Monday, January 21, 2013

Snow Days and More

 
Well, actually, everything I am about to show you was completed long before the snow started to fly.  As summer turned to fall I began stitching Snow Days, the January block of the Sweet Nostalgia BOM.
 
 
 
The last time I showed you my Kansas Dug-Out, I was deciding on border and binding colour.  As you can see I went with a black border and coloured binding.  This little dug-out was hand pieced and quilted, in the ditch, with black thread.
 

My third Hocuspocusville block, Spooky Lou's.

 
And, a long time coming, but now finished my Amish Stripe quilt.  Machine pieced in 2008 and recently hand quilted with a variegated thread.

 
I also machine quilted my free-form quilt and decided not to square up the edges before binding.  Letting it  remain in its free-form state seemed like the thing to do.

 
Remember Jeanneke's Building Houses with Scraps from last year?  Well, here is my mini version.  I hand pieced a house or two each month and put it all together before the end of the year.  Once hand quilted the binding will be done in the same fabric as the corner squares.

 
And, what I spent most of my time working on, my Shades of Autumn POTC quilt top.  The blocks were hand pieced in 2009-2010, but I still had a long way to go added the sashing and borders.

 
The colour in this photo is more true to the fabric I used for the Shades of Autumn POTC background.  So, try and image this earthy yellow colour instead of the washed out white (damn the camera) in the quilt top photo above,  Much nicer, yes?
 
That was autumn and it's on to winter, more to tell you another day.
 
Until next time.....happy quilting!
 
Karen
 

29 comments:

marina said...

what great finishes and progress pics. Lovely to see your sweet nostalgia block I so enjoyed this bom. Your houses are gorgeous and the shades of autumn top is beautiful. The fabrics look fantastic.

Kelli said...

Wow Karen!! Amazing work, and finishes. Love your stitching block. :) And that Shades of Autumn in AMAZING! So gorgeous!
xo

Raewyn said...

yes, I do like that earthy colour! lovely finishes Karen and such a nice variety of projects - your Shades of Autumn is very enticing - it really is beautiful.

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Debra Anger said...

Karen you have been very busy your PTOC is lovely! incredible work! and I love your scrappy houses, your stitching is icing on the cake to view I have both those patterns waiting in the wings to do! You have brought back all the things I want to get done but you are doing them impressive work!!Great incentive

Your freeform quilt is just perfect you really are a natural!

katrien said...

Lovely projects.

Paula said...

Karen I love your post, so many beautiful things to look at and admire.
I' don't know where to start. Your stitchery - gorgeous. Very good decision on the border and binding on Kansas Dug-out, I love it. Nice quilting on Amish Stripe. Your free-form quilt is so special and different but beautiful. The houses are also very pretty, I like your sashing fabric, it lighten up the houses - it's a beauty. Well the last but not the least, Shades of Autumn Potc, absolutely breathtaking, the autumn colours are my favorite.

Fiesta said...

Karen , all your projects are beautiful.

Maria said...

WOW sew many wonderful finishes...
Good idea just doing a few Houses and making a wall hanging.

Sue said...

Great projects. You've bee busy! And I especially love your POTC. I'm definitely starting on mine this year!

Love your header! Is that a Boyd's Bear? I have a whole collection of them along with a smaller collection of the Steif bears. Love them.

Terry said...

Your houses are so pretty, and I LOVE your shades of autumn top! :0)

Karen said...

I like the snowman block that you made from the Sweet Nostalgia set. I still have the patterns saved but only ever did one block.

Melody said...

Wow, so much wonderful sewing on show.

Lin said...

A beautiful collection of quilts Karen - all such lovely colours and so beautifully quilted. Lovely.

Carrie P. said...

some really great finishes. Love your big quilt and I need to pull out my Sweet Nostalgia blocks and finish them.

Merilyn said...

You do beautiful work Karen!! All your pieces are just lovely, I especially love your Amish Stripe and also your Freeform, beautifully finished and the quilting so appropriate for each piece. Hats off to you for completing the Shades of Autumn, such a lot of work in this, wonderful work here!!! BTW, that snowman stitchery is just so cute too!!!

Becky G said...

Wow... Lovely work. Thanks for the post... Most inspirational! Happy 2013, best wishes for the rest of the year... b

Anthea said...

Hi Karen... such a lovely number of pics here... such beautiful work! I love the Sweet Nostalgia stitchery, it will not doubt be a gorgeous BOM to work on.
I cannot imagine hand-piecing all those little cottages, what a work of love!!
x

heather said...

Love the borders and binding on the DugOut quilt. It finishes it off nicely.

Funoldhag said...

What a lovely quilt show, Karen! Your Shades of Autumn Quilt is especially gorgeous. Good feeling when things get finished. Stay warm, Karen! It's a cold one here this morning!!

Hilachas said...

Wow, Karen You do get a lot done. I love embroidery and I love yours. I just can't seem to get any done so I envy you that. Your quilts are gorgeous and you have so many finishes. You're amazing!

Annemieke said...

Your Potc quilt turned out very beautiful. Yes it is sometimes difficult to get the camera do 'the right thing'.I also love your 'free'projects'(the smaller quilt). You probably know the books written by Gwen Marston too? I think I have them all. And to make one with all lots of plain fabrics is still on my list.
Congratulations on so many finishes!
Groetjes
Annemieke

Judy said...

Wow, hand piecing all of those quilts! I'm so impressed. The black backgrounds just make the colors pop. I like the great color combinations that you chose to work with.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Karen it looks to me that you are sticking to your New Years commitment to show us some finishes! What a bunch of beauties! Well done.

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Hi Karen, I really like your projects! The Kaffe Fassett Kansas dug-out looks so great with the bright fabrics against the black background. And wow, the POTC is awesome!

Jen said...

Wow Karen,you have been really busy.It is a good feeling getting some UFOS done.Love the houses you built.Shades of Autumn is beautiful and Kansas dug-out is stunning.

Nadel-Garn-Tee said...

Hi Karen,
such pretty things you made! I can't see enough, have to caome back often. Your Shades of Autumn POTC quilt top is a dream!

Greetings from Germany, Marle

Daniƫlle said...

Thanks for your lovely words! How are things at the mindful beehive? Know exactly what you mean Karen!! But OMG you are truly a very busy bee!! HMMMM love your projects, happy stitching!! Hugs, Daniƫlle

Joan said...

POTC quilt is absolutely beautiful!