Monday, December 16, 2013

Ho, Ho Ho!

Ok, so I have had these done for awhile now. . . 

. . . and have been waiting till my daughter in law got her mantel finished and decorated before I posted any photos. She wanted a a homespun look for her stockings. While they are not "primitive" they are made with homespun fabrics and each has a simple basic applique--perfect for their rustic fireplace.
I ironed a yard of off-white flannel and traced the pattern for the cuff 5 times onto the yardage. Then, with my purple air-dry fabric marker, I free-handed all the names in primitive stitchery letters. With black pearl cotton, I used giant stitches to make all the names.  When the stitching was done, I cut out the cuffs, and attached them to the rest of the stocking.

Each applique has a few simple 3-dimensional embellishments.
Dad's gingerbread man has his buttons and is holding a candy cane button.
These stars have snowflake buttons . . . 
My 6 year old grandson, Cam, was here the day I finished stitching on the appliques.  I was going to give him the gingerbread man stocking, but he said, "I call the tree!"
I said, "don't you want the gingerbread man?"  He replied, "No, It looks more like Dad, he can have the gingerbread man."  Of course, he also wanted lots more decorations on his tree.
Another snowflake button for a star and little ornament buttons.  JoAnn's had the cutest button assortment.

This wooden snowflake was the perfect touch for Mom's mitten.
It gently dangles from a loop of nubby yarn.
The pine cone is actually a button; the branch is not, but is sewn on by hand.
As you can see, the cuffs are also 3D and the back of each stocking matches the fabric on the front.
The stockings are hung from a rustic cedar mantel that our son made for their new house.  He also installed recessed LED lights under the mantel and electrical outlets on the top. 

~Merry Christmas~

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Santa's Workshop

Here is a sneak peek of what is going on in Santa's workshop this week. 

My son and his wife moved into their new house this summer and I promised her new stockings for her new rustic mantel.

Yesterday I cut them out, appliqued them, and got them quilted--ready for the embellishments today.  Good thing I save small strips of batting.   I just cut up some chunks and mounted all the stockings on a piece of muslin to quilt them all at the same time.

Ho, Ho, Ho!....stay tuned, more photos to come when they are done!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The "Dirty Teams"

It's all about the fabric . . .

My little grandson (age 6) is fascinated with construction equipment and has been practically since he was born.  When he started to talk, he called all of his trucks, loaders, backhoes, etc. his "Dirty Teams." 
His room has recently been painted and trimmed with a "Dirty Teams" border. Finally, Granny is getting his matching quilt done.

I cut up a panel of fabric that was meant for a soft fabric story book.

 As for the quilting, it's open to let this become a comforter-like quilt.  The panels are just quilted around the main vehicle in the picture.
Construction pipes, and the grey and red bricks.  Every time he would look in my drawer to see if I had his quilt finished, he would remind me not to forget his pipes!
I had fun with the back too!  I found all this construction fabric on a road trip in Montana last spring.  I didn't have enough of one fabric for the backing, so I pieced some orange that I didn't end up using on the top.  When I decided to piece in his name, I was short on the green, so I put the rest of the blue from the top border into the green. 
Like I said . . . it's all about the fabric. . .  

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Paradigm Shift

All Done!  I am lovin' this quilt I just finished for my 15 year old granddaughter.  She painted her room in 2 shades of blue and accessorized with black and white.  Then she requested a black and white quilt with a pop of blue.
The center is patterned from a lap quilt, "Paradigm Shift" by Janelle Cedusky.
I made the center the exact size of a her double mattress.  The borders will make a 10 inch drop.  Quilters Dream Puff batting to make it more like a comforter than a quilt.  The blue centers are also an assortment of shades.

By keeping the quilting open and simple it will be lofty and soft.

Fun wide quilt back, no seams  Yay!
She will get to have it after school tonight.  Can't wait to see it in her room.  

Friday, November 1, 2013

November Wall Hanging

Whoot!  I was quilting at 6am yesterday morning to get this done along with everything else.  It went up on my Mom's door today.  It is my new favorite...each month is my favorite ...until the next month!

This was a fun quilt to make.  
Just a fun assortment of textures on this piece.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cute Baby Quilt

This was such a bright and cheerful quilt to have on the frame. This was made by a client for her sister's first grand baby due in March.  Love all the sunny yellow accenting the black and white~
Light custom with some simple line dancing in each block to keep it very soft and cuddly.
I love how easily you can work your way back and forth across the quilt with this simple yet effective motif.
Bright yellow minky on the back.  You get a couple of secondary patterns here that you can see on the front.

Yummy quilt for a little girl.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Opposite Wall...

If you happened to read my last post, this is a follow up.  Here we have the same room--just the opposite wall from the fireplace.  We lived here several months before I decided just what I wanted to do here. More than anything, I hated the light green paint.  However, this would make a great accent wall.  I toyed with the idea of painting it red, chocolate brown, hunter green, something darker... Oh, by the way, do you see the cotton candy pink dining room?  You will notice in the following photo that it's gone too, (Yay!) the entire living/dining room wraps around this central wall, (closet on this end, basement stairs on the other) so it's all connected and we painted it all the same caramel color.
 Here's what we ended up doing with this wall.
It's enhanced with several old family heirlooms:  window frames from the old farm house my hubby spent summers in, the central one encases a piece of a quilt top made by my father's maternal grandmother; the writing desk belonged to my father's paternal grandfather; the barn board behind the star is a slab of wood that was milled by my husband's paternal grandfather on his Idaho homestead...I could go on with each piece, but they all fit into the family puzzle in a warm and fuzzy way.

I hired my little 5 and 11 year old grandkids to stain the back side of these knotty pine tongue and groove boards.  It's called Pilgrim Red.  I love it!
Then, I lightly sanded to distress them a bit more.  I tell you, that's the way to go, you don't want to put too much stain on the boards, so I let them do the entire stack and they turned out perfect.  I prepped the wall by painting into and around the corners.  No use wasting paint behind the boards.

 We used a nail gun and put up the boards in an afternoon, cutting them in random lengths.

You will notice that the old cherry wood chest of drawers in the very first photo has been replaced by the writing desk.
 We simply moved the chest into the family/dining room around the corner finding it a better place.
This is a rescue wall too.  It was held captive by this enormous door bell.  It was stuck in wall nook that was 4 ft. by between 2 studs.  Are you kidding....a 4 foot doorbell?  I had a 2 second ceremony at the garbage can and then filled in the hole with a piece of sheet rock.  The existing oak wainscoting encompasses the family/dining room and I was not too excited with it but with the right color of paint it positively glows!
 This small discrete door bell does not presume to be a major focal point.   Much better.

That's all for today.
I suspect there will be a quilt post here very soon.


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