Thursday, August 23, 2012


I know it has been a while since I have posted progress on my Red and Green Traditional Quilt, but I have been working on it diligently!  I am feeling more and more comfortable with needle turn applique and find it as enjoyable as hand quilting or reading a great book.

The current and coxcomb block I posted about earlier was designed by Janet of Quiltsalott. She does fabulous needle turn applique and also offers tutorials and patterns to inspire anyone who would be interested in making an applique quilt.  I decided to make four of her blocks to put in each corner of my quilt, they were such a joy to stitch at one point I was wishing I had done a whole quilt out of them as Janet is doing.
I just love the contrast of color and can't wait to start hand quilting this quilt. It is going to be so much fun to quilt.  This last week I finished up a prairie rose block because of my midwest heritage.  I have almost finished another prairie rose wreath block but you will have to wait for next post on that one.
I know I said I was going to do a oakleaf and acorn block in tribute to all the oaktrees in our yard, but it is a bit more difficult and I have to admit it has scared me a abit.  Yesterday I figured out which method I would use to make a stem that splits in two, and tried one, it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be, now if I can do three more symetrically on the same block.  The final block is going to be a pot of flowers that I hope to put together with bits and pieces of flowers and techniques I have seen and want to  try, so it is going to be a total experiment. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My favorite Granddaughter

This post is about my favorite granddaughter. No I am not crazy, it's ok cause she is my only granddaughter, so it's ok.  She is such little sweetheart. This last summer when we visited her, she was playing in her pool and I was able to snap this picture of her. Such a little ham.

Over the weekend, I got into a knitting mood, so I went to Raverly to find this simple poncho pattern to make for her.  I remember years ago when her mom was a little older, her grandmother made her a poncho that she wore alot.  Sure hope you enoy your new poncho, Aria!

Monday, August 13, 2012

I won!

There are so many quilt related blogs out on the internet! They offer ideas and inspiration and sometimes they offer prizes. Kathy Quilts is one of the many blogs I follow. She has been hosting slow stitching Sundays.  I entered a photo several weeks ago and I was chosen as the July winner. I have patiently been waiting for my prize to arrive.  Four fat quarters, betweens needles and needle file, needle pullers, and a hera marker. What a nice surprise to win, and I have been wanting to try a hera marker so I should have a post about it coming this fall when I start up hand quilting again.

I plan on making a mini quilt out of the fat quarters.  I'm sure a pattern won't be too hard to find.
So if you like doing hand work and want to share a photo of what your working on this week, make sure you stop by Kathy's Blog.