Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Spring/Autumn quilt for daughter Michelle

This quilt replaces a flannel quilt I made for her years ago that was burned up in a house fire.  One side of this quilt is flannel log cabin blocks which are soft and cuddly in her favorite autumn colors.  The back side of the quilt is all cotton appliqued spring flowers.  This is, essentially, two quilts in one.  I hope she likes it.  April 2014.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mini quilts

Denise, my dearest friend and quilting buddy steered me off onto mini quilts for a break from the usual big stuff we make.  It was fun.  The goal is to make a tiny version of the big patterns and it's quite interesting and no as easy as you might think.  I have made two so far.  Both pinwheel patterns with simple framing and binding.  I like them but my husband said, " Bah.  They're too much work for what you wind up with."  They measure 10 l/2" X 12 l/2 "

The Birthday Dress for Alanna

I made my great granddaughter Alanna a dress with pinafore and peticoats for her 3rd birthday.  She will be lovely in this dress as she is a very cute little girl.  I enjoyed making it but oh my....what a job.  It is a vintage Daisy Kingdom pattern which goes into so much detail in the construction of their garments so I wouldn't want to do this very often.   She's worth it though.

Update:  I have a photo of Alanna in her dress along with a doll dress to match I made for her baby.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Christmas panel

I saw this lovely preprinted gold on red christmas panel made by Stonehenge and knew  I had to have one for my home.  I bordered it with gold trim and embellished the tree with hundreds of rhinestones that sparkle when the light dances off them.  It is beautiful and they also come with a green background if you prefer.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Log Cabin baby quilt for customer

Another quilt for a customer made from her Dad's old shirts.  I made this a reversible quilt also.  Log Cabins on one side and a neutral colored patchwork quilt on the back of it.   She wanted a ' Margaritaville' patch from his old sweatshirt included on the front of the quilt so I awkwardly placed it in a corner although I was not crazy about the idea.  It's HER quilt!

Monday, October 28, 2013

String quilt for a customer

A gal with her deceased Dad's shirts wanted a couple of quilts made to memorialize him.  She likes the traditional quilt look....scrappy and patchwork looking.   This is the first quilt I finished for her in the style of a string quilt.  I used half of the scraps I was able to salvage from her Dad's shirts.  The other half are being used in the next quilt for her which will be a log cabin.
I made this a reversible quilt so there is a quilt on both sides. These are the two sides of one quilt.  The string quilt is the main quilt and the large scrappy squares below are the back of the quilt.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

I lost my beautiful little Molly 9/22/2013

Molly was the sweetest little Maltese dog with a happy tail and a loving disposition.  The perfect companion.  So smart, she always let you know what she needed.  She would stand in front of you and stare at you at 5:00 oclock for her dinner in case you might forget.  She would stand up and put her paws on your legs to let you know she needed to go outside and do her duty.  She warned you when someone was at the door and she became anxious when you got ready to go someplace in the car for she feared she might be left home.  She was never left at home.  She was our constant companion.  She was the perfect companion for 13 years.  I knew her time was probably growing short but didn't dwell on that.  It happened in one day.  She only had to suffer for one day.  I think she had a heart attack.  She died in my arms.  We miss her so much.  Everything in this house and outside reminds us of her.  She was as much a member of my family as any of my children.  You invest a lot of love in your pet and they give back so willingly and eagerly.  They accept you on your terms and do not judge you or stay mad at you.  They love you unconditionally.  It's no wonder that your heart breaks when they are taken from you.  I will love her forever and miss her forever.  I love my Molly so much I think that my heart will never recover.  Rest in peace sweet friend.
                                                    4/30/2000 - 9/22/2013
Hopi Prayer
-author unknown

Do not stand at my grave and weep. 
I am not there, I do not sleep. 
I am the thousand winds that blow. 
I am the diamond glint in the snow. 
I am the sunlight on the ripened grain. 
I am the autumn's gentle rain. 
When you awaken in the morning hush, 
I am the swift uplifting rush. 
Of quiet birds in circled flight. 
I am the soft stars that shine at night. 
Do not stand at my grave and cry; 
I am not there, 
I did not die. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Traditional quilt out of antique blocks

A woman brought me some real old quilt blocks that she had been given and wanted them made into a traditional style quilt.  They were quite ugly with pre-60's fabrics in weird colors and I didn't know for sure what I was going to be able to do with them so just laid them out and followed my instincts.  They were 16 patch blocks and quite uneven because they had not been constructed with precision so I cut them into 4 sections and squared them up.  Then I added the brown & white polka dot sashing (because it was the only thing that seemed to calm those blocks down) and then bordered it with a blue that would compliment the blues in some of the blocks.  I think it worked.  I hope she likes it.  She paid for it.  :)  Since it's not my quilt to keep I'm not going to name it.