Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wooden Quilt Block for my house.

Earlier this fall my DH and I were in the NC mountains, and adventured into Burnsville to find Needle Me This, a quilt store that had been featured in a quilt magazine. The entire shop was wonderful, but the entrance was spectacular. Right beside the front door is a beautiful painted 3'x3' quilt square, typical of what you see on barns in the NC mountains. I fell in love with that quilt block and knew that I wanted to do a smaller version of it with slightly different colors.

 Here is the beautiful quilt block at Needle Me This. I am staying in the same color range, however I am not using the white and light blue. On those points I am using the light and dark gold.... And then where you see the golds in the picture I am changing that to the light and dark greens. My quilt block will be 2'x2', and our house numbers will be displayed in the center diamond.

So, here is what I have to this point... Yes, I'm painting in the kitchen... on the granite counter-top... I think the blue tape is a nice touch! I painted the gold in just to help me eye it all and get an idea for what it will look like. I will tape it and paint it correctly... (don't worry) :-)

That's it for now... I'll post the finished block when it
is firmly attached to our house and proudly displaying the house numbers.

Keep stitchin' for the ones you love...
Hugs from Mary

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Proper Dress Attire for Quilting

So Dick, my DH, comes home from golf... (which means he left 4+ hours ago)... looks at me and informs me I'm still in my PJs at 2:00 in the afternoon.  I of course tell him that I'm dressed..(I've even pulled on a pair of shorts). But he won't accept that! It seems I'm still in the t-shirt I slept in.  Now here's the part I like... if you pull on a bra, technically you could go outside, so technically you're dressed... Right??? I've even brushed my teeth, had coffee, cleaned the kitchen... Hey! I'm more creative in a comfy t-shirt! Miss Puny Puss, my quilting buddy, is quite content with my appearance.
I've got a plan... someday soon Mr. Dick is going to come home from golf and I'm going to be dressed in that cute little black dress, cute black strappy sandals, dangly earrings, make-up, the whole nine yards! This will by my attire for the quilting studio!
Who on earth am I kidding? I'm sticking to the comfy t-shirt and pull on pants! We ought to have survey about what quilters wear! Maybe there needs to be a line of comfy quilters clothing. I think it's already made, but nurses wear it and it's called scrubs!

Keep stitchin' in your comfy duds for the ones you love!
Hugs from Mary and Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"Hang it on a tree" Postcards

I needed to write several thank you cards to friends. I decided to send them each a quilted postcard. I fused a fabric Christmas ornament onto a crazy quilted background and then started having some fun...

Using free motion quilting, I stitched in some pine boughs. However, here's the kicker... I used a double needle!!!! How do you like that?! What a fun discovery. I used two different colors of green and went to town with a back and forth motion. It was easy to do and I love the effect. On one of the postcards I stitched in the branch with a variegated brown/black polyester thread. On the other card I just drew in the branch. Do you see the difference? I also discovered that by going side to side with a double needle I got one thick line of the two colors. Just curving slightly gave another effect.

For the back of the card I fused muslin and wonder under together. I then trimmed the edges to 8.5" X 11" and ran it through my printer to get the tiny label at the bottom of the postcard as shown in the picture. I zig-zagged metallic gold around the edges as the final step.

The post card in the previous blog entry did make it all the way from me in NC to Elizabeth in CA. It arrived in great shape. She couldn't believe it. I really am loving this sending postcards idea. It is great fun.

Keep stitchin' for the ones you love!
Hugs from Mary