December 13, 2011

Take Your Time Tuesday

I am having fun looking at all the comments from my last post. I will be taking a little break after today so you can save your hand stitched gifts for a link up in the New Year. I will also get together a button before then! I will be baking lots of cookies, starting with some Peanut Butter Blossoms today. The really good/sad part is I am lactose intolerant so I will be making not eating any. Doh. I had one of those mornings and spent way too long getting Anna to school so that's why I am soo late with a post.

I finished another block last night and I laid out my Cathedral Window blocks and my goal is to have something quilt-sized to share in January.

What have you been working on this week? Can you sneak us a peek? You can link up your blog below. Happy Tuesday!

December 12, 2011

Giveaway Day: A Katie Pincushion

This will be my first time participating in Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day. I've been quilting and sewing for years now and love all hand stitching. Sometimes I can't help myself by adding that extra bit of love. So I spent more than a few hours making some special for you.


This item is a pincushion made from one of my favorite lines called Katie Jump Rope and is made by a favorite technique. The 1/2 inch hexagons are carefully hand appliqued to 100% linen. The pincushion doesn't have any special fillers and measures about 5 inch square. It reminds me of my Single Girl, which is in the process of being hand quilted. As soon as I make this pincushion design I seem to be giving them away. I hope I can give it to someone who loves it as much as I do.

My question for you, to be answered in your comment, is, "What is your favorite sewing or quilting project that you have finished this year?"

If you leave a link of your special project, I will check it out.  No need to follow to win, but I will be sure to look you up. Check my WIPs or Finished Projects if you would like to decide to come on by again.

Please make sure you are not a no-reply blogger and I encourage any other bloggers other than blogspot to leave email information so I may contact you.

Thanks and enjoy the week perusing the many blogs linked at Sew Mama Sew.

December 6, 2011

Take Your Time Tuesdays

It's 27 degrees (F) and freezing out here in the desert. I have Christmas tree lights up in the front and back of the house for aesthetics and practicality. I am hoping the decorated lemon tree does not get frost damage, but winter has to come sometime. What better way to beat the frost that to finish a quilt?

Made with Aneela Hoey's Sherbet Pips- Moda

Anna and I have made her first quilt together. She sewed all the squares together, I added the border, and it went off to my finished tops pile. You can read about her working on it here. The hand quilting was finished this last week.


I added Xs and Ox for hugs and kisses inspired by the block print,


straight lines for the edging, and hearts for the border.


The hearts were made from a template from a cousin's wedding favor tag. My grandma said, as any true quilter would, "Oooh that would make a great applique heart." And so it did in on another quilt and as a hand quilted border here. It makes *my* heart happy.

I love the scarves as the border and Anna's favorite print as the backing, the pink doggies.


So I guess four people efforts went into this quilt. Such as when our resident diapered quilter-in-training finding unique quilting approaches in scissors. Now didn't that look lovely.

I showed Anna what Zoe had done to it after I fixed it and she just laughed. You can read my freak out post here. Of course there is one tiny hole I missed that will get patched up soon with her favorite doggie fabric. This quilt was worth the extra effort and time. She looks happy with it and that is all that matters.


What have you been working on this week? You can link up your blog below and your happy handmade project! Happy Tuesday!