Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Quilt for Mary Lou

When I learned of her loss my heart sank and my thoughts for days thereafter were of nothing but her family and their Sam. You can see more of this quilt here at Mary Lou's blog. I didn't have the time to make a top and was fortunate that same week to win this top from Kelly's blog for gift-giving. Thank you Kelly!!

The center of the quilt top was quilted using a design called, Feathered Roses. I'm showing the back of the quilt in the above photo so you can see the design better.

The inner border was a challenge with the double flaps. Then the outside border has a design from my buttercup collection of quilting motifs. You can see the full quilt at Mary's Lou's blog.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Some were curious....

I received a few emails asking just how I would quilt this quilt with the cross stitch blocks and as I promised here are a few photos of my progress.

I've stitched in the ditch to help stabilize all the cross stitched blocks. Valerie used a stabilizer on the back of the cross stitched blocks to help keep them square.

This quilt is absolutely beautiful to see in person.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Yes Mom, I'm Okay

Mom called me today to ask if I was okay since I hadn't been posting to my blog.

It has been a very busy week with my family home. My husband returned from a month long business trip, my 21 year old came home for a hernia surgery so I nursed him back to health before he returned to his own place and then of course my ever active 17 year old tries to keep me young and on the go.

There has been some quilting that I'm anxious to share with you. (A gift for a blogging friend who has suffered a loss that no mom shall ever have to experience.)

On the frame now is one of Valerie's tops that she sent me for custom quilting. It is so pretty and I'll share more photos of it soon since she doesn't have a blog. The blocks are beautifully cross-stitched. I'm taking my time with this one to be sure the blocks don't stretch and get wonky.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Seeing Stars Finished!

I feel as though I pecked along on this quilt forever. It has been on the frame way too many days (weeks) and when I was working on it I was spending up to 6 hours a day quilting. The progress was slow going because of the large variety of quilt motifs used.

Because Jan named this quilt "Seeing Stars" I felt it needed a few extra little quilted stars. Can you see them?

Perhaps in these photos.

The backing is a very comfy soft flannel and I just love seeing the texture of the quilting!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Seeing Stars in Progress

Here is a peek of Jan's quilt named, "Seeing Stars". (I'm posting for my blog pal Kelly who called me the other evening to check on me and said she was looking forward to my next post.)

This quilting in progress. I've got a long way to go before taking it off the frame and a grocery bag full of excuses as to why am I still working on the same quilt.

I'm itching to piece something new. But you know that means turning on the hot iron only adding to an already toasty 90's that we've had for the last two weeks. The yards are all turning brown because we dare not waste precious well water.

My house has been listed for three weeks now. There has been only one person to come and see the house. The market is terrible here. I'm thankful that we aren't in a hurry and love our home. Gosh, if I could just pick it up and move it to the land we bought!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Pattern Winners!

I like my post to have photos even if it is simply the back of a quilt. I can't share the top with you just yet. I can tell you it is absolutely beautiful!

Now what your really here for is to see your name right?

Happy Cottage Quilter wins Sticks & Stones and Shelley (Red Quilts) will be receiving Flirtations. Enjoy ladies!! Please email me your addresses so I can pop these in the mail.