Tuesday, January 20

Red and White...Secret Garden Quilt....

I made this Red and White "Secret Garden" wall hanging quilt back in 2002..
I thought it needed freshening up a bit so I thought I'd gently hand - wash it....
The Red embroidery thread work are all my designs....it was my Crinoline Ladies passion thing at the time...I still love both Red work and the Crinoline Ladies, just have not been doing any of that kind of work lately...

While I was refreshing the quilt, I thought I would unpick the stipple quilted border and ....you guessed it I'm sure....feather it....yes, I'm becoming a bit of a feathers tragic....
What would we do without those colour catchers....oh my, at first I added 3 sheets to the wash water....but that was not enough...
..another 2 added to the rinse water, and a I think I could have...should have added more..
In a few small place there is that slight tinges of pink....
That's from the plain 12+ year old Burgundy Homespun fabric in the framing - sashing...
It's Ok, but I know now to be more careful when choosing these dark solid fabrics.....in all fairness I do think we are so lucky that now days the fabrics are of great quality and very rarely bleed or  run....
....but I would still use these fantastic colour catchers....
 
My local patchwork group starts up again today...yay...I have missed the girls..
 
Take care....♥
 

Friday, January 16

This and That...feathers, microwave potholder....just playing.

Don't know if this is being very creative, but I have been quite productive...
I appliqued the hexies diamonds on the three placemat back grounds...
...then quilted feathers around the hexies....if nothing else at least I'm practicing my feathers....
...corners are getting easier to do, still not all perfect, but a few weeks ago I couldn't do this....
I love playing with feathers.....practice and perseverance are the key words..
Just need to do the blue and white ones from my previous post  now.....♥
 
Oh yes, I just had to have a play making these...microwave pot holders...
....so quick and easy to do. These are a must for heating up little bowls of food...
...this is what the underneath side looks like..
Another great chook fabric holder...
....this one fits my square bowl perfectly
.....also in my colours...
..and of course a blue and white one for a friend.....
Here's is the great tutorial that I followed....
I tested one out yesterday  and it worked a treat...I love it....just microwave the bowl in the holder...no more tea towels or mitten pot holders, just pick the holder up by the corners and  lift out of the microwave....
 
Have a great creative / productive  weekend .....♥ 
 
 

Wednesday, January 7

Welcome 2015......

Well it's been exactly one month to the day that I last posted.... I thought it was time to come back into the fold.....
2014 was a year of many ups and downs.....and so I welcome 2015 with great anticipation of a great new year.
New enthusiasm , new beginnings, new projects..
I didn't really do much in the last month, but I did quilt this Spinning Star quilt on Sweet Susie....yes we are still friends, I hope to have many happy times together this new year..
Nothing too spectacular....my easy loops and leaves all over FMQ.....
 

......but I have been learning to turn a corner with my feathers.....the feathers are coming together much easier now....which is great.....♥  
A few hexies in the evenings....TV has been so boring lately...
...the hexies will eventually be made into placemats.....
What I am really excited about starting soon is FMQ on doilies...
I have purchased a Cindy Needham online craftsy class ....after seeing what  amazing work a quilting friend did  with Cindy's class, I just had to give it a go...
You inspired me Ainslie....thank you.

Above and below is a picture of a pair of pillow shams that belonged to my mother.....beautiful, very old, about 80 +
years old.
 
 
The motif  on the shams is a bit hard to see, but it looks like two angels riding on something.
With Cindy's class help I'm going to try and FMQ them and see if I can make the sham flaps pop!
 
 
I also have this cross-stitched table cloth, that was my mothers.....this too is what Cindy FMQ in her class.
It will be quite a challenge, but I'm looking forward to having a play with these and some old doilies  that I have .....you know those Battenberg lace ones that are so hard to iron after they have been washed....
 
Enjoy the rest of the week...

Sunday, December 7

Lone Star...Double Wedding Ring.....wedding quilts finished...yay!

I did it!....so good to have these two wedding quilts finished....yay, double yay!!
I quilted all day yesterday, so determined to get the Lone Star quilted before the end of the year...
I quilted all day, then stayed up and watched the "Notebook" movie.....I have watched it many times, but still cried all the way through it...

These two quilts were my focus for most of this year.
I quilted the Lone Star myself, mostly on my Pfaff Grand Quilter...lots of ditch stitching and you may just be able to see the eight pointed stars in the light plain blocks.
Echoed the stars a couple of times and stippled around the stars on the SS, mainly to stop any  puffiness...... those plain blocks are 14 inches square..
I also made three cushions out of the scraps to throw on the bed......♥
This double wedding quilt is so big.....it's as big as the first one I made (in my header)  12 years ago...
This DWR quilt was quilted by a longarm quilter.....this one I know was way too big for me to handle..
So, that's them done....now to wait for April 2015....two grand kids getting married, a very very special month...

I'm taking a break for a while......
It's been a tough  roller coaster year.....I just want to get through the next few weeks and start a fresh New Year.....
Thank you for your visits and lovely comments throughout this year. Your blogging friendships have meant so much to me...

I hope everyone has a wonderful Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year..
Take care....

Monday, November 24

Scrap stash busting Saturday.....pinwheels..

It was a lovely productive Saturday......missing my Pfaff Grand Quilter, I thought I would keep busy,  and see if I could do something with some scraps...
In that empty plastic tub were these CW scraps and also lots of neutral scrap pieces of fabric.
It was fun to rediscover some of the fabrics that I have loved, made quite a few quilts from and a little sad to see this is all I had left of them....
Same with the neutrals.....I love that one on top of the pile.....soft leafy fern print on a cream background.....
So from those scraps these pinwheels were pieced...
 
Have a happy day....♥