“THERE IS ROOM IN THE SMALLEST COTTAGE FOR A HAPPY LOVING PAIR.” ~ FRIEDRICH SCHILLER

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

First Quilt Completed -- On to the Second

Hello my Cottage  Friends,

I hope your week is off to a great start.

As for me, I'm happy to have completed a project.  Remember the quilt I started last October?  I finished the quilt top in my beginners quilting class, and it's been sitting in my workroom waiting for me to take a machine quilting class to finish it.  Several weeks ago I completed a class in free motion machine quilting, and last week I used my October quilt as a guinea pig to try out what I learned.  The quilt was already pretty wonky -- my piecing skills have improved considerably -- so I didn't hesitate to practice some radical free motion quilting.  It's pretty amateurish, but that's okay.  I learned a lot.


I finished binding the quilt this afternoon, and washed it.  I love the way new quilts look after they're washed the first time -- the crinkly look they acquire.

So yeah, I'm happy it's done.  And now I'm ready to begin my second quilt.


 
 
It's a 63" x 74" quilt in the Piece of Cake pattern.  I'll use the 3 Sisters Lario Layer Cake by Moda to make this quilt.


I've got the pieces cut out and plan to start sewing tomorrow.  Anything that's a "piece of cake" sounds good to me.   We've been so busy with house plans and getting bids that I'm worn out.  (More about all that later.)   

How about you?  What are you doing this week?

On another note, if you have a bathroom post you'd like to share at Every Room In The House, please do.  It doesn't have to be a recent post.  We're partying in the bathroom the entire month of April, and I'd love it if you'd join in the fun.  Here's the link: Every Room In The House Party - #4



I'm sharing at these lovely parties:

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
What We Accomplished Wednesday at Green Willow Pond
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
 





Friday, April 4, 2014

French Rooster Painting


 
Lately I've been having a bit of a love affair with French décor.   It all started with the French script bottle I created and blogged about.


No, wait.  I have to go back farther to my post on bedrooms featuring toile.

Horchow: Sherry Kline Home Collection "French Country" Bed Linens and Houndstooth Quilt Sets

And, come to think of it, maybe it's actually not all that recent -- my love affair, I mean -- as I did blog about French cottages over a year ago.

"Postcards from Brittany 20 - Thatched cottage, La Briere, France" photo by Michael Foley Photography:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelfoleyphotography/2887992487/in/photostream/
Some Rights Reserved.

Today I added to my French stash with a rooster my artist husband painted for me.  Isn't he gorgeous?  (Yes, my hubby is gorgeous, however I'm referring to the painted rooster.)



The subject came from a photo by Jamie in Toulouse, France. . .


Untitled by Jamiecat on Flickr.  Used in compliance with Attribution License


Jamie captured the rooster perfectly, and we want to honor him and his work.  Thus, the inscription on the painting.



Thank you, Jamie. 

Now here's a question for you, dear friends.  What sort of décor are you attracted to these days?


I'm sharing at these lovely parties:
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Shabbilicious Friday at Shabby Art Boutique
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Be Inspired at Common Ground