Monday, January 23, 2017


My inspiration to make my first quilt came from the Amish.
Although I have never visited an Amish Community
I have always had an interest in their ways.
Especially in their hand made quilts.

My first cross stitch project that I will share is called
"Quiltin Lesson".
It was stitched on 18 count Aida.

This is where I left off on my last post of my most recent cross stitch project. 


The finished cross stitch below is called "Spring Cleaning".
Also done on 18 count Aida.

 These two cross stitch projects were designed by
Diane Graebner.
Diane is best known for prints which depict the life styles
of the Amish people where she lives in Ohio.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Schnibbles Quilt ~ Lincoln

I bought this pattern for a wall size quilt more than a year ago
at a quilt shop in Bismarck, ND.
It is called: Lincoln 
and is one of many Schnibbles designs
by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.

I had some red, white and blue fabrics already cut into 5" squares.
I thought this would work perfect for this quilt.
I started cutting out all the pieces.
These are two of the different block designs.

The simplest of the two was sewing the bars.
They are two inch strips, five inches long.
Their pattern did not follow an exact
red, white and blue pattern... I decided I liked this best.

The next block was a little more difficult.
I just followed the directions and sewed one by one.
And if you notice that the center star strip does
not match the two white strips on the sides
the pattern has it this way.  There was no mistake.
It makes it easier so you don't have to match the seams!

The center piece of fabric was my inspiration.
It says the Pledge of Allegiance.
It was a scrap of cloth given to me.
I had just enough to make the thirteen star blocks.

Here is the quilt top all sewn together.
It measures approximately 32 inches square.

I have been told that it is very Patriotic looking.
While out with a friend earlier this week at a JoAnn's Fabric
I found this fabric I thought would be perfect for the backing.

It is called Stars on Wood.
I am making the quilt binding out of this fabric as well.
It is ready for batting and to be sandwiched together.
That will come next week.

Here is the quilt top, backing and the binding all ready.
I will hopefully be able to share this as a finished
project before too long.


Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday Update

I am half way there!

Here is a close up of what I am working on.

I love the Simplicity of the Amish.
This is my second Amish inspired Cross Stitch.
I will share more soon.

Wishing you all a good weekend.
For those with snow and cold
I wish you warm moments
doing what you love best.


Monday, January 2, 2017

Fall ~ Harvest Blessings

My first cross stitch project finish for 2017.

I had hoped to have this finished to display this past Fall;
but the outline and back stitches took more time than I thought.
I have stitched on this piece over Christmas.
I hope to have this framed and ready to enjoy by Fall 2017.

This piece is called Fall Blessings
Designed by Diane Arthurs,
Imaginating, Inc.
Stitched on #14 count Aida
Stitched Area Size: 6" X 10 1/4"

My focus for 2017 will be to finish projects that I have already started.

I look forward to sharing more with you soon.