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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Across the Pond & a Pillow

Hello world!
Here in my part of the good 'ol USA
it's freezing.
6 degrees this morning while I'm out taking all these pictures.
Our project for the Across the Pond sew along this month was anything apple.
So, I made an apple.
I just pulled scraps from my bucket, got a twig from the yard and
there you have it!
I also saw this adorable BLOCK TUTORIAL on Facebook the other day.
I chose to make it into a pillow.

I couldn't be more happy with how it came out!
I did some free motion applique around the holly leaves and berries.

And for the back, I used Amy's (from eamylove) covered zipper pillow backing tutorial.
 I love this tutorial and use it on all the pillows I make.
What's next on the list?
Well, I'm FINALLY going to make Noodlehead's divided basket
using these gorgeous fabrics from
These home deco fabrics are so luscious.
I can't wait to cut into them!
Be on the lookout!


Saturday, November 2, 2013

A Quilt for My Mother-in-Law

Several years ago,
when my husband's grandmother passed away,
my mother-in-law acquired a bag full of
hand stitched butterflies she had made.
When all the grandchildren started having babies,
she would take these butterfly blocks and make a quilt
for the newest addition of the Smith family.
I thought it only fitting that my mother-in-law should have a quilt
made from these beautiful, treasured pieces of art.
My brothers-in-law and their families chipped in for the items
needed to make these blocks into a quilt.
Each butterfly was hand stitched by Grandma Smith
(who is actually my mother-in-law's mother-in-law)
did you catch that?  hee hee
I used a floral fabric for the sashing.
I found that fitting for butterflies.
Don't you agree?
I just did a straight line quilt,
because I didn't want to take away from the
memories of the butterflies.
She really liked it.
I'm very happy with how it all turned out.
I love the story behind it.
I hope Grandma Smith is smiling down
and happy that her memory is cherished!