Burlap Heart for Silent Auction

A couple weeks ago I went to a Floriani machine embroidery seminar and this burlap heart was one of the In-The-Hoop projects. Each half of the heart is stitched in the hoop separately. Even the button holes were stitched in the hoop by the embroidery machine! After stitching each half heart, another piece of burlap is put in the hoop and the 2 halves are put on top if it. Then a top to bottom line is stiched just outside the buttonholes so the whole thing is in one piece.

All I need to do now is add a hanging loop in the back. I think it is intended to go on a door. I’m going to donate it to the silent auction at our quilt guild’s next quilt show.┬áThe show will be in October 2016. It may seem a long way off, but it will be here before we know it!

Things that make me smile:

  • Sweet t.v. shows like When Calls the Heart on Hallmark Channel.
  • Dinner at 800 Maple with Jim. I think this was the first time I tried halibut and I would definitely give it a 2 thumbs up!
  • A night of laughter with friends from grammer school (and one of their daughters) – The four of us went to a Murder Mystery Dinner called Killigan’s Island. Yep, you guessed it… it was based on Gilligan’s Island. In this version, Gilligan and Ginger got married, Mary Ann was murdered by being stabbed in the back, and Mr. Howell was murdered by being thrown overboard and drowned. My friends Caterina and Chloe solved both murders, making our table 1 of 2 tables out of at least 20 to solve the crimes!

Let’s go spread some sunshine!

-Melanie

 

 

Wool Applique

Saturday at quilt guild we had a wonderful trunk show and talk on working with wool by Susan Ralyea of The B C Woolery. She did a great job explaining the different types of wool blends and what works best for applique.

wool applique

Susan taught a workshop after the regular guild meeting and I acutally finished my project today! This is one basket from the “Geranium Baskets” pattern by Primitive Gatherings. The original pattern is for a table mat or candle mat that has 8 of these delightful baskets in a circle with a scalloped edge. This was a great workshop because it taught the basics without being overwhelming. Now all I have to do is find a suitable frame for this cute little basket!

I will definitely look for Susan and B C Woolery at future quilt shows. Right now she is just vending at shows, but she will be set up eventually so that people will be able to come schedule an appointment to go to her home shop to purchase supplies.

Things that make me smile:

  • Hand stitching – I actually find hand work very soothing. It also takes away the guild of sitting and watching t.v.
  • Finishing a project less than a week from when I started it!
  • Cookies and milk

Let’s go spread some sunshine!

-Melanie