Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thimbleberries Pumpkin Quilt

Hello! I have another quilt to share with you today. I've been on a roll lately, trying to finish up "UFO's" as we call them in the quilting world - Unfinished Objects. We all have a ton of them, and I've set my mind on finishing some of mine. This particular quilt top had been done for probably 10 years - just sitting around waiting to be quilted. I wasn't sure how I felt about it, so it just sat. This is a pattern from Thimbleberries, although I don't know the name of it. But anyway, I finally pulled it out, added batting and a backing and went to town quilting it free motion. I figured even if I messed it up, it wouldn't be too big a loss, since I wasn't crazy about it anyway. But it ended up that I kind of like it, so it will go on one of our walls, or draped over a chair during the fall.

Starting on my Christmas tags...

Hello! I've been working on making my tags for Christmas presents lately and thought I would share with you what I've done so far. I started out by die cutting a bunch of tags from PTI kraft cardstock using the Tag Sale dies from Papertrey. Then I pulled out all my Christmas stamp sets from Papertrey and WaltzingMouse and just started making tags. These are all mostly pretty one dimensional. My next set of tags will have some more dimension - more die cuts, felt, etc. But here is the batch I've finished so far.
 This one uses WMS "Nutcracker Sweet".
 This one uses PTI "Love Live Here Holiday"
 This one uses WMS "Big Blooms Poinsettia"
 This one uses PTI "Love Lives Here Holiday"
 This one uses PTI "Wreath for all Seasons"
 And these use PTI "Winter Snow Globe"
Thanks for looking!

Little Houses Block of the Month Quilt finished!

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's been a while since I've posted anything. I've been busy making things for our quilt guild Christmas luncheon, using some of my papercrafts, and spending time with the grandchildren. I wanted to share a quilt with you that I recently completed. I purchased a set of Block of the Month patterns from Bareroots about two years ago. This is a set of little houses, one for each month, showing the house through each season. There are twelve patterns (for the 12 months of the year). The patterns are stitched, mostly using a back stitch, and then put together into this quilt. I like to be working on something in the evening while I am sitting in front of the TV with my husband. That way, I feel like the time is at least productive in some way. :)

I set my mind to make these blocks this year, starting in January. Between all the time watching the Olympics and the debates this year, I was able to finish these up early. I used a jelly roll (2 1/2" wide strips cut the length of the fabric, using a particular fabric line) from Moda as the setting for the blocks and the border around the outside.

 Here is the finished quilt.

Here are close-ups of the individual blocks. Notice the way the tree, the yard, and the house change for each month. And the stitched border around each block reflects the month theme also!











And my favorite (although it was alot of work!) December

Thanks for sticking with me through all these pictures. You just can't do it justice from afar.