Sunday, June 12, 2016

Back to Back!

This is one of those times when my two monthly rug groups met on consecutive days, so I got a BIG dose of rug hooking eye candy last week! Love it when that happens!

Marliss is SO close to finishing this colorful rug that she started in a class with Sharon Smith. I love how freeform and organic it looks!

 Kim's son drew this design for her of a woman with a watering can and she started it in a recent class with Anne Marie Littenberg. It's wonderful and she's making great progress!

Sharon is done with the hooking on this piece and was finishing the edges to make it into a pillow. The colors she used make it look instantly old, and since she lives in a 100+ year old house, it is right at home in it's surroundings!

Yvonne finished a runner that is a design from a Pat Cross book. It has a lot of energy and movement.

Fun to see it side-by-side with Nancy's version of the same rug that she hooked a few years ago.

Yvonne was stitching down the binding on this darling baby quilt for her second great grandchild who will arrive very soon. I don't usually get excited about quilts made from panels, but she did a great job of combining the printed border with some pieced log cabin blocks in the center.

Here's a picture of a recent finish that Nancy made for her telephone table. The other end is a mirror image of this side and I like how it hangs over the edge so you can really see the design.

Last month I didn't have my camera with me, but now I can share this photo of a Maggie B. rug she hooked with a vibrant pink background - SO much different than Maggie's color choice. Very fun!

She's currently working on a quirky rug inspired by an original painting that her daughter owns. Not quite her normal style so I'm looking forward to seeing it as it progresses.

Myra finished stitching these twelve beautiful wool applique quilt blocks. Her work is incredible and the colors just pop on the black background.

She also showed us this adorable tiny button that she made with fancy embroidery stitches. It will be attached to a retractable lanyard and be used to hold scissors. The design is from a local gal named Kerry Green who blogs HERE. Her style is very reminiscent of Sue Spargo to me.

I began a new rug and I'm hooking it in a 8.5 cut which seems to be my new favorite size of strip. Sure does hook up fast! This is Hannah's Star by Barb Carroll. I think each square will have the same colors in them, but I will use different wools to mix them up a little.

I received the new book from Rug Hooking Magazine about story rugs and it was SO fun to see a local friend's rugs included in it! My husband did the photography on these and they look great. She has been asked to enter them in the big rug show at Sauder Village this summer. So excited for her!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Summertime & Americana

I got a few quilts and rugs displayed last weekend for Memorial Day and will leave them out for most of the summer. First of all, I finished my red white & blue reproduction of an antique rug I saw on Pinterest awhile ago. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out, except for the way it seems to bow out on the sides. Not sure why that happened since 97% of it is straight-line hooking! Oh well. It measures 24" x 40" and is hooked in an 8.5 cut.

I hooked this several years ago from a pattern that was designed for wool applique. It was in a Create & Decorate magazine and I still like it!

I pulled all my small Americana quilts to display just inside my front door. This is the newest one I made a couple weeks ago.

And this was made the week before that....lots of 9-patches going on, eh? I'm not in love with this one because it seems blurry to me - must be the prints that I used - and maybe the 9-patches should have had the light colored fabrics in the corners? Oh well.

I have them attached to the lattice railing with clothespins.

And this one is clipped on a magnetic towel rack on my metal front door. True, it covers the peep hole that's there, but I can live with that. LOL!

I have visitors coming from California next week which I'm looking forward to! Yay for family!