Sunday, June 27, 2010

mini quilts

A month or so ago I was at my local quilt shop and I spied the Moda teeny tiny charm packs, they are 2 1/2" cute!! I really like Kate Spain's collections, so cheery...this one is called Verna. These little charms are so cute, all of the line for only 4.00! I had to have them....this weekend I made up a few mini's using them with 2 1/2" squares of white fabric, cut them in half and walla....enough 1/2 square, or triangle squares to make a few mini quilts....this top one is for myself.

This one is for the Aunt of my Nieces and Nephew on their Mother's side....she is a quilter herself, in town for the weekend and thought I would make her a little something.....

Up close :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

not bad if I say so myself

Lookie what I have been working on....thank goodness for great pictures with the tutorial....I believe mine is backwards from the way Christina shows you how to do it....but hey I am known to be a little backwards sometimes anyways. :) I am not supposed to send off my quilt swap until mid August, that seems soooo far away....I will just work on finishing this up and might have to hang it up in my own home and enjoy it before it makes its long journey to its new owner......

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

for my partner

I joined the doll quilt swap again, this is the 9th round. (I believe this is the 3rd time I have done it) I decided to do a "circle of geese" mini for my partner. She likes bright cheery colors....after looking through her flickr pages and blog I decided on this color combo.

Oranges, aquas and pinks

Here is the paper piecing part for the block.......WISH ME LUCK! I have never done one before BUT I have faith and will be looking at this tutorial A LOT!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

finishing up!

I can't get this picture to rotate! BUT....see this cross stitch? I started this in 1994, yes 1994!!! I finished it a few weeks ago....only took me 16 years....good grief.....It has traveled with me through several apartment moves, several boyfriends, many camping trips or vacations vowing to work on it (hardly did hence the 16 years it took me to finish) now 2 kids and a husband....I had finished all of the pictures...oh let's say several years ago and when my kids both had H1N1 this past October it was the perfect project to dig out AGAIN to work on while sitting between the two of them on the couch for a week.....

At the beginning of every new year I always make a list of things I want to do for the year....I can't tell you how many years "finish cross stich" was on it....well it won't be for 2011! YAHOO! Several weeks ago I dug this baby out again and started doing all of the outlining...I really enjoyed it and I finished it!! YEAH

Now that I have most of my "to do" list done....I had a project of a friends "to do" to friend Leanne is a knitter....she thought she would try her hand at some fusible web applique towels and after buying the book, the towels and all of the fabric had not even started it and knew it was not for her....she gave me all of it because she knew I was "crafty". I got to them this week and I think they turned out darling....I got her address (she moved a year or so ago) and little does she know but I am sending the finished towels back to her....she has no idea...they were fun to make...I kept the book and might be whipping out more of these for gifts this year for some teachers....

Working on any "to do" things for you or someone else?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

teacher gift 2010

The school year will come to an end for Emily on Friday, summer here we come!! Once again we just loved her teacher. Last year I made her kindergarten teacher a special gift. This year it was Mrs. Brunton's turn. :) I used several Moda Sweetwater au.then.tic charm packs....instead of running to the store for one more pack I used up some of my stash....I think it turned out really well. During the school year I emailed the student teacher for her class asking her to snoop around for me and find out Mrs. Brunton's favorite of green in this quilt!

Here is a close up of the label....I even found some flannel fabric with green in it for the backing.

All wrapped up ready for a gift bag.

Here is Mrs. Brunton and Emily after opening her gift, all smiles by everyone. (Emily is wearing a crown because they celebrated her birthday at school today, it is not until August though)

Monday, June 14, 2010

dqs9 favorites

dqs9 favorites
Originally uploaded by kristinemhanson
Ok partner here it is, my mosaic of some of my favorites....I am easy...I am really loving the blue, aqua, teal, green, lime green combos yet I love the oranges and yellows too....I like white too yet I have done a quilt in gray and recieved a few things with gray sashing and am loving that too.... Iam easy! Have fun! Take a peak through my flickr favorites to see more....I like the Ohio star block, log cabin, flying geese, patchwork....I could go on and on and on and on......

Sunday, June 13, 2010

dear partner...

Dear doll quilt 9 partner....I have not made a mosaic yet of my favorites....I will get to it tomorrow....I went camping this weekend without my children, just the to you later....Love, Kristine

Friday, June 11, 2010

pinwheel sampler top FINISHED!

Wow look at blogging in 2 weeks and now I have 2 blog entries in less then 2 days! :)

Here is my finished top for Rachel's pinwheel sampler quilt a long. The color combo is still not my favorite but I am really happy with how this turned out.....there are so many fabrics in this that I just loved and when putting it all together I just kept thinking "I don't usually pick black, red, gray" but I think it works....I am SO glad I made the mini pinwheels in the sashing....really tied it all together and just as happy if not more that I used more fabric and did the borders....

Here is an up close shot of one of my favorite it!
Another favorite...the red floral fabric was one of my favorites in is a Mary Jane Butter's print....there are 2 other of her prints in this quilt too.

It has been raining and so gray here the past few days...sorry about the bad pictures (click on them to see up close) but hey I am a quilter not a photographer!
I have no idea what I am going to do with this does not go with anything in my hurry to quilt it...might just put it in my closet until I figure out what to do with it....if you want to see more quilt a long blocks and finished quilts look here....there are some BEAUTIES!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

quilt for "Cookie"

I have these friends....they dated FOREVER, (7+ years) got married 4 years ago and tried, tried, tried to have a baby "the old fashioned way". Didn't work :( Last year they decided to try get 3 chances and it is a lot of $ and still no guarantee of a baby.....the first two times did not work :(

But the 3rd time did!!! Yahoo!! A baby girl is on her way early August....right now they have named her "Cookie"....they will not name her until they see her darling face on her birthday!

Here is a picture that I stole off of the momma's facebook (I can do that right?) Isn't the crib set darling? The momma and poppa of "Cookie" are VERY outdoorsy, the type of people that camp in the snow (what? who would do such a thing?) and not in a camper! I wanted to make "Cookie" something special oh say like a quilt but I did not want it to be too girlie or too feminine so I went with browns, pinks and greens to stay with the nature theme of the bedroom. This is what I came up with....what do you think?

An up close shot, it is raw edge appliqued. I bought the pattern from Quilt Taffy (love these ladies) it is called Vintage Circle quilt by yoyomama designs. I don't know why I was so anxious about doing this....after it was all finished I loved it, at first I was FREAKED out it was going to look like zig and zag all over the place and I was concerned that the back would be just a mess.....but smart me went with a very busy flannel backing and you hardly notice the stitching at all. No pins are used basting this quilt, you use spray on adhesive (dining room floor was a bit sticky) and glue sticks to paste the fabric pieces down then sew, sew, sew.

I think it turned out well, still a nice quilt but a bit more casual, no need to worry about getting it dirty, I want this to be used and loved and snuggled with.....I hope "Cookie" likes it....I sure liked making it for her and can't wait to meet her soon!

You can click here to see upclose pictures of the quilt :)