Tuesday, July 26, 2016

July 2016 AHIQ Linkup

This difficult summer is coming to an end. While I still haven't found much time or even inclination to create, I did finish my Crafted Applique pillow using Lara's method.

Crafted Applique pillow with down insert
The applique holds up well on the selvedge background since it is also stitched about an eighth of an inch from the raw edges. It looks even better with a squishy down insert.

Pillow back with hidden zipper
Once again ChrissieD's tutorial helped create a deep hidden zipper on the back.  Her instructions are very clear and, because the zipper is installed first, it's one of the easiest ways I've found to close a pillow. Additionally, the deep placket makes the back more interesting; so many fabric choices. My previous pillow is here. Both of these were gifted away. Next time I'll make one for myself.

Have you been following Kaja's delightful lighthouse quilt this year? What a gloriously original quilt.

Enjoy the day, Ann


Friday, July 1, 2016

July 2016 Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

My grandmother painted these three nut dishes years ago. She grouped them on the wall with a bobbin lace butterfly I created. I was so proud she thought my work was a good as hers. Now they grace a relative's house. Like my grandmother, she enjoys gardening. Blooms, birds and butterflies abound in her small yard.

Butterfly dishes handpainted by my grandmother
What have you seen or done this month?

Wishing everyone happy days with family.
Enjoy the day, Ann