Monday, March 3, 2014

Lots of Hexies!

I am hooked on hexies!
I stitched a few while watching the Olymics and ran out of papers.  
I made 100 of the cute little things and I couldn't find EPP papers in my area.
I posted a picture of my pretty stack of Hexies on Instagram and a fellow quilter came to the rescue. 
 (I love the online quilting community they are amazingly generous and friendly!)
She told me about this tool.
Fiskars X-Large Hexagon Squeeze Punch
It makes perfect 1 inch hexies!  
I found my punch at my local craft store in the scrapbook section.
I even used a coupon!
Woohoo!

This size is great for using precuts. 
All you need is a 2 1/2inch square!

That means you can get:
1 hexie per candy square
4 hexies per charm square
16 hexies per layer cake square
17 hexies per jelly roll strip

This little tool is just too good not to share.

Happy Stitching!

Cherilyn

P.S.  I am loving Instagram!  You can follow me at FARMWIFEJOURNAL.



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Twisty Pinwheel Valentine's Quilt

I am excited about my Little Twisty Pinwheel Quilt.  

One of my goals this year is to use/try the quilty tools and books I have collected. 
(Hmm...more like hoarded over the years.
A few months ago I bought the Lil' Twister tool (tool #1) at a Shop Hop. 
I used Connie's easy to follow tutorial for the Lil Twist Heart. 

I used stash fabric for this little project. 
(Another goal to shop my stash.)  
Here is my heart before I cut into it.  

I have to say it took some courage to cut this up into little squares.  
What if I messed up and cut too much?  
My small rotary cutter (tool #2) was a very useful tool on this project.  
I highly recommend using one! 
Connie's tip is to cut and sew one row at a time
Great advise!  
It would be easy to get these little pinwheels going the wrong direction.  

After sewing my Little Twisty Pinwheel Heart together it measured 14 inches.  
 
 I added a border strip to make it 16 1/2 inches so that I could try out Lori Holt's 4-Patch scrappy Boarder from her book Quilty Fun.
(tool #3...Books are tools too right?)
 The instructions were easy to follow and results are so cute!
 I can't wait to try more of the projects in the book.

I stippled the quilt on my home machine.  
My favorite tools are my quilting gloves (tool #4).  
They help grip the quilt and keep the stitches even.  

I like to add a little hand quilting to my projects.  
Big stitches in red were next.

Stitched on the binding and tested out my new aqua binding clips (tool #5).  How did I ever bind anything before these great clips came out?  
In the past my hand would have all sorts of little pricks from the pins holding the binding in place.  
Ouch!  
Binding clips are so worth it!!!
 
Here it is my Twisty Pinwheel Valentine's Quilt!  
5 tools used,
2 new quilting techniques tried 
and shopped my stash.  

Who knew keeping goals can be so fun!



Cherilyn

Link Parties:
http://www.conniekresin.com/2014/02/linky-tuesday.html?showComment=1391546263940#c5143126050214848681






Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Quick Picnic Quilt

I can't believe it is August! 

I have really enjoyed our family adventures this summer. 

I thought I would share this simple little picnic quilt I made for a friend.  


I think I need to stitch up a few more of these! 


This would be a great quilt for a beginner and it makes a great gift.  

The top only uses 2 1/2 yards of fabric.  

The finished quilt is 48 x 60. 

Perfect lap quilt and a manageable size to practice machine quilting. 



I will post a tutorial but it is going to have to wait until after Berry Season.  

Wouldn't this be fun in school colors for football games? 



Cherilyn

Link Parties:
http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2013/08/made-by-me-91-linky-party-and-features.html
http://www.conniekresin.com/2013/08/linky-tuesday.html

Friday, June 14, 2013

Farm Fresh Goodness...

This is just the start of all the farm fresh goodness...


Our orchard is 4 years old and this is the first bowl of cherries! 


They are almost too pretty to eat!  

What should we make...
Pie, cobbler, muffins?

I know what my Farmer will pick...
Pie! Pie! Pie!


A quick story about this lovely bowl of humble fruit.

 When we moved to our farm the property had been vacant for several years and saplings were growing in the yard and field.  
We mowed everything with the tractor.  
It was impressive how quickly that took care of the saplings and brush.  
All but one!
There was this little mulberry tree that would not give up. 
It bounced back after being mowed a couple of times.  
My sweet Farmer decided to leave that tough little tree. 

This year it is covered in mulberries.  
I have to make something with this hardy trees fruit.
We are going to try making mulberry jelly.  


We have eggs again!   
Oh, how we've missed fresh eggs.

Just a quick post...
I better get to work on a pie and some jelly!


Cherilyn
Link Parties:
http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/finding-the-pretty-delicious-linky-party-20/
http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com/2013/06/15/super-saturday-show-tell-22/
http://oneshetwoshe.com/2013/06/hello-weekend-snapshots-your-great-idea-link-party-38.html
http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2013/06/pity_party_linky_party
 http://www.astrollthrulife.net/

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Spring on a Berry Farm

Planting, watering and weeding... Lots and lots of weeding!  

 Here is a quick glimpse of what we have been doing the past couple of weeks.

 We planted 10 new rows of blackberry plants.

Connected the water lines.   

Each row has it's own shut off valve. 

This helps us water more effectively.  

We have found that some parts of the field need more water than other sections.



This time of year it is a race between the weeds and the berry plants.  

Here is a weedy row of raspberry plants.
(I guess it is a little crazy to take pictures of weeds!)

We hand weed...

We like our customers to be able to taste the berries and not worry about chemicals. 

It is a pretty intense job and everyone helps out.  

Some of the tools we use are Nitrile glove. 

They help with the thorns and have a better grip than traditional gardening gloves. 

Young berry canes are fragile and break easily the thinner gloves help us carefully weed up against the berry plants.

I also use an old boat seat to save my knees. :) 

Our methods are pretty simple, but effective. 

Once the plants are taller than the weeds, they shade the ground and we have fewer weeds in the rows.  

We will continue to walk the rows and pull weeds when we see them throughout the season.

Here is a pretty section of weeded raspberries.

This is our Berry Farm in the spring!

I can't wait to taste sweet sun ripened raspberries and big juicy blackberries.  

Yum Yum!

Grow little berry plants grow!  

 Cherilyn

Monday, May 6, 2013

Giveaway Day/Week...


Welcome to A Farm Wife's Journal!

I'm Cherilyn married to my Sweet Farmer and mother of 6.
This is where I blog about life on our farm, recipes, quilting, 
crafts, and sewing project. 


Hope you will take a minute to look around!



Sew Mama Sew is hosting this 
Giveaway Day that Lasts a week!
 
Last time I won a few giveaways and met lots of wonderful bloggers!

I am giving away 8 pretty Moda fat quarters!  

They are from French General by Moda and 
the brown one is Garden Party by Moda.

I love Moda fabrics and enjoy mix and matching fabric lines.

To Enter:

1. Leave a comment. What would you make if you won?

2. For a second entry become a follower or let me know that you already follow!

This giveaway is open to everyone and will end May 10, 2013!

Happy Blog Hopping!  

Good Luck!

*Congratulations Vicki you won this little giveaway!  Thank you everyone that entered and are following along!*
 Cherilyn

Friday, April 26, 2013

Traveling Quilting Kit...

My new fun sewing kit and traveling design board are super cute!  

I usually haul my stuff in boxes or lovely plastic bags to and from 

quilt group.  

Now have this adorable coordinated set to keep my quilting projects and 

supplies together.  

I recently won Deonn's giveaway from Quilt Scapes.  

I seriously won the JACKPOT!  

She sent me all of this adorable Sew Cherry Laminate fabric 

from Riley Blake made up into kits.

All ready to stitch up!  

Thank you Deonn!
  
Do you want to make a set too? 

Project #1

This is such a great idea!  It is a portable design board and keeps your blocks 

safe and together when traveling!

Click HERE for Tutorial  
Closed and ready to GO!
Open with plenty of room for designing.  

This block is 14 inches!

 Isn't this cherry ribbon adorable?

  Two large buttons on each side.

 There is even a


for UFO to GO!

Project #2

I love this!

It is big enough to carry all of your supplies in one place!

It reminds me of a shaving kit bag but 

oh so sweet with the cherries and red zipper!

This was quick and easy to make!

There is also a VIDEO TUTORIAL.

Project #3 


I need one of these!  

I am so excited to have this cute bag next to my sewing machine to collect 

all those pesky threads and bits of fabric.

This little bag uses laminate fabric inside and out so you can wipe it clean.

I think I need to make another one for the car.




Three great project and tutorials!  

*Any of these projects would be great for Mother's Day!!

Thanks again Deonn!

I have two more fat quarters of Sew Cherry. 

Hmmm....Which Snippet projects should I make next? 

 Cherilyn