March 30, 2013

Round Robins Return Home

This weekend I would love to share with you some blocks I have received back from swaps that I have participated in.  I showed you these embroidery blocks about a week ago...

Well, I mailed those off to my friend Lisa in Oregon and I received these lovely blocks back in return. There is such a nice variety of designs here that will make this a fantastic wallhanging or maybe a tablerunner or two.  Decisions, decisions.


I have also been very patiently waiting for my friend Ely to finish the last block in a round robin that ended last fall with the ladies on the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum.  Ely has had a lot on her plate and has not felt well either, so I knew she would finish when she could.  I could not have been more thrilled when I opened the box and saw my piggies staring back at me! The little red piggie is mine to finish now that they are home.


To refresh your memory of the other piggie blocks the World Wide Crazy Quilt group was working on...

And here they all are together in one spot.  I think this is going to make a very fun and fantastic wallhanging!  I have 6 more naked blocks and I may do some one on one swapping with a few other ladies so they can go in the quilt too.  I love how a quilt can tell so many stories by all of the ladies who have worked on it.


Here are a few close ups so you can see everyone's work a little better.  I hope you love this as much as I do!  I am over the moon thrilled!








I hope you have enjoyed what I had to share with you today! :)


March 3, 2013

Vintage In The Attic

I posted a couple of years ago about my mother in law's fantastic find in her attic.  I lost my blog after that to the great unknown and did not realize that I had not re-posted about it.  She found these fabulous salesman samples that had been given to her mother many years ago!  Can we say VINTAGE!!!  If you look really close you can see they are pinked all the way around the edges.  I would say that maybe Layer Cakes were cool when they didn't even know to call them a layer cake.  These measure 10" square.  There were close to 100 of these beauties in all!


 So, I decided that instead of being a little biased... I would be a little antique... ha!  .. And as we all know... When we are a little antique, we can wear any and all colors together and wear big flowers in our hair cause it doesn't matter. We just wanna' have fun!


All of the fabrics that went in to creating my piece were cut from the vintage fabric squares!  I sewed 2 pieces together to get my background and used another piece for the borders.  Her dress, sunglasses, hair, hand and face are all vintage fabrics!  I hope you love her as much as I do!

Here is a close up... Don't look at my embroidery too closely.. I am not the brightest student when it comes to embroidery!  I quilted around her body and around the borders, stitching in the ditch, and then put a back on it and sewed it in the pillowcase method.  Now it is ready for some fluffy stuffing and to be made in to a pillow!




I also wanted to show you what I am doing with the vintage squares.. I am bordering them with solid white fabric and then sashing them together with solid black. This way the entire piece of vintage fabric is showcased.  I will have about 7 quilts in various sizes when I finish with them.