Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A little more fall decorating.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures from the last post.   I didn’t realize I had taken so many so figured it would be best to break it into 2 posts. 

Here we go again.   This is a quilt that I  made last year by Heart to Hand called Autumn Quilt.  

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I made this one last year too and it’s by Red Button Company.

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This next one was made when I first started quilting.   I got the pattern from a little shop in Kennewick, WA which has since closed up shop.   The motifs are part of a panel that was cut apart.   I really like the way they designed the sashing.  It was a real challenge for the newbie that I was.  

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Just finished quilting this one by hand this year.   It’s called Harvest Moon and is by Heart to Hand.

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This next framed project was one of the first wool projects I did around 2004.   The pattern is by Primitive Gatherings.

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If you remember, last year Mr CnW made me this box to fill with floral arrangements.  

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It measures 12” x 48”.   I change it up every season.  

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If you’ve been with me for any time at all, you know that mantles are just not my thing.   I have the hardest time decorating them.   So, this will have to do for this year.  

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I love this little box with the bowl fillers.   Karen made them for me.   The box itself was made by blogless Sandy.  

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I had the hardest time taking the next 2 pictures.   This setting is on the staircase landing and there is a big window above.   No matter what time of day I tried to take the picture, the lighting was terrible.   So, I just took it after dark and used the flash.  Still not happy with the outcome.   Oh well, a photographer is something I’ve never claimed to be.

The little wall hanging is a seasonal interchangeable banner by Primitive Gatherings.

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So, happy fall y’all.    I’ll be back in a couple of days with sewing with Sandy, part October.    Stay tuned.

 

Hugs, Anne

Monday, October 27, 2014

A little fall decorating

I love this time of year and love decorating for it, so I thought I’d show you a few pictures of the house.   You might recognize some of the quilts and projects that I’ve done through the years.   I try to mix it up year after year, but sometimes, in the interest of time, it’s just easier to put things where they were the year before.  

Let’s take a look.   The pictures are pretty much self explanatory, so I’ll keep the comments to a minimum.  

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I made this little witch back when I was selling dolls at craft boutiques.

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I don’t want to overload you with pictures, so will do the rest on my next post.   

Hugs, Anne

Monday, September 29, 2014

September sewing with Sandy


Hey everyone,  here we are again for our monthly show 'n tell.   It seems to be getting harder and harder to get these projects finished on time, but we are plugging along.    The monthly one from the “101 Fabulous Small Quilts” book didn’t get finished this month, so there will be two to show next month.  

We are definitely working on holiday themes.    September was my month to choose the projects and I’m always drawn to fall and winter patterns, so I chose these…

First up is a freebie that Cheri offered last October on her blog.  It’s called “Pumpkin Seeds”.
Sandy made hers like the pattern.
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And I added a little wool pumpkin in the center.
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The next project is one that didn’t get finished in August, so we carried it over to this month.    Another quilt designed by Cheri called, “Acorns”.
Sandy made this one.  She only made 4 blocks of acorns because she read the instructions wrong. (Hehe).  I think it turned out wonderful though.  
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Here’s mine….It’s pretty long with the 5 blocks.  I did a scrappy inner border so it’s pretty “busy”.  
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For our stitchery project, I chose “Snowflake Folk” by Country Stitches.
Sandy made hers into a pillow.  And she told us she even made her own piping!   LOL
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I framed mine.
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And then, for the wool project, I chose “Tags of Christmas” by Plays with Wool Designs.
Again, Sandy turned hers in to a pillow…
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And I framed mine.
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It’s really been fun seeing the difference in how we each interpret the same pattern. 
I had some extra time on my hands and worked on a little quilt kit that I got in Portland last month, at “Quilt, Knit, Stitch”.  
I first saw this quilt on Pinterest and loved it.   When I saw it in the My Red Door booth, I knew I had to have it.  It’s called “Midnight Stars”.  I still love it!
When I took the picture on the floor it actually looked like a full size quilt,
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so I figured I should show you where I put it so you can get a better size reference.
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It has oranges and reds in it so I think I’ll be able to decorated with it for Christmas too.  

I’ve finished my fall decorating, so will show you that next time.  
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs, Anne

Monday, September 22, 2014

August sewing with Sandy

 

I guess you could say I’m a tad late with this post.   I keep trying to convince myself that I “forgot” to blog.  But, honestly, I just seem to always find something better to do. (Can you say, Candy Crush?)  Eek!   But, here I am, and the funny thing is, Sandy I will reveal our September projects tomorrow at our Woolie gathering.   You might get 2 posts in one week.  Wow, what a concept! 

 

Before I share our projects with you, Sandy asked me to let you all know how much she appreciated your kind words and prayers during a very difficult time.   It really meant a lot to her.  She is doing well and hanging in there, thanks in part to all of you!  

 

On with the show.    Sandy chose all the projects for August.

The first project is “Snowman Garland” by Red Button Quilt Co.   We both ordered the kit from Emily (designer) so they are the same, except for the little snowman heads.

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Sandy used the little snowmen head buttons that came with the kit.

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This is mine…

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And I used wool for the heads.   

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Next up is a pattern by Buttermilk Basin called Patchwork Pillows and it’s the one for September.

This is Sandy’s.

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And here’s mine.

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I’ve got it sitting on my fireplace with my fall decorations.

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The quilt that Sandy chose out of the“101 Fabulous Small Quilts” is called Underground Railroad.

Here’s Sandy’s.

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And get ready for a shocker…..Here’s mine.

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Yep, I chose to do mine in 30’s.  Quite a difference from the Civil War look of Sandy’s and the one displayed in the book.   I just thought I’d do something different and unexpected.   I like the way it turned out and will give it to Emma for her doll bed.  

 

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again later in the week!

 

Hugs, Anne

Friday, August 22, 2014

July sewing with Sandy

I know I’m a little late with this post, but this time I really do have a good excuse.   Sandy’s mom passed away unexpectedly last month, so her world was turned upside down.   All of us who have been through this know that there is so much that needs to be done and quilting just kind of takes a back seat (as it should).   

Being the super woman that she is though, she got all the projects finished for our show and tell at Woolies last Tuesday.  

We both feel we bit off a lot with 7 projects.   It would be easier to handle 7 in the winter, so we’ve cut the next few months to only 4 projects.   Much more manageable.  

On with the show…

I chose all of the projects for July.   First up is another little quilt from the book “101 Fabulous Small Quilts”.   It’s called “Star Medallion”

Here’s Sandy’s…

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And here’s mine.

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This next banner is from the Summer 2014 issue of “Primitive Quilts and Projects” magazine.   It’s called “Hearts and Stripes Forever” by Diane Knott.  

This is Sandy’s…

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And I’m hanging mine on our front porch.

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And it looks like one banner wasn’t enough for us, so we made the next one from a pattern by “Cottage Creek Quilts” called “Family, Home, Friends”.

Sandy’s…

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Mine…

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Up next is the last Buttermilk Basin monthly BOM called “By thy Hands.

Sandy’s…

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Mine…

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And we always have a Christmas project, so this one is by The Woolen Willow, called “Snowtime”.

Sandy’s…

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Mine…

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Another little Christmas project is this next one by Plum Pudding called “Glory Be”.

Sandy’s….

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Mine…

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And last, but not least, is another little Buttermilk Basin project called “Half Pints” (August).

Sandy’s…

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Mine…

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This is where I put mine.

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So, that’s it for July.    Our plan is to have our August projects finished by this coming Tuesday, so stay tuned.   I should be able to post the pictures before the end of the month and that will catch us up.  

Thanks to all of you who let me know I hadn’t posted July projects.  It’s nice to know you’re keeping me in line!   LOL

See ya soon,

Hugs, Anne