1/29/13

Grab bag from Homestead Hearth

 On Jan 15th Kathleen Tracy of Sentimental Quilter showed that she got a grab bag from Homestead Hearth and so I thought I had to have one too. 
 The bag came in yesterday's mail.  It is bits and pieces and some bigger pieces.  Aren't they lovely?
 I will wait until Feb. and Kathleen Tracy announces what her small quilt of the month will be and then I will pull some and use it.  Nice fabric selections!

1/28/13

Old cloth rice bag

 My father had this years ago and I got it after he died.  It is fabric and I love it.  At some point in the near future it will be hand quilted and hung on the wall.  Originally I had thought I would make a pillow case out of it but I like the wall idea better.


1/25/13

My little beginning



This book by Lynette Anderson is a wonderful book.  I love dogs and it has a great dog pattern that I have been meaning to make for quite some time. I love this quilt and would like to make it someday.  

Here is the 200% pattern
 But for now I am making one dog and it will become a pillow.  Here is my freezer paper applique.










And here is the freezer paper torn off.
Here is a close up of the completed applique.  Next for the embellishments and who knows how I will finish it. 

1/24/13

Kathy Schmitz Block of the month

 When I found out that Kathy Schmitz had a block of the month going on I had to find it!  It can be found at Colonial Crafts in MA.  I am a huge fan of her work and bought 3 of her patterns for the BOM.  I believe it starts in March and goes until Feb next year.  I have a few projects that need to get done before I start but I am looking forward to starting these .




1/23/13

A little bag

 In 1999 I was in New Orleans and bought a bag of rice.  Not for the rice but for the bag.  I had no idea what I wanted to do with it but I wanted it. Over the weekend I ran across it and decided I would make it into a mug rug.  I hand quilted it and then looking for something else I ran across a zipper that had been my grandmothers. (she died in 1987)  I decided I would see if I could put it on the rice bag successfully.  Since I am not a sewer of clothes.  It worked.  So I made this cute little bag.
 I love it.  I have no idea what I will use it for but I am sure in time I will find the perfect thing. 
While in the grocery store last night I searched the isles for cloth bags of any kind.  sadly I didn't find any. 

1/22/13

Little Quilt from Kathleen Tracy pattern

 This free pattern is on Kathleen Tracy's blog.  I adjusted it a bit but made it close to the pattern.  I am happy with the results.
 Here it is on the top of my bookshelf on my metal quilt stand. 
 an upside down close up...
A close up of the quilt on the stand.  The only color I am not happy with is the yellow.  I only choose it because I am trying to get out of my comfort zone.. yellow is not a favorite.  oh well.. done. 

1/17/13

Another start

 From this Primitive Quilts magazine there is a project I loved and decided to do my own way.

The above image is from the magazine and the one on the left is my version.  This weekend I plan on getting the hand quilting started.  I like it!

1/15/13

Received my fabric from Sisters!

July of 2013 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Quilt Block contest fabrics! Aren't these wonderful fabrics!  I can't wait to make a block.  They have two color ways this year.  Blue and Green, this is the green option. 

Completely finished!

 Here is the back
And here is the front all done!

1/14/13

Finished my little quilt top

 I finished my Kathleen Tracy self imposed quilt of the month challenge.  Last night I got it all hand quilted and am in the process of putting on the binding.  wahoooooo.

1/8/13

The next project

 Kathleen Tracy is one of my favorite quilt makers.  I have made a few of her quilts and watched last year as many people made a small quilt a month.  This is going on again this year and I have decided to try to keep up and make one of her quilts each and every month.   I have the fabric all cut out and ready to sew, I believe it was Decembers quilt.  I like it and the size is right.  small!  doable and cute. 

1/7/13

Things I made for Xmas gifts

 I made this cute little Bee for my Friend Pammy B
And these pillow shams for my Son B. 

Challenge BOM

 My friend Pammy of Library Gal Quilts suggested we do a BOM for this year from this book.  Juniper and Mistletoe.  I have loved this quilt forever and agreed. The Quilt is called Festival of trees and here is my Block #1 all done. 




1/3/13

Over my Christmas Vacation

 I made this pillow.  I found a rather large leaf pattern and decided I would use embroidery thread and see how it turned out.  I rather like the results.
 another view
 another view

 From this Primitive Quilts magazine.  I liked the Cheri Payne quilt. 
 
But when I found my fabric I decided to reverse the setting.  Don't know how I will finish it but I like the way it started.