Saturday, February 20, 2016

A Vacation At Home

This week for Project Quilting, we were to be inspired by the word "Vacation".  I decided to base my quilt on a vacation at home.  I remember years ago they used to call them "Stay Vacations".

We live out in the country up in a hill. We are surrounded with beautiful pine trees.  When we look out our windows, we feel like we are on vacation all the time. I decided to make a thread painted quilt of us looking out the window.

If you look close you can see a raccoon in the yard.

I also took a photo out the window of my quilting studio of the deer in our yard.

I used the raw edge applique' method and thread painted on the pieces.  I stitched together, randomly, creams and white prints for the background.

It needed a border. 

I added a couple more trees and silhouettes of us. 

I selected to use 2 layers of batting.  I use Hobbs brand batting on all my quilts.  The top layer is washable wool and the bottom layer is 80/20 batting.  The top layer gives it the fluff and the bottom layer gives it some firmness.

I quilted the background with a cream and white thread.  First with cream and then with white.  I think it makes it look like a snowy hill.

Next I quilted/thread painted the trees with a green thread and then white thread on the trees to appear like snow on them. I quilted with black thread on the brown trunks and black thread on the borders and the silhouettes.

I am pleased with the results. I really enjoyed the challenge this week.

Here's a few up close photos.

I stitched in my name --- Marcia and 2016 on the side.

I flipped it over so you can see the backside.

I will be linking up for Project Quilting over a Persimon Dreams Blog for this week's challenge.

Hop over and check out all the quilts created in one week.

Enjoy your evening!


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Yes --- It's a BLUE Heart!

In 2007, I created my Crazee Patch Paper Pieced Heart Pattern.  In 2007 with a group of quilters, we made a quilt for at Breast Cancer Fundraiser.  In 2011, we made another one!  It's a fun and easy to make paper pieced heart pattern.

You can find it in my Online Pattern Store.  Links are in my sidebar. It is a FREE PDF Pattern.

Tonight I made a BLUE Heart!

You know I love blues....

I love it! 

I will probably add borders and make a table topper for the center of my dining room table.

I selected some of my favorite blues.

My PDF Pattern includes the paper pattern for printed to sew on and several photos of the Crazee Patch Heart in a quilt and as mini quilts and other ideas. It does not include instructions for paper piecing. You can find tons of "How To Paper Piece Tutorials" online.

Hop over and download my Crazee Patch Paper Pieced Heart for FREE! 

Want to see the Heart in "Pinks" and in a quilt? Click Here

Enjoy your day!


Saturday, February 6, 2016


It's a thread painted blue and purple baby owl!

I knew right away when the Project Quilting Challenge was announced, what I wanted to do. We were to be inspired by thread. I want to thread paint on raw edge applique'.

But I didn't know what I wanted to create.  Then I saw Linda's watercolour that she shared on instagram.  You can find Linda at linlovespaper on Instagram.

Linda was inspired by Kelly of cookstah on Instagram.

I was inspired by both Linda and Kelly to create my little thread painted baby owl.  I named it Blueberry! 

Here's the backside of the quilt.

These are all the thread colors I used for my thread painted baby owl.

Here's how I made my raw edge applique' pieces for thread painting.

I used a fine point sharpie marker to draw the lines so I would know where to stitch when I started quilting --- thread painting on the raw edge applique'.

I am linking it up over at Persimon Dreams for Season 7 Challenge 3 of the Project Quilting Challenges.

Click here to see all the Project Quilting Quilts that were created this week.

Enjoy your day!


You will find many other raw edge applique' thread painted quilts on m blog.

Search at the top Thread Painting and First Bloom and Confetti