Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hexagon Love

And here I have been thinking I made so many but really I haven't. I need to get busy. It is enjoyable though. I'm using the stamp system to make them and it's so easy really. It's so much easier than cutting out paper pieces and fabric pieces. . . to me anyway :0)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Antique Quilt

I was recently gifted this quilt. It belonged to my great grandmother. I was just overcome. It is such a beautiful quilt. I will have to load a close up of the quilting. It is amazing and all done by hand.
The quilt had a large brown circle on it as well as brown lines along it's folds. I soaked it in Vintage Textile Soak (recommended by my LQS) and all the stains disappeared. I couldn't be happier with this product.
Now my question is does anyone know the name of this pattern?

Here is a t-shirt quilt I also finished recently for a Georgia graduate.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bird Watching and a little quilting

I've had my camera posted at my back door aimed at the feeder lately. I'm starting to enjoy watching the visitors to the feeder. Its the same ones day after day. I am a novice at this so forgive me if I incorrectly named these. I identified them using the Cornell Institute's Ornithology Lab. A great site for birding.
Brown Headed Nuthatch and Tufted Titmouse
Female Cardinal
The cardinals are so skittish it's hard to get them on camera.

House Finch

Tufted Titmouse
One of my favorites. I think his crest gives him a jaunty look and he's just so cute!
White Breasted Nuthatch
This little fellow digs through the feeder and throws everything on the ground till he gets to the corn. That's all he wants.
But I still found time to finish this memory quilt for a customer.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Wow! I've been lax.

I've been very lax about posting. I have quite a few updates though. I finished the Thimbleberries Home and Garden quilt to give to my mother-in-law. I had completed the top some time ago (as in about 2-3 years ago) and decided I did not like it. The large floral prints just do not appeal to me so I put it away. She loved it though so that worked out wonderfully. I quilted it and gave it to her. This is a block from my LQS Saturday sampler. It's a lovely quilt when finished and I'm very excited about working these blocks. I picked up some crossstitch again over the Christmas holidays. I haven't done any cross stitching in so long but I enjoyed doing it again. This is Cranberry Pinafore by Shepherd's Bush. I now have it framed so I will have to get that picture up.
I'm hard at work on Winter Wonderland by Crabapple Hill. This is a UFO that I started a couple years ago and put down for one reason or another. I have decided this yearI will finish several UFOs and this is number one to finish.
And last but certainly not least something new. As you know I make quite a few t-shirt and memory quilts. This is the first time I've done a calendar quilt. This quit was made from calendars that a customer's mother had collected over the years. They began in 1978! It was challenging to develop the layout as they are so long and narrow and she did want them all on one quilt. I decided to do front and back.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Red Boots dollies

I've made several of these dolls from a lovely pattern by Toni of the Red Boots Quilt Company. Her patterns are just darling and so easy to follow. Here are just a couple of the dolls I've made from her Blogging Buddies pattern as Christmas presents. These are for my daughter and my niece. My daughter got hers early and named her Ginger because she has gingerbread boots on. :0) She has another couple coming but doesn't know it yet. Those are wrapped and under the tree. Thanks, Toni, these are the cutest (and most loved already) dolls ever!!

Quilts for Kids

Have you heard of this organization, Quilts for Kids? You can learn more by clicking on the name. It's a wonderful organization that gives quilts to children in hospitals. I want to start a chapter in my area in order to send the quilts to the local children's hospital. In the meantime, I am making quilts and sending them to HQ. They will send you the kit (or you can use your own materials). You just add batting and quilt it and return it. They do ask that you quilt it pretty heavily since it will be used and washed a lot and that you wash it before returning it. Here is my first finished quilt for them. It took no time at all. It was a very simple pattern. Won't you consider sharing your talents and making one as well?
Downy sponsors this organization and they'll send you a tag to include with your quilt.

A Boy's Story Finished

All finished and quilted. You can see how happy the recipient is.

And close ups of the finished quilt: