Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nancy's Christmas Gift-- Ssshhh!

You know my very short sister is very hard to outfit in clothes that fit her.  She's always asking for me to shorten sleeves and put elastic in them.  She hates pulling warm shirts over her head.  On top of that she's hard on clothes, so we don't buy hand wash or dry clean things.  This pink sweatshirt jacket will be one of her Christmas gifts.  Don't tell!  Putting elastic casings on the sleeves was a big challenge, but I know she'll like it. The neckline is decorated with matching yo-yos.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Great Idea for traveling quilters!

This iron tote opens up to reveal an ironing pad - great for workshop and mini retreat days.  The pattern is "Caddy Pad" by Sisters' Common Thread and the pattern came with the heat resistant fabric.  It is also a safe way to take home a still-warm iron.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Crazy Quilt Pumpkins

These crazy quilt pumpkins are from a pattern by Sew Cherished.  When the water soluble stitch guides didn't look right for the wool pumpkin, I did my own crazy stitches over the seams.  I made the pumpkkin again with orange cottons and the stitching tapes worked beautifully. I also did the stem differently (correctly???) on the orange pumpkin.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Eager Students

Some of the local quilting friends got together recently to learn needle-turn applique. As you can tell by the smiles on their faces, everyone had a great time and went home eager to use the tips and techniques they learned on more applique projects. Thanks to Sylvia S. and Louise H. for being so willing to share their expertise!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Leaf Bowls

What a fun and easy way to use scraps and end up with a beautiful fall bowl!  The pattern is Natural Inspiration Leaf Bowls by Kristine D. Poor of Poorhouse Quilt Designs and uses Inn-spire to mold the bowl shape.  I'm going to enlarge some other holiday shapes and use this method to create bowls for other seasons.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hung up on chickens...

After making a similar mini-quilt I am giving away, I decided to make this one for me to keep because I loved how the project turned out, just using scraps I had on hand.  I already have a third chicken project done for the Challenge section of our September Quilt Show at the Gmeiner in Wellsboro, PA  and am working on number four with these colorful chickens as the focus.  They are addictive!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A quilt for my husband

 I made this quilt for 'Joe, the Tool Man", aka my retired shop teacher husband, for Christmas.  The idea for the quilt came from a 1995 Debbie Mumm book entitiled "Quick Country Christmas Quilts.  It hangs on the door leading to his basement workshop. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fun Hats For a Good Cause

A few weeks ago, a group of local stitchers helped Joyce makes fleece hats for children in the cancer ward at a PA hospital. The hats keep the children's heads warm while they are going through their treatments (and hopefully, put a smile on their faces as well). In three days, the busy group made a total of 58 hats (not all shown). Nice job, ladies!

Photos courtesy of Kelly Jackson at I Have a Notion.

Friday, February 10, 2012

More Scrappy Valentines

These hearts are a fun way to mix and match leftover fabric, ribbons and trims, buttons or beads. I have also made individual hearts to send as valentines to my granddaughters.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Scrappy Valentines

This is a great way to use up odds and ends of fabric just in time for Valentine's Day. Hearts do not need to be red or pink! This project came from Two-Hour Mini Quilt Projects by McKenzie Kate. This can be adapted to any size.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Alexander's Quilt

Some very good friends have a new grandson so, of course, he needed a quilt. Unfortunately, his mid-November birthdate was a time challenge until I went to a quilt shop in Lafayette, LA. I had been told his room was being decorated in a jungle theme. This quilt shop had a wonderful wide stripe of jungle animals. There was also a coordinating leaf print. Anya had shown me this simple stripey quilt and I knew I had a winning combination!