Thursday, July 23, 2015

More Rug Hooking

I recently got to visit with my friend Kay who I hadn't seen for several months - she invited me to come and see her newly completed hooked rug, and the 'new' home that she and her hubby moved into back in December. Both were delightful. Her rug tells the story of a 4th of July family tradition that they do every single year which makes it extra special. Her hubby always draws the design for her rugs so it's a one-of-a-kind. Last summer I helped her work with an author who is writing a book about story rugs and their makers - several of her rugs will be featured in the book that is due out in January and I can't wait to see it!

After I admired these cute little yellow seed pods she had displayed in a crock, she gave me a small bunch which I'm enjoying immensely. Does anyone know what these are? I'd love to have a few more but don't even know what I'm looking for.

And Marianne began this rug a few months ago when Diane Stoffel came to teach at our Guild. She works at a quilt shop and this picture was shared on their blog so I grabbed it from there. A Karla Gerard design.

I'll be attending a baby shower for my daughter-in-law on Saturday. I put together a fun little gift basket full of goodies. Not included in the basket are newly recovered rocking chair cushions, and a pair of curtains for the nursery that I made using fabric she chose and had shipped to me. We live three hours apart so she hasn't seen them yet - hope she's happy with them! Only a few more weeks till the little guy arrives - YAY! (the baby quilt is still in the works)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Only Rugs Today

I haven't been doing much sewing lately, but I have been doing prep work for a new baby quilt - I bought the fabric I need and I made up a test block and I have cut the pieces. Will show pictures when there is actually something to see. So today I will share the projects that my rug hooking friends were working on at our last meeting. Coralee is making a fun purse/tote that is a Sharon Smith design with fun bright colors and whimsical houses.

Kim is making some 'draft dodgers' that are long and skinny pillows - she'll put them on the window sills of three windows in her home that always seem to have a breeze blowing through. This first one just has some lovely trees and she is planning to leave the background unhooked. The red and blue fabric is sewn on just to make the linen fit in her frame.

Victoria is hooking a trick or treating dog with moon that Tonia has on her website.

Sandy is working on a Maggie B bee skep - I love the bright greens in this and the dark background is going to make the colors really pop!

I'm actually making progress on this big rug I've been working on forEVER it seems!

OOPS - I lied! This picture below isn't a hooked rug. Miss Stacy of Buttermilk Basin had a blog hop recently and provided this cute design for free to her readers. It is supposed to be done with wool applique, but I switched it up a bit and did it with my needle punch supplies. Haven't quite decided how to finish it up yet.

And finally, I wanted to pick your brains about Pinterest. I used to love it and now it annoys the heck out of me with all the promoted and recommended pins that pop up on my feed. Does anyone else have a problem with this? Don't understand why they're trying to ruin such a good thing! Argh!