Thursday, April 17, 2014

Flowers in Vintage Bottles

Did you know that Heather and I started a new swap on Instagram?  It's called I Yarn, U Stitch, swap.   Half of the swappers are quilters, and the other half are knitters/crocheters.  We matched everyone up so quilters would receive a knitted/crochet item and the knitters/crocheters would receive something quilted.    Doesn't that sound like fun!!

This week was the deadline and I was working like mad to get my item all finished up.  I paper pieced some flowers in vintage bottles and then added a sweet pinwheel border.

I decided to make it into a pillow so my partner could either use it as a wall hanging or a pillow.

 A bit of a close up of the quilting.

These pinwheels are made the same way I showed in my easy peasy pinwheel tutorial.  They are 2 1/2 inches unfinished.  I love these cute little things!!

With having 28 to make for the border I made 6-8 at a time to help it go a bit faster.

The pattern "Flowers in Vintage  Bottles" is from my sweet and talented friend, Charise.   I adore all her patterns.  I have several others that I've purchased and am hoping to work on them soon.

A simple and quick envelope backing that is durable when you have little ones. 

After I finished the pillow I went to a couple antique shops and found a vintage bottle and a pretty crochet floral doily.     Then I stopped at Joanns to get some pretty silk flowers for the vintage bottle.  Now my swap package was complete.  :)  The crochet doily came in a set of 3 so I was even able to keep a couple for myself.  Yay!!  Win, win!!

I hope everyone has a fabulous day!!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

quilty barn wall quilt!

After I finished quilting my Farmers Wife Quilt I didn't feel ready to give up my farmers wife days.  I decided to make some fun quilty barn blocks and it was the perfect project too keep the farmers wife in me alive.  :)

The tutorials to the quilty barns are from Lori of Bee in my Bonnet.   I checked this morning and the link to the tutorials are still on her blog.   They will only be there for a short time as the barn quilt will be in her next book that is being released in the fall.  Yay, Lori!!  I can't wait for your next book!!

My first barn block is the Weathervane Barn.  This is the tutorial where it gives all the dimensions for the barn.  I wrote that all down so I could refer to it when making my other three barns.  (Please remember the tutorial is only going to be on Lori's blog for a little longer.)

The second barn is the Easy Pinwheel Barn.

The third barn is the Postage Stamp Barn.  I think this may be my favorite!!   :)  Also this is the block that gives instructions on adding your white sashing around each of your barns. 

The last is the Scrappy Maple Leaf Barn.

For the scrappy sashing I did it a little different than in Lori's tutorial.  I made nine, 9 patch corner stone blocks.  Each 9 patch block is 3 1/2 inches unfinished.

The scrappy sashing strips I cut 3 1/2 inches X the size of the barn block.

Stippling the quilt sandwich!   One of my favorites part!!

All done!!  Yay!!

Thank you, Lori for creating the barn blocks!!  They were so fun to make!!  They remind me of my short time living in Iowa where many of the barns had painted quilt blocks hung on the front or side of them.  Here is a picture I found that I had taken a couple years ago when I went back to visit some of my family in Iowa. 

See you soon!  Hugs,

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

a scrumptious pinwheel pillow

It has been way to long since I posted.   I've almost got my Farmers Wife quilt done.   Just the binding is left for me to attach.  Hopefully I'll get that done today or tomorrow and can show you later this week or next week. 

In the meantime I thought I'd show you this pretty pinwheel pillow I made as a gift.    I gave it to my niece and she loved it.   It is always so pleasing to gift something that is handmade, isn't it?

I used Bonnie & Camilles Happy Go Lucky and Scruptious along with Riley Blakes aqua Swiss Dots. 

I think pinwheels are one of my favorite blocks!!  

I finished the pillow with a lovely scrappy binding!   

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!!  See you soon!


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

farmers wife progress

I finally have all my blocks finished and am now working on putting the quilt top together.  It has been almost 3 years since I started, so this is kind of exciting to see an end in sight!  I absolutely loved making each block, and in a way I'm also a bit sad to be almost done.   So really it is kind of bitter sweet for me.

 Here are a few of the last ones I made to finish all my blocks.

As of today I have half the sashing and corner stones stitched.  Just need to finish the other half and then add a border.  So close!!  Hopefully this week I can get the top done. 

For the sashing I used Riley Blakes Swiss Dots in aqua.   The Swiss Dots are a favorite of mine right now.  I used the red Swiss Dots as the background in my Cathedral Windows pillow.  :)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday!!

See you soon,

Monday, January 13, 2014

Quilty Fun Sew Along and Blog Tour: Week 9 ~ Quarter Square Triangles

Hello, and welcome to my blog!   I'm so glad you've stopped by for the Quilty Fun Sew Along and Blog Tour!  Did you have fun last week making the adorable Trees like Jesse's?  Hers turned out super cute!!  For week 9 we are stitching together Quarter Square Triangles.   You can find the PDF cutting instructions here.

Lets open our Quilty Fun book and turn to page 86.  First I started out making the half square triangles.

Now we make them into the quarter square triangles.  Trim them up and then you'll be done.  :)

 Don't you just love how scrappy they are!?!

I think I may need to make a sewing machine cover in the near future from this lovely pattern in Lori's book!

Now for the giveaway!  Fat Quarter Shop is giving away 2 lovely Riley Blake Gingham Rolie Polies!  I LOVE gingham, and all these colors are like walking into a candy shop as you just drool looking at them!!  I have this Rolie Polie in my stash and can't wait for that prefect project to come along so I can use it.  :)

Fat Quarter Shop is also giving away 1 Alphabitties!    They are the perfect tool to keep your project nice and organized.  Not only are they functional but the are so sweet with the little scallop borders!  

For a chance to win all you have to do is add your quarter square triangles into the Flickr group.   The winners will be chosen and announced on the Jolly Jabber Blog on the 20th of January.

Hope you are having a magical Monday!  


Thursday, December 19, 2013

the scrumptious cottage pillow

I am so excited I finished my scrumptious cottage pillow before Christmas so I could enjoy it this year!  I absolutely love how it turned out!!

I did a few different quilting techniques on the pillow and love how it adds to the character of the pillow.  For the house I machine quilted bricks, and for the path I did pebble quilting.   To finish it off I stippled the rest. 

I used a couple vintage sheets for the back and a red and white stripe for the binding.

The cottage pattern is by Marhiam of Three Owls.  She now has the pattern available on Craftsy if you'd like to make one too.  :)

I also wanted to share that I'm having an end of year sale so I can make room for new fabric.  20% off everything in my shop!   If there is anything you've been waiting to get now is the time.  :)   Use coupon code endofyearsale when you checkout.

There is also a giveaway of this lovely Atsuko bundle of mine on Pretty By Hand's blog.  Run on over and enter to win as it ends on the 22nd.  


I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!  It seems like it is coming up on me so fast!  I've still got lots to do.