Delightfully Winter

so it has been awhile since I posted, so I thought I better get back to it.  it is delightfully winter here which is the slowest time of year.  the days are shorter and we spend the time getting ready for the spring and summer shows.  it will start with a bang next month in Minot, ND.  we are so excited to go out there again…they are such a lovely group.  if you can make it out there, or live out there, be sure to pop on by the show.  Attend a class, stop by our booth, see the quilts.

Minot kicks of the show season…1 in march, 1 in april, 2 in june and 2 in july…then Quilt MN then autumn show season starts.  then 2015 is over!

getting back to February and what we have been working on.  as I was saying, January and February is a slower time of year…the weather is usually crappy and heck–I’d rather stay home when it is 0 degrees outside, but we do have lots of time to get projects figured out, finished, kitted, written and on the shelf for the Spring/Summer Quilt shows and online for the out-of-town quilters.

we have been going through our patterns and pulled some favorites and redone them.  This post is full of past projects that we have brought back.  A brand new take on a past favorite.

the first 3 are pillows–each its own special mixture of cotton fabrics, embroidery, wool, drop cloth, and vintage bedspread chenille.

First we’ll start with SummertimeIf you are wishing for summertime, this pillow will brighten up your day and get you in the mood for some sunshine.  A wonderful blend of Fig Tree’s Mirabelle, Bella Fig Tree Cream, embroidery, wool, and vintage buttons.  At 16 x 20 inches she is sweet and simple.

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Together (a pillow) is classic Romantic Prairie style and the perfect size at 16 x 23 inches.  a moda candy of Petite Prints by French General, some embroidered unbleached muslin, wool, buttons, and a hand torn ruffle.  The pillow says it all…

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 also…I LOVE that it is red and pink.  wonderful for Valentine’s Day…mix it with the Countryside Quilt you have been piecing.  Do you love French General…this blends with all of their fabrics.  Below we have it with Countryside and some heart pillows we made using batting and linen…

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Next up…is a beachy version Believe.  We pulled the soft blue out of the Autumn Lily collection by Blackbird and came up with this new little gem.  Isn’t she just the sweetest thing ever?  The vintage white bedspread chenille really brings together the soft blue and golden tan (which reminds me of sand).  I can already feel the sand between my toes.  Believe measures 10 x 12 inches.

believe online

****we fill all our pillows with scraps.  this gives them a vintage “lumpy” look and gets rid of some of those scraps we have****

This last project is one of the original minis that we did.  This one measures 16 x 20 inches and we framed it.  The original, Hannah’s Legacy, was retired several years ago and found a home in South Dakota.  She was a favorite, so when we saw Community last fall we knew that the Chocolate Rose print would be the best setting and border print for this project.  Then we went through our buckets of scraps and pulled all the bubblegum pink, browns, and shirting prints.

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6 little baskets surrounded by chocolate.  the perfect project to test the waters…whether it be pink and chocolate, civil war, or minis.  this one is sure to please.

Lucy Boston…I am almost finished!  just 3 more blocks then quilting and binding.  Hopefully by the end of the week.  She will be in the shoppe so be sure to stop on by and take a look.

happy stitching!

–april&mickey

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