Yesterday I put the last stitch into this quilt. I used a variegated green perle cotton thread. The colors in the thread went from a barely there soft green to a dark emerald green. The stitching added some dimension to the quilt and an extra pop of color.
I am really enjoying hand quilting. I am surprised by how quickly a quilt can be completed when you work on it a little bit every night. There is something about the "pop" of hiding the knot that is so satisfying. I wouldn't trade my quilter/friend, Mary, for her creativity and beauty that she brings to my big quilts. But for the throw to crib size, I don't mind hand quilting them at all.
I am still keeping good on my promise to myself that for every quilt I take to Mary for machine quilting, I have to hand quilt one myself. I have one more customer t-shirt quilt to complete and then I am back to working on completing the unfinished projects, block of the month and kits that I have accumulated. It will be quite the summer for sewing and I'm looking forward to many hours of happy stitching as well as sharing more fun giveaways with you in the last six months of my monthly giveaway.
My sweet friend, Trish, from Notes of Sincerity posted a tutorial for the Granny Square block the other day. I knew right away I had to try it. I love little quilt squares and this one measures 6 1/2" unfinished. The first one I made using my stash of Lecien's Flower Sugar. I was even able to incorporate the selvedge edge into the block, an idea I just saw on Kristyne's blog Pretty by Hand.
The blocks came together quickly and easily. Trish's directions were very detailed and I really appreciated the tip on how to measure and square off the block, something I struggle with at times. I hope to make a couple of blocks every time I sit down to sew and before long I'll have a pile of pretties to stitch together. Be sure to stop by Notes of Sincerity for other inspiring creations. Trish also has a good list of bloggers as well. She has become such a dear friend to me and it's so fun thatl she is venturing into block tutorials.
At the beginning of the year, my friend, Taryn posted a fun thing on facebook. For the first five people who responded to her status, she would make them a handmade gift. In return, we had to do the same on our facebook page. Recently she presented me with the most amazing hand knit mittens that she made herself. This year I will be ready for our cold Michigan winter. Aren't they amazing?
One of the things I love about quilting, sewing and vintage is that as soon as friends know you love it they bring you the most amazing things! My friend, Char, spotted this quilt top at the second hand store she works at. She so kindly thought of me. The applique on this block is amazing. The stitches are so tiny that you can't even see them. The blocks are machine pieced. It is a large top almost twin size. I'm planning on hand quilting it and could use your help. What would you back it with? Should I look for vintage fabric? Should I use muslin? I'm stumped. I'm stumped as well on what this block is called. It is not Sun Bonnet Sue and I believe that is a rolling pin she's wielding, a bit menacingly I might add. I welcome your thoughts. Don't forget about the giveaway that ends tonight at midnight!
We have been bouncing back and forth between very cool and very hot weather. I'm not complaining, at least it is not snow. The gardens are handling the temperature fluctuations very well and I'm so enjoying the sight of flowers out my windows.
Each summer I excitedly await the arrival of this rose. It is pink on the outside and orange on the inside. As it begins to fade it will change into various shades. I don't know the name of it, but it's a beauty.
We had our first wedding of the season, at Friendship Farm, this past weekend. It had rained for two days straight but Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day. God is in the details and he worked it all out.
Such a wonderful couple, Ashlyn and Brandon. Two of the most easy-going clients I have worked with. There were many personal touches to the wedding made by our creative bride.
It is a very busy month and a good distraction for me as I await my appointment with the surgeon. I hope you don't grow tired of wedding photos because I will have many this wedding season.
It's time for our June Giveaway!! We are half way through our year of giveaways, the time seems to be speeding by. This month I am giving away a quilt kit to make the wonderful Patriotic quilt from Shabby Fabrics, just in time for the Fourth of July. You will receive fabric to make the quilt top, an additional yard of the beautiful novelty fabric and the white shabby box made to store ribbon ( the ribbon pulls out of the key holes).
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I'm having way too much fun with the window display at the cafe. Each month before the first Friday of the month, it gets changed. That Friday marks the downtown area Art Hop where local artists display their work. Hundreds of people frequent this event. I thought it would be fun to decorate the entire window with cupcake liners. From humble paper beginnings to…
accessories! A girl can't have too many purses, can she?
I apologize for the glare. The sun rises on the front of the cafe
and the window is usually ablaze with sunshine!
I'm telling you, it's just way more fun than a girl should have!!
For those of you who have inquired, it's my gallbladder for sure,
waiting on the appointment with the surgeon. Taking lots of meds
Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers. It looks like it's my gallbladder. I will know on Tuesday how to proceed. If it has to come out, I understand that it's a relatively simple surgery. For that I am thankful. I can certainly feel your prayers because today I am pain free - praise the Lord! Want to take a stroll through the garden with me? The roses are in bloom!
It's rainy and cool today, just what the garden needed. This rose has never bloomed before. I didn't even know it was yellow.
I could stand in the garden all day. If I didn't have to compete with the bees, I would park myself in the middle of the roses and hand-quilt.
It's so quiet here today. I'm sitting on the porch as I type this watching the birds go back and forth to the feeder which is just outside the window where I'm sitting.
I've added a fairy garden this year. I'm having more fun with it than a grown-up person should!
The basil and the tomato plants are in. I'm keeping it simple this year. The rest will come from the farmers market. Enjoy your day today!