Friday, June 24, 2016

SOME PICS OF THE SHOP.............

in Benton, PA.
Better grab some coffee....this is picture overload.

The herb wall.....about 175 jars of wild-crafted medicinal herbs.
I use these to make my herb blends.

Amber bottles used to store herb tinctures.

This is the kitchen and culinary herb and spice corner.
My herbs and spices are half the cost of buying them in the grocery store.

A close-up of some of my herbal blends

and some books to help you on your herbal journey.

That is only a small portion of the inventory in the shop.
Here are some pics of the quilt and stitching side of things.

Quilts on the walls.
Lots of seasonal quilt patterns and books.


Fat quarters and coordinated fabric packs
.
Some civil war quilt patterns.

 Fall and Christmas fabrics and applique pattern books.

Lots of bright wool pieces for penny rugs and rughooking.

I like the look of the traditional brown and black wools that were used in the old days. 

Sorry about the picture overload.


 I have a selection of perle cotton and floss to match the wools.


This wool pumpkin wagon was adapted from a "Country Threads" pattern.

I also have a lot of seasonal doll patterns.



Thanks for taking the time to peek into my shop.

Friday, May 20, 2016

TABLERUNNERS ARE A GOOD WAY TO........

............practice longarm machine quilting skills.
I can put together a tablerunner top in an hour or two
and load it on the longarm system.

For the center I did a 1" diagonal grid going first one way and then the other way.
Since the center fabric is so dark and busy I didn't think a lot of
detail quilting would show, so the grid was a nice option and I got to practice my straight lines.
I treated the narrow inner border and the wider outer border as one unit.
I quilted arches down the length and then added beadboard stitching between the arches.
I like how they look.
Now....I'm not sure why....I did a simple beadboard on each end border.
There must have been a reason for that but not sure what it is.
Even so....it still looks great!
For the backing I used a lovely Moda fabric.
It has holly leaves and berries and the binding matches perfectly.
So the front is autumn themed with pumpkins, acorns and fall leaves.
Turn it over and its Christmas.
Its a reversible double season tablerunner.

Ok...........now onto my next project.......hmmm....What could it be?
Here is a sneak peek.............

Happy stitching everyone!









Friday, April 29, 2016

STRIP PIECED TABLERUNNER...........


                                 ............IN AN ASSORTMENT of fall and autumn hued fabrics.

I have an awful large amount of scraps and I store them by color in bins
underneath the longarm system for easy accessibility.
Every once in a while I like to mindlessly sew strips together and
make tablerunners.
I say mindlessly because there is not a lot of thinking or measuring involved in
making simple tablerunners.

There are 25 ...1" strips across the center of this tablerunner so I used
increments of five and did some ruler work.
No rhyme or reason to the design, just some V shapes and then arches in between.

A view of the back....which is a cute candy corn pattern.
This tablerunner is reversible.
Use the candy corn side for October and Halloween and then turn it over
and use the striped side for Autumn and Thanksgiving.
My big wooden crate full of dried gourds came in handy for these photos!

Being a shop owner I always have to be a few months ahead of the seasons.
My next project is a more formal autumn tablerunner.
I'm off to the happy quilter's loft to load it
on the longarm system right now!


Until next time........
Happy stitching everyone!




Thursday, April 28, 2016

A TEACHING PROJECT............

.......on paper piecing.
I taught a class on paper-piecing.
Not sure but I think the pattern is called something like
Friendship Circle.
I like to practice ruler work on non-customer quilts.
Still trying to master the continuous line of quilting with
minimum starts and stops.
Its hard because I don't like to do too much backtracking
over previous stitching lines.
Close-up of the block.
I used a light teal/green thread and it blended
really well even on the mauve pink.
Love the texture of the quilting on the back.
I used the same teal/green for the backing even though
the picture is not showing any color.
I like to use my projects but am not sure what to do with this one....
Maybe a table topper or wallhanging....except these are not really colors I like.
Oh Darn!!!!

My next two projects are tablerunners and they are both fall-themed.
Plus, I have another applique project cut out and waiting to start.

Until next time...........
Happy stitching everyone!









Monday, April 11, 2016

HOMESPUN TABLERUNNER...........

............on and off the longarm system today.
There are 2 each of 21 different 1" fabric strips surrounded by a
blue and gray pinstripe border.

The colors a very muted and looks so old-fashioned.
The strips are assorted greens, blues, browns and tan colors.
It would look perfect in a period house.
The size is 19 x 51".

The side borders are quilted with a 3/4" beadboard pattern and
the ends are just a single row of stitching 1" apart.
I couldn't decide what to do in the center so I just did a soft, rounded zigzag
over three rows at a time.

The backing is the same pinstripe as the borders.
The quilting really shows up on the back.
Binding is a black and blue mini check.
It is all machine pieced and quilted and the binding is also machine stitched for durability.
I like to use the things I make so I make sure they are machine wash and dryable.
 

Well..........That was my project for today.
A good way to spend a rainy day in Northeast PA.

Happy Stitching everyone!!!

Monday, March 28, 2016

AN AMERICANA QUILT PATTERN......

by COUNTRY THREADS.
Since I sell patterns in my shop I like to have finished models made.
The patterns sell faster that way.

 I went thru my homespuns and flannels and put a pile on the cutting table and was able
to pick and choose to make the different units.

Don't worry.... the letters do spell something!


Americana flower blooms.

The background is pieced and I had to add the borders as I went because some of
the units get stitched on the borders.

Here is the finished top loaded on the longarm system.
Liberty Basket.......by Country Threads.
They've gone out of business but I still have some patterns available.

Because there are so many different areas separated by applique,
I decided to quilt randomly and with abandon.
No rhyme or reason...just lines here and there...circles wherever.
Circles around circles.

Some of the border is done with piano key and another section with a
type of checkerboard and clam shells on a third border.
I opted to do the borders in three different red fabrics and then thought each
color should be a different quilt style.

Don't know why the picture got turned but can't figure out how to upright it.

The backing fabric is a cute Americana print.
I'm thinking it is
 a Debbie Mumm from quite a few years ago.

And then a sneak peak at the next project in the works.

Happy Stitching Quilty Friends.....








Monday, March 7, 2016

ORIGINALSCRAPPY FEEDSACK QUILT..........

 FINISHED.
The front of the quilt is very busy so the pattern does show very well.
The back shows the quilting pattern better.
How about that zig zag border?
The top and bottom borders were straight.
It was not fun to bind the zig zags.
I had never done it before so I found a webpage that went into detail about the process.
Not as hard as it looks, it did take a good 2 hours though.
                        I outlined each offset block and then did swirl in each "arm" of the block.
I found a reproduction fabric in the color that the client requested.
A lot of the fabrics were too cutesy with ducks and bunnies but didn't fit with the overall look of the quilt. This fabric was perfect.
I like to document the journey of a quilt if I have information about it.
My client had the information I needed so I did this awesome label on the computer.
It documents the recipients through the years and in small print
I put  my information on the bottom because, of course, they didn't do longarm quilting that long ago.


And onto my next client quilt. A very simple rail fence.
the piecing on this is perfect and each "rail" is exactly the same size.
If you've ever done a quilt where the blocks vary by 1/2 to 1".....
NOT FUN!!!!
Throws off the ruler work math terribly.......

Happy Quiltmaking everyone!