Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Yours, mine, and ours

I love seeing your versions of my designs!
Donna Reed from San Tan Valley, AZ  sent me a picture of the quilt she made from my Welcome Home book published by Kansas City Star.  She says, "I've wanted for so long to make a saltbox house quilt, now it's hanging up at my house !  Yea.  Thank you so much for the designs, loved the houses.  I did change it somewhat, hope you don't mind." 
 No, Donna, I don't mind at all if you change the pattern.  
That way, it becomes your own.
And it looks gorgeous!

Lu Ann Leonard wrote, "I love your book, At Home with Country Quilts (published by Martingale) and decided to use one of the patterns to make a wedding quilt for my niece and her new husband.
I chose to make "Starry Nights in Winter", but made it one row longer. Instead of doing appliqué the whole way around the quilt, I chose the appliqué for "Scrappy Squares". This also worked well, because it had hearts in the design. Anyway, they loved the  quilt and I thought that I would enclose a few pictures (I apologize for the poor lighting). Oh, and I hand quilted it! Yikes! Finished 2 days before the wedding :)"
 I love how Lu Ann combined two of my patterns into one quilt.
Didn't it turn out great?
What a labour of love and a wonderful gift to the newlyweds!
Keep those pictures coming!
They inspire me to keep doing what I do.
Thank you all!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

A Fun Fall Fair

Well, I"ve been busy!
Next weekend (September 14-15)
 is the Campbell Valley Fair and I've been making things to sell in my booth.
Like what, you ask?
Well, there will be pumpkins.
Painted fabric pumpkins,
 pumpkins with faces, 
 little pumpkins with faces,
 burlap pumpkins,
 painted, flat pumpkins,
 wool pumpkins, 
 pumpkins on sticks,
and in garlands,
 scarecrow pumpkins,
 pumpkins with crows,
 and crows on pumpkins.
Of course there'll be food...
 I can never grow these gourds with the long necks
so I decided to sew a few. 
 You can't have a fall fair without sunflowers,
 or a few cats,
and some crows,
 and a few more pumpkins.
Halloween's just around the corner
so we need a few scary things.
 How about a burlap owl or two? 
 Or a fat chenille spider and little spider-web coasters?
 This oh-so-creepy bat?
 Or some of these?
Did I say there'd be pumpkins?
And lots of other fun stuff!
Hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Suddenly, it's fall

Where did summer go?
 The grapes are ripe on the vines along our back porch.
 And I feel like creating a little fall project.
So I choose my favourite colours and make four of these 5" scrappy squares.
 Surround them with some star print fabric and add some fusible applique in one of the corners,
 And a second corner,
 And a third.
 Add the binding and voila!
A little mat for my fall table.
Happy fall everyone!