Thursday, October 27, 2022

October Mini Quilt Treat

The end of October
brings 


When my 3 girls were little they
loved Halloween. 
They would begin thinking about their costumes 
 for the following year on November 1st.
Over the years we had lots of fun 
making and creating their costume ideas.


Nothing ghoulish, just princesses,
pirates, Snow White, Bo Peep, and even Cleopatra.

Unfortunately, here in Colorado,
Trick or Treating usually involves
winter coats and snow boots.
Those lovely costumes 
get covered up and hidden.

My October mini is an embroidery
that, unfortunately,  
got covered up and hidden in my sewing room 
for a couple years.  Sigh....



Halloween Sampler
16" x 19"

The embroidery is designed by
Sandra Workman.
You can find it here.
The pattern includes an
iron on transfer for the stitching,
which made it very easy to get started.



It was stitched with DMC floss
on a striped grey and off white fabric.
I worked with one color at at time
rather than stitching one motif at a time.
It's an efficient way to approach it,
but maybe, not as much fun.


The finished piece worked up perfectly 
as a mini quilt for October. 
The narrow orange border with
the black ric rac sewn on top
gives the appearance of a scalloped edge.



By adding a couple of prairie points
and buttons, it adds some 3-D interest.


Halloween Sampler looks good on the fence.


Happy Halloween 🎃 
from all the Halloween Minis.

Until Next Time-
Kyle


Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Looking Forward

There's an old saying that if
you fall off a horse

you need to get right back on that horse.

The reason being that if you don't,
it will be very hard to get back on that horse
the longer that you wait.
 I'm guessing that you could apply 
that philosophy to many situations.

I applied it to my quilting life.
After feeling somewhat defeated or
down about my overwhelming stash,
I knew it meant no more whining.
Time to get my favorite fabrics back out,
take the rotary cutter back in my hands,
thread up the machine
and get sewing.

That's exactly what I did.
I did some spot organizing,
looked through some of my favorite books,
and found a center medallion 
that spoke to me
from Susan Smith's book
Quilts, Somewhat in the Middle.




Refreshed-Rejuvenated
32" x 32"

It took me a week 
from start to finish.
I needed to get back
to feeling the excitement 
and creativity of playing.


I drew on the colors 
from many of Di Ford's fabulous fabrics.

Appliqueing the center
was like enjoying a delicious dessert.


Add a little fussy cutting
and I was definitely feeling rejuvenated.

It really didn't take much
to feel good again.

The inner border was fun with the melon shapes.


And who doesn't love adding circles.
I loved the simple idea of making
the sashing between them piece.
The more fabrics, the better!

And oh,
it gets better.
I bought a new
Laundry Basket fabric for the backing.


I kept the quilting to a minimum,
just because that's what I felt like doing.

Needless to say,
it was a great week of creating, stitching
and rekindling the positive. 


I hope, if you find yourself in a situation
where you've "fallen off your horse",
you can dust yourself off 
and get back in the saddle
and shout, Giddy-up!


Until Next Time-
Kyle






Wednesday, September 28, 2022

September Mini quilts

First, of all,  I want to thank everyone
for the encouraging words that many of you shared with me.
No, I'm not hanging up my quilting needles 
and tossing out all of my fabric.

I was feeling "stash obligations" and not feeling 
the love or the creative challenge
that it brought.
It really did me in!

So, since I last wrote,
I have bundled up lots of fabric, 
approx. 150 yards,
and sent it off to a wonderful local charitable group.
I have started some new projects,
and have continued to work on the things
that I love and bring me joy.


My latest X-stitch finish.
"Be Ye Thankful"
a design by Brenda Gervais

I am thankful for everyone's positive thoughts.

*****
The end of September
means it's time to share a monthly mini quilt.


Vintage Baskets #2
24" x 24"

This little quilt began it's life as a full size 
quilt from the 1930's.


When I received it from a friend, 
it was just a top and 
the 10" blocks were well loved and 
very thin and frail. 

I took some of the blocks apart and resized them

which made them very cute.

After sewing the top together I decided
to add embroidered flowers to each basket.

That was the "FUN" part.




When I was given this quilt top,
the original Nile Green binding was included.
It wasn't in the best shape, but I made do.


I "love" how it finished.


Vintage Baskets #2

Time for my barbed-wire fence parade.
There was a very fog morning this week.


A perfectly quiet, uncluttered background for a photo shoot.


Baskets

If you get the chance, check out Wendy's blog
the Constant Quilter to get the list of other
bloggers working on and sharing their monthly minis.

Until Next Time-
Kyle