Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Finished Christmas Pieces and Winners!

I finished two pieces this week, they are going to be presents, I sure hope the recipient likes them.
The first is the snow lady I made from a pattern by Primitive Blessings. This is a free pattern and I added a few of my own touches.

 The second is a punch needle with a design by Brenda Gervais. This was a free group pattern so it is not available as a pattern, but she does the most wonderful designs. I gave it a light antiquing and added a yarn trim.

 And now for the winners! Yes, two winners today. I loved reading all of your answers, it was so fun to see what others saw. I saw a dog with a bonnet on it's head. So, I picked the first person who said they saw a dog, which was Barbara of Cat Patches. Barbara has a weekly contest of her own, so be sure to visit. The second winner was done by the random generator, the winner was #31, Steph of Front Porch Primitives. You will want to visit Steph's blog, she has a wonderful tutorial for a prim candy cane. Ladies, please email me with  your choice of epattern or ebooklet.

Monday, November 28, 2011

What is it, Giveaway!

I am working on finishing some projects so nothing new today.
This weekend we got some nice walks in and I took some photos of some unique items.

Here are two photos, you can comment on one or both and comments will be entered to win a free ebooklet. I will pick a winner from the comments on Wednesday night.

This is a common site at low tide, what is it?

On the way back, we walk through the woods and  pass this rock. I never noticed the shape before, what does it look like to you?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Birthday Buys and the Bay!

Today I wanted to go to our folk art store and treat myself. I saw lots of nice things, but I always talk myself out of buying things, lol. I found this panel and thought it would be fun to practice machine quilting on and make a quick quilt for the kids, at least that is the plan;) I may just use the center panel and the rest as pillows, we shall see.

I also saw this Japanese fabric bundle and thought it would be perfect for some of the pieces in the wool book, even though it isn't wool, it would work great for the applique pieces and I have always wanted to try some.

Then we went to the ocean, a place called Black Rock. There is a path that you can walk on that takes you to the main beach and you can go down smaller paths and walk along the rocks.

We walked along the beach for a bit and spied this fellow, he had found a fresh lunch today.

The problem was, he did not like us near and would move off and the ocean would sweep in and carry it away.

Now where did it go?

Found it!

Heading back from a wonderful walk, we and our shadows.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Giveaway Winner and UFO's

I thought I would be nice and announce the winner first, lol.
The lucky winner is #25, Congratulations Gayle! It is the 25th, so thought that was funny how that was the lucky number. Gayle, email me with your choice of any epattern from my ecrater site. I truly appreciate all of my visitors and the comments and I hope I can get some new freebies done for the holiday.

But, I do have two freebies that I found on the web and have been working on and maybe  you would like to make some of your own pieces. The snowlady pattern if a freebie from Primitive Blessings. I plan on adding a wool nose and button eyes. The piece on the right is a pattern called Home for Christmas and it is a freebie from Hatched and Patched. The oval design will be going on a small quilt with tongues which you can see in the freebie pattern. If you scroll down on her blog, you will find the pattern, it was for the Henry Glass blog hop.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Birthday Goodies and a Giveaway for you!

Monday was my birthday and I turned another year older. I had a nice quiet day at home and worked on my new projects. Today I got another surprise box from Kelley, like the box of fabrics wasn't enough. I am really going to have to get going on my regular quilting this year, lots of beautiful new fabrics to work with. She also sent me the wool book that I have been looking for, what a wonderful surprise, love the japanese quilting. I love the punch needle she made me, it will go into my sewing room, she does such beautiful prim pieces. I feel very spoiled;)

And since it is Thanksgiving, I thought it was a good time for an epattern giveaway. Leave a comment on this post and I will draw a name on Friday night. The winner will get their choice of any one of my epatterns. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Primitive Angel Mini Quilt!

I finished another quilt today. This one I stitched last year and never finished it, so it was time to finish it.
It is a design by Primitive Blessings and I added the snowflakes and Christmas saying. It measures a little less than 12" x 10". Another piece to add to my growing gift box.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmas quilt!

Did everyone follow the Henry Glass blog hop? If you missed it, you missed some wonderful patterns for Christmas, but you can still visit the sites and get their patterns. I loved the piece by Little Quilts, a fun redwork piece that would make a nice gift for a friend. Of course I didn't follow the directions and went off on my own, as usual, lol. I am just too lazy to piece those wonderful triangles she made on the original, so I just made mine simple and added some words.

I also made some little penny ornaments with some snowflake designs from my Fa la la la Felt book. I liked the snowflake designs, but now that I see the original pattern I took it from, I might have to make those next;) I used a different blue pen and it does not come out easily, as you can see on these. On the quilt it came out blue too, but I rewashed it and it came out clean, after I dried it. There is no name on it and it was a gift.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Homespun Heaven!

My friend Kelley sent me a surprise box this week, I love surprises.
Kelley has been cleaning out her supplies and books and this is the wonderful fabrics I received this week.
I love homespuns and speciality fabrics and there is lots of those and a lot of future projects I can enjoy making with them.

 I finished another punch needle piece, tonight. My friend Cyndi sent me the pattern as a gift, so I decided it was time to make it. If you visit Cyndi's site you will see the rug she made from a custom pattern that I made for her.

 I am thinking of making a card holder with it, by attaching the punched piece to a hand made wool card holder. It still needs aging, it is a bit bright. I also need to tweak a few spots, I used 3 strands on the designs and I think I punched a bit too tight.

Have you seen the Henry Glass, Jolly Holiday Party? It is a fun blog hop, prizes and free patterns for the holidays. I already printed out a couple, to make for gifts.

The pattern for this piece is a design by Brenda Gervais, of  Country Stitches.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Kitties and Foxes!

Last winter I was lucky enough to win one of Lark Crafts giveaways. I won a calendar with patterns and a lot of wonderful felt. I also won the Fa la la Felt book and was thrilled since it has lots of fun designs and things to make for the holidays. I finally got to make some of the cute penny ornaments and did the kitties and foxes. For now I left them as they are, and later I will either keep them as ornaments, or maybe add them to something. The book also has some christmas trees to make, so lots of fun things i can make as gifts for others. The originals are in felt, but I decide to use wool and make them into pennies, so mine are slightly different. They were fun to make and love how they came out.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thanksgiving Mouse!

I was the lucky winner of one of Linda's wonderful mice in a giveaway that was hosted by Carol of Firecracker Kid Primitives. Linda has a wonderful etsy site called Heartfelt Ornament Co.  If you love mice, you will love her little costumed creations. She also has an etsy site called Warmth and she has some wonderful new pieces and sweet Christmas mice, wouldn't it be fun to have a few to tuck into your cubbies. You can find the candle boxes at Firecracker Kid Primitives and in any finish you would like.

I was happy that I won the fall mouse, it is perfect for Thanksgiving. I love the little accessories that came with her and the decorations that Linda added to the shelf.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wool Penny Ornament!

I decided to make some more snowman ornaments, but I used wool this time.
I cut them out free hand, so they are a bit wonky, but that is the fun of prim.
After I sewed the penny together, I cut a slit in the back and put some crushed pine in them, so now they smell like a fresh pine tree. I thought it would be nice to put in a christmas card, hopefully they will fit;)

I ordered the pine from Paine Products. They were easy to order from and fast delivery. The ornament pattern can be found Here! I used a paintbrush and watered down walnut spray to soak into the stitchery and darken the batting. To cover the slit in the back, I added a double penny with a stitched snowflake in the middle.

Moki has been enjoying the nice weather, nothing like the sun to keep him content.

Monday, November 7, 2011

What was I thinking!

Today we got our new bedroom set, it sure looked smaller in the store, lol.
I have a nice mattress, so we didn't buy one for the new bed. But my mattress is the new extra high ones and even without the bottom half, it is way too high for the new bed. Guess I need to go shopping again, hopefully we can find a sale somewhere, hate to spend too much, but I do need to find something that can support my back and still be soft on my sore bones.

Now I will have to think of a new quilt for the bed. Once we get a normal mattress, it will be easier to make one for this bed, I won't need the longer sides this time. I think the fabric that Barbara Brackman sent me, would make a beautiful quilt for this bed, so now I need to decide on a pattern. For now I am recleaning clothes and putting things away. With the under bed storage I can put extra blankets and sheets and free up some closet room in the bathroom. I guess I need to make curtains too, something simple for a topper.

Hard to get a photo with the right angles, so everything looks cramped in the room. There is a secretary desk in the corner with the flowers and to the right I have my large ladder, that Bill made me. It is also Casey's bed spot, since he sleeps next to me. Maybe I need the ladder to get into bed, lol.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Vote for Dora and Hooked Antique Cat!

This year I won a contest to receive a wonderful online magazine called the Quilt Pattern Magazine.
They are sponsoring a contest and I entered Dora a few months ago and sadly she is no longer with us.
If you would like to vote for Dora, I have a chance to win quilting prizes. You can go here to Vote and see the photos of the kitties.

Here is the photo I entered. Dora always liked to help me sew.

Recently Betsy of Heavens to Betsy bought my Antique Cat epattern and made a hooked pillow with it. I love the wools she used, it really does look like an antique rug. Betsy has the most wonderful wools and you can see how beautifully they hook up with this piece. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Mini Christmas Hexagons!

After I finished the punch needle, I decided I wanted to make a mini hexagon quilt and use homespuns. I tried to stick with more green and some red, but I don't have much in scraps for those colors and I didn't want to get into my fat quarters for this. I used the accuquilt small hexagon and 1/4" seam. I do not use paper, I mark the seam lines and sew them together. For this one, I used the machine to sew the pieces into rows, then I hand sewed the rows together. I usually sew all my hexagons by hand, but for the straight seam, it seemed to make more sense to save some time and my fingers. I bordered it with greens to keep a Christmas look and used floss to do the tacks. I haven't stained it yet, still trying to decide if I should leave it as is, or maybe add a little snowflake applique or something like that in a corner?

I decided to let one of my old kitties, show it off.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Christmas snowmen and Winner!

I was in the mood to make a punch needle, and this is a design that was made by Brenda Gervais for our punch needle group booklet. This was in 2007 and I finally got around to making it, lol. It was fun to do and now I am trying to decide what to do with it. I wanted to make it into a quilt, but not sure how that would look as a centerpiece and if I put it on a penny rug, it would be hard for the person, who is getting it, to display anything on it. So, maybe I will just make a pillow or a little hanging bag from it and make a penny rug with appliques.

I tried a close up, really makes the loops look lumpy, lol.

And now for the winner. I was dressed as a pumpkin head scarecrow, so most of you got it right. The winner of a free epattern is..... rebecca! Congratulations to Rebecca, send me an email with your choice of pattern.