Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hearthside Seasons

Here is my version of Kim Diehl's holiday freebie.
It was first brought to my attention by my quilting friend, Deb, and then I saw Karen's version here.
My applique is done in wool and I changed the placement of some of the holly leaves.
You can find the pattern here and the applique templates here.
My goal was to get it finished before the end of the month for Darlene's and Cheryl's 
Christmas Through the Year.
I don't think I will make it, but I do have at least one more gift almost done for the rapidly approaching holiday.  My goal is to enjoy the season and not stress the whole gift giving thing. I like the idea of giving gifts for local services and/or sold by local small businesses.
Needless to say, I did not shop on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

Now,
it is time to decorate the house!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

This and That

I am on a winning streak!
This time it is this awesome pattern from Linda of 
Click on her blog name to see the quilt up close. 
Both her design and the quilting are exquisite.
Her pattern reproduces one of the quilts from the 
Infinite Variety Show.
Perhaps this will inspire me to finish my red and white quilt.

The weather cooled down dramatically and I mustered enough energy to sew the binding on Pinwheels for Caroline.  I love scrappy bindings, so I chose to do this one in black scraps...perhaps not my best idea. However, I am using up my stash, which was my original goal with this quilt.  The one good decision I made was to go with a wool batt.
I love the texture and it hasn't been washed yet!
Ignore the dark stripe running across the quilt...poor photo.

Block 4 of PFH is done.
The BOM instructor gave us a new stitch for the stem.
She plans to show us a few more variations, 
so I will try all of them and then choose my favorite.
BTW, the #42 teal I ordered was the wrong color.
  It is so hard to tell from the pics on the computer the true color of the thread.  
So, my clorox lightened thread will just have to suffice...it is the thread on the darkest petals.

Company is coming!
Next week my DD and I will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner, as well as out of town guests.
Lots of work to get the house and all the meals prepared.
So, I will wish everyone a 
Happy Thanksgiving
now.   

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Small Quilt Show

Taryn,
is having a small quilt show.
This is my entry.
This is my small version of a quilt designed by Kim Diehl.
My goal was to use scraps of some of my favorite reproduction fabrics.
It finishes at 12 1/2" x 12 1/2".
It is on display in my sewing room along with my grandmother's scissors, a gifted saltbox pincushion,
my featherweight machine and an antique picture of my father.
Hop on over to Taryn's to see the other small quilts exhibited.