Saturday, March 27, 2010

Baskets & Blooms

This is the Primitive Star quilt top I showed you a while back.
Pattern by Linda Brannock in Miss Jump's Quilt Album.
Last weekend we had an on line retreat with a group
I belong to called An American Primitive Gathering.
The theme was Baskets and Blooms.
You could work on something with that theme or
something else if you wanted to.
I had been thinking to add baskets to the corners
of this quilt top for some time so it seemed the
perfect opportunity to get that done.
I drew up my own basket and used two different mustard/golds.
One is a homespun and the other a print.
I hope to get the top sandwiched in the next couple of weeks
so that I can begin to hand quilt it.


This is a sampler I finished for the retreat. The pattern is called
Come Buy My Sweet Flowers by Beth Twist of Heartstring Primitives.
This was such a fun sampler to stitch up. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I aged it after stitching. It will fit in an 8" x 10" frame.

Well, this is not a basket or bloom and I admit I did stage this one.
But isn't she the sweetest sleeping with her doggy?! It's a Santa
Dog gifted her by my friend Sharon. It's one of
her favorite toys. By the way, Sharon is having a fun
pattern giveaway on her blog right now.
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. Lori


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cloth Covered Books

Don't you just love the look of old school books
covered in cloth? I sure do. There is something about
textiles that just soften a home.

I have a couple of old books in original cloth covers but
I don't see them very often where I live and they can be costly
to collect a large number of them like in the photo above.

This is inside one of my original books. It shows how they
used string or thread to sew the fabric so it would
stay on the book and protect it. I remember doing the same with
brown paper grocery bags when I was in
school but of course they just slipped on.


I had been collecting old school books here and there in my
travels for a few years and had a nice assortment.
I decided I'd like to have several in a small antique cupboard
in the living room so I got out several of my
favorite brown reproduction fabrics similar to
what folks would have used in early times and started
sewing them on. I roughed them up after they were on the books
but was careful not to harm the books. You could
age them too a bit but I was too lazy!





I like the look of them in my old cupboard. Just a little something
of extra interest and a lot less money involved for the look.
The darling x-stitched pinkeep on my dolls lap
was gifted me by my good friend Kelley Belfast.
She stitched a Z for Zoe on the back. One of my very favorite keepsakes
made with loving hands by a dear friend. Lori


Thursday, March 18, 2010

HOOKED CIRCLES

IN A BOOK BY JUDY CONDON CALLED THE WARMTH OF HOME
THERE IS A RUG IN THE HOME OF JUDE SPELLACY
THAT CAUGHT MY EYE.
JUDE HOOKED A RUNNER
FOR HER TABLE WITH LARGER PENNY CIRCLES
THAT JUST SPOKE TO ME!
I DECIDED I HAD TO DO ONE FOR OUR TABLE.
SO I DREW IT OUT ON LINEN AND FROM START TO
FINISH HAD IT ON THE TABLE IN THREE DAYS.
IT MEASURES 10" X 45". I MOSTLY USED
TEXTURED AS IS WOOLS FROM REBECCA ERB.
I HAVE AN OLD BOWL WITH OLD RAG BALLS SETTING ON THE RUNNER.


I'M PLEASED WITH HOW THE RUNNER CAME OUT.
THIS IS A VIEW OF THE TABLE AND DRY SINK IN OUR DINING ROOM.
THE DRY SINK HAS A LID AND IS DOWN AT THIS TIME.


THIS IS A CLOSER VIEW OF THE OLD DRY SINK IN PINE
WAINSCOTING. I'VE JUST SWITCHED SOME
OF MY SMALLS AROUND AND MOVED THE SHELF/RACK
AND THE BLACK WALL BOX TO THIS AREA.
THE DARLING LITTLE STITCHED PINKEEP IS BY MY FRIEND
TINA OF EARLY AMERICA...THE 1815 SHOPPE.
TINA DOES SUCH BEAUTIFUL WORK.
THE LOG CABIN RUNNER BY MY DEAR FRIEND
CAROLE COLLINS. CAROLE'S WORK IS EXCEPTIONAL.
I HAVE SOME OTHER THINGS IN THE WORKS
THAT I HOPE TO SHOW SOON. HAVE A GREAT CREATIVE DAY! LORI






Monday, March 15, 2010

LAYERING QUILTS

I LOVE TO LAYER QUILTS. I LAYER THEM ON THE BEDS, ON BENCHES, IN CUBBIES. THIS WALL RACK IS IN OUR BEDROOM.
I LIKE TO CHANGE THE QUILTS WITH THE SEASONS.
THE LARGEST ONE IN THE BACKGROUND IS
WINDMILL. THE PATTERN IS BY MY
GOOD FRIEND CAROLE COLLINS
OF LADY OF THE LAKE QUILTS.
THE SMALL FLOWER AND THREE BASKETS QUILT
PINNED TO THE TOP OF THE WINDMILL
IS ONE I MADE UP USING DIFFERENT PATTERNS FROM
LINDA BRANNOCK AND JAN PATEK BOOKS.
ON THE BOTTOM I HAVE A LOG CABIN
QUILT I DID USING THE PAPER PIECING METHOD.
ON TOP OF THE LOG CABIN IS ANOTHER
QUILT PATTERN BY CAROLE
CALLED DOUBLE CHURN DASH.
I'VE USED ASSORTED FAVORITE COLORS
OF GOLD, GREEN, BLACK, RED AND TAN
FOR THESE QUILTS. THEY ARE ALL
HAND QUILTED. LORI

Friday, March 12, 2010

SAMPLER IS FRAMED!

REMEMBER THE ELIZA SLOAN SAMPLER?
I'VE BEEN ON THE HUNT FOR A FRAME AND DID
FIND SOMETHING THAT WOULD WORK AT A GOODWILL.
THE FRAME WAS A BIT BIGGER THAN I NEEDED SO I
ADDED ANOTHER BORDER TO MAKE THE SAMPLER
BIGGER.

THIS IS HOW IT CAME OUT. I SANDED THE FRAME, PAINTED IT BLACK, SANDED AGAIN
AND AGED IT UP SOME. I'M HAPPY WITH THE RESULT.
IT'S HANGING ON THE SIDE OF THE BIG GREEN/BLUE
CUPBOARD IN OUR LIVING ROOM WHERE I CAN
SEE IT MOST OFTEN AND ENJOY IT!
JUST A REMINDER ALSO THAT MY SPRING UPDATE
IS TODAY ON MY PICTURETRAIL. YOU CAN FIND
THE LINK TO THE LEFT IF YOU WANT TO
STOP BY AND SEE ALL OF MY OFFERINGS. THERE ARE SOME
I DIDN'T SHOW ON HERE.
HAVE A LOVELY DAY! LORI

Friday, March 5, 2010

SPRING UPDATE

I WAS GOING TO WAIT UNTIL MONDAY TO GIVE YOU A SNEAK PEEK AT
MY OFFERING FOR MY SPRING UPDATE
ON MY PICTURETRAIL
BUT DECIDED TO DO IT TODAY.
I'LL BE HAVING THE UPDATE NEXT
FRIDAY MARCH 12, AT 9 AM CENTRAL TIME.
I HAVE ONE MORE ITEM THAT ISN'T IN
THE PICTURE. IT'S A SHEEP NEEDLE PUNCHED MAT.
I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN ME ON MY PICTURETRAIL NEXT
FRIDAY MORNING. THANKS FOR LOOKING. LORI

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

SHEEP RUG

THIS IS A HOOKED RUG I DID IN 2007/2008 FOR A
RUG HOOKING CHALLENGE I TOOK
PART IN WITH MY RUG HOOKING GROUP ON
EBAY.
THE DESIGN WAS BY MARIA BARTON AND THE
CHALLENGE WAS THAT EVERONE
THAT ENTERED THE CHALLENGE GAVE WOOLIE
WORMS TO EVERYONE ELSE
IN THE CHALLENGE AND YOU
HAD TO USE ALL OF THOSE WORMS IN YOUR RUG EVEN
IF THEY WERE COLORS YOU WOULD NOT NORMALLY USE.

WELL THIS REALLY WAS A CHALLENGE FOR ME! AFTER MY FIRST ATTEMPT I HAD TO PUT IT AWAY FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS. THEN I
DECIDED TO HOOK MY FAVORITE PARTS FIRST AND THEN USE UP THE REST
OF THE WOOLIE WORMS IN THE BACKGROUND. I WAS
HOPING FOR AN ANTIQUE LOOK SINCE I USED JUST WHAT I
HAD ON HAND LIKE IN TIMES PAST.
WHEN THE CHALLENGE ENDED WE VOTED ON OUR FAVORITES
AND I WAS SHOCKED TO FIND THAT MINE TOOK SECOND PLACE!



THEN MARIA DID AN ARTICLE FOR RUG HOOKING MAGAZINE
ON THE CHALLENGE WITH PICTURES
OF THE RUGS THAT PLACED. SO THIS RUG HAS EVEN BEEN
PUBLISHED!! I'VE DECIDED TO PART WITH THE RUG SINCE
I HAVE SO MANY AND MORE TO HOOK AND WILL BE OFFERING
IT FOR SALE NEXT WEEK ON MY PICTURETRAIL.
MORE PICTURES TO COME ON MONDAY OF MORE OF MY OFFERINGS SO PLEASE COME
BACK HERE AND TAKE A LOOK. I'LL TELL YOU ON MONDAY WHEN
YOU CAN LOOK FOR THE UPDATE. LORI