Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Composition Notebook Cover!

I subscribe to a gorgeous magazine called "Primitive Quilts and Projects".  The summer 2012 edition has a pattern in it for a composition book cover.  Now I loooove composition books.  I keep a Journal and use composition books for that purpose.  It is not a dear diary today I am  feeling ... kind of journal.  It is more a record of the day to day activities and happenings of our family.  Anyhow, I digress!
I made this cover for my daughter.  We went to the Plano Quilt Show a few weeks ago and my daughter fell in love with this piece of background fabric, so I decided to use it on her book cover.  The appliqués are done in wool felt and regular quilters cotton.  There is a little bit of embroidery too.

 This was really a fun project to make.  I used the same fabric for the binding as I did for the bird's wings!  I think it is responsible for a bit of POP and fun!!!
Now to get started on mine!!!  Can't wait for that cover!!!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Bit of This and a Bit of That

 I attended a quilt show recently and bought the cutest skull embroidery pattern!  I'll have this done in time for Halloween.

In honor of Shark Week, my soon to be Daughter-in-law baked these cute cupcakes.  Aren't they fun?
 They were delicious too!

Monday, August 20, 2012

A Hand Towel and A Treat!!!

 I knitted a hand towel for my daughters bathroom using cotton thread and a moss stitch.
 The border was crocheted!  It turned out well and she loves it.
Connecting Threads had a sale of solid fabric and so I decided to stock up.  Look what arrived in the mail!!!  Lots of yummy eye candy.  It will all be put to good use.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Centerpiece Loveliness!

 I bought a pattern for a Folded Triangle Centerpiece.  These are not new and have been around the block a few years ago.  Things do seem to come back into fashion.  Do you remember the Christmas balls decorated with these folded triangles?
I decided to make mine with reproduction fabrics.
 Fold, fold, fold and stitch, stitch, stitch!
Round and round we go until we get this.  Then it is binding and voila!!
A beautiful centerpiece.  It has such a lovely weight to it.  It looks really complicated and difficult, but it is easy to make.  I love it and want to make an oblong one!
Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Foundation Paper Pieced Birdhouses!

 I have many large projects on the go and sometimes it is REALLY good to make something small.  Something small enough to complete in a couple of days.
 These little birdhouses seemed like the perfect choice.  I used 30's reproduction fabric SCRAPS! Yes that is correct.  I did not have to buy a thing for this quilt.
 The little blocks are two inches finished!  Can you say CUTE!!!!
Some more thirties fabrics for the inner and outer border.
The original pattern had little black circles appliquéd onto the front of the birdhouse.  I have a substantial button stash and I thought they would add to the sweetness of the thirties fabrics.
 Look what I found in the button stash!!  The perfect little bird button!
I quilted the blocks in the ditch and meandered around the borders.  Just too cute.  Now to go and find a place to hang this little treasure.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Shawl Pin

I have a son in college (he is a junior this year) who loves making things.  I made soup one night and used shank bone in it.  I offered him the bone when the meat had cooked off of it and suggested he might like to carve something.  Well, he made this shawl pin for my daughter who had just gotten to the end of knitting her shawl.  She loves owls!!!  I love how the pin part looks like a branch.  What a great job Gavin!!!