September 29, 2010

Tea Time Crazy Quilting Round Robin

I am doing a round robin with 4 other ladies from the CQI site and this is my work on Nicki's block.

I outlined the teacup with gold metallic thread. I also added beads on the plate and the rim of the cup.   I hope someone else will detail stitch the roses with silk ribbon.  I am not too sharp on that type stitching just yet.

Next I added a lace motif floral and did some beading on it.
I love using the flower fairies so I just had to give Nicki one of them on her block!  I always hide them behind some flowers.  I like to think she is just enjoying being outside and having her cup of tea in the afternoon sunshine.

Here is the close up of the detail stitching on her wings and all the french knots in her hair.

I also love to add words to my work and found these acrylic pieces in the scrapbook section at JoAnn's.  I took the sharpest edge of my scissors and made a tiny hole at the top and bottom so I could sew it on.  I added a bead at the top and bottom. I love those butterflies too!
I have these teacup and teapot charms in my online shoppe and they were perfect for this corner!

 I thought my 2 seam treatments turned out right nice.  I love using the porcelain roses! I have to order more of those because I am out now!!
Here is her whole block showing all of my work.

September 28, 2010

Shadow Of The Bear

Sharing the quilting on a Log Cabin quilt that was done for a customer in 2007.  The title of the quilt was Shadow of the Bear  so I chose designs to accenuate the title.  When my friend picked the quilt up she was really tickled!  This was for her daughter to use in the mountains.  The name of her cabin was Bear Cabin!  I just love it when a plan comes together!

Vintage Tuesday

Today I have for your pleasure an awesome set of doilies that my Granny Ida made around 65 years ago!  I was given these as a surprise gift about 15 years ago from a neighbor in my community.

I had gone to the beauty shop that morning and when I walked in my friend Shirley was leaving.  She asked me what I had planned after I was finished at the shop and I told her that I was going back home.  She asked if I would come to see her before I went home and I told her that I would.  She said there was something she would like to give me.

So after I got my hair done, I went to see her.  Her home should be in Southern Living Magazine so the first thing I asked was to have a tour.  She graciously showed me her amazing home!  It was breathtaking!  She then left me in the den for a few minutes and came back with something in her hand.

She asked me if I recognized them and I told her that I did not.  She said that my granny Ida had made them for her granny over 50 years ago.  I was amazed at what I was looking at because I had never seen this pattern done by my granny before.  Of course, they were before my time and anyway, when you are little, you know your granny makes things but you really do not pay close attention.  I have a set of doilies but they have the stand up cups around the outer edges.... but this design really made me look at my granny's work differently!  I thought to myself, I wonder just how many different designs had she done in her lifetime!

Granny Ida lived to be 94 years of age and she crocheted and quilted up until her late 80's!  There are tons of things she made floating around the world and I wish I had every one of them. (selfish - yes, I know)

Well, Shirley stretched these awesome doilies out to me and said she was gifting them to me.  She wanted them to come back to my family and she knew I would take care of them as they should be kept.  I immediately started bawling!  I mean bawling like a baby!  This gesture touched me so deep that it is hard to put into words.

I just know that they have lived with me for the past 15 years and will remain with me until I go to see Granny.  I miss her so much!  She was a wonderful granny!  My granddaddy died when my mother was 4 so granny lived with us for many years.  That is why I always tell people that I grew up under a quilting frame.  It was just in the cards for me to love quilting the way that I do!

She also loved to watch John Wayne movies, play rook and dominoes!  There was never a dull moment around my precious Granny!

September 22, 2010

Arts and Crafts

I was going through some old disk and located this photo taken several years ago!  I made these reindeer for my beautician that year for Christmas.  Her daughter was 2 at the time and you can see they are as big as she was.  I made so many of these reindeer that I lost count.  Everyone loved them!

Latest Crazy Quilt Project

I have created a private blog among 12 friends and we are creating something for one member of the group every 6 weeks.  This past session I have been working on a Mini Nature Crazy Quilt for my good friend Amanda.It doesn't happen very often when names are drawn but Amanda actually had my name too.  I am "patiently" waiting for my little quilt to arrive from her!

I mailed hers off today so I will share a photo with my readers since Amanda is traveling right now and most likely will not see this..

I love the way the tree came out..I saw one similar on a scrapbooking site and had to make it in ribbon and buttons!  Love it! I hope she likes what I have created for her!

The first photo is of the scrapbook page that was my inspiration.

September 21, 2010

Quilting Sylvia

My good friend Jennifer made this beautiful Sylvia's bridal Sampler and allowed me to quilt it for her a couple of years ago.  I don't think I ever shared it on my blog so today I am sharing tons of photos of how I quilted several of the blocks. Enjoy the photo show!!