Monday, February 28, 2011

Naomi's Replacement Doily

I sold one of Naomi's doilies.  I just sent the one out I had made for her instead of crocheting a new one for the customer.  I had several sweater orders at the time ( it's so wonderful to be able to support my hobby) and didn't want the customer to wait.
So this is her replacement.  Same pattern. Different color.

I love the color of this one.  It is an Aunt Lydia's cotton that I bought at Fabric Depot.

You can also check out more details on Ravelry.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Barbara's Quilt

A T Shirt quilt for a sports minded girl.  It's a good way to do memories.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Blessing of Interruptions

After my morning cleaning was done, I got out my sewing machine thinking how nice it was that I had a whole day with nothing else to do but sew.  Ahhhhh sewing!
Later in the morning my daughter-in-law came over with Eloise.  Her aunties also came and brought this cute little coat and pants that they had whipped up that morning for Eloise.  Her snow coat.  So she could go out in the snow.  We took her out for pics in this little outfit.

 Soon there was a whole troop of children in my back yard.  No school today because there was a nice pile of snow.  So much fun!  These little girls soon came in (I think they'd been in the snow all morning at their house) and we gave them some hot chocolate to warm them up.

 The others continued to build forts and get their snowballs ready for a snowball fight.  I think they're about ready here.

Afterwards, they sat on the front porch and had raspberry snow cones, made with snow fresh  in the yard.

We tried the snow out for Eloise, but I'm not sure that she liked it.  I think we'll have to wait til she is older.

And there sits my sewing machine on a window seat just shoved aside.  No more sewing that day, but it was well worth it to have this interruption.  This was much more fun than just sitting and sewing by myself all day.

Today is another good sewing day.  I wonder what interruptions I could have today.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I Have a Winner!

Free Indeed won the pattern in my give away.  Just contact me so I can ship it out to you.

She wrote    -  You are fortunate to live where you can shop for stuff in person...I like being able to read the back of patterns, touch fabrics and generally pet stuff :) I do have one fabric only store nearby, but it is odd lot stuff so not sold by designer/manufacturer. It is so overwhelming when I want to coordinate for a quilt top. IT would be easier to follow a line for that perfect coordination...ah well. I shouldn't complain..I at least have that...use to have to travel an hour and a half to get the nearest fabrics..

Eloise talking to the flower

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Judy's Round Robin Quilt - And a Last Chance for My Give Away

Judy did a marvelous job with the help of her friends.  This is a round robin quilt done with members of the quilt guild.  She did the embroidery section in the middle and then passed it around.

 I love  the old fashion Sunbonnet Sue squares.

More very fine embroidery work.

And then the applique also looks perfect.

 Lastly, some of the flowers I quilted into it.

Last chance to enter my give away here.  You could receive this pattern in the mail.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Little of This, A Bit of That

I did finish the hot pads I was working on.  Some of them are making fine birthday gifts.

I also made this strawberry from a tutorial that you can get here.  Paulette makes some wonderful things with felt.  It's a medium I never really thought of using, but her items intrigued me - so here is the first - a strawberry.  I'm going to make more of these.  Maybe I'll put them on my mantel for spring decor?

I also started Esther's BOM - Heart's Desire.  I had some fabric in my stash -reds- that I had bought for a wedding quilt, and then ended up doing something else.  I decided this would be a good time to use them, with additives.  I'm going to try to keep up with her.  I've collected some of her other patterns, but haven't done them yet.  I think the mysteriousness of this one will keep me going on it.  What's next?

You are invited to enter my give away.  I'll be picking a winner late tomorrow.  I'm sure there's someone looking for a new pattern to quilt up.

Monday, February 21, 2011

A New Give Away - Enter to Win

Last Thursday, my daughters and I took my sister to the largest fabric store she's ever seen.  We drove down to Portland, made a short stop at Ikea to get exactly what we wanted, then headed to Fabric Depot.  We love going there.  They are huge, have all the fabrics you could want, and always some kind of a sale on them.
I limited myself, which is good, and bought a few things for bags, aprons and some quilting projects I already have going.  The crochet thread is for some more doilies for Naomi.

 Don't you love this fabric?  I think I'm going to do hot pads from this one.

When I'm at this store, I alway make sure I look up and get inspiration from the quilts that are hanging around the store.  I love looking at the different  quilts and how fabrics are used in them.

We also went to our wholesalers where the girls stocked up on interfacing, sewing machine needles (don't we always need them?) and I got a lot of batting for me and others, and also thread for my quilting.  I love that  King Tut thread.  It runs so smoothly in my machine (they don't all do so well).

 I found such nice patterns and books I had to pick up.

 I also picked up this pattern that I thought I'd give away.  Just leave a comment to enter.  You could let me know what you enjoy about fabric stores or quilt shops.

I will announce the winner, using the random generator, on Wednesday.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Eloise with her Great Aunt and Uncle

My sister Bev and her husband Kevin stopped by our house on their way to San Fransisco from Wichita, Kansas. (We're on the way- Olympia, WA?)  I am very glad they came for a visit.

Kevin helped us with our remodeling project by doing some mudding.

Bev and I went to see Eloise.  She's laying on the quilt her Great Aunt gave to her when she was born.  I think she likes it.

Bev has only quilted in the last few years.  Growing up she did not like sewing.

Here Bev  is holding her Great Niece.

After working, her great uncle Kevin was holding her also.

What a blessing that Eloise has so many people that love her.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A NEW Paper Doll Play Mat

I gave my last play mat to Eloise.  She needed something hanging on her wall.  When she's old enough to play with it then it can come down and be a toy.
So I started a new one this weekend.  It's a little tougher as it will have more detail and challenges.  Here are some peeks.

You can also find this project posted on Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sunbonnet Sue Jumps Rope and Pets a Cat

Here's the latest ones I've finished for Pam.

And here's my older ones.  My color combinations don't cease to amaze me.  What was I thinking then?

 This one is better.

Monday, February 14, 2011

More Knitting

This is Annie, Eloise's cousin.  She is wearing a sweater I finished a little while ago.  It is another of my favorites, a Sirdar pattern.  I just keep going through the book.

 I used some old yarn in this one that I want to get rid of.  For some reason when I started knitting a bought a lot of this yarn.  It might be because you can't get very many colors in sport weight at Joann's or Michael's.  I don't shop there for yarn anymore.    I have learned a better way to get rid of yarn. Take it to my Quilt Guild.  There are women there that grab it up.

I do like how this sweater turned out though.  It could be worn by a boy or a girl.  I think the pattern is great.  Check it out on ravelry.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Claudette's Quilt

A lovely soft quilt.

 I did an overall feather, twirls and loops etc.  This is one of the most fun overalls to do.  You can enlarge the pics and maybe see it better, but it's not showing up to well.

 Some of the back side, but it still doesn't show up well.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Fashion Parade Eloise Style

Eloise is so wonderful to try on several outfits that I had made and let me take photos this morning.

She is now 4 months old and weighs in at just over 9 pounds. Remember she was 7 weeks early.

 It does still look a little big, but they are meants for babies from newborn to about 6 months(17#).

This one is made from a vintage fabric I picked up.  These daygowns are for the days when mom feels like being old-fashiones with her baby.  This is how all babies (boys and girls) dressed in the olden days.

She looks like she's dancing.

These will both be for sale on Etsy soon.

This sweater is one I completed fairly recently.  It's a loose knit using a soft, soft alpace silk yarn.  I wasn't really sure that I liked the sweater until I put it on Eloise.   Then I liked it much better. It could be a good pattern.

I think she's falling over here.  But she doesn't mind.

This last sweater is one that I made for Eloise.  It's a pretty sweet one.  I would change the way to  do the buttonholes and front bands on this one next time if  I were to do it again.

These sweaters can be seen on ravelry here and here.