.....it all began with one thread....

Saturday, July 30, 2011

From Halloween to Christmas

I made a list.  A pretty loong list.  Of what?  My quilting WIP's (notice I did not say ALL my WIP's).  It was actually to give myself an idea of what I might be able to finish before the end of the year.  After looking at this list, I tried to decide which project(s) I would like to really have done.  Of course I want them all done, but let's face it, that's not gonna happen!  

After Halloween-themed projects, Christmas comes in pretty close as my next favorite.  With that in mind, I decided to work and try and catch up with Night Before Christmas by Bunny Hill Designs.  I actually made some decent progress.  I put together all the 'pieces' for Block 5.  Then I began working on Block 6, a cute little mouse with a present and Santa.  It is done!

My cute litle girl mouse. :)


and Block 6, all together!

I started on Block 7, too!  Now I am really starting to feel like I am getting somewhere!  And....drumroll, please....all six blocks are assembled together now, too.   Not too shabby for three days work.   No pictures of all six, yet.  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Something to 'crow' about...

Another block created for my Halloween-themed project.  Although these little guys aren't necessarily Halloween-ish, they are 'fall' like. 

and, here's a look at what I have completed as of today:

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Ouch!!  Aren't you glad your toes won't fit in this boot?  My witch's boot!  I was inspired by the print in my Haunted Hollow II fabric from Jacqueline Paton.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  :^)

Saturday, July 23, 2011


If you are afraid of spiders....watch out! 

EEEKK!!  Well, come on now -  not really...I mean these cute little guys aren't scary at all.  These are part of a design I am "trying out" on my own.  It uses bits and pieces from Shabby Fabrics Blessings of Spring, but with a Halloween adaptation.  The fabric line is Haunted Hollow by Jacueline Paton with Red Rooster Fabrics.  Not your traditional bright oranges and greens, but I like the fact that they are a bit more subtle.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Uh, huh, uh, huh...yep,

call me crazy....Why?  I did it again...yep...signed up for another Block of the Month.  How many does that make?  Actually, I honestly don't know.  But a friend told me once to enjoy the journey, not necessarily the finish.  Believe me, I have whole heartedly put that into practice! ;)  Anyway, my latest endeavor is the first block for Little Red Barns by The Quilt Company.  Here's the full quilt:Little Red Barns.  My first block arrived on Saturday, and I started working on it Sunday night.  Finished up the applique this morning.

The little stack of animals comes on a preprinted piece of fabric.  I love my "giant" cornstalk!

Now, we return to our regularly scheduled stitching....Heart's Desire!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Oooohh!! Gettin' Excited!!

Now that we have received the final layout for the entire quilt, I worked on the little leaves, the embroidered stems and circles for my central block.  I decided to add the flange to the perimiter of this block as well as the other two flanges recommended by Esther.   I like how it gives my central block a more finished feel.  Of course, there are still two sides missing.  I have also stitched together the three blocks in the center row.  Now I am really starting to get excited to be able to actually see something that looks a little more complete!

Take a peek!

(sorry about all those stray threads...I told you I was getting excited to see how things were starting to work together. )  :^}

Friday, July 15, 2011

Blessings of Spring

Block 3 is done!
  I am still lovin' the colors for this one.  There will be a few embellishments added...a red button to each set of leaves on the hearts as well as a little pink beaded necklace for the bird. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Another Wednesday!

Shhhh!  my little mouse is sleeping! 
A bit of a change of pace...this is the bottom portion of Block 5 of Night Before Christmas by Bunny Hill Designs.  There are a few very tiny pieces in tis one...that little mouse head is probably about the size of a quarter. 

I needed a little break from Heart's Desire, as I have been going pretty strong on that one for a while.  The last portion will be released on the 15th!  Can't wait to see what's in store for us!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


WIP's on Wednesday....or in this case, WOW!   I am actually stunned!

I finished  (phew!) all four of my Block 4's for Heart's Desire.  The last little circle was attached last night.  So....since I have the majority of the pieces, I decided to do a quick layout of how I thought everything might go together. 

Oh..My...Goodness!!  I have impressed myself.  Although this is an extremely rough layout (with none of the border actually stitched yet...I am very happy with how things are looking at this point.  Don't get me wrong....still lots more to do...but seeing it all together like this actually makes me want to hurry up and get all those little leaves ready for the border.  My baskets still need all their flowers and leaves, too.

I do have to say that I have actually inspired myself to keep going on this.  (Oh, and I did add the little leaves to my center block (ala Esther's "oops" picture), although not attached permanently yet, since I wanted to see how everything worked together first.  I have all the tiny circles ready to go for the center block, too. Here's another look:
It is upside down in this angle (you can tell by the bird on the left)...but this was the best angle I could get, as it was on the floor.  Speaking of which, as soon as I was done with the pictures...someone came up the street, which caused Rusty to get all excited and dash across the center..messing up the layout.  I guess he wants me to get to work on it right away, too. :)
Once again my thanks go out to Esther for a wonderful design!

How Could I Forget?

I actually won something!  Yep, me...who never (well, I can't say that anymore, can I?) never wins.  I was the winner on Erin Russek's 500th blog post give away.  She gave away a Vera Bradey tote with a ton of pockets.  Here is her post:  500th post give away  ...and I won!  Yeah!  This will be a great bag for putting all my quilting tools in, rather than having them all over the place. :))  Thanks so much to Erin for a great give away.