Fancy Forest Finish

It is finished. This is such a cute pattern and can be made in all kinds of color combinations. Check out Pinterest for other ways to make this pattern. Some things I wish I'd done different - used a lighter gray background is one. Other things I really love about it - the glasses and the black and white stripe binding. The Minky or Cuddle cloth as some call it, is great for the backing, especially since the kids live in a cool environment for about 9-10 months of the year. However, it wasn't really easy to quilt. It stretched a little on one side while I was quilting it. Anyway, I do love it and hope my new little grandson will too. I used a very small thick zig zag stitch on the glasse

The Cover Page!

While I was on my trip to Scotland, the hubby sent me this.... "Open it!!" I was so happy to see my quilt made the cover of the Fall issue of Fons and Porter's Easy Quilts. Now I can show you more of this quilt and how it came to be. It started out as below. I designed it in EQ and used fabric from my stash and brightly covered kid print scraps. I loved this quilt! I have a thing for quilts that use black and white. Fons and Porter weren't fond of the thick borders and asked if I'd consider redesigning it with some up and coming fabric by Patrick Lose. Of course, I didn't mind. I submitted three different color ways for the pattern, and they chose the green and blue one. When a publish

Fancy Forest Progress

This has to be the cutest thing I've ever made! I'm amazed that someone figured out how to piece this. The world is full of really smart quilters. I worked most of the day yesterday and several hours today and got all the blocks finished. If you are interested in making this quilt I'd estimate at least an hour for each block. The foxes go faster but some of the others are slower, especially if you put things in wrong and have to rip out. Not saying I did that. ;) I've arranged them a bit differently than the pattern. I had seen the glasses and decided I would add those to one of the foxes. I mean, how cute is that? On Elizabeth Hartman's website she has a free download printable for

Forest Friends For a Little Boy

Ever since I saw the Fancy Forest quilt that Elizabeth Hartman designed, I've been smitten. It is so adorable. My new grandson is supposed to arrive in a few weeks, which means I only have a few weeks to get this done. I am making the smaller version, which is one of the quarter sections of the bigger quilt. I think I like it better with the colors mixed up. I just started it this evening and here is my progress. The foxes were pretty easy to make. The bunny, well...it has a lot of little pieces. I guess it took about an hour to finish. Since it is for my son's son, I wanted to add in some of his shirt scraps, but I don't have much to choose from. I picked up the patterned fabric today

Scotland Revisited

My quilt Edinburgh Square is named after the city where my son and his family live. I recently made another trip to Scotland for the purpose of going on a vacation with them to the Highlands. Oh the joy I had with this little one. We saw some incredible sights. The Eilian Donan castle... We drove around the Isle of Sky to some of the most beautiful countryside I have ever seen. Sheep everywhere. Reminded me of the verse that says God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. It reminded me a lot of Ireland but even prettier. We stayed in a quaint little cottage in Skye, complete with a fireplace. We continued the trip through winding roads to the fairy pools, although the rains prevented us f

Happy 4th of July

Hi friends. I hope all of you are enjoying this holiday. Below is my favorite patriotic quilt. I made it from a block of the month program from The Cherry Pit quilt shop in Sevierville, TN. It was one of my early quilts. I also wanted to share one of our favorite recipes. This cake is a great summer time dessert. CHOCOLATE CAKE Swiss Chocolate cake mix Small box of French vanilla instant pudding mix 3 eggs 2/3 cup of oil 1 1/2 cups of milk Mix above ingredients together, bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and mash down with a spatula and let cool. Icing: 4 ounce cream cheese 1 cup powdered sugar 1/2 cup sugar 8 ounces Cool Whip Mix and spread on cake; garnish with chocolate

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