I totally stole this from Mme. Samm over at Sew We Quilt.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Living in Michigan, it has been a very, very long winter. Yesterday was our first “real” spring day. It was lovely! It got into the mid-sixties and it was so awesome to finally open the windows and blow out all the stale winter air from the house! I even have a couple of pictures to prove that Mother Nature has finally shaken off her mantle of cold in my neck of the woods.
A flutterby (moth)
…and my first Crocus of the season!
Looking at this picture, I can see that I need to get some weeding done. I’m so bad about that. But, it will make the flowers look so much better. I can’t wait for my Daffodils to bloom!!!
Friday, April 5, 2013
In my Husband’s family there is a tradition of making a quilt comprised of quilt blocks made by family members for a newly married couple. The quilt is gifted at the bridal shower to the bride-to-be. Mine, which I received 27 years ago, is, well, to put it nicely…ugly. The block my Mother made is very pretty though. She did an embroidery piece, which really means a lot, because, my Mom doesn’t like to embroider even though she did a lovely job.
As a result of my seriously ugly quilt (some of the blocks look like they were pieced with old clothes…blech…), I have always made a point of making the blocks I create for the quilts that much nicer.
My favorite Niece, whose wedding I will be in this summer…great story, I’ll tell you about it later…wants a vintage theme for her quilt. So, here is my answer to the “perfect” block for it:
It is a hand appliqué block from a freebie by Erin Russek over at One Piece at a Time. I love her patterns! I think my Niece will be pleased!
Friday, March 29, 2013
Well this is the last day of our hop! It was fun to do and I really look forward to doing another one in the future! Thanks to Mdm Samm and to Jane Remus for organizing it!!!
Sharon @That Other Blog
Patricia @That Other Blog
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I have been so sick the last month it’s not funny. I started with a pinched sciatic nerve which turned into a severe reaction to the steroid they gave me. Then I moved into bronchitis and wouldn’t you know it…had a bad reaction to the medication they gave me for that! It sure makes being sick harder when you are afraid that the “cure” is going to make you even more miserable than the illness!!!
Well, enough whining…here is my project for the “Stitch Me Up” blog hop:
I have had this fabric, Lil’ Miss Sew & Sew by Dan Morris sitting in my stash for some time now. I just didn’t quite know what to do with it and didn’t really want to cut into it…you know how it is! Well, I was holding on to it for a good reason. When I received the patterns for this blog hop, “Nana’s chair” by Debbie Martinez jumped right out at me. A match made in heaven!
I embroidered everything using different numbered strands of DMC floss depending on the look I was going for. I used lace trim flowers that I hand colored with markers in place of the embroidered flowers. The lace on the back of the chair is actually my first attempt at satin stitch…not the greatest, but still not bad for a first attempt. The buttons are also hand colored using markers to match the flowers. I added a hand embroidered border around the block to add extra detail and pull the whole project together. After everything was sewn together I did some minor quilting and then added the binding by hand. The finished size on the wall hanging is 39” x39”
Over all I am very pleased with how my wall quilt has turned out. I even have a couple of squares left from the panel to make matching pillows for the couch the quilt will hang above.
Thanks to Jane, Mdm Samm and all the wonderful designers for organizing this fun blog hop!
Make sure you visit the other participants for today!
Kristin @That Other Blog
Robin @That Other Blog
Jane's Fabric and Quilts
Dexterdays The WorldThrough Our Window
thistle creek cottage
Just Sew Sue
Co mne bavi...
life, quilts and a cat too
Read, quit, cook, pray
Shade Tree Quilting
Only two more days of our blog hop after today! Make sure you tune in here tomorrow as that will be my day to reveal my project!!!
WEDNESDAY MARCH 27TH
Judy @That Other Blog