Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What would you do...

with this fabric?

Last night a friend of mine won these three Amy Butler fabrics as a door prize at our guild meeting.  She didn't like them so she gave them to me.  There is one yard of each one and I like them but I'm having a hard time figuring out what to do with them...other than make pillow cases.  These fabrics are really out of my element.

Any suggestions?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Five down and...

and TWO to go!  Here are the most recent finishes to my Vintage Trick or Treat.

Scaredy Cat

 Star Eyes

Hoot Owl

Don't you just love them?!  Now on to the two largest embroideries.  They're not as complicated as the center block but they are really large and could each take a week or more to complete depending on how busy I get with other things.

Stay tuned!

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Beginning of a Quilt

Here's a sneak peak of what I'm working on right now.  I know it doesn't look like much right now but...

It's a commissioned quilt for one of my husband's coworkers.  He wanted a quilt to give his grandson that he could have the rest of his life.  Grandpa is from Texas so he wanted his quilt to represent Texas.  Well it doesn't get any more Texas than the fabric to the right.  It's made up of real Texas signs.  In the center will be a large panel of this fabric with a series of surrounding blocks and borders to get the quilt to fit a full size bed.  Right now I only have three blocks done. 

Friday, May 7, 2010

Back to Quilting

Enough of the animal pictures...right?

I've been busy working on this and that but don't have much to share here just yet.  Here's a picture of a bargello tablerunner  I finished over the weekend.  DH quilted it and four placements for me Sunday. 

The patterns can be found in the book Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilt by Eileen Wright.  To be honest, before this project I had very little interest in making a bargello quilt.  I only agreed to do this one because I was asked to offer a class on how to do it. 

But I must admit, I enjoyed it.  It was very quick and easy to do. One half yard of ten different fabrics will do one tablerunner and eight placemats.  I think I'm hooked.

P.S.  Did you know that Bargello is actually a type of needlepoint embroidery that was named after the Bargello palace in Florence, Italy, where this type of needlepoint was found on a series of chairs.