Bosbee Quilting

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Summers end already!

It is so hard to believe that the summer season is nearing its end. The spring and summer started out really scary for the the farmers in our area and many other states as well.  We had an over abundance of rain with flooding and the non-ability to get into the fields.  Many farmers we know could not get their crops planted and the hay baled.  And now we have the trade tariffs and crop prices are plummeting. Please think about the farmers and if you are of a mind to do so, say a little prayer for them.  These are hard times for some really wonderful people.

That having been said, I have to say we had a wonderful summer full of lots and lots of events.  We started the spring with a trip to Chattanooga Tn for our 30th wedding anniversary.  We had visited the area on our honeymoon 30 years ago and it was as beautiful as ever!




In May we attended the graduation of our beautiful granddaughter from nursing school.  She got a job immediately and is off to a wonderful future.


Then in June, we hosted our grandson's high school graduation party.  It was so much fun!  We had over 110 people here and my talented daughter-in-law organized and decorated and made it the best time ever for family and friends. 

As the summer continued, my hubby and I were able to do a lot of local one tank trips.  We have made it our mission to visit as many county fairs in our state as we possibly can.  This will take a few years but we are off to a good start and we have many more to visit throughout September and October.
 


In July we went up to Lake Erie and took the Goodtimes III out on the lake.  It was a hot day but the breeze was blowing and the lake was beautiful that day.  It was one of the most relaxing days we have had in a long time.

 

I also opened my barn store on Fridays and Saturdays all summer.  This is a hobby but I am having so much fun with it.  I have met so many nice people and it is amazing what kinds of things they collect or just want for home decor.
 



AND...on top of all of our travels I was able to finish a quilt that I just love.  This quilt was a clone of a quilt that I finished for my daughter-in-law.  She had found some unfinished quilt tops that had belonged to her grandmother.  I finished all three but I really liked this particular one.  So I made a replica quilt for myself (until someone in the family wants it!) The last two pictures are the original (my DIL's grandmothers) quilt.




 Well I have bent your ear long enough. I will try to get back to you sooner than six months.  And remember....
Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma


Friday, December 7, 2018

Hello all!  I had a very successful summer at my new craft and primitives shop.  We enjoyed all the people who stopped to visit and shop.  I definitely will be doing this again next summer.

This fall has been a bit of a heart breaker.  We lost our beloved English Mastiff Anna to kidney failure.  She was such a wonderful dog.  She was so stoic and never whined or acted sick at all but she just could not get up by herself anymore and since August my hubby and I have been helping her go outside.  We would put a towel under her belly and he would get on one side and I on the other and walk her out.  And she accepted all of this with her sweet goodness and just waited for us to get the towel and help her.  She hung on as long as she could but her big heart just couldn't go on.  We will miss her forever.😢


Merry Christmas everyone and remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Monday, August 27, 2018

End of Summer...

Oh boy, it is the end of August already and I have not posted once since February.  I am so sorry!  This spring and summer was a roller coaster ride.  We lost our 91 year old mother in May and that was so hard.  But her quality of life had slipped away so suddenly that we knew it was inevitable.
We will miss her but I know that she is in a better place with my father.

Then the summer came into full throttle and I opened my little Crafts and Primitives store.  Whoa, it has been a whirlwind of work and fun.  I only open the store on Fridays and Saturdays but I spend the rest of the week making new items and traveling around looking for antiques and just old stuff.  I have met so many wonderful people and neighbors and friends just stop to say Hi.  I absolutely love it.  Now I don't know why I didn't do it sooner.

The only down side to having a new business is that I have very little time to quilt!  This will change this fall and winter when I close down the shop for the cold weather.  You see, my shop is in the old barn where my husbands use to milk cows.  So needless to say there is no heat and I do not do cold!  I like snuggling in for the winter and that means time to sew, quilt and paint.  But for now I will enjoy my customers and have fun scouting out new items.

Here are a few pics of my shop.





That is all for now but remember...
Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February 1st Already!

Hi everyone!  I do not know how the year has passed so quickly, but it did.  I spent all fall getting items ready to sell at a craft show.  It was the first time I had ever done that and I would do it again but making enough merchandise to sell is hard. I have decided to start a little flea market deal at our barn this summer instead of dragging everything to a craft show.  We have a lot of traffic and I think I will do ok with this idea.  We have primitives and a few antiques but mainly handmade items.  If all goes well, I may start taking consignments.  We will just have to wait and see.  Here are a few of the items I will have for sale.










I hope that if you are in my area or see anything you might like that I can let you know how much they are and what the shipping will be.

and remember...
Keep on Quiltin'
Norma

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June is almost gone!

Whoa, I can't believe I haven't posted since the first of the year!  Shame on me, but in my defense, we have been crazy busy.  Life gets in the way sometimes, but we are putting all we have into retirement. So here are some of the things we have been up to.

I am working on a book of classic quilt blocks.  Who knows if I ever get it finished or that it will ever be published, but it is fun gathering all the information and pictures from the past.  Here is a few things I am including.

Easy Do Block


Unnamed Block
The green block is from the book "1001 Patchwork Blocks" by Maggie Malone.  I have updated the way of cutting the pieces for the block using strips of fabric as opposed to templates.  The blue block was used in a quilt that my mother and grandmother pieced in the 1950's.  So far I have not been able to find a name for this block.  Maybe I should have a contest to create a name for it.  I will have to think about that.

My summer is filled with flowers and gardening.  Thank goodness for my husband and all his help or I would never have time for anything.



Here is another project I have been doing this summer.  I am always wearing a hat when I am out in the sun working in my flower beds.  Well, some of my hats are getting a little funky so I decided to make a new one.  This lead me to making a number of them in all sizes and they have become a big hit.  Here are a couple of kids hats that I made.



And them of course I am a sucker for new trends.  Here in Northeast Ohio we have a Facebook group that is painting and hiding rocks.  It is fun to see how far your rock can travel.  So me being me, I decided to use a quilt theme.  I paint a quilt block on each rock and hide them whenever I am out and about.  Here is a sample of the ones I have done.


Well as you can see I have been busy and loving it!  So just remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Until next time,
Norma




Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Good Bye January!

For some reason, I have always felt January to be one of the longest months of the year.  It is 31 days of unpredictable weather, often gloomy here, and pretty much always cold. ☃❄  But anyway, here is what I have been working on for the month of January.



This block is called Easy Do and is from a book I purchased in the 70's called "1001 Patchwork Designs" by Maggie Malone.  This book has been a wealth of knowledge for me when it comes to the names of some of the blocks I have seen through the years.  The down side of this book was that it showed the blocks and how to make templates but that is not how I piece quilts today.  I did at one time cut out templates and then cut each piece of the fabric for the block separately, just like my Grandma.  But today, the way to go is strip piecing and it is so much faster and efficient. My goal is to make some of these blocks using today's methods and document the yardage needed, the strips needed, etc.  This is block number one on my journey and please keep checking back to see my progress.  This will keep me on my toes as well.

Hope your January was fun, not too cold, and productive. And remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Casserole Carrier

I promised that I would put the instructions on my blog page for my casserole carrier.  There are a number of things I want you to know before I begin.  This carrier pattern is a mishmosh of ideas that I got from videos, books, my head...you get what I mean.  So if you have seen this somewhere else, done just a little different, YOUR RIGHT!  There are a  lot of ways to do the same thing and none of them are WRONG!  And don't let anyone tell you that you did it wrong.  You may have a better way, your own way, or a mishmosh way.  Just know I love new ways and I thank you in advance if you wish to give me constructive criticism.  Another thing you are going to see here is an old ladies' hands.  Those are mine!  Yep, they look old, they are old and they have been used to garden, clean and even at one time, milk cows.  So they have been around for a long, and I mean long time.  Sorry that they will gross you out, but I didn't have a hand model available today to help me so you are stuck looking at mine.

Now let's make a casserole carrier.

You will need:
1 yard focus fabric
1 yard backing fabric for backing, binding, strap and loops (or this can be the same fabric as the focus, your choice)
22 1/2 inch square of Insul-Bright
22 1/2 inch square of cotton batting
Thread, pins and needles and all the play things to hold together, cut and just have fun with!
and of course,
A Sewing Machine!  Any kind will do.  I love them all!  If I had my way I would own one of each kind ever made.  But my husband has other thoughts on that matter!  I digress...

Cut a piece from the focus fabric and also the backing fabric 22 1/2" square
Cut a 5" strip from the backing fabric for the strap and loops
Cut three 3" strips from the backing fabric for the binding





Layer together the backing, wrong side up.  Place the Insul-Bright on top of the backing, then the piece of batting on top of that.  Now place the focus fabric, right side up, on the top.  Pin or baste together using your favorite method.
I quilt this layer together using free motion quilting or in my case, I used a 45 degree angle of straight stitching to create a grid.  Any way you choose to do this is fine.  What's life without whimsy!

After you have quilted your pieces together, square up this cool quilted pad.  You will want a piece 21 1/2" X 21 1/2" square.



Now you will need to make a strap from the 5" wide strip.  I like to make this like a bias binding tape. I fold it in half and iron it. With it opened, I fold each side to the middle and press.  Sew the strap together along the open side. This makes a nice weight strap but you can make this anyway that makes you feel good. If I hadn't been in such a hurry to make these for Christmas gifts, I would have used a decorative stitch to close the open side but I had no time to lose. I work best under pressure. (My husband says I just procrastinate, grrrr!).  Now cut this strip into one 29" piece and two 7" pieces.







I eyeball the placement of the loops in opposite corners and place the long strip diagonally across to the other opposite corners. Turn under about 1/4" on each of the ends.  I sew all of these on using a small square.




Sorry, different project but I wanted to show you the small square (isn't it cute!)



Now bind the entire square with the 3" strips using your favorite method. Make sure to pin the corner loops and strap out of the way so you do not sew them into the binding. I would show you my way of binding if you would like, but everyone has their own way of doing binding and there are some great videos out there on how to bind just about anything.



I hope all of this was not too confusing.  They really are easy to put together.  I made 6 of the sets I showed on my blog earlier in a weeks time.  My doggie was not happy with me as you can see.  She would come and stand in the doorway to my sewing room and stare at me.  When I am not playing with her, she thinks I should be sitting where she can lie on my feet and she is not allowed in my sewing room to do this.  So I get the evil stare many times during the day, with a sigh and growl as she lies outside in the hall.  Everything in our household should be Anna's way!  And it usually is!

And yes, my sewing room is that cluttered!!!!


Well Happy Casserole Carrier Making and remember...

Keep on Quiltin'!

Norma