Saturday, September 18, 2010

wool applique

Oh My It's almost fall! I love this season of crisp days, sure wish they would arrive in KY!

I've been busy with my wool applique projects.

I have 15 blocks done for Elegant garden and 2 done for Folk Art album.

Also working on a crazy patch round robin with my local group, not prim but fun just the same.

Friday, August 13, 2010

elegant garden

I started elegant garden several weeks ago, the pattern is by Laundry basket quilts, 25 9" blocks in all. I decided to do them on heavy flannel with wool applique, I added embroidery to add a bit of spice and love how they are evolving

Sunday, August 8, 2010

autumn crazy patch

Finshed my Autum crazy patch! Love how it turned out, now to start a sewing theme.

Worked the last several days at our quilt extravaganza what fun, we had the Quilts of Valor and the KY census quilt as well as many quilts from our local quilters. This takes place all over town this is the 5th year and it just keeps getting bigger and better.

Monday, August 2, 2010

fall wool crazy

the Fall wool crazy is taking shape, I have a bit more to add and then some seams to add stitches. I love fall and am running out of room to add all the things I love. I want to add leaves to my tree and a rake, have so many memories of raking leaves before going to the football games.

I also framed my Lori Smith "fit to frame" love how it came out. Now to finish my Summer Gatherings daisy wool picture. Also need to clean up my sewing room it is a huge mess!

Friday, July 30, 2010

My Goodies from Knoxville

Several weeks ago I went to the Knoxville Quilt show and I found some great wool and a few books. I also bought Fons and Porters new glue stick pen, very cool can't wait to try it.

I also bought several bed springs fo some make do's.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

fall themed crazy wool

Yesterday I started my fall themed crazy wool. I wanted to do a round one and wanted it to be only about 18". I drew a circle on freezer paper and then made lines to design the patches, this was a bit more formally than I did with my first wool. I then made a second copy of my pattern on freezer paper and used the first copy to cut apart and iron onto the wool, leaving a fat 1/4" around the entire piece when I cut it out, this way I could decide which piece I would lay on top or underneath, and I also would not waste my lovely wool.
As I cut out the pieces I then placed them on my original pattern which I had placed a piece of fusible fleece underneath, the fusible side was placed down and the wool pieces were placed on top, then I basted the pieces together. This way I can fuse the backing to the underside backing of the mat when I am done.
I think my theme is more fall and autumn rather than just halloween, I love fall and all it's flaming glory of colors.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

wool crazy

I finished my wool crazy summer! I love how it came out, I want to start another for fall, I do love the round ones I have seen, so that is the next one I will try.

I also started a quilt on flannel with wool applique using Laundry basket quilt pattern Elegant Garden, I have one block done and have 4 more prepped, so will make a great carry along project. The green wool is some I dyed and pictures are brighter than it really is. I want to try more wool dyeing with Wilton's food coloring.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Red White and Blue Ribbon Day

I won 9 ribbons at our county fair!!! so exciting I entered 9 different items, jam, perserves, jelly, and barbeque sauce and pickles, as well as my sunflower pillow and mini flower table penny rug!

What fun to enter the fair, I hadn't entered anything in a while and having so many ribbons was a real thrill!

My husband gave me a very early birthday present a wonderful jam cupboard! Guess he wants me to keep it full ? And it is just about full and I haven't even gotten to apple picking!

On Tuesday a friend gifted me with a huge bag of tomatoes, so I made barbeque sauce and then on Thursday I was gifted with 14 lbs of peaches so I made spiced peaches. Boy are we going to be eating good this winter, and yes I have to buy more canning jars LOL

Sunday, July 18, 2010

wool crazy and sunflower make do

I found a plain glass candle stick at a garage sale ... okay so I was looking for one! I made a sunflower make do, how cute is that! The instructions were in Needl'Love's French Market threads, I loved making it and I absolutely needed more sunflowers in my home. I made this to match the pillow I made from the same book.

The wool crazy table topper is almost ready to finish, I have to start another, just so much fun and I have a new collection of hand dyed wools. I have to decide if I want to add borders or just bind it. I want to make a round one for fall and maybe winter, the possibilities are endless!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

another day at the cannery

PEACHES!!! yummy! what to make with a wonderful bowl of peaches you ask?? I made a zesty peach barbeque sauce and still had a few peaches left (not enough for a pie) and I had a good amount of cherries in the frig so I made peach cherry conserve!! My kitchen smells so good! Tomorrow it's hot pepper jelly cause the peppers are arriving......then the red tide starts rolling in.....better known as tomatoes and then apples, need more jars,need more jars! if only my friends that are gifted with these yummy delights would remember to return my jars!

PS I don't use the same jars for canning that I use for dyeing, I have separate utensils for both

Friday, July 16, 2010

dyeing wool

Microwave Kool Aid

Country classics acid dye

Wilton food coloring leaf green darker is over dyed

Today I played with dyeing wool, I did Kool Aid Acid dye and Wiltons food coloring.

Most came out great and I look forward to using them in my next project, I want to try some more of the wilton food color, the green I used was leaf green with a dab of brown, I dyed the lighter one on white wool and the deeper one was over dyed on camel.
I did some over-dying with the kool aid and the wilton's and had good results.
With the price of wool I decided to experiment and was happy with the results, I want to do more! Need to make a trip to Good will and see what wool they have hanging around!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

wool crazy progress

I've been working on my wool crazy summer themed block and having lots of fun, so many ideas and so little space LOL may have to make more, just to much fun. I have really needed to brush up on my embroidery skills or should I say lack of??

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

my month of june

Dilly green beans, zucchini relish, lime pickles, strawberry jam and bing cherry conserve
Sweet Liberty pattern by Pat Sloan with my personal touches

Baskets of Geraniums

Moda U basket quilt

Been busy canning, made strawberry jam, Dilly green beans, lime pickles, zucchini relish and Bing Cherry conserve, sure will enjoy these next winter, my gardens have been taking it tough with the extreme heat, but we now have a few days of cooler weather.

Finished my Moda U basket sampler quilt, several wool table mats and have continued working on Calico garden.
I have done a bunch of projects from Primitive Gatherings "Summer Gatherings" have to finish/frame my fresh cut daisies.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

wool wool and more wool

I am having such fun with wool! I made this cute pillow from Needl' love's French Market, and there's lots more from that book I want to make. I did make several changes, I sewed the rings of petals down with my machine using the walking foot and then not feeling the love with my attempts at rug hooking ( I did really try) I used a brown plaid wool, blanket stitched it on and added chenille knots. I used saftey pins to attach to the pillow top, this way I can make more flowers for different seasons and not have to make another pillow. Thinking I might need to make a daisy or a zinnia maybe a rose??

Earlier this week I started the flower penny rug from Summer Gatherings the flowers are the same as in the flower walk table mat but much much smaller I placed a dime on the mat so you can really see the size, I did use fusible web for the mini flower, I kept the pieces in little glassine bags, so I wouldn't lose them.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mini charmer bag and garden walk

Mini Charmer

Garden walk

love my little brown jug that was my mom's and is the perfect size for the mat

I finished my wool table mat and just love it! the pattern is from Primitive gatherings new book Summer Gatherings I also bought the kit for wool flower pennys and boy oh boy are those flowers tiny!!

Our quilt group made these cute purses mini charmer so many cute bags I added bows on the side and changed the pocket on the back so have room for my sunglasses and cell phone.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

where have I been?

goodies from Paducah
Moda U

wool crazy

I have been busy knitting all winter, not sure why I let my quilting lapse, but I have started Crazy wool and am having a blast.
Had a wonderful time in Paducah and got some lovely wool and kits from Primitive Gatherings.

Little Brown Bird

Little Brown Bird