Saturday, February 18, 2012


Just so you know.....I'm going quite bonkers without my sewing machine. So many projects I want to be working on and its sitting in the repair shop.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pay It Forward

Several months ago I accepted an invitation from Nina Lise on Mrs. Moen's blog to participate in a Pay It Forward handmade gift exchange. I don't know if you have checked out Mrs. Moen's blog (you can get to her from my favorites list on the side of my blog) but she has a fascinating blog where she posts some amazing, thought provoking, creative projects that she makes. I couldn't refuse to join in the fun! Last night when I came home from work I found this large envelope with Norwegian stamps in the corner and knew that I was the lucky recipient of a Nina Lise original!!!
First I found this delightful card that I am sure was made with the help of her grandson. Lots of bold and bright brush strokes of vivid paint.

Then I pulled out this one-of-a-kind, delightful, amazing, wonderful, creative piece of artwork. It says "Put on a Happy face" on the top. The dress of this beauty is handmade "Make a smile" fabric (made by Nina Lise). The background is a vintage bed sheet. Nina Lise machine quilted wavy lines down the background. The arms and legs are left loose from the background and the head is held on with beautiful buttons. I have never seen such a perfectly sewn down binding. I am so delighted with my gift and can hardly wait to add my gifts to this Pay It Forward challenge. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, Nina Lise!
Now comes your opportunity to participate! I just need 3 people who are willing to accept the challenge. If you are willing to join in the fun just let me know. The challenge is that I have 1 year (365 days) to make a handmade gift for you and if you accept, you have 1 year from the time you receive my gift to pass a gift on to 3 other bloggers. Isn't that fun??? You never know what exciting thing you will receive in the mail from me but I've been thinking about what to send for several months now. Come on.....Join the fun....Accept the challenge.

Happy Quilting! Lynda

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Ellie's Valentine Tutu

Here's our little Ellie modeling her Valentine skirt from Grandma. Just 20 months ago she was about the same size as that monkey in her hand.

I'll be back tomorrow to share a special package that came in the mail for me!

Happy Quilting! Lynda

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

1920's Quilt Kit

Several years ago a sweet lady named Margaret Perry gave me this 1920's Quilt Kit that she had been working on for quite some time. She had hand appliqued the center and 3 corners before she gave it to me to finish. I DO NOT ENJOY hand applique but I told her I would finish it....someday. I did work on my little corner for several weeks. I took it to Linda at Just Sew fabric store in Highland and she machine quilted it for me. 1920 quilt kits were prestamped with where each piece was to go and the lines for quilting too. The fabric was all stamped with the flowers, leaves and vines. Margaret had cut them all out. Each piece had its own place on the quilt. Margaret passed away before I got it done but I think she would be so proud of how beautiful it turned out.

Here are some pictures of the quilting and the applique and even some of the hand embroidery I did to embellish the vines.

I don't know if you can tell that it has a scalloped border. I plan on getting some light blue for the binding and tackling that job as soon as I get my Viking back from repair.Happy Quilting! Lynda