Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Practical quilted presents

Amanda's pillow
Design inspired by a Lynette Anderson block. My design for the Basset Hounds.

Kim's This n That project bag to hold her artist pens and supplies.
She chose the fabric - I let the fabric tell me how to FMQ it.

Pin cushion and pins.
Thanks Madame Same at Sew We Quilt blog for the excellent directions and sources to make the pins. 

Kelley's leather backpack.
She found a leather skirt at Goodwill for $3 and I designed this bag for her.
A bag I designed along the lines of an Atkinson pattern. More pins.
I love how you can see my feathers.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

This is Kim Diehl's Things that Grin in the Night.
This was a great way to use some of my stash and sew much fun to applique, piece and quilt. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Here's the pillow top I'm making for our friends, Tim and Charlie.
Jilly and Beau are our dog Kylie's BFF's.

Here's a close-up of my feathers.
After lots of doodling practice, I finally got brave and tried
them on a real project!

This is the inspiration block from Lynette Anderson.
It will be one of eight applique blocks on our king - size quilt I'm making.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Embroidered Wall Hanging for my sewing/sun room

I love this stitchery by Bare Roots. It will go perfectly on the wall where I sew.
I didn't machine quilt this one because I embroidered with the batting already in place.
I did a running stitch with Finca #12 floss around the sections
to attach the backing to the front.
This will be in the Cocheco Quilt Guild show in October.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Ribbons for my entries, oh my

Trick or Treat, a wall hanging designed from one of Kimberly Parsons prints. I love her art, she is so creative. Machine applique, hand embroidered and custom quilted on my home machine.

This is Henrietta Whiskers, a Bunny Hill Design, machine applique, hand embroidery and custom quilting on my Janome 440. The ribbon is for best machine quilting by a member. Wow!

Here is Merry, Merry Snowmen, a Bunny Hill Design, Machine applique, hand embroidery and custom quilting on my Janome Horizon. This received the special Vendors Choice ribbon. Amazing.

Friday, July 12, 2013

"Look Ma, no pattern!"

Kelley's quilt on our bed. Machine appliqued flowers. It's difficult to see the quilting on the black, but it's echo quilting around the appliques and then FMQ of flowers and loops. Cross-hatched on the rest of the border.

Mason's holding up the quilt in front of the porch.

Kelley wanted a black quilt with flowers.
 I was inspired sew a modern quilt for Kelley when I saw a picture of a quilt with a similar geometric design. I added the flowers to the corners. I used Kona solids for the bright colors. The purple fabric is Seasonal Gatherings and is quilted with cross-hatching. The gray is from Simply Imagine and is quilted with vertical straight lines.  The remaining color blocks are quilted with a zigzag.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Free Motion Quilting for Merry, Merry Snowmen

       All I need to finish are some buttons and some FK for snowmen eyes.    
I love how the quilting came out!                

Thursday, May 9, 2013

My day at "'It's for the Birds" Blog Hop

Hurray, it's my day for the "it's for the Birds" blog hop.
From my blog name you can tell I love loons but I love bird watching all birds here at our lake in NH. We even have eagles to watch.    
It was fun and easy to choose my projects with sew many fabrics and patterns with birds singing and winging. I loved making these practical items I can use every day.
What to do with laminated cotton? Make a project bag.

I use it to hold my interfacing. 
                       How to take all your embroidery "stuff" on the road?      
This is an embroidery bag from This n That. I love to see the owls peeking through my embroidery floss and tools.

This is the outside of the embroidery bag. I used some vintage fabric from Amy Barickman for the outside and the button fabric on the inside pocket.
                                              What about hand's free fabric shopping?

I've had this fabric, Nature's Walk for Clothworks, for two years now, waiting to make a backpack. The pattern is ByAnnie's "I've got your back". This is the front featuring a pocket with credit card slots inside. Pockets on the sides, zipper with two zipper pulls.

Here's the back of the backpack showing the straps and zippered pocket. Inside there's another big zippered pocket and two pocket slots. Great pattern to use. 
                          What to do when you luckily win a give away?

I won the giveaway from Brenda at Ladybug Dreams during the Stich it Up blog hop. She sent this pattern from This n That and I had to make this pillow for this blog hop. I used charm squares from two French General charm packs. Goes perfectly with my blue couch.
          Lastly, here are three blocks from Lynette Anderson book
                           It's Quilting Cats and Dogs.   
These blocks will be added to a fun mix of pieced and appliqued/embroidered blocks to make a scrappy king size quilt for our bedroom.

On the road again.

Best friends. I'll add buttons after I quilt.

Let's go camping. Ironically we are picking up our RV from winter storage today!
        I hope you enjoyed seeing my projects. I apologize for the number
             of projects, but I can get sew much done now that I'm retired.  
              Many thanks to our cheerleader Mary 
              and Madame Samm for this fun blog hop.                   Make sure you check out the rest of today's bloggers.
                          I can't wait to see every one's great ideas.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

It's for the Birds Blog Hop starts tomorrow

This pattern is called Loon Dance by Bee Creative Studio
A little birdie told me that there's a new blog from Sew We Quilt winging it's way to blog land.
Here's a teaser for the blog hop. It's a quilt I made two summers ago that hangs over our big screen TV.
Right now our loon pair are calling. I hope to see them again when I kayak later today.
 My day is this Thursday and I can't wait to share all my projects.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Springtime in NH

This project bag holds my embroidery floss box and tools next to my easy chair. The embroidery was inspired by a design in Lynette Anderson's book It's Quilting Cats and Dogs.

Nothing like a snow storm in NH the first week in April!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

This quilt is my first machine appliqued quilt. I used flannel and homespun and machine buttonhole stitch. The ice is still on the lake. Picture taken first week of April.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My day at the Stitch Me Up Bloghop

Today is my day to share my projects on the Stitch Me Up bloghop.
A big thanks to Madame Samm at and her great bloghop themes.
Thanks to Debbie from Busy as can Be , Cyndi from Stitch Stitch Stitch and Madame Samm herself for the fun embroidery patterns from which to select.
And a special thanks to our cheerleader, Jane at Janes Quilts and Fabrics.
 It's so fun to see all the different projects being made from these embroidery patterns.
When I received my embroidery patterns, I chose to start with the sweet floral design to make a mugrug, a purselet and a quilter's project tote. I finished with a mini wall quilt using the chair design.
This little mugrug is the perfect place to show off my creamer and sugar bowl.
This little purselet is perfect to use with my new quilt project tote.
Thanks to Jennie of Clove & Violet for this goodie Pouch, a Moda Bake Shop project.

My quilt tote is perfect for hauling several projects to sew days with my BFF's. My new container of Precensia embroidery threads fits perfectly in the quilted front pocket.
Thanks to Edyta Sitar for this pattern in the Feb,2010 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.

I enjoy blue work and this little chair reminds me of the chair where I do my embroidery at night while watching NCIS and the RedSox.

Thanks for visiting my quilt journal/AKA my blog. I enjoyed making these items for my home and quilting. It's always so fun to add a touch of embroidery to a useful item. Scroll down to see my inspiration quilts for this bloghop and a finished quilt top Merry,Merry Snowmen from Bunny Hill.
Don't forget to visit all of today's bloggers.
Busy As Can Be
Quilter's Tote Bag, view overlooking the lake in NH on a spring day!

Here's the inspiration easy chair.