10/20/14

Design Wall Monday – Another UFO

It’s a good idea to periodically challenge yourself to finish project that you started long ago. I didn’t have to decide this on my own, my friends in PA came up with a UFO challenge to help me out. We each made a list of 6 UFOs and every other month they draw a new number and Patty sends me a text message with the number. I then run into my sewing room to make sure it isn’t #3, that really big, really hard project that I never should have put on my list.

This time it’s #5 (whew!) and that’s what’s on my design wall today.064These little appliqued cuties were a free to download pattern from Bunny Hill a few years ago (it’s now available for purchase as a complete pattern). I made it twice, once with blue work embroidery and again with back basted applique’. The blocks have been done for ages – I just need to put them together.

As luck would have it, I will be going on my quilt guild’s retreat in a few weeks and will be taking these blocks with me. Surely I can get them finished by Dec 1st!

Let’s see what others are working on over at Judy Laquidara’s Patchwork Times. Click here.

10/9/14

Guest on Quilter’s Newsletter TV

Last summer I took a little road trip to Quilter’s Newsletter headquarters in Golden, CO. Quilting friend, Donna Lynn Thomas and I drove from Kansas City where we filmed several episodes for Quilter’s Newsletter TV. The main reason for driving was to haul all our paraphernalia for our joint program, Four Decades of Quilting.

Score Barb and Donna! We got it all to fit and were on our way!

A road trip is incomplete without a stop or two – quilt shops and gas stations for sure, food is optional.

At Smokey River Quilts in Oakley, KS we came across a cover girl quilt, on display with the then current issue of Quilter’s Newsletter. That was fun.202

And in the same store I snapped a photo of this yardage counter which is like the one that was in the dry goods department of Daughtry’s Department Store in my hometown, Willows, CA, where I bought fabric for my 4-H projects. The department store is long gone but I still have scraps of some of those fabrics!201Once in Golden, CO our schedule was packed. We filmed a total of seven episodes with early morning call times for hair and make up. We unloaded the car and once the “on air” light went out Donna started getting set up for the next day.

My call time was a day later. I arrived at the studio for hair and make up, rubbing sleep from my eyes.

Into this

Barb with Big Hair

Barb with Big Hair

And it was showtime!

Final touches, then …

"Ok, I'm ready"

“Ok, I’m ready”

And

Take one

Take one

I wish I could tell you it was done in a snap but it doesn’t work that way. It took all morning starting with make up followed by set up and filming for two episodes. In the afternoon Donna joined me, fresh out of the hair and make up room, and we filmed two episodes of Four Decades of Quilting together. Working under bright lights in Mile High country is dehydrating, I was certainly ready when I finally heard the magical words, “That’s a Wrap!”

End of the day with my usual flat hair

End of the day with my usual flat hair

And what’s a trip home without a stop at a quilt shop or two? Here Donna and I enjoyed “book sightings” in Colby, KS.292

You can see Four Decades of Quilting parts one and two here If you don’t already subscribe you will need to purchase a subscription ($2.99 for unlimited videos for one month or $24 for a full year.)

Also check out the 2014 Jul/Aug issue of Quilter’s Newsletter for our article on the same topic

Here is the schedule for release of my two back basting applique episodes:

Barb Eikmeier presents: Front basting applique Nov. 21

Barb Eikmeier presents: Reverse applique with back basting Nov. 28.

Free for one week so mark your calendars and tune in to internet TV. See you there! (Check out Donna’s episodes too!)

10/8/14

Twice In A Red Moon

Did you see it? Did you see the second of two Red Moons in 2014?

On the way home from the library last night I noticed the moon, big, golden, and full – it was October’s Hunter Moon. Always spectacular, it was made even better by the promise of a complete lunar eclipse expected just before daybreak. I checked the Farmer’s Almanac for the exact time of the eclipse and set the alarm.

In the wee hours of the morning I crawled out of bed, shuffled to the front porch and sure enough, there, high in the western sky a lunar eclipse was occurring. I stood in my driveway, in my pajamas, and gazed until clouds rising on the horizon obscured my view.

I watched the Red Moon in April, (see related story by clicking here ). I can tell you two things – the air was much warmer on this early October morning than it was last April and the moon was definitely redder. Was it blood red? No. But it rivaled the autumn color of the my elm tree and that’s red enough for me!

I should do something to commemorate the two red moons I witnessed in 2014. I think I’ll make a quilt. To be more exact, I think I’ll finish one that I’ve already started.
Here is a sampling of blocks in progress.010

As you can see I have collected enough solid red fabrics for this project!015I think I’ll call this quilt “It’s a Red Moon Night.”

10/1/14

Easy Math – A Star a Day Update

At the beginning of each month I pause to assess progress on my Star A Day project – and some months I actually get around to reporting my status to you, my faithful blog readers. Today is Oct 1st and the report is good:  Here are ten completed cuties, patched together, ready for the lower right-hand corner of my quilt.10 on Oct 1 Oct has 31 days – the last section needs 41 stars – 10 are completed (see above)- that means I only need 31 more stars. Hey! That’s just a star a day! Not only is it easy math, it also adds up to good news: I am on schedule. And so we enter the 12th and final month of my year of tiny stars.