Monday, December 18, 2017

Totality Monday!

My little quilt to commemorate the Total eclipse of the sun is complete!

 I put the last stitches in last night, and although I took a few photos I wanted to wait for it to get light outside to take a few more this morning.
 I finished the hand quilting on our flight back from Hawaii. I had not touched it the whole week and had a goal to finish it before arriving home. 
 Last nights photos.

 Even though the quilt is only 21" square, I pieced the backing- I'm all about using what I have. I love this fabric! If you want to see more about the assembly check it out HERE and to read about my eclipse experience click HERE and my eclipse block inspiration click HERE.
Lizzy asked me if I made any purchases at the Scandinavian Festival and I said no, but I did! I'm always on the lookout for vintage linens at prices I can afford. I found 2 napkins and one embroidered towel. Any thoughts on what those letters may be? C R? 

Have a lovely Monday! If I'm your facebook friend I've been sharing photos of my trip to Hawaii. I had an amazing time. I really love the warm weather. We got to meet my Nikki's (my sons girlfriend) parents. She fixed us a picnic lunch and it was a beautiful day inn upcountry Maui.

Love to you all today.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Beyond the Cherry Tree Revisited

This post is a reminder for me to get out this quilt and continue my hand quilting!
I knew it would be a long term hand quilting project when I finished the top. It is about 100x100 and I'm slow as molasses! 

I am copying the original antique quilt motifs. This was generously provided by Gay at Sentimental Stitches. She just had a sale on this pattern but I missed it! I would have loved to pass on that savings to you all!
To see the whole original quilt go HERE.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Quilts

I never really thought I'd make a quilt especially for Christmas, but I guess when you quilt for 25 years you end up with a few for various holidays throughout the year. 
I haven't actually decorated mush yet, but did get my harvest quilts down and most of the winter/Christmas quilts up. I think it helps insulate the house from the cold too! LOL

Here they are waiting for placement. 
Here are some smaller pieces, gifts, swaps and woolies waiting for the perfect place to shine this winter.
 My favorites are the ones that are predominately red and green.  This turkey tracks was a challenging one to make, but I did 3 blocks a month for several months so it didn't get so tedious and the set in seams didn't drive me to drink! (or quit!)
 This one is a beauty, in a Need'l Love book. My first and only time doing Hari Walner's machine trapunto. Quilted by my friend Kathy in Ohio.
 I usually have this hanging on my banister but this year I chose to hang it in my room so I can dream about it every night before I go to bed.
 This is Wear Warm Clothes by Country Threads. An oldie but goodie.
 I think the basket quilt is by Cheri Payne. I made this one eons ago in 2000!
 The twelve Days of Christmas in wool by Cheri Payne. 
 A crib quilt reproduced by one owned by the Aurora colony historic museum. (or ancestor)
Patriotic Santa by Joined at the Hip. 

I know many of you have seen these December after December..... sorry. I'll guess I'll need to make some new ones! LOL

Have a great week!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday Follies!

Happy December! Wow! I can't believe this year is almost over. 
I got the center star quilted and took some photos so I could have a chat with my friend about possible quilting ideas for the frame. My original thought was to go circular but I was pretty sure marking it accurately would be difficult and it wouldn't look humble, just poorly done. 

I took 2 photos hoping the quilting would show up in at least one photo.  Kathy helped me solidify a decision and you lovely quilters will have to wait to find out what I decided to do. I hope it goes fast so I can wrap up this project before the end of the year.
I basted my antique rose block which we are calling "Rose of Houston 2017" Just in case we decide to make this a yearly event. I love the backing and it will go splendidly with the front. You'll also have to wait to see this one too, since Laurie reads my blog.
Thank you Dotti for the adorable as ever dresses for me to bring to Colombia. They are as cute as ever! If you are wondering, the deadline was the end of November and I have plenty now. Thank you generous quilters! I love you to pieces!!
My Instagram feed for this week. 

Happy December 1st!

Susan R, I received your money for the book. Thank you for the extra- It will go to my mission trip. 

Love to you all! Have a wonderful weekend.



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