Friday, September 30, 2011

Great Grandmother's Quilt

This summer when I went to Ontario to visit family, my aunt very generously gave me a beautiful quilt made by my great grandmother.



It is 77" x 80", with 15½" blocks set on point.




It is hand appliqued and



hand quilted.



My great grandmother Amelia Mitchell Stephens (nee Etter), 1865-1962 (this picture was on her 97th birthday). She lived in Nova Scotia.

I don't know when the quilt was made, all I do know is that it won an award. 
I also have a red and white quilt made by her - shown here.



I have it displayed with my other heirloom quilts in my bedroom (the other quilts have been featured in my previous show and tells).

Thanks again Aunt Carolyn!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!♥

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Chicken Potholder

Today I made a quick and simple project -



It is a chicken potholder from Barbara Brackman's "Moda Country Fair Blog Hop".
It was a fun project to make. The hardest part was finding two small dark matching buttons for the eyes!
If I was to make it again I would add a piece of light interfacing on both of the chicken body pieces, just to give it a bit more stiffness, it is very floppy. I did use foil batting (which is a bit stiffer than normal batting). I used the freezer paper method for the applique, and next time I would try making the wings separately and just tacking them on so that you could slide your fingers in them (my mum had a chicken potholder like that when I was young).

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!♥

Update - Rosie has a beautiful chicken potholder in patchwork - another great idea for next time.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Henrietta Whiskers Finished

I finished sewing on the binding for the Henrietta Whiskers quilt today.



It is 48" x 54". I used Civil War Chronicles fabric for all the applique blocks and other fabric for the borders.



I machine appliqued the quilt blocks (using the freezer paper method), and Invasifil thread in the top with Aurifil #50 thread in the bobbin.
The quilt is also free motion machine quilted (on my home sewing machine) using Aurifil #50 thread. I used cotton batting (because I had a piece that was big enough) with flannel for the backing (I intend to use it as a lap quilt).



I used a stencil, and pounce to mark it, for the border. It is really easy to free motion quilt this stencil design (I have used it before), and there are only a couple of areas along the design where backtracking is needed.

 
 

I love the birds in the border.

I am really pleased with how this quilt turned out (it is the first applique quilt I have made). Since this is the last free BOM that Anne from Bunny Hill Design is doing, I am glad that I participated. Thanks Anne!

I spent the day at a mini retreat with Myra and her quilt group - always a fun day, and such a welcoming group of talented women.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Another BOM Block

Still working on catching up on BOM's.

 

Now I am caught up on the EQ BOM. This is September Soother.
I am always amazed how quick and simple these blocks are to make - they are just 6".

Siv Hege is having a wonderful celebration giveaway - be sure to check out her blog (before October 8th at midnight).

Speaking of giveaways - have you been following Moda's Country Fair Blog Hop? There are wonderful free patterns from many great designers, and fabric giveaway's too!!

I also started a photo journal blog - just one picture a day for a year, so easy.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Finished FMQ

I finished free motion quilting the Henrietta Whiskers quilt -

I just have to finish sewing on the buttons -

and adding the binding. I'll have more details about the quilting later when the quilt is all finished.

Today I made challah bread for the first time -

I was pleased with how it turned out and will definitely make it again.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

FNSI Results

Last night for the Friday Night Sew In I worked on the Henrietta Whiskers quilt.

I just had the applique in the borders to add.

Got all the pieces stitched down last night,

and this morning I finished off the hand embroidery. It is all ready to be quilted.

Another productive FNSI!

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Pine Ridge Quilt Show

Today I went to a wonderful quilt show with my sister and a friend. We also met my mother and some members of her quilt group there.
Here are some pictures -






a memory quilt


this one was a small wall hanging



apple core bag






this one was amazing













this one was one of our favorites



A great way to spend the day!

Off to sew for the Friday Night Sew In (still time to join).

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!