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.