Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sampler Winter Basket


Lizzie Kate
Winter Basket
Snippet


African Violet, poinsettia's in a basket, wooden bowl.
Love all the cranberry colors!

It still feels like and looks like Winter here!

~ Sandra ~ 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day



Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day
from our house to yours!

Sandra

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Antique Cheese Box and Scrappy Quilts

I love finding old things and I was happy to come across this Antique Cheesebox.  
I found a few more treasures in this store as well.  Sadly, this store was going out of business.  
But, the cheesebox is what I wanted to share today.


It was only $5.00 and yes it is a bit rustic...but I am okay with that.
And to think of a big block of cheese inside.  Wow!
Look up Antique Cheesebox on Pinterest; and you will find how so many others
are re-purposing their cheeseboxes.






It measures 6 inches high.






It is 15 inches across.

Last week I was looking for some of my patterns and acrylic templates.
I wanted to find the smallest template to be able to use up the smallest pieces of fabric
left over from previous quilts.  I never want to throw away even the tiniest of pieces.


I make lots of small scrappy quilts.
As you can see these little flying geese blocks are 
2 inches wide by 1 inch high.


This little quilt top measures out at 17" X 21".
All made from scraps.  I just finished the borders this morning.
I will look for batting and a backing and get this little quilt sandwiched
together and start quilting.


I thought this will be a great container for me to fill with all my tiny scraps of cloth.
Then I can just reach in and make some more scrappy little quilts.
This to me is so much nicer than another plastic box.  I will enjoy keeping this 
container out in the sewing room to be seen and to be useful.


Now back to the sewing room to fill this cheesebox with even more scraps!
Hope you are having a great day; doing the things that make you happy!

~ Sandra ~

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

My forever quilt

Safe Haven

~ pattern and fabric by Thimbleberries ~

This picture shows more of the true colors of the quilt.

"It is amazing how a quilt that never gets worked on is never finished!"

The lamps cause a harsh lighting;
but you can see the border fabric.

Sadly, this spends more time in the quilt closet
rather than on my quilting hoop.

I truly hope to get this finished one day and place it on our bed.

~ Sandra ~

Monday, January 22, 2018

Frosty January Morning

We can find beauty in every Season if we look hard enough.


The trees may have no leaves;
but the early morning frost has made the tree quite beautiful.


I am always amazed at how pretty the empty branches look.


We had a fog alert with zero visibility this morning.

I am happy that the fog lifted to find all this...

~ Sandra ~


Friday, January 5, 2018

Something Old and Something New

Something Old.


An Autumn Leaf Quilt.
64 X 64 Inches Square

I made this quilt while we were living in California.
Not a lot of red or rust colors in the leaves where we lived.

It's time for this quilt to get washed; so once again
I am adding quite a bit of new stitching.
It is almost done and into the washing machine it will go.

What's New?


I found this pre cut quilt kit on eBay;
at a really good price.
This is the design it will make.
Called Sunrise-Sunset...all in golds and muslin.


I want to finish the old quilt first.
So I just keep this package closed for now.
Two more days on the old quilt and then I can begin on the new.

I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.
I hope that 2018 will bring great blessings into all of our lives.

Thank you for your visit.

~ Sandra ~


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Just Before Christmas

I thought I would try and do one last post before Christmas.
Here are just a few things I put out for decorating this year.

The Pine Tree Quilt

This is one of the best places to lay a quilt for good lighting.
Sorry for the angle of picture.
This quilt is an extra long lap quilt.


I originally made this quilt back in 1995.
Made from all my scraps of green fabric.
I just quilted the squiggly lines on each tree;
and quilted the green borders.


I needed to give this quilt a good washing and worried with so little quilting;
that the quilt would not wash well.  So I began to add all the quilting you can 
see on the white fabric.  This was a very puffy quilt as it had
polyester batting; that was only available to me at that time.
Walmart was the place to shop for fabric and crafts.


I just recently finished the quilting, and the quilt got cleaned.
Now up for display in our dining area.

Trip Around the World Quilt

This little quilt was a quilt kit gifted to me by my husband in late October 2014.


This was all machine pieced and machine quilted.
I used a fancy stitch around the green border.
This little quilt is a good size for a baby's cradle.


And last I will show you a pillow ornament I made for my grand-daughter.
This was made in 2014.  She loved trains and wanted to grow up
and be a Train Engineer.  So I stitched her a Christmas Train.
This was a pattern from the Stoney Creek Cross Stitch magazine.


The back.


You can see on this next photo that I used the fancy stitches on my 
sewing machine to add a stitched border all around.


We started getting snow early this morning.  The weather has been so much
warmer than usual for us this time of year.  Yesterday was in the 30's.
Now we are told we will drop each day until we will be in single digit temp's.
WINTER has arrived and wants to stay awhile!


I would like to wish those who celebrate the season;
A very Merry Christmas!



~ Sandra ~





Friday, December 8, 2017

Quilt Top Finished



This is a quilt kit from Hearthside Quilts.
I purchased it around 2005.
I put it together and I just did not like the way it turned out.
I took the entire quilt apart and placed it in a box for another day.
While looking for Christmas boxes last weekend, my husband came across a box filled with quilt projects!  This one was inside.
I was so happy and excited to finally find these missing projects.
I resewed the quilt top.  Finished it today.

It is called Castle Keep.
It is 44" X 62" ~ a lap size quilt.
Machine sewn.  Navy blue, muslin and a light blue calico print.
I feel blessed that all the pieces were still all together.

~ Sandra ~


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Red

Red seems to work its way into my quilts.
I love the color red.
Red comes in many different shades;
I love them all.

This is a red quilt from my past.
A log cabin made with homespun fabrics.


My most recently finished quilt;
is made with blocks called Churn Dash.


Now my newest quilt top;
made with the left over fabrics from the churn dash quilt.


Three little quilts...
past, present and future.


I've been having fun playing with little quilts.
And red is the perfect color for Christmas.

~ Sandra ~

Monday, November 20, 2017

Swedish Weaving

These are two of my completed Swedish Weaving Blanket Throws.
They are about the size of a lap quilt.


You work with yarn on Monk's Cloth
that you can special order on the internet
or purchase from Walmart or maybe even JoAnn Fabrics.
The fabric comes in many different colors.
The fabric needs to be washed before you stitch.
You will get a lot of shrinkage.
And before you wash you must machine stitch around all four edges
to keep it from fraying.


This is almost like an Aida cloth that you buy by the yard.
It has a weave that goes up and down
and sideways across.


This is the needle that you work with.  
A long flat needle.
This is my newest project that I am using two colors of green.


You mark the very center of the cloth 
with a safety pin.  You always work from the center to the sides.
You don't turn the fabric.  You have to be able to stitch to the left as well as the right.
You measure the width of the cloth;
I always cut my yarn I believe three times the length and then place the middle of the cut yarn
into the center stitch and work to the right and then go back and work to the left.
When I finish a row I just leave my long strands of yarn dangling...just in case I made a mistake
I can go back and fix it and still have enough of the yarn to use.


This is a close up of my very first project.
It is stitched on a beige color Monks Cloth.
It was a kit I found at Herrschners Crafts.
They provided the color yarns.  Red, Blue, Green.
It makes a heart pattern on the unstitched area.


Sorry I could not find my instructions today to tell you the title.
Or to give you an example of the diagram they give to follow.
It is a repeat pattern so you just have to follow along.

My next project came from a Swedish Weaving Instructional book.
This project was stitched on a white Monk's Cloth.


I only used two colors; a cranberry and blue.


When you are finished with the design you turn the sides over and machine stitch.
At the top and bottom you can add a special fringe; as I have.

When I work on this newest project again I will be sure to show you more in detail.

Hope you enjoyed learning a little about this craft.

~ Sandra ~


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Nancy Zieman ~ Sewing with Nancy


It is a sad day to hear about the passing of a very special lady.
Nancy Zieman you will be missed by so many.
I have spent many a Saturday watching PBS "Sewing with Nancy".
Saturdays will never be the same.
From quilting to sewing I enjoyed your show.

Our sympathy to your family, friends and loved ones!

Rest in Peace

~ Sandra ~