Monday, March 28, 2016

Not Much to Share

I haven't been doing a LOT of stitching lately, but do have a little bit to share with you. I've joined Cheri Payne's Friendship Group on Facebook and have been sewing the quilt blocks that she has posted there. Here's my progress so far. I'm sure there will be some wool applique added at some point - she never fails to disappoint with her designs. These are 4" blocks.

Someone in that group shared a photo of a simple little quilt that I've tried to reproduce below without a pattern. The wool applique makes for good stitching while watching TV in the evenings. This quilt measures about 15" square.

I'm also following along with the Temecula QAL and my blocks are shown below.

I found a backing fabric for my daughter's quilt that she likes. The loud floral is a fun counterpoint to the strict geometric shapes on the front. I have all the layers pin basted together now and it's ready to be quilted.

Last weekend we helped my son & his family move back to our area after his job disappeared in the oil fields. So happy to have them close-by again. Haven't had a hook in my hand since finishing the chicken rug so I need to get busy and decide on what I'll do next. Just finished reading this new book by Kate Morton. She's become one of my favorite authors and this story didn't disappoint!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Hooked Rugs & Wool

My friend Clydene, who blogs at Skunk Hollow, bought a small ranch a couple years ago and she has fallen madly in love with her chickens. I decided to hook her a chicken rug to celebrate her new passion. It took me a little over a week to make and I delivered it to her recently. I think she liked it!

I used a pattern that was made available to me as a member of Lori's Facebook Group - The Out of Hand Rug Hookers - a few months ago.

Added a border around the center oval and included a few scrappy tongues on the edges.  The finished size is about 19" x 24". Not too big and not too small.

Last week I met with the Salt Lake group of rug hookers. Nancy had made progress on the runner she is making for the top of her little telephone table. The purple/pink section will be the center of the rug and it will be symetrical on either end. Unusual for her to not have any red in her rug since that's her favorite color! I think these dark pastels are so great for a primitive spring rug.

Myra's pumpkin is coming along nicely - she has plans to hook the leaves in gorgeous fall colors of orange, red, yellow & purple.

I also had my 1st Tuesday group meeting and there was some great show & tell there. Coralee is working on this floral with a wonderful eggplant purple background.

She showed us the results of a dye session she had recently done - this is her confetti dyeing.....

....and this is what she got by dyeing with avacado pits. Not a great photo, but the color is kind of fleshy toned.

Tonia was working on a new rug - she was inspired by a vintage piece of carved wood - can't remember what it was exactly, but it's going to be gorgeous.

Here a little more detail on one of the birds. Go check out her blog to see a great makeover she did on a thrift store recipe box combined with paint and punch needle - awesome!

Marliss is making great progress on this Sharon Smith design inspired by Aboriginal Australian Art.

And Michelle showed us a Maggie B bee skep she has been working on.

As always - I totally enjoyed meeting with these two group of gals to talk & hook & visit & eat for a few hours. I'm thankful that they allow me to share their work here on my blog so you can enjoy seeing what we're doing here in Utah.