|A cold February Day 2013|
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
My churches Holiday Bake and Craft Sale was a great success again this year. All of the pot holders I made and some of my coaster sets sold. I always enjoy seeing all of the different things that the other talented crafters and bakers make. I took pictures to post but my computer is not behaving so I am not able to post them tonight.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Yesterday at the Patchwork Harvest XI Quilt Show I met our speaker Lori Allison. Wow did she have a great trunk show of quilts to show us. You can catch and interview with her here with "the trip around the world block " That she had in her Trunk show. She loves Kaffee Fassett Fabrics and you can view some of her other quilts she designed using them by clicking here. I was very inspired by her way of doing easy strip piecing and cutting techniques to achieve these spectacular quilts. I enjoyed her quilt "the Candy Queen" and the Feathering on her pattern "Feather my Vest".
Sunday, November 10, 2013
I hope you will all join me at the Patchwork Harvest XI Quilt Show Today at the Middle School in Hudson WI from 11am - 4pm at 1300 Carmichael Road. Come and see the marvelous quilts done by the Ladies and Men of the Hudson Heritage Quilters. Yesterday the Mayor and his wife stopped by and enjoyed the show. We have a variety of vendors there for you and a silent auction too. You can catch me at the Raffle ticket table by our lovely Raffle quilt done by the ladies of the Guild. Later I will be at the admission table in the afternoon. at 1pm today our Speaker will be Lori Allison of Allison Designs. Yesterday our speaker was Debbie Bowles of Maple Island Designs. She gave two presentations and I understand the morning one was standing room only. I missed that one but was able to be there for her afternoon presentations and it was quite awesome. She discussed Curves from her book on using curves in quilts and her quilts were very spectacular. Hope to see you there. - Diane Swett
Saturday, November 2, 2013
|A Triangle Bag I made at the February Retreat 2013|
I also downloaded a free pattern yesterday for Triangle purses from Pintrest. I have been making these little triangles purses since this spring in preparation for Christmas. Thank you Dale Potter for your pattern. It has given me a new perspective on how to make them in a simpler way. Here are some I have already made.
Thursday the pattern arrived for the Spinning Diamonds Quilts. Now to gather my fabrics for this quilt. I am excited because this will be my 1st quilt using Batiks.
|Other bags I made during the spring/summer 3013 |
in Preparation for Christmas
|Town Square |
|Six Mosaic Pot Holders|
Thursday, October 24, 2013
|a pair of Mug Buddies Coasters ready for binding|
yesterday morning I joined my quilting buddies at the point for our usual Tuesday morning quilting session. we each worked on items that we want to place in the Holiday Craft Fair. It was a nice cool autumn day and we were getting and matching colors for our projects. I chose more fabric for my mug buddies that I am making. I have 5 sets of 2 sandwiched together and ready for binding and just need to make 5 more sets. I also started working on a hot pad similar to the ones I made last year. I want to make 10 of these for the sale in different kitchen colors using a crazy quilting pattern. Wow I have a lot to do. I am also working on a Halloween Candle mat using a free table runner pattern I downloaded from a blog. I am using fabric from my winnings when I went on the Fall Harvest Shop Hop Bus trip.
|Scrappy Pot Holder 2012|
|Halloween Fat Quarters "My Winnings"|
|Spinning Diamonds a pattern|
by Kaye Woods
Monday, October 21, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
This Friday at my ASG mtg, (American Sewing Guild), I am in charge of the craft instruction. I put together a kit for each person at the meeting to make small needle case. This could be part of your sewing kit, kept with embroidery or applique threads or as a part of your quilting kit to hold your quilting needles. I use mine when I need to finish my quilt binding and to bury knots on the quilt top after machine quilting.
Patterned fabric - 2 1/2" x 4"
Batting or Felt 1 1/2" x 2"
button for front
needle & a legnth of of thread
fold pattern fabric in half wrong sides together - it will measure 2" x 2 1/2" - finger crease fold then open
place batting and/or felt at the top of the fold.
Thread the needle and sew thru all fabrics near the fold, catching the batting along the legnth of the fold.
sew button on the front of the case.
place needles thru batting - Now you have a needle case to use with your applique projects or quilting projects or to place in your sewing kit.
Monday, October 14, 2013
|Pumpkin Hollow by Bunny Hill Designs|
Block of the Month at Quilter's Haven in Rosemont MN
Finally the bus arrived and we were off to our 1st shop. As we started on our way names were drawn from a bag for door prizes. To my surprise and delight my name was drawn and I chose a prize of 5 fat Quarter of Halloween fabric. I already had a project in mind, earlier in the morning while I was reading an email from www.FreeQuiltPatterns.info I downloaded a Free Pattern: Fall Table Runner by Melissa
Our 1st stop was "Quilter's Haven" in Rosemont MN. This was my 1st visit here, the staff were friendly and I enjoyed looking at all the fabrics and displays and was able to find some fabric for the Sock Monkey Baby Quilt I plan to make. The fabric was a dark brown printed with Baby ABC Blocks. They had Coffee ready for us and while taking a break in their classroom I enjoyed the Pumpkin Hollow Block of the month by Bunny Hill Designs Quilt that was taking shape on their Classroom wall.
Back on the bus everyone was checking out each others goodies. The Chatter & laughter was intoxicating. We soon arrived at our 3rd Hop Shop Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee MN. It is located in an old renovated Train Station building. I had visited this shop last winter on another Bus shop hop and could not wait to go inside and check out what they would have in store for us. On the wall were displays of quilts large and small, felted projects and needle punch. Every nook and cranny had purses, fat quarters, patterns of all sorts. On the wall by the children/baby fabrics was a Dr Seuss "Cat in the Hat" Quilt using a panel - wow what an idea it gave me. I had pieced together a Dr Seuss child's quilt at Quilt Retreat this past summer & that would make a great backing teamed up with some cuddle fabric. Yes! I did buy the panel. After coffee and cake we Hopped on the bus and headed on to our next Quit Shop. We still had three more shops to go, The Noble Quilter in Elk River MN, Quilted Treasures in Rogers MN and Four Seasons Quilt Shop in Maple Grove MN, each with their own specialties
I enjoyed my visits to each of these last 3 shops. Each one was so different than the other. At the Noble Quilter I fell in love with a quilt that was on display there designed by shop owner Angie Roberts whose shop and quilt pattern called Perfect Palette had been featured in Quilt Sampler spring/summer 2013 issue.
We arrived back at "Sew Little Time" Quilt shop in Hudson WI about 6pm and Linda the Shop Owner had some treats waiting for us. Brownies and Ice Cream. Yum! I signed up for a finishing kit for the Harvest Quilt and the went home.I got back home about 7pm and looked over all my goodies and reviewed my day, I ate supper and went to bed early that evening. It was a fun day spent with my quilting friends.
Monday, October 7, 2013
|Choo Choo Dinoz Pattern|
Soft green stripes and yellow squares surround this Polka Dotted Dino. Of course Dinoz Babies travel the world over.
Monday, September 30, 2013
|This is my 1st completed set of coasters. I plan on making 10 sets for the Holiday sale this year.|
the 3 sets below are ready to be bound.
The above coaster set is finished and ready to be paired with a colorful mug. the other 3 sets are ready for binding.
The picture below is my painting of a playground scene for a book illustration.
this morning I awoke to beautiful sunshine - it is supposed to get up into the 80's later but right now it is cool and sunny out. I have been making coasters for our Church Holiday sale and want to have at least 10 pairs of them made for the sale. 4 pairs done - 6 to go. I plan on pairing each set with a mug and will call them Coaster Buddies or Mug Buddies. I also am planning to make some more of my crazy quilted pot holders. They ones I made last year sold well. I want to bring some samples to the our ABW meeting next Sunday afternoon.
Today I will take advantage of the nice weather and take my easel and watercolors and do some painting outside on my back patio. I need to complete some pictures for my daughters book. I'll take some pictures later to post here.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Fall has arrived. Cooler Temps and beautiful sunshine with a warm yet cooler breezes. working on several projects today, quilting, blogging & drawing - I love this weather. so pleasant to be able to wear a light sweater for comfort. Today I want to do some quilting on one or two of my baby quilts. Then work on a proofing project for Pile O Fabric and later in the day sit out on my patio or porch and do a drawing project that is due in Nov. I am feeling pretty rested today and energetic. Love Fall Weather and cant wait for the trees to change into their autumn finery.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Yesterday I picked up my mail from the post office and boy do I have a stack to go thru, (after all it's been accumulating about two weeks now.) I got a package from my friend and Applique Coaster Swap partner Linda and I just had to open it 1st. What a lovely set of applique coasters she did for me, such pretty colors.... It made my day. Aren't' they pretty. I do hope she liked the ones I made for her.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
|Newport TN Motel 6|
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
|Winnie the Pooh Baby Quilt|
|Rikki & Earl - New Parents to be. :)|
Paducah Water Tower