Show and tell… Backyard Birds

Many thanks to the talented Margery Tadder who has shared her lovely quilt with us! She emailed to say:

Being a bird watcher I just had to make a Backyard Birds quilt, and what a cheery addition to my home! I love the bright colors and the happy look of it. It was fun sewing the cute birds although at age 92 my manual dexterity is not what it used to be! So, did resort to machine appliqué on a few of the tinier pieces and circles. I also turned one bird into a magpie because they are so prevalent in my neighborhood.

Margery Tadder

I love this happy quilt! The addition of the magpie is perfect, and it is well-placed. And I must add that I sincerely hope to be appliqueing when I am 92! Well done, Margery, and thank you for sharing your wonderful quilt with us!

Click here if you would like to find the Backyard Birds pattern.

Show and tell… Bullseye!

Birgitt wrote to say:

Now my Bull’s Eyes Quilt is done and I love it! I used Kaffe Fassett fabrics and therefore called it “Hommage to Kaffe Fassett”. It was a lot of fun to sew it and using your instructions, so easy. Thank you for all the good advice.

Birgitt Von Dewitz

I do love the way the white lets the light shine through the shapes. It is spectacular! Here is a back view:

Thank you, Birgitt, for sharing your lovely quilt and congratulations on the finish! Click here to go to the Bullseye book.

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Gail Ghiozzi just sent me this photo of the cute Dandelion kit that she recently finished. She said: “It is so CUTE!  The directions were quite detailed which enabled me to complete this level 3 Kit. I’m glad you had them on your website.” 

I agree that little Miss Dandelion is very cute and, Gail, you did a beautiful job in sewing her together. Thank you for sharing!

The kit is from Threadfollower and I do still have some of the animals on my website. If they run out, you can find more at the Threadfollower site.

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Vicci Conway took my Birds in Toyland wool hand applique class in Georgetown, TX, a while back and she finished her project in late October. It’s so cute and perfect to share right now. Thank you, Vicci, for the holiday smiles :-).

You can find my book, Birds in Toyland, here. If you are interested in the online class, click here. Happy stitching!

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Sylvia Phillips sent pictures of her newly finished quilt, Sunny Days. The quilt and her story both make me so happy! the pattern for the quilt is from our book, Curl Up Quilts. This is a quilt that will put a smile on your face!

Sylvia wrote:

I made the Sunny Days quilt using the scraps from my “stash”. I had lots of Christmas themed bits. I do love yellow and I was delighted with how this pattern worked up..(pictures enclosed) I will be 86yrs old in a couple of months so my quilt making has slowed down but your designs always spur me to make just one more..  Sylvia Phillips…Lititz, PA 

I appreciate the fabric and color choices because they elevate what is a pretty simple design. Sylvia’s quilt keeps you engaged because there is a lot to see.

Sylvia, thank you for sharing your quilt with us, and for telling us your age because that is wonderful to know! Quilting can be a life-long passion. Speaking for myself, I intend to keep at it even when my work might not be perfect. I will be thrilled if, at 85, my sewing technique is as good as yours is. Thank you, and happy stitching!

Jim, the destructor…

I recently bought matelasee bedspread that doubles as a nice, light-weight blanket. I love it and it was totally perfect until Jim decided to take a running jump at the corner of the bed.

OMG… And then he did the same thing on the other side. This is why I don’t have quilts on the beds!

I decided to use my sewing skills to mend the rips with thread. I knew the mends would show, so I embraced it. The gray #8 perle cotton is a little darker than the spread and, yes, indeed, those stitches show at every rip on both corners of the bed.

Surprisingly, the mends don’t bother me nearly as much as the rips did. And it doesn’t hurt that I now have a fake fur throw at the bottom of the bed.

It’s gotten cold so the fur throw is coming in handy. And if Jim goes after it with his claws, it won’t hurt it.

Stupid cat. Sigh.