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.


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.

Annie 2013

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.

Cat Nap 2  2013


Cat Nap 3 Back 2013Cat Nap 1

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


Farewell, sweet Annie. 


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.


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. 




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.


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


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.

From Intrepid Thread  June 1 2012

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


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


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


Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend,


Sunday, April 08, 2012

Spring Bouquet

A finish!   A sweet 15” square wall hanging to welcome Spring.   The free stitchery pattern can be found at French Knots along with oodles of others.   Thank you, French Knots.


    The flowers are stitched in colours to match the border fabric.


A little free motion quilting to make the flowers ‘pop’ and stitch in the ditch, of course.


For fun I used a pattern from this book to quilt the border.  


I was quite happy with how it turned out.   This was my first attempt at quilting over a paper pattern.    Borders are hard for me to know what to do with.  I don’t do FMQ often enough to get any good at it so I liked this alternative. 




I also just have to share this photo that I found online while doing some family research.   These are my great grandparents and their children.   My maternal grandmother is standing on the  right.    This photo was taken circa 1905.   Gramma was 100 when she died in 1994.    Wish I had inherited the hair!!!


Thank you for stopping by!  



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