Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Two More Baby Quilts and a Win

First let's start with the win. Wendy at Ivory Springs had a give away and I won a copy of the new Quilter's World. I have enjoyed reading it and Wendy has a really cute quilt in it. Thank you Wendy!

Now onto the quilts. I found the pattern for the redwork blocks in a old copy of American Patchwork and Quilting. I loved the embroidery blocks but wanted to do something different to set them, so I sat down and designed several settings and let my husband choose. I think he chose the right one!

The next quilt is one by Brandywine designs called Critter Caboodle. The instructions called for hand applique which I don't do, so I fused all the little critters then appliqued them with a satin stitch (really close zigzag). I don't have and embroidery machine so it is all hand guided. Sorry the picture leaves something to be desired, so I included close-ups.
 The middle block. This one took a while to applique. Soooo many little critters.

The triple animal block.

The horse and dog block.

The frog block. Doesn't he look happy!

And finally the back.
I hope my new grandson (when he's born) and his parents enjoy them.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tuesday's Treasures

So why are these five blocks my Tuesday's Treasure? For a few reasons, but first let me tell you what we are doing. My son, my daughter-in-law (his wife), my niece and my great-niece having been asking me for some time now to teach them to quilt. About 2 months ago we got together and cut all our fabric to make a block of the month quilt. I chose one from Block Central called Nine Patch Nirvana. We all picked our own fabrics. I got mine from my stash. On Sunday afternoon we got together and worked on block one. We had such a good time. My sister (the fine artist) also came and worked on a knitting project while we were sewing. My husband also joined us (after the world cup soccer game) and we all had a good visit. After we finished our blocks, my sister provided us with supper. Then to round out the evening, we went to Toy Story 3. A fun movie, if you haven't seen it, you should give it a try. Anyway back to the blocks, mine is in the upper left corner. My daughter-in-law's is in the upper right corner. Her fabric was declared the most fresh looking! My son's block is the center one. His fabric was declared to be the most bold. My great-niece's block is in the lower left corner. Her fabric was declared the classiest. My niece's block is in the lower right corner. Her fabric was declared the most feminine. I think all the fabric combinations are beautiful and I think all the quilts will be lovely.
Now I tell you why this is my Tuesdays Treasure:
  • It means so much to me to have family members share an interest with me. 
  • It's so much more fun to work together.
  • After many years separated from family by distance, it's so good to be able to get together with my family and share good times!
If you would like to share other treasures go here.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tuesday's Treasures

These shoes belonged to my Grandma Emma. I think they are from around the turn of the last century. They must be "best" shoes because they are not very worn. I'm not really sure why I ended up them but I'm glad I did because I love them. I was born to older parents so this was the only grandparent that was still living when I was a child. She lived just a little ways from our house so I would often go with my Dad to check on her. She always gave me a hard candy when we visited. This is a picture of Grandma Emma and her children. Dad is the second from the left on the top row. I always thought he was the most handsome, but of course I might be a bit prejudiced because he was my Dad!
You can see more treasures here.

Monday, July 5, 2010

June BOM finished and Link to a Printable String Quilt Tutorial

 This Saturday is the meeting of a block of the month club that I joined last September. The picture on the right shows the completed blocks from the kit provided to us.

This is my concept block. I designed it using Quilt Pro.

This is my completed block. If you are interested in what this BOM is all about, I have an explanation here. Other blocks that I have designed and made for this series can be viewed here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and finally here.

Also I wanted to point out that I have added to my sidebar a printable tutorial for the String Quilt from my previous post. It was a very fun, easy project, so feel free to print out or download the instructions.