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.