Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Foggy Wednesday Morning

While I was waiting for my husband to install the towel bars and mirrors in the bathroom.......I just stepped into my sewing room to visit my fabric. The next thing you know the rotary cutter is in my hand and one thing led to another......
It is small, maybe 9 x 14, I didn't measure it but I think that's about the size. I loved quilting it and it only took about an hour. The lines are about 1/6" apart, it was fun.




 part of Maddy's shower gift, they go along with the cookbook. Love those lobsters!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Lost In Space

Doesn't just looking at this beautiful bunch of flowers (lily of the valley, forget-me-not and spanish blue bells) make you relax? That is why I picked them. If you put them in a powder room, the scent  of the lily of the valley will greet you every time you go in there. Lovely!

The push is on to get all of the wedding things I am making done. It is very overcast here today so I could not get a good picture of the quilt but this gives you a good idea of what it looks like. Now I know why I don't make queen size quilts, what a pain to wrangle it around. I was exhausted just trying to sew the binding on it.

The quilting is wonderful, an all over swirl done by Susie Racobaldo of Kennett Square PA. I was not even tempted to do this myself.

I am not a huge fan of making labels, I usually just write on the back of the quilt with a Sharpie and then iron it. It felt weird to write this down, I guess it is making it feel real!

The bridesmaids asked me to make a runner for the dessert table. Something pink and girly, ok twist my arm! Again a terrible picture on this gloomy day.

These are the fabrics I chose and I really like them! I like the little touches of blue too.

This is a family recipe book, that Maddy is giving her.

On the inside I put her new initials and the date.

I asked family members to hand write some recipes. We have some from my grandmother that are priceless. She may never make "sorghum cookies" but I love that she has a recipe in her hand writing. Maddy helped me add some stickers for fun.

In the back I also included her shower invitation.

This is a handkerchief that my great grandmother made. All 3 of my daughters in law carried it and now I will pass it along to my daughter, something old and something blue. Caitlin will now be the keeper of the handkerchief that hopefully my granddaughters will want to carry at their weddings.

I love the detail, this is my great grandmother Dolly who I credit for my love of sewing. She sat me on her lap at the age of 4 and let me embroider a tea towel, using a six strands of floss!

To add to the busy schedule, Maddy had her first ballet recital. It was so fun to watch. May daughter cried during the entire performance.

I am also attending a baby shower in a few weeks. I like to add something that is not on the registry list so I made this little toy. My grandchildren loved sucking on those little tags.

The walls are painted but I have not gotten in there to paint the trim. I love the color but still don't like all that beige!
So that is what I have been up to for the past week or so. I am missing all my blogging friends because I have not even been turning on the computer! Too much temptation. Once I get the gardens under control and that trim painted I will be back to more regular posting.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Life has been busy of late and I am way behind in blogging and reading my favorite blogs. I may be a little scarce for the next few weeks until I get caught up.
The winner of the give away is Sharon from Indigo Threads.  Congratulations Sharon! Please send me your address and I will get them out to you.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Quilt Show Wrap Up and Hand Dye Give Away

The show was wonderful! It is taking me along time to catch up with my real life after being gone for 3 days.
I was very happy that everything went smoothly and every single person that I talked to commented on how beautiful our show looked. We are a small guild, only 60 members but everyone contributes in many ways.
I am not going to post all the pictures here. You can go to our Penn Oaks Quilt Guild Newsletter to see most of the quilts.

Fallon, Griffin, Elliot and Maddy's Pumpkin Head Quilt won a Judges Choice ribbon! They were so happy, Maddy has already taken the ribbon home with her.

My Dear Diary quilt got a blue ribbon. It made all that work worth it!

I also won a Judges's Choice for this little quilt, the one that was made with the leftovers of another quilt!

This is Betsy Moses and her quilt won Best of Show. They loved her borders, they even measured them with a tape measure!

I celebration of our wonderful quilt show I am giving away all these hand dyed fabrics and........

this adorable pin cushion made by Robin, one of our members.

Some close ups for you to see. The colors look truer in the picture of them all together.

Here's what you do. Leave me a comment and tell me what kind of raffles do you like and dislike at a quilt show. Become a follower if you aren't already. I will pick the name next Wednesday May 15th.
Good Luck!


Friday, May 3, 2013

Quilt Show

Our Penn Oaks Quilt Guild Quilt Show is in full swing! Today is opening day.
I will be posting pictures soon.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Vase With Flowers

Vase With Flowers, it sounds so la tee da......the colors are not true, it is much brighter!

The background is Etchings, a MODA fabric by 3 Sisters. I quilted it before I fused down the shapes.

My machine quilting went pretty good. I used the batting Tuscany and love it! A tip about what color thread you use.....take the spool and draw out a small length, lay it across the fabric. It is an applique technique but works for this too. If you want it to stand out or blend in it will help you decide before you stitch.

Most of the featured appliques are Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I was undecided about the birds but went for what I thought would appeal to the masses. The quilt is going to be one of the raffle quilts at our quilt show this weekend. We have 43 quilts!

If you live nearby please be sure to stop in, it's a great show!