Friday, October 29, 2010

Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival!

It's that time again! I so look forward to the online quilt festivals. So without further ado, on to my quilt. I have had this quilt on my blog before but it was a long time ago so I thought you might want another look.

I call it "Mom's Dresden Plates" and made it to honor my Mom who passed away in the fall of 2008. She was 96.  She and I used to go to quilt shows together and I noticed she was always attracted to the quilts with Dresden Plates. I chose thirties fabrics because I'll never forget the day we walked into a quilt shop will a large display of these fabrics. She was so excited! To tell you the truth, I just thought they were kind of weird, but they have grown on me and I love them now. I think Mom loved them so much because the originals came out when she was a young wife and mother and the reproductions brought back so many happy memories. This quilt is very small, fifteen inches by nineteen inches. The blocks measure four inches square. I made more blocks than I needed so I used one on the label on the back. I also made these two pin cushions from another two.
I hope you have enjoyed my quilt and my story. Many thinks to Amy for hosting this event. If you would like to see more quilts and read more stories, go here. Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Two Finishes

I'm participating in Amy's "One Thing, One Week Challenge", only I guess I didn't think and listed four project that I wanted to finish. I did finish the two most labor intensive project and hope to have the others done by tomorrow night. So here goes...first I finished my son's birthday gift. It is a smaller version of a recent finish called Stepping Stones. I found the pattern in one of the fall 2009 American Patchwork and Quilting magazines. My son loves miniatures so I made it smaller. 
 Here is a picture of the both the regular sized version and my reduced sized one. The colorful blocks in the regular version are 7 inches square and in the smaller one are 3 1/2 inches square. Both quilts are fun to make and not difficult.
 My other finish this week is a small quilt for my daughter-in-law. It is my design and I haven't named it yet, but I' really happy about how it turned out and I going to have to make one for myself! The blocks are 4 inches square.
I'm hoping that my son and daughter-in-law like their birthday gifts. Now on to the other two projects listed! If you would like to see more finished projects for this week  stop by Amy's and see what others have accomplished this week. Many thanks to Amy for hosting this challenge!
 

Friday, October 15, 2010

Winners and a Couple of Projects

Many Thanks to all who entered my giveaway!!! Also Thank You to Debi for sponsoring the giant giveaway!!!!! Now For the winners:
Jessica @BeforeTheDawn
"Thank you for the wonderful giveaways! I would be super excited if I won North Woods Noah!"

Melinda
"I love the Christmas Tree skirt. If I win, that is what I choose. Thanks for the opportunity."
I will be contacting you shortly via email. 
Now on to the projects. The first one is a bag I made for my daughter for her birthday. She has become interested in quilting and just purchased a ruler, cutting mat, and rotary cutter so she needed somewhere to store them as well as an easy way to transport them. We went to a home decorating fabric store and picked out this cute fabric with elephants. The nice thing about this kind of fabric is that it is very wide usually about 60 inches and a heavier weight than regular fabric. With one yard of fabric I was able to make the bag with a long pocket to hold the ruler and a smaller pocket for the rotary cutter. 
 Sorry the pockets don't show up better but if you click on the picture you should be able to see them!
The next project isn't mine. My daughter and my husband share a birthday. She made him this cute little bear with a technique called felting. She starts with a little piece of colored wool and then adds progressive more with a barbed needle until she finishes. It is a long process and took many hours to make this little guy. The bear is because my husband is a Montana Grizzlies fan. The red sweater is because my husband often wears a red windbreaker. He will eventually have a green and yellow scarf because my husband is a major Green Bay Packers fan.
 This little bear lives in a coolie cover in his Packer's shrine!
 Isn't he cute!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Thank You and Previews of What I'm Working On

First of all I would like to thank everyone who has visited my blog and left a comment on the Fall into Fall Giveaway. The response has been amazing and I'm sorry to say there is no way I'll be able to respond to everyone. A big thank you to all of you who have joined as followers! I appreciate you feel my blog is worthy of you attention.

Now on to what I'm doing right now. First I need to tell you how I work. Occasionally (very occasionally) I start a project and power through, start to finish, but usually I have several things going at once. Do you think I have a cluttered mind, a short attention span or what???? 

My first project is a sew along that I signed for some weeks ago, with good intentions, of course. Then other things got in the way, so I'm about 5 weeks late in starting. It called "Ladybugs in Polka Dotville by Ivory Spring (see my sidebar). Well, I finally started this weekend. I am using fabrics from my stash rather than the recommended ones. So without further ado, here is part one! I also made some small half square triangles from the trimmings and have a coordinating project in mind. The fabrics are from Mary Engelbreit's Carolers collection and Fusion Flowers by Kaufman.
 The other three projects I'm working on are to complement my BOM (see post here). I'm planning on using that quilt as a bedspread in my guest room, so I thought I would make some wall quilts to go with it. First are some setting blocks for the wall hanging above the bed. I've cut the printed pieces out, now to make the main blocks and as well as, finishing the setting blocks.
  Now on to my second project for my guest room. This is just a sneak peak of a project I'm in the process of designing.
 Finally the project I am actively sewing.
 This a quilt designed by Kim Schaefer from her book "Flowering Quilts". Her version is done in country fabrics, but I thought it would translate nicely into reproduction thirties fabrics. As you can see I still need to finish the pieced borders on the last four blocks. Then I'll do the machine applique. So with that said I'd better go get to work!