Friday, October 23, 2009

Crafting and sewing

I had the pleasure of attending a weekend long quilting retreat with some of my friends. We had such a good time. I got a few things finished and for me that was worth going. Since I went back to work full time I just don't have as much time as I would like to work on my "fun" projects. So "finishing" was my theme for the weekend. Finishing in order to start more as DH would remind me.
First I finished a denim shirt I had started a few years ago and was just hanging there. It is from Home from the Harvest book by Nancy Smith and Linda Milligan. I have made so many things from this book that it was worth the cost. Nothing I hate more than buying a book for only one project.

Thanks Karen for modeling for me.
My daughter Tori picked out the pattern and fabrics for this quilt. It still needs the borders but it already is 72"x92" without borders. I had all but 3 of the blocks machine appliqued so most of the weekend work was sashing and cornerstones. It is so vibrant and fun. I just love it. The pictures don't even begin to show how bright it is.

I have been on a pillowcase kick. They are so fun and easy to make. There is some cute fabrics out there too. I made Christmas one for my DD and now am working on some for the other seasons. It's an easy way to change up a bedroom. I can't find the pictures of those but I'll keep looking for another post.

I started a table runner for a Christmas gift so I'll show that when it's done. All in all I got accomplished what I was hoping for so that to me was a "good thing".

Here's a pin cushion my friend received from her secret sister. It was so fun I had to take a picture. It is knitted.

These next pictures are of some pumpkins I have been working on for the last couple of weeks.I love how they turned out. Although I don't think I would grubby up the white one as much next time. It probably would stand on it's own without it.

I really love using the branches for stems and adding the bittersweet.

Have a great Autumn day

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Whatca Working on Wednesday

I am really late posting this. I have had this metal tree for some time and have been looking for ornaments to hang on it for every season. I found these cute pumpkins on aprimitivegathering's blog. If you want to make your own she has all the instructions there.

Aren't they just the cutest? And you cn use so much of your own creativity after the basic recipe.

Fabric pumpkins are all over my crafting table. It is amazing to me the process of sewing,staining,and baking takes. A friend of mine(Hi Lisa) and I went to the Apple Festival in Franklin PA a couple of weeks ago. At one booth we were talking to the owner and an artist for the shop. One lady picked up a make do and wanted to know the price. She turned up her nose at the price. The owner said she wouldn't sell it to her anyway (after she had left) since she didn't appreciate all the work that went into making it. So of course we then had a conversation about how much time things actually takes to make a make-do. No pun intended. But we determined when you are good at what you do it really does look easy.

Here's my make do. I love it. It is sort of a mix of several I've seen.

Have a nice evening. Check out Leslie's blog for more WWW projects.