quilts, I try to focus on our friends, and send them good thoughts.  Each quilt takes about 20 hours to complete.  That's a lot of LOVE. 
I've sent one to Bill and Carol Starmer, and one to Ken and Amy Cicala.  You can see I've spent a lot of time in prayer.  That's a good thing, but I'd rather be spending this time with these friends having HAPPY HOUR!!!!
GET WELL, MY FRIENDS!!!  I love making quilts, but I'd rather do it for happier occasions.
Posted on April 18, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Crafts
This was this winter's big project.  It's almost finished.  It still needs the rod pocket on the back for hanging, and the label claiming credit for making it along with the year I made it.  
Jon's oldest daughter, Sheri, bought the kit, and I made the quilt.  It is a wall hanging:  42 x 42 inches.  I didn't create the design, but I did a pretty good job of following the directions.  And it was really exciting making it.  I learned some new skills, and had fun, AND it's pretty!  What more can you ask for in a project?  
Sheri's coming Memorial day, and will take it home then, so I have a little more than a month to enjoy it.  I'm thinking about sewing on tiny clear glass beads to make it sparkle when the light hits it.  
Whadda ya think?   I like it!!!
Posted on April 17, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Crafts
This is my newest project.  It's a quilt kit, that came with 11 yards of fabric and the pattern.  Skill level:  intermediate;  I'm not scared!!!  Now all I have to do is  decipher the pattern directions, cut, piece, sew, and assemble.  
Seeing how we are back to winter and MUD, I should be able to get a lot done.  So far, I have 16 hours invested, and since it's warm upstairs (my sewing room) I think I'll get back to it now!!!
Posted on April 5, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Crafts
Here's another good one!!!
Sandy Bradley bought this printed panel, and turned it into a quilted playground.
She added borders all the way around;  John Deere and Caterpillar actually have licensed fabric!!!  The prints are great: Trucks, tractors, gravel, roads, etc.  Then she sandwiched lightweight batting and tractor print backing.  Then she machine quilted it by following the road lines on the front.  
This picture is two of her grandbuddies playing together on it.  They each have one of their own that they play with, and when they come to stay with Grammy, they have a new and improved one to play with.  They love it, and will play together for hours, well, 20 minutes, but that's really good for 2 and 3 year olds!!!
GOOD JOB, SANDY!!!  Thanks for sharing.
Posted on April 4, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Crafts
Last week I put out a call for pictures of winter projects.  I've gotten a few.  These are great!!!  I showed you one of  Mark and Karen's projects:  Crazybrook Farm sign.  Let's keep going!!!!!
Here is sister Linda's first try at quilting.  WOW!!! 
This is called a jelly roll race.  All the short ends of the strips are sewn together to make one extra long strip, then the long sides are sewn together, creating a beautiful mix up of the different fabrics.  That's the quilt top, the exciting, FUN part of quilt making.  Then comes the work part...
She had to choose backing fabric.  Some people buy extra wide fabric for the back, but it's not always the print you want....  So she bought the matching striped fabric and carefully pieced the back so you can't even tell it's pieced!! The top then gets basted together with batting and the backing.  Then the binding gets sewn on all the way around the "sandwiched" pieces.  Some people quilt first, then add the binding.  But it works either way, and our motto is:  The right way to do it is THE WAY THAT WORKS FOR YOU.
Then!!!  Comes the quilting.  This one is hand quilted.  She stitched in the ditch between the rows.  Hours and hours of stitching.  This is the comforting part, especially for a Winter project.  You snuggle under this beautiful thing you've created and sew tiny stitches in long rows or patterns and admire your hard work.  GOOD JOB, LINDA!!!!!
You would think that looking at it would be the end of the project, but it's not.  YOU HAVE TO START A NEW ONE!!!!
Posted on March 29, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Crafts
Here is the new Crazybrook Farm sign that Mark and Karen created for us.
I designed it years ago, and Mark and Karen recreated it with their fancy new machine that actually carved the words into a beautiful piece of barn wood they had.
Now we just have to finish it with something that will hold up to our southern exposure.
Stay tuned for its unveiling.
Posted on March 27, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Crafts
This is just one quilted dragonfly.  It's hanging on our bathroom wall.  I am also working on a project of five dragonflies altogether for a wall hanging.  Once it's finished, it will live on the wall at Sheri's house in Concord, NC.
I'll take a picture of it when it's done.  
This is what we do when we can't go outside.  
Posted on September 15, 2017 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Crafts
Don't threaten me!!  Give me a few hours inside and I get to be creative!!
I had this pattern, a couple jelly rolls, and TIME indoors.  NOW I have a new pocketbook!!!  
I think i will call it Tropical storm Irma.
Posted on August 27, 2017 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Crafts
Maybe this better explains the name of the quilt block.  See the pineapples now?
The pillow at the top is the single block.  Then when you join four blocks together, you get the big picture.
This quilt was made using 20 blocks.  4 blocks across, and 5 blocks down.  See?
Posted on August 18, 2017 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: Crafts
This is a pillow made using a single pineapple block.  I also made a quilt using 20 of them.
I'd REALLY LOVE to see some of YOUR quilting projects.  
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