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Wedding Quilt

The wedding is done, the celebration is over. It was a lovely late afternoon when we gathered at a beautiful farm outside of St. Louis, Missouri, to celebrate the wedding of two special people. It was a ceremony full of joy, delight, and a few happy tears.

Now I can show you the final photos of the wedding quilt. It was one of my favorite quilts to make, because the fabric was so amazing to work with.

Wedding Quilt - Maureen Cracknell's Garden Dreamer fabric, pattern from Hawthorne Threads - piecefulthoughts.com

The quilt was a kit from Hawthorne Threads using Maureen Cracknell’s Garden Dreamer fabrics. I chose the fabric because the couple enjoys the outdoors, growing a garden, raising animals, and all sorts of things I know very little about. I thought the design on the fabrics would resonate with them.

The pattern itself was quite simple to do, so the blocks came together easily. The fabric has a beautiful hand! I absolutely loved working with it. I have a little stash leftover that I’m hoarding for now, until I decide what I want to make from it.

The quilt backing was as much fun as the front.

Wedding Quilt - backing view, Maureen Cracknell's Garden Dreamer fabric - piecefulthoughts.com

Here’s a picture of Connie’s beautiful quilting. She did a simple wavy line throughout the quilt. You can also get a little peek at some of the fun garden designs on the fabric.

Wedding Quilt - detail quilting - piecefulthoughts.com

She added some fun, playful spheres.

Wedding Quilt - quilting detail up close - piecefulthoughts.com

Here’s a photo of the quilting from the back.

Wedding Quilt - quilting detail up close shown on back of quilt - piecefulthoughts.com

The quilt finished at 60″ x 60″, a perfect size for picnics, snuggling under watching a movie, or draping over a chair. Wouldn’t it look lovely draped over a porch swing?

Wedding Quilt - Quilt kit from Hawthorne Threads using Maureen Cracknell's Garden Dreamer line - piecefulthoughts.com

Luke & Amanda, I had so much fun making this quilt for you. May you have many, many years of happiness together, and may the adventures continue!

Linking up today with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts and Beth at Love Laugh Quilt.

Enjoy your Monday, everyone! Happy quilting!

Wendy

Pieceful Monday

Today I hope you are relaxing, enjoying a good book, laughing with family and friends, and soaking up some of the lovely sunshine.

My thoughts and prayers are with those in Texas, Oregon and Montana with flooding and forest fires, for those who have lost homes and belongings and for the safety of the firefighters and rescuers who are selflessly giving their time to help out.

Love those around you today, be generous with your hugs! I’ll see you on Wednesday!

Happy Labor Day!

Wendy

Baby Quiltiness

Well, I’m delighted to share that all three baby quilts are delivered to the parents. Two of the quilts are snuggling babies, while we patiently await the arrival of the third.

So today, I just want to share a little quilty baby love with you. Remember that Periwinkle Quilt? This was made using Lella Boutique’s Sugar Pie fabric and the pattern is from this Missouri Star tutorial.

It’s looks all fine and lovely snuggled over the rail on my deck. However, it’s so much cuter snuggled this way.

Isn’t she beautiful? I’m just a little partial, since she is my cousin’s daughter’s baby. This view of the quilt really shows off the lovely quilting by Connie of Turnberry Lane Machine Quilting.

This is why I enjoy quilting, to be able to share some joy with others. Allyssa and I worked together to choose the pattern and fabric, and I’m so happy that she likes the quilt. I’m pretty sure her little girl loves it too, as you can see from this last photo!

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you have a fun week of sewing!

I’m linking up today with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts.

Wendy

 

 

Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday, Ocean Play, (c) 2017 piecefulthoughts.com

My thoughts are wandering to sunny days lately. We haven’t had too many here, and we’re all waiting for warm days, sunshine, and going to the lake!

The picture above is a memory of a trip we made to Florida a few years ago. We had some time to spend at the ocean, so that was where we headed first. My daughter and a couple of friends had a great time splashing in the waves.

My thoughts are back on oceans as of late. BigJ and I are trying to make a decision, so I’m going to ask your opinion. If you had the choice to go to Hawaii or Maine, which would you choose and why? These two might seem like odd companions, but we have reasons we’d like to go to both.

Enjoy the rest of your week, friends! See you Friday with all my finishes for the week!

Wendy

Quilt Show Preparation

My schedule changed quite a bit over the weekend, somewhat unexpectedly. I had to cancel some fun outings I had planned with friends and, thankfully, they were graciously understanding. I took a short road trip to help my brother and sister-in-law prepare for a quilt show.

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Little Friday Finish

Sometimes it’s just the little things that make me feel good. Here’s a few from this week.

On March 1st, BigJ and I had a date night to celebrate our engagement 30 years ago. 30 years! It seems like yesterday. I haven’t aged a bit – ha! We went on a little drive, which took us back to the place where he proposed — Diamond Bluff. There is a much longer story to it, of course. You’ll have to ask if you want to hear it, but it’s too long for a quilting blog post!

Earlier that day, I spent some time with a couple of quilty friends, sipping coffee and doing some stitching while we chattered away. See? It’s the little things that make me happy.

I am 9 blocks away from having all the blocks completed for the commission quilt. Another little thing that makes me happy!

Today I made a little tiny finish. It’s my first finish for the year, in miniature form. One of BigJ’s co-workers, who has become a friend to me, had a birthday this week and I wanted to make something for her.

I pulled out my scraps and started to play. I wanted it to be bright and cheery, because sometimes the job she does can be a challenge. I decided to call this little project a “therapy mug mat” — something happy for her to look at when she needs cheering up.

This is what I came up with.

The block is square, truly! My aim with the picture? Not so much!

I had a little fun with some free motion quilting. I consider it not bad for a newbie to the whole FMQ thing. I made a wonky little star in the middle piece and then just organic wavy lines around the rest.

The block is made using Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s small template and concept from her book 15 Minutes of Play. It is so much fun, I will definitely be doing more of this!

That’s my little Friday finish. I hope she likes it!

Linking up today Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Have a great weekend, all!

Wendy

 

 

 

Pieceful Monday

Well, the holidays are over and a new year has begun. I had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s with my family. This holiday season was quieter in some ways than others, but lovely nonetheless.

I made a goal to do as much of my Christmas shopping locally as I could. It made the whole season so much less stressful; no mall crowds to contend with. Perhaps that’s why I think it was a quieter season this year. It was certainly more relaxed!

I also made a few things, but not so many that I felt rushed at the last minute. As a matter of fact, I spent the last week or so before Christmas just playing in my quilt cave. More about that in another post.

I met some of my girlfriends for an annual coffee date. While we were chatting, one of them talked about a pillow she had seen. She had mentioned she had seen a larger pillow like this at a store, so when I got home that evening, I made her a little mini pillow, about 6-7 inches. All the buttons are from my button box, some of them my grandmother’s, my mother’s and mine. It’s only fitting that some of my family should be part of hers. She is a very dear friend of mine, and our lives have woven in and out together for many years. The linen fabric is from my stash, a left over piece of fabric from a dress I made years ago. The dress is long gone, but I’ve made good use of the scraps!

This is the pillow top; I apparently didn’t remember to take a picture of the finished pillow!

Another gift I gave was to my daughter. She has always liked pillows she’s seen similar to this, so I thought it would be fun to make her one. I found a {free} outline of the deer and blew it up. Then I traced it onto hand-dyed brown wool and stitched it to the pillow. The pillow fabric is left over from the fabric I used to make curtains for her apartment. She loved it! It was probably my favorite project that I gave as a gift.

Not a great picture. The pillow fabric is a deeper green than shown.

Gifts came to me in return. I loved all of them, here’s a couple of highlights.

When visiting my daughter this summer, we were shopping in an antique store. I saw a cute little toy sewing machine. We talked about it and that was that. When I opened my gift from her this Christmas, there was the little sewing machine!  I am so delighted to give this little cutie a home.

It is a Kayanee Sew Master made in Germany post WWII in the 40s. Apparently those with decals are a bit more rare, but I’m no expert so I don’t know if this is true. It works too, the only thing it’s missing is the needle.

My son asked me for some suggestions. He gave me one thing I have wanted for quite some time. (I had forgotten I had even told him about them.) Blackwing pencils. I could hardly wait to use them!

When you order from JBWelly, your order comes wrapped in gorgeous paper like this. Fun, huh?

If you’ve never heard of them, here’s a fun but lengthy link that gives some background.  They are truly remarkable. Even BigJ was surprised when he picked one up. They are so light! I spent the entire day using one the other day, and my hand didn’t get all cramped and sore like it often does when I’m working on designs.

Well, let’s talk quilting and what I’ve been doing. As I said earlier I have one project I worked on that I’ll share about another time, but I do have a couple of blocks to show you.

Pat Sloan started her 182 Day Solstice Challenge  recently, and I decided to join in. Each Wednesday she sends out a new block. She’s designing as she goes, pulling from her stash and encouraging us to do the same. So far the blocks are simple and fun. Come join the fun!

Here’s the first block. I’m not overly excited about the fabrics I used for this one. They kinda make me want to nap — Zzzzzz. I may redo this one.

Here’s the second block, called Day into Night. This one was really fun to make. I’m happier with this block.

For my birthday earlier this month, my daughter gave me this canvas that she painted. The saying is hers too. I love it, and will leave you with this thought today.

Happy Stitching!

Wendy

 

 

Pieceful Monday

It was quiet around here last week. My birthday started the week off, and I decided to enjoy the week working on some quilt projects. We celebrated my birthday by going to see White Christmas at The Ordway, a fun way to really kick off the holiday season!

I spent most of my week doing the finishing stitches on some Christmas gifts and finally getting some Christmas decorations up. Here’s a peek at some of my decorating.

Even with the lights turned all the way up I couldn’t get a decent bright photo of these, but you can get an idea of how I have hung them.

These little stockings and mittens were so much fun to make. They hang nicely over my patio window each Christmas. The reindeer you see above them are from my childhood. I have the full set, with Santa in his sleigh and, of course, Rudolph in the lead. Try as I might, I couldn’t get a full photo of them for you.

This is the top of my piano, which has my small collection of mercury glass along with my nod to my Scandinavian heritage. The St. Lucia was my mother’s. The Nutcracker Ballet has always been a favorite of mine; this handsome fellow was given to me by my parents when I was a teen. In the frame is a poem my son wrote when he was young that is a favorite of mine.

And of course, the tree was decorated. We rarely put the tree up before my birthday. That was a tradition when I was growing up, and continues now in my home.

Christmas blessings . . . to you and yours! I’ll post my most favorite decorations later this week.

Wendy

 

Work in Progress Wednesday

This week I have been enjoying just being home. We had a busy weekend with travel, speaking, and spending time with good friends and family. Part of that time was spent with my brother Steve and his wife Nita. They have a quilting business, so it’s fun to catch up with them and see what they are up to. Nita gave me a peek at the quilts for classes she will be teaching; she inspires me more than she realizes. I can’t tell you how I wish I lived closer to her!

So let me show you what I’ve been creating this week. I have spent most of my time just playing with my scraps. I have used one pattern, but the rest are just things I came up with.

Remember those little stars I was working on? Well, I ended up with nine of them out of the scraps I had. The scraps were left over from another mini quilt I had made, so I used up as much of them as I could while making the stars. I pondered what to do with them when putting them together as a quilt — should I just stack them 3 rows of 3? Should I set them on point?

On Monday, I knew what I wanted to do with eight of those little stars. It was a totally different idea than I started with. This was so much fun, I’m tempted to do another set. These would make great Christmas gifts, but this stack is getting mailed to someone this week.

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The coasters went together quickly. I didn’t quilt them much, just a quick stitch through them each way. I thought the binding would take me awhile, but it didn’t. They were the perfect handwork project for later that evening. I love the little neat stack they make!

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Yesterday I got up earlier than I had planned, due to a household snafu (it could have been something major, but it wasn’t, thank goodness). So my quilt day began early and I made the most of it.

I had a baggie of little scraps left over from a Kim Diehl quilt I had made. I couldn’t wait to dig into these and see where it led. I knew there were enough scraps for a few small nine patch blocks, so I stitched as many together as I could get, which was 4. I turned them on point and added the rest of the neutral blocks. Rather than making it square, I chose to keep it this fun shape. The neutral blocks needed something, and what are Kim Diehl fabrics without some appliqué? So I pulled out my wool scraps (I save the most ridiculously small wool scraps but they come in handy) and came up with this, based on some of Kim’s other designs. I hope to finish this today.

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Remember that I said I had nine little stars made? One little orphan star that was withheld from the coasters because of a squaring mistake. As I was looking through Kim Diehl’s latest book Simple Christmas Tidings I came across a pattern that I could make using my little star in place of the one called for in the pattern. It will be a cute little quilt hanger to be hung from a doorknob, etc. Here’s the top with the wool appliqué completed, waiting for the next quilting to be done on it.

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We have been having lovely cool weather here, but today is rainy and overcast. Another perfect day for quilting!

Linking up with Cooking Up Quilts and Quilt Fabrication today.

Wendy

Scrappy Wednesday

Fall is definitely in the air here, bring that cool, crisp breeze and leaves falling to the ground. I spent the day yesterday with my daughter, popping in and out of the shops in our little town. It was a delightful day.

Today I have been playing around with scraps in my quilt cave. This little pile has been calling to me, so I pulled the whole pile out to see what I had.

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These scraps are leftovers from this little mini quilt I made awhile ago.

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This is what I’ve made from the scraps so far.

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I’m not sure how many stars I’ll make, or be able to make, from the scraps, and I’m not sure what I’ll do with them when they are done. I’m just going to play away and see where it leads.

Hope your day keeps you in a scrappy mood!

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts, Quilt Fabrication and Quilting is More Fun than Housework.

Wendy