Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Quilt Exhibit by Bonnie J. Smith

I work at the University of Michigan.  
Yesterday a friend told me about a really cool quilt exhibit there.  
We walked over to the building to see it and thought you might enjoy the quilts too.

My kids were all swimmers.  
My son stopped after a few years, but both my girls swam through high school.  
The younger one swam at Michigan State for a year too. 
 My husband and I were YMCA and USA swimming officials for over 10 years.  
Needless to say, swimming was a major part of our lives for a long time.  
These quilts were fantastic.  
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

I took a photo of one of the signs, as pictured here, but not all of them.


This one reminded me of practice lanes!









I hope you enjoyed the show here as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you all.

Happy sewing!

~XOP~


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Look at That Face!

I finished the first top portion of one of the trivets.  Isn't she great??


Definitely a WIP at this point.  Stay tuned.  Don't forget to go over to 52 Quilters and visit!

Linking up with Let's Bee Social.

~XOP~






Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Quick Post

Don't forget to come and visit me at the 52 Quilters blog this week.  
Most of my posts will be over there.  

Last night I was working on a trivet to go with the oven mitts
 I made for the bridal shower next weekend.  
I was playing with my fabrics and thought I would share.  

Pop over to 52 Quilter's tomorrow to see what I ended up choosing.




Here are the two faces together.


Happy sewing!

~XOP~


Friday, April 22, 2016

Some More Finishes

I have managed to finish up a few more things for the upcoming bridal shower.  
I had decided that I wanted to make 4 embroidered towels, some oven mitts 
and an etched baking dish. 
 I finished the oven mitts and the 4 towels.  






I could not be happier with how these turned out!  

The oven mitts are adorable too.


I think I want to make some of those paper pieced trivets that I made one Christmas, to go with these.
I will need to look for some embroidery for the centers.  
Maybe some anthropomorphized veggies?  Maybe more dishes?  
I'm not sure just yet.
If I have time I would love to make a set of coasters to match these mitts.
Oh those faces!

Have a great weekend and a heads up that I will be taking over the 52 quilters Instagram/Blog and Twitter next week, so if you follow them please stop in and say HI to me!

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts

Have a great weekend!

~XOP~


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WIP Wednesday

I have several things going right now.  
I'm working on some bridal shower gifts and 
trying to get my The Splendid Sampler blocks caught up.  
I spent a lot of time on this paper pieced block on Saturday 
(when I should have been in the garden weeding)
I think the resultant block turned out well though!


Hubby and son were out fishing on Saturday and since he does most of the cooking I decided to cook.  I made some chicken pot pie. 
 I use broccoli as my kids don't like peas.  
Kicker is that they are no longer at home and hubby likes peas better, but I love the broccoli!  


I decided to embroider some "Kitchy" kitchen towels for the bridal shower as part of my gift.  
I did get this one teapot finished, but have 3 more to do.  
There are black stripes down each side of the towels. 
 Their kitchen theme seemed to be black and white, so I thought these would be fun!


I also madea pair of oven mitts.  I love that the dots have faces!


I lined the mitts with white polka dots on black, so cute!


I also got the last round of my bee blocks finished.  So I guess that is not a WIP but the bee is a constant WIP!


Now I just need time to finish the embroidery on the last towels.
Quilt Fox Face quilt for the next baby.
Assemble the Little Birdie quilt and get that quilted.
Just a few balls in the air.

Linking to Let's Bee Social

~XOP~


Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday Finish and First Q2 Finish

I had an older UFO lurking in my closet that I put on several "finish" lists. 
 I listed it in the APQ UFO Challenge and in the Q2 of the Finish Along
 I will link up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday too.  
Whew!  
It feels GREAT to have a finish!!

Many years ago, I joined a swap of pumpkin blocks. 
 If I remember correctly, the pattern was a Bunny Hill pattern (apparently it is no longer available) called When the Frost is on the Pumpkin, but it was so long ago!  
We had to make a certain number of pumpkins from the pattern and send them to our hostess. 
 She exchanged them all and send us the same number back. 
 I put them together as soon as they came back and even got the back made. 
 I made the binding and handed it off to my quilter.  
No rush, I told her.  
Several years later she gave it back to me (I had forgotten about it) and 
I machine sewed on the binding.  
Then it sat for another few months.  
This month I decided was the month to get it finished.  

 This was taken when the binding was machine sewn on but not turned.


Hallie, guardian of the pumpkin patch!


Here is my pumpkin patch in all it's glory.


Close up of some of the pumpkins in the patch.



I chose to use some fall flannel that I had in my stash for the back of this beauty.  I love those cats!


I have listed this in my ETSY shop  if you are interested.  

I am hoping to have a few more finishes this month also.  

Have a happy, stitchy weekend!

~XOP~