May 31, 2013

The Quilty Barn Along #6

I'm getting the hang of making Lori's barns :)
I really like the bright colors in this block.
It's really called "sunny sunflower", but I think I'll call mine "starburst".

Both of my parents are from Prince Edward Island.
Some of my great uncles were dairy farmers and I remember how beautiful their barns were....bright red with white trim and round pole picket fences painted white with a red ring around the top.
I googled barns in Prince Edward Island and found this one.
It is located in Kings County, where a lot of my relatives are from.

I think mine is pretty close in color.
Do you notice anything wrong with this block?
I didn't at first because I was talking on the phone while I was sewing it!!!
I hung it up on the wall, sat down and then saw my mistake.....Lol

Voila, thank goodness for seam rippers :)

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May 29, 2013

The Quilty Barn Along #5

This Maple Leaf block was one of my favorites from "The Farmer's Wife" quilt that I made.  Maybe because I'm Canadian and the maple leaf is Canada's national emblem :)  My favorite season was the fall, when all the maple leaves would turn red and orange.
I'm also a huge fan of maple syrup :)

I used a light blue for the background because it looks like the sky.

I looked online for some barn photos, and found these beautiful aqua ones.  I had no ideas that there were any aqua barns out there...

Here's another aqua barn.
With all the snow, I wonder if this barn might be in Quebec.

I wanted to make my own aqua barn.
I used Lori's "Polka Dot Stitches" and stitched one up.  
I'm going to look for some other colors to create my barns.
Any suggestions?

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May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

Thank you to all who have and are serving in the military so that we could enjoy freedom.
A special thank you to my father in law Walter Horst who is a veteran of the Air Force and to my brother in law Greg Horst who served in the navy. 

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May 24, 2013

The Quilty Barn Along #4

I really enjoy making these barns, they come together quickly.
The red is Tasha Noel's "Little Red Riding Hood", and the little girl print I used for the door and the window is by the same designer.
I used some of my cherished"Sew Cherry" for the churn dash block.
The background fabric is linen.
I have the quilty barns hanging on my design wall for inspiration.

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May 22, 2013

"Buttons & Bows"

My grand daughter's name is Kennedy, and she is almost 6 years old.

I made a slip for her to wear with one of her dresses. 
 The side seams and shoulder seams are all sewn with french seams.

I sewed five pin tucks on the yoke with a double needle, and embellished it with three little buttons.
The cotton eyelet lace is embroidered with hearts.

There is a placket on the back, and I sewed two button at the closure.  

The name of the pattern is called "Buttons & Bows", and the company's name is Golden Needle.
I have made so many of these little slips/nightgowns over the years, and you can be made as plain or as fancy as your heart desires!

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May 20, 2013

Bee in my Bonnet Row Along, Outer Border

I have Lori's "row along" tutorial on my ipad. 
I followed the instructions very closely and cut out all the pieces for  my outer border. 
 Isn't the pink fabric with yellow polka dots cute?
I think it adds a warmth to the quilt.

I sewed 46 little white squares onto 46 polka dot squares.

Then I sewed 46 more little white squares onto the other corner of 
the same 46  polka dot squares.

There are 92 white squares sewn onto two corners of 
46 polka dot squares.
Wow, that was a lot of chain sewing!

46 blocks, all trimmed and pressed.

Voila, my finished quilt top!
It was really difficult to capture it on film because it's so big!
I am so happy to have finally finished it :)
I have an appointment with my favorite long arm quilter in July.
My quilt will be even more beautiful then!

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May 17, 2013

Bee in my Bonnet Row Along, Inner Border

I sewed all my rows together, yeah!!!
I have been contemplating the order I wanted to sew the rows together for months.  The rows were taped to my wall with painter's tape and I look at them all the time.  
Now the quilt is too heavy to hang on the wall with tape.

I chose green for the inner border.
I really like the way it brings out all the greens in the quilt.
I am working on the outer border now.
I'm so excited to see the quilt near completion :)

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May 15, 2013

The Quilty Barn Along #3

I used fabric from my scrap box, the squares are only l l/2".
It's funny when you use fabric scraps, the pile never diminishes....

I've never made a postage stamp block before.

I was really excited to make this block, I've always admired it.
It has a lot of potential for color variety.
I love Tasha Noel's fabrics and was able to use some of it in the barn doorway, window and roof.  They add the perfect touch!

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May 13, 2013

Bee in my Bonnet Row Along, bee quilt label

I completely finished the bee label, embroidery and borders and all!
I decided to make my quilt into a bedspread for my 2 year old grand daughter, Neo.

I also got to skype with our youngest son and missionary, from Brazil!  

It is so much better to skype and see and hear him, than just speak on the telephone.  I don't feel sad ending the conversation.  
He is so happy!

Two of his sisters are having a turn talking to him, with some of their children.

Sean has only seen his 8 month old nephew Benjamin in photos :)

I hope you all had a fantastic Mother's Day!!!

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May 10, 2013

Travel Pillow

I've posted about the "travel pillows" I've made quite a couple of times which you can see here and here.
I even have a tutorial which you can see here.
My son Sean said that he needs a new pillowcase.
I looked at my black prints but settled on this cute retro print of a little boy.  This will be a pillowcase for a 20 year old man!!!  Ha ha!
Sorry for the sideways photos.

This is what the back looks like, very vintage looking.
I love making these pillows, I have made so many of them!
Do you think he'll like it?

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May 8, 2013

The Quilty Barn Along #2

I made the quilt block with some more of my Sew Cherry fabric.

I finished my second barn, yeah!!!
The barns sew up really quickly, the pieces are large.
It would be a good starter project.

There are so many different shades of red!
I think the barns look great together.
Thanks for following my blog :)

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May 6, 2013

The Quilty Barn Along #1

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I have been itching to begin this quilt!
This is the first time I've used my Sew Cherry by Lori Holt.
I love it so much, that I'm afraid or worried to use it :)
Anyone else have that problem with fabric they are in love with?
I finished the quilt block.
Notice anything a little off?
Look closely.....

I don't often do this, but I unpicked the stitches and resewed.
It looks so much prettier!!!

My first barn, yeah!!!
I love it!!!