Friday, February 27, 2009

A Quilt and More Dresses!

I finished my wall hanging...well, the top is finished...so it's ready to be quilted. This is seriously the quickest pattern for a wall hanging this size that I've ever made (finished size is 42 x 47). I spent less than 8 hours start to finish including cutting and doing the raw-edge machine applique'. The quilt is called "From the Heart" and is from the book Livin' Large by Heather Mulder Peterson. Heather also made a version she shares on her blog with the words "Live, Laugh, Love" in place of the "Faith, Hope, Love" on this quilt. Heather used 1974 for the sample in the book and uses her new fabric for the version she made for her kitchen. I can think of a lot of fabrics this quilt would be stunning in...and I love it in "Cotton Blossoms."


I loved putting these words on my quilt...actually I love words and quotes and classic books, so this was a great way to combine two of my passions.


I've also made a few more dresses this week...I have 12 completed with 18 to go! I still have buttons and bows to add to the dresses...and they are really fun to make.

Nanette's pattern for "All Dressed Up" also gives directions for making a baby quilt size...and I'm thinking about doing a four-dress mini-wall hanging for my grandmother's birthday.


The possibilities are really endless with this pattern!


I hope you all get to sew this weekend!

28 comments:

Terriaw said...

So many pretty things to look at here today! I'm anxious to see what you do with those adorable dresses. Embellishing them will be like playing dress-up!

I am hoping to do some sewing this weekend too - make a coin quilt and maybe finish another patchwork bag.

Annette said...

Your dresses are so pretty. I have Nanette's pattern too and have cut some fabrics for it but have yet to start stitching. Yours are motivating me to get busy.

rachel griffith said...

omg i love it.
really i do.
cotton blossoms is SO high on my favs list right now.
and this just makes it all the better.

and your nanette dresses...
too cute for words.
i really should make that quilt.
my melanie would love it.

SG said...

The quilt is beautiful! And I love, love, love the dresses!

Vicki said...

Sherri, the quilt is luscious. You'll have to tell me what fabric cuts you used for it. I'm sure I have a stash somewhere.

Seth, Sarah and the kids said...

What adorable quilts!! I like them both!! I love the dress fabric. Check out my blog for a HUGE giveaway!! It involves moda fabric! :) Have a great day.

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Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh I love quilt with words also, just stunning, a few questions about your dresses, i have the pattern but have not used it yet, did you make a template or just copies of the dress for each one and how did you applique them, I have never applique and thought I might fuse them and the stitch around them, but yours look so pretty.

Stephanie said...

That would be a sweet birthday gift for you grandma...especially in the 1930s fabrics.

Pretty wallhanging. Wow you were on a mission to make that!

Carrie P. said...

All are so pretty. Your little dresses are darling. I really want to work on that pattern but I have other things I must get done. You have a great weekend too.

Mary Ann said...

That's a beautiful wall-hanging!!! I also love your little dresses!
As you know, I also bought the dress pattern from Nanette...I have four made already!!
Cheers!
Mary Ann

Anna M. said...

The more I see your dresses, the more I want that pattern! I may have to contact Nanette to see where i can buy it. Love the wall hanging too...very sweet with the words! =)

Lorraine said...

lots of eye candy on your blog today!! I love the words on the quilt too...might have to track down the pattern....and check out the Live,Love,Laugh one as well! Those dresses are too cute!! You are right the possibilities for this one are endless! They look really pretty in the colours you have chosen...dots would be good too....! Thanks for sharing and I hope to get some stitching happening this weekend....!

Linda said...

Oh your wall hanging is gorgeous, I particularly love the words you used for the applique, and those dress's are sooo adorable.

Kaaren said...

Nanette's dresses pattern would be so appropriate for my nephew and his wife who are expecting their first baby in May, and it's a girl! You're right about the endless possibilities with the dresses. I can just see them all fancied up.

I love your other quilt as well. Somehow those words make it that much more special. Inspirational to be sure.

Dawn said...

Well done!!

Joy said...

Wow, you've been so busy!! Love the quilt!!! Seeing the cotton blossoms made up makes me want some too!!!
Your dresses are gorgeous, you're gonna have a ball adding all the little extras to those :o).
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Sonnja said...

Your dresses are so beautiful!
Pleas look and you see Beertje Zonn is in India.
Kind regards,

Beertje Zonn

jacquie said...

ooooh your dresses are amazing! this is going to be a fabulous gift.

Cheryl said...

Wow I really, really, really like that quilt!!! Dresses are just cute as can be.

ElizabethandJeff said...

These are both so cute. I love Cotton Blossoms and I love vintage style fabric. I can't wait to see the finished dresses.

Shasta said...

Those dresses are so cute. Love the fabric.

julia said...

Hi Sherri,
awww...so beautiful! I admired this wallhanging at heather's blog and thought I should make this one day too ~ yours is gorgeous!
And the dresses...so cute.
Hugs, Julia

QuiltedSimple said...

I LOVE your wallhanging - so very pretty. And the dresses are fabulous - I cannot wait to see them finished!
Kris

MandMStudio said...

So cute:)

Simone de Klerk said...

I can't believe you made the quilt in 8 hours. Very pretty and I love the hope-faith-love part!
Your dresses are very pretty too. And your work is so secure. I admire it!

another amy said...

Those dresses are just SO sweet. I love what you've done!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

They are so cute - I love looking at your dresses. It makes me want to make another one. The quilt is darling! I want to make one with words so much. I just love the whole quilt. It is so so darling. Love how long it took too!

maggie said...

I just found your blog and I love it all. What a fun place. I'm really late in learning about blogs but if this is a model for them I will have to keep on learning.
maggie in coastal Maine