Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Birthday Gift

As I told you in an earlier post, fall is birthday time around here. This time it is my lovely daughter-in-law Joanne. I wanted to make her a tote bag. I didn't want to quilt it because I wanted a smoother, less country look. After going through all the tote patterns I could find and not finding one that was just right. I designed one myself. I really like how it turned out, it's just big enough to throw in those book, papers, knitting, but not so big that you feel like you are carrying a suitcase. I loved the fabric. I'm finding myself attracted more and more to the large, fun, somewhat retro prints available now. I used a heavy, non-woven, iron-on interlining, with a very, very heavy fusible in the bottom of the lining to give the bag shape. There two pockets, one with a zipper.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Something Different for Me.

I have been working on a wall quilt that is quite a different project than I usually do. I found the pattern in "American Patchwork and Quilting" October 2009. It is called "Stepping Stones". I love the layered look of the quilt. The quilt in the magazine was made in batik fabric and to me the design called for stronger, more graphic fabric. The fabric I chose was a Christmas gift from last year along with some other fabric from my stash. I love the way it turned out. The pattern is a delight to make. So fun and so easy. Forgive the pins, the quilting is not complete.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Birthday Gift

My oldest son's birthday has come and gone. The gifts are opened so now I can show you what I made him. I made these 3 shopping bags. They are from a tutorial on "Notes from Terry Ann". They are quite easy to make and don't take too awfully long. Hers are one color but my motto is why just use one fabric if you can use two. My son took them shopping on his birthday and said they are the perfect. size. Thanks Terry for the great tutorial.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Wow Two Posts in One Day

Can you believe it! I wanted to participate in Park City Girls Quilt Festival-Fall 2009 so here we go. She asks that you display your favorite quilt and right now that is a tree skirt I designed and made a few years ago. At the time I wanted to make very formal, glitzy tree skirt for my formal living room tree. I couldn't find a pattern I liked so I decided to make one up and it actually worked. I also love Christmas fabric that has gold metallic in it so I was able to accent that with metallic gold bias. The fabric is Hoffman. I hope you like it.

Here is a detail picture.

I've been sewing but...

I've been making birthday gifts for my kids and until they open them I can't show the items here. I also made a pumpkin quilt like the the one I made my daughter-in-law for her birthday. It looks exactly like the one on my title banner, so you have already seen it. So...I thought I would show you a Halloween quilt I made in 2004. I designed it and wrote the little jingle on it (this will illustrate why I quilt instead of writing poetry). I entered it in the 2004 Miniatures From the Heart contest and took first place in the holiday category. The quilt was never in the magazine because that was the year that they quit publishing, but I won some very nice prizes. I hope you like it.

Friday, October 2, 2009

BOM and Witches

I just finished making the first blocks for a block of the month project through a local quilt store. It is a great deal. You pay $5.50 for the fabric to make your first set of blocks and then if you show up monthly with your blocks made, you get the next month's fabric free. This year's theme is the Oregon Trail. For any who don't already know, this was the main pathway west before the railroads were built. The store owners give a little history lesson and then a monthly block. This month's blocks are called "Hole in the Dugout". The dugout refers to early homes built on the plains. The homes were actually dug into the side of a hill and then sod was used to construct the rest of the walls. Sound's rather uncomfortable! Here are my blocks.
Now to the witch part...My sister, my niece and I went to a nearby shopping area that is rather unique. It is an old grain mill surrounded by small historical homes. The mill is converted into a restaurant and furniture/gift shop. The surrounding homes are small shops. Every October they have a large Halloween witch display. Here are a few that we especially enjoyed.

This next witch apparently is not a careful flier!