Saturday, May 2, 2015

Birdie Quilt for Angie

My young friend Angie loves all things birds.  So, when I saw this cute bird quilt kit a few years ago, I knew I would be making it for her, (or one of her little ones)




These assorted silly birds were hand appliqued, and the legs were stitched with embroidery floss.


The fill was large pebbles with swirls sprinkled in.  This was fun and relatively fast.


Minimal quilting on the birds to accent wings.



Thanks for joining me, and I apologize, again, for my poor blogging.  I miss it, and I miss my connections with my blog friends, and my excuses are lame.  Life is good, quilting is good, and my family is great.  Two new grand babies, and everyone is doing really well.

Esther

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Two babies, two quilts

Hello, hello.



Here they are as decorations for a baby shower, along with cake pops, and other yummies.
This shower was especially fun because it was for my two girls, Stefanie and Emily who are both expecting their third baby next month.



  I stitched the backing pieces together and loaded it as one piece, and then added the tops like normal, just side by side.


Here are some close ups of the quilting




We also decorated onsies at the shower.  I had prepped assorted fabric with wonder under, and the guests were so clever and creative.



I am feeling very blessed.


And for those of you who want to read more, here is the poem I wrote as the invitation to the shower,  Enjoy.


It's time to party, let's all share the joy
The birth of two babies, one girl and one boy.

Stefanie and Emily their tummies are growing,
Pregnant together, their faces are glowing.

With two children already, now baby makes three
How can we help them?  What do they need?

Blankets and rattles, sleepers and jammies,
Carseats and teethers, highchairs and lambies.

These treasures they have from showers before.
What could they use, do they really need more?

But how can we help them, to ease the transition,
From two babies to three, that is our mission.

Though babies are tiny, they can be most demanding
Sometimes a new mother can fall asleep standing.

But, Holly and Ethan, Micah and Zeb
Joey and Chad all need to be fed.

So this is our plan, what we want to do
A change from the usual, let's do something new.

Prepare food for their families, their freezers let's fill
With yummy and tasty ready made meals.

Crockpot dinners are convenient and fun,
Pour it all in the cooker, and dinner is done.

Disposable pans are always a winner,
No dishes to wash after eating their dinner.

So make just one meal, no need for a pair,
The girls can decide which meal will go where.

Please join the fun, please save the date,
We will all come together on Sunday March 8th.

Angie's house is the place, three O'clock is the hour
We will celebrate babies at a Freezer Meal Shower!



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Before and After

This was a quicker than I thought project that made a huge difference.


I have this great comfy glider that I love, but the denim type upholstery was really dingy and I thought how fun it would be if I recovered it.  I was hesitant for a long time thinking it would be more difficult than it was, but when I finally decided to tackle it, no problems.  I took the back, seat, and each arm pad, and used them to trace a pattern.  Basically it was like making a tight fitting pillow case.


My biggest concern was how to tackle the industrial snaps that were on the arm cushions, and on the wooden arms of the glider.  Ah ha, I just cut out a button hole, or really a "snap hole", and pushed the original snap through the new cover and snapped them onto the chair frame.  Easy.

Thanks for reading,

Esther

Friday, September 19, 2014

Theresa's Quilt

This is a quilt I finished for Theresa.  This is her original design, and if your are headed to PIQF go see her and this quilt at Honey Run Quilters booth.


In the checker board areas, I did alternating up and down lines which always gives great contrast and texture.


Some McTavishing in the solid burgundy areas,

And my favorite part is the blue,


Well, that's it for this beautiful quilt, thanks for your company.

Esther

Monday, September 15, 2014

Carol's Applique, no Applique

Carol made this beautiful applique quilt, but she admitted that she got tired of appliqueing.  That's where quilting can make a difference.  


Here is the finished quilt, and you can see a few blocks that appear to be blank.



So, this is how I quilted them,



These next few photos show how I treated the border.  I was so happy with this idea of doing one design on one side of the teardrops, and another design on the other side.  And, what made me really happy is as far as I know, I thought of this one myself.  Woo Hoo.  I am highly influenced by other quilters, and use their ideas all the time, and I'm okay with that, but this one I thought of myself.   It may be out there somewhere, but I haven't seen it, so that counts for me.


The batting is a high loft polyester (from Joann's) and it shows the texture and definition of the quilting so well.


I tried to keep the quilting in the blocks simple, and basically let them speak for themselves.  Between the design of the blocks and the high loft batting, SID did the trick for most of them.




This quilt was fun, challenging, and I think a great success.  

Thanks for joining me, I appreciate it.

Esther

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Other things

I have made a few non quilt things lately, and it was fun sewing and stitching something else.  The first is a Bionic Gear Bag, a pattern I bought off of Craftsy.   There is another similar type bag available, and apparently (most certainly) there is disagreement between the two designers.  Well, ignorance is bliss, and when I purchased my pattern I had no knowledge about this.  Either way, I made the Bionic Gear Bag, and I think it is genius.  There are pockets, zippers, and it is just fun.



I have a friend headed to a quilt retreat and I think this will be something she can use.

I also made a needle case.  I'm not sure why I thought I needed this, maybe because my needles are all in a metal box and I dig through every time I need a new one.  And the needles that I am using, I never have any memory of what size they are, so hopefully this will help,


 There are several pages and sections to sort your various hand and machine needles, and a two plastic pockets to hold various items.



And, I really did need some pincushions, so I made a little wool pincushion, and I even tried a little embroidery on it.  Not something to brag about, but I do like it.


I enjoyed making these projects, maybe it was their usefulness, or just making a project that I could start and finish in a reasonable time was rewarding. 

Thanks for joining me, I appreciate your company.

Esther

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Dear Jane continues







I have spent a lot of time making a lot of these Dear Jane blocks.  I think I have made about half of them now.  I was so focused and a bit obsessed with these for a few months, and then I really wanted and needed to work on other projects.  I do love the challenge each of these blocks brings, but seriously now I just want to get it finished.  There is still a lot left before I can see the light at the end of this long Jane tunnel, but I am moving forward. 

Thank you for joining me on my various journeys.  I appreciate it.

Esther