Saturday, January 9, 2016

Keeping Busy

I stitched up a small quilt top this week - it isn't quilted yet, but hopefully that will happen soon.  It's a Kim Diehl design from her book Homestyle Quilts. The one in the book measures 60" square, but I shrunk mine down to finish at 26" square - the blocks measure 3-3/8". It's name is Crossing Paths.

I love all of Kim's designs and this one caught my eye because it's in the same book as the design I'm turning in to a hooked rug - my progress on that project is below. It's supposed to have a patchwork border, but I switched it up and added some scallops and circles that kinda makes me think of eyelet lace. Kim named this design Blackbirds & Berries. I'm not loving the brown basket at the bottom of the rug - think I'll have to find another piece of wool to replace it with.

My studio has a wood floor, and I am constantly chasing my sewing machine foot control all over the place under my cabinet when I sew. I saw this tutorial to make a non-slip pad to put under the controller, so thought I'd make one up to see if it will actually work for me. Crossing my fingers! You can find the same great tutorial HERE - she actually has a ton of really good projects and information on her blog - I need to go back and take a thorough look around and I urge you to do the same!

Today's the day I promised to draw the winner of my Valentine mug rug giveaway. So, without further ado, the name that came out of the hat is Lori who blogs at Humble Quilts. Congratulations Lori! I am very happy to send it to her since she is a generous blogger who leads free SALs on a regular basis that are a lot of fun to make. Hope you enjoy this little gift Lori! Thanks to all of my readers who make blogging a wonderful experience!


marie said...

Love, love the scallop edge on your rug, I'll have to try and remember that for my next rug. Yes, it's great the lots of quilters applique patterns can be turned into rugs. Keep on hooking. Oh--I agree, don't care for the brown vase.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Congrats to Lori.
I love the scalloped edge on your rug.
Hugs :)

WoolenSails said...

I like the idea of using quilt designs for rugs and a nice way to make matching rugs for a room.
I just wish I could hook faster and for long periods, then I might make more room size, tired of trying to find rugs I like when I could make what I want.


Earlene said...

Love the first ones colors!!!

The Wool Cupboard said...

You get so much accomplished, with envy here! Your quilts are always beautiful and I absolutely LOVE the mug and matching rug! Congrats to the winner!!

Janet O. said...

What a wonderful little quilt, Gayle! Have you decided yet if you will quilt it by machine or hand?
That border to your rug is a really nice touch. Are you unhappy with the shade of brown for the basket, or do you just not want it brown at all?
Very clever non-slip solution to your machine control.
Congrats to Lori! I'm glad someone that nice won your prize!

Sue SA said...

Sweet little quilt, I love Kims designs as well. The rug is progressing nicely and I like the edge design.

Jennie in GA said...

Great projects, as usual. Love anything Kim Diehl and really like the way you translated her quilt design into hooking. I especially like the scalloped border you added! Have a great weekend.

Julia said...

I love the scallop edge too and the cute little quilt.
Great solution for the slippery pedal.
N\have a great weekend,

Nancy said...

What a great quilt design. I especially like the brown/gold that you've used in the border and the center crosses.

I also like you change in the rug to those scallops. When I saw the rug the thought came to me that rug hooking can be so much more decorative than quilting (at least my straight-line quilting, anyway). Love the blue you chose!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

You have been so busy Gayle. I love the border on your rug! Wonderful quilt and I love your sweet mug rug give away. Congrats to the winner!

annie said...

Great post, love your tiny quilts they are amazing in detail.
I need one of those slip stops, badly.

Yvonne said...

Congrats to Lori! Love your new quilt top!
I would love to meet up for lunch when we are in Utah in May. We will keep in touch to make plans!

Three Sheep Studio said...

Congratulations to Lori !
You are working on some lovely designs.
The quilt is beautiful. I love the dark and light colors, they really make it pop.

Lori said...

Thank you Gayle! My first handmade hooked rug in my house and I just love them! I adore the one you are working on and love the KD pattern!!

Kyle said...

Your latest rug project is awesome. I can see where KD's pattern lend themselves to rug designs as well. Super cute. You did shrink up that first quilt pattern. It's lovely too. It looks like you helped Lori enjoy her first hooked project. You keep spreading the joy.

moosecraft said...

Very cute quilt and love the way the rug is hooking up! Great idea with the "eyelet" border too! Congrats to Lori on the win!

Karen said...

You always have good taste when selecting colors for your projects whether a quilt, rug, or whatever.

Larkrise garden girl said...

I love your rug! The colors are outstanding. Hugs cheri