March 27, 2015

Charm Box Blog Hop With The Fat Quarter Shop!

Many humble apologies to everyone who comes over for the Charm Box Blog Hop.  We sold our farm and have been packing in preparation to move to Alabama.  I forgot all about todays date!  I am so embarrassed and humbly beg your forgiveness for not having my Charm Box quilt ready for you all to see.  Kimberly of the Fat Quarter Shop and Daniar work hard to bring these hops to all of us and I do appreciate them a lot.

I would like to share these links with you so you can go check out the Charm Box pattern for yourself:

Charm Box Video tutorial:
Charm Box Quilt Kit in Aloha Girl:

Again, I am so very sorry for forgetting.  

March 20, 2015

Meet And Greet Stitchers Around The World + Giveaway!

Madame Samm of Sew We Stitch has put together a world-wide blog hop for cross stitchers, appliquers and embroiders.
You will find the full list of participants on her blog. and at the bottom of my post for today.
 Meet and Greet Blog Hop!
I would like to thank you all for coming by my blog to see what I have to share.  I dabble in a little bit of a lot of things but one thing I am trying to sharpen, are my embroidery skills.  I love to crazy quilt and embroidery skills are a must.  Before I started crazy quilting I basically had never embroidered anything, but fast forward 8 years+ and my skills are getting better.

I have been a needleworker most of my life, creating my first quilt blocks by hand at the age of 8.  My granny Ella taught me but would not let me use her sewing machine.  Those are the only quilt blocks I ever hand pieced but I have been quilting, sewing and using a needle ever since!
Next to a needle and sewing machine is my favorite place to be.

Although I have been a quilter for the past 36 years, I have found that I can find contentment and enjoy just sitting with a different kind of needle in my hand at various times.  I love to cross stitch, embroider, knit and needlepoint.  But not in that order.  I actually don't have a favorite any longer...
I just love to Create! no matter how!

The first photos I will share with you today are of some pieces I have done that involve creating trees.  I want to do a study in trees eventually.  My idea is to create trunks with various elements and then create the tree tops with as many materials as I can possibly find that will work.

First up is a tree that I did with a water theme.  This is the likings to a weeping willow growing by the side of a pond.  I used silk ribbon french knots to create the tree itself and did basic embroidery for the branches and other elements within the piece.

A close up of the embroidery work on the background of the piece.

This tree I call the fairy Goddess.  I used large leaf charms and buttons to create the tree top and embroidered a simple chain stitch for the tree itself.  I want to re-visit this tree and maybe do a satin stitch to fill in the trunk so you don't see the block background as you do here.

This tree is one of my favorites!  I call it my Apple Tree... hence the red and green vintage buttons.  I used tons of small buttons to create the tree top and then using silk ribbon, I created the tree trunk itself.  I did not do french knots in the tree but only pulled the silk ribbon through so far and then stopped each time before pulling it tight.  
I love the texture it gives the trunk.

To get away from the trees a bit, I have quite a bit of embroidery on this grandmothers fan piece.  My chain stitch and back stitch still need some honing but I am getting there little by little. I enjoyed embroidering and beading this piece and the use of the birds all hand dyed is the perfect finishing touch.  My friend Nicki hand dyes laces and I get my pieces from her.

I can't end the Meet and Greet without showing all of you my best masterpiece to date. In 2010 I had achilles tendonosis and was recliner bound for over 4 months so this piece was started for my oldest granddaughter as her 8th birthday present.  It took me a couple of months beyond that to get it completed but it is my best work yet.  There is a ton of embroidery work in this piece.

Allie's Tea Party

When I started this Allie's favorite color was pink... everything in her room was pink and just about every piece of clothing she owned had to be pink!  She also loved to have tea parties in her bedroom with friends or whoever would oblige her... sometimes that would be my hubby. :)

Fast forward 5 years and her room has changed quite a bit.. now it has horses, lassos and camouflage everywhere.  I asked her if she would like for me to bring her tea party piece home with me to safeguard it for her until she got married and she promptly told me it was not leaving her wall.  So  Allie's Tea Party hangs out with all the horses and camouflage and they all live happily together in her bedroom.  She makes this grandma smile. :)

Here are several close ups showing detail work.

Thank you for your visit today.  I hope that I have inspired you in some small way to go and pick up a needle and thread and stitch something.  I know you found me via Madame Samm's blog and I so appreciate her and for what she does for bloggers everywhere.  Don't forget to visit the other ladies on the hop by visiting the links at the bottom of my post. I am sure by the end of the day you will be so inspired by what you see, that you will have to go CREATE!

I would love to offer a giveaway on the blog today.  Someone from the comments will win a 25.00 gift certificate from Crazy Quilting Supplies!

All you need to do is leave a comment and make sure I can contact you should your name be drawn as the winner!  If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your email in the comment section.

cross stitcher
Elizabeth @ecoughlindesigns
applique and red work

cross stitcher

applique embroidery

Judy at frimart 
cross stitcher and applique

Linda @ buzzingandbumbling

Neinke At debordurrvrouw
cross stitcher

Barbara @ catpatches

Baa @baasamazingadventures
Thearica @ pigtalesandquilts
cross stitcher

Lynn @happinesiscrossstitching
cross stitch

cross stitch

Jill @ appleavenuequilts
cross stitch and applique


cross stitch with decorative seams

Marlene @ stitchinbythelake
wool applique and cross stitch

Daria @ zinaidaanshe
cross stitch

March 17, 2015

Bird Tree Blog Hop - My Day!

Lana over at It Seams To Be Sew has been a great head cheerleader for our hop this go round!  Madame Samm's never-ending ideas has landed us all in a birds nest this time and some of us have had fun working with some fabulous fabric by Tracy Lizotte for Elizabeth's Studio
It's called "Beautiful Birds"

I had the idea of using 4 panels and making a large wall-hanging to use in our master bath.  The back wall in our bath is over-sized and I thought it would be a perfect spot for such a quilt.  I searched for the fabric and found it on Etsy... actually it took 2 Etsy sellers to get what I needed.  I ordered it and had to wait for a bit to receive but it finally came. 

My first initial idea was to create a large tree and somehow insert the 4 panels in to that tree to make it appear as one large tree with all of these beautiful birds perched on the branches. I had no idea how I was going to do that but I was going to try and make it work.

Well, we all know about good intentions.. but wait...something positive is happening here on our farm and I found myself with not as much time as I needed to create my idea.  We have our farm for sale and we have a very interested buyer so we have been working on the place non-stop in preparation that we might be moving in the near future... this is also why you have not seen me blog in several days. :)

I did however, get a small project created for you so I would not be a no-show.  I really like the way this turned out and when I get time, it will be quilted on my longarm.  I like the way the birdhouses frame the center tree panel.  

Can't you just hear the birds chirping merrily along!

I hope you enjoyed my contribution to the Bird Tree Hop!

Please visit the other hoppers who share the day with me.

Pig Tales and Quilts -  you are here!

March 13, 2015

Tree Bird Blog Hop!

A new blog hop has began today!  If you love bird projects fly on over to Lana's for the FULL SCHEDULE and then check on her blog every day for the current ladies up for the day.

My day is Tuesday!  Come back to see what I created!

Up Today Showing Their Creations Are:

Friday, March 13

March 12, 2015

Pig Tales and Quilts is Back!

With a lot of coaxing from a few dear friends... we are moving back to our old stomping grounds and blogging here at Pig Tales and Quilts.  Yep, seems like a whirlwind but a lot of people have complained that they cannot find my blog, even with the many notes I put up.  So we are back and we will be here to stay!  I really appreciate all of my followers so am willing to do what is necessary to keep you coming back!  Grab my button on the left sidebar if you wish to!

January 3, 2015

Bedroom Ensemble For My Daughter

I have been sewing over the Christmas holiday for my daughter and her hubby. This ensemble is for the master suite in their new home. They are getting a king size bed so this was made for it.... we have it showing on their queen for the photos.

I quilted the Kona Coal Gray bedspread with a chevron design on my Gammill longarm and added a gray corduroy backing.  The throw at the foot of the bed is made of lightweight custom fabric for drapes and/or upholstery.  I quilted straight lines across it on the longarm. It is backed with a solid color of the same type fabric to pull out the gold-like color.

We decided to make 3 queen size pillow shams instead of 2  king size shams.  It really does look much better this way.  We wanted to pull the fabrics in the curtains down to the bed so we opted to make the 2 larger throw pillows from those Kona fabrics.... Kona Bone and Kona Curry.  The drapes are fully lined using the Kona Bone fabric.

December 22, 2014

Fruitcakes Are Baking!

It's beginning to smell like fruitcake... fruitcake... fruitcake... All through the house!!! 
(sing it, you know the tune... ha!)