Thursday, December 13, 2012

A New Look and Hexie

I was feeling a little under the weather yesterday and while I was sleeping and resting my daughter gave my blog a new look.  I LOVE IT!  She also made me a new button.  I'm such a lucky mom!

Here's my hexie for the week and last week I finally finished the quilted hanging so I was able to put away the Halloween ghost quilt until next year.  Now my daughter is wondering what I'll make for Spring!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hexie, Siggy, Christmas Through the Year and MAIL!!!

I received this soft, squishy package from Portugal...
and was so surprised!  I was getting a Pay it Forward ready for Teresa and I receive mail from her (I forgot I had signed her PIF to begin with).  Look at the beautiful gifts I received!
A gorgeous colorful round mat (it's on my daughter's library chair....and she'd like it to stay there), a pretty pillow that will look great in my bedroom, a zippered bag that is lined and has pockets (I need to learn how to do that) and has  lovely scented soap inside, an apron from Portugal which fits nicely and little ornaments.  Thanks so much Teresa, I'll treasure them all! 

I then received another package...
from Melody in Melborne.
I love the little house!  The stitching is beautiful and such detail...even little buttons and a pieced background.  Doesn't it look great hanging on the mantle.  Thank you Melody! This is from the12 inch mini quilt swap hosted by Cheryll.
I also received this pretty siggy from Rita in Italy.
Thank you for this wonderful siggy, I loved the fabric you used.  My siggy for you will be in the mail tomorrow.  Sorry it took so long to finish.
And here's my Christmas through the Year...a Mini quilt
and I've almost finished 2 snowmen and 1 snowflake wall hangings/runners.
Now for my hexie:  1 plus 5 pieces of one hidden in the Christmas things(by angels).  Would you believe my daughter's been trying to get me to finish a Christmas/winter wall hanging?
I guess ghosts don't go well with the angels and Nativity set.
Please stop by and visit Karen who hosts One Flower Wednesday and see all the flowers blooming.
Maybe I should keep up with posting so they wouldn't be sooooo longgggg.
Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hexie Flower, 12 Inch Mini Swap, Cristmas Through the Year and Finishes

It's been so long since I posted but I know if I made a hexie I'd post...too bad work gets in the way of quilting.

I also participated in Cheryll's 12 inch Mini Quilt Club. Click on the link to join in the fun - the sign up for December - Christmas Mini is going on now.
The October Mini was Spring and I received the beautiful Mini from Tracee.  Hexies and bird favorites!  Thanks Tracee, I love it!
My October/Spring Mini went to Lyn.

As you can see my daughter decorated for Halloween.  It looks great!  I finished 2 projects to help with the decorating.  The first was started years ago and was suppose to be a Lap Quilt but I made it for the front door (remember I said that's where I sewed....the ironing board makes it hard to open the door).

I also made the table runner Itsy Bitsy Halloween from the book My Runners by Disa Designs.  It's a little longer than the pie safe it's on.
And now to Christmas.  I finished these ornaments that must have been started 10 years or so ago.  There's still more to complete but it's a nice start. Thanks to Christmas Through The Year, Darlene and Cheryl, I have some Christmas presents made.
Madelyn, my 4th grandniece was born in September and I made her this jelly roll race quilt.  I just love the colors.  Dan quilted swirls on it in a variegated bright green - it looks great, thanks Dan.
And last but not least, I finished my Hay Bale Quilt, pattern by Edyta Sitar.  This quilt is for me and I'm going to snuggle under it this winter when relaxing and reading.  I love the fabrics, a mixture of prints and batiks.  Again, Dan did a beautiful job quilting!  Look at the detail in each of the blocks. Thanks Dan! (I only quilt my small projects).


Thursday, August 30, 2012

One Flower Wednesday (Thursday) and 12' Mini Quilt Swap

Better late than never???  Not much new on the hexies but I did make some more stepping stones and one leaf.  I'm also working on Halloween place mats - which is the fabric you see under the hexies.  Visit Karen at One Flower Wednesday to see how hexie flowers are blooming in other gardens.

I received a soft envelope in the mail this week....

It's fantastic, my husband loves it!  Mary Pat sent this to me for the 12" Mini Swap hosted by Cheryll at Gone Stitchin'.  The theme was 'Father's Day' which happens to be a few months later in Australia than here in the States.  The next Mini swap sign up is in September and the theme is 'Spring" if you'd like to join in the fun.  Thanks for the beautiful Mini Mary Pat!

I sent 2 quilts in for quilting, I'm just finishing up binding on a quilt for my nephew's daughter (due beginning of September) and I've been working on a leaf pattern......hope to have pictures soon.

Have a GREAT week!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

One Flower Wednesday, 12 inch Mini Quilt Swap and Northern Lights

Hello!  It's been so long since I posted but I've kept up with visiting all the beautiful hexies/flowers over at One Flower Wednesday hosted by Karen.  My flower garden is growing very slowly and I had trouble keeping the patterned rows in order but after a little ripping out I think my rows are growing nicely.

I also participated in a 12" Mini Quilt Swap hosted by Cheryll.  My Mini went to Sharon this month and I was reminded I forgot to add a label...sorry Sharon!

This pattern is from  Don't look now!   I just changed things a little to make it a mini.

I received these beautiful pictures in an email and I'd like to share them with you.

Northern Lights Over Teepees

These are spectacular and the teepees are so
pretty in the dark but,
check out that thermometer!

Enjoy the pictures.....have a great week!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

One Flower Wednesday

I'm finally posting again.  My garden needs to grow a little faster and I have hexie flowers and stones all over the house - I even found a finished one in the bill basket!  Here's a picture of what I've been working on

These are the pieces in a basket in my bedroom and do not include the stones, leaves and flowers from other rooms.  Maybe I should spend some time organizing......or NOT.

A friend sent me a link to another hexie and when I saw the pattern I thought Christmas Ornament.

As you can see two are finished and I've started many others.  The center piece uses a 2 inch hexie.
To get a copy of this pattern/template from Penny' Hands click on the  LINK .

If you would like to see how other gardens are growing please stop by One Flower Wednesday hosted by Karen.

Have a Great week!

Friday, June 15, 2012

12 Inch Mini Club

Ooops! I for got to do this last night and I shouldn't being using this computer....
Here's the Welcome mini I made

and the Beautiful Birdhouse Welcome Mini I received From Sharon

( I LOVE BIRDHOUSES!)  Sharon didn't take a picture so she asked me to post one for her. To see more Mini's visit Cheryll at Gone Stitchin'. That's where I'll be as soon as I get off work.
Thanks for hosting Cheryll!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

One Flower Wednesday and ABC Challenge

It's early morning and I need to head off to work so just a quick post.  I've been a little under the weather and have missed a few Wednesdays...hopefully I won't miss anymore for a while.

I made/finished a hexie ornament...

...and I received this beautiful Apron and lots of other "A" goodies from Laurrie - Thanks so much!  The Animal buttons are adorable and I love the Asian print! I have Apricot ribbon and Azure thread for a special project that comes along.

Thank you!

Have a great week! 
Hi HO, HI HO, it's off to WORK I go!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

One Flower Wednesday, Christmas Through the Year and MAIL!!!

I've missed two weeks posting and looking at blogs, I need to catch up on all I've missed out there.

Here's another Christmas hexie and start of another - they'll become ornaments.
See what other flowers are blooming - visit One Flower Wednesday hosted by Karen.

February's Scrap Club featured the snowball block.  I had a little piece of Maxine fabric and
this mat will go into my Christmas Through The Year box.  Visit the hosts Cheryl and Darlene and see all the great gifts that are being made.

Last Year, in Playing With Blocks Club I was given a challenge to use this green fabric and Whack and Stack method.  I made this table topper and this past weekend I finally quilted and bound it - another project finished!

Also, this past weekend (4 days) I finished my Mystery Club project for May (2012!).  We were given fabric requirements, cutting directions and told to think either reds or blues for berries.  Of course I picked purple...just couldn't make up my mind.  We were given directions when we met and here's the result...

and the most important part...MAIL!!!

I was the Alphabet Challenge winner hosted by Cheryll at Gone Stitchin' .  My daughter already wants a purse...  Thanks for the patterns Cheryll!

MINI BUT MIGHTY!I also joined in on the fun for Cheryll's 12 inch MINI Club and a 'soft' package was waiting for me today. 

Thank you Sharon!  I love birdhouses!!!

The mini quilt is beautiful and I love the leaves, buttons,
and beads you added!  It's perfect - my daughter thought
I told you what I liked.  Thank you for the fabric and scissors holder too!

Thank you and have a great week!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

ABC Challenge

Cheryll at Gone Stitchin has set up another wonderful swap - Alphabet Challenge. 
May's AlpHaBeT CHaLLenGe letter is

Asian or African Fat 1/4 of Fabric
Animal buttons x 4
Apricot Ribbon ( 1 meter / 1 yard)
                                                            Azure Coloured Thread
Apron using Apricot and Aqua.

I finished the challenge, and of course found it challenging.  This is the first piece of clothing I made.  I started by cutting out a square of fabric and, of course,didn't think it all the way through that this square was really a 'diamond'.  Oh well..... I looked for new fabric which WAS NOT directional yet still had aqua and apricot and started again.


On to the next challenge and a trip to Michigan to visit my Aunt next week. 
 Happy Stitching and Have a Great Week! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

One Flower Wednesday

Since making (hexie) stones is a little boring after awhile I decided to start working on Christmas ornaments....

I'll have this ready to hang on a tree  by next week and hopefully a few more.  Thanks to Karen and all the other ladies who keep me motivated.  Take a look and see what's blooming at One Flower Wednesday.

This past week I made a zippered bag and it turned out!  I know all of you can make these, but I was so excited!!!  My daughter picked out the fabric she wanted and she was so pleased with the results - she loves it!

And my seams even matched!

This week my goal is to make an apron with aqua and apricot will be another first.  I know how to do piecing (straight pieces) and now with following your blogs and joining in on swaps I've learned so much.  Thank you for all your encouragement!
Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

One Flower Wednesday and More......

 I know I said I'd be making more stones and adding them to my quilt but...I made a flower instead - much more colorful!  Visit Karen at One Flower Wednesday to see beautiful blooms and growing gardens.

I also finish a BOM quilt I start in 2008.  I was given a pattern and fat eights each month.  I started out hand piecing the blocks together and then took a class on machine piecing.   I finished putting the binding on Sunday night and all that's left to do is a label and maybe a sleeve to hang it.

 And the quilting....Dan did an amazing job!  Just look at the quilting - pictures don't do it justice.

Just one more thing...
There's a fun swap or 2 starting.  Cheryll at Gone Stitchin' has posted the Alphabet Challenge which has you collect/make items starting with the letter A .  I've already started.  I just need to learn how to make an apron...
Cheryll has also posted a 12 inch Mini Club that I'm excited to join read about it here.

              Happy Quilting!