Well we had 3 days more or less of hand work together. Every year the gals get together to make something. I think this year was the most successful yet. We are gathered in the cook house where we ate our meals and spent lots of time together.If you remember I made table runners to give sisters/nieces at the ranch. Stitching day one had me teaching/reteaching hand stitching the binding to the back of the table runners. I had the runners all done except for that very last step. Left to right holding their table runners are sisters Michelle, Polly, and nieces Tricia and Tana. I don't know where my sister Teri was for this picture. The girls stood on the bench to model their runners. Tana's runner is a cheater cloth version from Jennifer Paganelli's new line of fabric. I just followed the hexagons and machine quilted it. I think I want an entire quilt made like that. I really like Jennifer's new fabric but I can't decide which color way to make it in.
Teri is back for the sister picture. Left to right Teri, me, Polly and Michelle. I was really happy that the runners went over so well and everyone liked them. They were very fun to make.I also made Michelle a cowboy themed table topper. It only turned out so-so I thought. I tried a new stitch for machine quilting and wasn't too happy with it. It was just "ok".When I saw Elizabeth's Pears Tutorial last month I knew it was the perfect project to take to the ranch with me. So before I left I prepped the towels. I used different fabrics to dress up the plain flour sack towels. I just sewed a strip of fabric across the width close to the bottom of the towel. Some of the towels I added a line of rick rack. This went really fast and I think I ended up taking a dozen flour sack towels.
Here is Michelle with her first pears all hand appliqued. You can't really see the yellow rick rack with the red dot very well. Kind of PamKitty colors.This is Michelle's 2nd towel she finished. She used Elizabeth's quick fuse method to make her 2nd towel.
Not a great picture (sorry Polly) of one of Polly's towels. I think this was taken before we pressed it.
Here is Polly's other towel. Super cute. And she did such a nice job. I was so proud of her since she doesn't sew.
Here is Tana's towel with pears. Tana was working on some embroidery on her other towel. I didn't get a picture of that one. Tana is always smiling. I don't know how I got a picture without a big grin.Here is Tricia's towel. She used Snippet's fabric. I brought fabric for everyone to pick out their own pears. This orange turned out so so cute.Ooops. Another not so good picture. Sorry. This is my sister Teri. She enlarged some cherries in my Pink Book to applique. I thought they turned out really darling.
She coordinated them with her table runner. Recently Teri remodeled her kitchen and it is beautiful. These will really be lovely in the new kitchen.
Among other projects I took for myself to work on was this applique/stitching. I went a little different direction for some variety. I used Lori Holt's Grandma's Kitchen pattern and hand appliqued the lemon juicer with some detail embroidery. It was so fun.
Then I picked a relatively simple layered applique out of my . . .
Sunbonnet Sue book and I appliqued a towel for myself. I need to take a class in layered applique. This went ok but I want to get better at it. If you look closely you can see I really didn't get her feet in the right place to make sense with the rest of her body. She looks like she may be falling backwards. But I really want to make a whole Sue Quilt so I have to get better at this.
Shelbie made a really cute towel with appliqued apples (Shelbie I don't have that picture-you must post it) and Natalie was working on her cactus blocks.
It is always fun to learn new skills and share skills. I had fun teaching beginning applique to my sisters and nieces. Next year we are going to make my Doll House Potholders and I'm going to teach them beginning machine quilting. I can't wait!
Happy Birthday today to Mr. Hive. July 15!