Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Another finished quilt!

What?! Two finished quilts? I finished this pretty 60's quilt during a very lovely sewing weekend with my two fellow spinsters and our very good friend Anna of The Willow Nest!

We were given this quilt top a few years ago and I finally decided to finish it! I love this quilt to pieces (pun very much intended). It's filled with so many pretty fabrics and it's so bright and cheerful without being too dated. Ooh, AND I finally got to use the beautiful vintage sheet that I won in a giveaway several years ago to back it! I love the result!

 The next three photos are of my three favorite fabrics in the quilt.

 I had to cut one row of squares off of the finished top so that it would fit the vintage sheet I wanted to use for the back. I didn't want the strip to go to waste so I cut it in half  and added it to two of the corners on the binding.  The rest of the binding is a yellow gingham!

It's super cozy and warm!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

My Irish Chain Quilt

I recently finished a quilt that has been in the works for oh...4 or 5 years maybe? It is an Irish Chain pattern I found in a book called Big Book of Scrap Quilts. The pattern is called Jenny's Flower Garden. I used all scraps from my stash including scraps from a civil war ball gown, a failed green linen dress project,  a button up shirt, a pair of pajamas, a baby quilt and other random scraps from my stash! It feels so good to use up so many! Here are a few pictures for your viewing pleasure.

The whole thing is machine quilted in a diagonal pattern with PURPLE quilting thread! In each white square I hand quilted these pretty flowers. Honestly, I think the hand quilting was my favorite part of the process.

It is bound in scraps from my Civil War Ballgown!

And here is the back. A pieced together back with a bunch of  pastel scraps and muslin from my stash!

 I have to say I didn't enjoy making this quilt as much as I thought I would. There were just too many little corners that had to match up with each other. That is why it's so small. Originally I was going to make it at least a double size but I ran out of steam and ambition. That being said, I really love the finished quilt and I'm so glad that I stuck with it and finished it.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Free 2015 Calender and Freebies at Pretty Wit!

  Pretty Wit will be giving you a FREE 2015 Calendar Page for each month this year!
{also a bunch of other freebies and DIY's that make the perfect gifts, gift toppers, and envelope stuffers}

There is no specific theme for the year {because who can stick to one theme for an entire year?} There's a little bit of vintage, films, Paris, and just plain pretty! 

Here's a bit of
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Hobbit and my Dwarvish Knits

Marguerite, at your service....

We went to go see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies the day it came out. (We loved it!)
It was so epic and SAD and beautifully done! I won't post any spoilers in case some of you haven't seen it yet! I absolutely LOVED the song at the end. Heartbreakingly beautiful!

 So, because it was the LAST one we decided to dress up. It's tradition, what can I say? "Nerds have more fun." as Gen says.
I finished my medieval over dress and we each knitted a "detachable party hood" like the dwarves have in the book. Mine is the blue one because Fili and Kili were always my favorites and their hoods are blue. =] 

 I used the Dragon Watcher's Hood pattern by Tiny Owl Knits.
I made it a little longer than the pattern and I added a bell at the tip of the hood as well as the ends of the massively long drawstring with fabulous tassels!

I also made this knitted bag for which I made up the pattern. Something I've been wanting a very long time! A bag to wear with my costumes! It's inspired by Eowyn and Rohan... and also the Dwarves. 

Well, I hope everyone had a happy Groundhog day yesterday! One of the best (and silliest) holidays ever. Let me know what you thought of the the Last Hobbit movie (no spoilers please!) and I would love to see if you made costumes too!
Happy February!

Friday, January 23, 2015

We had snow...

..on Christmas Eve! And it stayed all through Christmas. yay!
I'm wanting snow again. Don't shoot me for saying that, but I do.

I really don't have anything to say except that I want to talk. I miss my friends that live far away.. and that live close for that matter. But I am resolved to actually learn how to communicate. I'm working on it.
Meanwhile I'm making Mochi and pillowcases. :)
Thanks for puting up with my weird moment.....s.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Happy New Year!

 Hello to you and to a brand-spankin'-new year!

I am so excited for this year! Last year really was great in so many ways! This year, I hope will be something marvelous!

So, I am a nanny. Have I ever told you that? Well, anyway I am. A very part time one.
The Lady I work for, who I love to pieces, lived in Japan until she was 14, so I always ask her things about Japan and how they celebrate holidays and so forth. One day I asked her about Christmas and New Years and the thing she remembered the most was the Kagami Mochi. It's a decoration they have the whole month of December and then when New Year's comes they break it up, cook it and eat it! So, I decided to try my hand at making one. And here it is...

I used THIS recipe (the microwave one believe it or not). (One day I'd love to make it with ice cream!)It's made out of Mochiko (sweet white rice flour (Bob's Red Mill has it.)), sugar, water and a little potato starch (to cover the outside so it's not sticky). Then I used a Mandarin orange with a leaf for the top and made an origami paper fan and tag for it. I had to wrap it in plastic wrap as well to keep it looking spiffy. Fun, huh?

I also made some Mochi squares to snack on, but the were a dismal failure! They tasted really good, but after a few hours they got all soggy and bleh. (I hope that didn't happen with my Kagami Mochi! I'll have to ask...) So, I'll have to try them again. Probably with this recipe.

Thanks for stopping by! Leave a comment and let us know what you're doing or trying this new year!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Autumn + Tea + Books

Won't you join me for tea in the garden?

A special treat for an "everyday" sort of day.

Everything has a story hidden somewhere inside, glinting with the light of mystery...

Books for inspiration...

 Here is a cozy trivet I made for my Aunt. She took us to a Fiber Fair and I bought some beautiful dyed wool to felt. I used a bright wooly orange for her gift. (and some sparkly yarn, because I couldn't resist, and because I thought it gave it a whimsical quality.) Thank you Aunt J!  ♥

 It was my first attempt with this type of "fiber painting"- if you will... 
It was very fun and a bit difficult to make look right. But I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. Maybe I'll do a winter one next time...

 It was a lovely day... one of the last warm days of October.

Not long after this we got 8 inches of Snow! It was a bit of a rude awakening to Winter! But wonderful too! It was so beautiful! It's mostly melted now, and we are busily preparing for Thanksgiving and you-know-what after!

I hope you all are having a lovely day!
We will be baking and adding the last finishing touches to the house today! I am so excited for one of my most favorite holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!