Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Cabin Quilt

I made my brother, John and his wife, Faye a throw for Christmas. They have a cottage on the Bay and I thought a quilt would warm up the cool nights at their cabin.

I used a panel with bear scenes for the centers of my squares. I framed each with brown and blue fabric. A brown paisley fabric was used for sashing and borders.

I pieced the back of the quilt.

Julie from my quilt club quilted the throw for me. She did a beautiful job. Julies used a pattern with trees, bears and cabins, very appropriate :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Good Friends

Yesterday my friend, Dena invited some quilting friends to her home for tea and conversation. She offered us a variety of specialty teas and served homemade muffins, cookies and candy. We all had a great time visiting.

On her way home from Dena's, Linda stopped by for a few minutes so that we could exchange Christmas presents. Linda gave me Charming Tails, "A Blossoming Friendship". She knows I love Charming Tails and this one is so appropriate. Linda and I have been best friends for over 40 years. Linda also brought a treat for our birds which I will post when we put it out for them.

I made Linda a Christmas wall hanging for her kitchen. She has decorated her kitchen and dining room using a bird house theme.

I embellished the wall hanging with buttons and a rickrack wreath. I used some iridescent fabric over white on white fabric for the snow. I was tempted to add small rhinestones in the sky for snow but I thought that might be too glitzy.

It's so nice to be able to share the holidays with great friends.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Millington Quilt Club Show And Tell

Last Wednesday the Millington Quilt Club met for our Christmas meeting. We also enjoyed a potluck lunch, games and created two Christmas crafts. Great planning by the committee :)

During show and tell, Nancy showed us a cute snowman bag she made.

Karen is showing us the embroidery she did on her sweatsuit. The snowman on her pants matches the ones on the shirt.

Jan showed us crazy quilt Christmas stocking. She made them after our last meeting at which members showed us how to make them.

Jan made this wall hanging for her granddaughter who loves horses.

Viola made a lot of stocking for presents this Christmas.

Viola also made a deer attic window wall hanging.
She also showed us a mantle cover she made.

Peggy made a stack of aprons for Christmas presents.

Julie is modeling one of Peggy's aprons.

Peggy also made a beautiful quilted table cover.

In this photo, Peggy is showing us the back of the table cover so that we could see the quilting Julie had done on it. It may be hard to see in the picture but the quilting was gorgeous following a Christmas theme.

Mary Lou shared a Christmas quilt she quilted for a customer.

Julie machine embroidered her sweatshirt.

Below another Julies is showing us a pair of beautifully detailed Christmas stockings.

Julie also showed a machine embroidered Christmas quilt top she made. The fabrics may have been satin, very beautiful.

The club had a drawing for a quilt which club members had made. Linda was the very lucky winner! We were all jealous :)

Thanks to Dena for taking notes, while I took pictures at the meeting.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Package in the Mail

I don't knit or crochet but wanted a scarf to match my coat. My sister in law, Kathryn offered to knit one for me. Lucky me! I got to pick the yarn, one skein was variegated with mostly greens the other skein was a rust and fuzzy. The color in my photo is a little off, my coat is forest green.

Kathryn did a beautiful job. The scarf looks perfect with my coat.

Yesterday we exchanged Christmas quilt squares at quilt club. I received two beautiful squares to add to the ones I got last year. We sign the squares so I cover the signatures.

I figure in about 6 years I should have enough squares to make a very special Christmas quilt.

I will post more about our meeting another day.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Exchange Blocks

At our quilt club meeting tomorrow, the members will be exchanging 12.5 inch Christmas blocks.
I made two simple blocks using redwork. One has an angel holding Christmas lights.

The second block has a Santa holding Christmas lights. I used Christmas light fabric to frame the redwork.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Kaleidoscope Pinwheel Wall Hanging

It takes me a while to complete projects. Last year the local library had a free quilting class. We learned how to make a kaleidoscope quilt. I think they are also call stack and whack quilts. I used some of my blocks to make a wall hanging.

The border below shows my main fabric. To make the pinwheels we had to stack 8 pieces of identical fabric in a pile. We then cut the fabric stack into 8 triangles. Each set of triangles was made into a pinwheel.

Mary Lou from my quilt group did a gorgeous job quilting my wall hanging. She used the holly in the fabric as one of her quilting designs and worked the patterns around the pin wheels. Very impressive job.

I think that I could hang the wall hanging backwards because the quilting on the back is beautiful.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Surprise Package

Jenny sent us a package but I didn't open it, thinking she was mailing home some of her Christmas presents. She called last night inquiring about the package and told me to open it. She had included some Thanksgiving presents for me.

She has also been making hot pads, however hers are a lot more detailed than mine. I love the patterns and bright Christmas colors.

The back of the hot pads are also to my liking, very colorful and happy looking.

The package also contained a magazine for me. Jenny knows I like to make hot pads and small projects so she gave me a source with a lots of ideas. A big thanks to Jenny :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

More Hot Pads

When I was making hot pads last week for the church booth at the craft show and some for Christmas gifts, I decided to try a new style with binding. I will make hot pads without binding in the future. The pad that looked the best with binding need to be hand sewn on the back....very time consuming for a hot pad.

This is the back of the hot pads.

Tom has been recycling old bread for the birds. He cuts it into cubes, toasted it and then seasons it. The blue jays love his creation.

They will actually stuff two cubes into their mouths before flying away to eat the bread.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas Hot Pads

Jenny posted this toweling fabric on her blog. I liked it and bought some on Etsy. I made a few kitchen towels to go with snowman hot pads I made. Some of the hot pads were donated to fund raiser at our church, others will be Christmas presents.

I made two color combinations of hot pads, some have green borders.

The others have red borders.

Both styles have plaid backs.

I saw this Fons & Porter seam ripper on someones blog last year. It made the chain stitching on the hot pads easy to separate, much quicker than scissors.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Millington Quilt Club Meeting 11/11

We had a lot of Show and Tell at our club meeting on Wednesday. Below Nancy is showing us a beautiful black and white quilted jacket she made.

This is a wall hanging Mary made.

This is Marge with a fall quilt she made and quilted.

Marge made her purse from fabric from her late mother's dress. Marge is holding a photo of her mother wearing the dress.

Jan made a variety of hot pads for our church fund raiser after Thanksgiving. They all sold before the meeting ended! Jan also showed us a purse she made but I didn't get a photo. Jan is also a talented knitter, she knitted the sweater she is wearing.

Mary Lou made and quilted this bargello quilt.

In this photo, Mary Lou is show us a vest she made and quilted. Mary Lou has a huge, beautiful, country yard. She made the orange vest so that hunters would not mistake her for a deer.

Sydney is showing us a cowboy boot Christmas stocking she made for her grandson who is a policeman in Texas.

She also made this shawl with pockets after buy one on QVC to use as a pattern.

This is one of the many hats Sydney knit for the local Toys For Tots at Christmas.

Carolyn started this quilt in 1964. Sometimes it takes a while to finish a project.

As you will see, that doesn't mean Carolyn hasn't been busy. She made the following wall hanging with a white border.

She also made it with a green border.

Carolyn also made the following two Row by Row quilts.

She made the following wall hanging from scraps.

Carolyn made this quilt from squares the club members had exchanged in the past.
Carolyn had one more quilt for Show and Tell. She made it from Moda squares. She certainly has been busy!!!!

Viola is asking the club members' opinion for a border on the log cabin quilt she made. Members seemed to feel the striped fabric would make a better binding rather than a border.

Viola also made a crazy quilt Christmas stocking.

Like Carolyn, Peggy below has been very busy. She completed her Halloween wall hanging since our last meeting.

Last Thursday, Peggy was in the Lenore Crawford class. She has pieced 4 wall hanging in less than a week!!!! First, the yellow cone flower.

Peggy also completed the dogwood blossoms.
Peggy made the yellow poppies.

Peggy also made the yellow poppies using a different background fabric. Very impressive, most of us who took the class put our unfinished class project away until after Christmas.

Jan made this bright green quilt. I always love Jan's happy color choices.

Jan also made this Take Five quilt.

My friend Linda helped me by taking notes while I took photos. I'm quite forgetful and without her notes would only be able to post photos. A big "Thank You" to Linda.