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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tavern House Block 3

Well... we finally have some sunshine and warmer weather on the horizon! Yippeee! What a loooong and sloooooow awakening it has been for Spring, huh? All around blogland I'm seeing pics of yards still filled with snow... will those flower heads ever be able to pop up and sway in the warm breezes? Soon.... very soon...

Pam (no blog) and I are still stitching along on Tavern House (a wool quilt design by Maggie Bonanomi). I just finished Block 3...


Once all the prep gets done, the stitching is relaxing and very enjoyable. As I mentioned before, I will most likely go back and add some decorative stitches to this piece... but, before I begin that process I'd like to get all the main pieces stitched to the blocks... and see how the blocks interact with one another... for all I know, the simplicity of these blocks may be just right?

I also have one more of these posie pinkeeps to show... this one is using the original wool that came with the kit... notice that I went a bit crazy with those french knots in the center? lol!


A fellow blogger named Jayne was nice enough to stop by my blog and leave a comment... so (naturally) I had to visit her blog and see what High Upon The Hill was all about! ;-) While there, I discovered pictures of beautiful quilts, fabrics and fun gatherings of friends! You should hop on over there and check it out for yourself... maybe even leave a comment and become a follower!? Have some fun and share some bloggy-love!!!! :-)

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon

Monday, March 31, 2014

Easter and Spring Stitches

Happy Spring to ya'! Yes, it's just the calendar that says it's Spring here... we're still waiting on the weather to notice the calendar? lol! We did have some heavy rains the last two days... and warmer temps arriving this week. So, the grass should start greening up and the flowers should start to poke their rested heads out of the soil... any... day... now... :-)

In the meantime, I've been stitching up some flowers! The first one is a Stacy Nash design. It was originally offered as a class project for Country Sampler's 2010 "Willows and Early Blooms". After the class was finished, there were a couple of kits leftover... so Country Sampler offered them for sale. I was SUPER excited to be able to buy one, as I loved the design... but, could not travel all the way to Spring Green, Wisconsin to attend the class.

The kit consisted of a fabric covered box with stitched design on the inside of the lid, a stitched drum pinkeep topped with a bundle of velvet carrots, and some fabric eggs...




I ran out of stuffing... that's why you don't see the fabric eggs in the picture... methinks it would be nicer if the Easter Bunny would place some chocolate eggs in the box on Easter morning... ;-)

And, I also had some fun stitching up some wool flower pinkeeps for the giveaway I had on St. Patrick's Day...


The design is from the freebie (with additional purchase) that Primitive Gatherings had offered in December.

And finally... if anyone is interested in purchasing some quilt kits, I have a few listed on eBay HERE. There are three Jan Patek kits all with the original fabric lines (which are difficult to find now)... one Primitive Gatherings design (includes Snowman Gatherings fabric and their hand dyed woolens)... and one Country Quilts Wool Applique design that was kitted (with flannels and hand dyed woolens) by Primitive Gatherings.

I still have two more cross stitch projects in progress... and then there's always the Tavern House Wool Quilt that I'm stitching along with Pam (no blog)... and of course, who can resist a few punchneedle pieces too? ;-) More pics of projects to coming soon!

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon



Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Share the luck! That's what I always say... and I was lucky enough to have enjoyed two nice wins over the last couple of months...


The first being in December when Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings was posting her Favorite Things for Quilters (on her blog). I was the lucky winner of a Layer Cake of her fabric line "Floral Gatherings"! The colors are so much softer and primitive than any picture I've seen of them on the internet. You really have to see them in person...

The second win was from Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. Moda had a Spell It With Fabric blog hop where each designer was assigned a letter to piece into a block. Naturally, Edyta's letter was "L", which she pieced using her new "Jelly Bean" fabric line from Moda. You can see her block HERE.  I was the lucky winner of a very generous fabric bundle (24 fat quarters) of "Jelly Bean"! The colors and designs in this fabric are gorgeous! Half of me can not wait to get piecing these fabrics into a quilt, and half of me is afraid to cut into them! lol! Either way, they are so pretty and remind me of Spring!

Also, in the upper left corner of this picture is a sneak peek of one of the small stitcheries I have been working on. I was hoping to have a finish to show you today, but time is much faster than my needle! ;-)

And so... because the luckiest of clovers has 4 leaves... I've chosen 4 winners for the giveaway here!

(Kathy) Troublesome Creek Quilts
(Annie) Scrappalachia
(Jayne) High Upon The Hill
(Julia) Of Petals And Wool

Congratulations ladies! Please email me your mailing address, and I will send a little something out to each of you by the end of this month!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

~Sharon

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