Saturday, December 30, 2017

Winter Wall Hanging

I recently completed this Winter Wall Hanging.

It went through a few design stages

but I'm pleased with the final result.

The pine bough is simple thread art by machine.

The applique is raw edge secured with more thread art.
I still enjoy using this method to add dimension 
and interest to a quilt.

This project counts as a scrap/stash buster,
I didn't purchase anything to make it....although
my selections of scrap fabrics and especially thread colors are 
dwindling.  That's not a bad thing....just means I need to 
plan ahead instead of simply assuming I have a thread color that
will match any applique project.

This wall hanging will find it's home in my office at work.

Today's a snowy one in southern Pennsylvania.
Hoping it clears enough to go to a family Christmas gathering.



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bags and winter wall hanging

With Thanksgiving behind us and looking toward Christmas 
(and the colder weather that comes with this time of year),
I thought it was about time to head to my sewing studio.

I made myself a new winter bag.
It's made from a thrift store wool skirt and
left over fabric from last winter's bag.
So a great bargain bag!

Earlier in the fall, I made this bag.
When I spied the colors and pattern of this fabric
I knew it just had to become a bag.
I bought this fabric just for this project,
so not much of a bargain, but since I bought the fabric at 
a big box store, not a budget buster either.

Next on the list are 5 small messenger bags for
our great nieces and granddaughter for Christmas.
I used double sided, pre-quilted fabric, so these
came together quickly.

And lastly, a sneak peak of the winter wall hanging I'm working on.
Still lots of detail work to be done, but I'm making progress.

I'm designing this one as I go, so that takes extra time with all the
measuring, and staring at fabrics on my design wall and 
don't forget the mistakes.....all part of the creative process!

All in all, I've spent some fun hours in my sewing studio lately.

In case I don't make it back here for awhile again....

Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cathedral Window Mini-quilt

 Tried a new technique today.

The video is completed using 5" squares,
I used 3".  The mini-quilt measures approx. 15" square.

I used the "quilt as you go" method that's mentioned
in the video.  This is not a hard project but it is time 
consuming. There are endless color options,
I used the same background fabric for each block.

Adding another mini-quilt to my wall is enjoyable
and addicting.

Now to find another mini-quilt idea.


Monday, June 12, 2017

A little sewing...

Recently I added to my mini quilt collection. 

This Scottie Dog quilt block is less than 11 inches square.
I really like the candy stripe binding and no repeat fabrics.

I also decided it would be nice to have a new spring purse.
I tried buying one but just couldn't find anything I liked.
So....(or should I say sew....)

The exterior is a remnant of fabric purchased at a
thrift store for less than $2.  
The interior features custom pockets.

I can't take credit for the purse pattern.  
It's loosely based on

Hoping to continue sewing during the
warm summer....maybe I should
dig out some Christmas fabric.

Enjoy your summer!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Mini-quilts and more

 Added another mini-quilt to my collection.
This is about 12 inches x 14 inches.
The flowered background fabric was leftover from
the bridesmaids dresses I made for our daughter's wedding.
I love the little stair step design.

The mini-quilt I shared earlier is 12 inches square.

And displayed, lots of space for more mini-quilts.

Next up on the design wall is this small quilt,
finished size will be around 30 inches square.
This quilt was inspired by Confessions of a Quilt Addicts Supernova.
Sarah began with 7 inch squares, I used 3 inch squares, 
because they were already cut and waiting for inspiration.

Now to find time to get it finished.

Fun, fun!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring has Arrived

A few weeks ago I took time to create this Spring Flower wall hanging.
I used a free pattern, and made a few changes.
I was a little rusty from not quilting for a few months, 
but with a little practice it came back to me.

Close up of feather quilting.

And my favorite block, helps that it's my favorite color.
(Looks like I'm a little rusty on proper pressing, 
not to mention blogging...)

I even managed to use the resulting 1/2 square triangles to 
create this mini quilt.
I'm trying to do more of these mini quilts
 to display on my studio wall.

The wall hanging now resides in my office at work, since I spend
so much time there I might as well enjoy some of my own work.

I also made this wreath for on my office door.
I've been working here 2 years, it's time to add a little personal touch.

Happy Spring!


Powder Room Update

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