Wednesday, August 28, 2013

maple leaves

Happy Sweet Day!
Hope that you are having a wonderful week so far and are enjoying the last of these summery days! Thank you for all your sweet comments on my hexie flower! 
Well, the vintage maple leaf quilt is finished, and I am so happy with how it turned out! It is a smaller quilt, but perfect for hanging or to throw on the couch for a little fall touch. I had originally planned to hand quilt, but decided on machine quilting diagonal lines to keep it simple, and to save all my hand quilting energy for my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. :)  
 For the back I used two vintage peachy-orange calico prints, which I love how pretty those colors are together with the dark binding.
 Since these blocks were vintage and different sizes, I did my best not to cut off the tips of the leaves, which did happen on some, but that's okay it makes it more vintagey! ;) 
 And, for the binding I had this acorn polka dot reproduction print that I have been wanting to use since last fall, so it was the perfect touch for the quilt! 
A sweet quilt ready to bring some fall into my home and maybe keep my legs cozy on those cool fall nights!
I was in the maple leaf mood, so I decided to start my fall decorating with these pretty floral maple leaf coasters. 
 I choose some fall-ish floral prints and used a cream felt for the backing. 
 I used some wool crewel yarn that I recently bought and did a blanket stitch around the edging to help make the leaves pop a little, and I just love how sweet they look with the stitching.
 I was even thinking these would be cute to just decorate as doilies or in a fall wreath. I'm excited that I have two fall projects marked off the list! 

And, if you would fancy yourself a pretty set of floral maple leaf coasters, I have just listed these three sets below in my shoppe!! (sold out)
Thank you for making these coasters sell out so quickly! I will be restocking some more early next week and I am always happy to do custom orders, so if you would like a set in your favorite fall colors or for me to remake one of these sets for you, just send me an email! ;) 
 Now back to my hexie flowers and 16-patch quilt blocks!! 
Wishing you a beautiful and crafty week!! 

Friday, August 23, 2013

happy weekend

Happy Friday!
 Just wanted to stop in to wish you all a lovely weekend and show you a couple of pretties!! The weather has been quite warm this week, and I am eager for the cooler fall weather. I finished another hexie flower and I really love this one! So sweet and summery! 
If you followed me last year, you might remember these vintage maple leaf blocks that I bought at an estate sale. I had made the quilt top, but never got around to finishing it until this week! Only a year later. ;) Well, I was going to hand quilt it, but decided to do a simple machine quilting of diagonal lines, which I finished yesterday, and I just need to finish the binding. I am looking forward to showing it to you next week!! I am ready for fall!! How about you? 

Thank you for all your sweet commend on my finished barn quilt and crocheted hanger!! Wishing you a happy and creative weekend! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

barn quilt complete

Hello Sweet Ones!
Hope that you had a wonderful weekend and a great start to the week! It has been a busy week already for me, but I am happy that over the weekend I finished my mini barn quilt! And, I love how it turned out!
 I wanted to keep the quilting simple so I just did a little machine and hand quilting around each barn and then added a some hand quilting on each door and window. I used a cream thread, so it's kinda hard to see in the photos. ;)
 For the back I did a patchwork of these two prints that I thought would be cute and reminded me of the sweet country life.  
 I ended up washing it, but I think that if you plan to hang a quilt it is better to not wash it, so it is stiffer and lays nicely against the wall. But, I just love that wrinkle goodness of a quilt after it's washed! ;) 
So, thank you to Lori Holt for having such a wonderful Quilty Barn Along and to Jessie of Messy Jesse for the inspiration in doing a mini barn quilt! 
 I have been working on another crocheted hanger and this one has a little local history. I bought a few of these hangers from a thrift store and just loved that they were from a local cleaners that used to be opened back in the day. I wonder when cleaners stopped using wooden hangers? 
 And, this is the finished hanger! I used a pretty red crochet thread, which I love. I only have one red crocheted hanger from my great grandmother, and don't come across this color too often, so I am happy to have another in my collection.  
 I added a pretty floral scrappy bow and may add some flowers later. Simple, but sweet! 
And, another hexie flower is done! I have 7 more flowers to go!! 
I am getting excited that fall is almost upon us and I can't wait to start working on some projects and for that crisp weather. Last night was a lot cooler, so it was nice to work on some rows for my ripple afghan. And, Christmas crafting and sewing is already in the planning stages. I am starting early this year in hopes to get ahead, as I always feel so behind in what I want to get done. How about you? 

Well, I look forward to catching up with you all and see what you have been up to! 
Wishing you all a most lovely and crafty week! xo

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

laundry time

Happy Sweet Day!
Thank you for all your lovely comments on my newest items! You always know how to brighten my day!
Well, are you ready to do some laundry? This sweet vintage laundry bag is one of my newest treasures that I am so giddy over. The grey kitties are what had me at getting this and I couldn't pass them up. They are just too adorable, especially with their sweet green bows and those pretty poppies below!
 This is my first tinted item and it could be by Vogart, but I'm not sure. The embroidery is not finished, so it will be added to my list to do, as I think it will look sweeter with it done. I love how the letters are hanging on the line, such a cute touch!
 I look forward to having an actually laundry room one day to hang this cute bag in! Do you have any vintage tinted treasures? 
The hexie flowers are still coming! ;)
And, my mini barn block quilt top is finished! Today, I did a little machine quilting around each barn, then I will be hand quilting the rest. Once that is finished I will be adding the red gingham binding to match the sashing and it will be done to enjoy! I really do love these small quilts, especially since I am still learning the quilting process. I think my favorite part is piecing, binding and quilting if the basting goes well. I hope once I get better at basting, I will love the quilting part even more! 

Wishing you a most lovely and crafty day!!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

just in...gingham teas

Hello Sweet Ones!!
Hope that you are all enjoying a most lovely weekend! Sorry it has been so quiet around here this week, but I have been busy stitching away these sweet embroidered gingham flour sack tea towels that I have just listed in the shoppe. There is just something about this gingham that just makes me smile! I love doing custom orders, so if there is an embroidered tea towel that you would like me to recreate with your favorite color or to give as a gift, just send me an email and I would be happy to make it for you!
I look forward to catching up and will be back to show you some projects and a couple new treasures! Wishing you a wonderful evening and start to the week! 

Monday, August 5, 2013

a grey barn

 Happy Monday! 
Hope that your weekend was wonderful! Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my minty crocheted hanger and quilt blocks!! I have already started another hanger and hope to have it done this week!

Over the weekend I finished my last barn block for my mini quilt! And, of course this one had to be grey, as I love the color and do dream of having a pretty grey barn one day. 
 I had a hard time choosing which quilt block to do for this one, but in the end decided on the churndash, which I love how cute it came out especially with that minty strawberry fabric. 
 Now, time to add the white borders and red gingham sashing to all my barns! 
Another lovely hexie flower is done and I'm lovin' that pop of red! 
 Last week these little colorful bonbons of tatting thread arrived in the mail, and oh are they tiny. I have been wanting to get some vintage tatting thread for some crochet doily projects  that I have marked in my vintage pattern books, and thought these were just the sweetest to start my collection! 
I have some variegated colors that I am still looking for, but for now I can't wait to use these yummy colors! Well, I am off to work on some tea towels and quilty goodness! What are your sweet plans this week?

Wishing you a most lovely and crafty week!!