Sunday, November 18, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bright Christmas Cheer

The ground was covered in sparkly frost this morning as I took Maddie to school.  It won't be long until snow.  We had a few flakes leisurely falling from the sky the other day.  Winter seems to come out of nowhere, one day you wake up and the grass is covered.  Today the sun is shining brightly.  I've got spaghetti sauce and meatballs cooking on the stove and the house is already smelling good at ten in the morning.  

I have three quilt tops completed for the art hop next month.  I plan on making one more with the fabric above.  Bright colors are speaking to me right now as well as retro Santa's.  I need to get busy quilting these as I hope to make a couple of pillows, some elf dolls and tote bags.  Its crunch time but I'm not concerned.  Whatever is done is what I'll take to sell.  Are you working on anything for Christmas?


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Work in Progress

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?…


Monday, November 12, 2012

Pretty Cups ~ Elves ~ Giveaway Winner

I'd like to congratulate Mimi on winning my November Giveaway!
I have sent you an email Mimi ~ enjoy!

I had a fun time sewing row six of Lori's row along.  When I was finished I noticed that the pink gingham cup was screaming for detail so I appliqued a rose I cut from a piece of fabric.  Now it's my favorite cup!

A close second to the rose cup is this pale blue dog and cat print.  It is a very old piece from my stash, but I love it!  I wish I had more.  I'm not even sure what it is.  I adore any print that looks vintagey!

The last couple of days have been spent getting the cafe windows ready for Christmas.  I painted these little elves on the windows and I like how they came out.  Our orange elf looks like he is hanging an ornament on the tree.

My Mom has painted the windows in her home ever since I was little.  After she drew the design on, she would let my brothers and I paint a small part of the window.  I thought about those windows a lot as I was drawing the elves.

In case you were wondering, the tree is really that bright!  It is covered in cupcake ornaments that Nancy has collected as well as been gifted with over the past few years.  We are getting quite a reaction from customers.  The children love it!  Wishing you a day that is merry and bright!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

November Giveaway

Today marks the 11th monthly giveaway from Sewn With Grace.  We are down to the last two.  I can't believe how fast this year has passed.  This giveaway will help you get creative for Christmas.  One winner will receive:

My entire fabric scrap stash
The book, "Tilda's Christmas Ideas" by Tone Finnanger
A handknit Christmas heart by me

To enter:
Be a follower of Sewn With Grace
Leave one comment on this post

Since it's the middle of the week, I will leave this giveaway open until Sunday, November 11 at midnight and announce the winner on Monday, November 12. 


Monday, November 5, 2012

Flying Geese

Today I got caught up with row five of Lori Holt's Row Along Quilt.  I had been dragging my feet on this row because I am not a fan of making flying geese.  My points always seem to get cut off and end up looking wonky.  I knew that if I followed Lori's method I would have success so I just went for it. These are little geese, 1 1/2" x 2 1/2".  From what I can tell, I didn't lose one point, yea!!!  

As I've said before, one of the things I love most about this quilt is that we don't know what it will end up looking like.  When I choose fabrics I'm not even sure of how the rows will come out but so far I am loving it.  It's not too late to join the row along and get caught up.  I always look forward to the next row.  Sweet blessings today!  Be sure to stop by tomorrow for November's Giveaway!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Color Wheels

Thank you for all of your kind words about my "Sugar Rail" quilt.  It was very fun to make and will be hard to part with.  For those who asked about the pattern, I cut my strips 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" and then put four together.  I alternated the direction of each block.  I did six blocks across and seven blocks down. It is a quick sew and packs a lot of punch.  I want to show you the second quilt top I finished today. This pattern is from the book "Scrap Basket Sensations" by Kim Brackett.  It is the "Over Under" pattern. I left off the border because I wanted a smaller quilt.  This one measures 50" square. 

This fabric is an old line by Alexander Henry called "Willow".  I had quite a bit of scraps left over from another quilt.  I used up every bit except for some pieces of the dark green mushroom print.  The yellow and white gingham makes for a fun touch and I will hand quilt this one.  I'm going to use some fun bright variegated thread.  I can hardly wait to get started.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Sugar Rails

On the first Friday of the month our downtown area hosts an event called "Art Hop".  Each business has the option of participating.  An artist is chosen for each business and gets to have an exhibit of their work as well as pieces for sale.  My friend, Nancy, who owns the restaurant "The Garden Gate Cafe" has asked me to be her artist for December.  I was very reluctant at first but then agreed.  I wasn't sure that I would have enough time to prepare.  Sometimes a little push is what's needed and she provided that.  So here is the first quilt that I will be selling.  I'm calling it "Sugar Rails".  I have used some of my most favorite fabrics, everything from Lecien to Tanya Whelan, to Cath Kidston.  It's a simple rail fence block yet the fabrics make this quilt.  Now to hand quilt or machine quilt?  What do you think?

With joy,

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Apples in a Row

I took some time yesterday and this morning to get caught up on the Row-A-Long quilt by Lori Holt. This is row 4 - a row of adorable apples.  You can get the instructions for this block here.  No matter how long I've been quilting, I always learn something new and this was no exception.  The importance of pressing was paramount with this block.  I also didn't pay attention to the direction of the white squares on the leaves so that my leaves are going in a different direction than Lori's.  In this instance it is not a big deal, but for another quilt it could have resulted in a lot of ripping out.  It's always a good idea to sew one and check it against the pattern to see if it's correct.

When I started this project, I decided not to use any red in my quilt, focusing on pink in place of the red.  As much as I tried, I didn't like making a row of apples without having red ones.  So I found some red fabric in a complimentary shade (Celebration by Brenda Riddle) to add in.  Now I have to be sure to place it strategically in the rest of the quilt so that it blends well with the overall look.  I like the red, it gives a bit of pop to the softness of the overall look.  I also had some fun adding Lori's gray words from her new Polka Dot Stitches line to one of the apple core blocks.  View her line of fabric here.  It's so good to be caught up today!