Thursday, November 22, 2012

And the winner is.....!

As someone who rarely wins anything, I'm excited to say that I have really hit the jackpot these last few months. I found this lovely, queen-sized quilt top at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago. It was folded up and stuffed on a shelf that held yards and yards of folded fabric. I had searched through those shelves earlier and didn't see it, but while I was picking through the fabric one last time I saw a sewn seam......SOLD! for $3.00! I am just thrilled that I was able to save another quilter's beautiful work:

                     Close-up shot of the center medallion.....very pretty fabric choices:

Over the summer, I purchased 1 ticket for this raffle quilt offered by our small town's Historical Society. A lovely and sweet Cathedral Window, hand sewn by another anonymous quilter. This quilt is an interesting shape, long and narrow, and looks like it might have been made to lie at the
foot of the bed as decoration. I really like the Cathedral Window design, and know that I would never take the time to make I was thrilled to bring this one home to add to my collection (shown folded over at the top by about 12 inches to accommodate my wall space).

Love the sweet little windows of vintage fabrics, set in a linen-like fabric:

Quilts that are raffled off or sold at estate/yard/garage sales are just looking for the right person to take them home....and I'll continue to keep my eyes open for that opportunity ;-)

Happy Thanksgiving

May we all reflect on our Blessings as we celebrate this Thanksgiving Day.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas Quilt 2012 update

Making progress on the Christmas Quilt discussed here. Quilting is finished, I'll be sewing on the binding while I'm at my Quilt Guild meeting tonight. Hooray! A new quilt for the holidays!
Final pics to come.......

Monday, November 5, 2012

Hungry Caterpillar Baby Cocoon and Hat

Finally....a knitting project that I can write about!
Like many knitters, the majority of my knitting projects at this time of year are all about gift-giving. This adorable little project was a gift my niece and her husband at their baby shower last weekend.
I have to thank my knitting buddy Deb for introducing me to this pattern, and I stole her idea of gifting it with the book and caterpillar toy :-) Perfect!
This is a quick and easy project using Vickie Howell's line of yarn, Sheepish. So soft and squishy, perfect for snuggling a new baby.

The only "fiddly" part of this pattern is attaching the eyes. The patterns suggests hot glue(!), but I chose to stitch the green part to the felt base using my sewing machine and invisible thread. Then I hand stitched that to the hat, and hand stitched the yellow rims, along with the antennae. Not hard to do, just took a  little time.            Too cute!