Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Flags of the American Revolution

I am all caught up on the assigned blocks for the sew-along.  Hurray!

The top flag represents the Fort Moultrie Liberty Moon.  The bottom flag in the picture represents the Crescents of South Carolina.

I made all of the star and moon setting blocks.

Visit Lori's blog for links to pictures of blocks other participants have made.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Berry Sampler

A finish to share with you.  I struggled through the cross stitching on some high thread count linen to make Blackbird Designs "Berry Sampler".  It is a combination of cross stitch and wool applique.  Meant to be a framed piece but I made it into a pillow instead.

I had to use a magnifier hanging around my neck to be able to see the threads to count.  In fact, I had to use the little circle of higher magnification on it with one eye closed to be able to see.  I was so glad to get through that part of the project.  The wool applique was done first and then the alphabet letters placed where I could fit them.  The center "Dear Friend" part was done last.

If you are interested in making one yourself, the design is in"Samples From the Past" part three.  I think the pattern leaflets are out of print.  I see part three only offered used on Amazon and on E-Bay.

I like a firm pillow for a sofa.  Ready made pillow forms are too soft.  I purchased a pillow at a thrift store that was probably part of a sofa set.  It was nice and firm and did not appear to have ever been used.  I did not take it apart.  I just put it inside the pillow cover and it works well.  The thrift store pillow cost $2.00 which is less than a ready made pillow form from a craft store.

I am working on finishing up projects that I did not get done before Christmas.  I will have more to share with you over the next few days.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Santa Arrived

Santa arrived.  I finished the Santa quilt just in time for Christmas.

I also was able to finish the "12 Days of Christmas" that Temecula Quilts was giving the patterns for.  Only I did not use a red and white combo.  Each block has one more piece than the previous.  So block one has one piece and block twelve has twelve pieces.  I will probably make a red and white one next.

I hope Santa delivered your gifts safely and your Christmas dinner is delicious.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Cascadia Sew-Along

I participated in Lori's Cascadia sew-along only I was late in getting started.  I did the piecing but have not gone further.  I want to see how others have finished their piece.

I have bunches of 1 1/2" squares of reproduction fabrics cut and set aside.  Easy for me to pick out a bunch and sew into this doll quilt.

Visit Lori's blog post to see links to other versions of this little quilt.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Inspired By An Antique Quilt

Dawn from Collector With A Needle sent me a magnet set and some cards to be used as bookmarks.  These are from the Denver Art Museum.  The house quilt blocks on the card and the one magnet inspired me to make a block for Dawn that looked much like the block in the middle of the card.  I used graph paper to draw the block parts.  I chose an eight inch size for the block with one inch pieced diagonal stripe sashing around it.  Not an easy block to piece in this size because of all the seams.  And not easy to hand quilt because of those same seams.

I forgot to take a picture before sealing the package.  Dawn gave me permission to use the photo she sent to me of the little quilt where she has it displayed.

If I were to make another of the house blocks, I would make it larger in size so that I would be easier to piece and hand quilt  Maybe a finished 12 inch block.  I have no idea what size the house blocks are on the antique quilt.  If you would like to view a picture of the quilt, visit the museum web site here.

Today was spent with quilting friends for a holiday gathering.  I have photos to share and will do that tomorrow.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Nativity Stitchery

I finished the Nativity stitchery project.  I used a pattern by Plum Creek Collectibles called "The Christmas Pageant".  The embroidered blocks that I made were meant to be made into separate pieces and attached to a cord for a banner.  I chose to make a table runner instead.

Simple quilting.  If I make another, I will use red thread on the red border.  I wish I had on this piece.  The blocks are six inches finished with the dark blue sashing finishing at one inch.

I am running out of time to make gifts.  Are you done?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Small Projects and Special Gifts

First of all.  I changed the header picture to "Twelve Days of Christmas" made from a pattern by Cheri.  I promise you that the quilt is not as crooked as it looks in the picture.

I have been busy on small projects.  I have May and June sheep blankets done.  The June one with the blackbird and strawberries is my favorite thus far.

I made a wool cardinal ornament from Kaaren's freebie design.  Looking at the picture, I need to move the button eye to a little better placement.

I have more small projects in the works but will save those for the next post.

I received an Annie doll this fall from a special friend and had not shared a picture of it.  The doll smells so good.  Sort of like cotton candy.  I have had it on top of a quilt cabinet until moving it for a picture and you can get a whiff of the good smell when you pass by it.  She is prim cute.

Another gift came in the mail a few days ago.  A very talented blog friend sent me a punch needle piece with polka dot chickens.  She is aware that I like polka dot chickens.  I have a chicken cookie jar that is black with white polka dots, a ceramic tea pot, etc.

I plan on learning to do needle punch in the New Year.  I have tried in the past but was not successful.  I needed more guidance on how to do it.  I purchased a book with instructions and designs, watched three videos all by different people, and also purchased a better hoop.  I need to purchase some weaver's cloth for future use and I am looking online for an easy design in kit form.

That's all for today.  I am working on a stitchery Nativity project and plan on sewing the blocks together today.  I am heading to the sewing room in a few minutes.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sheep Blanket for April

Another of the sheep blankets done.  This one is for April.  If you are confused as to what a sheep blanket is, see this post.

I used a purple plaid brushed cotton for the backing.

I am working on the May and June wool pieces and should finish soon.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Flags of the American Revolution

December 1st has arrived and time for the monthly update of the blocks for "Flags of the American Revolution".  I have had company for several days and have not taken time to work on all that I should have for the month.  I do have the applique block done and will work on the star blocks later this week.

I am linking with Humble Quilts.  You can visit her blog post and see how others did the same design.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Good Night

I finally quilted the Santa quilt I made a number of months ago and made a second one.  I did not do a good job of pinning them so they hang straight on the design wall.  One is a bit larger than the other as I cut the outside border pieces a bit wider.  And the applique designs are in reverse.  Didn't mean to do that but it turned out okay.  The pattern used is "A Good Night" and is by Cheri.  The applique is wool on cotton.

I also finished the snowman ornament I showed you in this post.  We have house guests for two weeks.  I have prepped one of the snowman ornaments for my friend to stitch and she has a start on it and building her confidence that yes she can do some basic embroidery.  I used a piece of cotton batting inside the snowman but you could just as easily add light stuffing and make him a bit plump.

I hope that if you celebrate Thanksgiving, it is a good one.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Slow Sunday Stitching

My Slow Sunday Stitching will be the handwork on another sheep blanket.  This one is for April.

And for those have asked what a sheep blanket is, I made the sheep and have the January blanket displayed on it for the photo.

I am not sure I like the sheep all that well.  I can display the wool mats on a small table if I choose to.  Or I thought of using magnetic strips and attaching them to something metal such as a fridge.  I have seen decorating shows where they use magnetized paint on a surface.  That sounds interesting too.

I am linking to Kathy's Sunday Slow Stitching.  Pay her blog a visit and see what other's are doing.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pumpkin Seed Mat

The Pumpkin Seed shown in my previous post is now done.  It is approximately ten inches square.

I used a brushed flannel plaid for the backing.

To give you an idea of the process, I took some pictures.  I mentioned in my previous post that I obtained the seed shape from the Electric Quilt program but there are online images that you can find if you do a search.  The larger the seed, the more black you will see.  I traced the seed shape to Heat 'n Bond Lite, rough cut them outside the drawn line.  Then fused them to scrap pieces of wool.  I then cut on the line.  Once I had quite a few seeds ready, I began laying them out on black wool. Point to point.  I was not sure how large of a mat I wanted so I worked on a big piece of wool and then trimmed it down leaving some of the black wool extending beyond the outer edge of the seeds.  I fused the seeds down using an iron.  You could use any method of preparation that you normally prep your wool applique shapes.  I happen to like this method.

I used two strands of black embroidery floss and an overcast stitch but left the outer edge of the mat unstitched at this point.  I adhered the fusible to a piece of brushed cotton plaid that was a bit larger than I needed.  This was then fused to the back of the black wool.

I trimmed the curved outer edges with sharp scissors before doing a button hole stitch with the black floss.  I was able to hide my knots between the layers of wool.

I am including a drawing of my pumpkin seed template.  I have never added a template to my blog post before so I don't know how this is going to work.

I can see making a larger size mat with only one round of the seeds around the outside edge and a blank inner space for some kind of wool applique.  Maybe done in spring colors with a rabbit.  If you make one of these wool mats, I would love to see a picture of it.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Scrappy Wool Pumpkin Seeds

Today I am linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching and working on a scrappy wool mat.

I have a big bag of small bits of wool that are left overs from projects.  I often search through the scraps when I need a single small piece of something for wool applique.  It was during one of these searches that I decided to use some for a pumpkin seed design.  I found the shape in the Electric Quilt program under stencils/curves and printed it out small.  If you go larger, more black will show. You could also do an image search on Google for the pumpkin seed quilt design.   After I had a bunch cut out, I rough cut a piece of black wool about the size I thought I might want the end product to be.  I have Heat 'n Bond Lite on the back of the shapes but you could use your favorite method for prepping the wool pieces.  I just started laying out the pieces matching points to points.  I worked on a pressing mat so I could apply heat from the iron without having to move anything.  I plan on leaving the outer side of the seeds un-stitched until all the other pieces are attached.  I will then add a backing and trim the edges of the black to match the curve of the seeds.  I will stitch the outer edge at that time.

I found that I liked the look of medium and dark values on the black wool background.  Not too dark, though, as I wanted to be able to distinguish the shapes of the seeds well.  I will save the lighter seeds I cut out for future use.  I did not cut many of those but I think on a white wool background, they would make a nice mat for spring display.

Be sure to pay Kathy a visit today and follow the links to what others are working on.  Her blog post today is an interesting read.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Mistletoe and Holly Wool Mat

The Winter 2014 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects is full of good designs.  I selected one of them to make a wool mat.  The pattern is by Jan Speed of A Piece of Work.  The mat is about 10" x 19" so not too big or too small.

I used part of a khaki wool army blanket for the backing.  The color worked well with the other green wool pieces I had in stash.  This design could be used for the Christmas holiday season but I think it is one that could be out all winter long.

Back to playing in the sewing room.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Slow Sunday Stitching

I am going to be doing some slow stitching today so I am linking with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.
I have finished a small table topper called "Snowman Garland".  Mary from Quilt Hollow gifted me the pattern which also comes with the snowman head buttons.  The pattern is by Red Button Quilt Company.  The pattern also had a loose red button in with it.  I am assuming the designer adds those in since it fits the name of her design company.  Cute idea.
The snowman heads add a whimsical look to the garland.  This measures about 16 inches square.  Easy to piece once the embroidery is done.  I did not follow the pattern instructions to piece the top and then do the embroidery.  Instead, I sectioned off the amount of space each garland strip required using a Frixion pen.  I allowed for extra space between the sections so that any shrinking of the sections with the embroidery done would still allow me ample seam allowance.  Once the embroidery was done, I cut out the strips and then pieced the top.

Next, I will be working on a snowman ornament.  The stitchery design is by The Talking Crow.  The designer's patterns are found on Etsy.  There are many to select from.
I plan on doing the nose, moon, and star with fused fabric.  Embroidery for the rest.

Enjoy your Sunday.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Flags of the American Revolution Part Three

Time for showing October's blocks for "Flags of the American Revolution" sew-along.  We were assigned five flag blocks this month.

The flag below was the easiest one to make!

I am linking with Lori of Humble Quilts.  Pay her blog a visit and you can see how others made their blocks.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Two Quick Wall Hangings

I made two wall hangings from an older Christmas project  book by Cheri Saffiote Payne called "Two Hour Quilted Christmas Projects".  Both projects took me longer than two hours to complete.  I hand quilted both with a big stitch and that took some time.

The first wall hanging is "Oh Holy Night".  I used Heat 'n Bond Lite and a machine stitch for the applique technique.

The second is a Raggedy Angel.  This is also a fused project.

Here is a picture of the book.  The project directions are minimal so you have to figure out things on your own.  There are a lot of designs suitable for ornaments and other small projects.  I looked on Amazon and you can order used copies for as little as one penny plus shipping costs.

I am working on more small projects so stay tuned for more pictures.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monthly Blankets/Mats

I haven't decided whether the Buttermilk Basin sheep blankets are going to be displayed on a sheep or just used as small table mats.  I am leaning towards table mats.

Mat for February features a crow and heart.

March's mat is a basket of flowers and a crow.  Nothing to suggest that it was for March so I used a green check for the basket.

These are easy stitching.  I hope to get the mat for April prepped in the next day or two.


Monday, October 20, 2014

A Primitive House

I finished the stitching on a wool piece made from a pattern called "A Primitive House".  The design is by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.

The picture is meant to be framed so you would not see the black around the edge.  I am going to look for a frame at the thrift stores.  One that I can paint and distress a bit.  The chimney is meant to be on the framing strips.  There is supposed to be a gap between the framing and the top of the rest of the roof.   I misunderstood the directions.  I was to apply fusible to the back of the wool pieces for the frame and cut them to one inch wide which I did.  Then it said to cut them 3/4" inch wide.  Why you would do that after cutting them one inch wide, I don't know.  I did the one inch and followed the directions for placement and fused.  When I went to do the layout and trace the words to the background, things did not fit quite right.  I was lacking 1/2" inside.  I was able to squish the words a bit and have the roof come closer to the frame in order to get all inside.  If you have this pattern, be sure to make note that the framing strips are to be 3/4" wide in the end and not the 1" I did.

I am about to head out looking for a frame.  Enjoy your day.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tiny Treats

A small fall wool mat completed.  The pattern I used is called "Tiny Treat" and is a free pattern on All People Quilt.  You can find it here.  I think you have to register to use the site but it is free.  It finishes 7 1/2" by 8 1/2".  The mat would make nice gift for a friend.  Maybe add a tea light style candle.  A battery operated one is the safest to use.

I used a cotton plaid on the back.

The stitching goes pretty quick once you have the parts ready to go.  And this could be used all through fall.

Have you made something new for fall decorating?


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wool Table Mats

I finished two wool table mats.  The first one is the "Flying High" design I shared with you a few days ago.  The pattern is free and can be found here.

This is what I used on the back of the mat to hide my stitches.  It is a cotton plaid.

The second mat is actually one of the Buttermilk Basin Sheep blankets.  I think it could be used on the sheep as the pattern shows or a table mat.  I have not made the wool sheep as of yet.  This is the January design.

And this is the fabric I used on the back.  It is a brushed cotton plaid.

If you are interested in what the blankets and sheep look like, pay a visit to Anne of Cottons 'n Wools blog and see some she and her friend made.  Here is the link.

I am off to the quilt shop to purchase a new thimble.