Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Paper Pieced Annie

This is Annie.   When she first came to us as a rescue she was in pretty rough shape.

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A few trips to the vet and lots of love later she was able to be her lovely self.

Sadly, after too few years we lost Annie recently.

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To honour her I sewed this little paper pieced quilt (finished size 10”x12”) to hang on the wall of my sewing room.    Annie was always a wonderful companion there and is sorely missed.

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This and many other quilt patterns are available here at MH Designs.

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Farewell, sweet Annie. 

 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Welcome Little One

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Another new great nephew was all smiles when he received his quilt recently.

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I had fun with the quilting on this one. Using a disappearing ink marker, a ruler or whatever I had around the house that was the right size as this kitchen funnel was.  I drew different designs in each piece of fabric then quilted them using my walking foot.  

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Some of the fancy stitches on my sewing machine came into play as well.

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The backing is a cozy piece of nursery print flannel with a band of blue chambray at the top and bottom.

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My helpful assistant Jake held down the corner so we can all see the finished product.  Thank you, Jake.

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Creative Chicks Banner rec'd May19 2011

Way back in 2011 I won this fabric banner from Creative Chicks at Play.

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So big sister, Abby didn’t feel left out.  I used part of the banner to make this for her pink and purple bedroom.

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It’s Canada Day on July 1st so we are heading into a long weekend.  Best wishes to all as well as those who will be celebrating July 4th.

Stay safe and have fun.

Diane

Friday, May 24, 2013

Table Toppers

   First of all I would like to thank all of you who took the time to vote for Hallie in her family's attempt to win her a wheelchair accessible van.  She made it to the top five percent and the winners will be chosen May 31st.  So watch this space.
 
I've managed to get in quite a bit of quilting this spring. Today I will show a couple of my projects. The idea for this 16" topper started with a fq of cherry fabric called Anticipation by Sandy Gervais.    It was my first attempt with bias binding and I will certainly be doing more of it. 
 
 
For the machine appliqued cherries I just found a pattern on Google Images.  The stippling was done with a new spring action foot I bought for my Husqvarna Sapphire 835.  It worked great.
 
 
 
 
This second topper was made with a charm pack of Maypole by April Cornell and some matching yardage for the border that I bought from  here.  Thanks, Audrey - great service.   The fabric lines that are in my stash are usually 'old' by the time I get around to using them.   This topper was for a friend's large pine table.
 
 
 
I used a great tip I read about.  For the quilting thread colour pick one that is close to your inner border colour.  That way your border remains 'crisp' and stands out nicely.
 
 
 That's it for now.  I have to find pictures of some more of my projects before I can post them.  My old PC died and I'm new to our laptop and can't seem to find anything !!! 


Thanks very much for stopping by.  I hope your all enjoying time in your sewing rooms as well as your yards and gardens.
Hope to see you again soon.

Diane



Friday, June 15, 2012

Clothes Peg Bag

From Lollyquilts March 2012

                 Here I go again.  I found a great project to use three fat quarters of the Sugar Hill line by Tanya Whelan I won  recently from Lolly Quilts.   Thank you so much, Carla.

 

Lately in blogland there have been lots of great clothes peg bags for inspiration so I thought I’d give one a try. 

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Isn’t it pretty?  This one is going to be a gift but I swear I’m going to make one for myself.  I might even throw out my sad old pegs and buy new ones.  I really enjoyed making this.  Here is a link to a tutorial I used to help me figure out a pattern.

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I’d like to also say thank you to Sharon at Vroom Quilts where I recently won these two cuties.

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And to Julie at Intrepid Thread  again I was lucky and won this great book.  In fact, Julie has another giveaway up today so head on over.

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More fabric and nine great patterns to try.   I appreciate your generosity very very much ladies.

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I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures of some of the gang here chillin’ out on a hot June day.

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Lucy & Ruby enjoying the deck.   And Jake sweet dreaming dog dreams.

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Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend,

Diane

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