Tuesday, July 17, 2012

More Little Stuff

I still seem to be in the mood for making small projects. I was visiting Nedra's blog yesterday and saw the quilt blocks she's making for a quilt-a-long. Thought they were really cute and decided to make some myself. BUT, I used totally different colors and shrunk the pattern to half the size in the instructions - so instead of 12" blocks, mine are about 6". I only plan on making nine of them, and hopefully they'll end up on my wall of quilts that I'm striving for. Here's my first finished block, and the second one all laid out - ready to be sewn together.

I've also done a couple more little hooked rugs - will turn them into stuffed pillows to fill a basket.

Our rug hooking guild had a meeting on Saturday - many of the gals had expressed interest in learning how to do punch needle - so that was the focus of our get together. Here is what I accomplished that day.

And this is a piece that I made several years ago. Found the box at the thrift store, and punched an insert to fill the opening - I used quarters and dimes for the pennies - this is where I store my needle & threader and other supplies.

My friend Janet isn't a rug hooker, but she still loves wool. She recently sent an entry to Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine for one of their reader challenges. This morning she emailed me to say that her piece has been accepted as one of the finalists, so she will be sending it off to the magazine for judging. Isn't it pretty? She used wet felting and wool roving for this piece, then embellished it with some embroidery stitches and beads.

You can see the rest of the entries here.

I received the new issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects on Saturday and was tickled to find a picture in it of a basket quilt that I made from a previous issue - they put it in the little show & tell section of the magazine.

The pattern was designed by Cheri and that reminds me that I need to do some more stitching on the alphabet quilt that she's been sharing on her blog. I'm making my version with scrappy backgrounds and I'm crossing my fingers that it'll turn out okay.


The Wool Cupboard said...

You always have so many great projects to share, Gayle! Thanks for so many great pictures too!


annie said...

just love reading what you've been up to!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Gayle ~
You have been B-U-S-Y! Everything looks wonderful.
Pug hugs :)

Nedra said...

Yay Gayle! Nice to have you along on the Grannies. Can't call them "great grannies" (because of the size) but aren't they the most fun block to make? I'm quite addicted!

Heidi Kuijer said...

Hi Gayle! How fun to read on my blog that you too are making the great grannies in like I am. I am addicted to doll quilts which is why I changed the size. Funny that you also went with more country or prim fabrics too. I think it makes them look old fashioned. Love your first two great grannies.

Hugs from Holland ~

Janet O. said...

I can't seem to get out of the mood for making small projects. I need an intervention!
I love this little Granny Square style block--and you are making a wall of little quilts? I've loved Dawn's and Kathie's and I want to make one, too. Do you have some quilts up already?
Congrats on your show-and-tell in the magazine. Very exciting!
I'm very curious to see your scrappy alphabet blocks. I've wondered how they would look in scraps.

Unknown said...

So creative....you make me feel lazy!!