Saturday, July 28, 2012

Block Five Tulip Baskets

Block number five is finally completed!  Another hot day here, we just hit 100 again, so it was good to stay inside and finish this block up.

What's next???? I think it may be a oak and acorn block. We have so many oak trees around us and I love watching the squirrels gather the acorns every fall.

Friday, July 27, 2012

African violets and milk glass

Last year I was in need of some new pots for my African violets.  I really enjoy starting new plants from the original plant that my mother-in-law gifted me.  I have always loved knobby milk glass so why not put the two together.  They have become some of my favorite things!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Back to my Applique

After several weeks away from working on my red and green quilt,  I am ready to dive back into working on blocks.  I find it very relaxing to stitch away on these blocks. I am trying to incorporate blocks that have meaning in my life. The block I am currently working on is a tulip block. There is a dutch heritage on my husbands side of the family, and I love to garden so it is a very fitting block.  I am currently working on the leaves,  I can't wait to get to the actually flowers to add some color to this block.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Ugly Potholders!

I decided this week that my potholders are ugly.  The sad part is I remember purchasing them some time back and I wasn't  really happy with my choices but desperately needed some new ones so I made the purchase.  Yesterday, I remembered downloading Priscilla Hewitt's Scalloped Potholder Pattern.  I also had some leftover cotton yarn from a dish cloth knit-a-thon I had last summer.  So last night, I located the pattern and got out my crochet hook.  Cleaning and organizing my sewing room last summer, made this task possible.  I had to add that tidbit, cause it has made such a difference in finding things when I need them and being able to get projects done in a timely manner.
The potholder has two sides which makes it very thick.  I finished the project up this morning and am so pleased with the results.  First off, it is so pretty and secondly it fits so comfortably in my hand and feels so soft.  I can't wait to pick up some more yarn so I can make a few more.  Instead of having a drawer full of ugly potholders I will be able to open my drawer to a wonderful flower garden of potholders, that I know will make me smile.  Now back to my quilting!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


I started this wall hanging about ten years ago.  Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries is the designer.  It is always such a great feeling to finally finish something.

Monday, July 9, 2012

In my sewing room

I am so excited that I accomplished my goal of finishing another twenty klosjes while on a road trip last week.  I actually almost have a second set of twenty more done, so that means I am nearing the sixty mark.
Once I reach 100 klosjes big decisions will need to be made on the background fabrics.  All of the klojes are in shades of pink, and I am leaning to using browns for the background.

As for this week, I hope to finish hand quilting a wall hanging that I machine appliqued close to a decade ago.  The pattern is from a Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries. I love sunflowers and I was very happy with how it turned out. It is great  that my hand quilting abilities have finally caught up so now I can finish this project.