Sunday, June 29, 2014

Floral Wreath Embroidery - two different takes


Here is my latest design a floral wreath.  I send my sister a copy of the sketch to see what she thought of it.  Next thing I know she is finished embroidering it in about a week's time.  She mailed her version to me so I could see it.  Her version is the one on the left, she didn't like my purple 'crocus' flowers and changed it to yellow tulips.  I am amazed at just how different her version is from mine on the right!  My sister Lori used Crayons to color her wreath while I used Water color Pencils - big difference especially in person.  I think both are very pretty.  Sorry for the poor photo, I also should have taken the time to iron the fabric before taking a photo.


This is how I think I am going to finish the Floral Wreath Embroidery.  I want to keep this as a small wall hanging to hang in my kitchen.  I made 56 pinwheel 3-inch blocks of various neutral colors.  I didn't want the quilt blocks to take away from the wreath, so I kept them neutral colors.  I am not sure how my sister is going to finish off her version, maybe she will make it into a full size quilt?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Easter quilt


I thought I would post some photos of my Easter Decorations before Easter got away from me.  This is a quilt I designed and made for Easter.  I put the quilt up in my kitchen along with some of the papermache decorations that inspired me.




I think that both the Egg Car and Chicken Rider were made by Teena Flanner.  I love them they are so fun especially the Egg Car!



I made both the Carrot Car and the Plane.  Last year I gave the Carrot car away to my sister so I need to make a new one!  I made the Banner on a Trailer for the Plane a couple months ago.   I have been thinking I should make another the banner out of fabric and soak it in Stiffy - as it would be fun to hang the Plane from the ceiling from fishing line!!



Here is a close up of the Plane on the Quilt.  I like how he turned out.  Although I keep wondering if there is a way to outline the plane more  and put a few details in?

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Valentine baskets


 I made some Valentine treat baskets for my boy's teachers.  I am just now getting around to posting a few pictures of them (it has been too cold to go outside to take photos!).  I made 6 baskets in various colors, but only took photos of these 2 baskets.  I kept these two baskets for myself.  I love the one with the flocked paper.  I put these baskets on a self in my kitchen next to some old valentine postcards.  I guess it is time to pack up my valentines!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thanksgiving Decorations



I was busy this week putting away the Fall and Thanksgiving Decorations - and dragging out the Christmas boxes.  I thought I would take a couple photos of my buffet before I put it all away.  My decorations were pretty simple this year.



There is a close up of my buffet.  I made the 'Give Thanks' cornucopia appliqué a couple years ago.  If I remember correctly the cornucopia pattern is from Needle Love.  The pilgrim girl is a Bethany Lowe creation, I have had here for several years.  I have alway wanted a boy pilgrim to pair with her but I am not sure if there was one ever made.

Now to unpack all the Christmas boxes - way too many!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Just Treats - Halloween Table Topper


Last year I completed a Halloween quilt called 'Vintage Trick or Treat' by Crabapple Hill Designs.  During Halloween I display the quilt in my dining room above my buffet.  I got to thinking that I needed to have something matching on my table - so I came up with this table topper.  I wanted it to look similar to the Vintage Trick or Treat quilt, so I incorporated a few of the same items.  For the embroidery portion I used some of the same items as the quilt - such as the lollipop, pumpkin, and candy sticks.   Anyway, I finished it just in time for Halloween and now it is time to pack it away until next year.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pumpkin Trick or Treat Bucket


I finally finish making one of my Pumpkin Trick or Treat Buckets - I started it last year.  I had the form completed but put it away with the rest of the Halloween decorations last November.  I  tried to make him look like the 'cherry nose' pumpkins that you see in the old postcards.


Now that look at the two photos side by side, I might have to repaint his eyes!  My bucket looks a bit psycho (like he is in a some kind of crazy trance). Maybe he is thinking 'give me all your candy, mah ha ha'.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Vintage Trick or Treat quilt and 'grinning pumpkins'



I finally got around to taking photos of my Halloween quilt and collection of 'grinning pumpkins'.  I finished the quilt last January - I have been waiting for months to display it with all my pumpkins.  I was really tempted to drag all the pumpkins out in January! 


The quilt is a pattern from Crabapple Hill Designs called 'Vintage Trick or Treat.'  Click here to go to the Crabapple Hill Website.  I spotted the pattern in a quilt shop while on a shopping trip with my Mother.  My Mom and Sister both quilt - I do not.  I fell in love with the pattern and thought it would go perfectly with my pumpkin collection.  I tried to talk my Mom or my Sister into making it for me, but neither of them would!



 So I deiced that should attempt to make the quilt.  The hand embroidery wasn't too difficult to complete.  Before I started the quilt I kept telling myself if it took me over a year to complete it would be worth all the time and effort.  I was pleasantly surprised how fast the embroidery went - only a couple months.  I worked on the embroidery mainly while waiting for my son during his speech therapy sessions and school activities - it was nice to have something to occupy my time.

Anyway - I LOVE my quilt!  It is a perfect backdrop for all my pumpkins.  I am working on a matching table topper - all I need to do is put the binding on.

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