Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter Eggs



Back before I got hooked on quilting, I enjoyed doing cross-stitch.  Each year I made a different Easter egg featured in various cross-stitch magazines.  Here are a few of my favorites.  Besides cross-stitch there is pulled work embroidery, hardanger and beadwork on the eggs.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Vintage Quilt Top

After 4 or 5 hours crawling around on my living room floor, I finally got this vintage top from the 1930's or 1940's, layered and ready to hand quilt.  I bought it at a local shop where vendors sell vintage and hand crafted items.  The top was hand pieced and was found with two other quilt tops when an old house was cleaned out after the owner died.  No one knows who made the top but it is in excellent shape and probably never saw the light of day once it was finished and put away.   I am not a hand quilter but couldn't bring myself to machine quilt something this old though I was really tempted!  It will take a while to get it done if my sore fingers are any indication.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Heart Projects for Valentine's Day

 After I cut the interlocking hearts for this table topper, about 12" in diameter, I had the 6 inner hearts leftover and decided to use them for another project.  The result was the 19" square wall hanging.  Two more projects that used up more fabric scraps that keep multiplying in the closet!  Both projects were done with machine applique using a blanket stitch on the edges.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Redbird and Berries Mini Quilt

This pattern is a free tutorial on the www.ModaBakeShop.com and was designed by Karin Miller.  When I dug deep into my fabric scraps, I found similar fabrics to the original.  The gray fabrics in the border remind me of a poem about cardinals that I had my first graders copy every February for penmanship practice. They also made 3-D cardinals to hang from the lights.
Feathered Valentine by Martha Ann McCune
A flash of red against the pine!
The cardinal - nature's valentine -
Flies across the gloom and gray
Of a February day -
As fast as any Cupid's dart,
And as scarlet as a heart.
For just a moment he is mine -
This lovely feathered valentine.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Snowman Pillow

This snowman pattern came from Pinterest, originally from "vick-et-pique-et-colle.over-blog.com".  I added the borders and used it for a pillow top.  I really like the lime and purple fabrics that blended well with the blue batik, all scraps from my stash.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Think Snow!

This snowman came from a pattern for a boutique size tissue holder designed by Karla Eisenach for Farmyard Creations.  I put the snowman in a 5 x 7 frame instead and added some metal snowflake buttons in the sky.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Paper Pieced Ornament

While browsing pinterest recently I came upon this ornament on a blog called
stampingwithbluemooncreations.com.  However it was made with a paper craft technique called Iris Folding.  I printed out several of her free patterns and decided to try it with fabric and paper piecing.  While the paper folding method starts at the outer edge and works in, I figured I could do a paper piecing method by going backwords on the 35 marked sections of the pattern, from the high numbers down to one, working from the center out, then sewing right sides together with a backing fabric, turn right side out, press and add the ornament holder by fusing and top stitching. You can embellish with fancy stitching or beads, etc. as desired if you really want to put a lot of time into the project.  You need only a few fabric scraps because the sections are really small.  You can alter the size by leaving off one or two of the last rounds.  I fussy cut the center snowflake piece of fabric.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Mini Flag

Time to switch out my mini flags.  For December I cut out a tree shape and trunk and used blanket stitching to attach to the background.  I used gold metallic thread to sew on a garland using a fancy stitch on my Bernina.  I hand sewed on lots of little beads and a gold star button to decorate my mini tree.  It measures 3 by 8 1/2 inches.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas Welcome Banner

In the past I posted other interchangeable parts that go with this Changing Seasons Welcome Banner.  Here is the Santa face to use in the Christmas holiday season.  The pattern/kit is from Cotton Ginnys.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Gobble Till You Wobble

This 14" x 14" seasonal piece was a fun pattern I bought at Quilting Around Chautaugua in September, one of the best quilt weekends around.  It's a great place to shop lots of quilting vendors and find seasonal projects like this one published by Briarwood Cottage from Idaho Falls, Idaho.  I used my scraps to duplicate similar colors to those on the pattern cover.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November Mini Flag

Time to take down the pumpkin and bring out the Thanksgiving turkey.  This is another mini flag from Wee Ones, from Plays With Wool.  I chose to eliminate the word "Thanks" they had at the bottom of the flag and gave the turkey feet instead. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Felted Wool Pumpkin

This pumpkin project is from the line of mini flag quilts Wee Ones, Standing Tall by Plays with Wool Designs.  It is a 3 1/2 by 8 inch piece done with felted wool techniques but could be done with quilt fabrics appliqued onto the background. There are other seasonal designs available to switch out on the base which my husband made for me.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Apple Harvest #4

This quilt is from the same book as Apple Harvest #3 and was meant to be a pillow cover.  I changed it into a wall hanging.  It is done with the batting exposed behind the top fabrics for the apple and leaves.  All those edges were pinked and quilted down to the backing with a running stitch for the quilting.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Apple Harvest #3

My Apple Pie Mini Quilt comes from the book Two-Hour Mini Quilt Projects by McKenzie Kate. The sunflowers and pie crust are added on to the quilt base for more dimension.  Buttons add more embellishment.