Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Slice to Make!

A while back, my friend Claire and I got on the subject of Watermelon Quilts...both of us wanted to make one...she had the pattern by Cheri Payne called 'Watermelon Slices' and I wanted to try to make 'improv' watermelon slices...so we each did our own thing....Here are the results!

Here's Claire's 'Watermelon Slices'...is this not the sweetest summer quilt EVER!!  I LOVE IT!!


Claire tweaked Cheri's pattern a bit by making a paper pieced pattern to make the slices.  She said it just made the slices faster and easier to make.  Now Claire needs to stitch down the wool crow and quilt the mat and she is done!  After seeing Claire's quilt, I hate to show you mine!  It's not nearly as cute!  You can't beat a Cheri Payne design!  Check out her patterns HERE!

But share I will...here's my 'Life's a Picnic'...I made the slices just like I made the Christmas Tree Quilt last Winter...you can see that quilt HERE and there is a tutorial link provided.  The only difference in making a watermelon slice vs. a tree is, instead of a tree trunk, I sewed on the green watermelon rind.  VERY easy and no two slices are the same.

I still need to stitch the wool applique pieces down and stitch the ant's legs and antennae. 

I also want to embroider "Life's a Picnic" above the wool watermelon.
You might be able to see my sketch of that better in this picture...

To make the Watermelon and ants I used templates provided in the book by Art to Heart called  "Easy Does It For Summer" (patterns to make the Summer towels).

I will show you both of our wall hanging/table toppers when we are finished!  We want them completed before Summer is over...sooner rather than later!

Claire's Watermelon project is sure calling my name...I will have to sweet talk her into loaning me the pattern.  Perhaps a trade is in order!  After all, you can never have too many watermelon quilt...right?! :o)  Besides, they are a slice to make!

Have a thrilling Thursday and Happy Quilting!~P

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

BOMS Away!

My daughter left yesterday...:o((  Seriously, 'kids' should not live more than a three hour drive away from their mama!  It's just not meant to be!  Unfortunately jobs dictate where they need to live...darn!!  We had a wonderful visit...busy but fun...and the sewing machine got a much needed rest!  (She will be oiled, dusted and taken for a spin today...:o))

SEW...I only have my evening hand-work to show you this morning...the blocks could use a pressing but that will have to wait!
 This is 'Linen Closet's' Mystery Basket BOM...all up to date!  There are only two more baskets to go before the Sew-A-Long is over!  I have to say I have loved stitching each and everyone of these wee baskets!
 Some close-ups...

 One of my favourites is this simple basket of pink tulips!  Don't you love the basket!

 Yup...I'm loving these sweet blocks and can't wait to see how it all comes together!
Thank you, Dawn Heese of 'Linen Closets' for so generously guiding us through this project!  I KNOW I'm not the only one enjoying these blocks!

It's another gorgeous day in paradise!  I am hoping to whiz through my 'chores' so that I can go running with my Pfaff...we do need to stay in shape!  :o)

Have a wicked Wednesday and Happy Stitching!~P

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Love Fest that's Timeless!

I'm baaaaack....! And just in time because this morning I want to share with you pictures of a quilt that will knock your socks off!!   We are talking HEIRLOOM quality quilt...a quilt that will remain TIMELESS and will be loved for years and years!  The kind of quilt that your kids will fight over! haha

                                              

The quilt is called "Wandering Ways" and if you haven't already guessed, it's a Norma Whaley, Timeless Traditions design! Exquisite comes to mind when I think of this quilt!  It has a vintage flair to it...and then there are THOSE sweet messages stitching into each block!  I LOVE that!  Such a wonderful personal touch!

 A couple of the blocks have a house stitched into the centre...so sweet!
                                        

And my favourite quote...yup, this one goes to the heart of every quilter!  It's what makes us unique...it's why we don't stop at making just one quilt!  haha "My Soul is fed with needle and thread."  A truer statement was never uttered...don't you agree?

I love the way Norma incorporates these lovely quotes into a lot of her wonderful quilts!  Her newest quilt 'Hidden Messages', (named for this very reason) is wonderful...It has all of these lovely hidden messages tucked here and there on the edges of the blocks!  Go HERE to see Norma putting this quilt together!  It is absolutely gorgeous!!

And while we are at it, let's GO HERE  to check out Norma's Quilt Market Booth for all of her latest creations...EYE CANDY galore!  Man, I am drooling!  

There's nothing like a love fest to get the day going!  Thanks, Norma, for providing us with all of these wonderful inspirational quilts to stitch and create...or just to savour with our morning coffee!  If you want to head over to Norma's Webshop...for a wee peek at ALL OF HER GORGEOUS QUILTS, then go HERE!! Better have your credit card handy...just sayin'...:o)! 

Have a Magical Monday and Happy Stitching!~P