Sunday, June 7, 2009

Another Crafty Weekend

I had such a wonderful weekend! After a crazy busy week at work, I needed some down time to be creative, and I got my wish.
Saturday, I got together with two of my sisters and niece, Stephanie, to catch up and do some crafting. Since Steph just had a baby we spent the first hour or so getting to know my great-nephew. Let me tell you, little Jimmy is such a sweetie! He is so tiny and adorable, I fell in love with him right away! I wish I could share some new pictures, but I grabbed my camera bag as I raced out of the house to meet him, but forgot to check if my camera was actually in the bag. *sigh*

Once we got down to crafting, my sisters and I decided to work on a nine patch wallhanging using bits and pieces of my mother's fabric. My Mom loved calicos and blues and purples and florals. So this is what we came up with. We all have 4 similar blocks to create something with. I decided to just join all of mine together with no border.
I still have to add the backing and edging and quilt it, but just looking at this jumble of florals brings back so many memories of my Mom. (Even moreso since, as I type this, I am looking out my bedroom window and seeing the window of my Mom's previous quilting room next door. In my mind's eye, I can see her standing at her cutting table cutting hexagon after hexagon for one of her many Grandma's Garden quilts.)

After we worked on this for a few hours, we decided to make a trip to a local quilt shop, The Bear's Paw. We got there just before closing and didn't have a whole lot of time to pick out fabric, but I did pick up two new books. Both are by Art to Heart (I love all of their patterns).

I really need to find more of their books, I only have 3 and I need more. The best thing about these books, for me at least, is that the patterns are doable. Other books intimidate me. These inspire me.
I've already completed one project from the Cider Mill Road book and have another work in progress from the same book.
This fabric apple is one of the projects. I made it out of a vintage sheet. I've tried other patterns for apples and they never turn out correctly. I love how this one turned out! I used a piece of a stick I found in my yard for the stem and cut the leaf out of felt. I can't wait to make more of these...very easy and almost instant gratification!

This apple blossom is my WIP. I think it's going to be pillow. But it may become a wall hanging. We'll see. I'm probably going to hand applique it so that I can add detail. The backgroung fabric looks washed out in this picture (horrible lighting) but it's actually closer to the color of the teal buttons. The same with the petals, they look kind of pinkish here, but that is actually white on white fabric from my Mom's stash.

So all in all, a pretty productive weekend for me! Last weekend I accomplished nothing crafty and I felt so sad Sunday night! I did hit a few thrift stores and flea markets last weekend and wanted to share my favorite score. I got this adorable little cupcake teapot for 50 cents! Can you believe it? I love it so much!

So on that note, I'm done for now. I have a head full of plans for next weekend already!




  1. I so heart that apple - great job! And, your 28 patch turned out great, too. You rock, sis!

  2. Your quilting is so lovely. Thank you so much for including me on your blog list!