Chicks and Thread

Here’s another super cute Liberty Rose pattern I just finished. It’s great because is combines two of my favorite things – Spring and sewing!  I took a class with Sharon Stewart and some other ladies and we had too much fun making these.

Chicks and Thread
Chicks and Thread

Sharon called the class “Chicks and Pussy Willows”, but many of us commented on how the last word in the name was cut off on Sharon’s website and also on our calendars.  My husband saw the name of the class and wondered if I was really going to a sewing class.  Sharon kept trying to calm us down when we would start laughing, but we couldn’t contain ourselves when Sharon started talking about how you can use a dab of glue on the “willows” to make them sticky, but you didn’t want to make them hard and stiff.   Anyway, we made it through the class and I am very happy with the results!

Spring is Here!

Yesterday, it finally started to feel like Spring.  The Winter has been lingering on way to long around here it’s nice to finally get to spend some time outside in warmer weather!  For those of you who are up North, you probably think we are pretty wimpy down here because we complain when it gets below 40.  But this has been a harsh winter for us – it snowed three times this year!!

Easter Peeps
Easter Peeps

In celebration of Spring, I make a basket of colorful peeps.  The pattern is from Liberty Rose, and it was originally larger.  I scaled it down to about 65% on the copy machine to make these small peeps (I got the idea for doing this from Sharon of Liberty Rose).  They are so cute, but now my son wants me to make him a blue one too!  Kids are never satisfied are they??

Peeps in a Basket

I also finished up this Wool Penny Mat that I started 2 years ago.  It’s nice to finish up some project so I can start on new ones!

Penny Rug
Penny Rug

Unfinished Projects

Halloween was great, my son’s trick or treat bag held about 5 lbs of candy, which was about as much as he could carry.  For some reason, he was very reluctant to have mom or dad carry his candy for him.

I haven’t been able to get any projects finished this week, so here are some unfinished ones for now.  The goal is to complete all three of these by Thanksgiving!

Unfinished Turkey Mat
Unfinished Turkey Mat

The first one is a Turkey Mat.  This is from the book “Autumn Threads” by Need’l Love. The feathers are nice bright colors and his body is a nice warm brown.  Each piece will be blanket stitched in gold wool floss, which will really make everything pop.  Sharon Stewart changed up the pattern a bit by adding acorns and oak leaves – this is only fitting since Raleigh is known as the City of Oaks.

Unfinished Jo Morton Projects
Unfinished Jo Morton Projects

The second picture is of TWO different Jo Morton projects for her book Vintage Journey.  The fabric on the left is for an apple core quilt.  For this quilt, I have a rubber stamp of an apple core template (check out Cindy Blackberg’s site for more info). The quilt is made up of at least 96 apple cores.  My friends will be asked to part with some fabric scrips, since I want each piece to be a different Jo Morton fabric.

The second project is all the squares needed for the signature quilt that was discussed in a previous post.  I really need to get this done so the ladies in my Jo Morton club can sign them!

The November sewing club pattern isn’t ready yet, but it will be posted before the end of the month – I promise!

Finished Projects!

It’s been a busy few weeks, but I did manage to get two projects completed.  The first one is a wool hootie owl from “Falloween Threads” by Need’l Love.  This guy stitched up pretty quickly, but he did take a bit of brown wool for the body, wings, and ears:

Wool Hootie Owl
Wool Hootie Owl

He was so cute, I am making another one out of a dark brown plaid.  I’ll post a picture when he is finished! I am trying to think of some fun way to embellish him for fall or Halloween – any ideas are welcome!

The other thing I finished was a hand-pieced wall hanging that I started at the beginning of the summer:

Hand-pieced Wall Hanging
Hand-pieced Wall Hanging

I took a hand-piecing  class from Corrine Kerns at Plain and Simple Quilt Shop and fell in love with this method.  This is definitely something that is very portable, and good to do if you don’t have access to a sewing machine.  I plan to hand-quilt it this winter.  This project also inspired me to embark on a larger hand-piecing project – details to come later.

That’s all for now.  I am trying to finish some other UFO’s before the end of the summer, only two more weeks to go!

Christmas and Halloween In July

My favorite holidays are 4th of July, Halloween, and Christmas (who doesn’t love Christmas?), and some of my favorite projects reflect these holidays.  I have a 4th of July Table Runner that I almost completed in time this year, but my sewing machine broke in the middle of quilting it, so I will have to finish it in a few weeks.  At least it will be ready next year!

I just finished a Halloween Penny Rug that I started last year, and am excited to show it off here:

Halloween Penny Rug

It is all stitched by hand with scraps of wool.  The pattern is by Sharon Stewart of Liberty Rose (check out her blog!)

I made this adorable Snowman Pillow from another Liberty Rose Pattern:

Snowman Pillow
Snowman Pillow

It is all hand-stitched in wool.  I added black piping to the edge of the pillow which really makes the snowman pop!  Also, I ironed fusible fleece onto the front and back of the pillow faces before I stitched them together.  This makes a more durable pillow that stands up nicely so you can see the snowman.