Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Daylilly Days

Continuing with my series of seasonal table toppers, here's the summer project.  It finishes the same size as the spring and fall toppers so once you decide where to put it you can change it out with the seasons. 

One of my favorite aspects of this project is the tiny birds spread throughout.  I used Diamond Textiles fabrics and love the way they gave the project an old fashioned look. 

I haven't received my copy of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine yet but am excited to see how the project was photographed. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Springtime Frolic

I am creating a series of seasonal table toppers.  The first, Pumpkin Spice, was published in the Fall 2013 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects. 

The second, Springtime Frolic, can be found in the spring 2014 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.  I haven't taken a photo since the quilt was completed and quilted; hence the sheep without
legs (poor little guys!). 

The summer issue of the magazine will arrive soon and I can't wait to see how the summer table topper was photographed.
If you're interested in a kit, you can get one by clicking here.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I knew it had been a while since I posted but.....

Wow!  November was the last time I updated my blog.  May as well close it if it's going to be that long between posts!

December was a heck of a month.  Sunday morning, Dec 15, I received a text from my sister.  She'd been in an accident.  A very nice passerby stopped and texted me further details of where to meet the ambulance, etc.  She was rear ended by a drunk driver at 7:45 a.m. -- yeah -- a.m.  She was injured but it wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been.  Since she couldn't adequately care for herself, she moved in with us for a few weeks.  She's progressing and hopefully will return to work this week.

While my routine has been out of whack (and I'm very much into routine), I've still been able to finish several projects.  The one that brought me the most joy was "Silent Night".  It's a pattern by my friend, Norma Whaley, of Timeless Traditions. 

Cotton backgrounds with wool applique.  The borders are simple log cabin blocks.  Here's some closeup photos.

If you'd like to make one just like mine, visit here to find out more info. 
I plan to post at least weekly so be sure to check back soon.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tidings of Joy Pillow

When I saw this pattern, I knew I had to make it.  Snowmen make me smile and this guy is no exception. 

The pattern includes instruction for how to make the outer piping.  It's very easy and something I plan to include on future pillows.....now that I know I don't have to struggle to make piping anymore.  If you'd like a kit, you can get one here.

Back to working on a secret project for a magazine. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Pumpkin Spice

After a whirlwind trip to quilt market in Houston last week, I'm ready to settle in for the winter.  Market was a lot of fun, especially catching up with old friends.  Contemporary continues to dominate fabric styles:  lots of large scale prints in bright, bold colors.  While I don't mind to use that sort of fabric on occasion, I tend to tire of it quickly.  Patterns and books complemented the fabrics in that many quilts were made with large chunks of fabric. 

During my absence from blogging, the fall issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects arrived.  My Pumpkin Spice quilt finishes 31 1/2" x 31 1/2" -- perfect size for a table topper.  If you're interested in a kit, Sew Graceful Quilting has kits available for $29.95.  You'll need the magazine for the pattern. 

I'm doing a series of seasonal table toppers.  The next one will be in the spring issue of the magazine. I can't share a photo yet but can tell you it's pretty darn cute.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Where to begin?

It's been such a long time since I blogged I had to check my super secret password book to locate my password to my blog.  Thank goodness for super secret password books! 

I know I've been scarce but have just felt kinda blah....and why share my blah with you?  I keep hearing mom's voice telling me to snap out of it, and that's what I'm going to do.  It's been 6 months and I miss her every day....but I know life goes on.....and she'd want it to go on. 

I don't know about you but the cooler weather always gets me in the mood to stitch and sew.  I'm working on this little guy and hope to have it complete next week. 

I've got the blocks complete, sewn together and am hand quilting it with the big stitch using Valdani perle cotton size 12. 

Last year I was asked to present a program at the Walnut Valley Guild in Winfield Kansas.  For some reason I thought Winfield was just a couple hours away.  It's 4 plus hours away so I'm leaving Sunday after church to drive over for my presentation on Monday, Oct 14 at 10:00 and 6:30.  Hubby is staying home so I'm betting if I pass any antique malls I'll be stopping.  If you'd like my info about the guild meeting, let me know. 

I'll be back soon.  I've got a lot to share!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Quiltmania and things

I submitted a couple designs to Quiltmania magazine and they accepted both.  Needless to say, I was quite pleased.....ok.....quite pleased sounds like I was sipping tea, looked over my glasses and said oh goodie.  It was more like jumping up and down and shouting OH MY GOSH!! I'm so excited!  Same reaction I had when I was first accepted to Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine. 

If you haven't had a chance to get issue #95, you can get a copy here.

Inside you'll find full size patterns for this

and this