Weather was cooperative and we had fun showing the quilts. Here are a just a few pictures of how it looked. This was an easy way to make a fabric sign in case you ever want to do it. I used two tall garden supports and made a big pillow case. Then sewed straight lines down each side to create slots for the garden supports to slide in to. Then stuck them in the ground. We pounded tent stakes into the ground also and used twine to help support it. That worked great too. Went to the scrap bag for the lettering and fused to both sides.
The one in center back of this picture is a mid 70s Cathedral Window. It took a solid six months of sewing and a lot of 6-8 hour days. It is entirely hand stitched. Kind of got obsessed with it...
We decided to have a quilt show and sale in our garden this Saturday. Most of the quilts are mine but a few are made by family and friends. This Pineapple beauty will be hanging from our birch tree to greet everyone and was made by my friend Linda from Kauai. If you happen to be in the Sequim/Dungeness area on the Olympic Peninsula on Saturday, come by and see us. Hoping to get the for sale quilts added to the online store also. Linda's quilt is just for show. Keep your fingers crossed for a beautiful day!
Small frogs in hydrangeas in a past garden. Our garden here is new and hydrangeas are young but maybe we'll have some new frog friends eventually.
Great to be sharing the Cherry Spools block with all of you! All of the instructions are up on the Moda Bake Shop. Below is a picture of one of my test blocks using jelly roll scraps from Bonnie and Camille's Bliss line.
Many thanks to Oda May and the Moda Bake Shop for the Trifle Quilt Challenge! Layer two is up today. Hope you have fun making each one!
Here's a new quilt to make. It features a traditional pieced basket tipped on it's side with some easy appliqued blossoms and leaves. There is more open space around the basket and flowers to give it a modern feel and feature your quilting. Two sizes of flower and leaf appliques included in the pattern. Gentle curves on the appliques make that part simple too and it finishes out at 49" x 63". This pattern is only available on the website (Easy pdf download). Buy the pattern and download here.
One wasn't enough. Had to make it in pastels too. Here's how it came out. The basket weave quilting pattern worked out great for both quilts.
Our Mom was an extraordinary knitter. She never told me who taught her to knit but she could knit anything. Her fingers would fly and I swear she wasn't looking a lot of the time she was knitting. Knitting was her passion and if she wasn't doing something for our large family, she was knitting.
My big sister and I live hundreds of miles apart. Some years ago she sent me a dress Mom knit for me. She says I wore it when I was about 3 years old. It had been passed down through the little girls in our family and her granddaughter was the last one to wear it. It was probably knit on #1 needles and please notice the lovely swans on the bottom and garter stitch detail inside the pleats. It's wool and still in great shape after many many decades and wearings. Sorry for the reflections in the first picture. Took that one through glass...
My husband framed this for me for Mother's Day one year and it's been hanging in the sewing room ever since. A constant source of inspiration. She taught most of her daughters and others to knit and quilt. The quilting is what resonated with me and what I do most but a basic knitting project is still fun now and again.
Thanks so much Mom!
Congratulations to Traci, the winner of the Moda, Table For Two fabrics! And... thanks very much for all of the ever so nice comments on this one.
Thought you may be interested to know that I used a digital pattern to quilt these. It's by Kim Hoftyzer called Path to My Heart. Really fun on these quilts.
Here's my new project going up today on the Moda Bake Shop. It's always exciting to share something new so let's share some more and give away some fabric. The recipe calls for 2 - 1/2 yard pieces (Table for Two by Sandy Gervais) for the background of the little quilt and that's what one lucky person will be getting. Along with enough of the black print to bind it. Say hi/leave a comment by Wednesday, February, 12 and you'll be entered to win.
This is an easy one and could be used in a bunch of different ways. You can view the recipe and print instructions at the bake shop.
Thanks to my neighbor for letting the quilt hang under her arbor.
The three fabrics from the bottom up (pictured below) will be the giveaway.
Hollie the Owl has been fun to make and I thought I would show you what she looks like made with patterned, felted wool. The sparkly ric rac under the wings adds a nice shiny detail and using glass pearls for eyes is kind of fun too. http://www.etsy.com/listing/168393790/hollie-a-snowy-owl-ornament?ref=shop_home_feat
This was my November challenge. It's finished and it's still November??? I sometimes have trouble sewing these kinds of projects so good practice and I also wanted to see if the pattern and size would work for a gym bag. Turns out it might work with some enlargement. The height and depth are good but it might be nice to make it a little wider for a gym bag.
Pattern is the Bohemian Satchel by Tina Lewis in the Winter issue of Stitch magazine. It should be fun to carry around for the holidays. The bag is the same on the other side except for the buttons on the handles (fir trees on the other side). For this version, I went to the stash and found a left over piece just large enough with enough scraps to make handles. It's from Moda Home and the name might be Santa Calls. It's almost canvas weight with a smoother texture. An idea for you for leftover Christmas fabric in your stash.
Thanksgiving Sale - Wednesday, November 27th - Monday, December 2nd. $5.00 instant downloads at our etsy shop on Hollie the Snowy Owl Ornament and the Extra Gingerman Applique.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Introducing Hollie the snowy owl. She measures almost 6" tall and hangs very nicely on the tree or a package. Made with hand dyed, felted wool, sparkling embroidery threads and press on crystals. Fun to do and ornaments make great small gifts for the holidays. There is time to make several. Think I will try tweed wool for the body next time and use white for the face and star. Pattern is available at the etsy shop for easy download.