Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Something Different

We had this fabric at the shop and I knew that we could do something different with it.  The original fabric was a repro from the Marie Webster Collection (I think Georgia Bonesteel designed it).  There were 12 hankies/panel.DSC01712 

So I fooled around with them and did this:


I fussy cut the petals and then appliqued them (machine of course!) onto 6 1/2” blocks.


And this is the little quilt I made.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday’s Tip October 26, 2010

I am back with Tuesday’s tip.

Now I know that everyone has a favorite way of doing flying geese.  I tend to use the technique that the pattern calls for, especially if I am using a pre–packaged kit. That way I am sure I have enough fabric.

Yesterday I made my flying geese the old fashioned way.  That is to say, I placed a smaller square in the corner of the larger rectangle and sewed along the diagonal of the square.DSC01726

After sewing, the directions call for you to cut off the two triangles in the back and then ironing the front triangle back, creating the flying geese block.DSC01728

I do it a little bit differently.  I only cut the back half of my attached square, leaving the rectangle intact.DSC01729

I do this for a couple of reasons. The rectangle is the true measurement of the the flying geese block if I have not been perfect in my sewing.   And since I usually always machine quilt, the bulk of two layers is negligible.


As you can see here, my sewing was not perfect:


And here is the result of yesterday’s sewing:      DSC01735

As you can see, I had a helper who want HIS picture taken!



PS:  The center is not pieced; that is the fabric.  This is a Thimbleberries pattern and kit that I picked up at the shop.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Friends Swap

Khris from Sew Prim Khris is having a Friends Swap.  You are matched with a partner and you send each other goodies for each letter in the word Friends.

I was partnered with Cyndy.  Her blog is Crafty Stitchers and she promptly sent my package last week.  I finished her package this week and sent it out today.

Let’s just say that I wasn’t disappointed when I opened my package today:

Fall Decorations (the kitty is a pin!) DSC01701

Reading MaterialDSC01702

A note book for InspirationDSC01703

Edibles (Chocolate-Yum!!)DSC01704

A New Pattern


Christmas DecoratingDSC01706

And finally, a beautiful Penny Rug Sewn by Cyndy!DSC01707

Cyndy, thank you so much for being such a great partner!  I love everything and I hope you enjoy your package from me!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Where’s Duke?

Where is Duke? 


There he is! DSC01698DSC01696

Duke is Buddy’s friend.  He is a neighborhood dog who is allowed to occasionally wander (I always worry when he is out-I usually bring him home but…)

Anyways he has a wonderful temperament and loves to play with Buddy.  They are almost twins-except Duke is a lot bigger than Buddy. They look like father and son when they play together.

We should all have such good friends!

Friday, October 1, 2010

I Did It!

Well, after months of going back and forth, I finally decided to buy this:


I played with one at the shop but I have not yet tried it here at home.  Michael and I looked it over though and I circled the dies I wanted from the brochure for later gift purchases.  The cutter is my early birthday present.

I will let you know how I do!