Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer Break

I have taken a bit of a break from blogging the last few weeks.  In fact I have been staying off the computer at home (no such luck at work!!) pretty much.  But I wanted to get back into the swing of things and show you one of the projects I have been working on in my 'blog silence'. LOL
So...... what is this you ask?
Here is the start of some liberated star blocks I have been making out of  Anna Maria Horner fabrics.. along with others in my stash.
The liberated star blocks are fun!  They come from Liberated Quiltmaking II by Gwen Marston.  No templates, no matching points - just FUN!
What is really exciting is that with the large funky Horner prints it is hard to tell exactly what the blocks will look like until they are done. In a few cases I realized that there was not enough contrast.... but no worries!  It's all good!!
This is a little table topper I made out of just four of the blocks.  Not sure what I will do with all the others......  but they are addictive!!!  Like chocolates... you never know what you are going to get!
On a more serious note.  Thoughts and prayers to the people of The Netherlands and their recent loss.  The world mourns with you.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Finish! - Blackbird Designs Stitch Along

I have finished the sampler from the Blackbird Designs Stitch Along. (See previous post on this subject!)  It was fun to do something different and re-ignited my interest in cross stitch. 
So here is the finished sampler.  Love the color combination and I only changed a few parts of the design.  Originally the antique sampler said "her Sampler 1796".  I personalized it with my name and year.  I also decided that preferred lavender rather than blue for my name and date.
I also used a Smyra stitch rather than the eyelet stitch the pattern suggested.
I did raise the last number on the date, like the original piece.
I do have a collection of antique samplers.... Two is a collection, isn't it? LOL

And I have made a few myself.  Yikes - this is practically an antique itself! (made in 1981 before I was married.. or quilting.)
But the weekend was not totally devoid of quilting.  I felt some patriotic inspiration on Friday and put this little wallhanging together that I am calling Flag Day.

Happy Stitching


Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

Just a quick post to wish all of you in the USA a very happy July 4th!!  I hope your day is festive with family and friends - and most of all a celebration of our freedom!
I made this wonderful American Flag pie this morning.  I found this on Pinterest and just had to make it!  You can find the recipe at the Winthrop Cronicles blog.  
I'll give you a hint on how it is made.....
That blueberry pie filling sure was good!!
I even had enough left over to make a little pie. Quilters never let anything go to waste!! LOL
Happy 4th of July!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

RSC2014 Half Way Mark - It's a Party!

Angela at So Scrappy is hosting a linky party to celebrate the mid-point of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Yippee!  I love parties! 
 So this morning I threw the blocks on deck for some quick photos.
Here is a closer look.  This is the first time I have set them out together.  They look good so far!!
Thanks Angela for the "come as you are party"!!!!
Happy Stitching


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