Monday, February 28, 2011

Crow Pinkeep

I'm in the mood to get some projects finished.  If I start them, I don't want them to end up in a pile.  I want them done.  So I have been making some new smaller projects that don't take too long, which gives me time to do some work on older ones too.

This is a little cross stitch freebie from primativebettys.blogspot  
  She has some darling little patterns that are quick and easy to stitch.  

It was fast to make and will look great for fall decorating.


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Court House Steps

I saw an image of a little quilt that was just begging to be stitched up.  I made the block and was able to get it quilted and bound in less than a day.  I love how it turned out.  I didn't know what size the little quilt was.  Mine ended up 11 x 11.  After I had finished making it I found out that the original measures 14 x 14.

Keep stitching.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Christmas Triangle Quilt Finished

My little Christmas Triangles quilt is all done.  It was fun to work on.  I loved quilting on the red and green fabrics.  The long borders on the top and bottom have clamshells.  Once they are marked, they are easy and fast to do.  Then I got stuck for quite a while trying to decide what to put on the short borders.  Finally I decided to put a couple on leaves on each side to fill up the space.  I'm happy with it.  It measures 17 X 17.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spools Quilt Challenge

This is a quilt that I made in response to a challenge on Kathleen Tracy's yahoo group SmallQuiltTalk.  It was back in the fall of 2009.  I made lots of spool blocks and then realized that I could never get them all quilted by the deadline.  So I grabbed just four blocks and whipped this little quilt together.  

Later I set the rest of the blocks together and made a larger version. 

This is it.  For some reason, it's still not finished.  I just need to finish the quilting fans around the border.  So I will leave it out to work on in the evenings when I do handwork. 



Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day

This is a closeup of a quilt that I made about ten years ago.

Here is the whole quilt.  It finally has a name, Hannah's Hearts, as I just gave it to my little Hannah for her first birthday.  Sweets to the sweet.   

The quilt was featured in  Applique 12 Easy Ways by Elly Sienkiewcz.  There are lots of great projects in this 1991 book.  


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Midnight Stars Progress

I started out making Lori's Midnight Stars and simply followed the directions.  Here are my half square triangles.  I decided to make them all the same.

I liked Lori's idea of using muslin for the light color, as that was very common in the 1800's.  I only had white muslin so I ran to the kitchen and tea dyed a piece.  It wasn't quite enough so I ran back to the kitchen...

After the stars were sewn I couldn't find a fabric for the setting.  Finally settled on gray.  The zigzag setting was fairly common in the 1800's too.  I needed ten blocks to make the half stars.  So I had to go back and make another block.  The quilt is framed with in black with little red hearts.  I finished piecing the top yesterday evening and got it basted and then started hand quilting it.  It will have a cross hatch like Lori's first larger quilt.  Let's see how long that takes!


House Pillow

Well, I got the house blocks all quilted and asssembled into a pillow.  I quilted diagonal lines spaced at intervals of an inch in one direction only and decided that was plenty.  The back of the pillow is made from the same fabric as the red house on the left and is quilted too.  It measures almost 21 inches square and has found a home on my couch.  I think it needs a couple more pillow friends to keep it company.