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.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Flower Pot From Autumn Quilt

My previous post has a wool mat I made from a block in the "Autumn Quilt" pattern by Heart to Hand.  Now I have completed a wall hanging made from a second block in the pattern set.  This one is a flower pot with a crow.  

The wall hanging is made from wool on cotton applique.  The taupe background and border have a similar look to the Japanese taupes.  I hand quilted it with size 8 perle cotton using the Big Stitch technique.  I like!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

New Wool Mat

Taking part of a quilt pattern and creating something new  with it was my goal with this wool mat.  I used a block from the "Autumn Quilt" pattern set by Heart to Hand.  It reminded me of a penny mat.  I added wool pennies to the top of the block.  Then I free form cut curvy shapes for  prim look tongues.  This is what I came up with.

Another view.

The grey/green wool background is a Moda wool that I have had for a long time.  I purchased it half price and have held onto it hoping I could find a use for it.  As a green, it just never seemed to work for leaves.  About the only thing I could use with it was rust and browns.  Now I have nothing left but small scraps of it.  In the center circle, the rust plaid was gifted me  by a friend.  A large piece from a thrift store.  The pale yellow from a recycled wool jacket.

To show you what the original quilt block would look like, here is a picture of the pattern section.  You can see the block in the upper left hand corner.  The pattern can be found here.

Stay tuned as I have turned another of the blocks into a smaller size wall hanging and it is almost done.

Hope your Saturday can be spent in the sewing room.  At least part of the day.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Flying High

A new table mat in the works and from a free pattern.

I wanted to show you the wool mat I am working on though it is in the early stage of construction in case you might want to make one too.  The design is by Granola Girl Designs and here is the link.  I will post another picture when I get the mat done.  And don't do what I did and trace the witch onto the fusible going the wrong direction.  I don't think it makes much difference though.

Happy sewing!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cheri's Witch Design

Another finish.  I made two of these wool on cotton witch wall hangings from a Cheri Payne pattern.  Easy to do  I used perle cotton to do a bit of hand quilting.  Embroidery floss to stitch down the wool.  A very prim witch.  And all made from stash fabrics.

I love fall quilts!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

One of the Witch Quilts

It's that time of year when we pull out our Ghost, Ghoulies, and Witch patterns.  I finished the three witch quilts from a Sarah Sporer pattern.  Two have already gone to grand-children.  This is the third one and I am keeping it for myself.

Fun to make and, except for the border fabric, all other pieces came from stash.  Fused and machine stitched with a touch of embroidery.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Piece and Plenty Update

I am behind on doing my "Piece and Plenty" quilt blocks.  Maybe 4 months behind.  I finally made two more blocks.  I haven't counted how many are left to do yet.  A bunch.

A quick post today as I have machine quilting to do on a wall hanging I need to get in the mail.  It is a Halloween design and October 31st is fast approaching.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Redware Vase Part 2

Two "Redware Vase" wall hangings stitched.  I left off the last border as they were getting bigger than I wanted.  The final border would just have been the background fabric.

The cottons are from stash.  Some of the wool was in my stash and some a gift from a friend.  I used different background fabrics in each one as I didn't have enough of either for two wall hangings.  The pattern I used is by Cheri.

I am working on finishing up some projects and will be back to share more.

Flags of the American Revolution Part 2

Time to share part two of "Flags of the American Revolution".  September's assignment was to stitch all the tree blocks.   I did my blocks early in the month because we were going on a vacation in late September.  I am glad I did that as I was running on empty towards vacation time.

Be sure to visit Lori's blog for links to other bloggers who are participating.