Monday, June 19, 2017

It's a Wild and Wooly Monday

I have made one of the patterns that I wrote about in my last blog post.  That was a month ago.  Where has time gone?  Anyway, it is a pattern from Buttermilk Basin.  The design is very cute, but the pattern was a little sketchy.  Glad to be done with it and have it sitting on display in my family room.  Using it as a table mat.

I used cotton batting for the sheep's body.  Nice and fuzzy.  
 I used fleece for the head and feet.
 I traced a shape of a star onto freezer paper to make a template for quilting.
 Then I sewed around it versus tracing.  I peeled it off and then used it again under the tree.
 I think I forgot to give my sheep an eye.  Oh, well.  She looks pretty good to me.

I am linking up to Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Patterns Galore

Our quilt guild met this week and had a nice speaker named Mickey Mowery from southern Wisconsin.  Her pattern line and quilt shop are called Sew Many Pieces.  What a perfect name!  She brought lots of quilts to share from her earliest work to her most current.  Each quilt was constructed with smaller and smaller pieces.  She went from quilts with 2000 pieces to quilts with 8000 pieces.  She is currently working on a pineapple quilt that she hopes to land in the Guiness World Record Book for most pieces.

I bought two of her patterns.  The first is called X's and O's.  The pieces are cut 1" and sewn into  blocks of 81 pieces.  It does kind of look like a checkerboard.

The other pattern is the pineapple block she is using for her world record quilt.  The blocks finish at 2 inches and have 45 pieces per block.  I don't plan to challenge her record breaking quilt, but thought I would see if I could actually piece a block that small.  Mickey's plan is to make a king size quilt of these little 2" blocks!  Yikes!

My favorite quilt shop here in town closed recently and the owner sent a basket of patterns to our meeting that she is closing out at $1.00 each.  I really didn't need any more patterns, but these were so cute I could not pass them up.  One is needle punch.

One is two cute table runners from Buttermilk Basin.

The other two are Lori Smith patterns.  I just love her work.

I also finished the next step in the Sentimental Quilter Mystery Quilt.  Shoo Fly blocks.

Have a fun Mother's Day.  I will be enjoying my traveling daughter for a few more days.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spring is Coming!

It's almost the end of April and I am catching up on my blog.  I spent the winter in Florida again enjoying the wonderful weather and did not sew a stitch.  Our daughter travelled with us to see where we are staying and do a little sight seeing and then she flew off to Turkey once again.

We returned home 2 weeks ago and so far have been cleaning inside and out, vacuuming up lady bugs in the house and raking up leaves and debris from the yard.  I committed myself to sewing 5 hours last week and managed to get all the steps done for Kathleen Tracy's mystery quilt.  It's always fun to find a new project!

I also started quilting this piece I made sometime in the last two years.  

This weekend our son is getting married and so this week we are getting organized for the big event.  We are fortunate that he found someone so special and they are starting off their life together in a beautiful setting with family and friends to share in the day.  Can't wait!

I made it to the Daytona Quilt Show which was a treat.  I ran into two people from my local quilt guild here in Wisconsin.  How does that happen?  I even managed to take a few photos to share.

Love the applique and the quilting!

Hope you can see the detailed quilting.

Neat edge treatment.  No clue how it is done.
Fun name.
By The Chimney With Care by Karen Turnbull

Love this fabulous detail on the edge.

Bonnie and I at the show.

Our trip home included a stop at Kitty Hawk and then Washington, D.C.  I had not seen the WWII memorial and somehow in many trips there had never visited the Jefferson Memorial, so those were our first two stops and then we spent the afternoon at the American History Museum.  I was hoping to see some quilts, but there were only one or two on display as part of other exhibits.  We also spent a half day at the new Air and Space exhibit at Dulles Airport.  It is huge.  

Hope you are all enjoying the beginnings of spring.  We have a few daffodils and hyacinths popping open here.  It feels so good to see everything turning green!!