Tuesday, March 24, 2015

My Favorite Cross Stitch and Appliqué Projects

First of all I would like to apologize to Madame Samm and all of you who visited earlier expecting to find this post. An unexpected trip and illness resulted in no internet service until now. I tried to post via smart phone but couldn't make it work, but I'm home now, all is well and I'm finally able to post.
 I have loved to cross stitch for many years, so when Little Miss Shabby came up with a project combining cross stitch and quilt blocks I started right in. The result is my favorite stitchery yet. I personalized many of the blocks then added my own sashing and border. I surrounded the project with fabric borders and quilted it.
 A closer look!
Another project that I love is a sampler of my own devising. I took bits and pieces from a variety of patterns and combined them.
Again a closer look.

I made a couple of mug rugs for an earlier blog hop of Madame Samm's. These are my first real effort at designing my own cross stitch charts and I'm very happy with the results.
Over the years I've made Christmas stockings for all of my immediate family. Here are three of them. Mine is the needlework themed one.
Now on to the hand applique. I'm by no means an expert but I really enjoy designing and making them. First is a project that I designed and made about eight years ago for a miniatures contest sponsored by the Robert Kaufman fabric company. I won first prize in the competition! It was great fun.
My next project was in memory of my Mom. She loved thirties fabric and Dresden Plates. I love that it reminds me of her every time I look at it.
Finally my latest project is still a work in progress. It started with a block of the month class that I attend. My goal was to design an applique overlay for each block. It was fun and challenging because I didn't know what blocks we would be doing until each month's class. I still need to design and add borders. I want to included applique in them as well.
Finally how about a give away! I have two cross stitch charts. First is a Christmas one.
Next is a lovely chart called "A Day Without Stitching".
If you would like one of these patterns, please leave a comment letting me know which you would like. I must have a way to contact you so please leave your email address unless I can find it on your blog. The contest will close on March 31st. I will contact the winners as well as post them on this blog.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Sorry About Post

I'm so sorry about my Meet and Greet post. We are unable to access the internet at this time. I will post as soon as possible.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February's Projects

Just thought I would sneak in a post under the wire for February. 
First of all is a quilt that I finished towards the beginning of the month. I haven't posted about it earlier because this quilt was really a challenge and sometimes it takes a while to recover from these kind of projects and decide if you like them. I've finally decided that I do like it and I can't see the imperfections as well now that a little time has past with the quilt folded away out of sight. Maybe by Christmas, when I'll hang it, I'll really love it. This quilt started out as a project for our guild's yearly challenge in August of last year. Then other things came up and it got shelved until the end of January. I designed, sewed, and quilted it myself including the appliques. You can click on the picture to see a larger, clearer version.
My next project is the block of the month that our guild is doing this year. The center of the block picture below is the actual block. It is a six inch Flock of Geese block. I wanted to end up with a quilt large enough to fit a double bed so I decided to add on the the block until it measured twenty inches. I used my Accuquilt feather dye and circle dye to cut the appliques, so they were fast and easy. I still need to machine applique them. I'm going to repeat the outer portion of the block each month but the center will feature the monthly blocks. This quilt will be done in reds, pinks, greens, and various blues with the background always the pale golden yellow.
Finally I realized that I hadn't shared this years BOM that I participate in through a local quilt store. The year always starts in September for this one. The theme this year is Route Sixty-six and although I'm not planning on making my quilt to reflect the theme, I'm enjoying making these blocks. We are given instructions for two blocks each month but we are only required to make one of them. At first I only intended to make the one block but I've changed my mind, so I have some catching up to do. Here's the ones I've made so far. There will be more blocks with more than two colors so the red, yellow, and white one will have company.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Two Baby Quilts

I started these baby quilts clear back in August and decided it was time to get them finished. First is one a made from a couple of panels by Pam Kitty Morning. I used fabric from the same collection for the sashing and borders. I love the old fashioned feel of her illustrations. They remind me of the picture books I used to read as a child. 
 The second is a quilt pattern from McCalls Pattern Company. The pattern number is M6721. However my quilt looks nothing like theirs, I bought the patterns because I loved the appliques. I wanted a square quilt instead of something to fit a crib so I improvised. I think it turned out really cute. I love the bright happy colors. This was a really fun quilt to make. The appliques are large and easy to sew around.
I'm now working on another project that I started in August. August was a good month for starts last year, but not so good for finishes! I hope to have pictures soon.

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Train Quilt

My oldest grandson loves trains and asked for a train quilt. I wanted to make one that would be appropriate for a good many years to come, so that means nothing too juvenile and that wasn't easy. There are many cute baby patterns out there but not so many that would appeal to a child as he gets older. I finally found one on Etsy by Rebecca Ruth Designs called "Night Train". Of course, I made changes to suit my project and added large borders so it would fit a twin size bed. The quilt was fun and went together fairly smoothly.
The borders are an all over train print designed by Kate Ward Thacker for Kaufman Fabrics.
Here's a close up of the the pieced center.
 And of course we need one of my dear grandson "sleeping" ;)!
I had a pretty productive week last week and managed to finish the two baby quilts I was working on. I will be back later this week to show them to you.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Quilt and a Sweater Set

I made both of my grandsons quilts for Christmas this year. My younger grandson loves rockets and space, so his quilt had to have a space theme. Here's his quilt.
 I had bought the panels that I used in this quilt a couple of years ago, but the background of the panel just didn't work so I cut out each illustration and surrounded it with blue star fabric. This quilt was fun and easy and the lady that I had quilt them did a wonderful job. The space ship border fabric matches the curtains that I made him last summer. 
 I knitted my new granddaughter a sweater and hat for Christmas in a lovely soft coral yarn. I actually made the hat twice because I misplaced the first one and after an extensive search, I decided it was just easier to make a second. I have found the first one so she has a spare. It's still a little big for her but should be perfect for spring.
 I hope to have pictures of my older grandsons quilt soon. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Finally a Finished Project to Share

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. We did around here. All the family was home and we were able to spend almost a week together. I did a good amount of sewing for Christmas and didn't take pictures. I will try to get some and show you later. Finally when the everything settled down and I had time to sew, I decided it was time to get my cross stitch quilt sampler ready to hang. The patterns are from the Little Miss Shabby blog. As always, I embellished and, in the case of one block, replaced with one of my own. I also designed and added sashings and a border. The original pattern had a more modern look, mine is more me. I then added pieced fabric borders and it's ready to hang.
 I hope to get a couple of baby quilts quilted this week. The tops have been quilted for a while. I will take pictures!