Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Inspiration for my Bed

I saw this photo a few years ago of a this bed and I fell in love with it. I am hoping to create one just as inviting with my bedframe and room remodel. Isn't it inviting?

Lots of Stamps on Envelope!!!!

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Monday, April 20, 2009

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Swap Package Arrived

My swap package arrived today all of the way from Finland. Thank you very much Jeanette Saari,www.patchespiecesandme.blogspot.com !!! My favorite things arrived; very pretty purple napkins, a heart. and table runner which I think is great and with linen in it!!!!! My husband was busy sampling the chocolate bars and finds them to be very good!!!!! You can not see the stitches on the tablerunner but it was hand stitched, very nicely done, as was a cute bag with machine free motion quilting!!!! P.S. He just came in and was asking for the other candy bar!!!!!!!!! He was wondering where he could get more. LOL I took the tea bags out to my friend Ruth's house, her mother-in-law is staying there because of the flood, we talked and visited across the table and really enjoyed ourselves over cups of tea. Thank you so much again Jeanette and thank you for the nice email I also got today. I appreciate your efforts in making this such a good first swap for me. Best Wishes and Happy Spring. Barbara Gunderson

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Norwegian Bed- Painted Pure White


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A China Painted Bowl

I painted this bowl for a friend. I also made one for my niece when she got married. One more is sitting here staring at me today. Sorry for those who are expecting a photo of my free motion quilting with an embroidery hoop. I am busy painting. I finally started on my bed frame this afternoon. It is going to be really cute. I bought it for $35.00 last summer and wanted to give it a fresh coat of white paint, the room is will go in is going to be a pretty light blue.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

July Swap!

I signed up for the Christmas in July swap. It will be loads of fun, I already have my idea in place and now will start to sketch it out. JoAnn Fabrics had 40% off the quilt batt today, so I decided to try the very thin, Bamboo. I also purchased more red batik for my project, it is a beautiful shade of red.

Yesterday I also tried something different in the line of free motion quilting. I put my sample sandwich between some embroidery hoops and started quilting. It worked beautifully and the stitches were almost perfect on the first try. I will show a sample tomorrow. I couldn't believe it. If I had to do it over again, I would definitely do this. A great tutorial on this type of machine quilting can be seen on www.ohfrannson.com .You need to go there as soon as possible and take a look. The quilting is courtesy of www.dontlooknow.typepad.com

Saturday, April 4, 2009

New Fabric On The Way

I ordered more fabric today, I am excited to get going on my Christmas In July Swap! I have ordred more fabric form my favorite etsy person fabricworm. She is so pleasant and efficient, my order comes promptly and the fabric is luscious. I have enclosed a couple of photos for you to see.
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Finished Spring Swap!!!!

I fnished my item on time, and got it to the mailbox. It was an unhappy household when it left here. It turned out cute and the ladies at the bank, postoffice, and library thought so too. IT was a fun project to do and I hope it likes its new home far far away from here. I had never done free motion quilting before, it was quite nerve racking, but now I am ready to tackle a new and bigger project. It really makes one feel good to go out and do something entirely new they never thought they could master. Fun, I recommend it to everyone. I learned a few tricks doing it, I will share them later in a tutorial. Ordered more fabric today too, to make another small quilt, it will be lots of fun too. Until tomorrow. Sleep tight.

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