Monday, December 30, 2013

Early Or Late

I don't know if I am early for Christmas 2014 or late for Christmas 2013.  I finished a small wall quilt yesterday that I thought I might get done before Christmas.  But it got set in a pile of other projects and forgotten about.  I found it while rummaging and worked on doing the stitching and machine quilting for a finished project.
The pattern I used is called "Hang the Stockings" and the designer is JoAnn Mullaly.  Wool on cotton applique.  An easy project to do.  I found the background fabric at The Woolen Willow while on vacation in October.  It has such a primitive look.  I wish I had purchased more but if you remember the stash I have in the sewing room, you would tell me to use up fabrics on the shelf instead of wishing for more to add.

While rummaging, I found another small quilt in the works that I had forgotten about.  I think I will start the wool applique this evening.  All this finding projects has made me think it is time to straighten the sewing room, dig through crates and see what other quilt projects need attention.


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Catch Up Time

I have spent some time trying to catch up on projects in the works and some new ones (I can't resist).  One of the new projects is a series of twelve smaller size wall quilts.  One for each month of the year.  The designs are by Sarah Sporer and were published by Indygo Junction.  I have had the patterns for quite a while.  Here is January's quilt called "New Mittens".
One of the reasons I put off making these wall quilts is that Sarah's technique is very primitive applique.  No turned under seam allowance or fusing and stitching the edges.  Just a larger hand stitch about 1/4" inside the edge of the pieces.  I really prefer turned under edges as the unfinished edges fray a bit.  But that adds to the primitive look.  I finally decided to just go with her method as they will probably won't see the inside of a washer for a long, long time.  I plan on displaying each quilt during the month it is meant for.  I did very simple machine quilting.

Next up is February's quilt called "Crow In Snow".  I don't use much purple in quilts but I do like the plum shade I used for the background on this one.

I forgot to share a Christmas ornament that I made last month.  A Nativity scene.  The design does not show the edges as being finished leaving batting showing so that is the way I did it.  The picture is taken on my design wall.

Next up is a wool mat or wall hanging called "Crystal".  The pattern is by Liberty Rose.  It came from Daisy Cottage Quilting.  Sharon lists one more in her sale bin ($3.00).  The gray wool background works well and was a gift from a friend.  One thing you might notice if you like Linda Brannock patterns, the lady is her design.  The designer used variations of the lady with Linda's permission and did several designs.  I have another one close to being done.

I participated in a Christmas Swap and want to share with you what I received.

A snowman mat, an embroidered dish towel (such tiny stitches on both projects), Best Press (which I have never tried), a fat quarter of a prim style fabric, edibles, and lastly a wonderful handmade wood Christmas ornament made by Carole's husband. The snowman mat will be out for display throughout the winter.   Carole and I had each other's names, a chance of the draw.  I was so very pleased with the swap. Especially the hand-made items.  You can see here what I made.

I am ready to stitch the binding on another small quilt so I will have something to share with you again soon.  Enjoy you Sunday and take time to sew for a little while if you can.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Old Wool Sheep Sampler

Merry Day after Christmas!  I finished a small wall quilt.  Wool on cotton and some embroidery thrown in.  I used a free pattern from Primitive Blessings.
A simple design and quick to stitch.  Primitive Blessings has quite a few free designs you can use.  Fun to browse and get ideas for what you can do with them.  I used scraps from the scrap basket to make this with a fat quarter from stash for the backing.  I am happy with the result.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Holiday Quilts

Merry Christmas to all!  I am sharing pictures with you that have been on my blog in the past.  All Christmas quilts.  Some are still tops and waiting for finishing.  But still worth a second look.

Have a wonderful and peaceful holiday!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Snow Angel

A birthday present for a friend.  I do wish I had thought to take a picture on the floor instead of the design wall.  The top of the wool mat is curved and even with editing the photo, all the strings on the design wall show.  Debbie from Woolen Sails made the same piece recently and her photo looks much better.  Thank you, Debbie for the inspiration to do this wool mat.

Saturday, December 14, 2013


Today I can share with you a small wall quilt I made for a good friend and fellow member of the Sew 'n Sews.  Names were drawn for a holiday exchange and I got my friend Rosy's name.  We were to make something small and it was to have at least one word on it.  I was not there during the planning stages of the exchange.  I am assuming it did not have to be a quilt but something handmade.  Rosy's style is not prim like mine.  But she does like to do wool applique.  I decided that was a good way to go.  I studied my patterns and came up with a quilt block suitable for wool that was a pot of flowers.  Deciding on a word or words was the hard part.  I wanted a quote that had something to do with flowers.  Some too long and some not really appropriate.  I kept coming back to a quote by Lady Byrd Johnson.  "Where flowers bloom so does hope".  But a lot of words to fit on a smaller size piece of fabric.  I finally decided I would put the word "hope" on the front of the quilt and make a label for the back with the quote on it.  I am not good at drawing lettering but solved that problem by doing image searches on Google.  I found the set of letters there that I used for the word "hope".  The lettering for the embroidery on the back came from a free font I downloaded and enlarged.  Here is what I came up with.

The black background for the front of the quilt is flannel and the same used for binding.  The applique shapes cut from wool.  A cotton backing.  The quote is hand embroidered.  I hope she likes what I created.  I added black tabs so that it could be hung on a rod or folded to the back if she wants to drape it on the sofa back or use for a table mat.

We have had company for a week.  Working on jigsaw puzzles, shopping, eating out, and playing dominoes.  I plan on sewing a bit today as SIL will be leaving.  I hope you find time to relax and stitch too.


Friday, December 6, 2013


A few months ago, someone contacted me wanting to  purchase a snowman quilt I had made.  A wall hanging size called "Let It Snow".  I told her that the piece was long gone because I thought I had given it away.  Today, while getting out Christmas holiday quilts, I found it.  This is the quilt.
We had some e-mails back and forth about another snowman quilt I had made.  I saved the final e-mail but recently lost all my saved e-mails.  If you are this person, please e-mail again.

This particular quilt has been pinned over and over many times and I hope many of those pinning have made one for themselves.  It is cute.  The pattern is by Farmhouse Threads.

Back to digging out Christmas quilts.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Handmade Gift Exchange Items

I have participated in a handmade gift exchange.  A fun thing to do.  The package should have been delivered today so I am going to share pictures of what I made.  My person likes snowmen so I went with a snowman theme.
I will share close-ups of the different items.  First is a small wall hanging with a log cabin, snowman and mittens.  It is wool on cotton with some embroidery.  I used an Art To Heart pattern.
The main item for the exchange was to be a mug rug/candle mat.  My inspiration came from a couple sources.  I saw a snowman design done in wool pieces sort of crazy quilt style.  I pieced together some small wool chunks and drew my own snowman.  Combined it with a pieced block that has a snowflake look when done in tan and white.  It is about 10 inches by 15 inches.
Next is a snowman with a snowflake belly.  You can find a pattern at Cotton Wood Creations if you would like to make one.  Mine is a variation of that design.
A wool snowman ornament.
I forgot to take an individual photo of the stocking. I used a Jan Patek pattern for making it.   I wanted to use the stocking instead of wrapping paper but I did not have a mailing box that would accommodate a stuffed stocking .  So, it was just added to the box separately.  I also had a fat quarter of snowman fabric that is very prim style that I added to the package.

I am working on gift items that I can't share yet.  Having loads of fun doing it.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Tiptoe Through the Tulips

Tiptoe Through the Tulips.  Sounds like the start of a Tiny Tim tune.  Instead, it is the name of a quilt pattern I am using to make an applique quilt.  And great fun, there are four of us working on the same quilt design.  Myself, Lori, Jill (no blog), and Janet (no blog).  I am sharing a picture of the center section of this medallion style quilt.  I still have some flowers to add to the four sides but I have been busy making Christmas gifts.  I will catch up this month.
I am also sharing a picture of the portion that Janet has completed.
Lori will be doing a post and also sharing Jill's center.  I like Janet's big red star with the smaller gold one inside.  I will be using lots of pinks, blues, and browns for my quilt.  Stop by later to see Lori's post.  And if you are interested in the quilt pattern, it can be found here.

Back to my Christmasgift  stitching.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Spring Cleaning

Time for Spring Cleaning.  Certainly not the kind of spring cleaning that involves a vacuum cleaner.  I completed the "Spring Cleaning" section of "My Country Seasons".  I like the big flower on this section.  And the little quilt on the clothesline.
The next section is the summer one and has several people on it so I think it is going to take longer to stitch.  Check back with me in a couple days.

By the way, on Cheri Saffiote-Payne's blog earlier today, she said she had found the file for the pattern to make this quilt and will add it to her website soon.  I don't know how long "soon" is, so if you have been searching for the pattern, check with her.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Autumn Harvest

I just finished the second part of My Country Seasons.  This is the Autumn Harvest section.  A scarecrow, pumpkins, corn stalks and lots more.
This block involved lots of thinking as some parts had to be stitched to the light background, then other sections added to create the additional pieced background.  I forgot to sew the sunflower leaves down before the stem so I had to pull out stitches and slide them under.  I like the final result.

In my previous post, I mentioned that Carol from Brown Quilts had some of the pattern booklets for sale from when she had her quilt shop.  I understand that they all sold but she also has some of the "My Country Week" booklets which is a very similar design.  And a bargain price.  Here is what the design looks like.
Contact Carol if you are interested.  I don't think Indygo Junction has these patterns any longer.

I am going to be working on the spring section of the quilt next.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Winter Chill

I got busy and stitched a section of "My Country Seasons" quilt that I have been prepping for a number of days.  I chose what I considered the easiest section which is "Winter Chill".  I like prim style quilts with people on them and this design so makes me happy. I used a combination of wool and cotton for the applique pieces.
The feet and hands, the trees, the berries, and hat parts are done from wool.  I like mixing  wool and cotton fabrics.

I showed the pattern in my previous post.  Carol from Brown Quilts blog used to have a prim style quilt shop.  She still has a few copies of this pattern booklet available and will sell you one at a bargain price.  Just e-mail her for details if you are interested.  Just pop over to her blog by clicking on the link above.  Then scroll down.  On the left side is a button to e-mail her.  All are sold. 

I am going to sit down and start another section of the quilt.


Friday, November 15, 2013


Not that I have been lazy, but there isn't much to show you sewing wise.  Too much secret sewing.  I have all of my items made for Christmas trades but not mailed off so too soon to post pictures.  I started an combination embroidery/wool project but there isn't enough done to bother taking a picture of.  Mostly I have been in the sewing room prepping parts for "My Country Season" which is a pattern by Cheri.  It didn't look like so much prep work would be needed when I started but it is taking a lot of time and thought.  Here is a picture of the book.
I have most of the applique parts ready to stitch but it is going to take a good amount of time to accomplish.  I am using wool and cottons.  Here is the pile thus far though it doesn't look like much in the picture.
Stay tuned for progress.  Anyone interested in the book, it was put out by Indygo Junction.  I found it listed here.

I have been doing some reading.  I was not sure I would like the ones I selected but since AQS published them, I thought they couldn't be too bad.  I ordered the first two and liked them well enough to order the third.  It is a continuing story.  These are pictures borrowed from Amazon.  The author is Ann Hazelwood.

 The books are light reading.  Mystery style though not a murder mystery.  More of a ghostly mystery story.  I keep thinking that an explanation of the human kind will come out that explains what the characters think of as ghostly happenings.  The author has three phrases that she tends to over use.  "333 Lincoln Street" is one.  How often do you refer to your home by the street name and number?  The author does it over and over.  The second is "a Kodak moment".  The third is ".....mmmmm".  And it is a little too convenient that the main character has fallen in love and married a man who seems to have an endless budget when it comes to fixing up an old house, having someone come in to clean, yard help, etc.  And he cooks too.  You can tell by the titles that each book revolves around a quilt.  I am looking forward to the next book as each book leaves you hanging in the end.  Is anyone else reading these books?

I added a glass basket to my collection.  This is the latest one. Made by Smith Glass.  I prefer Fenton but this one was pretty and reasonable in an antique shop we visited on our recent vacation.
I am going to sit down and enjoy doing some applique stitching this evening.  Enjoy your sewing time too.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Forget Me Not

"Forget Me Not' is complete and I am happy!  The pattern I used is by Cheri.  I love her style of quilt design.  Prim/country looking.  A chance to use my plaids.

I am working on a Christmas gift the last two days.  Nothing I can share at this time.  But I can tell you it is cute.  And something I would like for myself.

In the spirit of the day, I am sharing with you a Halloween cat I made for a friend a few years ago.  Worth a second look.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 25, 2013


We arrived home earlier this evening from a trip north to Ohio to visit friends and family and to experience a real fall.  The weather turned quite cold and I can say that I am glad to be back home to warmer weather.  It was about 78 degrees when we pulled into our driveway.

One of the really good things that happened on the trip was that my husband was very agreeable into making a side trip on the way home.  In North Carolina, we headed off to the east so I could meet my very good blogging friend, Mary of Quilt Hollow.  We finally met in person after so many e-mails back and forth over a long period of time.  What a treat to meet her and her husband and spend a very enjoyable evening together.  Just wish it could have been longer!  Another time if we can work it out.

I want to share a few antique quilt pictures with you that were taken in the AAA I-76 Antique Mall in Ravenna, Ohio.
I spotted this applique quilt and was sorely tempted to bring it home.  I think the price was $145 or very close to that.  It has some damage in three areas that I could see but it is minimal and does not detract from the beauty of the red and green applique.  I left it hanging there for someone else to purchase and enjoy.
I liked this red and white quilt too.  I do not remember the price but it was reasonable.
A nice pink and white applique quilt.  I wonder if it was red and white at one time.
And an antique sampler that was $98 or $99 dollars.  Again I was tempted but did not purchase.

I was disappointed to find the Riverfront Antique Mall in New Philadelphia, Ohio no longer exists.  It was always a good place to find things I like.  I did a search and the one in Statesville, NC is no longer open either.

I have a lot of blog reading to catch up on and am looking forward to seeing what you all have been up to.