Thursday, April 5, 2018

Finished Doll Quilts!

Freshly sewn doll quilts hanging on the laundry line!

Whew! On this windy day that picture was harder to get than it looks!
I'm really happy with how these sweet doll quilts turned out.  As usual, the fabrics are reproduction fabrics. My faves are civil war era and the feed sack era.

Have you wanted to try stitching your own little quilt? Let me recommend using pre-cuts to start.

The colors and designs in each pack are coordinated and the fabric is already cut and ready to sew.

Pre-cuts can be found in quilt shops and online fabric stores. The most useful ones for little quilts are charm packs (5" precut squares) and mini charm packs (2.5" precut squares). The 5" squares can be broken down into strips like the pink and brown quilt in the photo or cut into smaller squares like in the blue and brown quilt. Or use a mini charm pack for the little squares. Squares are just the beginning in quilt design! And you don't have to make them out of reproduction fabric. Antique doll quilts weren't antiques when they were made. 😉 And there are awesome modern fabrics in the stores right now!

See that green grass? That happened over night. And on my walk down to the mailbox these bright and cheery blooms made me smile.
Even though more snow is supposed to be coming, at least the grass will be even greener after it melts!

Monday, April 2, 2018

The day after....

The day after too many Easter cupcakes and I can relate to these ladies 😂

But it was a great day with family and friends.

Woke up to a beautiful coating of spring snow.

Bid farewell to the college-bound sons and snuggled into sewing.
I've the fixins' for two doll quilts going on here. 
Old linen and civil war era reproduction prints.

The house is quiet once again (boo hoo) and there's no more laundry to do; so friends, I'm gonna back to sewing.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

How do you store your wool...

How do you store your wool when you've got more than three bags full 😉 ??
My handwork supplies and work space is a carved out spot in the bedroom. Every inch under the bed is used for storage.

Which is ok, but not much fun when it's time to design and the color that you can't remember if you have or not is at the bottom of a deep basket and desperate digging follows! For so long, I have wanted a cupboard so I could just open the doors and look at the color palette inside without rummaging. Back in November, I got one but it usually looks like this 😂😮

Okay, I can straighten that up and it will last ...for a time, but seriously, then there's the worm pile...

If you are reading this and have tips on how you stay organized, I'd love to hear the joy!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

LIfe after Woolwrights


                     A huge thank you to all the Woolwrights Rug Hooking Guild members 
                                                                        for another
                                                              💙   SUCCESSFUL 💙
                                                                         Hook - In!
        Your hours of planning and work were a huge benefit to all the hookers and vendors!

As I looked at my pictures (which were too few!), I noticed a trend of huddling in small groups here and there as women drooled over wool, loved on designs, and caught up with old hooker friends and met new!

                             Women connecting with women! ...and I love that!  Keep creating, keep relating, keep smiling, keep hooking! 
Wool deliberations at The Wool Studio
Some serious pickings at Susan Gonzales Designs



Professional wool drooling at Wool n Gardener (I love love love that rug on the wall!) So let's see, that's L to R: Jan Cole/the Wool n' Gardener, Lori Brechlin/Notforgotten Farm, Katie/The Bee & The Bear, Yours truly, Susan Gonzales/Susan Gonzales Designs
Group therapy at Winter Cottage 😉

So back to my title, life after Woolwrights....unpacking, cleaning the messes I made at my house as I got ready for the show, looking forward to a week long visit with the grandkids, all while visions of hooked rugs are dancing in my head!! Thanks to all of you for your encouragement and inspiration!

We've got a Nor'easter going on here in PA! I went to open the window to snap a shot of the view from my Winter Cottage to share with you, and the snow caved in onto the sill. I can now attest, without setting boots on the ground (although they've been out many times already to haul in wood for the fire) that this is a perfect snowball snow! Now on to that spot in front of the fire with a mug of coffee and hook in hand! 

Keep safe out there!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

I Feel Stuffed ;]

                 It's time to pack up for the Woolwrights Annual Spring Hook-In and I spent the day finishing up loose ends and stuffing wool into a few little pinkeeps that are tagging along with me.

                                  This little kitty is sneaking some cream from an old cup and saucer.
                                                      Fabrics are repro prints from the late 1800's.


                                   ............back to the Hook-In.........  I'm looking forward to meeting up with
                    familiar faces and enjoying all the day has to offer. Woolwrights Rug Hooking Guild
                    puts on a great Hook-In. Great opportunity to stock up on rug hooking supplies from                                                                              wonderful vendors!
                                     Registration is now closed but shopping opens to the public at
                             11am so if you're within driving distance to Lancaster Pa on March 17
                                                                we'd love to have you stop by!

                                                                Your stash will thank you ;]

                                                       What Hook-Ins do you like to attend?

Friday, February 16, 2018

Sweet doll quilts

I think antique doll quilts have got to be the sweetest old textile of all. I just love them. I drool over them in books and on Pinterest, and hunt for them in antique shops. I was going to say that I don't own one, but as I'm writing, it's dawning on me that yes, I probably do. You see, my great grandmother made one for me and my doll many years ago. Surely, it's approaching antique status by now! 😊

Here's a little doll taking a nap on a pile of doll quilts. Both the doll and the doll quilts are handmade by me.
I've been wanting to make a few more, so I pulled out my stash of civil war repro prints.

It's been a gray, rainy day and the reds kept catching my eye, brightening up my work area.
Thought you might like to see a few happy red antique doll quilts that I found on Pinterest. They are so sweet!

I love the setting strips on this one.

This one makes me smile. It's so bright and cheery!

And this one? Love. The fabrics are awesome, love triangles, and if you tilt on its side, there's a big red bowtie looking quite smart and hip!

Happy Friday everyone, and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

On this day when people speak of love and kindness and offer their tokens of regard to one another, 
let me send my best wishes for a happy day!
I hope it includes a homemade heart shaped sugar cookie ~ my favorite valentine treat!