Friday, February 20, 2015

The Year of the Sheep

I don't want to get embroiled in the controversy as to whether it is really the year of the sheep or the  goat. I'm just going to roll with the sheep! Here is the latest "Lamb for All Seasons".
 Can you tell that my Leprechaun lamb is step dancing? Makes me laugh. : )
I still may put a gold buckle on the hat.

 The Spring lambie needs something more. I may add some French knots in the feather stitching (which looked like chicken scratches to me).

Eight seasonal/holiday 12" lamb quilts have been created so far from Lisa Bongean's "Old Glory Gatherings" free pattern here.
Winter through Spring are just flimsies. Fourth of July through Christmas are finished.

The second block now joins the first for Buttermilk Basin's Mystery BOM.

More Buttermilk Basin stuff--I finally got up the courage to feather stitch around my mat from the  workshop with Miss Stacy. 
This is the last of the sheep in this post. : )

My heart pillow from the workshop is ready to assemble.
I redid some of the decorative stitching and trims and now I am happier with it. Probably no one else can tell the difference, but I can.

 This is my Mom quilting on what she says is the last quilt she will make.
 She has named it "My Happy Quilt," because the colors and design make her happy.

She hand quilts all of her quilts and her stitches are tiny.
You can barely see some of the piano key border on the left side above.

As always, she gave me the leftover parts and scraps and I used them to make some little quilts for my two daughters. The hexie flowers were made by Mom, as were the HSTs in the corners. The colored borders were made from the trimmings on her piano key border.
The backing, bindings, even the batting are from the leftovers of Mom's quilt. I also tried to replicate the quilting motifs Mom has used in her own quilt--and I hand quilted them. Now my daughters will have a little memory quilt of their grandma's Happy Quilt, and I have enough pieces to make one for myself.

Keeping family and friends that are in the deep freeze in my prayers!
Until next time,
Janet O.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Sweetheart of a Lamb

The latest in my Lamb for All Seasons, from Lisa Bongean's free pattern linked here (which I alter for the different seasons and holidays). I can't decide if I like the words on the blanket. Maybe that is just too corny. I think the blanket needs a border, too. I wanted to have this hanging before next weekend, but I may have to mull it over for a while and have it ready next year. : )

Not a lot of Valentiney (that's a word, right?) quilts at my house. I made this one a couple of years ago.
I had so much fun quilting this.

Then I made this in the "Simply Charming" Every Other Month SAL from Tara Lynn Darr's book. Was that really 2 years ago?
The photo of my grandkids is several years old, but it is still one of my favorites.

And this little quilt was my second interpretation of Lori's (Humble Quilts blog) Pink Lemonade SAL. I was just learning to machine quilt when I did this, so it is best viewed from a distance!

While making the Valentine lamb above I sewed these blocks together as my leader/enders.
Someday it will get simple quilting and a purple binding.


And this little guy got finished up. When I was sitting in my chair stitching the details I couldn't find the instruction sheet. I was too lazy to get up and look for it, or go to the computer and pull it up again, so I stitched from memory. (The background wool isn't really that blue.)
Some of it I knew was not like the original, but he turned out okay and has been gifted to a good home. This was from Attic Heirlooms January Ornament of the Month pattern.

The only snowmen in my neck of the woods right now are of the woolly variety.
We are having such a warm February that our night time lows are higher than our normal daily highs for this time of the year. We were in the 60s today--unheard of for February in Northern Utah! Right now I'm not complaining, but I may be this summer when there isn't enough snow melting in the mountains to fill our reservoirs and we are suffering a drought!

So on that happy note,
Until next time,
Janet O.

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