Garden Pinwheel Quilt

The blocks in this quilt were hand appliqued. I took it on many trips & sewed as we traveled. Then they were put away for a long time. When I pulled them out again I had an idea on how to put them together.

Recently  I entered this quilt in the Empire Quilt Fest, NY & won a third place ribbon!

Goldfinches in Spring

I recently entered this quilt in the Empire Quilt Fest 2014 in NY. The theme of the show was Things with Wings. I have lots of birds who visit my feeders each day, including Gold Finches. Their yellow feathers are like a bit of sunshine.

The wall hanging is cotton but I wanted the birds to stand out so I made them in wool.

Chickadee

This little quilt sits in my dining room. Just outside the window hang my seed & suet feeders.

 

Garden Pinwheel Quilt

I hand appliqued these blocks years ago. They were easy to sew when I traveled. Then they got put away in the closet of my sewing room. One rainy day I pulled them out & decided it was time to put them in a quilt. I had a great floral fabric that coordinated with the blocks. I sketched out some settings & found a layout that I liked. Soon this Unfinished Object was a quilt!

Signature Quilt

My mother in law is having a milestone birthday next month. Months ago I began a Signature Quilt for her. I selected a pattern for a lap size quilt with lots of color. I assembled the blocks and mailed them out to family members. I included special pens for writing a birthday message to Ann. I included instructions and scrap fabric to practice with the pens before writing the final message. Ann’s children, grandchildren and spouses each signed a block. Once I had the blocks in my hands again I put them together, added borders and sent the quilt off to be machine quilted. All this took time, of course. But it was back to me with plenty of time for me too add the binding. Now it is ready to be wrapped and presented in Florida next month.

It is a fun project and, I hope, a special gift but you must begin ahead of time.

Christmas Placemats

Christmas gifts don’t need to be intricate or time consuming to be cheerful & useful. These placemats were fun to make, used my existing stash of fabrics & were happily received.

Christmas Mittens

These cute little tree ornaments were fun to sew. The pattern had many options: tree, skate, snowman, Santa, etc. I added some touches of my own like beads on the trees, snowflake buttons and names. They are the right size for gift cards or cash.

Christmas Pinwheels

It is never to early to begin making something for Christmas. This book has a design called Pinwheels that I thought would look great in Christmas colors. I decided to use gold and cream colors for the background and greens, a touch of red and blacks for the pinwheels.

Thatcher Park, NY

This park on an escarpment, south of Albany NY, has beautiful views any time of the year but I like the autumn views the best.

 

Singer Sewing Machine

I have been sewing as long as I can remember. I learned from my mother and her mother. I have some of their sewing tools & supplies. I also have  my mother’s Singer sewing machine which was equipped with the very latest options. The drawers of the cabinet had a wide array of thread colors, buttons, pins, snaps, zippers and scissors.  I remember the hum of this machine as my mother’s hands guided the fabric pieces under the needle. Her head would be bent as she watched her most recent creation come together. She never had a sewing room, just a spot in the hall or the corner of a bedroom but it did not stop her from making delightful original items. She was always happy when she could find time in her busy schedule as mother of four children to sit & sew.

My mother made most of her own clothing in high school. She sewed her own wedding dress, gathering yards and yards of white organdy. She sewed pajamas for my brothers from soft flannels printed with tiny cowboys. She made me little pink or yellow dresses with pretty buttons shaped like flowers or kittens. My mother secretly sewed doll clothes for Christmas for my cousins and me. Everything looked like it came from an upscale store.