Friday, January 27, 2012

Dresden Plate

Dresden plate quilt blocks are so popular right now on many quilting sites.  The block has always been one of my favorite designs.  I began mine last Fall and just put the center on it yesterday! I decided on the cherry fabric for the center of mine.  I hope to get more done soon!

Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs has a free pattern on her site and has formed the Scrappy Plate Club.  A great way to use up scraps!  Although mine is not made with scraps I have bins full of leftover scraps.  I so need to use them! :)

I have one more border on another quilt top I have been working  on forever!  I will take pics and post it as soon as I get it finished and pressed really well. 

And then there's Tiny Town I am working on!  I like to have an applique project in progress along with a pieced top so when I am watching television I have some handwork to do.

That's all for now ... gotta do some organizing of scrapbook supplies! 

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, January 20, 2012

Finally ... I Made Something

Before I get to what I finally made ... I have been having issues with blogger!  I haven't been able to leave comments on other blogs.  It would go to a blank page. I read on other blogs that they were having the same problem.  Finally I emailed a sweet blogging friend and she told me to install Google Chrome and it worked!   Thank you sweet blogging friend :)

Now to something I finally made!

Last week I was in a gift shop and spotted some hand towels made from osnaberg with printed images.  They were $18 a piece.  They were adorable with a fork, knife and spoon on them. I didn't have a need for kitchen hand towels. It was the only design they had and I wanted something different.
(I love to go in gift shops for inspiration!)

I knew I already had the permanent press osnaberg fabric at home along with the transfer paper to print the images I wanted to use.  I went to the Graphics Fairy blog and downloaded the images.  I could look at her blog all day long!

Here's my hand towels.

I adore cloches and I had to use the image with the potted plants.  I also have a small collection of crowns (not real ones LOL) so of course I had to have a crown!  The shop's towels were pleated along the border instead of a ruffle so I pleated my edges as well.

Here's a better pic of the images I used.  I have a cloche like the same shape as the one used so now I need to fill mine with little potted plants!  I will use the crown one in another room.

The best thing about these ... they didn't cost me a thing!  I had everything in my sewing room so I saved $36!! (I wouldn't have paid that much anyway)  They did take a couple of hours to make by the time I downloaded the images, pressed them on (it takes a few minutes for each one), made the pleats and hemmed all around the edges.  But at this point in my life I have more time than money!!  I needed to get busy doing something anyway :)

I have been working on my tiny town quilt I posted earlier this week and it is adorable!  I will share more of it with you next week. 

I now have a Valentine wreath I am going to make this weekend.  I can't  wait to start it!

Thanks for visiting!


I am joining Linda at Coastal Charm for weekly NTT.

Monday, January 16, 2012

I Can't Get Motivated!

I just can't seem to get motivated this year.  After the holidays I always dread the cold dreary days of January.  I don't even have much to post about :(

I have been working s-l-o-w-l-y on this project I started last week that  I posted in the previous post.  I do enjoy cutting and placing the little bitty pieces of fabric on my little tiny village.  The picture shows one block ready to be stitched and the smaller one above has another piece to be added. And of course there's plenty of hand embroidery to add to each piece. The fabrics do make me happy ... they are so cheerful!
Before Christmas I won this wonderful book that Sweet Bee Cottage was giving away.  I received it a couple of days before Christmas and with the holidays I never really had a chance to look at it until after Christmas.  It is full of ideas and vintage images.  So much fun to look through!  Thank you Sweet Bee for drawing my name!
I hope to get out of this slump soon and get back to decorating.  I have pillows to make, a lampshade to cover and tea towels I saw in a specialty boutique that I want to make ... so many things to do if I could only get motivated!
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Friday, January 6, 2012

New Year ... New Project

I do not need to begin another project!  But with the new year here I need something different to work on during the dreary winter days of January.  Machine applique has always been my favorite thing so this is my new project.  It has been sitting in my sewing room for months now.
It's a kit I bought last year at my local quilt shop during a 30% off sale.  It's called "Tiny Town" by Bunny Hill Designs.  The sample that was hanging in the shop was adorable. I love all the colors used in the quilt.  It's a tiny town with all types of  houses and buildings ... everything you would find in a town.  I will show you my progress as I work on each block.  I can't wait to get started!
I did finish a baby gift this morning ... a receiving blanket, burp cloths and and two embroidered bibs.  At least I can say I have accomplished something this year!
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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

I hope the new year brings us all peace and happiness.