Monday, May 4, 2015

Fit to Frame challenge #3

Wow, hard to believe it’s already May and time for the next posting of the challenge that Karen, Sandy (no blog) and I are doing.  

We are 9 blocks into this with only 3 more to go next month.   It really has made this little challenge so much fun and definitely do-able. 

First up are Sandy’s blocks.


And these are mine.


This is my progress so far.


Here is a picture of the original design by Lori Smith of “From my heart to your hands”

Fit to Frame Lori Smith

I’m still not sure how I’m going to finish mine.   I’m thinking of a small sashing between the blocks and then fabric borders.   So it kind of looks like window panes.  Any suggestions for me?   

The BIG news I have to share is….drumroll please…. I’m going to visit Karen at the Farmhouse.   Sandy and I are leaving on Sunday to spend a few days with her enjoying her piece of paradise on the lake and then heading down to Minneapolis midweek to Quilt Market.   Karen and I will be helping out Gail Pan in her wonderful booth!  (unfortunately, Sandy will be heading back home before market begins.)  Needless to say, I’m super excited and can’t wait to see her beautiful house with her fantastic decorating!   (not to mention that wonderful “nest” that looks more like a wool studio!  he he.)  

I’ll be sure and take lots of pictures to share with you.   You can follow me on Instagram @cottonsnwool  or on Facebook – Anne Sherrard Bryson if you want to see pictures before they make it to the blog…   (If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know me and my timeliness of quilt market pictures.  HA)

Now head on over to Karen’s blog and take a look at her progress.   I love seeing her blocks because she’s combining cottons and wool.   Hmmm, wonder why I like them so much. 

See you soon.   Hugs, Anne

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April sewing with Sandy


It’s that time again.   We had the show and tell of our April projects on Tuesday at Woolies.   A small, but fun, group was there.  Looks like it’s getting to be that time of year when people are out gardening or travelling.   Anyway, I digress…better get on with the show.  

This was my month to pick the projects and I ended up picking 4 projects by two designers.  

First up is “Little Posies” by My Red Door Designs.  Sandy’s and my projects are almost identical because we picked up the pattern and frame when we were at the “Quilt, Knit, Stitch” show in Portland last summer.  



Mine… I think the only difference is the flower centers.


Another pattern by My Red Door Designs is “Stars and Stripes”.





Next up is our monthly “Banners Thru the Years” by Buttermilk Basin.  This one is “june”





And last is another pattern by Buttermilk Basin called “Basin Cotton Club – April”.



And mine…


So, that’s it for April.   Be back soon for the reveal of the little challenge blocks that I’m doing with Karen and Sandy.  

Hope everyone is enjoying some nice Spring weather.   Flowers are just starting to bloom here.  Such a wonderful sight to see all the colors after a drab winter!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs, Anne

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Fit to Frame challenge #2

It’s time again to post pictures from the challenge that Karen, aka, My Yellow Farmhouse, Sandy (no blog) and I are doing with a Lori Smith, From my heart to your hands pattern, called Fit to Frame #6. 

We are doing 3 blocks per month, so here are blocks 4 – 6. 

First up are Sandy’s.


and these are mine…


this is the progress so far.


and here’s what it will look like in 2 more months.

Fit to Frame Lori Smith

Definitely worth it!   I’m not sure if I’m going to frame it or just make it a small wall hanging.  Am thinking that if I put a small sashing in between the blocks, it will have a windowpane look to it.   Lots of time to decide. 

Now head on over to Karen’s blog and see what she’s done with the blocks.   Sandy and I are using wool applique on cotton backgrounds.  I think Karen is combining wool and cotton on her applique pieces.   

Wishing everyone a very happy Easter!  I hope you get to spend it with your family and friends. 

Hugs, Anne

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Sewing with Sandy


Here we are again with more projects.   Our projects seem to be getting smaller, allowing us more time to work on other things too.  

So, let’s start the show.  

First up is Sandy’s version of “Spring Has Sprung” from the Spring 2015 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine.


This picture is a bit deceptive.  My border fabric is a pretty soft pink pastel.   


This next pattern can be found in the “Moda Candy” little pamphlet.  The design is by Primitive Gatherings and called “Old Glory Gatherings.



Oh, I just noticed that I forgot to put a star on the sheep’s blanket.    Guess it’s not really finished!   LOL



Continuing on with the Buttermilk Basin “Banner’s Thru the Year”, this one is May.   Sandy changed her basket into a pail, but when we had our show and tell, she realized she forgot the birdie.  


Mine is like the pattern.


And lastly, this is another pattern by Buttermilk Basin called, “Joy Table Runner”.   Both of us turned it into a pillow.   Sandy used Sandcastle fabric which isn’t being manufactured anymore.


I used Silk Matka and couldn’t decide if I wanted a dark background or a light one, so I made one of each.    Which one do you like better? 



So, that’s is for March.   We are still having lots of fun with our little challenge, so will keep it up!  

Thanks for stopping by.  

Hugs, Anne

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A challenge accepted

Before the holidays started last year, Karen and I were talking and she asked me if I wanted to do a challenge with her in the upcoming year.   Another monthly project?  Hmm, why not?   After finally deciding on the pattern, we thought it would be fun to include Sandy “no blog” in our challenge.  She’s always up for making something new…   So began our journey.  

We decided on a pattern by Lori Smith of “From my heart to your hands”, called Fit to Frame #6. 

Fit to Frame Lori Smith

No rules….just get er done!  We decided on 3 blocks per month so that it wouldn’t be hanging on for a whole year.   After all, they are only 6 inch blocks.  Very doable in a month. 

Sandy and I both decided (independently of one another) to do cotton backgrounds with wool applique. 

This one is Sandy’s…


and here’s mine.


So… we’ll be posting our progress around the first of each month for the next 4 months.    We will also be posting on Instagram if you want to follow us there.    @cottonsnwool and @sfeigner.   Hope you enjoy our journey.

Now head on over to Karen’s blog and see how she decided to make hers up.   It’s always fun to see how different people can take the same pattern and put their own personal style to it.   

That’s it from my neck of the woods.  We had a little snow over the weekend, but certainly not enough to bring our snowfall total up to where it should be.   It’s been nice having such mild weather this winter, but we might be paying for it this summer in the form of forest fires.   Not a good thing.  I’m sure the people on the east coast of the USA would love to send us some of their snow.  Wow, they’ve been walloped!   We will be going to Boston in Sept.   Do you think their snow will be melted by then?  LOL

Hugs, Anne