Sunday, June 12, 2016

Back to Back!

This is one of those times when my two monthly rug groups met on consecutive days, so I got a BIG dose of rug hooking eye candy last week! Love it when that happens!

Marliss is SO close to finishing this colorful rug that she started in a class with Sharon Smith. I love how freeform and organic it looks!

 Kim's son drew this design for her of a woman with a watering can and she started it in a recent class with Anne Marie Littenberg. It's wonderful and she's making great progress!

Sharon is done with the hooking on this piece and was finishing the edges to make it into a pillow. The colors she used make it look instantly old, and since she lives in a 100+ year old house, it is right at home in it's surroundings!

Yvonne finished a runner that is a design from a Pat Cross book. It has a lot of energy and movement.

Fun to see it side-by-side with Nancy's version of the same rug that she hooked a few years ago.

Yvonne was stitching down the binding on this darling baby quilt for her second great grandchild who will arrive very soon. I don't usually get excited about quilts made from panels, but she did a great job of combining the printed border with some pieced log cabin blocks in the center.

Here's a picture of a recent finish that Nancy made for her telephone table. The other end is a mirror image of this side and I like how it hangs over the edge so you can really see the design.

Last month I didn't have my camera with me, but now I can share this photo of a Maggie B. rug she hooked with a vibrant pink background - SO much different than Maggie's color choice. Very fun!

She's currently working on a quirky rug inspired by an original painting that her daughter owns. Not quite her normal style so I'm looking forward to seeing it as it progresses.

Myra finished stitching these twelve beautiful wool applique quilt blocks. Her work is incredible and the colors just pop on the black background.

She also showed us this adorable tiny button that she made with fancy embroidery stitches. It will be attached to a retractable lanyard and be used to hold scissors. The design is from a local gal named Kerry Green who blogs HERE. Her style is very reminiscent of Sue Spargo to me.

I began a new rug and I'm hooking it in a 8.5 cut which seems to be my new favorite size of strip. Sure does hook up fast! This is Hannah's Star by Barb Carroll. I think each square will have the same colors in them, but I will use different wools to mix them up a little.

I received the new book from Rug Hooking Magazine about story rugs and it was SO fun to see a local friend's rugs included in it! My husband did the photography on these and they look great. She has been asked to enter them in the big rug show at Sauder Village this summer. So excited for her!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Summertime & Americana

I got a few quilts and rugs displayed last weekend for Memorial Day and will leave them out for most of the summer. First of all, I finished my red white & blue reproduction of an antique rug I saw on Pinterest awhile ago. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out, except for the way it seems to bow out on the sides. Not sure why that happened since 97% of it is straight-line hooking! Oh well. It measures 24" x 40" and is hooked in an 8.5 cut.

I hooked this several years ago from a pattern that was designed for wool applique. It was in a Create & Decorate magazine and I still like it!

I pulled all my small Americana quilts to display just inside my front door. This is the newest one I made a couple weeks ago.

And this was made the week before that....lots of 9-patches going on, eh? I'm not in love with this one because it seems blurry to me - must be the prints that I used - and maybe the 9-patches should have had the light colored fabrics in the corners? Oh well.

I have them attached to the lattice railing with clothespins.

And this one is clipped on a magnetic towel rack on my metal front door. True, it covers the peep hole that's there, but I can live with that. LOL!

I have visitors coming from California next week which I'm looking forward to! Yay for family!

Friday, May 27, 2016

A Little Out of the Ordinary!

I've worked on a couple projects lately that are a little different from what I usually do. First of all was a couch update. DD#1 was given this old couch by a friend and the cushions were SO dated - the fabric was literally falling apart - crunchy and gross - I would guess 40+ years old.

So she ordered some new fabric that would give the couch a fresh look and I stitched up new covers for her. I was able to recycle the zippers from the old covers, and the foam cushions were still in good condition too so we were able to use them. Her throw pillows add a lot of color to the couch and her family has a comfy new place to sit!

THEN, my son asked me to help HIM with a project. He is passionate about his vehicles. He recently rebuilt the engine on a Ford Explorer that he bought for a song. Then he made a new bumper for it from scratch - the metal cutting and shaping - the welding - the winch installation - and the painting. He added a light bar above the winch and worried about it getting damaged from road debris.

So we used some vinyl fabric and made a cover for the light bar that fit like a glove when it was snapped together underneath. Whew! Quite a team effort!

Earlier this week I learned that I had won a giveaway on Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson's blog. My prize arrived in the mail today and I'm SO thrilled with it! A stack of 40 fat quarters  from their newest fabric line - can you imagine? That's 10 yards people! SO generous! I have no idea what I will make with it but I'm just going to pet it for awhile until I think of something! LOL

Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Back in Business!

I was unable to find my missing camera - figured as soon as I got a new one it would show up - isn't that how it usually works? Well, I ordered one from Amazon and it arrived yesterday, but still no sign of the old one so maybe it's gone for good. (sigh) Anyway, it feels good to know I can share my projects with my blogging friends again.

Took me four days from start to finish to make this Double Wedding Ring quilt using a Mini Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful. It's far from perfect and was a very labor intensive project but I'm happy with the finish.  The gals who design these rulers are definitely in the Modern Quilt camp of quilting, but I think with the colors and fabrics I chose it ended up being very traditional looking.

The pattern showed 12 blocks but I pared it down to only nine. Shrunk quite a bit when I washed it since it measured 33" square before and 30" square after. I plan to make a much larger version of this to fit my queen size bed eventually and it will look very similar.

Amazingly, I even added a label to it!

I've also spent quite a bit of time hooking a new Americana rug and it's coming along nicely.

I had originally intended to finish it by Memorial Day, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen now.

I saw this antique rug on Pinterest and that was the inspiration for making my version which is the same, but different!

I think my favorite part of this is the blue background behind the stars and believe it or not that is a single piece of plaid fabric that used to be a Pendleton shirt from the thrift store!

I've also been doing a bit of upholstery-type sewing which I hope to have before & after pictures of soon.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting up with a long-distance blogging friend Yvonne, from Holland. She arrived in Utah with six friends to attend International Quilt Market and made time to visit with Clydene & I at Clydene's house. Such a nice group of gals - I know they're going to enjoy their visit here. Yvonne has visited here many, many times and has a huge circle of friends in the States. I love reading her blog entries to see my part of the world through her eyes. Her first entry for this trip is published here and I'm sure there will be many more over the next few days until they leave for home from Las Vegas. After you see pictures of Clydene's home here you will understand why they wanted a tour!  Shockingly, I didn't take a single picture of us so this drawing will have to represent the occasion - I felt so bad!!!!!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

I haven't been able to find my camera for over a week now, and a blog isn't worth looking at without any pictures to see, so until I find it or buy a new one I'll be missing in action. Sorry 'bout that!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


I've been busy as a bee stitching up several different projects. Today I made this little quilt that measures 9" x 11".  While looking around the house for a good place to photograph it, I discovered how nice it looks with some of my yellowware bowls. The ones with blue stripes have always been my favorite and I have many of them. It was fun to find the perfect striped fabric which I fussy cut for the sashing between the rows.

It worked up quickly since I had the pieced blocks left over from a small quilt I made for Lauren a couple years ago. Only had to make two extra and I had enough. I can never remember if these are hourglass blocks or broken dishes....

Last week I finally gifted DD#2 with a completed quilt. She will use it mostly for TV watching in the evenings when it feels chilly in her basement.

The colors are happy and it was a fun project to make for her, though it took me a lot longer than I thought it would. She was very patient with me and was very appreciative when I gave it to her.

I also stitched up a 'PLUS' quilt and gave it to the gal who does my hair. She's expecting a baby boy in June and told me the nursery colors are navy and gray. I think this will do the trick. She was very surprised when I showed up without an appointment to give it to her.

I quilted it with a simple and easy meandering design. 40" square.

I've finished the border on my hooked rug and I'm ready to tackle the remainder of the inside section.

I recently did a little cleaning in my studio and found six small crazy quilt blocks that I probably made 10+ years ago. I have no idea of what my original plan for them was, so I stitched them up similarly to a quilt I saw on a Facebook page. Not sure if the wool flowers and stems are showing up on such a busy background - any suggestions? Maybe I should unpick the stems and just have the applique in the center section? (please notice the mitered corners on the border - I haven't done that for ages!)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Done - And Getting Done

In my last post I shared a small quilt that I was doing the big stitch on. It's all finished now and I'm so pleased with the way it turned out!

Really fun to make those big stitches using a ball of crochet cotton that I found at the thrift store years ago.

I just use a whip stitch to attach my wool applique pieces after learning from Maggie Banonomi that that's what she does.

And I'm making good progress on hooked rug that I began in a class years ago - why on earth did it take me so long to get back to it?

I forgot to share this delightful little wool woman that I received as a gift last month. It was made from a kit by ArtGirlz and I just love the metal face & crown & hands that embellish this gal.

I have some show & tell to share from a couple of meetings I attended earlier this month. First up is the Polly Minick fish rug that Jeanette is working on - this is the third version I've seen hooked and each one has be just delightful!

She showed us this beautiful penny rug that she had finished.

Her stitches are perfection!

Sharon has a tradition of making very small gift items to send to her grandchildren on their birthdays each year. This is the year of the owl for her and a gift of cash will be included with these cute little guys!

I can't remember who hooked this little Americana piece - was it Sandy? Someone help me out here and I'll post better information. The stars have nice sharp points, which is something I always struggle with!

Angela brought two of her rugs that are in-progress - each one is just beautiful! Her loops are perfectly even and I doubt she ever has to steam a rug when she's done hooking it!

Marliss has made a lot of progress on her Sharon Smith rug since our last meeting. See what happens when you set yourself a goal? I need to take a lesson from her!

At my quilt group, Janet shared a tumbler quilt that she had just completed. She and her sister shared 30's reproduction fabrics to make the exact same pattern and it was cute! I forgot to take a picture of a small quilt and dress that she had made for her grand daughter's American Girl doll. Maybe I'll get to sew fun stuff like that when my little gal gets a bit older and shows interest in that.

Please go over to Tonia's blog and see her beautiful finished rug - she is SUCH a creative person!

HandiQuilter is headquartered here in Utah and this morning I took a little drive to their warehouse to have a look around because I had heard they have lots of quilts on display. A lot of them were art quilts and modern quilts, but I did find a few that appealed to me. Fun to see them hanging in the halls of their office!