Woolly Thoughts and Small Worlds

I know, I haven’t written a blog in months (actually, almost a whole year). My only excuse is the many projects, retreats, vacations, stitch days, bee days, guild days, workshops and other fun stuff.

But today I want to share with you my two most recent obsessions — Sue Spargo wool applique and My Small World.

I’ve done wool applique before but it’s always been a simple blanket stitch.  Now with some projects, that’s what is called for.  But all there are all kinds of wonderful stitches you can use with wool that add dimension, interest and beauty.  Sue Spargo has a new book with all kinds of detailed instructions:

My first project was a simple needle book.  My friends assured me that this is folk art and mistakes are OK, they are part of the charm.  As you can see by my mistakes, this needle book is very “charming.”  Here is the front:

And the back:

And one of the pages inside:

Ok, now I was hooked.  And it was a good thing, since I was chair bound for several days after minor knee surgery.  So I took a wool project that called for blanket stitch and went to town with all the wonderful stitches I wanted to practice.  This is The Fall Guy by Sew Cherished:

Here are a few close ups:

I took a Craftsy Class from Sue Spargo and started on this Butterfly Sampler.  As you can see, it is still a work in progress:

A close up of the completed butterfly:

I was very excited to meet Sue at the Houston International Quilt Festival and I have signed up for her block of the month next year.  Can’t wait!

My Small World by Jen Kingwell is another project I am working on.  This is her pattern book:

Lots of fun, tiny bright blocks to start:

Here is the City block:

With a close up:And I just finished the Factory Block:

I’m using bright happy fabrics; trying to fussy cut some cuteness when I can and enjoying every moment working on this quilt.  Can’t wait to show you more!

My last blog was about finishing UFO’s.  And yes, I did finish a few but that didn’t stop me from starting new ones like these two obsessions.

Till next time, hopefully sooner than later!

Cookie

 

UFO Challenge

Do you have a New Year’s resolution?  I do!  I want to finish up on all those fun quilt project I have started so I can start on some more!  Well, I found the perfect inspiration on the APQ website – the UFO Challenge 2017.

I have filled in my 12 UFOs (unfinished objects) that I want to finish in 2017 (note that I used a pencil so I can edit freely 🙂 ).

I even joined the Facebook group for further inspiration…

Some of these projects are on the verge of completion, such as my Spring Baskets quilt.  All it needs is some pink piping and green binding!

My purple and white Just Takes 2 quilt is also pretty close.  I’ll be taking this on retreat in January to try to knock it off the list.  Here is one portion of the quilt:

Here are some of my purple bunnies – the pattern calls for 121 applique bunnies.  I’ve only got about 100 to go!

The Fiesta de Talavera quilt is a block of the month – so I don’t have all the blocks yet.  Here is block 2 (still needs some machine applique work):

Another project is a Jacobean Applique quilt inspired by this fabric and book:

One block done, but I need to made some decisions about where to go with this quilt – how big do I really want to make it?

My oldest project is a counted cross stitch dragon and castle.  The dragon block is done; the castle is nearly finished.  I can see these two as centerpiece blocks in a batik paper pieced wall hanging. I think I started this in 1999!

As I went through my project boxes, bags and bins I found a bunch of future projects that I haven’t even started on yet!  I have the patterns, have even set aside the fabrics, but have never started them.  Maybe I should make a list of those too!  For each UFO I finish, I can start a new project – LOL – I don’t think I’ll ever be able to follow that rule!

Happy New Year y’all!

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My First Blue Ribbons!

I am beyond excited!  Last week at the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show I was awarded my first two blue ribbons ever!  The show was fabulous with hundreds beautiful quilts.

Ele-funky was a quilt of pure joy to make!  Every elephant was different and I added special embellishments to each one. I had more fun making this quilt!

In addition to the first place blue ribbon, this quilt was also awarded an NACQJ Award of Merit.  That’s the extra blue and yellow ribbon you see.  Wow!  I was blown away! Such an honor.

ele-funky The pattern is “Elephant Walk” by Peggy & Laura at Fiberworks, Inc. The quilting was done by Susan Corbett and she added so many extraordinary touches, such as the quilted elephants behind the baby elephants.  I hope you can see them in these close-ups

e-close-up-2 e-close-up-1This year the theme of the show was “Life’s a Beach.” The show chair had a special category based on that theme and Aloha won first!  I picked up this pattern on a vacation in Maui – it is called “Sunshine Pineapple” by Vicki Stratton and Barbara Jones.  It is also quilted by Susan Corbett.

qs-pineapple-2When I made these quilts, I did so because they were fun; they made me happy; they were bright and warm and engaging.  The ribbons are like icing on an already wonderful cake!  I am tremendously honored!

Now, what fun, happy quilt should I work on?  Probably one of the dozen or so I’ve already started!

A Summer of Bee Days

Yes, I’m going to try to give you pictures from all the JSS Bee Days this summer – that’s June, July and August.  All in one blog!  Wish me luck!

I’m trying something new using a “gallery” of pictures… To see a bigger picture, click on it.  Click the back button on your browser to return to the blog.

I missed the June bee day at Davene’s house!  I was so sad (well, not that sad… I was on a cruise).  But Judy L. supplied me with the following pictures.

July bee day was at Patt’s – thank you for so graciously hosting us once again, Patt!

And finally, here are the August pictures.  Bee day was hosted by Kay at her new digs – such a beautiful home, thank you Kay!

I kind of like using the Gallery to show you pictures.  Let me know how it works for you!

Cookie

 

Splendid Sampler Mania

Have you heard about The Splendid Sampler?  This online project began in February with twice weekly releases of free block patterns from wonderful well-known designers.  Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson seem to be the originators but there is a whole slew of contributing designers listed on their web site.

I hadn’t heard about it until our bee retreat a few weeks ago.  Sue H. had a bunch of cute little 6″ blocks up on the design wall and I couldn’t resist.

wall-47Then Nikki M. was telling me about it at Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild meeting last Friday.  So I had to join the Facebook group, subscribed to the blog and by last Wednesday I couldn’t resist any longer.  Following Nikki’s suggestion I printed all the block patterns, inserted each in a page protector and keep them in a notebook.  Since there will be 100 blocks (oh my!), I may need more protectors and a bigger notebook!

So last Wednesday I made blocks 17, 18, and 19.  I actually started with block 19, since it had just been released and all the pictures on Facebook were just too cute.  This block is called Measure Twice, Cute Once:

Block-19---Measure-twice,-cThat was easy so I made block 18 – Lina’s Gift:

Block-18---Lina's-GiftI posted the pictures on the Splendid Sampler Facebook page and the feedback was overwhelming.  I’m a sucker for positive feedback, so I made block 17 – Family Stars:

Block-17---Family-StarsA little bit more challenging.  Remember, this is a 6″ block.  The next block was coming out on Thursday, so I went to bed Wednesday night ready to whip out the Thursday block and catch up on a few older ones.  Well, block 20 was a doozy!  Called Nature’s Walk and so incredible cute, it was well worth the three days it took me to finish!

Block-20---Nature's-WalkI really need another project like a hole in the head, but this one is simply irresistible! I’m off to work on block 21!

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