Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pink Roses

This is Eileen's quilt.  It's a lovely pink for some lovely girl.


I made this picture dark to try and let the quilting show up.  It's roses and leaves.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Candra's Quilt

This is a contemporary pieced quilt.  I myself have never done one like it, although I enjoy looking at them.  They always seemed a little scary to me, mixing bright fabrics and large designs.  Her quilt turned out very nice.  I hung it on the volleyball net.  I had never really seen the quilt as a whole until then.  Very large quilts have to be in a spot where you can stand back from them to see them.
 This fabric was very nice and I used the flower design for the basis of the large squares also.

 She used silk for the solid color squares.
 I added this dragonfly.  The quilt has lots of dragonflies including ones she added herself.

 This is the backside.  It is also a very creative job.



 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Thou shalt sanctify the holy day.)

 What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we may not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.
                                              Martin Luther's Small Catechism

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Darlene's Quilt

This quilt was done by a quilter who does perfect points.  It's hard to find a flaw in her work.  This is a beautiful quilt and was very fun to quilt.  She lets me do whatever I want and so I fly.



Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we may not curse, swear, use witchcraft, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

                                                   Martin Luther's Small Catechism

Friday, July 23, 2010

Evelyn's Quilt

 Her borders are done.

My friend did the embroidery for me.  Now it's ready for my frame.  It does have to wait in line a bit.  I need to get my customer's quilts done.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Paper Dolls

 I went to my local quilt shop and bought this lovely fabric.  I've always liked paper dolls, especially those with the vintage look.

And so I started a new project.  It's not like I needed another one.   I cut out the girl and her dress, lined her with a medium weight interfacing and backed her with flannel.  I bought a strip of magnetic tape and put a couple of pieces inside the girl.  I had to put the magnet on the outside of the dress to make them connect.

I want to make a background scene for her and her clothing.  I was using these nice new dishtowels my daughter bought for me to figure out sizing.

  Do I want one scene ----

or more?

Some young friends of mine drew me these pictures as ideas for backgrounds.  They are looking forward to a prize.

I  also bought these fabrics at the same shop.  I don't know how I'll use them but I like the vintage look.  Housewives used to wear dresses and heels when they worked in the kitchen with their cute little aprons on.



Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

from Martin Luther's Small Catechism

Monday, July 19, 2010

Last Weeks Other Projects

 Besides the other items I have shown, I was also on my longarm working on this quilt.  The solid colors are a Dupioni silk.  My customer is very excited about this quilt.

I'm also knitting this sweater for a customer.  It's one I've done several times before.  Knitting is my evening project.  It's nice to make a little money from it.



 I thank Thee, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Thy dear Son,  that Thou hast kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray Thee that Thou wouldst keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please Thee.  For into Thy hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things.  Let Thy holy angel be with me, that the wicked Foe may have no power over me.  Amen.

Then go joyfully to your work, singing a hymn like that of the Ten Commandments, or whatever your devotion may suggest.

from Luther's Small Catechism - Martin Luther

Friday, July 16, 2010

This Little Ducky is

 Yellow.  The last one was white.
After I knitted the other sweater and put it in my store, a woman came in and ordered this one.  She wanted yellow ducks with orange feet.
Oh my, I just realized I forgot the orange bills.  Well, back to work I go.

 The sweater minus the duck bills.

The sleeves are unique with the ribbing at the top. They add a little more stretchability.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Eva's Applique

 This is one strip done as far as I can.  The corners are mitered and I will be appliqueing through the corner, so that will have to wait.
I decided to do the center square next.  I always like variety in what I do. This square is all laid out and ready to go.  I actually got a good start on it this afternoon, enjoying my yard in this good weather.  I'm  glad I have things I can work on while being outside.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Evelyn's Quilt

 Evelyn's quilt is coming together. It looks like it is long enough with just a small border, but it needs some width.

I will add these rosebuds to the corners.  I'm also glad I have yellow strips in here.  They add a nice variation.

I have plenty more to use on the sides.  I will be figuring the placement of all of this out yet.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Was Joe and Grace's quilt really finished?

 NO!  Every quilt must have a label so that it may go down in posterity.  50 years from now, no one might know who made it, where, when, or for what occasion.  You never know,  I may be famous some day.

This label was embroidered by Pam, a friend of mine.  I  think she did a great job.

I've been sitting by this little stream  today in my backyard.  It's the closest I like to come to camping.  The sound of the water is so peaceful.

 I'm also on guard for a heron that comes and eats the fish out of our pond.  He came by while I was sitting, but stayed high up in the tree.  He was probably waiting for me to leave.
He's beautiful to look at but deadly to our babies.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Eva's Quilt

These are the fabrics I chose for Eva's quilt. Since they are being used for applique, I could find small amounts in my stash and then bought the rest to fill in to make more variety.

The stems are being placed on the background.  They make a foundation for the flowers and the leaves. I machine sew one edge on and needleturn the other edge.

I then cut templates from paper of the shapes I want to use and place them on the stem.  I try to work out spacing this way.

Now I'm loosely basting all the fabrics in place.  I can get an idea how it looks and change things as I go.  I like this method - no pins.  I will be needleturn appliqueing this project.
I am really happy with the colors of  this quilt.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Bibs and Burp Cloths

My girls have been so busy lately, they haven't had time to restock on some of the basics we keep. A lot of women come to our shop to buy for baby showers, so we like to keep a lot of items for that purpose.

So I have taken it on to sew up some of these items - Bib and burpcloth sets.

We especially needed some more bibs for girls (we still have plenty of the cloths for them)
We also liked the new idea (new for us anyways) of bibs that a binky could be attached to.
What a variety to choose from!

I hope you Grandma's saw the grandma bib.  I bet that will be one of the first to go.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Joe and Grace's Quilt - Finished

It's squared, the bindings on, washed and looks pretty good.  This quilt has a silk batting.  That makes it almost feel light as a feather. I really like silk.

I tried to take a picture out of an upstairs window. The quilt was so white it wouldn't focus on it.  So there went my great idea of a picture.

You'll have to click on this picture and hopefully you'll see a better view of the center of the quilt.

The wedding is this Saturday, so I have it done just in time.  Sometimes I run a little late.  The couple has seen it, so I may just give it to them before the wedding.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


John Adams wrote to Abigail that this day should be marked down as a holiday “The most memorable epoch in the history of America that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. “ It ought to be commemorated “by a solemn act of devotion to God Almighty” under Whose providential care it had come about. “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.” It “must remind Americans, lest they grow lazy and complacent, of the cost of freedom.” Quoted from John Adams by Page Smith. John Adams was referring to July 2, but we celebrate the same on July 4.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Guernsey Style Sweater

This little girl is trying on one of my sweaters.
This is another Debbie Bliss pattern also from her book New Baby Knits.   
I enjoyed knitting the patterns in this sweater. It's fun to see what happens with them, when you just put knits and purls together with crossovers etc.

I knitted it with a cotton sport yarn.  The color is Moonsilk. Isn't it a lovely name.  The color is very nice.  
This little girl was also photographed in another of my sweaters almost a year ago.  She has grown since then, and is getting even cuter.  I sold quite a few of the other sweater.
The flowers looking down from my window upstairs.  This is the first year I've been able to do good with the clematis and I really like them.  The flowers are huge - several inches across.