Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Spring has Sprung and so has my Blog!

Good Day and welcome to my new blog! I hope to bring you inspiration to get some fun quilts and projects done! I am a a wife and mother of three daughters. There is no one better to make a quilt for than those you love! To introduce myself, today I'll share a few quilts and other projects that I have designed.

This quilt is called In the Orange Grove. It started off with a new obsession with wool applique and moved on to mixing cotton with the wool. I've included reproductions along with Kaffe fabrics to add a whimsy to this traditional looking pattern. I really got out of the box on this one...my usual colors are reds, blues, greens, browns and tans. I love the mix of fabric styles and colors in this one. It was so much fun to work on!

These are the window treatments I made for our family room. The windows are facing east and the sun is blinding bright in the morning so I had to cover them very soon after moving into the house seven years ago. These add a personal touch to our home and keep us comfortable in the mornings since they prevent the sun from shining right into our eyes during our morning coffee.

Once the window treatments were finished, I had to try something new on our table! Our oak table was damaged in the move, and this was my old crafting table. It had paint globs and scratch marks and was very used and abused. It is over 50 years old and was my parents' first table. I gave it a stripping, then drew and painted the pattern from the window treatments on top, carved around the borders of the shapes, stained and varnished it and covered it with glass so it would not get damaged again! This is sitting just outside our family room. It is an old heirloom made new again.

This quilt is called Brookshire Star and is one of my favorites. This quilt matches my window treatments and kitchen table. Once the window treatments and table were finished, I had to make a quilt to go along with them! I'm not usually this matchy matchy, but it all coordinates well without being too much. The long room consists of the kitchen, dining and family rooms so all these items are spread out. This quilt is done all by machine; machine applique and machine quilting. I would like to make another someday with needleturn and hand quilt it for a more rustic look. Maybe I'll use some of the wools that I'm so in love with now!

~~ Happy May Day by the way!! This is my garden at the front door and my grand-dog Jersey on the left and my dog Ginger on the right!

That's all I'll post for now...I'll post more pics soon so we can get to know each other!



  1. Congratulations " Missie".....love everything about your new blog! You will enjoy new friends that are quilters and have the same passion as you...they will love your delightful designs!!!

    Happy May Day!

    Carolyn :)

  2. Congrats on your new blog it looks great along with all of your designs. Have fun with it.

  3. Hi Missie... stopping by via Cheryl from "So Many Quilts, So Little Time!" I love your projects!
    It's nice to meet you, and I'm a new follower, too.

  4. Amazing! You made these window treatments by yourself? Was it hard? How I wish I could also do something for our windows! I’ve been trying my best, but maybe crafting or whatever you call it is not just my talent. Anyway, what you did was so inspiring! Good job!

    -Roxie Tenner