Sunday, December 28, 2008

Cupcake Pincushions

I just love sweets! When I saw this adorable pincushion pattern at one of my local quilt shops (Wine Country Quilting in Paso Robles, CA), I could not resist. The pattern is called "Cupcake Pincushion" by Cindy Taylor Oates. These cute little cupcakes were just about as fast to whip up as a batch of real ones. I used weighted poly-pellets instead of sand as per the pattern to stuff them with. The poly-pellets are a lot let messy to work with and provide a nice weight to the finished pincushion. Best of all, unlike sand, they are washable. I made up this batch of cupcakes as surprises to send to some friends I am swapping blocks from the Bunny Hill Designs "Party Cakes" pattern below with.

"Party Cakes" by Bunny Hill Designs

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

2008 Annual Christmas Stocking Exchange

Each year I try to participate in a stocking exchange through one of my online quilting groups. These exchanges a loads of fun. Basically, you are assigned a secret sister and given a few details about them and then you go ahead and make a unique stocking, fill it with goodies and send it in time for Christmas. I have received some of the most beautiful stockings over the years that I just treasure. The stocking above is one that I made this year for my secret sister "Brenda" who lives in New Hampshire. She loves dark colors and primitive quilt designs so I decided to use homespun plaids and wool for the tree along with country button embellishments.

Below are two more stockings I received this year. It is interesting how we all used the diagonal stripe base pattern. This is a very versatile, fast and easy pattern that can be found for free from Eleanor Burn's Quilt in a Day website here.

Stocking made for me by Kate for the "BHD Quilting Friends" group exchange.

Stocking made for me by Carol L. for the "Scrappy Quilts" group exchange.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Hollow Yo-Yo Santa

This is one of my favorite holiday projects ever. I had so much fun making this cute Santa wall hanging by Happy Hollow designs. I think next year I will definitely be making the matching tree skirt. This pattern works up quick too. I spent one night in front of the TV making the yo-yos and I put it all together in an hour the next day.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

California Midstate Fair 2008 Quilt Challenge

"Barn Dance Tonight"

I had such a fun time on this project. It was inspired by a photo of a quilt named "20th and Freya - A Five-Year-Old's View of Her Mother" from the book Quilted Memories by Mary Lou Weidman. This year, I won two fair awards - "Best Use of Color" and "Best Interpretation of Theme".

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Another block done!

OK...I must admit that my posts have been few and far between but I am busy stitching away (on several projects). I'll post updates with what I have been doing over the next few days. In the meantime, here is my Baltimore Bunnies Block #6...