Thursday, December 15, 2011

'Peppermint' mug rugs


My boys are coming home soon! 
They love making their own peppermint mocha when they are together and,
this season will be no different!
I am ready for them to use these 'Peppermint Mug Rugs' 

Stitched with love and in lots of anticipation.

 I couldn't make just two or three...


They were so much fun to make.. 


 I made a whole bunch! 


They also made good tree ornaments. Don't know why this picture would not post itself straight.
But if you don't mind turning your head sideways,
here it is!


Have a wonderful weekend!





Saturday, December 3, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like...

House Top and Pine Forest


 A perfect beginning of the holiday season! 
I finished my very first Christmas quilt this year before I began decorating!
I made this quilt top last year and blogged about it here but had decided to hand quilt so it had to wait until the time was right. 
 
It is lightly hand quilted with white Perle Cotton, bound with pieced bias binding and hung in the hallway ready to greet the boys when they come home this holiday season!  


 This is how I decked the hall this year. 
Hanging in the far end is my 'Confetti' quilt.


I included my quilt 'Cranberry Sauce' for some photo fun!


  Scraps were from the basket. I was cleaning and sorting out the scraps and decided to make a red and green quilt, my way


Nine blocks include fabrics from so many quilts I made in the past.
It is a true scrap quilt.
It will brighten up the hallway for many more years to come.

Time to start a new quilt for next year!



Friday, December 2, 2011

An Indian Crazy Quilt


I don't even know how to begin writing this post.

My friend Terry Kramzar just returned from her trip to India. To welcome her back and hear all about her experiences, our friend Christine invited us 'quiltinies' to her house. I took some hand work with me so I could stitch while I chat with my friends.

Who was I kidding?

Every time we meet, we have show and tell of our current projects and share a new book, magazine or new ideas and sewing related gadgets. Not to mention sharing the stories of our lives.. What good is a circle of friends if you can't share your lives? With a group that is made of the author and teacher Cheryl Lynch, Award winning fiber artist Terry Kramzar (won the first prize at Houston this year) and gem of a soul and talented quilter and teacher, Kelly Meaninx and equally talented friends Christine (Who I think should have a blog) and Jane, we always have plenty to look forward to.

I must have taken as few as10 stitches on my quilt. Rest of the time was spent with my jaws wide open! Terry had so much to share! The goodies she brought back from India and the stories that went with each of them! The food she ate and the places she visited. I am not kidding, I felt as if I went with her on the trip and came back in a day with lots of colorful memories!

After lunch she went to her car and came back with five big heavy rolls in her arms. Each of them were personalized. She had carefully chosen appropriate color of the gift for each of us.

 

This is what she brought back for me! Isn't it beautiful? It is an Indian crazy quilt made of embroidered patchwork.

India is a very diverse country. The handicraft and clothing is no exception. This one quilt alone is made of many embroidered patchworks from different states and regions. Here are a few of the close up shots I took of this quilt.

I hope you enjoy these pictures and please visit Cheryl and Kelly's blog to see other beautiful pieces on their blogs.























 Most of the embroidery is done by hand. All of these patches are either the remnants of a dress or a sari,
There are even some wool pieces. They are stitched on a light weight canvas and each of the patches are edged with very light weight white rope. This is strictly for decoration. I don't think anyone would like to cuddle up in canvas:)

While I was growing up, I never had any interest in embroidery but I know why I love to hand quilt. There is something about the textures that draws me to it. I was also very much into wearing ethnic clothing. This quilt reminds me of oh so many cloths I used to wear from different regions. If only I had saved them, I would make a crazy quilt and treasure it forever!



Terry, If you are reading this, I have found a perfect spot for this gift. Thank you so much! 
Christine, thank you for opening your home, for that wonderful food and most of all, being the person that you are!
I learn so much from each of my friends every time we meet. I hope you all are also blessed with friends who make your lives better.