Friday, February 22, 2013

Quilts, Beautiful Quilts

When I was younger I enjoyed making quilts for my home.  I still appreciate and love the quilts that I see at places like Country Sampler in Spring Green, but I don't have the sewing skills to make these wonderful creations anymore.  A few years ago, a family member gave me a kit to make a lovely Log Cabin Quilt that I had admired.  I dutifully washed the fabrics and started cutting up the strips.  After all, I made a pretty log cabin quilt a long time ago for one of my daughters.  But, reality came crashing down as I was cutting the strips........they were only 1" wide.....seriously, what was I thinking???  So, away in the cupboard all of the pieces went.  Then, my friend and fellow enabler, Judy, told me about her quilt instructor.  Denise M. was wanting to start a "piecing" business.  Denise recently finished the piecing and it is wonderful.  I now need to find someone to do the longarm quilting and it will be ready to display.

The photo doesn't do this justice...........any ideas of how it should be quilted?

As long as I am confessing my quilt obsessions, I'll share another quilt that Denise pieced for me.  This one is a Blackbird Design for Halloween and the kit also came from Country Sampler.  I have wool stars and pumpkins pinned onto it and am ever so slowly stitching them down.  I need to get back to work on this so it is ready for next fall!

Ok, ok, I do have another quilt that I want to work on.  It's "A Primitive Garden" by Lisa Bongean.  Lisa owns Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop.  A photo of the completed quilt is shown on page 7 of "Our Designs".  I love the combination of wool applique on cotton background fabrics.  This previously was one of her block of the month designs, so I have all the supplies to do this, just need to complete a few other projects first!!!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Beautiful Sarah

Is anyone else still having trouble with blogger?  This post was supposed to go out last week!  And most of my post was deleted and the photo removed.  Oh well, it could very easily be operator error!
Beautiful Sarah Spurr is finished!  This is a record for me, slightly over a month to finish her.  After all she is a smallish design. 

I've ordered a frame from Lynn's and as a treat to myself, I'm having them lace it for me.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Progress on Sarah

Hello from frigid's -3 degrees this morning.  Between 19" of snow in December and now the super cold Canadian temperatures, it's turning out to be a winter for the record books!  Where is global warming when you need it?!?  Of course, the positives are lots of indoor time for stitching and reading. 

I'm making nice progress on Sarah Spurr by Carriage House.  Sarah has been an enjoyable stitching experience.  I love the Needlepoint Silks that I'm using.  I love her dress and the little detail just to the left of the camera won't take a good close up of this, but trust me, it's very pretty.  Unfortunately now I'm thinking that I should use more silks than DMC or Anchor floss.  My poor pocketbook!   Here's my progress so far.

I should be working on my challenge piece for Nicola's Scarlet Letter Challenge, but haven't started it.  Lots of gorgeous sampler posts taking place on the first and second blogs.  Check it out.

I did make a tiny start to my Ann Bowers Sampler.  It's a stitch along with the Attic in Arizona.  I'm already behind on this one....but that's no surprise.