New Toys = Progress

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With winter dragging on it is a great time to hunker down and get some quilting done.  Especially those darn WIP’s that seem to be continually piling up!  So that is what I have been doing.  And, the job has certainly been a lot easier thanks to my newly acquired quilt frame and Pfaff machine.  It took me a good long time to get the frame put together, hook up the stitch regulator and get the whole system operating correctly – but once I did, boy what a breeze to get a queen size quilt finished off!

Up and running!

Up and running!

I don’t have a true longarm machine – more of a mid-sized throat- so I can’t really move very far vertically over the surface, which is a bit limiting, but for my purposes this set up makes me very, very happy!!!  This quilt for Ansley’s bedroom in the new house is now finished  – except for the binding- and I am hoping to knock that out over the next day or two.  Tierney is ready to load on her first quilt this afternoon and test out the new machine as well so I am going to have to go and get my mess picked up and get the Ole Pfaff oiled up!

I have also been making some progress on a new quilt. Liberty Fields, from the Material Obession book by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Feilke.  I wish I had the Liberty Fields fabric, but sadly I don’t – so I am making it in a gray and yellow palette of fabrics that I have been collecting for a long time.  I think it is going to look nice and soft when it is all put together.

A few Ohio Stars and lots more cutting to come

A few Ohio Stars and lots more cutting to come

I am also getting ready to start teaching the 11 yr. old daughter of an acquaintance how to sew.  She is interested in fashion design so her mother, who doesn’t know the first thing about sewing, has agreed to pay me for lessons!  Finally, a little money coming in the door!!! (not much, admittedly, but it might at least pay for a little fabric and thread now and then)

And finally, we are starting to gear up for the spring season at the farm.  I have started some of my transplants.  Tomatoes, peppers, basil, broccoli, and cauliflower are under the lights so far.  I have a couple more trays of veggies I want to get going this week and DoubleP wants to do a few trays of flowers.  Won’t be long now ’til we are out digging in the dirt and the quilting will have to get put away for awhile.  Looking forward to getting outside again tho – so can’t complain too much!

Transplants are started!

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About thecraftyfarmer

I love a project - and I always have tons of them going at the same time - Sometimes it is hard to prioritize, but the usual order of importance generally looks like this: PROJECT 1) My relationship with my exceptionally wonderful husband PROJECT 2) The raising of my four children - the oldest just done with college, the second about to go off to college, a high schooler, and a middle schooler PROJECT 3) Keeping up with my mother and my friends PROJECT 4) Growing and cooking healthy food for my family and friends PROJECT 5) Sewing, knitting, repurposing furniture, or other crafty endeavors PROJECT 6) Playing with my constant shadow - the family (?) dog PROJECT 7) Looking after our house in the suburbs and our farmhouse ........ PROJECT 999) Keeping up with the 12 loads of laundry I seem to have every week!

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