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


Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Hi Rhonda,
It's pouring here such a change from yesterday.

I love those pumpkins and the quilt is darling, glad you had a good time finishing up everything:)

Debbie J said...

Wow, what a lot of work you have gotten done! I am amazed. The quilt is great and I can see why you would get someone else to quilt it. It is big! I love the flip flop design and the bright colors.

The shirt is so cute too!

I love to make matching pillow cases for my quilts too.

I like all the projects you've shown here.

I especially like what your dh said about finishing something so you can start something else. That describes me too! But I am also bad for starting lots of new things before finishing anything!

I hope to make some progress this weekend.... if only I didn't need to do some housework and cook too.

Miz T. said...

You have been so busy! And made some great progress. I love the "flip flop" quilt and it's colors. Everything you have been working on is charming. Thanks for sharing the porcupine pincushion...great pattern and a wonderful whimsical gift!

Juanita said...

Yor quilt is beautiful! You have been a very busy woman! LOve your pumpkins and I cant wait to see a pic of the tablerunner! have a blessed day!

Caths Pennies Designs said...

I love lookin at pictures! You're shirt is darling, your quilt is wonderful, and that pincushion is so cute too. I especially love those pumpkins though. The white one mixed with the orange looks great. (it doesn't look too grubby in the picture.)

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Now I understand why you commented and offered to help me. LOVE your quilt and the shirt is awesome! And the penny rugs in your previous posts are so cute too.


Ann said...

Rhonda, Congratulations! You won the birthday drawing on my blog. Please email me with your mailing address and I'll ship out your goodies. ~Ann