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.