Monday, January 26, 2015

A Bit of This and That!

I have finished a couple of things recently.  I wanted to get this tiny patriotic quilt finished for my son for Christmas.  It is all OK though because he and his wife are moving and will be coming to stay with us for a couple of weeks in-between places.  Their new house will have a dedicated study and I can present this to him for his study when I see him.  
 It is from a Quilt of Valor magazine and the piece is Foundation Paper Pieced.  The finished flag is 4 x 6 I believe.  I used some patriotic paper in the frame and placed the flag on top of it.  I think it looks grand.
 Now I can't tell you in words just how happy I am to have this afghan done.  I have been working on it for four years (maybe more) on and off (maybe more off than on).
 It is a single crochet stitch done in the back loop only.  The result is a slow growing, dense texture and it sure is lovely and warm.
 The colors are fairly fall-ish and I am not sure if this one will only come out in the fall or be out all winter long.
 My Millefiori quilt is progressing well.  I have finished the second round and am working on the third round.  Most of the cutting out and basting has been done and I am stitching the elements together before adding them to the rosette.
Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting.  Have a wonderful day.




Monday, January 12, 2015

Katja Marek's Millefiore Quilt Along!

A good friend of mine told me about the Millefiore quilt along in December and asked me if I was doing it.  Nooooooo, said I because of all my UFO's and the fact that I have the 52 Hexagon book and am busy on a project from the book.  But then I saw the Rosette and I was a goner!  So I signed up and have been working on the first Rosette.  Here is the center and round one done.
I am basically sticking to the original colors of Katja's rosette and pulling fabrics from my stash.
 This is one of the fussy cut hexagons for round two.
 Laid out with the two different hexagons for round two.

Getting a little further along.  I have made more of the hexagons and need to sew them to the main rosette.  I am having so much fun with this millefiore sew along.  It's going to be a beauty when done.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

An Afghan Completed and Gifted!

I had started this afghan over two years ago.  In my endeavor to shorten my UFO list, I completed the project.
 I gifted it to my son and daughter-in-law for Christmas.  They had chosen ocean colors primarily.  I threw a few greens into the mix as a nod to college colors.
 It turned out really well and they like it.
 It is a bit of a behemoth!  It became quite unwieldy to work on at the end of the project.  I'm glad that it is ticked off the list and done.

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Quilty Finish!

I made this quilt earlier on in the year and I turned it in to my longarm quilter.  I got it back on Friday and put the binding on.
I am so in love with the colors.
 It is bright and vibrant.  I love the  "Seahorses" too.  The pattern is from "Quilty" Magazine.
 I bound it in a black and white polka dot and love how it turned out.
 Tick, another one off the list of UFO's.
 My Christmas Cactus is doing it's thing and blooming at the moment.  Such pretty blooms.
 It is just covered in buds and blooms.  Amazing how they know the time of year!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Needlepunch Christmas Wall Hanging!

I have been decorating for Christmas!  My favorite season by far!  I love the soft glow of a Christmas tree at night.  I usually have a few trees up.  This year I have three (so far - who knows what might happen in the next few days).  This one is in our family room.
 This is a little table vignette!  I love those reindeer candle holders.
 This little scene is at the mail center in the kitchen.  My son painted the tree.  He did such a good job.
 This quilt is hanging on the kitchen wall.  I love the little red birds on a wire!
 I started this needle punch a few years ago.  It has been on my UFO list for W A Y too long.  Well I finished the needle punch and there it sat again waiting to be quilted.  I was not not going to finish this in time for Christmas.  It was an evenings work to get it done.
Isn't he a grand fellow?  He now hangs on the family room wall.  I hope you are all having fun this season with your decorating.  I know I am.  Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Christmas Cushion!

I should not be starting anything new - but I did and I finished it too.  I wanted to make a Christmas Cushion!  I love Deer so much.  They are such elegant animals.  I thought two on a cushion would look good.
 I used Heat n Bond underneath the deer and machine blanket stitched them down to the background fabric.  I then made my quilt sandwich and shadow quilted around the deer.  My pillow form is 20".  I cut the background fabric to 19 inches when quilted.  Once I bind around the edges the measurement is 18 inches finished.  I love a plump well stuffed pillow.  This works really well.
 We had a really spectacular sunset on Saturday night.  I could not resist snapping a few pictures.
 It was so beautiful.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Stitcher's Dream Bag!

I pattern tested a new bag designed by my sweet friend Natalie Rawlinson.  She is just such a good pattern writer.  Her directions are so clear and concise!  She has lots of pictures too which are such a help.

 This bag is awesome.  So many lovely pockets inside to put your favorite notions into.
 Lots of space for a decent amount of handwork.  Can you just imagine all the hexies you could fit in here.  Natalie will be selling her pattern on Craftsy probably by the end of the week.  It is called "Stitcher's Dream Bag".  If you want to make a bag that works up like a dream, run, don't walk to Craftsy and get your pattern!