Thursday, August 7, 2014

friendship dahlia

Hello and happy sweet day to you!
It has been a busy couple weeks working on some new pretties for my last summer update for the shoppe, and working on some new projects, too! 
I learned from the help of a sweet new blogging friend how to make my first traditional hand appliqu├ęd Dahlia, which I am quite excited about and think it turned out pretty cute for my first one. I basted the feed sack petals, stitched them down, and for the center I did needle turn, which I can definitely use some more practice with. I really am enjoying all the hand sewing. It really makes me slow down and not rush to get something finished.
It all started with this booklet where I saw the Friendship Dahlia quilt pattern.
I really loved how pretty it was, so I thought I would give it a try and cut the pieces out, but I was so confused on how to make the petals with the curved seam since I am so used to making hexies and diamonds. Well, I came across the lovely and talented Martha of Q is for Quilter and saw that she had made one awhile back, so I thought I would ask for a little help. 
Well, she was so sweet to explain how she made it, and even sent me her beautiful Dahlia and some beautiful feed sack petals so I could make a small Friendship Dahlia doll quilt!! I was quite excited! I am so blessed by the sweetness, help, and generosity of this blogging community! Thank you so much Martha! And, I can't wait to make some more! ;) Oh, I finally found my first aqua Pyrex dish at the the thrift store the other day. Yay!!
I am still working on some sweet bow ties and made a couple of minty and grey ones.
I love mixing the feed sacks with newer fabrics!
I made this sweet patchwork puppy pot holder for a gift for a lovely friend. I love how the patchwork turned out, and I will be adding a couple to my shoppe, too!
These beautiful fabrics arrived from the sweetest Shay of Simply Sweet Fabric. The first three are from Darlene Zimmerman's new Lazy Daisy Baskets which I just love the pastel colors.
I have been making some new vintagey aprons for the shoppe and been having so much fun! This one I used part of a vintage fruity tablecloth. I will be having one last summer update in the shoppe in the next week or so, and then I will be on to apples for fall! I am kinda looking forward to the cooler, crisp weather! 

Thank you for visiting with me today, and I am so behind in catching up with you, but will be doing it over the weekend!
Wishing you a most lovely and crafty summers week!! xo

   

27 comments:

  1. I love that Dahlia block, even more so since the wonderful Martha helped you with it! I have an original Martha quilt displayed on the back of a chair in my living room so I can admire it every day. She's the best!

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  2. Martha is so generous and such an amazing quilter, isn't she? Love the bow ties!

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  3. I love the Dahlia block! I have been wanting to make petal shape blocks for a while. I'll go check out Martha's blog. =) Have a sweet day, Heather!

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  4. Nice job!
    Blog friends are the greatest! So thoughtful, generous and kind.
    I'm glad you have a blog friend that can help you out, and help you learn new things :)

    Love all the projects that you've been working on. Like always, they are so pretty.

    Have a wonderful and blessed day.

    Kerin

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  5. I'm really glad you liked the little dahlia kit, and your first block looks absolutely perfect. Of course, I also love the adorable potholder and apron, because everything you make is just so darn cute!

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  6. You make such beautiful things Heather,well done.xx

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  7. I am freaking out here, because that adorable potholder was for me! Seriously, the puppy potholder is the cutest I've ever seen, wrapped up in the cutest packaging I've ever seen. That Cath Kidston better watch her back!

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  8. I got my basket block this week, I love it - thank you!

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  9. Blogging friends are definitely the most generous and wonderful kind of friends. You are so talented, Heather. Everything you touch is simply amazing.

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  10. Super cute Heather. You take such pretty pictures

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  11. That dahlia applique is so fun... I really like the "old patterns"!

    ~Chris

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  12. these are so cute! it's a goal of mine to learn to quilt and applique really well. i've never really tried beyond basic patchwork-your blog is so inspiring : )

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  13. your friendship dahlia is beautiful. everything is!

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  14. Lovely projects, Heather. I especially love the dahlia flower. I tend to want to race through projects instead of enjoying the steps along the way. You are inspiring me to pick up more hand stitching!

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  15. Love your dahlia and how fun to get to use bits of different fabrics for the petal! Oh, the patience to do that hand stitching. I agree, all the wonderful connections we are able to make via blogland is such a blessing.

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  16. Heather you are just the sweetest!!! Such lovely work you do! Love those pretty bow ties, and I love the grey ones so perfect!! :) Love your sweet Dahlia flower!!!! So so pretty, and so nice of your new friend, our little community really is so special! I'll have to head over to her blog to say hello! I love that inside that booklet it says "friendship Dahlia" so very neat! Hope you have a lovely weekend!! xo Holly

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  17. Love the Dahlia:) Thanks for sharing these pretties with me! HUGS!

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  18. Blog friends are awesome. And your projects are always so lovely. Have a super Sunday. Tammy

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  19. Such gorgeous new makes, Heather! I love the friendship dahlia, how sweet that is!
    Wishing you a happy week.
    Helen xox

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  20. Such a lovely post! Looks like you have been having fun! As usual, I am in love with everything you are doing! Congrats on finding turquoise Pyrex! Yay! So now I will go check out your shop! Have fun and bless you!

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  21. nice blog i saw you thrue other bloggers...thanks for sharing!

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  22. oh my such beautiful work you do! I love the new Dahlia pattern...and your fabrics are always so nostalgic!
    Thanks for dropping by and leaving your sweet comment! So fun you have the same dish as me ...Love Milk GLass!
    Enjoy your day...we are going to be hot hot hot today...time to find myself a indoor sewing project! Or a friend with a pool! Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful work!

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  23. Oh my gosh. Everything is so sweet and beautifully done. I am going to have to be on the hunt for the super neat book.
    Hope you have a wonderful day.
    Hugs
    donna

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  24. Hi Heather,
    Everything is so beautiful. I made a Halloween Blanket for Miss Candi today. I posted it on my blog.
    I look forward to seeing what you make for the fall.
    XXOO
    Elizabeth

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  25. Pretty things :)

    Aunt Martha's favourite quilts looks old, when does it date from Heather?

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  26. Beautiful! Every single little bit and piece! :-)

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  27. I love everyone of those projects. I also have that book that was given to me by an aunt whom got from my Grandmother. Awesome!!!

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