Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Some More Mountain Baby Blanket Love

More Mountain Baby Blanket donations have come in, and it didn't rain yesterday ~ so I could take some pictures.

These lovelies are from Carol Crager. She sent tops, backs and binding! Thanks Carol for your generosity!

We should have a full box of completed quilts ready to ship out to the Christian Appalachian Project soon ☺

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Snowbound on the Hottest Day of the Year

I finally got around to finishing my Block #5 of the Snowbound Block of the Month from Bunny Hill Designs. I had started it in early May, and set it aside for other projects. I was finding that I needed a little break from my evening handwork. I didn't really know why, but it wasn't thrilling me.

Then I quit putting off my trip to the eye doctor, and got a new prescription for eyeglasses ~ like magic, hand applique is fun again! Why do I put these things off so much? ...I know, that was a rhetorical question. Anyway, ironically I finished this snowman block on one of the hottest days of the year so far. Now to start block #6 ~ maybe I can get it started before the July block comes out :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Sunday, June 27, 2010


I finished my Project Quilting Challenge quilt last night, and got it entered this morning just under the wire. The theme for the challenge this week was was Log Cabins. The quilt had to be a maximum of 36" square (that's what mine measures), and I could use as many fabrics as I wanted, but one of them had to be used both front and back.

I actually like to do that occasionally with my fabrics, especially if a solid color is needed. Some fabrics are just a softer, lighter version of the front on the back side, and because of the way the fabric is printed, some are a solid color on the back ~ so check the back sides of your fabrics out, I've heard the quote that you've paid for both sides, you might as well use both sides. After all, that makes your stash twice as large as you thought!

I used this fabric both front and back to add to the half square triangles in my tree block ~ I wanted a tree block in the center because that's where logs come from :)

Log cabin blocks look great with a scrappy look, so the more variations of fabrics the better (I used all Jo Morton fabrics in this quilt). I surrounded the center tree with 6" log cabin blocks, and just turned them in different directions until I found a pattern that was pleasing to me.

For the corner setting triangles, I kept with the log cabin theme and made two large 18" square log cabin blocks and cut them in half on the diagonal.

I like a traditional log cabin quilt, so I kept this one very traditional looking with the fabrics, and I quilted it in the ditch.

Logs...traditional with just a couple of twists :)

The voting is up now ~ You can see all of the really creative Project Quilting entries and vote for your favorite here at Kim's Crafty Apple Blog ~ and leave a comment to be entered into a give-away!

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Friday, June 25, 2010

Busy Week ~ So Lets Look At Some Quilts

It's been an incredibly busy week, and very productive. We have a lot of neat stuff coming up, but nothing that I can show right now ~ so let's look at some quilts! These are some of the quilts that struck me at the Annapolis Quilt Show a couple of weekends ago.

Both of these are Circuit Rider Quilts. This show was the first one that I noticed finished Circuit Rider Quilts being displayed in, and they really caught my eye. I'd walk around the corner and say Ahhh, and it would turn out to be a Circuit Rider Quilt, so I guess I really need to make one of these one day!

This Pineapple Quilt was really cool. I just loved the colors,

...and the way the pineapples were pieced.

This picture was taken for my friend Carolyn, who is making this same quilt pattern designed by Rose Hahn. It's just beautiful.

And I must be really into animal quilts lately, because this one tickled me. It had some really neat embellishments, and I kept looking at it so I had to take a picture of it.

Anyway, back to work now ~ but I just have to take a little quilt break every now and then ;)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Super Mail Day!

I had a super good mail day! This is a little goodie package from Karen Way over at Sew Many Ways. I won one of her Sharing on Sunday Give-Aways! She is having a new give-away every Sunday as a thank you to her blog readers. I've been a follower of hers for a while now, and really like her Tool Time Tuesday posts ~ so hurry on over there today and check it out :) Thanks Karen!

The other great mail I got was fabric!! These are some brand new goodies from Moda that I have put in my ebay store fabric section and they are going quickly! And I've added some Kona Cottons in great reproduction colors ~ Rich Red, Bone, Khaki & Black for those Baltimore Album and Civil War quilts. All are Free Shipping, so the price you see is what you pay!

I'm also always adding great book finds to the ebay store, and I have a bunch more fabrics that I will be adding in the next weeks, (even some Jo Morton fabrics) so check back often!

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Good Customer Service Still Exists!

We had our weekend of family fun, and Lisa's baby shower went off without a hitch, so all is good here. But I especially wanted to share a wonderful surprise and bonus that was the cherry on top of my special weekend. Here's the back story:
I made this Jo Morton Holiday Inn quilt for our Jo club, and it's one of my favorites. I got it quilted and finished in time for our guild's quilt show in April, and I had in mind for it to hang in my "new" kitchen. In the past I've admired the pieces made by David Reiner of D.W.R. Custom Wookworking at quilt shows that I've attended, so I thought I'd check out his hangers. I saw that he would have a booth at the quilt show in Annapolis that was last Saturday, June 12th, so instead of buying it online, I figured I'd make the trek over there and pick out my quilt hanger in person, and have it up in time for the baby shower I was hosting on the following Saturday, June 19th.
So, fast forward to June 12th ~ I showed up at the Annapolis Quilt Guild's show (great show by the way, and I do have a couple of pictures that I'll share this week) with my sample wood piece from my cabinet doors in hand in the hopes of finding a finish for the quilt hanger that would coordinate. I spoke to David at his booth first thing and unfortunately he did not have with him the size or style that I had in mind, but he pulled out is finish samples, and was able to match my cabinet door sample perfectly. So I placed my order to have the quilt hanger of my specifications made and shipped to me. In passing, while writing up the order, David asked me when I needed the quilt hanger by, and I said jokingly that I had wanted it for my party on the following Saturday at 2:00 p.m. but knew that was out. So I enjoyed the rest of the quilt show and vendors, but left resigned to the fact that I would still have the large empty wall in my kitchen for the party. Then I pretty much let it go, and went about my week of party preparation adventures.
...Well, on Friday, June 18th I came home to a large package on my front porch which turned out to be my finished custom quilt hanger! David had made note of my party date, and crafted it and shipped it to me in time for us to have it up and ready for all to see ~ within one week! This was such wonderful service, he even called me to make sure that it had arrived in time, that I wanted to share my story with you. It's refreshing to come across a company with such good business practices and attention to customer service. I love my new quilt hanger ~it's perfect, and I recommend D.W.R. Custom Woodworking very highly!

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Red, White, and Blue Time

It's red, white, and blue time of year, and Jo Morton Club time again too (yea I know, where did the month go?). So, this is my version of Jo's Daffodil Hill. I wanted another little Americana mini so I did mine in all patriotic colors and used the great little star print for the border and alternate squares. I decided to just keep the star border, so I didn't piece more little four patch blocks for the borders like in the original. Just me going for my theme of Simplicity again :)

And for those of you who like Americana and fun give-aways, Mary over at Quilt Hollow is giving away this cute patriotic quilt (yes, a complete quilt!). So hop on over to her blog and leave a comment to be in the running ~ and tell her that Dawn sent you on over from Spring Water Path!

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Fun New Fabrics & Going to the Ducks

Besides my Jo Morton sewing, I've got some other really cool projects in the works. I just got to open a box full of these yummy fabrics that I'm cutting into today! This collection is called Summer Song by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake Designs. They are really fun fabrics that just make me smile to work with them.

And here's a peak at what I'm doing when I'm not sewing this week ~ Heather and I are working on Ducky things! Lisa's baby shower is this weekend at my house (Rubber Ducky themed), so I've been cleaning, and cleaning, and doing other silly things like rolling diapers to build a diaper cake centerpiece.

...And Heather helped me make this little duck pond (the ducks have numbers on the bottom like a carnival duck pond, and that's how the guests will "choose" a favor bag). The duck pond originally was a tub of water ~ but apparently as a group, Chinese-made rubber ducks don't float upright, so we resorted to plan B, which will probably be the less messy way to execute it with Elsie in attendance :)

So yes, I'm somewhat anal and I'm staging areas around the house to make sure that we have enough decorations while it's still early enough for me to run out for more if needed, and I've been working through my very comprehensive list. The rest of the week will be about baking and food preparation. Heather is trying a 3D Rubber Ducky cake ~ this will be a first for both of us, so I'll let you know how that one turns out.

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Monday, June 14, 2010

Siggie Block Progress

While working on this month's Jo Morton Club project (I'll show you that later this week), I've been making these signature blocks for the Jo Morton Stitchers' Siggie Block Swap.

These traditional little blocks are really easy to make. First layer a 2.5" dark square on a 3.5" background square and sew from point to point. Chain stitching these makes the job go faster.

Then you can sew an optional seam about a half inch from the other one, and cut between the stitching lines. This allows the corners to be saved as half square triangles and eliminates the waste of just cutting off the corner triangles.

Do this on both sides, and press toward the dark squares.

Then Voila...I'm making 135 of these little blocks to swap. Now I'm working on signing my name...and signing...and signing...

And ~ the voting is up for the Project Quilting challenge, and my Scout Memory Quilt from yesterday's post can use some votes. As an added perk, when you vote, you also get entered into the giveaway :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Friday, June 11, 2010

My Boy Scout's Memory Quilt

The Project Quilting Challenge this week sparked me to make the memory quilt from Bobby's old Scout uniform components that I've been meaning to get around to. (The challenge this week was to make a quilt from recycled materials that had all had a life as something else before this quilt, and to embellish it with at least three different materials).

I cut up, rather mercilessly, his cub scout and boy scout shirts, which I have to say was a little bit scary. These included his official uniform shirts from Cubs and Boy Scouts, his Tiger Cub Tee Shirt and Pack and Troop Tees. I also had two of his Bandanas, from Bear and Webelos Cubs that I cut up and pieced through out the quilt.

The embellishments for the quilt include all of his award and council patches, award ribbons, pins, button, and his bandana slides.

I even pieced the backing with leftover uniform pieces, and then included a pocket from a pair of cub scout pants to keep small keepsakes in. I still need to make a label for the quilt though.

So now it's hanging in our basement rec room where my husband hosted years of den meetings, and tons of raucous cub scout memories linger :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Enjoying a Little Summertime

I've been busy sewing here the last few days, with several projects in the works that I hope to be sharing with you in the near future, but today was a drop dead gorgeous Summer day. So my husband and I both took a day off from our work and spent the day enjoying the Summertime in beautiful St Michaels Maryland.

This is a charming place to visit, so I thought I'd share some of my Summertime treat with you. The Hooper Straight Lighthouse is located here at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch dock side and watched the boats coming in.

It's a town full of history and classic old buildings.

...And wonderful gardens. We walked all over town and spotted some beautiful garden nooks.

I loved this orange plant. If anyone knows the name, I would love to know it ~ I have the perfect spot for one of these in my garden :)

On the way home from our little Summer outing, we even stopped in a cool place called Gatsby's Collection right outside of town and found the perfect focal point for a spot in our garden that we have been searching out something for ~ so the day was not totally unproductive :)

So now it's back to work. I hope to finish my Project Quilting Challenge quilt tonight. The theme this week is a Recycled Quilt made with materials that all had another life before being used in this quilt. I'm having fun with it, and can hopefully take some pictures of it by tomorrow evening.

Enjoy the Summer!
~ Dawn

Monday, June 7, 2010

Little Needful Things and Planning

Not alot getting done here on Spring Water Path this weekend. I've been feeling a little under the weather ~ I didn't even make it to Civil War Sunday at the shop yesterday, or Heather's concert at church :( I seem to be feeling a little better today though, so hopefully I'll get something from my massive list done today (yes, my name is Dawn, and I'm a list maker). I did play around with some quilt blocks the other day though, so I have a little something to show you (new quilt project coming up soon using these blocks). In the meantime, I made a couple of pin cushions using them.

If you need a quick gift idea you can pick these cute little guys up in my etsy store. It's a Good Needful Thing :)

So I have tons of gardening and housework to do. Lisa's baby shower that Heather and I are hosting (at my house) is coming up in 2 weeks, and I have soooo much to do before then. I did get to lay around with my laptop and look up baby shower ideas this weekend, and really spent some quality time with my datebook (did I mention that I'm a list maker), so I think I have my life all mapped out, and executing it is all in the realm of possibility now.

I can't show you the rest of my gardens, because remember my weeding didn't happen this weekend, but I did venture out and take a picture of my Hydrangia, just in that perfect state as it's changing to blue :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Jo Mortons & Other Goodies That Keep Us Busy

Last week was our Jo Morton Club show and tell sessions, and because life has been getting in the way, I'm just now getting the pictures up to share. So without further adieu...

Dawn Burchett shared her darling Star Flowers and Berries. The pattern was first published in Jo's Little Women Club 4, and can be also found in Jo's book called Vintage Journey.

Our Keystone Medallion quilts are starting to come in. Our goal was to have it finished through the pinwheel border this month, and to have the whole quilt done by next month. This lovely blue and gold one is from Sheri Thompson.

Mitzen Mitchell is working on this cute red and green one. This makes me want to get back to work on my red and green UFO project.

Rose Mary Swartwood went ahead and finished hers this month. I love the use of the tan background fabrics with the deep red and blues.

And we always like to share some of the projects that keep us busy when we're not working on Jo quilts. Rose Mary is working on this cute jars quilt. Her choices of friut and veggie fabrics were perfect.

Mitzen brought in some of her Japanese Embroidery projects. Her work is exquisit, and the pictures I took just doesn't do it justice. I loved the textures and colors of these braids.

There were no words for this beautiful geisha. Click on the pictures to get a better view of her stitches. She is studying with a master and has almost completed all of the levels. It always amazes me to see the works of art that the talented ladies in our group produce on a regular basis.

To continue the show and tell sharing on a regular basis, I now have a Facebook page for Spring Water Designs! It's in it's infantcy right now, but I'm excited about this because it's a place where everyone can post pictures and discuss our favorite topics. So if you're on Facebook, hop on over to our page and post pictures and comments of what you are currently working on!! The more the merrier :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn