Monday, March 17, 2014

Show & Tell

Last week I bought a metal bird cage and put together a spring centerpiece for my dining table. I found the runner at Hobby Lobby and I love the colors of it because it reminds me of my beloved yellowware collection. I cut some branches from our forsythia bush and put them in a vase and they bloomed in just a couple of days.


 The bird is sitting on a Robin's nest that I found in the yard last summer - didn't want to worry about critters hiding in it so I put it in a plastic bag in the freezer for a few days - figured that would kill anything yucky.

I totally finished my little cake stand basket quilt and I really like it - 4" blocks.

Found the perfect fabric for the quilt back in my own stash - brown - with baskets! Yay!

Picked my tiny hexagon quilt up from the frame shop and hung it in the living room. Hard to get a good picture because of the reflection in the glass, but you get the idea. I bought the frame for $2 at the thrift store and had my son cut it down to size - then I painted it a nice golden brown color. The frame shop mounted it and added the mat and the glass.

Last week I was looking at a little pouch I use for carrying my hooks & scissors - it's bright pink with neon embroidery stitched on it - my mother-in-law brought it home from a trip to China and gave it to me.

Well, the size was right, but it wasn't exactly prim so I found I had some orange wool that was too thick and heavy to use for rug hooking - I had always planned to use it for a penny rug. I just randomly stitched some #8 wool strips to the front and back - - -

- - - added a zipper with some cute charms attached to the pull - - -

- - - and the lining suggested the design I put on the outside. Fun!

My family rug is coming along - I hope to get the two borders finished in a couple weeks or so and then figure out how to finish the inside of the rug. This is getting too big & heavy to carry to meetings, so I'll have to prep a new project that's a bit smaller and easier to transport when I go hook with friends.

Myra is making a lovely springtime rug with beautiful flowers on it - it's an original design that she worked in watercolor first - so talented!

Yvonne is making a small mat using the traditional quilt design called log cabin - working exclusively from her worms.

Nancy is halfway done with a Maggie B design - the poison green really pops against the antique black background.


24 comments:

Shuttle, Hook and Needle said...

You have been busy! Nice way to show off the hexie's by framing. They look great!

Sandy said...

Cute, cute projects - I love them all! Especially the basket quilt and how lucky to find that perfect backing in your stash.

I have a question about the hooked rugs. They are all so gorgeous and intricate. Do you actually put them on the floor and... step on them??

Raymond Homestead said...

Wow, you have been very busy Gayle! I love your centerpiece!

audrey said...

You are so creative! Very nice.:)

Yvonne said...

Cute pouch you have made as well as the Spring table piece. Hope your weather is nice and sunny!

Nedra said...

So many fun things in this post! I especially like the framed hexagons. Great idea.

annie said...

loved your sharing, everything looks like spring! the quilt with the baskets, just both sides! and the hexie! and all the other projects, just love seeing what your group is up to also! thanks for posting!

Lesley said...

I always enjoy seeing what you have been up to! You have such beautiful projects, and what a great idea to make that wool pouch...too cute!

Julia said...

So nice seeing that cute little quilt framed and hung. Areal labor of love. All your projects are beautiful.
Take care and have a great week.
JB

Julia said...

I forgot to say how much I love that bird cage.
JB

Karen said...

Your hooked rug that you are working on is so good! I love those type designs.

Janet O. said...

I don't know where to start, Gayle! Your Spring table decor is so nice. Will you come decorate my house? : )
Oh, the basket quilt is so sweet.
You really did the hexagon quilt up right. Nice job!
What a great little pouch--perfect match on the lining and outer design.
Love seeing everyone's rugs. Always so much creativity.
Wonderful post!!

Sue SA said...

I put the binding on my little basket wall hanging last night...I did the exact same quilting pattern as you! Love the framed hexi's look gorgeous. Rug hooking is coming along nicely, beautiful work your friends are doing also.

Amy McPheeters said...

Love this post! It was such a nice way to enjoy my morning coffee - drank the whole cup just looking at all your Spring-like goodies. Your family rug is just amazing - it almost made me cry. It will be enjoyed now and for many, many years to come. On top of that, the design is wonderful. I love the border - perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Me and My Stitches said...

I always look forward to your posts, but have nothing to say, but WOW! Love it all (as always!). Your table decorations look so nice - wish I had your knack for decorating. Your hexie project is such a great accomplishment - awesome that you have it finished and framed - impressive!

The Wool Cupboard said...

Gayle, your finished quilt creations are beautiful! And I WANT your hook pouch...FABULOUS...perfect with the little charms. Thank you for sharing you pictures!

Hugs, Linda

Kyle said...

I was impressed with the first photo of the forsythia and your table scape, but then your post just got better and better. Your hexagon piece is truly a masterpiece and your little wool hook bag is prim all the way. And not to ignore the little baskets, so sweet.

woolwoman said...

WOW great post Gayle! Love your family "story" rug - it's just awesome. So many cool things in this post. Your hexie quilt is really beautiful framed and how creative of you to repurpose an old frame. Always love seeing what you are up to - take care Mel

Lori said...

I love your little bag! So creative. The framing of your hexagons is wonderful. It looks beautiful, Gayle!
The pieced basket quilt is adorable.
I've got as far as taking down my snowmen and winter quilts......sigh....

Kindred Quilts said...

Oh goodness... where to begin!
Spring has arrived in your kitchen! Love the bird cage décor... is that real grass in the little blue bowl?
Love the mini basket quilt... perfect backing on it!
The hexie quilt looks fabulous in the frame! I really like how you kept a border all the way around, showing off the outer hexies, rather than trimming them. I may steal that idea from you... (as a form of flattery!)
How clever of you with the China pouch... it looks more like you, even though I only know you through this blog...
Always enjoy seeing the hooking projects... such talent!

Missie of Traditional Primitives (formerly Hallbrook Designs) said...

What a great post! Lovely lovelies! Thanks for sharing!

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