Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Finishes and Win!

Did any of you follow the 100 Blocks giveaways? I didn't win a magazine but I was the lucky winner of Barbara Cline's book, Diamond Chain Quilts. I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated by her quilting and all of that piecing, but once I read her tutorials and watched the video, I realized, even someone like myself, can make beautiful quilts like this.

I received my copy of the book and she has wonderful tutorials and photos that show how to make the quilts along with beautiful quilts to make. I love how she uses colors and turns them into quilts that have a 3D look, something I would love to try. I also love irish chain quilts and this is a wonderful new take on chain quilts.

 This quilt shows the effect of using color gradiations to get a 3D look, I would love to make this for Christmas. Be sure and visit Barbara's blog, Quilting Gal and learn how she makes these fabulous quilts.

Another thing I started this week was a garden angel. Wendy of Ravenwood Whimzies is having a challenge using her free doll pattern. She supplies the pattern and then you can design her with a gardening theme. Sounds fun and you have a month from today to finish her. I hope you can join in, on the fun.

I made my body so I can stare at her and come up with ideas before I start. I am thinking simple and using some flower material for her clothes and accessories. I am not the best doll sewer, good thing she will be covered in clothing;) I used tea stained muslin, so the dark stripe is how the material went on that section.

Another thing I finally did this week was to paint my bench. I wanted to do a painting on top, but I haven't had the time and I just wanted it painted. Of course I realized I had no light blues so used what I had, a bit bright and for some reason it did not want to sand down. I gave up and antiqued it and left it as is, later I can let my husband resend it and repaint it. For now it serves it's purpose, a foot stool in the bathroom.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. We are getting rain but it looks like we will have breaks, long enough to get out for some walks.


moosecraft said...

Congrats on the win! Looking forward to seeing your Christmas version of that one quilt. Your dollie looks cute! This sounds like a fun challenge... I'll have to check out her blog... This is going to be a perfect weekend for outdoor stuff... I love how fresh the air is after a rain... and also how clear the skies are! Hurray for Spring! :-)

Kim said...

I'm sure that book will inspire a great quilt from you. Keep us posted on your doll progress. What a fun challenge !

Missie of Traditional Primitives (formerly Hallbrook Designs) said...

As I have said before, you are a lucky lady! Congratulations! It's been fun to catch up on your blog! It has been so very long since I've had a chance to look at blogs. So glad to be getting back to normal! All of your projects of late are wonderful, especially the sail boat and post card...beautiful!

paulette said...

Congrats on the lucky lady!! Love the table/bench as is! Looks fantastic!

Julie Fukuda said...

That quilt does look complicated but the pattern would make a nice table cover for my round table. Hmm, a possibility. Have fun with the doll.

The Joy of Needlework said...

Congratulation. Just popped in to see what you brewing and OMB you are one busy lady. I did manage to get a little project done not much but its a start. The book looks very interesting, and love the blue bench. Always fun to visit you. LenZie

Danice said...

The bench color is pretty. Looking forward to seeing your finished Garden Angel. I am also in that Challenge. Quilting is new to me. Your quilts are surely pretty. Maybe someday mine will be also. Prim Spring blessings :)