Sunday, August 31, 2014

Progress on Quilty Stitches


Today I finished block #8 of the Quilty Stitches, and now I am done with half of the project. It is nice to have this little embroidery to work on from time to time, and I am looking forward to finishing it and get to hang it up on my wall. But, the process of making it is so pleasant, so I want to keep the process going quite a long time, yet.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

My Coffee Koozie

This week a lot of these have appeared in Blog Land. The tutorial comes from Fat Quarter Shop.


I made my own version in fall colors, as shown above. The Koozie protects your fingers from the hot liquid, and also makes the tumbler look nicer and more personal.


You only need 12 squares of 2 1/2", backing and batting, and in addition some elastic and a button. Use the template included in the pattern.


This is a quick project to make, half an hour is all that is needed.


Here is the result, a lovely Coffee Koozie appropriate for the season!


There is even some coffee bean fabric on it.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, August 29, 2014

What is the Grinch doing here?


I wonder if it will be revealed next month?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

August Goal for ALYoF accomplished

Early this month I stated my goal for August, to turn the lovely fabrics into a table runner. I was inspired by a picture from a magazine, I can't remember which, now. Anyway, I used my artistic freedom and came up with this design:

I have named it 'Running Pine', and the dimensions are 57" x 12.5". If you click on the pictures you can see more details. The quilting is simple, straight lines in light blue/grey thread.


I backed it with a grey/black fabric with a leaf design, The binding is the same black fabric as in the top. That worked very well, it keeps a strict design and a masculine look, in my opinion.

My Button

Monday, August 18, 2014

Quilt Inventory Summer 2014


This is a nice stack of quilts made by me, staying at my vacation house. There are a few others hanging on the walls, but these are the bed/lap quilts that are portable.

The one covering the bed is Easy Street, and then at the bottom of the stack is Celtic Solstice, both mystery quilts designed by Bonnie Hunter.

Number two and three from the bottom of the stack are the twin quilts belonging to my sons.

The second from the top is the newest addition to the house: Summer Slice Scrap Buster Quilt.

At the very top is one of the first quilts I brought to the house, Summer Dream.

I hope to finish the binding of a table runner before I have to head for home, but that runner will travel home with me.


Happy Quilting!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer Progress

This is summer vacation, and I am not doing a lot when it comes to stitching and quilting, but I achieve some.


Like the Quilty Stitches, where the fourth block has now appeared, the Flying Geese. There are 16 different colors in the geese. I am trying to use DMC threads I already have, and not buying new ones. But, I had to get some white since I need to fill in the background around the blocks. I am filling in the white one row at a time to keep up with the background color. The next block is Lori Holt's barn. I participated in her 'Barn Along' a year or two ago, and it will be great to make a miniature barn in cross stitches!


I have also made good progress on my ALYoF goal for August. Today I finished piecing the top, and since it is a long, but skinny runner, 12.5" x 57" it did not take long to pin baste it.


Now I just have to decide how to quilt it. Any suggestions?
Let's see it it will travel home with me in this state, or as a complete project.

I will soon have to start thinking about September's secret project...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

2014 Aurifil August block


This month's block is designed by Michele Foster from Quilting Gallery. The Button Block gives a bold statement, and was fun to make.