sewing: patriotic table topper

The quilt show had fabric for sale, and I picked up a charm pack for $5. What a great price. I used all but two or three of the squares, and filled in the whites from my stash.

I never buy these kinds of prints. I like them. . . but I never buy them.

They worked so well in this design, I am tempted to do a whole bed quilt. I’ve always had in mind sewing a quilt with civil war reproduction prints. Maybe this will inspire me to get a move on with that.

I picked up the backing fabric at Hobby Lobby. What a pretty design. I picked up a little bit extra, so I would have some for another project TBD.

I wanted the quilt to have a scrappy look, but it’s not quite as varied as I hoped. My inspiration came from seeing this beautiful quilt. I like the way some of her prints just seem to fade away.

I am quite tempted to try this pattern again, in a different color way.

Lastly, here’s my beautiful Christmas cactus. I have never had one of these flower, ever. There must be something right about the conditions this year. 🙂

I hope your week is going well. Are you ready for Christmas?


At the Ouachita Quilt Show, pt. 5

Our last post on the show. See parts one, two, three and four. From November, 2022. I am impressed some participants submitted four or five quilts–whew!

The colors in this schoolhouse quilt work for me. Plus, I love the tall and narrow buildings showcasing a traditional quilt block. Wish I had thought of it.

I like how this flower garden lets you invest a little bit less time piecing the hexes.

Every library should have one of these.

It is surprisingly difficult (for me) to make the busy-ness of star fabric work. This person pulled it off beautifully.

Aaaaaaaaand the last participant in our show tour. Great colors, wonderfully done.

hope you enjoyed the show as much as I did.

I wonder what everyone is working on for next year?

At the Ouachita Quilt Show, pt. 4

In case you haven’t been keeping up, here are part one, two and three. November, 2022. Lots of lovely quilts.

I love everything about this purse, right down to how she made the strap. Simple yet elegant.

The quilt block uses a variation in fabrics, which adds interest.

I like the panel, it’s an interesting take on Americana.

We live not so far from the Boggy Creek Monster that was made famous a couple-three decades ago, so this one honors the local(ish) hero.

Only one more post to come! I didn’t even take photos of every quilt, more like only one in four. A truly magnificent show!

At the Ouachita Quilt Show, pt. 3

Photos taken at the Ouachita Quilt show, November, 2022. See parts one and two for more pretty images.

I love a good Americana, and these pinwheels are fun.

Doesn’t this have an interesting motion to it?

I did not realize there were so many variations to the sunbonnet Sue idea. You could take this one a million different ways.

I thought this one was a panel, but maybe it has been pieced? Now I can’t tell.

Do any of these make you think it’s time to get to quilting? I know there will never be enough time to make all the quilts I want.

Mote to come!

At the Ouachita Quilt Show, pt. 2

More images from the November 2022 Ouachita Quilt show. No rhyme or reason to the images I picked, but maybe you’ll see something you like.

The variety of what you can achieve with fabric is pretty astonishing. What a bunch of characters.

A note on the below quilt said she collected flower fabrics for years before putting them together into this flower garden.

This is a variation on the play mats you usually see as race car tracks–a doll house! Each room outfitted for a little interactive play. The people have a bit of velcro on the backs so you can move them around. What a labor of love for some lucky little girl.

I’m trying not to overwhelm you, but there’s still more to come! See part 1, here.

At the Ouachita Quilt Show, pt. 1

From the November 2022 Ouachita Quilt Show.

I did not write down the names of all of the artists, and offer these as a selection of ones that leapt out at me for this reason or another.

Isn’t this pretty? The variegated monochrome really sets it all off and makes it work. I love historical green and red quilts, but there’s something about this one that really takes it up a notch. This lady was showcased this year, but I took only the one photo of this quilt. There were about six of her quilts in the display. She was the grand winner last year.

Masculine quilts are pretty rare, so I try and take photos when I see ones I like. The one below works as both an autumn/winter quilt, and masculine. The use of different blocks spices it up.

In case you are looking at this on a tiny screen, the words in the center of the quilt are, “Over the river and through the woods….To grandmother’s house we go!” You can’t read it without the melody, can you? The mind just sings it.

I did not do a great job of capturing this angel quilt. Each square made a reference to something the recipient liked. There was a Honda logo, and a Quiznos, and names of friends, and so on….

These are a few, maybe you will find inspiration. More to come in the next few days–I took a lot of photos!

this and that

Are you enjoying a lovely change of weather? It seems like the awful heat is finally over. The nights are dipping down to the edge of winter-chilly. I hope autumn lingers, but it seems it will fly by.

The little frog was perched atop a rose bush. I was surprised to see him up there, and wonder how he managed it.

My own unsteady hand mangled all my frog photos a bit, I apologize for the blur. This was the best one of the bunch. Maybe I had too much coffee that morning….

Have you noticed I haven’t been posting project photos this year? I haven’t been doing much, besides knitting. I’ll post some photos of that another day. I couldn’t let Halloween get by without a couple additions to the decor, though. I made a set of coasters, and another bunting. I am running out of places to hang the Halloween buntings. Well, you know, can’t have too many.

The fabrics are both from Walmart, in the pre-cut half-yard seasonal collection. I really like the pumpkins, they got it just right. The design has a 1930s feel to it. I bought extra. I probably should buy more before it’s gone. (**update: It’s gone.)

Then a plate of thumbprint cookies. I think it’s a butter cookie, but it tastes like shortbread. With the raspberry jam, they turned out wonderfully delicious.

I hope the lovely weather goes on and on.

Have a great day, and thank you for visiting!