Today's Stitching

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Spring beauties

Great year for peony bushes this year....huge blossoms and lush foilage. Usually about the time they bloom heavy spring rains beat them up. We have been having a summerlike spring here in Ohio so things are going great.....even the weeds lol.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Butterfly Quilt

This happy quilt was made for my mom's birthday years ago. I sorta made it up as I went along.
It is more 'liberated' than any of my other quilts. Fun to make and now that mom is gone I will bring it out for spring and think about her often.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Antique Hexagons

I have a collection of antique/old grandmother's flower garden blocks....I just love the old fabrics and all the different color combo's. The bottom one is one of my favorite..........she fussy cut it!
Did you notice that this group is done with a yellow center, then solid flower then floral outside.
Love the way it happy!
The hexagons are 3/4 inch. finished and the work is all neat and handdone. The flowers come from different times I am sure.....30's, 40's and 50's. The fabric is a bit fragile on some and they are slightly different sizes since they were not made by the same person so I will not attempt to do anything with them.....except admire and LOVE them.

Wednesday .....again?

Here it is Wednesday again....boy did the week go fast! Only got two done this week due to all the work in the real garden. Had fun the other night looking at all the blogs of people doing One Flower Wednesday....gotta love hexagons.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Saturday Adventure

Saturday we went to Amish country here in Ohio. Visited Country Fabric in Shiloh and found these goodies. The strips are from a 'scrap bag' that Moda sells. It is marketed in a brown paper bag with a cello window so you can see the top fabric and how much.....turns out to be 25 strips 3.5 inches wide of mostly 'fig tree' quilt it love it......only eleven dollars. I also found these yummy fabrics that will go with the butterscotch/muted green, blue and yellow fig tree prints that I am collecting for a quilt for

Anne in Columbus from the Applique_Your_way yahoo list and I have been writing privately and I had told her about this quilt shop. She traveled the hour and a half with her friends from her 'quilt bee' group to check it out, so I planned to meet her. Nice to put a face to the name and share a quilt adventure ......thanks Anne.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

One Flower Wednesday

My 'One flower Wednesday' turned into four flower Tuesday and Wednesday night!
I worked on these hexagons during 'Dancing with the Stars' and 'American Idol' TV shows each evening. Love how happy they look along with my new plants.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Another baby afghan done!

Finished this baby afghan last night for a baby boy. Love the brighter colors that baby clothes/items are these days.....'in my day' everything was all pastel. Trying to get the crochet projects done before the summer heat hits, then I will be back to all quilting.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

One flower Wednesday

One flower turned into three flowers. Made these with 'Quiltpatis' easy. Was lucky with the placement since I didn't 'fussy cut' them....glad those little boys and pup lined up! Love these thirties fabrics for a baby quilt, so happy looking.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hexagon....Grandmother's flower garden

I have always loved hexagons. A long time ago I bought 'quilt patis' and made these flowers, then last winter I appliqued them to the blocks and found I don't have enough to make a baby quilt which was my first intention.
Just recently I saw several blogs where people are making 'one flower each wednesday' and now I want to join in the fun and complete this I will start tomorrow.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Learning to crochet "on the double"

I tried Tunisian crochet and was disappointed in the end curled and was ruglike. While researching this I found crochet 'on the double' tutorial and tried it. I love it.
You use a long double ended hook or denise interchangeable needles sells hooks that connect to either end of a cable and they are wonderful. It is an easy process and comes out looking more like knitting than crochet. The afghan comes out puffy but warm and drapes nicely.
The fun thing is it looks different on each side. One project I am doing is a varigated pink yarn mixed with a pale yellow and on one side it looks pink and on the other looks!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Birthday blanket

This afghan is for an adorable little gal who is turning two later this summer and getting a 'big girl' bed and newly decorated room. I am almost done and found out that it is much bigger than I planned.....guess I was so intent on getting the colors and stripes correct that it got away from me!.....don't know what to do, might make another small one and give them both to her. She is going into a toddler bed right now but that won't last long....this afghan is better sized for a twin bed.....sigh....sometimes I just get carried

Saturday, May 1, 2010

April BOM for Aunt Millie's Garden

Finished the April block for Aunt Millie's Garden.....May's block is very similar with the same shape flower but many smaller ones, now to choose a color scheme and get going.