QUILT INFO

The quilt in the header is made from a Sarah Sporer pattern called "Vacancy".

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

WOOL CRAZY AND APPLIQUE BLOCK

Here is my addition to Paulette's Wool Crazy pin cushion.  I added the bee skeep and tall flower.
The piece is now on it's way home to Paulette so that she can add any finishing stitches and then be sewn into a pin cushion.  Kaaren from the Painted Quilt added the snowman scene.  Lori from Humble Quilts added the pumpkins & sunflowers.  The frolicking sheep was what Paulette started with.  It has been a fun round robin and has gone rather quickly.

Here is the second applique basket block that is being done for a friend.  Below is the first applique block which I showed in a recent post.
 
Two down and several to go.  The fabrics are from the Moda Madeira line.

My Bernina went in for service yesterday.  It started making a loud noise over the weekend.  Hope it is nothing serious.  I am using my Singer Featherweight in the meantime.  I had intended on doing some stitching on "Land of the Free" but it is all fused applique and needs the Bernina stitch, so that will have to wait.

Have a great day.  I am off to prep another applique basket block.

Karen

Saturday, September 25, 2010

BUSY, BUSY, BUSY

The winner of the "GO" was announced in the previous post.

I have been trying to finish up some projects and quilt tops.  Making some progress that I want to share with you.
I completed "A Warm Welcome".  I really like the combination of the house blocks with the pineapple blocks.  A Jo Morton fabric was used for the border.  The pattern is from the book "Folk-Art Favorites" by Joined at the Hip.  Thank you, Mary, for the gift of this wonderful book.  It is chock full of quilts and projects I would love to make.

I completed the star quilt top.  The last I had shown you, it still needed the borders completed.  I was tired of sewing diamonds and set the quilt aside for a bit.  I decided it was time to finish the top.  There was no one home to help me display the quilt top for a better picture.  I just spread out what I could on the glider on the lanai.

These are the Snap It bags.  They have two pieces of a wide metal measuring tape in the top edges.  When you open the bag, it will snap back closed.  I made the one on the left from my Liberty Garden fabrics.  My friend, Vicky, made the one on the right.  I brought hers home with me to serge the side seams. 
The stitcheries don't show up well on my design wall but here is what I have done so far.  There are three more blocks to embroider.  I am working on #10.  The patterns are from "The Seasons Quilt Collection" by Primitive Stitches.  I had thought I would use the twist and turn method of setting the blocks but wanted to use fabric from my stash.  The polka dot fabric said it wanted to be used and I only had 1/2 yard of it.  So a straight set it is.  I have another green fabric for the outer border that is a bit different than what you normally see in my stash.  More on that later.  I used fabric from my stash for all of these projects I am sharing with you today.

I have more to share with you but I will save it for another post.  I am off to play.  Stop back soon.  I love to have you visit.

Karen

Thursday, September 23, 2010

PROJECT UPDATES

The Accuquilt GO giveaway is still in progress until Saturday, September 25th when the winner will be drawn and announced.  Please go to the previous post and leave a comment there to enter for a chance.  The "GO" giveaway is sponsored by the Accuquilt Company.

Kaaren from "The Painted Quilt" is having a "GO" giveaway and also at "Millie's Quilting".  So take a few minutes to visit their blogs and leave a comment for another chance to win.

I have been busy with the give-away.  I am trying to reply to each person leaving a comment.  Just enough of a reply that they know I have their name in for the drawing.

I want to share a few projects with you that are in the works or completed.  I have more pictures to take of two more projects but the light is not good tonight.  I will share those in another post.

The first picture is of an applique basket block.  This is for a special project and is not for me.  I did the applique while we were on vacation last week.
Next, I added the sheep with the flag blanket to Lori's Wool Crazy pincushion base that is from our round robin.  Her theme is summer.  After I stitched the sheep on, I thought that a blanket on a sheep might not be very summer-like.  But I was thinking patriotic as Lori really likes the patriotic look.  She added the flag as her start to the round robin.  I like the way Lori created the flag using thread for the red stripes and x's for the stars on the flag.  The project is now on its way to Paulette in Canada who is busy deciding what she wants to add.
The last picture is of a wool project I started last fall.  I did not get it completed before Halloween and put it away in the project waiting closet.  A couple of hours of stitching finished it up last evening.  I need to get a hanger for it when I get out to a store.
The pattern I used is called "Gourdy's Gang".  A good Halloween banner.

That's all I have to share at the moment.  Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Karen

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

GRACE AND SEWING SEEDS

Fresh from the dryer are two finished projects.  Both are from patterns by Cheri Saffiote-Payne.  And by the way, Cheri has a new blog.  If you haven't found it already, pay her a visit here.  She also has a website with lots of prim style patterns to choose from.  You can see them here.

The first finish is "Sowing Seeds".  Could be used as a table runner but I am going to drape it over a cabinet door.  I like the shapes of the prim style flowers.  I am trying to expand my machine quilting designs to something besides diagonal line quilting.  I did clamshells on this piece.
The second finish is "Grace".  A very prim style gardening angel.

I was going to post this tomorrow since I already did a post today but I remembered that I have a lot to do then.

Back to my stitching.

Karen

RAGGEDY AND FRIENDS PART 2

Part 2 of Raggedy and Friends is stitched and all parts sewn together.  I am enjoying the project!
Today I am machine quilting.  Something that is not the thing I am really good at.  Prim style stars is what I am doing.  I hope to finish the quilting some time today.  I have two smaller projects that have been quilted, bound, washed, and are in the dryer as we speak.  I will post pictures of those quilts a bit later in the week.

Have a great day and stop back to see my finished projects.

Karen

Monday, September 6, 2010

WOOL PREP WORK

I have been keeping myself busy this holiday weekend with prepping wool projects for stitching.  We don't like to travel away from home on holidays because of the traffic and we have had some rain, so it is nice to be working in the sewing room.  But oh what I mess I have made.
The first project I have prepped is "Garden Sampler" by a Piece of Work.  I have had to make some adjustments to the pattern as I did not have a large piece of dark brown plaid to work with.  I am using a brushed cotton instead.  Everything else is wool.  Things will take more definition in the project when the addition of the stitching and French knots are done.

The second project was designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.  I have used cotton backgrounds sprayed with Distress It in the "lightly distressed" version of the product.  I will probably spray a couple of the blocks more as they are a bit light compared to the others.  Again, the project will look better when the embroidery is done.  There are several stems to add and flower centers.  I have lots of stitching to permanently attach the wool parts.

The label did not show up in the picture but you can see how the Distress It is packaged.  It is a small size pump type bottle.  I have another bottle that is the regular shade and it comes in a darker shade yet.  It was my first experience using the product.  Be sure to cover the area you are spraying on.  I used a piece of freezer paper under my fabric pieces to keep the work area clean.
Additional info: I was asked the list of ingredients.  The bottle does not have that info and I can't find the information online.  It has the company name of "Hooked on Rugs, Mason Mi." listed.  Says not a food product, keep away from children and pets, avoid contact with skin.  It is available from several online quilt shops including Colonial Quilts.

Back to the sewing room.  More wool to play with.

Karen

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

OLD CROW

September is here and my stitchery is ready for display.
I have been pondering what I should add to Kaaren's wool crazy pincushion for our round robin.  I have had a few ideas.  I decided to quit thinking and start stitching.  Here is what I added to her piece.
I added a pumpkin tree that says "Old Crow".  I don't know how much like a crow my tiny bird looks like but you get the idea.  Now I will pass it along to Paulette for her to work her magic.

Stop back again soon for another visit.

Karen