Monday, May 30, 2011

Another Fat Quarter one....!

I finished this little quilt from the Fat Quarter Quilting book by Lori Smith. This project is from the hand applique class that I am presently teaching at Fibre Junction.

It's called Vase of Flowers. Not sure what I will be calling it! Any suggestions?

I do like how it turned out!

It is one of my favourites thus far!

It has a flat piping and would you believe it's actually the first quilt that I actually sew/use a flat piping?! I cannot believe I waited so long! lol

The designer called for 3/4 of an inch folded and I thought it would be much too small to be noticed, so I cut mine 1 (one) inch!

Thanks for stopping by! Keep well!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Helping others .... !

So much devastation on this good earth.

Picture by Nasa

If you are moved to assist the Southern areas of the United States, those that have been battered by tornadoes, Checker's Newsletter blog has posted information on how you can help by donating quilts.

Please send them to:

Skip and Peggy Ackfeld
Ackfeld Manufacturing
360 Emerson Road,
Reeds Spring, MO 65737

They will deliver the quilts to the Red Cross for distribution.

You may read the post here.

Namaste!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Hand embroidery project .... why not.....!

Back in August 2010, I saw that Wendy from Snippets of a Quilter was working on a new hand embroidery project. I just knew that I had to make that quilt!

You know, I love blogging but gosh darn, the hidden cost associated with this media is phenomenal! lol

Anyway, I loved it so much that I went and purchased the pattern. What is it called you might ask? Ruby Garden by Waltzing with Bears.

Here are all twelve (12) of them waiting patiently to be pieced together!



Believe it or not, I have had all of the blocks stitched since September 2010 and haven't done a darn thing with them! Well, I was going to offer it as a block of the month at Fibre Junction, but I ran out of time. We do have the patterns should anyone be interested.

I'm liking this Picasa web album program. Could you imagine if I posted each block? That would be 12 entries! And to say I could have blogged more often last year! lol

Hope you are enjoying the hand work coming from a stitchin' fool! Told you so! ;o)

Keep well! Cheers!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Farmer's Wife part 4...and some goodies.!

Will you look at those sweet fabrics!

I won them on Vicki's blog, Field Trips in Fiber!

The colours are just lovely.

I haven't decided what I will do with them yet... but I'm thinking! ;o)

Thanks again Vicki!

As for the Farmer's Wife, another set done!



I am slowly catching up to where I should be in order to have this quilt finished in 18 months!

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rain, Rain and more Rain.....!

Yep, that's been pretty much our weather as of late. So, being of the "practical nature" kind of person that I am, I decided to make the best of it and put up my pool.

Yep, that's right! Why not?!

No, it hasn't rained that much but we have certainly received quite a few inches of rain.

Given that the forecast is rain for the week, I turned off the hose and allow Mother Nature to do her thing!

With the 4,000 gallons required to fill it, every little bit of help counts and.... it doesn't cost anything! ;o)

On the quilting front, I continue to keep myself out of trouble be productive and finished this little hand appliqué gem from the Fat Quarter Quilting Book by Lori Smith.

The pattern is called Tumbling Leaves.

It's been a flimsy for quite some time awaiting patiently to be loaded on Penelope.

The dilemma was, how do I machine quilt it?

After much thought, I decided to make it appear windy ...... sort of give it the blowing leaf look! I call it Blustery day!

Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner in Cyberspace!

Keep well everyone! Cheers!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Jo's Little Women' Club ....

Another one bits the dust!

This was our first project for Club 10 - Jo Morton.

The pattern is called Point of View!

Not sure what I will be calling this quilt ...

perhaps .....

Purple Dare! lol

Yes, I used purple as the setting triangles.

I told you I really push the envelop when it comes to quilts from Jo's club patterns! lol

I neglected to show you another small quilt I made from the very first club I hosted at the Shoppe.

This little gem is from Club 9.....

The pattern is called Patriotic Strippy.

I call it Seeing Stars!

I love that large star print. It is the exact one Libby, from A Simple Life, used to make curtains in her New England laundry room. That's when I fell in love with it!

Jennifer also made a valence for one of the Shoppe's window. It has such a country feel!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Keep well!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What's new......!

Have you seen this book by Kathleen Tracy?



I didn't know when I purchased the book, but it is from the same author of the Civil War Sewing Circle & Prairie Children and their Quilts! No wonder I love it!

Lately I've been on a mission to reduce my 19 century reproduction scraps. There's nothing like starting a new project to get the creative juices flowing....

So....

I'm seeing orange peels!

I've always wanted to make one of these quilts and.... besides

I needed a new hand applique project to keep me out of trouble occupied!

As I type this post, I have 22 made! Forty two (42) more to go!

Penelope and I have had a couple of play dates! I'm looking forward to showing you some finished hand applique quilts!

Off to hand sew some bindings! ;o)

Thank you so much for stopping by! Keep well!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Jo's Little Women' Club .....

I do hope that you are keeping dry. Here in wayyyy Upstate it has been quite wet. So much so that many are experiencing flooding. The lake has never been as high as it presently is. We are breaking records! I've been thinking that perhaps I ought to put my pool up and save on the water bill by letting Mother Nature fill it up. Hum.... I wonder how many days it would have to rain to obtain 4,000 gallons? LOL

On a dryer note, I have finally had a few minutes to finish a small quilt I started in February of this year. I am trying very hard to only show you projects that are completely finished and what I mean by that is, machine quilted and binding sewn on!

I do have quite a few hand applique tops done, but not yet machine quilted. In other words, Penelope has a line up of quilts awaiting the operator! ;o) I am slowly catching up from the busy month of April.

Tah dah.....

The pattern is called Keystone Medallion by Jo Morton and it is from the club 9 series.

I have named this quilt Summer's Eve.

Although we are now on club 10, it's never too late to show a finished project from another club! Who doesn't like to see quilts? ;o)

I do enjoy coordinating the Jo's Little women' club at the Shoppe! These small quilts are fun to make and if that wasn't enough, there are a great bunch of ladies that make the meeting pleasurable and interesting.

And...... these small projects become wonderful decorative accent pieces for my home. :D

When it comes to these little projects, I really push the envelop. I will work in colours that are not my usual choices. It is fun to see how it turns out. You'd be amazed at the knowledge you acquire just from pushing the envelop! ;o)

Thank you so much for stopping by! Cheers!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Farmer's Wife part 3....!

I am attempting to catch up on my Farmer's Wife show and tell.



I must admit, I do like the slide show for blocks. It makes it so much more interesting.

Thanks for stopping by!

Enjoy the moment! Cheers!
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