Monday, April 16, 2012

H2H Update

Ever since I made an I Spy quilt for my son many years ago, I've had a serious addiction to I Spy fabrics.  Whenever I go to a quilt show or store, I always look for them.  As a result, I have a pretty big selection of kid's prints fabrics.  For my first H2H quilt, I thought I'd pull out all the fabrics that have a black background and use them in one quilt.  I had a lot of this pink fabric, and it looks great together.  The picture doesn't really do it justice.  This quilt has guitars, geckos, dogs getting X-rays, dinosaur skeletons, bingo cards, flip flops, pizza slices, a marching band, golf balls, chickens, frogs at the opera, and other stuff.  Aren't these fabrics fun?  Timeless Treasures makes a lot of great prints that can be used for I Spy quilts.  I think some girl will enjoy this quilt.  It's probably way too pink for a boy! 

I've been looking for a pattern that would allow big chunks of these prints.  This pattern was in the recent Quilts and More magazine, and was really quick and fun to do.  The large pieces are 8x18", so you can really see the prints. 

Now I've got to get around to quilting it.  That part probably won't be as fast as the piecing, but I've got a month and a half!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

It's Snowing...Petals!

Our large snow crabapple tree is at full bloom today, and the time between full bloom and petals blowing off seems like about ten minutes!  All the white on the ground isn't snow - it's white petals from the tree.  It's very pretty while it lasts.  Every time the wind gusts, it looks like a mini blizzard.  Holly is enjoying the show.  I have a great dandelion crop, too, don't I? !!

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Room With A View

 This is the view out of my sewing room today, and it smells great with the window open, too!  The crabapple tree is in full bloom, and Skittles is enjoying the view.  This is the prettiest week of the whole year in southeast Wisconsin.  All the crabapple and redbud trees are blooming, the tulips and daffodils are blooming, and the lilacs are blooming.  We have this pink tree in front of the house, and three white snow crabapples and three darker pink crabapples in the back yard.  All of this spring blooming activity is about a month earlier than usual, so I don't know what summer will hold, but I'm sure enjoying today!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Design Wall Monday - Pigs and Cross Stitch

Hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend.  This was a quiet one for us, so I had a little chance to work on my Pork-a-Dots quilt.  I moved the ears around - you can see them a lot better this way.  So now everybody is joined into the center of the quilt, and I'm ready to start thinking about borders.  The pattern suggests a pinwheel border, but I didn't trim these pigs to the right dimensions, so I think that's out.  I didn't want to make that many pinwheels anyway!  I thought I had plenty of the black polka dots to sash and border this, but since I didn't stop and measure before I got started, I had to improvise a little.  We'll just pretend I planned it that way!

I used to do a lot of counted cross-stitch, but haven't done much now for a number of years.  We had a great cross-stitch shop here in town, but it closed about 15 years ago, and no one nearby carries the supplies anymore.  Lately, though, I've seen some pretty cute patterns on With Thy Needle and Thread website, so I've dived back in to cross stitch.  My first project was the Word Play pattern for April.
The designer shows them finished to hang on a doorknob, but my linen was bigger than the pattern called for, so I finished mine to fit around a purchased pillow.  This way, I can do one each month, and slide it over the same pillow.  Both March and April are finished, so I need to order May and get going! 

There are just never enough hours in a day, are there?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Design Wall Monday - April 2

At the Madison Quilt Show in September, one of the vendors had this cute pattern called Pork-A-Dots.  The quilt is made of pigs who are all made of polka dot fabric, with a black and white background.  I started collecting bright dots, which is pretty easy right now since they seem to be pretty popular.   So I spent some time this weekend making pigs!  The pattern showed a braided tail, but I had made curly pig tails a long time ago, so I spent some time figuring out how I did it.  They have elastic in them, so they will curl.  I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but the ears are loose also.  I think this will be a cute quilt for a kid.  I'll show this again once it's quilted!