Friday, September 21, 2018

More inspiration from quilting friends.....




Leslie, shared her Dear Jane quilt, now that it has been quilted...….hand quilted that is!  And finished in 3 months time.




Five thousand and 2 pieces!!!  Well done my friend.


Inspired am I!  Now she is working on her 'a star in a day' project...…and as you can see that has grown expediently!


These adorable little stars are 3 inches when finished, and are hand pieced.


While Leslie was cleaning and organizing her sewing room, she ran across this quilt which was all cut out and in a box.  Now it's completed and so stunning with that chrome yellow.  And yes, it is hand quilted!  This is an old pattern by Kaye England, which both she and I bought many years back.


Beth, has been busily making these croqueted baby blankets.  She decided she can make one every few shows she watches!:-)  They are so sweet.


And she is working on hand quilting this basket quilt which she has pieced and appliqued.


Kathy, finished this quilt by Jan Kingwell called Delilah.


And congratulations to Kathy.....no quilt is really complete without being labeled.


Liz, has been working on these gorgeous blocks from a quilt designed by the very talented designer, Kerry Green.  We missed seeing what she has been working on over the summer, but she was at her cabin still, up in the mountains.


Amish Grace, one of my designs finished also by Liz.


And there is a new baby girl expected, so she is working on this sweet flamingo quilt.  Quite a skilled bunch of quilters to be associated with!

"Give light and people will find the way."
- Ella Baker

Have a terrific week end.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Talented quilters......



Who I am fortunate to call friends.  Our quilt group met this past week and there were some amazing projects shared.


Brittany made this improv log cabin.  She comes up with some amazing deigns of her own using bright and colorful fabrics.


This is another of her sparkly designs.


This is the border which Brittany has chosen for the above design.


And, this is the Tula Pink Halloween quilt which she is also working on.  I believe she said that there will be 9 of these large blocks in all.


Lorraine has been working on this Buttermilk Basin's Halloween pillow...….so clever!


Lorraine does marvelous needle point.  This charming piece definitely has a Mary Englebert look.


She also completed this colorful egg.  It is the second one she has shared with us.


Last but not least of her projects is this nutcracker.


Jennifer had completed this adorable Dachshund quilt...….oh, so cute!


This is the pillow to accompany the quilt.  Love the glasses and all of the colorful sweaters they are wearing.  Notice the quilting, which is comprised of doggy paw prints.


Julie and her sister just completed these cute bunny table toppers.
There were more projects which I will share tomorrow. 

"We can do no great things, only small things with great love." -Mother Teresa

Friday, September 14, 2018

Beautiful Stitches.....


In my last post I said I would show you some up close looks at Judy's stitching on My Cottage Garden design.  It was just thrilling to see her beautiful work.  Karen at Grand Country Quilter's in San Marcos has been teaching creative stitching.






















The stitching speaks for itself!  

I apologize for being absent in my blogging, but life has been busy.  I sold out off all my kits in the first day, and have been busily making more.  Nothing better than listening to beautiful music and working with fabric.  I will hopefully be more present next week.

"We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future." -George Bernard Shaw


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Birds of a Feather.......






Birds Of A Feather, is a new quilt top which I have finished.  Now it needs to be quilted and then the photo taken and the pattern written.  Should be ready in the nest couple of weeks.

This Autumn banner pattern is now available.  It is also being offered as a Bits and Bobs pattern for those on Face Book.  I have been busily making kits and they will be ready later this week.  The kits will include all of the log cabin blocks precut and will also include the binding.


Someone asked about this table topper...….it can be found on my web site and there are kits available also.


While I was staying at Julies, her little sewing group met and they did some show and tell.  This was one of the quilts shown.  It is a Jan Patek design.


Judy finished my Cottage Garden design.  I will share the close up of the blocks tomorrow.  Judy has done some beautiful embellishments.



Judy had also finished this design called Love Shared.  I love how hers turned out.  I also have kits for this on my web site.

And in the spirit of Halloween, she just finished the Wicked Jig wall hanging...…..so cute.


Judy, had been busy finishing projects, and she also had this quilt top pieced.  The 4 seasons are displayed so cleverly on this top.


And this top also.  Judy, has her own quilting machine, so these will be completed most likely when I am back there again.

"The quality of your life ultimately depends on the quality of your relationships.  Not on your achievements, not on your how smart you are, not on how rich you are, but on the quality of your relationships, which are basically a reflection of your sense of decency, your ability to think of others, your generosity." -Ester Perel

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Autumn.....



….has been lingering in the recesses of my mind. I have a new small design which I have so enjoyed creating.  I had it with me while teaching in California and it was well received.  Now the pattern is being written and I'm starting to cut kits, and it will soon be available.  Autumn, will be the first of the 4 seasons which I plan on making, per request of those who have seen this Autumn design.


A celebration of Autumn, and all of the things we love about it.  To me Autumn brings a desire to cozy up my house and prepare for the winter days ahead.  But on the other hand, it is difficult to resist cooler days and enjoying time out of doors.  This season has much that I love, colorful leaves, the little squirrel busily storing away treats in my back yard, and  I love watching him.  Arranging gourds and pumpkins by my front door, to welcome friends and family to home made soups and a totally different kind of cooking...….comfort foods.  This design will be offered as a Bits and Bobs design, and will be announced shortly on Face Book.


While I was in California, I stayed part of the time in Julie Kursave's lovely home.  Julie has been enjoying cross stitching projects.  This charming little basket is from a design created by Stacy Nash. I love it, and tried not to covet this treasure.  As you can see, she has many more patterns for stitching in the background, suggesting many more happy hours spent stitching.


This was attached by a ribbon to the basket.  A sweet place to store your needle.


Here are some more lovely little designs which she has stitched.
 


I believe many of these will be bowl fillers...….special little keepsakes.


"Make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well." -Louisa May Alcott