Thursday, February 28, 2008

Tea Time Mini Quilt

This is my first applique quilt. I love the little teacup... I hope my swap partner likes it..

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

My first Mini Quilt!!

Here it is!!! My first mini quilt. I hand sewed the whole thing! I learned a lot in hand sewing this little quilt. I am so thankful for the lessons. I have decided that I like hand sewing. So I think I will always have one little quilt to be hand sewn going.. It is a nice project while watching tv.. and the nice thing about hand sewing is that I can walk away from it without forgetting what stitch I left off of- or what row..
I have gotten tons of farm girl mail this week. Mostly fabric for swaps.. I was also gifted with a ton of quilting fabric from my friend Theresa. Not only did I get fabric but 4 completed mini quilt tops, 1 Christmas quilt top- completed, and enough squares to do about 4 more mini quilts! I am so excited..
On the rack are 4 mini quilts to be quilted, a Christmas quilt top, and the vintage quilt top I put together last week, and the sherbet quilt top I put together last summer.

These are bags of 2 inch strips, 2 inch squares, and 4 inch squares.

This stack is mini quilts in various stages of progress.

Here is the fabric. all nice quality quilting fabric.. Even some hand dyed.. All so yummy. I feel very blessed.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Thrifting and Sewing

I got to do some sewing this week.. The quilt top below are 4 vintage panels my Aunt gave me a year or so ago.. I just loved them but hadn't decided what to do with them. I finally decided that a quilt would look nice hanging on a wall in my fiber room- and this vintage one would be perfect. It needs to be ironed and I need to find a backing fabric.

I found this vintage picture for .25 at the thrift store the other day..

I just love this mini quilt. The white center is embroidered. It has a lovely cat fabric on the back. It will go on my wall of mini quilts.. I found it at the thrift store for .50! The maker even signed it.

This is a pin keeper I made about a week ago.

I found this quilt rack at the thrift store for $5. it is handmade.. It was my find of the day!

This is the bottom.

Today I am working on my first quilt following a pattern. I have done 9 patch squares but nothing ever from a pattern. I am having fun. As soon as it is done I will take pictures!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Ronna saves the day!!!

Today I finally got to meet Ronna- a friend from Mary Jane's Farm forums. She met me in town to give me part of some quilting supplies that we bartered for some Longaberger miniature items I had. She brought some items for my boys which they love!! The cars have kept them busy all afternoon. She brought me this bobbin winder so I can get sewing again.. My bobbin winder is broken on my machine.. She also brought me enough Laura Ashley squares to get me started on a quilt. We will meet again soon I am sure...I had such a lovely time visiting with her. So nice to chat with another lady.. I get so lonely out here sometimes.. Here is the bobbin winder..

Today I successfully finished a little flannel rag quilt for the baby and sewed together 4 vintage quilt panels into a lovely vintagey quilt top. It will hang in my fiber room. I am sewing again! YAY!
I remembered the quilt show I went to in early October last year.. Here are some pics of my favorite quilts.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Not much going on..

I don't have much to share today.. I am tired.. It takes a lot out of me caring for my hubby, the 6 kids and having him home alllll the time. I am looking forward to him being able to go back to the office so we can establish a schedule again.
I did get to go thrifting yesterday while hubby was at the dr's. I found a mini quilt in mint condition, handmade, with embroidered cats in the center.. it is lovely- I will get a pic up soon. I got it for 50 cents! I found a wee bit of fabric.. a skirt for my daughter that she doesn't like- oh well- I love it- I will save it for when I have lost some weight. I stopped at our small thrift store today and found the book Emma by Jane Austen, a vintage picture and 2 whole bags of clothes (some to wear and some to use as fabric or to unravel for the yarn- including a silk skirt and a silk cashmere sweater) for $6!!
I am still working on my mini quilt. I am committed to hand sewing the whole thing. Ronna is coming by tomorrow with a box of quilting supplies and a bobbin winder so I can use my machine again (the bobbin winder had died). Yay! I can't wait. I have several quilting projects in my head. I am going to be doing random squares to educate myself in quilting for one.. the other is another mini quilt for a swap I am in.
I leave you with some inspiring pictures.. I just love flickr.. My only wish- that more people would leave their blog address along with their pics so I can put that info in with pictures I share..

This is the baby of the family.. My Widgie.. Andrew

Vintage buttons- just love this bowl of buttons

This is the cutest mini quilt- a tree house.

A lovely patchwork of farmland

I love the colors here- like a quilt.

I love this skirt.. When I get skinny I am making myself one!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

House Full of Boys..Need Girlie Space..

A couple of weeks ago Eimilee and I worked on our craft room and our desk at the end of the hallway.. This hallway desk is where we right letters, sit and look through magazines for inspiration, or just sit and be still.. With all these boys sometimes we girls just need a break.
This drying rack was a Christmas present from my mom.. I forgot to post it sooner. I just love it. It is in my laundry room.

This is a vintage Kenmore I got off of freecycle. I am having a hard time finding info on it. It is model 605. It needs to be oiled and I can't even figure out how to wind bobbins on it. Help!

This telephone table is one of my favorites. It is at the end of the hallway.

This little desk I got at a moving sale for $10!

I love sitting in front of the fireplace to knit or sew by hand. The painting on the mantle were goodwill finds- .99 each!

Eimi and I organized all of our crafting books and mags..

Here is a portion of our yarn and fiber.

Here is our desk at the end of the hallway. You can see my drop spindles and knitting..

I found these window panes at a thrift store for $5 each.. I just love them.

Friday, February 8, 2008

More Mini Quilt Inspiration

Another set of mini quilt inspirational pictures.. These were not made by me- I wish! These are my inspiration.. I am working on my first mini quilt from a old cutter quilt. The quilt is all sewn together so today I get to work on quilting it.. The above picture is another wall of quilts. I just love it!

I love this little quilt.. I love aprons and teacups- so this picture caught my eye right away.. Not much else going on here. Kids are busy with school work, I hear the baby raising his voice in the other room, and hubby is recooping in the bedroom.. I will weave a bit and then get to work on that quilt..

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Cath Kidston

I love Cath Kidston.. I love the florals, the bright bold colors.. the soft cushy bedding..
I love it all!!

Love these storage tins.. so cute!!!

I love these towels. My sister got me a pink with white polka dots towel a couple of Christmases ago. I love it!

Lovely fabric.. I would love to have these rolls of fabric in my stash!

Isn't this recipe book the cutest??

I love this print..

I want to just jump into this bed.. It looks so soft and cushy!!