Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What is she up to now?

Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile know I tend towards folk-art/primitive style and 1800's reproduction for sure. Well ever now and then I do something way out of the box for me! The above project is one. Look at those fabrics! They are hurting my eyes! But I love the colors and designs and the recepient I know is going to LOVE it! When I asked M what her favorite colors were she answered Green and Orange. I was floored. How was I going to make an easy green and orange quilt for this young lady! Well I saw this fabric in a magazine and knew it was "it"! Finding a pattern is easy since I wanted a simple design and pieces large enough to show the fabrics. So stay tuned to how it turns out!

Meanwhile back at the ranch, I finished some coasters for Holly. She had seen the ones I made my sister and fell in love with them. So I had to make her some.

Then I finally finished some more clothespin dresses! I owed Holly one, and the other one is going to a very special friend. I can't wait until she gets it in the mail! I threw in 2 other surprises too for her - so I hope she likes! Holly's has a hole in the bottom of the bag - she is going to use it to store plastic bags in and then you can pull out the bag out of the bottom of the dress!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Some pretty nifty gifts

I got some pretty nifty gifts for xmas. Above is my new scissor holder! My friend Joan's husband made this for her to give me. It is perfect! And being used I must say!

Also got this really great wool kit and pattern from my mom. Isn't that a drop dead gorgeous table topper for xmas! I hope I can do it justice.

And she got these great patterns that the center wool part swaps out for the seasons! The pattern and wool are packaged. I provide the fabric for the outside part. These will be fun to make! The patterns actually have one for each month. I thought I'd start with one for each holiday!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays Everyone!

To wish you a happy holiday, whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year, I'm sharing a picture of my newly finished quilt!

It is "All Wrapped Up" by Mindy Williams and can be bought from the Quilters Hive in Newark, Delaware.

Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season!

NOTE: Don't forget to visit SoCalGal's virtual Christmas Quilt Show! Click Here

Monday, December 21, 2009

I"m very early for Thanksgiving next year!

Finished up my Turkey Pumpkin! I didn't have it made for this year, but it is all ready for next year! Heck I may just leave it out all year round!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Caught a pic

Been so busy working that I still don't have any new projects to share. But while working today I caught our woodpecker in a picture. So today's post is just our friend Mr. Woodpecker.

Hopefully one day while working I'll catch Mr. Bluejay or The Cardinals! Yes M, H, J and E - I'm a dork.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Whats your choice

So I have a quilt back from the quilters (I'm not showing the whole thing until I get the binding on - but it isn't hard to tell what it is!). But I"m debating 3 bindings. I do have a favorite I think, but am curious to what your choice is. Above is all 3 bindings in one picture.

So do you think the purple binding:

The middle black with tan design binding:

Or the more subtle black (almost charcoal grey) binding:

And check out the backing fabric! Isn't it cool!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

It's beginning to look like Christmas...

Sorry I've been mia lately! Went out to Delaware to visit mom and my sister for 2 weeks for Thanksgiving. Got home this week and it took a few days just to catch up on home stuff. I did manage to get the tree up this weekend (well today actually) and some Christmas decoration out. Things are looking better around here. Holly is coming home this weekend with Adam for a early Christmas so I wanted it to feel like Christmas.

You can get a small peek at my Christmas Tree skirt. I made this way before I ever knew how to quilt - about 25 years ago. It even has the puffy polyester batting in it! And on the underside you can see where I made the ruffles with white thread! But it has held up over the years and is just part of my tree.

Even got the Christmas quilts up!

And check out my Turkey! Found this pattern at the quilt store by my mom's and had to get it. Couldn't even wait to make it - so did it at my mom's. Not quite done yet - you'll see how it goes together soon.

Also made these fun wine glass coasters there. They were fun and easy to make!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Had to share these 2 photo's

I just had to share these 2 photo's from the wedding. That sunset above - that is real, not a backdrop! Isn't that awesome. I can hear the theme music from Gone with the Wind in the background!

And here are my 3 girls. Don't their dresses with that awesome fall tree behind them look great! And no milkman jokes - yes I have a blonde, a brunette and a redhead!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Aren't these just too cute!

Look at what I've been making for gifts! Miniature thread catchers! I put the rotary cutter next to them so you could get an idea of the size. I'm so excited. They will be perfect gifts and perfect for me to throw in bags and take with me! Aren't they adorable!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Some of my favorite quilts at the show....

Have to share some of my favorite quilts from the show. The above one was SPECTACULAR. Absolutely stunning. And all densely hand quilted. It won 2nd place in the NQA judging for Pieced Bed - Hand Quilted category, and Members Choice for this category. Pieced and Quilted by Denise Groesbeck.

And then there were two amazing Dear Jane Quilts. Just jaw dropping. The above one was also made and hand quilted by Denise Groesbeck. 3rd place in the NQA judging for Pieced Bed - Hand Quilted category.

So you may ask - what got first place in this category? Dear Jane #2! Shar Snellman made this one and it is amazing. The quilting on it is unbelievable. She even dresses up when she shows her quilt and does a lecture on her Dear Jane journey! It is soooo interesting! Not only did Shar get 1st place for this category, she got Best of Show from the NQA judge.

I guess you could get sick of this name - but Denise also had this wonderful Lancaster quilt. This one was machine quilted though - so don't panic! But it did get 1st place in the Bed Pieced - Long Arm Quilted NQA judging category.

And of course one of my favorite quilts because I helped make it for a friend who's parents were sick with cancer and she had gone to live in FL to take care of them. The blocks were from an internet group we belonged to, and I made the Tonya letters on the front and back. I've always loved how it turned out and all the love that was put into it for my good friend. She got the Members Choice for Group Quilt on this one.

Or how about this awesome log cabin carpenter's star! I"ve made this top - but do you think I"ve got it quilted - noooooo. Sharon Wick did an awesome job! She got 3rd place for NQA judging in Pieced Small - Machine Quilted.

How about this unbelievable paper pieced Christmas Star made by Carol Kowalczyk. She got 1st place in the NQA judging for Pieced Small - Machine Quilted. And also got Members Choice for this category.

I think to close this out for today I'll share the Viewer's Choice quilt. Marcia Hilse won Viewer's Choice in addition to 1st place in the NQA judging for Applique - Machine Quilted, as well as Member's Choice for this catgory! Thats all for today!