This is my most recent quilted project. I bought the hand sewn pieces in Tahiti in January 2013. I put them together with bright tropical fabrics to show the spirit of the islands.
Last year I visited a local garden center and as I walked by a gardenia I caught its scent and it pulled me back. It was exotic and lovely and reminded me of the Gardenia taitensis that my husband & I had enjoyed in Tahiti. A single blossom given to us filled our cruise ship stateroom with its magic scent. Naturally, I purchased the gardenia in the garden center and took it home. It bloomed for me several times. This year I found another at the same garden center and now I have two on my back porch.
My gardne smells wonderful when my lilacs bloom.
I have become a great fan of David Austin Roses. They are beautiful, old fashioned and smell wonderful. When I saw this one recently at a local nursery I quickly scooped it up and put in in my wagon.
This is a work in progress. I have had this pattern for many years. The date on the pattern in 1995. It is time to make is come alive. I am making changes in the directions. The pattern calls for cottons but I am using wool for the cabin, trees, moose, etc. I especially like the look of the snow done with wool.
I am keeping the background fabric and borders cotton. I found snowy fabrics in my stash that go well with the winter theme. After I finish the wool applique I will add more borders.
This is a long narrow wall hanging that I designed myself. I used a simple circle for the ornaments and centered fabric designs. I used tiny squares at the top of each. I had a striped fabric to put around for the borders. I made several and gave them a gifts.
These are 4 inch square pockets that I will hang on the Christmas tree with gift cards inside. The pattern suggests using them as small wall hangings but I altered those directions. The pattern came with small metal decorations for the branches but I used tiny buttons. I also embroidered names on each pocket. I like putting mo own personal touches on my sewing projects.
I took these projects with me as I traveled. I cut the pieces in advance and had the trees pinned in place. I enjoyed making each one a little different.
These small purses are fun to sew! Fat quarters work for the main color and scraps can be used for the pockets. I changed the directions a bit, placing the pockets on a fold and cutting rather than making them in two pieces and sewing them together. I also changed the spot to leave an opening for turning. I left the bottom open which made it easy to turn.
I will be making more of these and giving them as Christmas gifts.
I used simple squares & rectangles to make this Christmas Lap Quilt. I used a variety of fabrics in red, green and gold. I used many of the same fabrics for our Christmas stockings. With both the stockings and this quilt in our living room, it ties things together.