Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Lot's to Share!

I haven't posted for awhile, but I've been busy with several projects that I can share with you now. First off, I totally finished the rug I started in Diane Stoffel's class in March. I have named it Bluebirds of Happiness and here is is in all it's 'glory'. The finished size is 30" x 43".

I used yarn to whip the edges and did a spot dye to help it blend more with the dappled green shade color behind the lattice in the border.

I think it turned out pretty well!

I decided to replace the bird's beaks with a darker wool....

....after I did a Google image search for bluebirds and discovered that they actually are darker.

Another bird project I worked on was this cute little garland made of wool. I attended the Open House at Black Sheep Woolens and this kit was a free gift to all those who came. It's hand stitched and I love the felted wool balls and beads that add to it's charm. Thanks Leisa!

A few posts back I shared photos of furniture my friend Kathy was making for her little Haunted House. I thought she might like a little area rug in one of the rooms, so suggested that she find a design that would work and she asked for a spider web. Here is is drawn on paper, and then transferred to the weaver's cloth.

This is the finished rug - done with needle punch - that finishes 3" in diameter. She hasn't seen it yet - I will deliver it to her next week - sure hope she likes it! I'll share more photos of her Halloween project as it progresses.

I finally got all the blocks made for the Woolen Willow sewalong - even got the blocks sewn together and the borders attached! Now it's all ready to be quilted, but who knows how long that will take! LOL The finished size of this quilt is 48" x 54" and most of the applique is done with scraps of wool.

I've also been stitching up the blocks that Cheri Payne is sharing on her blog - each 6" block is quick to make and the quilt is guaranteed to be a winner because that's all Cheri knows how to do!

I recently won a giveaway from my LQS and received a huge package of elongated hexagons for English Paper Piecing. I have begun working on a small quilt using some of these -  they're great to do while watching TV in the evenings.

As you can see, I've been quite busy with a variety of projects - which is my favorite kind of busy!


Rugs and Pugs said...

You have been busy. Love all your projects, especially the rug. Beautiful.
Hugs :)

Farm Girl said...

I love that rug! It turned out so very nice.
So are your other projects. I love those birds and your quilt is wonderful.

Janet O. said...

Great finish on the rug, Gayle. I noticed right away that you had replaced the beaks and when you show that photo I can see why.
Very cute bird garland. How many of those kits did she give out? That is incredible!
Your tiny Halloween rug is too cute! The SAL quilt top looks so good. I'm not sure I've seen anyone else's already assembled.
I will enjoy watching your Cheri Payne block collection grow. I've had to remind myself of my resolutions every time I see another one posted. : )

Three Sheep Studio said...

What a great variety of projects ! All beautiful. The birds on the garland are too cute.

acorn hollow said...

what an amazing group of work. You have so much talent and you must be busy every minute.

Saundra said...

Beautiful rug and fantastic job dyeing the wool for the whipping. You've been one busy idle hands in your house.

Lori said...

You have been busy with some wonderful projects! I LOVE the wool rug- everything about it!!
Congrats on finishing the Primitive quilt. Your version is lovely and so prim!!

Sue SA said...

Love your finished rug and the hanging birds are very sweet. I am off to check out the Cheri Payne blocks, they look like loads of fun.

Julia said...

Hi Gayle, no wonder you haven't had time to post. All your projects are beautiful and I love that Blue Bird of Happiness and the quilt the best.
The yarn color finishes off the rug so nicely.
Have a nice rest of the week.

Kyle said...

Glory is glorious. Your work is so well done and it's the tiny details that make it over the top. The teenie tiny Halloween rug is delightful and will definitely have a special place in the haunted house.

audrey said...

I think this rug is one of my favorites! Beautiful work and I love how you made the colors work! Wonderful progress on your quilt top too.:)

Shirley said...

I have enjoyed the catch up Gayle looking at all of your wonderful colours. I shall watch with great interest how your Di Ford Hall quilt develops.

Amy @ DoodleDog Designs said...

Looks like you have been very busy! I love the blue birds. We actually have them in our back yard and they are beautiful to watch!