Sunday, July 14, 2013

This & That

I'm just going to do a little catching up with this post. Last week I attended my monthly meeting with the Salt Lake Rug Group. My rug is making progress - it's about 20" square and I think I'll use it for a table centerpiece so I'm not sure if I'll hook that center flower motif because it'll probably be covered up by a candle or a pot of flowers. I might  just use background wool to finish the middle of it - guess it depends on whether I have enough of the light background wool from the skirt I've been using......

Here are some of the other rug projects that were being worked on at that meeting. Terri was able to join us for the first time in a long time and we enjoyed visiting with her - she took a class from Karen Kahle in Phoenix earlier this year and is hooking a floral basket design of hers.

Myra is making good progress on her little purse - those flowers really pop against navy background. Her proddy flowers are so nicely done!

We meet at Nancy's house and this cute wreath greeted us on her front door - it's made of felted wool sweaters that her daughter made from thrift store finds - so cute!
Nancy was pulling the last few loops of the third piece that will become a pillow - her version of Magdalena Briner's lollipop tree.

Yvonne has started a tradition log cabin quilt design.

Awhile ago I was thumbing through some of my really old Miniature Quilts magazines and saw this little quilt called Bricks done in Christmas colors. I thought it looked like a quick sew and I dove right in using fabrics from my 1" scrap basket. Finished size is about 7" x 9". I guess you could call it a charm quilt because each piece is a different fabric. I should have done a better job of spacing the light blocks, but I didn't notice that until it was too late.

At the thrift store last week I stumbled upon this small quilt top and bought it for $2.99. Whoever made it did a good job on the sewing, but it's too plain for me so I think I'll spiff it up with some kind of applique after I tea dye it a bit. I could add some blue stars and give it more of an Americana flavor - or I could add some green holly leaves or trees and make it have a Christmasy  theme - any other suggestions to help me figure out what to do? The blocks are about 9" square.

I have been working diligently on Pam Buda's new sew along - I have all my HSTs made and a couple of the blocks sewn together - will share a picture of it soon.

16 comments:

Me and My Stitches said...

Oh Gayle - I always love your show and tells from your wool group, but your rug is awesome! I love, love it!
Good find on that quilt - some applique will spiff it right up. I like the Americana idea.

annie said...

Great projects Gayle! Love all your photos!

Kim said...

Your rug will make a sweet centerpiece. I think some Christmassy appliqué will make that quilt top very nice.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Love the rug you're hooking!
Thanks for sharing the many projects. It is such fun to see what other are doing!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Kindred Quilts said...

So fun to see the projects from your wool group! Love the coloring of the centerpiece you are working on. I think you scored on the quilt top! I like the idea of a Christmas quilt... holly leaves, pine needles and branches, angels, stars... lots of applique possibilities!

Janet O. said...

I love the wreath you are hooking. And what a sweet, tiny quilt you made!
After tea dying, I think it is a toss up between Christmas and Patriotic applique on the thrift store top. How clever of you. I wouldn't have thought of that.

Yvonne said...

What a cute little quilt you bought. That was a nice bargain! Don't you love it when you find a treasure like that in a thrift store? I think stars will look nice on the white squares. You are all making such beautiful rugs at your Rug Group!

Laura at Beehive Rugs said...

Thank you for all the rug pictures. It's so fun to see what everyone is hooking!

audrey said...

Really like how your rug centerpiece is coming along--so sweet! The wreath with the wool bits is wonderful too--thanks for sharing! So fun to see the projects. Oh, and great find for you too. I think that would have made my day.:)

Kyle said...

Love what you've been working on and you great find. It would be fun to add some appliqué. Either direction would be fun to embellish the top.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Great ---"Show and Tell", Gayle! Looks as though you are having fun with your rug projects. Also the little quilt is darling.

Carolyn

Three Sheep Studio said...

Oh my goodness - how clever is that wreath from recycled sweaters ?? Love the colors of the flowers.
Your Charm Quilt is a treasure ! How very tiny.
Lucky you to score on the red and white quilt top - I can see embroidery in the white blocks !!
Rose

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Your rug is awesome! Great find on the applique quilt--please share your results

Jennie in GA said...

Love your little rug. It will be a perfect centerpiece. And your thrift shop find....oh my, I just love it. Whatever you do will be wonderful as it has such a great foundation!!

Karen said...

The wool wreath is unusual. I don't find wool sweaters in thrift stores much here and would not have the skills to make one of the floral wreaths but oh how interesting.

onlinephduk said...

I am amazed at how these rugs look in these photos. The time you must put into it just blows my mind. To be able to use your hands in order to make something intricate such as to produce a beautiful wreath like this is incredible. Being able to make a pillow like yours is a skill I only wish I had.

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