Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2016 FAL Fabulous Feathered Finish-- Allie the Owl

Who?  Who?  Whoooo is that gorgeous creature?
It's Allie the Owl - times four!

Pattern: Allie Owl by Elizabeth Hartman
Fabrics: Rhoda Ruth by Elizabeth Hartman, Kona Solids, Essex Linen
Size: 52 x 66
Quilting: Professionally long arm quilted by Jeana Kubik of Busy Bees Quilting.

The Hoots were looking good when the quilt top was finished, but the quilting really brought them to life!  Although I love the pattern, I had always thought the owls looked a bit STERN.  After the quilter worked her magic on them I think they look much kinder, don't you?

Scallops on the tummy make perfect feathers.

Wood Grain on the wings looks marvelous!

Feathers on the head make Allie look complete. 

After I took the photos Hubby says, "Come take one from the back!  It looks cool!"
He's right!  It's a fun effect. 

All of it adds up to great quilty happiness!  
Plus I can mark another FAL project off the list!

Happy Stitching!

FAL 2016

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Monday, September 26, 2016

2016 FAL -- FABULOUS Fluffy Mini Finish

Made By Hand was a recent swap theme for the Mini Quilt Trading Swap group.  I started several different quilts for this swap and kept changing my mind over and over.  The original plan was to use English Paper piecing, and although I did actually complete a quilt top in that method it just wasn't right. It was one of those times where nothing I made felt like it was right or nice enough.  This one was a real struggle. Eventually I pulled out the felted wool and all my pretty perle cottons and eventually ended up with this little quilt which was embellished with beads and handmade buttons.

Quilt Name: Fluffy
Pattern: Adapated from Wendy Williams Wee Farm Village 
Size: 9 x 14
Fabrics: Irish linen, felted wool, Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey

The name of the quilt comes from this trio of sheep.  Many hours went into the French knots.

The large sheep has a padded body and stands up from the background by about 1/4 inch.  

My Swap Partner for this round  loves Halloween, so I included some spooky hand dyed floss, some sparkly fibers and handmade buttons.  The "D" is actually a box, a couple of the new Moda goodies and a buggy little needle threader round out the extras in the package. 

My Swap Partner sent me the loveliest mini quilt.  It's just beautiful in every way and her hand stitching is exquisite. 

She included wonderful little hand made items including a tiny fabric basket and EPP organizer. 

She also this darling knitted star!  When my daughter saw it she laughed and said, "She sent you quilting invincability!"  Yep, it looks like a power up from Super Mario!

Wishing  you quilting invincibility!

This project is part of my 3rd quarter list for the 2016 Finish A Long.

FAL 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Canasta 1 & 2

The 84 Canasta blocks were finally finished in July, but then we went out of town and when we came home I came down with the crud and didn't sew for a while.  Once I was feeling good again I wa ready to turn the blocks into quilt tops at long last.  The 84 blocks were sorted into two piles.  One pile went back in the box for the time being while the other was arranged on the design wall.  And rearranged, and rearranged, and rearranged. ...  yep, about drove myself crazy!

Eventually I settled on a layout and got busy sewing blocks into rows and rows became a quilt top.
Here's Canasta the First.

The next week it was time to get busy with the second set of blocks, drive myself crazy arranging and rearranging all over again, and here's Canasta the Second.

This week quilt tops will go off to the long arm quilter so she can work her magic on them.
I am so happy to be moving on to another project!

Happy Stitching!

FAL 2016