Friday, November 30, 2012

New Ornies from Freebies!

I saw a link to a french blog called Scrap Quilt and Stitch for a free pattern and never did find the actual pattern. But, I found another one with 3 cute wool pieces. I loved the moose and had to do it in a stitchery. There are other freebies, as well, so check out the blog and some wonderful free patterns for the holidays.

I made mine into a flat ornie and antiqued it. I think these are nice to hang from a tree or a peg rack.

Then I wanted to make something small and quick to add to a package. I found this fun tree fabric and made some mini tree shapes. I added some balsam to them and then a few ties and a star, and instant ornie for a package and the scent of maine pine for their home.

If you would like another wonderful free pattern, visit Jo Ann at Wool Crazies. She has a wonderful pattern for a snowman and stocking for you wool lovers.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Snowmen Ornies!

Yesterday I decided to make a couple of ornies to match my punched pieces. After I did the stitchery, I added a piece of batting and sewed that with the backing, rights sides together. Then I stitched around the edge and added a simple floss hanger. This was fun to do and worked up quick, and flat enough to add to a card. Great idea for any stitcheries you might have and an item you can put in a card, for that little extra.

I also added balsam fir to mine, since I wanted them scented, so it makes them a bit thicker. I also aged them ahead of time, since I didn't want to get the balsam wet.

Are you looking for the perfect gift for Christmas? Marylou Weidman is offering her book, Out of the Box, for half price and the money will go towards pajamas for the local homeless shelter. I think it is a wonderful idea and you would be  helping others as well as receiving a wonderful book. You can see more at her blog, Marylou and Whimsey Too!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Finished Snowman pouch and ornies!

I finished my pieces today. I needed to find a cord that I liked, so I got that today and then antiqued the pieces. I hand sewed the cord on and then added some bells to the side. The design for the pouch is from the design, Seven Snowmen by All Through the Night and the snow ornies, I drew up a pattern to  
match the pouch.

I love this design and the runner with all the snow people, so that is something I will be making too.

I had to use my pocket camera, so it really killed the look of the pieces and the colors. It is hard to hold a flat camera steady. The cord I used is yellowed, but appears white. Hopefully I can figure out why my new flash is not working and get a better shot.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Storm Recovery!

Yesterday was a beautiful day, so we went for a drive and visited a few beaches and did a little shopping. The clean up is still continuing on the beaches. The waves bought in a lot of sand and rocks that still litter the streets. The sad thing was the stores, most were cleaned out and you could see where they were tearing up the floors and redoing them. This is a boardwalk type of area so it is as close to the beach as you can get, the hazards of being so close to the water.

The main beach lots were covered in sand. They are shoveling it out of the area.

And were are they putting it? Back on the beach of course. They are piling it up and the surf will smooth it all out, eventually. The beach houses did well, though a few were missing stairways. Even with the mess, the beach is still a beautiful place to walk.

There was a lot of erosion on the dunes, but the homes on the ocean are protected by walls and the lighthouse looked fine. It was great to get out and enjoy the warmer temps, while they last.

If you are looking for a good bargain on wools, my friend Bren is having a sale at her Destash Blog
I got a gift certificate for my birthday, so I used it to get some more whites. If you look at number 4, that is what I got, it is wonderful for snow pieces.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Freebie and Winner!

First I will announce the winner. The winner of a free epattern is Annie of Scrappalachia!
Annie, please send me your choice of pattern from my ecrater site.

Since it is my birthday and I have hit 400 followers this week, I thought I would give all of you a gift.
I made this design as a gift for someone who loves churches and thought I would share the pattern with you.

I made an eyeglass case with the design. I use wool for the back and use a blanket stitch to put them together. I haven't antiqued this one, thinking of leaving it, as is.

Here is the design, you can enlarge or reduce the size to fit your needs. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with many blessings.

I redid the design in ink and my hands are a bit shaky today, so you can straighten out the lines or leave it wonky;) The design is done in reverse for punch needle, so if you want to do it in another medium, you will have to reverse the date.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hurricane Sandy...The effects continue and Giveaway!

It was a beautiful day out yesterday, so we decided to go for a walk at the Trustom Pond bird sanctuary. It is a salt water pond that is closed off to the ocean by a barrier beach. If  you click on the link, you can see an aerial photo of the pond and the small sand bar that separates the pond from the ocean.

It is home to over 300 species of birds and we arrived at the first platform, just in time to hear and see a flock of geese coming in.

We also noticed the water marker. It is used to mark the highest waters, due to flooding from storms. I guess it isn't needed now. This was our first indication that something was wrong.

The path we were on, takes us to a point which passes by the inlets, which are inaccessible. Not today, it is now a beach. This area was once covered in water.

At the point we go onto a raised platform to see views of the ocean and Block Island. The pond usually reaches up to the platform. Now, it has wider areas that stretch out into points and the shallows have revealed rocks, all through the pond.

And here is why, the storm broke through the barrier beach and it is now an inlet to the sea. The pond is now affected by the tides. The islands that provide safe harbor for the nesting birds, have land bridges which can be crossed by the foxes and other critters. I have no idea what this will mean for the future of the sanctuary and have heard that they plan on leaving it, as is and let nature take it's course.

We decided to go down the road, to the beach and see how the houses along the shore, fared. It looks like this house is a goner, there is no more support for the house. This is a house that has been there for years, built when there was more land. It shows you how much the ocean has worn away the coast and this storm took even more.

I spied this critter, hiding in the bushes, when we were leaving the beach. What do you think it is? Give me a guess and I will draw a name from the comments and one person will receive their choice of a free epattern from my ecrater shop. I will draw a name on Wednesday at 10pm and announce it that night, along with something for everyone.

The storms are still affecting so many people who live along the coast lines. There are a few places that are looking for help with quilts, blocks and monetary donations. If you have the time, or a spare quilt, or even a few dollars, those who have nothing right now, would appreciate anything you can do to help. Below are links to sites and information on how you can help.

Bumble Bean Basics is still looking for quilts to help those in New York and the New Jersey area.

Phoenix Quilts has rerouted quilts that they have received to help those on the coast, but funds are needed to help out with shipping costs.

The Rock Center has a list of those requesting help and organizations that are helping with the relief cause.

Quilting Gallery is looking for help with their block drive.

Stitch This has a list of places for quilters and other craft needs.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Guilt Free Shopping!

First I want to show you the wonderful fabric, that I won from Evonne of The Clothesline Quilter, Jo Morton's reproduction fabric. I love the colors and they will be saved to go into my bed quilt. I plan on spending time this year on finishing and making things for me and one will be a nice quilt for my bed. This was part of the 100 blocks tour and I didn't win the magazine, but second prize, I think I made out, lol.

Today was a me day, for an early Birthday treat. My husband took me to Whispering Hill Farms, Rug hooking store. I love shopping there, love to walk around her rooms and see all of the wonderful antiques and rugs, which she has on the floors and displayed in all the rooms.

You find them in the kitchen, yes you can walk into her kitchen and use her bathroom, it is a store where visitors are treated like friends and family. Even the pup has his own rug to rest on.

Rugs line the walls, Donna is an avid antique collector and has some beautiful antique rugs.

Visitors can sit and hook, a great place to create and chat. You never have to worry about running out of wool, there is plenty, lining the shelves and cubbies.

And a cozy nook to enjoy a quiet moment or a bit of sun.

I have been rug hooking for years and have extra equipment that I don't need, so I took my puritan frame and bliss cutter and she bought them from me. Donna also buys and sells used equipment and have an extensive collection of antique and out of print books. The great thing is, no guilt shopping, I used this money to pay for my wool;)

I was looking for white and lights for snowmen, and found some nice wool off the bolt and some beautiful dyed pieces that will be nice to mix up with the other whites. Lots of beautiful wools and some pieces to use in penny rugs. And a first for me, I have never bought hand dyed wool, I have always done my own, but it was time to treat myself;)

On the way home we took the scenic route and I had to stop at an antique consignment on the way. It was a wonderful shop and they even had a book rack, and look what I found! I love the angel in this book, that will be fun to do for my daughter. It is in Heart Warmings from Pieces from my Heart. And a
Kansas Troubles book, only 2 dollars each, nice find.

The trip to Donna's Shop is well worth a trip, if you are in the area. Wonderful place to shop and beautiful drives along the scenic routes. I lost track of how many churches we passed, but this one is my favorite, love the green shades and the style.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Presents and Freebies!

The other day I received a wonderful gift in the mail from Mary of Quilt Hollow. She made me a mini quilted piece with an opening at the bottom, so I could make it into something I want. I am going to fill it with pine balsam and place it on a shelf, so I can enjoy looking at it and a fresh pine scent in the house for christmas.

And I am working on gifts for others. I made up a couple of snowman ornies. I will add bells to the front and on the top of the hats.

I also found some new freebies on the web that I thought you might enjoy. It is fun to have things to make for the holidays especially if they are free!

Marjory of Pecks Pieces has a wonderful wall quilt with appliqué santas. She has the quilt and the first santa up, for you to download.

Check out Lyn Brown's mini quilt pattern pak. There are appliques for the different seasons, I love the pear block, it is an extra in the booklet.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Christmas Punch Needle!

I bought a couple of new patterns when I went shopping and one was Seven Snowmen by All Through
the Night. It is a penny pattern, done with wool, but I like the small version for an idea I had. This will be the front of a pouch bag for a swap I am doing. I started out using 3 strands and valdani, but when I got to the background I knew it would drive me nuts, trying to fill it all in, so I switched to 6 strands and changed the height to make the background shorter. This way the design stands out more and gives it a 3D effect. It is hard to tell by the photo.

The tree is done with a floss that I over dyed. It looks crooked because I have it sitting on the frame. I also see some white, I still need to go over it and fix a few things and fill in the bare spots. I also plan on adding a few embellishments, that is why I left the buttons and star out of the piece. Of course I will have to antique it too. Once it is done, I will make it into a simple bag with a handle to hang on a door or peg rack.

Unfortunately the flash tends to darken areas of a piece and then when I lighten it in photoshop, it over lightens areas and makes the darker ones appear too dark and contrasting.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Freebie Friday!

I decided that I would share some free things that I have found on the internet for those of you who like to find freebies to make for the holidays. I am working on a new project, but still working on it, needed a break today.

One of the fun things I found are free digital images from Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps. She has some wonderful images and they would be fun to enlarge and do as quilts or use for cards. You can do a search to find images or you can spend the day going through 100's of images, lol.

Another fun design I found today was from All People Quilt called 12 Days of Christmas Banner. This would be really fun to make for Christmas or if you don't have the time, make a few of the ornaments for your tree.

And here is one that would be fun to make for gifts and it could be done in more prim fabrics too. It is a free pdf pattern by The Red Boot Quilt Company. Now if I can only find the time to make all the fun things I find.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Wins..Buys and pillows!

Thanks to my friends and family, I won second place in the contest sponsored by This-n-That Fabrics. I tend to be practical, and I plan on making a lot of quilts and gifts, so I bought two packages of blades. Then I used the rest to treat myself to some fabrics and got a mix of fabrics to try. The ABC panel is beautiful, I was thinking it would be a nice panel for a charity quilt and something the kids would have fun looking at and learning with. The blue patchwork will be fun to use with dolls or patchwork animals, christmas writing to use as a background for wall quilts, and a gold homespun for my stash. I got the tan prairie cloth to try, have no idea what to do with it, but have heard others love using it. Be sure and visit This-n-That fabrics and follow if you haven't already, there is another contest running this week with a wonderful prize package.

Last weekend, we took a ride up to Massachusetts to visit The Quilted Crow. I love their store and I know I should have taken photos, but it was crowded and I was too busy walking around the store and ogling all the goodies. I got two patterns, but I just realized I didn't add them to the photo, duh. But I will be making them and show them off then;) I went up with ideas in mind, but they didn't have any of the patterns I was looking for, the owners had taken a lot of the punch and wool patterns to the show in NH. I was able to get some beautiful homespuns to add to my stash and more green and red for my christmas pieces. The blues are from the new Jan Patek homespun line, they are so beautiful in person, beautiful blue shades. This was an early birthday present to myself;) The tins are for pin cushions.

I am working on a new punch that I adapted from one of my patterns, but I made a couple of pillows for fun and to give my hands a break. The snow heads are a pattern from Primitive Blessings and the cat pillow is a design from Heartfelt Designs. Great ideas to add to packages.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday Stroll!

This week so many have been recovering from the recent storm and our state still has areas that have been destroyed by the forces of the waves, but it is slowly coming back. 

Today we went back to Beavertail lighthouse to see what the area looked like and to enjoy the beautiful day we were blessed with. Most of the damage has been cleaned up, there are areas with sand piles, a few with rocks littering the roads, but all in all, the area was back to normal and a lot of people were out, enjoying a sunday drive.

We always park in the last lot, nearest to the lighthouse, so we can walk along the cliff paths and enjoy the views. 

The lighthouse is at the point and you could see the damage there. A lot of rocks and shale got thrown up onto the roads and the lower area was exposed to the force of the waves at high tide. This rock pile was the site of the original lighthouse. It has been slowly eroding over the years, but the storm really took it's toll.

We walked along the road on the opposite side of the drive since the paths along the cliffs, was so bad with erosion, I didn't want to take the chance of falling down one;)

We went to the other side of the island, so we could walk along the old ruins of the forts and enjoy the views of Newport Harbor.

A view of Newport, beautiful area to visit, as well.

A lot of people were enjoying a sail while the weather was nice. How would you like to live here, could fit quite a few families in that mansion.

We ended out walk and day by standing on the cliff, next to the coves. This area is a divers mecca and we caught a few coming out from a dive. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Christmas Quilt Finished!

First I want to thank all of you, that voted for me in the challenge at I came in second and was thrilled. I was practical and got a few packs of rotary blades, I will be doing lots of quilting in the next few months. I will show you the fabrics when I receive them. They are also running another giveaway this week, so be sure to visit and enter to win some fabulous fabric and a pattern.

Yesterday I finished my quilt, but I wanted to take an outdoor photo, so I waited. It didn't help, the photo still didn't come out nice. I think I need to take my camera in and see if it needs inside cleaning on the lens, the hazard of taking photos on the water;)

I hand quilted around the blocks and the sashing with black pearl cotton. I use the border as my binding, so when it is done, I fold the extra front, to the back and hand sew it down. This time I tried a tea stain, but it wasn't dark enough, so I added coffee and still didn't work. I finally added walnut crystals to the mix and a little vinegar and it came out just right. It primmed it up without over darkening the design.

The stitchery designs were all freebies from Tiffany of Primitive Blessings. Tiffany's designs are great for stitchery or punch needle, and great for gift ideas.

The quilt measures 25" x 19".

Here is a closer look at the blocks and stitching. I used black to keep it prim. The one difference I would make, would be to put the greenery around the saying, further out on the top block.