Wednesday, November 12, 2014

T'Was the Night Before Christmas...My Day

It's my day today. First let me thank Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt and Marlene of Stitching by the Lake for organizing this blog hop. I appreciate their encouragement!
First, I received a wonderful gift from Beth of Words and Stitches. It includes a lovely notebook, a fabric bag that contained three fat quarters, and four very cute coasters. Thank you so much, this gift is wonderful! I love it!!!
 Now for a couple of projects that I have recently used that are fairly fast.
I made this table runner for my son's birthday.
  I enjoyed making it so much that I decided you might like to try it. For instructions click here. You may also need the instructions for my method of making flying geese click here.
Another gift that I enjoy making for friends and family are knitted dishcloths. I like to change which patterns I make to keep things interesting. One pattern that I enjoy making is one that I made up. 

I thought you might like to try making it. Click here for the instructions.
I hope you can use these patterns for you own homemade Christmas.
Now be sure to check the other hoppers today!

Thursday, Nov. 13

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Some Projects...

I've been working on. First, I made my two little grandsons a pillowcase for Halloween. These were made from kits from a local shop and are called "The 20 Minute Pillowcase". Although they take me a little longer, they are fast and easy to make.
The next two quilts are from a month Block of the Month Class that I take from the same shop. Last year our theme was "Barn Quilts" which included both a fairly basic block and the barn blocks with a three inch version of the block on the barn. First I'll show my barn quilt. Although we were given instructions for twelve, I found that I was tired of making barns after five. I did manage to get all twelve of my basic blocks in the quilt, either as three inch blocks on the barns, six inch blocks in the setting squares, or four inch blocks in the border cornerstones. My husband loves this quilt and it will hang in his man cave after quilting.
The next quilt is mostly made from a bundle of fabric designed by Kim Diehl for Henry Glass Fabrics that I won on their blog. The tan background is a Moda fabric. We get patterns once a month and don't know ahead of time what blocks will be included. I decided that because the block would probably be fairly simple to be able to make them thee inches square as well as the usual twelve inches square blocks, I would design an applique for each block. If you look closely at the basic blocks of each quilt you will find that both quilts contain the same twelve basic blocks in varying sizes and without the applique. The appliques are all my designs and are hand appliqued. This quilt still needs borders that will also include some applique.
I hope to be back soon with a couple of baby quilts for my new granddaughter and my completed "Quilty Stitches" cross stitch project from the "Little Miss Shabby" blog. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

See you in September Blog Hop

Today is the last day of the of the "See You In September Hop" and also my day. First let me thank Mdm Samm and Shari for putting this whole thing together. I've enjoyed reading about and seeing the pictures of all the many projects that happened this summer. Now on to my projects. First, our family spent most of the summer waiting for a new addition. She is now here and I'm thrilled with my new lovely granddaughter. Big brother very graciously moved out of the nursery into his new big boy room done in a space theme. We found some cute rocket ship themed fabric from Michael Miller and I made curtains for two windows in his room. Here's the my dear little grandson with his new curtains.

Next baby sister needed a new quilt and so I checked the stash and found a darling Mary Engelbreit panel and it even included a gingham border. I added two green borders and a fun, bright, red print border to finish the quilt.

Then, I decided I wanted a new bookmark and wanted to include gingham in it as well. I designed and cross stitched this bookmark and had a great time making it. The fringe is made by fraying the aida fabric.
 Last, and I hope not least, is my project using Riley Blake Ginham. Just a note to anyone who has not tried this fabric, it is wonderful to work with. I chose to make a bag to carry what ever project I'm working on. I didn't quilt it because I wanted to be able to easily put it into another bag when I travel by air. I combined it with another Riley Blake fabric by Amanda Herring of "The Quilted Fish". The appliques are from my scraps. I pulled out my "Accuquilt Go Round Flower" die and quickly cut two flowers. I appliqued them with a satin stitch and added very large ric rac.
I lined the inside with the same gingham with a nice big pocket to carry glasses, scissors, and anything else I may need. The bag is a generous 17"x 17"x 4" so it is big enough to throw in a book in case I get tired of working on the my project of the moment.
Some projects I'm looking forward to in the future include big boy quilts for my two grandsons, a Christmas Challenge Quilt, finishing two Block of the Month quilts and another couple of quilts for my little granddaughter. I'd love it if you would visit again!
Be sure to visit everyone else with projects today. Here's the links:
Tuesday, September 16

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

It's a New Blog Hop!

Sorry about there being no posts in August. I had a busy month with family visits and a new granddaughter. She's a darling little girl. You forget how tiny new babies are.
Now on to the blog hop. Thanks so much to Mdm Samm and Shari for putting this whole thing together. My day is on the sixteenth of this month, but I'm sure you will want to see all the other wonderful creations, so I've included a list. Enjoy!
 Wednesday, September 3
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Bumbleberry Cottage
Thimblemouse and Spouse
Mad Quilter's Disease
In The Boon Docks

Thursday, September 4Jane's Quilting
Life in the Scrapatch
Sew Many Yarns
Gracie Oliver Arts
Everyone Deserves a Quilt

Friday, September 5
Stitchin' By The Lake
Coeur d'Alene
Words & Stitches
Pig Tales and Quilts
All Thingz Sewn

Monday, September 8Quilting Quietly
Creatin' in the Sticks
Procrastination Queen
Lovelli Quilts
Cherry Blossoms

Tuesday, September 9Just Let Me Quilt
Marjorie's Busy Corner
The Quilting Queen Online Blog
Marla's Crafts
K and S Sweets and Stitching

Wednesday, September 10Secretly Stitching
Buzzing and Bumbling
Quilt n Queen
Quilted Delights

Grandmama's Stories

Thursday, September 11Susie's World
Needled Mom
Cate's Linens
How ART you?
I Like To QuiltBlog


Friday, September 12Sunshine-quilting
Sew Peace to Peace
More Stars in Comanche
Living With Purpose

Monday, September 15
I Piece 2-Mary
Till We Quilt Again
Vroomans Quilts
Nini and the Sea
Seams To Be Sew

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Few Projects

If you are a regular reader you know we moved to a new house in December. I have since been mostly painting and I'm nearly done. The last painting projects were my sewing room and the guest bathroom. I'm working on getting my sewing room how I want it. Pictures to follow in the future. I have also been trying to get the bathroom to be a pleasant place for guests. I started with some wall hangings for those bare walls. The patterns are by Erin Russek at "One Piece at a Time" from past block of the month designs that she offered for free on her blog. They are no longer free but she does sell them.

I also made a new shower curtain from some fabric I found at Home fabrics for $3.00 a yard in clearance. 
Here's the completed bathroom. It's hard to get a very good picture because of the size of the room.
I have also been working on the blocks of the month from our local quilt shop and I made some curtains for my grandson's room. I'll be back soon to share pictures of these projects soon. Enjoy your Wednesday!

Friday, June 27, 2014

My Favorite Quilt

Sew Mama Sew has a fun linky party going right now with quilter's favorite quilts. I've decided to jump in and add one. My favorite quilt is a mini that I designed and made in 2003.
 I just plain love the bright colors against the pieced neutral background. I, also, love that it incorporates my two favorite aspects of quilting, piecing and machine applique. It is seventeen and one half inches square in total. The center is a neutral background made of four quarter log cabin blocks, exactly four inches square each, over-laid with the applique. The real challenge for me was to design a machine applique that was small enough but still worked with that method of applique. The log cabin stars in the corners are only three and a half inches square. I still own the quilt and will soon be hanging it in my long entry hall with my mini quilt collection. 
Back when there was a "Miniature Quilts" magazine, I loved to enter their yearly contest. It was great fun and the prizes were wonderful. I made this quilt especially for the contest and received third place in combination pieced and appliqued traditional quilts. 
Although I have since made mini quilts that have placed higher, this remains my favorite. I think the people that published the magazine like it too. They placed it front and center on the cover!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Back From Extended Break

I didn't intend to take such a long break. I was just feeling a little over-whelmed by everything and to be truthful wondering if I wanted to continue to blog. After much thought I've decided that I do want to continue. So what have I been doing during the the break? We have been doing more painting and have finally painted my sewing room. I will have pictures when I get it all together. As for the painting, we are down to two small guest rooms and the task will finally be finished. Oh wait...I want to paint the kitchen cupboards. Do you think I'm my own worst enemy?
I did mange some sewing while I was gone. I belong to a local block of the month group. This year our focus has been barns and the blocks painted on them. At first I found the barn blocks fun and challenging but then I realized that the fun had become work and I wasn't enjoying making them very much. I decided to use the ones I had finished and add some filler blocks to make my quilt. I've finished the center and I'm thinking about what I'd like to do for borders. Any suggestions are welcome.
I'm continuing with the blocks that go on the barns. This year because the blocks are fairly simple, I decided to design an applique for each block. I'm behind but continuing on with this project. It's my first real extensive hand applique project and for the most part I'm enjoying it. Here's my two latest blocks. 

I also finished a UFO. I made the center block of this quilt about three years ago for another project. It didn't work with the project but I loved the block and the fabric. So I added borders, did some simple quilting, and called it done. I'm very pleased with it and I'm going to hang it in my sewing room. 
The center block is simple foundation piecing. If anyone is interested in making this small wall hanging(it is also a great size for a table topper or pillow), please let me know and I will write up a pattern.
Last, but not least, I'm continuing with Little Miss Shabby's stitch along(see sidebar). As usual, I've made changes and substituted a completely different block for the barn block because I didn't think the block would go with my finished product. I'm enjoying this sampler so much and thank LMS for the patterns.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

It's Been a Loooong Time...

since I posted. Nothing at all for February, but that doesn't mean that nothing was happening, in fact too much was going on. We have put 14 gallons of paint on walls and trim. Our master bedroom was very dark brown and took 3 coats to cover. I wish I could say we are done, but we still have a ways to go. 
I have been working on my Quilty Stitches cross stitch sampler. I've added three more blocks and a top border. Block five is already sashed and ready to stitch. Of course it goes without saying, I've added some embellishments and gone my own way with some of the blocks I just can't seem to follow instructions to the letter. Many thanks to Little Miss Shabby for the patterns and inspiration!

I've also managed to get a little quilting in. Here are my February blocks for a group that I belong to at a local quilt shop. 

I will eventually add applique to the churn dash block and catch up on my December and January blocks.
I also made a baby quilt for my niece. She requested bright, happy colors and is having a boy so this is what I came up with.

Here's a picture of the lovely mom-to-be and the quilt.
I will try to be back soon, maybe with a spring project for you.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

So What Has Happened to January?

January has been a busy month with little to show for it. I've mostly been unpacking and organizing. We downsized when we moved, but didn't downsized our possessions enough so I've been trying to see what will fit in this house and what needs to go. I still have a way to go with this process. We also need to paint the entire house, so things are going to be very busy around here.
On the sewing front, there has been no sewing except for shortening some curtains. I hope to be able to get to my machine in February! I did sign up for Little Miss Shabby's cross stitch along(see badge in the sidebar). It's something I can do in the evening while watching TV.  I've finished my first block. 
 I decided to limit my colors to only three, which could be interesting in some of the future blocks. I added cornerstones and checks with french knots for the sashing. I'm enjoying this project and looking forward to more blocks!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year...A Little Late!

Just a quick post to let you know I'm still around. We have been without Internet service for nearly two weeks and there has been some major withdrawal around here. It has been a wonderful but difficult holiday for us. Although we did everything we could to speed things up we ended up moving the Thursday and Friday before Christmas, in a freezing rain and snow storm. Not fun, but done! With the help of many local family members we were able to have the house livable and the some decorating done by the time the family from California arrived on Saturday. From then until they left the following Saturday, we enjoyed the season with everyone. Since then we have been unpacking and trying to get things organized(still a long way to go)
Needless to say not a lot of sewing went on around here. I did manage to finish my younger grandson's stocking(pictures to follow) and had my Quilt Etc. BOM quilt from September quilted by a friend with a quilting machine. I bound it and my son and his wife purchased it from me as a gift to her parents. They seemed really happy with it. Here's a picture of me showing it at a guild meeting.
 I hope your holidays were lovely and your New Year will be a happy one!