Thursday, January 22, 2015

Happy Quilt on a dreary day...

The weather outside is very cloudy/grey/dreary and just not good for outside photos so I thought I would dig out my favorite thrift market find quilt and show you a few blocks...
 I have had this quilt 15 years or more.  I bought it at a Christmas Craft Bazaar at a local church for 40 dollars.  I call it my Happy Quilt because the colors and fabrics just dance, I love it so.  Ironically, it also makes me sad because although it was lovingly made and hand quilted there is no label to tell us who made it and when.  And some family sold their heirloom seemingly not interested in it's tie to their heritage.  My uneducated guess is maybe the 1940's or 1950's?
 I hope it brings you a smile, as it does to me...I will try to get a full picture of the whole thing when the weather is better, if you like?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Tammy For All Seasons- My Day!

I am so grateful to be included in this first Sew We Quilt blog hop of the year!  A great big thank you to Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt and Sew We Stitch  as well as to Mary of I Piece 2 for getting us all coordinated. 

 The designers for this blog hop are Madame Samm who designed the wonderful Tammy Bag pattern; Brooke Nolan of Brooke Books Publishing who designed the quite detailed but "beginner do-able" cross-stitch patterns  and Cori Blunt of Chitter Chatter Designs who designed the oh-so-cute Pinnie patterns.


Here are all of our Hop sponsors with active LINKS....


BEAM N READ ( personal led light)

Brooke's Books ( seasonal vintage counted cross stitch designs)

Chitter Chatter ( applique and embroidered pinnies)

DMC ( threads, bobbins,needles and aida cloth)

H.A.KIDD ( monaco fabric)

MsAppleHeart ( Tammy Bag Pattern and Stick with Me Magnet)

READERS ( best readers on the market for those who need to see their patterns up close and personal) 

SNAP SOURCE  ( great gadget for adding snaps to our bags)

Yarn TREE  ( q-snap frame)
 Here are few of my new gadgets...I wanted the yellow Clover Readers to match the first Tammy Bag I made for an earlier hop...now I have "need" of a red pair to match my new Tammy, lol!!  The Stick With Me magnet is so strong it easily holds my pattern folded small enough to see my place and can still hold my sewing needle as well when I need to park it!!

The Q-Snap frame was a joy to stitch with, lightweight to hold and good tension without leaving marks on the fabric.  The 14 count Aida is perfect for a beginner like me to try my hand at counted cross stitch, and the plastic bobbins and organizer ring keeps the wonderful DMC floss organized and neat withinin my Tammy.  The Beam N Read light combined with the Clover Readers made the cross stitch much easier for my 40 something eyes to complete.  I love that there is no frame on the top of these readers as I can peek about me over the top of them as I stitch :)

And here is my completed Summer Tammy and Pinnie in the snow (only my second Tammy bag but I can tell there may be more!)...pretty obvious why I chose the summer design, is it not, lol!!!  We have several inches on the ground and have had bitter cold.  Can we just pretend we're at the beach and it's 80 degrees F? Please?!



Ah, yes...this is the cold reality here in Indiana...freezing frost...it is beautiful though.

Anyway, back to my Tammy!!  I used some little seed beads in a couple places for embellishment and left off the bathing cap from my stitchery...not sure why but it felt more "me" that way...


A closer look at the pinnie..
I used wool and tiny buttons to embellish...Cori's instructions made it so simple to make my first ever box pleats!!
The back of the pinnie is a great place to store pins or needles and any stray threads as you work...
Here is the back of my Tammy...

Thank you for visiting with me today and please go see all the others sharing the day with me below and give them some great comment love!!

January 19, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Brrrrrrr....when will Spring be here, I am ready!!

 It is really cold here but once in awhile this happens....freezing fog....ahhhhh.....sooooo.....beautiful!







Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy Belated New Year...Time for a new project!

Oh my!  Is it really January 7th??!!  I am a bit tardy to the party but Happy New Year all!!

Our family went through a couple weeks of flu stuff the last of the year into the first part of this year...ugh!  All better now though and ready to CREATE  :)

My first project of the year is this block from Fandom in Stitches, it is the update to the Project of Doom QAL which is a Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt.  I envied this first time around but did not think I had the skills to complete it at the time.  After the Doctor Who quilt finish last year I am much more confident to do this, ha!!

Project of Doom QAL 2015 Block 1

I believe another read of the series may be in order, as well!  The first time I read this book was when my son was an infant...he is now going on 15!  My husband and I took turns reading this and the other first few books to him out loud...yes, he enjoyed it even if he had no idea what we were saying!  My husband and I would try to outdo each other with our voice imitations and inflections and other such silliness...ha!  I believe that is why I am drawn to make this quilt..happy memories!

Anyone else out there tackling this QAL??
 
Now that I have dipped my toe back into paper piecing, I have another project left over from the end of the year that I need to get back to...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas My Friends!!

 My son and I spent the afternoon decorating cookies, believe it or not we never pose these guys but they always look to me as though they are dancing when they come out from the oven!!  Now on to the other foodstuffs :)
Thanks for taking time to read and comment on my little blog, you all bring me such joy!  I wish you all a Merry Christmas my friends!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Christmas quilt plan thanks to a win!

I had the great fortune of winning a terrific giveaway on Norma Whaleys blog Timeless Traditions recently.  She had an extra copy of the French magazine Simply Vintage and sent it on to me :)
I have admired her quilt Silent Night and now I have the pattern, along with the pattern for that great snowman pillow...yay!  She does sell the patterns and kits if you might need one too...I also love her How Does Your Garden Grow pattern...just beautiful!
This is a bundle of blue and green homespun wovens that I have had stashed for more years than I know.  My friends and I went to a quilt show together years ago and bought these kits for a quilt I no longer have interest in making so...they will be perfect to make this quilt  :)

My favorite quilt magazine is Quiltmania and I stalk Barnes and Noble for it's release but I have never seen this one in person.  I think I would love to see B&N carry it also, the pictures are just as beautiful.

Thanks to Norma for such a generous giveaway!!  I am hopeful with a year until next Christmas, I may be able to add this quilt to my other Christmas quilts next year!
 
This is one of my favorites, you can find a bit about this one here...






Tuesday, December 9, 2014

One Last Post on the Doctor Who Paper Pieced Quilt For My Son

My friends, I had so hoped for a more grand picture to show off the finish but it is rainy and muddy and not great weather outside (though I am still doing the no snow yet happy dance daily) so I took the quilt over to our church and spread it out on some tables...maybe the weather will clear and I can get a better one at some point...preferably with my son :)
 Here is my personal favorite block...so much detail and the Dalek looks like it may turn to "look at and/or exterminate"  you at any moment!
 The quilting shows up in well in most blocks and gives it texture but is fairly subtle.
Subtle even on the higher contrast blocks like poor Dave here...I am just constantly amazed as I look at this quilt as to all the detail in these block designsAnd yes, this block is officially the creepiest I have ever made...

 You can see the quilting texture better on the Crack in Time block, perhaps?
Loaded the Converse block twice and it came in sideways both times??  There is always one in the crowd!

 The patterns for the blocks if you too want to take up the challenge can be found here:
 http://www.whimsandfancies.com/
 http://trilliumdesign.blogspot.com/2013/04/is-there-doctor-in-house.html
 http://www.fandominstitches.com/2011/05/doctor-who.html
 http://quietplay.blogspot.com/



A heartfelt thanks to all who have encouraged me on this journey.  Especially all you wonderful designers whose patterns these are!  

And most especially Soma, who let me whine to her on several occasions when I started to lose resolve that I could do this when what I should have said is simply..."You and your patterns are awesome and fantastic and thank you for sharing!!"

I am happy to report that my son is well pleased with his quilt :)  

Mission accomplished, big sigh of relief...now what is next?!!