Monday, March 21, 2016

Happy Spring

It is time for some light colors to usher in spring!
Even if it isn't spring where you live - enjoy the quilts.

All three vintage quilts are hand pieced and hand quilted.

Fun colors and prints.

Like some of you we still have days of snow ahead of us.

Bringing these quilts out is like a fresh spring breeze in the house.

Read more about the quilt on the left side HERE.
It is very similar to the variation on the wall.



Monday, March 14, 2016

Featured Quilter Deanna w SVBAQ Update

Deanna is one of the many talented stitchers participating in the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Sew Along (SVBAQ).

She's agreed to share some of her quilting world with us.
So many of us love to the sewing spaces of our quilting friends.  She's welcoming us in!

This is Deanna's start on the SVBAQ blocks.
The Liberty Tree is in process now.
She's using French General fabrics.
Back Basting is her go-to appliqué technique
Her blocks will finish at 16"
She will be hand quilting her project and is planning to make all of the blocks.
She chose this project because she loves Esther's design and it will be a beautiful addition to her home.

Deanna's Sewing space is beautiful.

She's also lucky, she never sews alone.
Her lovely side kick Teddy keeps her company.
Isn't he precious?

You can see she is very organized.

In addition to a practical space, Deanna adds designer touches throughout her home.

A closeup of the shelf gives a few clues to some of Deanna's loves.

Rabbits and Bunnies

Displays featuring sewing treasures

The pin cushions are made by Deanna, she also generously gifts them.

Little quilts and lace - all so pretty

So what kinds of projects come from this special place?

There are piecing and appliqué projects.

The basket top is from Blackbird Designs - Cold Wind Blows book.  Hand Appliqué, machine pieced.

The Baltimore Album block is an Elly Sienkiewicz design.
She has 10 blocks finished, all and appliqué.

The Irish Chain top is a recent finish from Aunt Reen's Big Leap Sew Along.  Machine pieced, using Doreen's instructions.  Deanna is considering machine quilting it on her new Bernina Santa delivered.

Deanna also does hand embroidery, including: crazy quilting, rework and counted cross stitch.

The tiny thimble purse is, 'Tree of Life Purse' by Brenda Gervais.

The sampler is, 'Rose Motif Sampler' by JBW Designs
Framed in an antique frame.

Hand Applique, Hand Quilted
Finished Size:  47" x 43"

I asked Deanna what her favorite project has been. Hard question!  Could you chose one?

She chose her La Petite Pomegranate, an AQSG 2014 Study Project.  This quilt is part of a traveling exhibit touring the country for four years.
The full quilt and the original (also owned by Deanna), can be seen in the book, "In War Time: A Study of Civil War Era Quilts" By the American Quilt Study Group.


For the SVBAQ mid month link up, My Liberty Tree.
You can see more Liberty Tree blocks on the SVBAQ blog HERE.
Also on the SVBAQ Facebook Page HERE.

SVBAQ quilter Dianne Miller was featured HERE.

I hope you enjoyed meeting Deanna, seeing her sewing space and great quilt projects!

Have a great week!

Deanna's Liberty Tree block 3/15/2016