Saturday, June 30, 2018

A Quilt for Miss Sniff

"We'll make a new quilt for Miss Sniff's bed and a pillow, too," said Aunt Cordelia. "Maybe that will make her happy." 
Aunt Cordelia and Polly Pinks sewed away and made a pink quilt and soft pink pillow for Miss Sniff's bed.

'Sew' sweet!

Today's lovely pictures are from the book Miss Sniff by Jane Curry 
with illustrations by Florence Sarah Winship.
Published 1945 by Whitman Publishing Co.

Happy Weekend Stitching!

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Colouring Fun!

Free Printable Quilty Bookmarks with Matching Printable Backs
Way back, almost two decades ago, when I had more time, I used to love drawing and colouring pictures of some of my early quilt designs.
You can see many of them, which now are sold on my site as printable quilt note cards here. They are near the bottom of the page.

A few years ago I turned some of that art work into my Free Printable Quilty Bookmarks with Matching Printable Backs, that are still available on my site for you to request, print and gift to your quilting friends!
Click the highlighted words to get directly to that page.

I also used them for my free printable quilt labels, too!

Free Printable Quilt Graph Papers
These days, the only colouring I have time for is to colour my quilt designs, to see how they will look in fabric.
I draw my quilt on my printable graph paper and enjoy digging into my box of pencil crayons for some colouring fun.
You can do the same - Request my Free Printable Graph Papers here.

Happy Colouring!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Bee Happy

Posted by Dr. Kate Strasdin, Fashion Historian
I am always fascinated noticing just how many different bees there are around here.
Did you know most bees are solitary and don't live in hives?

This Doucet ballgown (circa 1905) caught my eye. There are embroidered motifs of bees swarming all over the dress - Amazingly lovely!!

That's what inspired today's post.
I thought it would be fun to share the bees I've included in quilts.
Though nothing so elegant as the details of that dress!

Strawberry Picnic
My big, fat bee sits in the bottom right corner of my Strawberry Picnic quilt,
with the beehive over on the other side.
This quilted wall hanging, that I made in 2002, was the first time I used a bee in a quilt.

Baby Bugs Quilt
In 2006 I designed my Baby Bugs quilt - so fun!
Of course it had to include a bee!

A Touch of Fun! Beehive & Bee Quilt Block
 In 2016, I offered 'A Touch of Fun!' free Block of the Month.
This Beehive & Bee was the August block.
The tutorial describes the folded hexies method that are made with circles.
Members can find this block and the all of the 'A Touch of Fun' quilt instructions in the Past Block of the Month section.

I just noticed - the yellow plaid I used for this bee is the same fabric that I used for the bee in the Strawberry Picnic quilt. :)

Happy Stitching!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Idea of A Novel Idea

For as long as I've been a quilter I've loved the idea of bookcase or bookshelf quilts.
I've seen some amazing ones made as Anniversary keepsake quilts, with photographs in frames, and other lovely treasures.

Last year, the idea of using novelty fabrics for the 'extras' in the bookcase, bubbled up - and after checking I had enough ideas for a bunch of blocks, besides the books, this 2018 'A Novel Idea' quilt design was created.

The other day I made the June block of 3 jars.
My plan is to have the tutorial online tomorrow!

What the means is you have time to print & request the template for the May Flowerpot block tutorial today!

And of course all the instructions for the past block below are available to members - just one of the advantages of becoming a Victoriana Quilters Member!

It's such a fun quilt, and I'm excited to watch this bookcase come together!

Happy Stitching!

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Sharing Instead...

There was lots of sewing & designing going on here yesterday.
I'm not sharing those pictures yet. :)

Instead I'll share this inspiration.

You have my permission to share this image.

You can see more here.

Happy Stitching!

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