Sunday, July 26, 2009

Finishes and Gifts

My project to finish for the Charming Girls' Quilt Club for the month of July was "Your Home or Mine" by Lynette Anderson Designs. When I chose this project I wasn't worried about finishing, but within a week I was having doubts. I've done a lot of stitching over the last couple of weeks, and I finished the last block this morning and got it all put together.
It's kind of cloudy here today (yay...chance of rain!), so the pictures aren't turning out so well, but this close up of the Beehive Home shows the Portabello Market fabric at the botton that I decided on for the border. I never intended to use this fabric for a border, but it picked up the colors and the threads in the stitchery blocks perfectly, so on it went. It's funny how that happens sometimes in quilting--it's always a lot of fun when the fabrics surprise you.

Thanks so much Kelly for starting the Charming Girls' Quilt Club and motivating me to finish this project a lot earlier than I thought I would! I'm definitely going to start brainstorming about which "work in progress" to choose for my August goal.


Yes, here is another of Nanette's Mixed Bag to Quilt bags! I made this one for my Mom--it was a belated Mother's Day Gift...I had her pick out the fabric when she was here in June, and I took it up to her last weekend. This versatile pattern makes up wonderfully in any style of fabrics--traditional or modern...I've got a couple more planned when the new fabrics come out!


This fun fabric and candy arrived in the mail from Jessie. She recently took a trip to New York and offered a prize for the first person to guess her first stop. I guessed the place I'd love to go first...Purl Soho...and she sent me these little treats! Thanks Jessie!


This week a wonderful gift came from my friend Dawn. Dawn is one of those people who is great at gift-giving...she always comes up with the perfect present. This adorable bag is an iron tote! I'm sure Dawn was inspired to make this after our last quilt retreat trip...my iron seemed to be the hardest thing to pack! Inside the bag are two pockets--one for the Best Press, and one for distilled water. The cardboard insert for the bottom is even covered in heat-resistant fabric...this will be perfect for toting my iron to quilting retreats and classes--thanks Dawn!
Well, I'm off to clean the sewing room (I think I say that a lot...but it gets messy so fast)! Then I'll be ready to start something new...a finish always means you can start a new project, right?!

43 comments:

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Oh Sherri...the quilt is just so gorgeous...and the bag for your mum, lovely..

Lizzie said...

Fabulous quilt Sherri and the bag is adorable, Lizzie
XX

Carol said...

Oh Sherri...what a fantastic finish. Can't wait to see what you pick for August...I better start looking too. The bag for your mom is wonderful and oh my, the iron bag from your friend is such an incredible idea.

Ariane said...

I love your quilt. It is gorgeous. The bag you made for your Mom is amazing as well.

Cardygirl said...

The quilt is gorgeous...well done. Love the bag too!

Chocolate Cat said...

Your quilt looks fantastic Sherri, well worth all the hours of stitching. Love the bag you made your Mom, bags is something that scares me!!! You got some great gifts!

Kaaren said...

Fantastic finish, Sherri. I just love the stitchery quilt. Believe it or not, I have one on my 'to do' list.

The bag for your Mom is gorgeous. I know she'll love it and wear it proudly.

Dawn's gifts are awesome. What a neat idea...a bag for your iron.

LeKaQuilt said...

I love your quilt - the collours and fabrics are so nice put together. I love the bag too !

Chookyblue...... said...

beauitful quilt.........have to think about doing this one..........

Jackie said...

Sherri, The quilt and the bag are just gorgeous!! I love how they both turned out. What wonderful little gifties, how sweet!

Stephanie said...

Lots of beauties but the gifts from Dawn are pretty and so thoughtful! Lovely soft bag for your mom. Here's my thought: for every one project you finish you're allowed to start 2 new ones.

Terriaw said...

Fabulous gifts from your friends! I love the bag you made for your mom too. I bet she was very happy with it. And your quilt - wow! You put so much work into that beauty!

Darlene said...

Applause, applause, woohoo, cheering and dancing to celebrate your finish, Sherri.

The bag for your mom is sweet - I'm sure she loved it.

Lisa D. said...

Your quilt is fantastic, Sherri! Congratulations on finishing it!

Yvette said...

That bag is beautiful! I am going to attempt to make one of these for myself.

call me crazy said...

Great quilt! I love stitchery combined with patchwork. The bag is really neat too. And what wonderful gifts! How clever! :-)

Annette said...

Your quilt is gorgeous! Beautiful stitchery. Congratulations on a great finish.

Material Mary said...

The quilt turned out gorgeous and the bag is adorable. Great post.
Mary

jen duncan said...

That quilt is over the top AMAZING Sherri. WOW! So inspiring!

Stina said...

You finished it.. amazing Sherri... and it is beautiful too.. :o)
What a wonderful present from Dawn.. super clever!!!!

allsewnup said...

You've done a wonderful job on all these pieces. The quilt is fantastic, your Mom's bag is terrific and you have lovely friends.
Carolyn*

Loris said...

Yes..perfect fabric choice for all those adorable embroidery blocks. The quilt looks great. Nice work!

Candace said...

Charming girls turned out SO cute! Your mom is going to love the bag (so do I)!! What a great idea for the iron bag - totally clever and cute!
Cheers!

Trisha said...

What an accomplishment to finish those stitcheries and have them all put into a quilt. The result is beautiful! Perfect fabric choices.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Sherri, Your quilt is so wonderful!! what an amazing job you did!! and I love the bag, great fabric choices, your work is perfection and I love Pocky!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your Home or Mine is so cute and the fabric choice you made to coordinate is perfice!

*karendianne. said...

I really love your quilt! ...and I extra enjoyed the way you chose to display the photos, too. That was a real treat.

I should mention I fell in love with that great bag you made for you Mom, too!

Nice visiting, *karendianne.

Nedra said...

Does that mean you will start a new project at my house tomorrow? Looking forward to seeing both you and Dawn!

Carrie P. said...

Your quilt is fabulous. I know it feels good to have it finished. I love it.
And both bags are just perfect.

Christine said...

Your Home or Mine looks wonderful as does your Mum's bag. She choose great fabrics.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Oh Sherri -- I'm in LOVE! Your quilt is just B-E-A-utiful! Way to finish those projects. Love the bag for your mom, too -- and what fun gifts! Can't wait to see you project for next month!

Brenda said...

Love yoru bag and quilt. That is a wonerful gift, you have great friends.

Dawn said...

Holy Cow!! I can't believe you finished your quilt! Just to let you know...mine will be finished next July (hopefully)!! See you tomorrow!

jaybird said...

the quilt looks great!! and so does the bag... i get on bag kicks here and there and make a ton!! ;-)

Carol R. said...

Both projects turned out so cute! Congrats on a great finish.

Barbara said...

Awesome quilt.......it is really stunning. Time well spent!!!
Hugs

fiberdoodles said...

Your quilt is so beautiful! Isn't it a great feeling when we finish our projects. And the bagis so lovely.

Good job!
Sharon

belinda said...

...clapping...yeh for finishes!!

I so enjoyed seeing more of your
grandmothers quilts!!!

jacquie said...

congrats on the finish! beautiful...simply beautiful.

Lauren said...

You always amaze me with your sewing!
That quilt and bag and so great!
That ironing bag is awesome too!!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Aw the bags are so sweet. Love them both. I need more best press. I can't believe I"m out. I bought a gallon and it has lasted a while. It is fun to catch up on what you're doing.

Quilt or Dye said...

I'm in for A year of Schnibbles!
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Leanne said...

Hi Sherri
I have just discovered your blog and you have made some beautiful quilts and bags. I am doing the Lynette Anderson quilt that you have done and i was wondering if you could please tell me how you put your stitched blocks together with those squares, I loved that idea, I am having real trouble using those triangles. I hope you don't mind. I hope to hear from you soon
best wishes
Leanne