Sunday, December 21, 2008

What I've been up to....

Yesterday was the classic blizzard snowed-in day, so I decided to give soap-making a try... here's a picture of the bars just cut up...

I have been wanting to try this for a while & yesterday was the perfect day for it. I was a little leary of the whole lye- thing, but it went fine & was pretty much uneventful.
This batch is vanilla scented. The bars have to cure for 3 weeks before using.

The weekend before, I started on this baby quilt- it's all frayed-edge applique, if you can even call it that. The squares are just laid down & I quilted 1/4" from all the edges to hold them down. I'm going to wash it to fray the edges & hopefully it will be a nice snuggly quilt.

And lastly, here's the picture from our front window, after the raging winds have died down today. I have a feeling C will stay busy with the snow blower this winter. Do you see the snowman little C & I made a week ago? It looks like it's got it's arms up calling for help! "I'm drowning!"

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Some quilts...

I haven't posted in a while... the kids have had the flu, and I haven't left the house for a week....
I thought I would post some pictures of quilts that I've worked on in the past few weeks..
Here's an Irish Chain, quilted with a pantograph pattern called "Rhapsody":

A picture of the back, that shows the pattern well:

This one is custom quilted. She wanted traditional feathered wreaths in the open cream colored areas.

Another custom quilted one... she wanted feathers in the open columns. I also crosshatched the borders, and stitched in the ditch in the basket blocks.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Christmas stocking

I'm working on stockings to hang on the mantle... here is the first one. I am hoping to make one for each of the kids & embroider their names on the cuff. We'll see if that gets done. They're taking a bit longer than I had hoped.

And the winner is.....

Roxanne Ashland! Her name was picked for a $25 off gift certificate from the craft show. Thank you to everyone who came out to the Boyden craft show last Saturday. I had never done anything like this before, so I didn't really know what to expect. We started at 9AM, and it stayed pretty busy until around 2, things really slowed down after that. I think everyone there was happy with the turnout. I had some quilts hanging that I had made- including the B-H t-shirt quilt. That got the most comments. I had quite a few non-quilters come up & ask about what I do.
It was a busy Saturday, though, and I am happy to be back at home again. That day I had the craft show from 9-3, a wedding to go to at 4, and a family get-together at 6:30. We got home after 11. Yikes~ that's enough for one day.