Sunday, November 24, 2013


     I loved every minute of stitching on Arabella S. Graves. It was my first project stitched on Lakeside Linen's 52/64 ct. unevenweave linen and it won't be the last. I can't wait to get my package from The Attic with the linen and Tudor Silks to stitch Scarlet Lettter's Ann Thompson.

     If you've been reluctant to try the 52/64 ct. unevenweave linen... give it a try. You won't be disappointed. If you can stitch on 40 ct. linen you can stitch on the higher count unevenweave linen. I had difficulty using the sewing method on the 45 ct. linen, my preferred method of stitching, but had no problems using the sewing method on the 52/64 ct. linen. Go ahead... you know you want to give it a try!!!

Arabella S. Graves 1862 - Traveling Stitcher   

      I was very happy to put the final stitches onto Summer at Hollyberry Farm this past week. A wonderful piece to add to my Americana collection of stitchery. Thanks Stacy Nash for your wonderful design!

Summer at Hollyberry Farm - Stacy Nash Primitives

     I also added another small piece to the "To Be Finished' pile.

Noel House - Chessie & Me
     I've been busy this weekend stitching an ornament for our Guild's Christmas Party Ornament Exchange. I'll make sure to take a photo and include it in my next blog post. I want to keep it a 'secret' until after the party.

     I think my little man is dreaming of the perfect gift he'd like to receive from Santa this year. His throne chair is already decked out for the holidays!

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, November 4, 2013

Finally... the Promised Quilt Post

      In no particular order I present you with my current quilts in progress and my finished quilt tops. I took a three year hiatus from quilt making. In March 2013 I went to a Tula Pink presentation at Olive Juice Quilt Shop in Onalaska, WI. That was the jumpstart I needed to dust off the Bernina and get back to piecing those quilt blocks.

      The first quilt top to be completed was Tula Pink's Field Study.

Field Study - Tula Pink
Next up... my French General BOM that still needs the narrow and wider border applied.
French General BOM
Love - Tula Pink

I picked up these lovely Civil War Repro pre-cut 2" tumblers at the Quilt Expo in Madison, WI. It's going to make a lovely tablerunner.

Civil War Repro Tumbler Tablerunner

I splurged on some quilt classes on Craftsy. I took the Wheels pattern from the Simple Fresh Quilts - Fig Tree class and started my FaLaLa Quilt with fabrics from Kate Spain's collections.

FaLaLa - Fig Tree

Who doesn't love a good Block of the Month??? If you don't already know about Homestead Hearth's Special Programs.... clink on the link at your own risk. Their BOMs are addictive.

Recently I received the first packet of patterns and fabrics for Hampton Ridge. We're using the Single Star papers for the HSTs. Perfect HSTs every time!

Hampton Ridge BOM - Homestead Hearth

      It's been a lot of fun selecting and piecing the blocks for the City Sampler quilt from Tula Pink's book. Here's a selection of blocks completed. I'm half way through the project. Just 50 more blocks to piece!

City Sampler - Tula Pink

      A young woman who grew up in the area, worked at the local quilt shop since her teens and is now the Manager of Pine Needles Quilt Shop in Rochester, MN, has also started designing modern quilts.
Megan, of Canoe Ridge Creations, started the Fresh Mini  Quilt Club last year. I learned about her Club recently and was in time to join the Fresh Mini Quilt Club Two. Here's my first mini quilt.

Fresh Mini Quilt Club - Canoe Ridge Creations
     I'm sure I'm missing a quilt project or two. But we'll get you all caught up eventually. Owen's ready for me to take him for a walk!