Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Shipshewana Retreat

I returned home from a fun filled week in Shipshewana, Indiana, on Sunday afternoon.  I've been at the Jane Stickle Quilt Retreat at the Farmstead Inn located there.   It was so much fun to reconnect with old friends and to make new friends.  Here are some of the photos from the Farmstead.

This photo was taken Saturday during a snow storm.  A lot of us had packed winter coats and gloves with us.  A lot of us didn't have snow boots.  I spent a lot of time drying my socks and shoes and cold feet over the heater in my room.  It was really beautiful though.  We shopped during the day and ordered pizza delivered to the sewing room our last evening there.  

This was taken on a day when it was sunny and beautiful but cool and windy.  

The next few photos are the Farmstead Inn decorated for the holidays.

This quilt is huge and is hung on the wall behind the stairway.  

This beautiful cabinet is in between the doors by the front lobby.  The Amish made furniture is just beautiful.  

This is a sign down by the breakfast room.

I'm working on getting my retreat photos up on line where you can view them.  I'll post a link when I figure it all out.  I'll post more photos from my fabric shopping and show and tell.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  I will be spending time in the kitchen the next couple of days preparing for our family's Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mostly Knitting

I haven't done a lot of quilting over the last month, but I have been doing a lot of knitting.  This Zick Zack scarf was on the needles for a few months, and I finished it.

This is my Colts scarf for this football season.  Whenever we score points I knit that number of rows in blue.  Whenever our opponent wins, I knit that number of rows in white.  You can see that we aren't having a winning season.   This is similar to the temperature scarves that a lot of knitters are making.

I started this scarf and am making it similar to the way the Colts scarf is made.  It's knit in the round forming a tube using leftover sock yarn.  Whenever I'm finished, I'll Kitchner Stitch the ends together.

This pair of socks was on the needles for well over a year.  I finished those and.....

I started and finished another pair.  The blue ones above are done with sock yarn on size 2 needles.  The pink ones below are done with heavier yarn on size 5 needles.  I've discovered a short row heel that I really like to use.

Here is the pair that I finished last week.  I really like wearing knit socks in the winter, so I have another two pair on the needles now.  

I know this is mostly a quilt blog, but this explains part of my absence from blogging.  I thought you might like to see what I've been working on anyway.

I'm heading to Shipshewana to a quilt retreat.  I'll check in from there.

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

On Easy Street Again

Hello     I'm working on my Easy Street quilt again.  Easy Street is the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt from 2012.  This is the last Quiltville mystery that I've done.   We were selling our other house, packing, and moving during the last couple of mysteries, so I didn't even start those.   I'm excited about this year's quilt.  Bonnie's colors are rusty red, gold, black and backgrounds.  I have lots of those colors in my stash, so I'm ready to go.  I thought I should try and get this top put together before starting to cut out the next quilt.  

I took the Halloween decorations down and put the pumpkins and fall decorations back out.

Thanks to my husband who put the holes in the pumpkins for this pumpkin topiary so the dowel rod would go through them and hold them in the pot on the front porch.

I made this Halloween post card for my favorite trick or treater.  

Here he is:  My favorite UPS guy having a snack on Halloween night.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Inside and Out

A couple of weeks ago, I decorated my house for Halloween.  Here are a few photos:

This is my Quilt As You Go Dresden table mat.  My tutorial for the table topper is here.  The tutorial shows how I make my Dresden Plates from charm squares (or 2 1/2" strips).

Here's a photo of the table topper without the centerpiece.

This little quilt is made from my tutorial
1 1/2" half square triangles from charm squares found here.  

I made this tiny tumbler quilt from little 1 1/2" blocks that I won from Kathy at Inspired by Antique Quilts blog.  The tumblers are hand pieced and hand quilted.  I miss Kathy's blog.

This is a little quilt that I made from my tutorial From Squares to an On Point Quilt found here.  This is another great use for charm squares.

I made this quilt from another of my tutorials called Pinwheel Blocks from Charm Squares found here.   The pinwheels also use charm squares.


Here's a little better photo.

I won the center redwork pattern from Gay at Sentimental Stitches.  You can purchase it there.

This isn't Halloween, but I have rolled up some of my smaller quilts to display them in this basket.
The one hanging over the basket was from a Humble Quilts quilt along.  The small flying geese quilt was made from my tutorial here.  

I always decorate the outside, too.  There are lights on the bushes that don't really show up in this photo.  The ghosts are made from my Tomato Cage Ghost tutorial here.

We've had a frost already, so my chrysanthemums have seen better days.

The color on this photo is off, but this is my front door decoration.

All of my tutorials can be found on my sidebar.  I hope you will give at least one of them a try.  I love finding different uses for charm squares.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

H A P P Y   H A L L O W E E N!!!!!!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Smitten, Stars and Vacation

Hi Everyone    I've been away for awhile.  Part of the time was spent catching up on sewing projects and some knitting.  We were on vacation for over a week, and toward the end we both got sick.  I haven't had any kind of cold, upper respiratory thing for about 2 years, and it's taken me awhile to snap back and feel human again.

In my last post, I showed you the Smitten block kits that I've cut.  Here are 2 that I sewed while on vacation.  It's too dark now, but I'll take photos and show you my progress soon.  The Smitten pattern is by Jen Kingwell.

I'm still sewing 2" six pointed stars.  I really love fussy cutting and sewing these blocks.  The pink/rose star fabric in the block below is a fabric by Sue Daley.

The red fabric in this star is a Sue Daley fabric.  The other two are from my stash.  

I love spending time in the Smoky Mountains, and I never tire of this view.

Here is a photo from the same place.  You can see the clouds rolling in and the tops of the mountains are barely visible.  

I spent a lot of time under this striped umbrella during vacation.  It is in front of the Marble Slab Creamery.  Yes, that ice cream was purely for medicinal purposes to heal my sore throat.  That's Starbucks across the way.  That Pumpkin Spice Latte was for the congestion.  That's my story!  

I'll try not to stay away so long next time.  I've done a lot of stitching, and I'll take photos and show you soon.  I hope you've been stitching, too.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sewing and EPP Projects

I had the house all to myself for about 10 days, and I spent most of the time sewing, watching movies, and having fun.  

Here are all of the Dresden Plate Table Toppers that you saw in my previous post. There are 12 of them in the pile; most are Christmas themed, but there are two autumn, one Patriotic, one Valentine's and a couple have fruit and can be used in summer.  All that's left to do on these is to hand sew down the bindings.  I've tried to sew the binding on the machine on one of them, and it looks awful.  I'm going to rip it out.  I really enjoy hand work, so I'll finish them by hand.  Some of these are for gifts, some for donations for silent auctions, and some of them I'm going to keep.  My Dresden Plate Table Topper tutorial can be found here.    The tutorial found at the link is for a Halloween Table Topper.

These pillowcases were all cut out, and every time I picked up the pile of pieces, one of the cuffs would fall out of the pillowcase it was matched up with.  So I sewed my way through the pile until all 31 pillowcases were finished.  I do a french seam on my pillowcases so that all of the raw edges are enclosed.  You can see how I enclose the seam cuff in my Hot Dog Pillowcase Tutorial here.  

Awhile back, I went to Back Door Quilts for a sewing day with the Quilts for Kids Group.  I finished 3 quilt tops that day from kits that the QFK coordinator provided (I added a few of my own strips to her kids....like the Kaffe fabrics).  I did some machine quilting on these 3 tops, and next I'll make binding and sew it on by machine.  Since these quilts are going to be used by kids, everything has to be done by machine.  

These blocks are for my Smitten quilt.  The pattern is by Jen Kingwell.  I started the blocks that you see a few months ago.  My friend, Michele, from English Paper Piecing Addiction Group is moving right along with her blocks.  Michele told me that the smaller pieces could be cut from a jelly roll.  Since we were at Back Door, I picked up a new jelly roll and last week I cut block kits enough to finish the quilt top.  I still have to glue baste the pieces and sew.  I'm kind of anxious to get back to this project again now that I have all of the block kits cut.

I also really love making these 2" six pointed stars.  In the bottom right hand corner of the photo, you can see some of the pieces that I fussy cut last week while I had a lot of my fabrics pulled out.  These stars are going to be one of those projects that I'll hate to see come to an end.  These are one of my favorite things to English paper piece.  

I also bought  this Bronco's fleece and crocheted around the edge of it and have sent it to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Colorado.  

We have a friendly football rivalry since our Colts traded Peyton Manning to the Broncos.  I even found variegated yarn in Bronco's colors to do the edging.

After all of that, I had to take time to clean up my sewing room.  I have part of the two Patriotic quilts you can see a bit of in the bottom corner of the photo already machine quilted.  I still have to finish a bit on each quilt.   One is for a donation quilt, and one is to keep.  I'll show you a better photo when I have the quilts finished.

This is a lot for one post, but it's been awhile since I've checked in.  Hope all is well with all of you, and

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Dresdens, Pillowcases and Other Sewing

It's been awhile since my last post, so I thought I'd let you know what I've been working on.  I have somehow gotten myself into a lot of things that require a deadline, and they all seem to be coming due at once.  I sometimes get that "I can save the world" mentality, and get myself into way too many things.  

Here are some Dresden Plates I've been working on.  Some of these are for my own projects, but the fan blades were all over the sewing room.  I decided it was best to sew them together so they would be all in one piece.  

This Dresden plate table topper is for a silent auction donation.  

I love to hand applique', but sometimes it isn't always possible.  I did machine applique' on the Dresden plate following Harriet Hargrave's directions.

Mastering Machine Applique' is a great book.  This book tells what settings to use for different sewing machines and has lots of valuable information and illustrations.  

You can find my tutorial for this quilt as you go table topper here.  

I also made 20 pillowcases using my Hot Dog Pillowcase tutorial here.   At some point I need to update my tutorial because it doesn't show how to do the french seam finish.  I made 10 Frozen and 8 Avengers pillowcases for donation to a DAR school.  

Another Frozen pillowcase went to my niece's daughter who is 5, and a Mickey Mouse pillowcase went to my Grandson (I forgot to take a photo).

I'm also in a signature swap with a group of quilters.  I've sewed, signed, stamped and colored 70 plus blocks for the swap in November.   I made a few extra blocks to have signed by friends that didn't sign up for the swap.

There's still more things I've committed to do, and I'll show you those as I finish.  I am really missing my EPP projects.  Sometimes when I get a bit overwhelmed by the quilting things that I've promised, I grab some yarn and crochet a bit.

 You can see my crochet projects on my Easy Crochet blog here.  

My Dresden plate table topper tutorial is here.  

My Hot Dog Pillowcase tutorial is here.

I'm linking to Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday at What A Hoot!

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. 

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