Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bowls Without Borders and Giveaway!

Welcome to my turn showing off my
Bowls with Borders!!!




 Finally!  Here are MY bowls!  This was more difficult for me than I thought it would be. 
Trust me not to read the instructions first! 
I think I finally got it by time I finished my last two bowls.  :o(  
The green is more muted so they have more of a vintage look to them. 


I want to call it "Button Parfait"  LOL

 Also, 
in honor of my small accomplishment I am having a giveaway! 

I will be putting more of these pincushions up soon on my sale site at www.memoriesgarden.blogspot.com.  Each one is individually handcrafted with a kaleidoscope quilt block using my own copyrighted pattern.  These cushions are filled with crushed walnut shells for weight and form and have a solid bottom so pins cannot go through to damage furniture.  I scour high and low looking for the perfect vintage or modern buttons or gems that will enhance each one. 

The real treat is that not only is every one beautiful, but no two are exactly alike. Not even I will know what they will look like until the last seam is made. 

If you would like a chance to win
my one-of-a-kind handcrafted pincushion,
just become a follower and leave a comment!

Visit these other sites to see their bowls!
Thanks to Regina Grewe for sharing her pattern with us.  If you would like to purchase a pattern visit her site at http://www.reginagrewe.de

Here is a photo of her bowls!  BEAUTIFUL!




Thanks for looking and have a super day! 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Children Are Smarter Than We Give Them Credit For

Last Sunday my son overheard two young boys outside the bishop's office.  (Minister, chaplain, etc.)  One of them said to the other, "If you call me 'stupid' and then say you are sorry he will give you a piece of candy."  ......Priceless....

Friday, April 20, 2012

APPLIQUE QUILTS

My new goal is to blog more consistently.  I have tried to figure out where to start, as I haven't blogged for SIX MONTHS!!!  Where did the time go?  Anyway, can't figure out a starting point so I will just jump right in.

Thought I would share ONE of the things that I have been up to for the past couple of months. I am taking an applique class.  Haven't done much of it before, but I have definitely enjoyed it.  I don't usually take classes to learn new things, but I have learned some great little techniques that have made a big difference in my technique.


MY FIRST APPLIQUE QUILT

I chose to do this pattern that I have had for awhile.  It is Flowers From My Garden by Lori Smith.  I saw it done up in a quilt shop and loved it.  I don't decorate with pastels either, so I decided to go a different route.




THE BORDER PRINT 

This piece determined all the colors I used in my quilt.  First I chose a border print that I absolutely loved.  I had picked this piece up a while back and fortunately I had exactly what I needed for this quilt.


PULLING FROM MY STASH

Obviously, a computer screen doesn't do it justice, but the colors are rich greens, reds, and golds with a bit of purple and blue in there.  Then I pulled from my stash everything I thought would go with this fabric and ended up with these.  I added more pieces as I have gone along, but this was a great start.  Just love the colors.


 MY PROGRESS SO FAR

There are 16 blocks, and I have been working on this for two months.  Here is a photo of what I have done so far.  As you can see, it is very different from the original.  The colors almost look like they are Pennsylvania Dutch, but again, they are actually darker and richer than they look in the photos.

My problem, as with everything I do, I want to design some of my own now.  So little time.....