Monday, January 31, 2011

Personalize Vase

My best friend, Linda fell last week and broke her ankle and knee. I decorated a vase using Mod Podge and fabric to put some flower in for her.

I used some bird fabric because Linda decorates her kitchen with a bird theme. I also printed a couple of photos on fabric and included them in the patchwork.

On Friday night we received about 7 inches of snow. It was calm outside so the snow just settled quietly. Even the window had clumps of show on it when I took this photo.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wonderful Warm Gift

I'm always cold, especially in winter. My best friend, Linda made me a beautiful warm and cozy afghan.

I have been keeping warm with it at night when I watch TV or read.
Thank you, Linda :)

Earlier this week, I worked at our church's Mission Store. It is like a Goodwill Store without clothes. I found these knick knacks for a dime each. I couldn't resist for that price. They will look great on the bookcase in my sewing room for the Valentine season.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Backdoor Snowman

I have a small wall hanging by my backdoor and decided to change it with the seasons. This is the pattern I used to make a winter wall hanging.

My love of bright, happy colors won out when I went through my stash looking for fabric.

I found 3 different blues with snowflakes, a light one for the background, medium for the border and dark blue for the binding.

I debated between embellishing it with buttons or Swarovski crystals. The crystals turned out to be a good choice because they shine in the dark hallway where I hung the snowman.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

January Millington Quilt Club Meeting

At our quilt club meeting on Wednesday, Vivian showed us a wall hanging she made for her daughter for Christmas.

This is a quilt she made for another daughter who likes moose.

Carolyn showed us a Hunter's Star quilt top.

She used the same pattern in this top.

When Mary Lou shared her work, it turned out to be the same pattern as Carolyn's. Mary Lou used different tools in her construction.

Mary Lou also shared a quilted table cover she made for Christmas.

Karen appliqued her sweatshirt.

Diane showed us two quilt tops she made to donate to a homeless shelter. This is the first.

This is the second. Diane had run out of yellow squares at the bottom, neat replacement block :)

Jeanann showed us a Christmas present from her sister-in-law.

Viola made a carrying case for her flash sticks from her sewing machine.

Nancy is demonstrating the breast cancer pillows the group was going to make after lunch.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


The past few mornings the hoarfrost was gorgeous, so I couldn't resist taking some photos.

As I walked down the road, my neighbors horses came out of the barn to show off for me. The white horse was prancing the corral when he saw me.

The trees and leaves were covered with huge fluffy frost.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Babushka Doll Hot Pads

After finding some nesting Santa dolls at a flea market in South Carolina this fall, I came up with the idea of hot pads with Russian nesting dolls on them. I searched the Internet for ideas and pictures to make my pattern. I found the nesting dolls can also be called Matryoshka or Babushka dolls, since I'm Polish I'm going to call mine Babushka dolls.

I used fabric from my stash to frame the dolls, adding some ric rac to dress them up. Because the doll's cheeks and hair were tiny pieces to applique, I drew them on the faces with fabric crayons. I embroidered the eyes and smile.

The backs are Japanese fabric I found on Etsy.