Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Snowflakes are Showing Up Everywhere!

The winter winds have set in, and snowflakes have been flying around intermittently here ~ not as much as the heartland of America, but Jack Frost has definitely moved in for the season!  With snow mingling with the holidays, I'm excited to share that my Snowflake Punchneedle Pillow design is in the February issue of Create & Decorate Magazine on the news stands now!  I designed it, and did the patchwork for the sample, and Heather did the punchneedle work on the center snowflake, so it was quite a team effort!

This was my first time working with the ladies at Create & Decorate, and they have been such a pleasure to work with.  If you haven't seen this magazine, check it out (I've spotted it in Joann's, Walmart, and some grocery stores).  It's a delightful magazine chocked full of primitive style craft projects of all kinds!  You can "like" the Create & Decorate girls here on their Facebook page to keep up with their upcoming happenings...and tell them I sent you ;)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Monday, December 13, 2010

I Was Interviewed :)

I was interviewed by Kim's Crafty Apple as a participant in Season One of Project Quilting!  You can check out the interview here on Kim's Blog.  The above montage are the projects I made in the first season.  Thanks Kim for such a cool feature!
Stay tuned ~ Season 2 of Project Quilting begins January 9th...and anyone can participate, consider joining in on the fun!

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Littlest Things

I've been knitting a lot lately.  It's an easy carry-along that I can do as a passenger in a car, and in less than perfect light.  I always have a little knit project in progress tucked into my handbag for when I have time to kill.  I like to work on little things for that reason, and because I can also feel like I'm accomplishing finishes.  They are such little projects, but it's funny, when I visit my dad at the nursing home, he can't always have a coherent conversation, but he always recognizes my handwork projects that I'm working on and is interested in my progress :) 

So, as of lately I've been completing a bunch of little projects to give as gifts, and this one in particular sparked my dad's attention, I'm not really sure why.  This is a little scarf that I made for Elsie out of a fun polyester fleece yarn ~ and since I had more yarn, and it kept my dad's attention so much, I've made an extra one for sale here in my Etsy store for some other special little girl.  

Even though he doesn't go out side in the cold, I think I'll have to find some more "manly" colors and make one for my dad next.  Sometimes it's just the little things that make a difference :)

Enjoy the day!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Decking the Halls 2010

This weekend was about decking the halls at the Stewart house, so I thought I'd share a little dose of Christmas Spirit with you.  First I had to make my new ornament for 2010.  Each family member in our household has one with their name on it, so we had to add one for little Abby! 
These are Easy-Peasy: One cheap After-Christmas-Sale ornament, and a Silver Permanent Pen...Write the name + doodle = finished in 5 minutes :)

Now the Stewart Family tree is complete...on to decorating the rest of the house!

And just because I can't help myself, I have to show you some pictures of the girls first Annual Christmas Photo Shoot together.  These are a couple of the many cute pictures that my daughter took of them.

And my personal favorite:

A Christmas Classic :)  I hope you too are enjoying this magical time of year!

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Delightful Little Surprise

I popped on for a quick little computer break tonight, and I'm excited to share that my Abby's Owl Quilt Pattern is featured in the Quilt Market Trend Report at the Quiltwoman BlogHow cool is that! 

The Abby's Owl pattern also includes a bonus pattern for the coordinating bed quilt pictured above, you can find the pattern at Quiltwoman, or here on my website

...And my Minneapolis Tote is also on the Quiltwoman blog post a little further down the page! 

Ok, now go back to what you were previously doing, and please forgive my little indulgance ~ I'm taking way too much delight in seeing my little patterns out there on big the worldwide web :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Monday, November 29, 2010

Getting into the Yuletide Spirit

This weekend I took another trip with the Baltimore Applique Society to visit Winterthur in Delaware.  It was a great day!  While there we got a behind the scenes peak with curator Linda Eaton who got out several Baltimore Album quilts in the Winterthur collection that are not currently on display.  We were not allowed to take pictures of these rare quilts, but photos were allowed on the Yuletide house tour, and I endulged completely. 

There were little festive Christmas touches all over the house that just took my breath away.

And of course there were trees...all over the house.   They were just stunning in person. 

This one was covered with live peonys with little glass vases of water to keep them fresh.  Winterthur is known for it's peony gardens in the Spring.

You can visit Winterthur for the Yuletide tour through January 9, 2011.  If you can't visit, there are more Yuletide pictures in a slideshow here at the Winterthur website

Now that I'm in the mood, I think today is a good day to start putting away the Fall Harvest decorations and digging into the Christmas boxes here at my house.  Lisa is still visiting with her daughters, so I may just have some little elves to help me :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What I'm Thankful For Today...

...I'm thankful that this pile of 72 album blocks, is finally a quilt top!

This is another huge quilt top at approx 90" x 101" ~ I've been making a lot of big ones lately!  There was an excessive amount of piecing in it too...and with not a bit of applique which was really strange for me.  Each of the 72 blocks has 27 pieces, plus 161 sashing rectangles, plus 90 sashing squares = 2195 pieces!

The pattern is called Friendship Album designed by Jo Morton and was published in American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine the October 2009 issue.  I pieced it for a customer, but my husband and I have really taken a shine to it (doesn't it look great on my bed?), so I think there are some more album blocks at some point in my future :)

Now I can take a little break from the sewing machine and start baking and getting the house ready for the family coming for the holiday weekend, and I'm thankful for that too! 

Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving weekend and Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Quick Break to Share Some Reproduction Love

This is what's been keeping me off the streets this week. I'm making this queen size quilt for a customer from mostly Jo Morton fabrics that she picked out.  Each album block is made from a different fabric.  I have a total of 72 blocks to make, and I think it's going to be just stunning when it's finished.  I'll show you more of it later ;) 

I did take time out to attend the Baltimore Applique Society meeting last night and was treated to a lovely show and tell and a lecture from Pat and Arlan Christ from Berks County PA.  The lecture was titled "100 Years of Quilting" and presented about 30 quilts representational of the style and format changes of the period.  I loved the "Folk-Artiness" of this small appliqued Baltimore style quilt.  

This one was an example of the trend seen in the end of the 1800s to make quilts of many tiny scraps.  These pinwheels are small, and then it's topped off with that cute pieced border!

 I love the border on this beauty.  I didn't catch the date on it, but it's really my style, I always gravitate to this  kind of Red/Green block type. 

Last, but not least is the Captain James Andrew quilt.  How about that Stairstep border!  It was made in 1849 by Elizabeth Andrews in honor of her marriage to the Captain.  The quilt was in the care of Cora Spensor of St Michaels Maryland for years after the deaths of the Andrews, and now it's in Pat and Arlan's private collection and care.  There's nothing like seeing it in person ~ Arlan indicated that this quilt will be on display at Quilt Odyssey in Hershey PA next July :)  

Now, my break's over, I have to get back to the sewing machine... 

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Quilt Show 2010

There's a Christmas Quilt Show going on in blog land, so of course I wanted to jump in on the fun!  This is my Winterberry Wreaths quilt that appeared in Quilt Almanac Magazine this past year. 

It's now available as a pattern through
**And Quiltwoman is having a Holiday Special of free shipping on retail orders of $20 & over through November 18th!

This quilt is surprisingly easy to make.  It's made up of only this one block, then the holly wreaths are appliqued to the light area that is created when the blocks are sewn together.  Simple :)

Maria Ohaver machine quilted this quilt for me with these fun reindeer and holly motifs all over (you can see them better in the photo on the back of the quilt). 

And just for fun I made a coordinating throw pillow that is also included as a little extra bonus in the pattern.

If you want to get in the Christmas Spirit and see some fabulous Holiday quilts on other blogs, pour a cup of tea, get comfortable, and hop on over to SewCalGal's blog for the links to this wonderful online Quilt Show. 

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Something Old is New Again

I like old things...Don't get me wrong, I like to buy nice new things too, but there's just something about an old piece of furniture that makes me feel good.  This piece was un-earthed from my father-in-law's garage after he had passed away a few years ago.  It's a record cabinet, and belonged to my husband's grandmother, who as he remembers, kept old 78 rpm records in it. 

It was in pretty bad shape covered with scratches and paint splatters, and almost went to the dump.  But I kept looking at it, and when no one else wanted it, I decided it would come home with me.  First I gave it a through cleaning to get rid of everything that was growing on it and living in it, and then I put it in my basement to maybe refinish one day.  Well the more I looked at it, I decided I kind of like the scratches that were from the everyday use of Grandma Stewart and her kids, and the little paint splatters that I'm sure are from my father-in-law working on and around it in his workshop ~ which he loved to do.

So the other day, after it sitting in my basement for the last five years, I had my son carry it up to my sewing wing.  I did a little re-arranging, and now it sits in a place of honor right next to my cutting table with a new use.

It's a great storage cabinet for all of my Accuquilt Go! Dies and mats!  I think I've pretty much decided to put off the refinishing, and for now I'll use it in my "workshop" doing what I love to do, and probably add some more little scratches and dings to pass along to my kids and grandkids :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Some More Retreat Goodies

All of the ladies on the Quilt Retreat last weekend worked on a lot of different projects and got many more finished than I was able to snap pictures of, but here is a sampling of some of the other progress that was made on our little weekend away.  My friend Mary of Keep Me In Quilts made this little Tree of Life block from left over half square triangles from another project.  Mary is the queen of making something great out of nothing!  She even had to size down the pattern to accommodate her smaller hst snipets. 

Along with many other projects, Mary has been playing with wool a lot lately, and finished this cute little wool sheep top on the retreat. 

Starlyn whipped up this wonderfully colorful quilt top from some blocks that she had already pieced,

Then she cut some fabric and made this entire quilt top from scratc ~ and it's Queen size!  She also pieced two Christmas tree skirts.  I was in awe :)

Teresa, among other things made about ten of these beautiful Christmas stockings that she makes out of upholstery fabrics.  I love how she trims them out.  She also worked on a bunch of hand pieced and embellished wool ornaments. 

Tara whipped up these happy and bright placemats and table runner.  

And last but not least, Cappy made more progress on this beauty (my picture does not do it justice).  She has pieced the top and is doing hand and machine applique and thread painting on it.  Although she still has a crab or two to add, she made a lot of progress on it this weekend.  This is going to be the raffle quilt for the Southern Comforters Guild quilt show coming up on March 27,  2011 ~ so keep an eye out for it :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Retreat Progress

Well I've been doing some unpacking ~ and a lot of laundry today, so here it production from the weekend's Quilting Retreat.  Along with blanket stitching some things off of my huge "Blanket Stitching Pile" (I'll show you those later once they are quilted),  I string pieced some Christmas Stockings.  These two are for Elsie and Abby, and I have more of the same style available in my etsy shop.   

And I made this little tree stocking just for fun.  I love prairie points, so I wanted to see if I could use them along the top.  On this one, I just string pieced the tree and appliqued it on with a blanket stitch. 

I had this Thimbleberries table runner pieced already (I actually made the top several years ago), but I got it quilted and bound this weekend.  It's going to be another Christmas gift :)  Let me tell you, it feels so good to see some old time UFOs coming to completion!

And I finally got the binding on my Jo Morton Somerset quilt.  I had pieced it a Jo Morton Club or two ago, and Sheri Thompson had quilted beautiful feathers all over it for me, and I finally used this weekend to make and apply the binding.  Now it's all finished and I've been curling up and enjoying it as a perfect little lap quilt.  This one is for me!

I even made myself make a quickie label and put that on while I was on the Retreat, because I knew I wouldn't do it once I got home. 

We had a blast, staying at the Blue Mountain Retreat Center in Knoxville MD right outside of Harper's Ferry WV.  The weather was beautiful, and made for the perfect scenery to quilt by :)  It was awesome the amount of stuff we were all able to get finished.  Tomorrow I'll show and tell a few of the beautiful things that the other ladies made while we were there. 

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Monday, November 8, 2010

Show and Tell & A Winner!

Just popping in with a quick show and tell ~ While traveling to and from Quilt Market last week, I was able to get some knitting done in the airports and planes.  Here is a pair of socks that I got finished (well I did have one of them done before the trip).   One more Christmas gift checked off the list!

And my other business of the day is to announce the winner of my Market Goodies Giveaway!  I ran the number of posts through and the lucky number is #21

I'm sending you an email for your address to get your package out to you :)

I'll be back in the next couple of days with some show and tell from a quilt retreat I went on this past weekend with my quilting buddies ~ first I have to un-pack.  Two trips away in the course of two weeks is really a lot for me and I'm still recovering :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn