Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hannah's New Sweater

This pattern is one of my most popular. But this time it is a new color and I love it.  It is so soft and pretty. And the design really stands out.
Hannah really looks sweet in it.

 This is a Sirdar pattern knitted in a soft cotton.

You can find the ravelry link here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Want to Get Rid of Scraps?

This is a good way to get rid of scrap fabric, although it hasn't made much of a dent so far.  But they are also nice gifts to give.

Pot holders

These are a modern touch.

 I did the same pattern again.  It's easy and looks really nice.
Paper Piecing.

 Dresden flowers are some of my favorites. I've done several in the past.  I like the brightness of the colors. After all, every fruit starts with a flower.

Using up some of my more modern fabric.

And this looked a little blah to me so I added the bright binding.
What do you think?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Wholecloth Quilting

I have the wholecloth wedding quilt on my frame and am about halfway done quilting it.  These king size quilts with trapunto are always a challenge for me to quilt.  They take up the whole frame and the extra batting in spots means it doesn't lay flat. I've never figured out how to keep some puckers out, but it does always look good in the end.  This isn't for any competition.

 It is a shadow trapunto and is cream and white.

 These are probably my favorite type of quilts to do.  I might try some smaller ones and see if I can get the problems worked out on them.  I just seem to always do these as wedding gifts and they are always king size.

Friday, April 18, 2014

An Embroidered Quilt

 I have a friend that bought an embroidery machine a few years ago.  At one point, she decided to start a quilt that was a kit to help her practice her embroidery.  I think she decided she wasn't a quilter.  She got many of the squares done (not all of them) and quit on it.  She gave it to me not to long ago and said I could have it and do with it what I wanted. 

It was very easy to put together, and then I had the fun of quilting it.

I was able to practice some curved crosshatching and did lots of feathers.

I had to think of designs for every square and that was a challenge.

The rest of these pictures were taken inside with a flash, which is why the coloring is so changed. But the detail of the quilting does show up

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tutorial- A Square in a Square

As my quilt guild members will be making a quilt using this square, I thought I'd make a tutorial for their benefit.

 You need 2 fabrics for this project.  The center square is out of unbleached muslin.  You will be able to write a message on this square.
Cut it at 4 3/4"

Cut 2-4" squares out of the other fabric. 

 And then cut them in half diagonally one time.  You will have 4 half square triangles.

 Center one of the half square triangles on the square.  Make sure the point is in the center.

 Sew it.  Then do the same thing on the other side.  It should look like this.

 Press the seams toward the outside.

 Now you have 2 sides finished.  Do the same thing with the other 2 sides.
What a busy background I have on my ironing board!

 And here is your completed square at 6 1/2" after trimming.  That wasn't too hard, was it?

Friday, April 11, 2014

It's My Birthday!!

It's my birthday and my family gave me a wonderful party last evening.  Of course I blew out candles. 

 And then we had a pinata.  This is the first time I have ever tried to hit one. I got a few candies to come out.

 Then some of my children had tries at it.

 The grandchildren weren't quite ready to give it a try.  They just watched.

 My oldest son finally broke it all open and the candy flew out.

 A friend of ours came over and helped my oldest daughter cook dinner.  This pic is the appetizer.  Crab cakes with a remoulade sauce.  It was so delicious as was the rest of the dinner.

Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
 Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
    when they contend with their opponents in court.
Psalm 127.3-5

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Quilt for Vivienne

This weekend I was able to finish up this quilt for Vivienne.  Do you think she'll like it?

 This is my second owl quilt.  That quilt is quite different from this one.  Even the owls are different.
Owls seem to be popular these days.

I caught some pictures of Juliet making cookies yesterday.


 Is she eating them?