Wednesday, October 26, 2016

2 Small projects

I've been taking it kind of easy..I hurt my finger the other day.

One is just a panel I found in a drawer, yep, forgot it was even there..I hand quilted it, added ric~rac & called it a day.

The second one is a table topper I machine quilted. Allover freeform leaves & vines. Did some twirly green embroidery for the pumpkins & embroidered black around each pumpkin. Just to give it dimension..The binding is a green, although its coming across as black.

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I'm adding a pic just for fun..
This is my sweet Erik I'm holding..He's 24 yrs. old now.

This has to be one of his first Halloweens..We Always had a Blast Trick or Treating. Every year it got better & better. So much Fun.

Blessings to Everyone

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Autumn in Massachusetts

I Love living in New England for so many reasons, but Autumn is right up there at the top.
These trees are all in our yard..Sugar Maples, Red Maples, Hazelnut is yellow, Swamp maple.
The Purpurea Beech is a dark purple. Pretty much what it looks like all year. The walnuts have turned Gold.
 This is our big Red Maple.
Took this pic standing in front yard.
Big Tree.

  Hazelnut Tree

****Oh and BTW, I received an email from Leeann at Scraptastic Tuesday****

Also I've finished my Decembers Monthly mini quilt...
You know I had to decorate the tree right?!!
Jingle Bells, Paillets, 'Lights' & shimmery Snowflakes.
The Paillets look like Christmas balls to me.
This could be Cindi Lou Who's Tree

Yes, it looks like Cindi Lou Who's tree, well maybe if the top was bent over.

Blessings to Everyone.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Stitching, Stitching!

I'll be busy today embroidering my November Mini Quilt. Sewing the binding down in the back. I know, but I like to do it that way. Also sewing a hanging sleeve to the back..I worked on this all day yesterday..
    I machine appliqued the first 2 words in a autumn colored variegated thread..when I was done with that, I didn't like it..I liked most of the colors in the thread but there was one very dark burgandy that just didn't look good with everything was too dark.
So, what to do? Yes, I did it all over again with a soft medium brown thread & a slightly wider zig zag stitch...Took me awhile to pick a color thread that would look good with all the colors of the letters...If you know me, I always trip up on color.
I will be embroidering the tassel on the top of the cornstalk, the lines & vines in the pumpkin, and the leaf tendrils at the top.

 ***Here's the finished piece.***

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I've had this vintage fabric for a very long time. Actually forgot I had it. You know how when you put something away, you forget about it. When I found it I was so happy. I immediately sat down to start embroidering..also added the black gingham to frame it. That was the only color gingham I could find. Now that I see it, I do like it.
Added a few buttons & beads to secure it to the backing because I didn't want to quilt it for obvious reasons.

I do Love these vintage kitchen characters.
Too cute. I have to find a place to hang this in my kitchen...Hmmm.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Borders are on!

Ok, FINI!!               

 Glad this one is done.
'Listen To The Trees, Wind + Water. The Earth Is Singing'
Love, Love that phrase.
           It measures 84" X 76"
                              The Earth Is Singing.

                               Trees, Wind + Water

       Now that I'm done I need to do something easy, NOT the scallop border for my Allietare, I'll save that for another day.

I think Novembers' monthly mini will fit the bill. All 12 minis are from Patchabilities..she has lots of different sets plus other things.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


I wanted to post an update on my border progress. I'm on my LAST WORD!...of the LAST border! Yippee!

These are the blocks that I received in our Block Swap.

 It's harder than it looks in my opinion..I'm struggling to make them wonky & still fit the top..well, I can say I gave it a go anyway. Got it out of my system.

 I Love the phrase.

Friday, October 7, 2016

A Fini! And another Start!

This is my fini wall hanging for October from Patchabilities.
  I added in the ghost, bat, crescent moon, buttons & beads.
  Used some iridescent thread to applique Ghost, and a metallic thread for the Jack~O~Lantern. So glad I added to it, otherwise it would have been too plain for me.

The spider web, spider legs & chains for the signs are hand embroidered.

                   I'm Linked to WIPS Be Gone!
                   Can I Get a Whoop Whoop!
                       Busy Hands
                       Slow Sunday Stitching

    A few years ago I was in a Swap with a bunch of Ladies. We swapped 8" String blocks, scrappy of course. With the 60 I received I used 56 to make this....sorry for the crummy pic. I took it w/my notebook.
Then I was thinking of borders....I remembered Tonya Ricucci's book I had purchased from Bonnie's shop a few years ago.
& flipped through it for inspiration. I've always wanted to make words like that. Funky, wonky style. just so different for me.

   This is part of the top border...goofy, but fun.
I ripped this apart didn't like it all. Took that ugly corner block off completely. I'm appliqueing leaves in the corner blocks I think..and if I want to fit my phrase I'll have to make the letters smaller & skinnier..
***2nd UPDATE***
Turns out my name border will fit the side of the quilt perfectly, so I'll do that. I did change it up a bit though..Hey, I'm a Gemini, what can I say.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Barbara Brackmans Threads of Memory 2014 BOM

Here is my flimsy quilt. cornerstones are presidents & I mitered the border. 60* angles, applique & y seams. Lots of re-sizing the templates. Lots of fussy cuts too, which is so fun...She asked me to send her a pic of it!

Linked to Oh Scrap!
                 Let's Bee Social
                 Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?
                 Busy Hands Quilts

And here's a quick pillowcase I made this morning using my girlfriend Vics tutorial here.

          Here's one I just made for my Mr.