Tuesday, August 14, 2012
There has been so much going on here in the past couple of weeks that I haven't been able to sit long enough to write a proper post and fill you in. My husband has taken a new job, one that is veering him off his normal path and on to something new. It will require us to be apart for an extended time period but in the end we will all be together and moved to a new city about and hour and a half from where we currently live. I apologize for being so vague, but I'm not sure what is proper to share online. I am currently in the process of getting the house ready to put on the market. This week I will participate in a very large barn sale at the farm where we host weddings. My employer is also embarking on a new adventure. After this September we will no longer be hosting weddings at the farm. The farm is officially up for sale. They have decided to focus on their new restaurant and will be moving closer to it. We have five weddings in September and then we will be shutting down our business. I will be updating you as we venture down this new path. I could'nt do it without you. Your support and encouragement have been such a blessing and I plan on taking you with me every step of the way. In the meantime, plan on lots more sewing and quilting. I'm thinking maybe it's time to make some inventory and look for a place to sell my creations in my new hometown. Time to take a deep breath, grab your hand and go...
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
The winner of the August giveaway is
Audrey from Four Houses Down
"I am a follower and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this travel trailer fabric.
We have a camper (going this weekend as a matter of fact) and I
absolutely love this! It would make a cute lap quilt for the camper
or a tote to haul my stuff that I can't leave at home!"
Congratulations Audrey! Please email your mailing info
Monday, August 6, 2012
Good morning friends! It's time for our August Giveaway! This is month is all about summer and enjoying this last month before the cold weather sets in. Michael Miller's fun fabric, "Trailer Travel", is my inspiration. I've included a white with aqua dot for background and six other pieces of fabric to round out a pretty summer quilt. The book this month is "Fun Quilts" by Me and My Sister Designs. The book has plenty of colorful inspiration to get you sewing!
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The giveaway will end Thursday, August 9, at midnight.
The winner will be announced by Random Generator on Friday, August 10.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
I'm working on a fun quilt for a special couple. This pattern came from Paisley Pear Quilts and is fun and quick to make. I don't get to work with batiks very often so I'm enjoying all the fun pretty colors. Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
I indulged in a little shopping recently. I've been very careful since January with any sewing related purchases. I visited Trish's etsy shop for the "Fly A Kite" charm packs and she so graciously sent me some fabric to go with it. Is is not the sweetest prints? I found the cute Japanese fabric with the teacups and mice at Superbuzzy, and wanted to give their perle cotton a try. I must tell you, these two books are just fabulous. I highly recommend them. I believe that "Sunday Morning Quilts" may have altered forever the way I look at scraps and "A Passion for Quilting" is equally as inspiring. Have you made any fun purchases lately?
Monday, July 30, 2012
Last week when I was on my mini vacation, I had the opportunity to duck into an antique store. I was able to browse pretty quickly because most things were just ridiculously priced. I often wonder if dealers really want to sell their items. I rounded a corner and saw a shoe box with some quilting fabric in it. On further inspection I realized I had quite a treasure in my hands. I knew instantly that this box would be coming home with me and that I would be completing this hand pieced quilt top. Each octagon is about 4 inches wide. The little kite shaped pieces are tiny with hundreds of them already cut. As you can see from the photo, many of the pieces have been made into star blocks already. The fabric is amazing, feedsacks to muslin to calicos. I have about 1/2 yard of the white fabric. The box housed three templates made from cardstock, probably made from a box of some sort and a thimble and chalk. While watching the olympics, I sewed a few more stars to the quilt top and had the deep satisfaction of continuing the work of a kindred soul.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
I have a very bad habit of throwing thread on the floor. I little clip here and a little snip there and I think I can just sweep it up later. Well, picture me with sharp objects trying to unclog my vacuum cleaner the other day. Not a pretty sight and what a waste of precious sewing time! I remember that I had purchased a pattern for a thread catcher/pin cushion years ago. Yes, you read that right, years.
I chose some of my favorite Japanese prints as well as other pretties from my stash. The pattern came with the tubing that feeds through a casing which holds the little bucket open. Now I have no excuses for my laziness and can keep the sharp objects away from electrical appliances!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
I feel like I've been gone for weeks but it's only been a few short days. I took a mini vacation away from home and got to play in the sand and refresh myself in the waves. There is nothing like summer on the shores of Lake Michigan. Of course there's nothing like winter here too, but I'm not thinking of that right now.
I completed my Great Granny quilt top. I'm so pleased with the way it came out. The cherry fabric I used for the sashing and borders is one of my favorite go-to prints and I always have it in my stash. It is from JoAnn fabrics and is really a good quality quilting cotton. It pairs so well with the "Sew Cherry" fabric by Lori Holt and compliments the aqua around the blocks so nicely. The quilt measures at a 50" square. I can hardly wait to get it into the hands of my quilter/friend Mary. I have some fun things planned for the back to use up the leftover 2 1/2" squares. I'm trying to decide if I should bind it in red with white polka dots or use the same cherry fabric. What do you think? When I look at this quilt I think of summertime and picnics, cherry picking and all the cherry orchards I pass when I travel home to see my family here in Michigan.
Have a blessed day today!
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
I made a bit of progress this morning. Here are blocks five and six for my Great Granny Square quilt. Be sure to stop by Flickr to see all the beautiful blocks submitted in the Great Granny Along. Have a wonderful day doing something you love with someone you love!
Thursday, July 19, 2012
This is block number four for the Great Granny Along by Bee In My Bonnet. I've been having fun with it but haven't been able to make as many as I would like this week due to custom orders and appointments. I do have all the pieces cut for the blocks so I can lay one out and work on them as I get a chance.
Here is all four blocks together. I really like how it is coming along. I am aiming for nine blocks total so that I can finish it according to Lori's instructions. Hope you are having a good day friends, it is dark and rainy today ~ perfect for sewing!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I had my recheck with the surgeon today and received a clean bill of health! Yippee! Other than some tenderness and bruising, I'm good to go. On the way home from the doctor it started to rain. I can't tell you what a welcome sight that was. I stood in my garage and watched it come down, so thankful the plants could get a good drink. The aprons were made by the extremely talented hands of Renee at My Vintage Mending. Renee's Etsy shop is now open, be sure to stop by and snatch up some pretties while they are available.
Monday, July 16, 2012
I believe that this quilt, as tiny as it is, might be my favorite quilt yet. I used Trish's tutorial here to make the blocks. I used some of my most favorite Lecien fabric as well as other prints from my stash. It is hand quilted using hand quilting cotton thread. All washed and crinkly, it is ready to hold a someday precious grandchild.
Recently I found this vintage crib sheet with matching pillowcase. Don't they look darling together? Be still my heart…