Sunday, July 10, 2016

June Kindred Spirits Meeting

I've managed to fall behind with my Kindred Spirit posts, so I will attempt to get caught up this week. We had a great show-n-tell in June for our meeting, and I will let the photos speak for themselves.

The photo above is Celestia's row-by-row "Strawberries" done in purple 30s fabrics, and the next row called "pinwheels". Our new project will be a 2-month quilt called "Two Way Street." I've laid my rows out on the green fabric that will be the borders. (My quilt will measure about 16 x 18 inches) Anne super-sized her blocks and made them out of multiple blue fabrics. I love it, Anne! Nice job!

Tammy made a special quilt for a special co-worker who is retiring. She loves to can her garden produce, so Tammy's choice is wonderfully appropriate. I feel very strongly about signing our quilts, so wanted you to see her label on the back. Easy to do, yet it documents the who, the why and the when. Simply use a pen that is safe for fabrics, and include the information on a label on the back of your quilt.

Fannie showed off a beautiful pillow she made using French General fabrics. Nice job, Fannie.

A double 4-patch in red fabrics made by Pat, a great flag quilt made by Charlotte, Pat, is that your sheep? I can't remember! And I'm sorry, I didn't write down who made the landscape quilt....let me know please!

And last but not least, one of my favorite quilt patterns, ever! I was going to pass this pattern onto someone because I thought I'd never get to it, so Pam took it on as a project, and I just love what she did with it. I have put it back onto my "must do someday" list. Great job, Pam!

Thanks for stopping by, and till next time, keep stitchin!
Mary in VA

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Kindred Spirits--May 2016

Here's what happened at our May Kindred Spirits meeting.

We had a Split Decision (top) made into a table runner, 
and a Split Decision who didn't want to be split (Charlotte)! 
Followed by a Chasing Friends upsized by Tammy.

We have some Orange Peel rows coming together. Charlotte's has puppy paws fabric, and Celestia's is made of all purple 30's fabrics. Great job, ladies!
Our next row will be a row of Posies. They will alternate a strip of fabric either above the posie or below it. So cute!

Pam's double 4-patch is made with lots of polka dots 
and the cutest flip-flops for the borders.

Miscellaneous projects include the old favorite, Spools. 

Chera brought a commissioned quilt she made out of some ties (above),
and she showed her exquisite hexi quilt, below. Fabulous job, Chera!

And here are some walker bags I made for my 96-year old mom. 
I'm so proud of her! She's doing great, and her walker bags are excellent conversation starters at her retirement home. The top one is made with 
Bingo card fabric, The middle one has pink flamingos (she lives in Florida) 
and the bottom one has Lorelei's nurses. (Mom is a retired nurse.) I was
able to spend Mother's Day with her and my Florida family.

Here's the EQ drawing of our Double 4-Patch.
This quilt is designed to be made with charm packs or mini charm packs.

I hope you enjoyed the show!
Till next time, keep stitchin.
Mary in VA

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Having fun at the Cozy Cottage

I have been in my "new" condo (aka, The Cozy Cottage) for almost 2 years. I was ready to downsize, so I sold the 4-bedroom, 3 bathroom house and found a darling 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo, much closer to work--with a 2-car garage! what a find! I've always preferred small and cozy to big and rambling (especially when it comes time to pay the electric bill). So I packed my bags, carted some things off to the Goodwill, and relocated. 

This was the living room, before, with a "Colonial Williamsburg" feel: 
darker stained pine furniture, rich warm colors, pewter and pottery. The quilt on the wall rack is called "Road to St. Louis." (We lived there for 19 years and loved it!)

This was the beginning of my coffee bar (above and below) shortly after I moved in. Note the black shelving unit hanging on the wall. (Love my Keurig for when I'm feeling lazy, love my French Press when I can take the time to do it properly).

Two photos of my "Williamsburg look" living room,below.
In the lower photo you can see the dining room in the background, with the
dark pine stained china cupboard and dark table and chairs.

I decided to lighten up the Cottage and go more "Shabby Chic at Grandma's Cottage." My son was in need of some furniture, so I gave him the loveseat
and wing back chairs. I bought a new moss green couch and love seat, and
 painted the shelf in the kitchen which houses my coffee station, white. Then I painted the dark blue shelf on the dining room wall white and switched my scrappy quilt with a pastel colored quilt. I went from a black hanging shelf for my coffee bar to a white one, and a dark blue quilt rack to a white one. Little by little things are going lighter and brighter. The paint I used is Sherwin Williams "Snowbound" #7004 in satin. It's just the whitest white, I just love it!

To see a sample, click here:  SNOWBOUND (my dream kitchen)

Here's my coffee station after I painted with Snowbound:

One of these days, the lower cabinet is going to get some "Snowbound" slapped on it! Do you like the little high chair next to the coffee bar? It was my husband's when he was a little boy. His mother kept it near the dining room and put her shoes on it! So I gave it an upgrade and put it in the kitchen with some of my favorite cookbooks. I've also succumbed to QVC's charming David Venable and have been watching In the Kitchen with David on Sundays. Yes, I've bought some blue and yellow Temptations. Blue and yellow are my favorite colors, after all. The other blue and white dishes on the wall shelf are "Liberty Blue" which was produced in 1976 to commemorate the bicentennial of the U.S. 

I'll leave you with this project make-over. The quilt holder was originally a dark stained pine. I redid it in a dark blue satin (see first photo) and loved it for many years! Then I decided to put some Snowbound on it, too. Those are my Jim Shore angels on top, with my Dear Jane flimsy in 30's fabrics. I don't think it's going to grow anymore. I just can't face doing more of those triangles (I've done 3/4 of the triangles for my Civil War Jane.)

Till next time, Keep Stitchin! or Painting!
Mary in Virginia