Thursday, June 26, 2014

June Sewing with Sandy

Hey, look at this….it’s still June and I’m posting our progress.  Woo Hoo!

Sandy and I always have our “show ‘n tell” at our Woolies group which meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.   Yesterday was the deadline for getting our projects done.   We both managed to get everything done!  

Sandy picked all the projects for this month. 

Here goes!

First up is the Buttermilk Basin mats, “By thy hands BOM”

This one is Sandy’s

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And this is mine.

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We are continuing making projects from the “101 Fabulous Small Quilts” book.   This one is called “Native American Quilt”.   

Sandy’s….

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Mine…

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The stitchery project she chose for us is by Chestnut Junction called, “Sunflowers 4 Sale”. 

Sandy chose to make hers into a pillow. 

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The first one I made was all in wool. 

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Then I remembered it was supposed to be our stitchery project, so I made another one.

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We are still making Christmas projects, so this next one is by Farmhouse Threads called, “Sugar and Spice”.

We both stuck to the pattern colors.   This one is Sandy’s.

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And mine…

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Another Buttermilk Basin project chosen was the “Seasonal Fall Runner”. 

Sandy’s…

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and mine…

Jack decided he needed to get in the picture.

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Ahhh, now you can see the flag and crow. LOL.

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This next project was supposed to be a May project, but Sandy completely forgot about it, so it carried over to June.

The pattern is by Primitive Pieces by Lynda called, “Rudolph”.

It’s only 7” x 8”, so you can turn it into all sorts of finished projects. 

Sandy chose to do some little pillows.

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And I thought of little wall hangings. 

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And last up is a freebie project from May Britt of Abyquilt.blogspot.com.   It’s the 2011 Christmas Heart.   If you make it, be sure and reference it back to her. 

Sandy made this darling little bag and filled it with berries and greens. Isn’t it darling?   Wish I had thought of that.

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I did a little wall hanging. (I also made a pillow, but it’s not stuffed yet, so technically, I guess, it’s not finished. LOL)

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So, that’s it for June.  The next couple of months will have fewer projects because we both realize our limits when it comes to summer.   But…we are still committed to continuing our challenge. 

If I’m not back before the 4th, have a wonderful holiday.  Stay safe tho. 

Hugs, Anne

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sewing with Sandy in May

Oops, I’m a day late… So sorry but the weather has been so nice I’ve been walking and sitting outside.  

Anyway, on with the projects. 

I got to pick our May projects.  First up…the monthly Buttermilk Basin “By thy hands” BOM

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And this one is mine.

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A little display.

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This next one was a freebie off the internet.  Sorry, no name and no designer. 

Don’t you love the frame and background Sandy chose?

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This one is mine.  

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Next up is a little quilt from Primitive Gatherings called “Back in Time”, designed by Lisa Bongean.   We both were drawn to this quilt because of the cheddar fabric.  Yummy!

Sandy used fabrics from her stash.

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I had a kit.  Funny thing about the kit.   I bought it a couple of years ago,  but when it came time to start working on it, I couldn’t find it anywhere.  I tore my nest apart looking for it but never did. ( I think Jack, the cat, knocked it off my sewing table into the waste basket.  Thankfully, Karen came to my rescue and let me have the kit she bought.  Thanks Karen. 

Now, not to toot my own horn, but those of you who have followed me for awhile know that I “quilt by check”.  Well, not this time.   The center is machine quilted and the borders are HAND quilted…by ME!  Woo Hoo!!!

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Up next is another Buttermilk Basin pattern called “Winter Welcome Runner”.   Sandy’s looks like the pattern.  

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I decided to just stitch the center and frame it.   

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And lastly, the quilt of the month chosen from the book, “101 Fabulous Small Quilts” is called “Jacob’s Ladder”.   This is the largest one that we’ve made so far.  (30” x 30”)

Here’s Sandy’s.

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And mine.  

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Sew, that’s it for May.   Gotta get to work on June.   It might get tougher to get them done this summer because I’d rather be outside and Sandy has a farm to run.   We’ll try tho….just for YOU!

Till next time… (I was gonna say “month”, but since I’m late posting this, I’ll try be on time in June)  LOL

Hugs, Anne

Friday, May 9, 2014

Winner winner chicken dinner!

There were quite a few of you who picked my project correctly, but only 2 people also picked the one that got the most votes by our group.

 

This was mine….  #2

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And this one was the winning quilt made by Jean Mayes.

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So…..drumroll please!  

The winners are Loris and Janet.   Please email me your address and I’ll get your prize to you.   

Thanks for playing along with my little “game”.   It was fun seeing what your guesses were. 

Next year’s challenge is “Baskets”.  A whole year to mull it over!

Hugs, Anne

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dresden challenge and a Giveaway

Yesterday was the annual challenge at my Monday sewing group, Material Girls.   The block that was picked this year was the Dresden Plate.    The only rules to the challenge were that there had to be one complete “traditional” Dresden plate in the project, and the maker of the project had to also do the quilting.
  
My challenge to you is to guess which block is mine and, for an added bonus, guess which one got the most votes.   The giveaway items will be at the bottom of the post.
  
For a second opportunity to win…head on over to Anna’s Woolie Mammoth blog and guess which one she did.   She has put together a cute giveaway too. 

On with the show.    I’m showing these in the number order in which they were on display so there’s no favoritism going on.   LOL

The number will be above the project.  Or you can describe it in your answer.
   
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#2
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#3
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#4
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#5
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#6
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#7
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#9
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#14
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#15
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And this last one was a “flimsy” that was just for show.  
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Here’s what I’m giving away.   (I may even throw in something extra) *wink*
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Good Luck everyone.   I’ll be back on Friday to announce the winner..  

Hugs, Anne

Thursday, May 1, 2014

April Sewing with Sandy

Sorry I’m a bit late with this recap of our projects.  No real excuse.   I guess I’m just out of the habit of blogging for some reason. Anyway, here’s the show. 
This month Sandy picked the projects for us to do. 
Again, first up is the April Buttermilk Basin “By Thy Hands BOM”.  
This is Sandy’s.
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And here’s mine.
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Thought I’d show where I put it in the house.  
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Our stitchery project for the month was called “Frosty Freddie Candle Mat” by Primitive Stitches.
Here are all of them together.   Sandy made the the top 2 and I made the bottom one.
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And a little staged photo of mine.   (wow, looks kiinda stark in this picture.   I think it needs a little quilt under it.)
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Then Sandy decided on “Never Leave the table before the other guests” from the book “101 Fabulous Small Quilts”
She did hers just like the pattern.
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I decided I wanted less of a scrappy look for mine.  (It kind of makes your eyes go crazy seeing movement where there isn’t any.  LOL)
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Looks better when it’s surrounded by other things.
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The wool project chosen was "Flying Santa Pillow” by Aunt Sanny.   This is Sandy’s…
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And here’s mine.
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We threw in this little snowman mat because it looked so simple and easy.   In fact, it’s so simple and easy that Sandy made 3.  Hers are the top ones and mine is on the bottom right.   The pattern is by Buttermilk Basin called “Sew Simple BOM” and it’s the January block.   Sandy “claims” she did so many because she had orphan blocks laying around the house.   Sure, Sandy!
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I filled mine with crushed walnut shells, so it can either be a pincushion or a little pillow to set out. 
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Last fall, we went to a really cute shop in Independence, OR, Ladies of Liberty, and saw this little wall hanging.  We both fell in love with it, so it got added to the list too.   (I have long overdue pictures of the shop to share with you soon).
The pattern is called “My Little Baskets” by Primitive Patchworks.
Sandy chose to do hers in all cotton...
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And I did mine in Cottons n Wool!   (get it?)
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I had recently picked up this little quilt rack (18”) and lo and behold…this one fit perfectly.   (Don’t you just love the modern technology next to our quilts….geesh)
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This next one was left over from our March projects.  We told ourselves that if something didn’t get done in time for our reveal, no big deal…we’d just show it some other time.  
So, this one is called “A Good Night” by Designs by Cheri.  
First up is Sandy’s
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And mine.  
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And then… trying to finish up some UFO’s, I managed to get this one quilted and hanging in our outside entry.   The pattern is “Simply Spring” by Cottage Creek Quilts.
I’m beginning to feel much more comfortable quilting these little ones myself.   In fact, I’m taking a Freemotion Quilting class on Saturday.   Can you imagine how much it would cost me to have someone quilt all of these little projects?   I’ll still send out the big ones, but will try to do the smaller ones myself.   
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And last up…I managed to squeeze in this cute little pillow called “Spring Has Sprung” by Lily Anna Stitches.    I saw it made up when I was staying at Patty’s house in Calif in March.   She generously loaned me the pattern and… voila.   Another fast and easy project finished for Spring.  
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That’s it for April.   Sorry to be a day late (and always a dollar short).   LOL
Next Monday is the yearly reveal for our challenge block for my stitching group, Material Girls.   The block that was chosen was the Dresden Plate.    It will be fun to see what everyone came up with.  It’s a fun time and I promise to be back with pictures.  
Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs, Anne