Saturday, March 14, 2015

"Quilt as desired"

Do you dread those words as I do?
My mini version of Lisa Bongean's Burgoyne Surrounded is a flimsy. It has been on a design board in my sewing room for a couple of days.
 I find myself sitting in a chair across the sewing room from it--just staring, trying to decide how it should be quilted. This is small; the blocks finish at 3 3/4".

It is a miniaturization of Lisa Bongean's version of Burgoyne Surrounded from the APQ designer SAL last year. Her quilt swept me off my feet. It is shown in the lower corner of the photo to the left, and you can see the post about it here.

I used a pattern from issue #11 of the OOP Miniature Quilts Magazine, but followed Lisa's colorway, as the pattern is for a 2 color quilt.
If you are not already lucky enough to have the magazine, but want to get the pattern, you can usually find most of the issues on ebay.

My little Leprechaun Lamb quilt just needs the binding hand sewn. I've been toying with names and right now "Leaping Lulu" is the frontrunner (with apologies to the local Celtic band of the same name).
It will be hanging on the wall before St. Patrick's Day, which is a vast improvement over the Winter and Valentine's Day lambs.  Pattern (by Lisa Bongean) from which this is adapted can be found here.
The other 3 unfinished lamb quilts have all of the machine quilting completed and just need the big stitching around the wool applique before binding.

A couple of other minis have been getting some love. "No Big Diehl" (my miniaturization of Kim Diehl's "All in a Row" design), just needs stitch in the ditch around the outside of each churn dash. The rest of the quilting is finished. Can't wait to get this one bound.
 These blocks finish at 1 3/4"

This little quiltlet is made from the leftovers of "No Big Diehl". It needs a name, but I am drawing a blank. Any ideas? This little baby measures 5 3/4" x 6 3/4".  The blocks finish at 1/2". That is a pint jar behind it, for some perspective.
 It is all quilted, but the binding needs to be hand stitched down.

Just wanted to share this handsome guy that was in the pasture beside our house. I took the photo from our second story kitchen window with the camera I got for Christmas. It has a great zoom!
That is all I have to show for the past two weeks. Hope you have had more sewing time than I.
Until next time,
Janet O.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I guess it was wishful thinking on my part

that I could actually get my chosen UFO at least to flimsy stage by the end of the month. Didn't happen. This is where things stand with my miniature Burgoyne Surrounded (based on a large quilt by Lisa Bongean, shown HERE).
 Ten out of twelve 4 1/4" blocks are completed (and it looks like they could all use a shave--haven't trimmed them yet). The cornerstones will be more little 3/4" 9-patches.

 The last two blocks are waiting the completion of the tiny 9-patch blocks before they can be sewn together.

So this is the only finish I had for February--the Buttermilk Basin heart pillow from retreat last month. (The quilts on the rack are all my Mom's handiwork.)
At Miss Stacy's recommendation, I stuffed it with the Morning Glory Brand Premium Polyester Fiberfill. It makes for a firmer pillow.

I wish I could show you more, but I haven't done anything else. That's all, folks! : )

Until next time,
Janet O.

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Year of the Sheep

I don't want to get embroiled in the controversy as to whether it is really the year of the sheep or the  goat. I'm just going to roll with the sheep! Here is the latest "Lamb for All Seasons".
 Can you tell that my Leprechaun lamb is step dancing? Makes me laugh. : )
I still may put a gold buckle on the hat.

 The Spring lambie needs something more. I may add some French knots in the feather stitching (which looked like chicken scratches to me).

Eight seasonal/holiday 12" lamb quilts have been created so far from Lisa Bongean's "Old Glory Gatherings" free pattern here.
Winter through Spring are just flimsies. Fourth of July through Christmas are finished.

The second block now joins the first for Buttermilk Basin's Mystery BOM.

More Buttermilk Basin stuff--I finally got up the courage to feather stitch around my mat from the  workshop with Miss Stacy. 
This is the last of the sheep in this post. : )

My heart pillow from the workshop is ready to assemble.
I redid some of the decorative stitching and trims and now I am happier with it. Probably no one else can tell the difference, but I can.

 This is my Mom quilting on what she says is the last quilt she will make.
 She has named it "My Happy Quilt," because the colors and design make her happy.

She hand quilts all of her quilts and her stitches are tiny.
You can barely see some of the piano key border on the left side above.

As always, she gave me the leftover parts and scraps and I used them to make some little quilts for my two daughters. The hexie flowers were made by Mom, as were the HSTs in the corners. The colored borders were made from the trimmings on her piano key border.
The backing, bindings, even the batting are from the leftovers of Mom's quilt. I also tried to replicate the quilting motifs Mom has used in her own quilt--and I hand quilted them. Now my daughters will have a little memory quilt of their grandma's Happy Quilt, and I have enough pieces to make one for myself.

Keeping family and friends that are in the deep freeze in my prayers!
Until next time,
Janet O.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Sweetheart of a Lamb

The latest in my Lamb for All Seasons, from Lisa Bongean's free pattern linked here (which I alter for the different seasons and holidays). I can't decide if I like the words on the blanket. Maybe that is just too corny. I think the blanket needs a border, too. I wanted to have this hanging before next weekend, but I may have to mull it over for a while and have it ready next year. : )

Not a lot of Valentiney (that's a word, right?) quilts at my house. I made this one a couple of years ago.
I had so much fun quilting this.

Then I made this in the "Simply Charming" Every Other Month SAL from Tara Lynn Darr's book. Was that really 2 years ago?
The photo of my grandkids is several years old, but it is still one of my favorites.

And this little quilt was my second interpretation of Lori's (Humble Quilts blog) Pink Lemonade SAL. I was just learning to machine quilt when I did this, so it is best viewed from a distance!

While making the Valentine lamb above I sewed these blocks together as my leader/enders.
Someday it will get simple quilting and a purple binding.

And this little guy got finished up. When I was sitting in my chair stitching the details I couldn't find the instruction sheet. I was too lazy to get up and look for it, or go to the computer and pull it up again, so I stitched from memory. (The background wool isn't really that blue.)
Some of it I knew was not like the original, but he turned out okay and has been gifted to a good home. This was from Attic Heirlooms January Ornament of the Month pattern.

The only snowmen in my neck of the woods right now are of the woolly variety.
We are having such a warm February that our night time lows are higher than our normal daily highs for this time of the year. We were in the 60s today--unheard of for February in Northern Utah! Right now I'm not complaining, but I may be this summer when there isn't enough snow melting in the mountains to fill our reservoirs and we are suffering a drought!

So on that happy note,
Until next time,
Janet O.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Wallowing in Wool

Since returning from Winter Retreat with Miss Stacy of Buttermilk Basin earlier in January, I have done little besides wool projects. This wool heart that was the project for our final day with Miss Stacy is ready to be stitched into a pillow. The pattern for this can be purchased here.

The picnic basket topper (which I will be making into a wall hanging), just needs the feather stitch around the scallops and it will be ready for finishing. Link for ordering this pattern here.
I had never done the feather stitch until these two projects and I am very insecure with it. You can see my cheat sheet above. I'm not sure I am ready to go around the scallops. The bird's wings were shaky enough.

Miss Stacy is sponsoring a free BOM mystery quilt (you know, those things I am NOT doing this year?) on her blog. I have January's block ready to blanket stitch. I don't consider this a "true" mystery because you can see what the block looks like before you start--and I love it. I have no excuses for the fact that it is a BOM SAL.
Find this block pattern here.

 My Warm Winter Blessings mini is all ready to be basted and quilted, except I am not ready to quilt it. After seeing how Linda Hrcka quilted Lisa's original, it is hard to want to tackle it.
I made my borders on this a little narrower so that it will fit in the only place I have in which it can hang. I worded that very carefully in case my mother ever reads it. She was an English major. : )

This photo on the left shows you the difference in block size between the mini quilt and the full size quilt. I've got the single full sized block ready now to make into a pillow.

 The blanket stitching and decorative stitching are completed on my snowlamb. I will quilt it the same way I have all of the other "Lamb for All Seasons" quilts I have made.
As always, this free pattern can be found here. I just adapt it for each holiday or season.

And the last little bit of wool is this cute snowman ornament from Attic Heirlooms January Ornament of the Month. I have just fused it all together and started stitching on the face. (It looks like I stabbed him near the heart with my needle, but that was not my intention. :)

Like I said, I have been wallowing in wool!
Maybe in February I will actually get some piecing and quilting done--maybe.
Until next time,
Janet O.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

In the Meadow We Can Build A Snowman (or bunches of them)!

Two years ago I got the kit for Lisa Bongean's Mini Warm Winter Blessings. After returning from my Winter Retreat earlier this month where we worked on two wool projects I asked myself why I hadn't stitched up this kit yet. So I have worked on it most evenings of late.
The blocks finish up at 4"x5 1/2".
I just need to sew the rows together, add the two borders and this will be ready to baste and quilt!

I ordered this kit when I attended Winter Retreat in January of 2013 with Lisa Bongean. It was my first experience with Wool applique and I learned from the master. Our project was actually two blocks from the larger version of Warm Winter Blessings, but I realized I wouldn't have anywhere to display a quilt that size, so after making those blocks I stopped and waited for the motivation to make the mini version.

This is one of the larger blocks I had made. I'm turning it into a pillow.

                         Continuing with the snowman theme, I made a new little ornament.
This is a free paper pieced pattern from Carol Doak's website that I reduced. DD#1 sent me this cool winter tree ornament and I made the snowman to go with it. I may make another one and face it in the opposite direction. You can click the photos to get a better view.

I don't have another snowman, but what about a snow-lamb?
My winter Lamb for All Seasons is ready for the wool to be stitched down. I am trying to decide how to embellish it a little more. If this is your first visit, this is based on Lisa Bongean's free pattern Old Glory Gatherings. This is the sixth lamb I have made for this series.

If you missed my last post I want to make sure you get the word. This beautiful snowflake pattern from last year's Row By Row Experience is now available on the designer's Etsy and Craftsy pages, as a  digital download for only $3.50.

Okay, let's get down to the winners of the drawing.
Karen Beigh (Log Cabin Quilter blog) is the happy winner of the 12 banner patterns.
Nancy Ratliff (Tattered Garden Quilting blog) is the runner up and will receive 3 other Buttermilk Basin patterns.
Congrats to the two of you, and thank you to Miss Stacy from Buttermilk Basin for contributing the banner patterns for this giveaway!!

This time around I got more "no reply" comments than ever before. If you find your profile name below then your profile settings do not allow anyone to respond to you when you leave comments on their blogs. You can change the settings and if you want help, let me know (making sure your email address is included) and I will link you to some good instructions.
Quilting by the Lake
Gale C.
Beth Barron
Sue in Oregon
Rhonda Knutsen
Lana Cadwallader
Melissa Horne
Quilter Kim
Elley Z
Sonja Mclane

Until next time,
Janet O.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Buttermilk Basin Banners Pattern Giveaway!

Remember these wonderful banners that I shared photos of in my last post? One for every month of the year (they are obviously not in order here--I am just lucky I got them all loaded and semi-lined up), and all so cute. They finish at just under 8"x15", so they can fit in a multitude of places.

Well, all of these patterns can be yours! Miss Stacy had promised to send some patterns for a giveaway, and when she saw that I had featured these, she sent the whole set! How cool is that?

To enter just leave a comment and tell me whether or not you have ever made a pattern from Buttermilk Basin before.

*If you are a "no-reply comment" you will not be entered.*

I need to clarify that I did not make these banners. These are all the work of Miss Stacy herself and I took these photos at her trunk show earlier this month!

There will be one winner of the set of patterns and a small consolation prize for second place.

The drawing will remain open until noon MST on Saturday, January 24th. I will post the winner that night.

Thanks so much to Miss Stacy of Buttermilk Basin for a great giveaway!

One more note of good news. Last year I posted this photo during the Row By Row shop hop experience. It was the prettiest "row" I had seen!
It was designed by Annette, an employee of the LQS where it was the featured "row". Several of you asked to be notified when it became available for sale. You can see it on Annette's blog here, where she shares the link for purchasing it through etsy or Craftsy. Very reasonably priced, too!

That's all for now.
Until next time,
Janet O.

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