20 January, 2017

Batik Scrappy table runner

Today is a nice today, although the skies are quite overcast. 'Perfect time to stay inside and sew or quilt, right? Recently, I was the lucky winner of Island Batik's Tradewinds collection. Connie at: Freemotion By The River hosted the giveaway. That's the completed table runner pictured above. The pattern, Batik Scrappy table runner, is designed by Connie. The batting is Warm N' Natural©, and the quilting is machine meandering with a taupe color thread that blends well. The backing is the same batik fabric as the binding. Sewn size is: 14"X40". Tradewinds is so lush and vivid, and I absolutely love it. 'See the fish, shells and seahorses in the batik designs? It's very beachy and calming. Sending more thanks to Connie.

17 January, 2017

Macey's Christmas dress 2016

Good morning all. Pictured above is the dress that I made for my granddaughter for Christmas 2016. It is McCall's 6983, and is made of 100% pinwale corduroy in a lovely shade of royal blue. The bodice is self-lined, and the fastener is a back zipper. 'Love that front inverted pleat. The white blouse has a rounded white rick-rack trimmed collar, and is purchased. This dress was fairly simple to make, and will get a pattern difficulty rating of:

15 January, 2017

Birthday gifts 2017

What a grand "50-something" birthday twin sister Janice and I had! We and our mother, along with Janice's son, really celebrated. My daughter called, and the day was awesome. Pictured above are my gifts. The batik table runner (an unquilted top now) is made of fabrics won from Connie of: Freemotion By The River. 'More photos when it is completed. My daughter Amanda is going to bring my gift soon, as she lives in TN and was afraid it would get broken via the mail. Mother, Janice and family all gave me fabric. Oh yeah, we know what that means: fabric for the quilt-alongs. The cute fabric purse and mug coaster are from Diane of: Lavender Dreams. She also included a cute 2017 calendar. Wow, all such perfect gifts. Sending heartfelt thanks to you all. Family and friends are most important of all, and the gifts are excellent extras. Prim blessings.

14 January, 2017

Happy birthday to my twin sister

Sending happy birthday wishes to my twin sister, Janice. Let's just say that we are "over 50", lol. The lovely butterfly in the photo above is called a Blue Morphofalter. 'Just think the photo is gorgeous also, don't you? Janice and I are fraternal twins, but have totally opposite tastes in clothing, food, and other preferences. Her favorite color is blue, and mine is green. We do both love butterflies though. Janice, mother and I will celebrate later today. Prim blessings.
image: Meli 1670 | Pixabay.com

11 January, 2017

wholecloth Allegory Story quilt

Good afternoon friends. 'Remember a couple of months ago when I won a gift certificate and purchased some quilting fabrics? The collection is Allegory Story by Carrie Bloomston for Windham Fabrics. Pictured above is the first of two projects with those fabrics. This panel is now a wholecloth wall quilt. Wholecloth refers to one piece quilt tops instead of many pieces in the quilt top. 'Decided to get bold (lol) and attempt the trapunto technique. This literally means "stuffed work", and is a process in which a heavier loft batting than is used for the main quilt is sewn behind the quilt top in design motifs. When the quilt's main batting is then later added behind the quilt top, those areas are raised to create a depth layer to the quilt. The background stitching also helps to accentuate the trapunto designs.

My background machine stitching is cloud-shaped on the top area and meandering on mid area. The lower section, where the fish are, has wavy lines quilting. The batting for the main quilt is Warm N' Natural©, and the trapunto batting is a higher loft from another company. The crescent moon (an added applique) & the houses are the areas that are trapunto quilted. Can you see that they are raised? To see close-ups and the backing, follow the link below my signature.

~Linking-up with Sew Fresh Quilts' Let's Bee Social # 159~

~Linking-up with Sarah at: Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?~

04 January, 2017

Ugly Christmas Sweaters completed quilt

Talk about being late, lol. Here is my completed Ugly Christmas Sweaters quilt. This was a really fun QAL that was hosted by Lorna of: Sew Fresh Quilts. The completed quilt measures 42"X50", and is backed with an aqua geometric print fabric. The binding is my favorite color, kelly green. Simple machine meandering quilting was done. Batting is Warm N" White©. I did take some liberty on the lowest right corner block. That one features a fussy cut Grinch® fabric, and is actually paying homage to an actual sweater that I have had for many years. Be sure to go visit Sew Fresh Quilts for some fun activities and great quilting tips. Thank you Lorna, for this awesome QAL as well as for the never-ending link party. There is also a Flickr group for this QAL. 'Want to see this quilt's backing? Follow the link below my signature.

~Linking-up with Sew Fresh Quilts' Ugly Christmas Sweaters Link Party~

~Linking-up with Kelly at: My Quilt Infatuation: Needle & Thread Thursday~