Sunday, December 25, 2011

Thread Painted Warbler

I wanted to do something special for my sister, Jenny, for Christmas.  She has hinted around about wanting a thread painted bird from me.  I wanted to a little bird that fitted her personality and I picked out a Warbler, which is an Ohio bird.

I used water soluble stabilizer on the top and bottom of my quilted wall hanging.  I was so surprised at how this prevented the puckering so I didn't have to use a hoop.  Its fun to see how a little colored thread and a sewing machine can make a little bird come to life. 

I want to thank
Vic Murayama
for giving me permission to thread paint his picture.
  Vic made a trip to Ohio this year and took some wonderful pictures of Ohio birds.

Hope you are enjoying the Holiday Season where the birth of forgiveness started a long time ago.

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Circle Quilt is Finished!

It's finally all quilted!

I'm happy with the mixture of feathers, circles, and leaves.  The random circles with the small meandering really make the circles come forward in the border.

There's no boring back to this quilt.  I had too many blocks so I added them to the back.

The kids loved their Christmas present and I'm so happy :)  They asked me if I wanted to keep it for a while so I could show it at a quilt show--I said no.  It was made just for them to enjoy!

We had a wonderful time together this week.  I even had both my sons together at the same time even if it was a brief time.  (The time was so brief that I didn't get a picture of all of us together.)

 My sister, Jenny, and Rob even came over for a visit.  We don't live too far apart, but between her job and mine it's hard to get together.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
Come back after Christmas--I will be posting about some more adventures in Thread Painting!

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Starry Christmas Night

Since I shared some of my Christmas wall hangings last week, I decided to share a banner that a friend of mine and I were asked to do for a local church.  My friend, Audrey, and I were asked to come up with a Christmas banner that was blue to match the other decorations in the church.  Audrey is a wonderful artist and hand drew the shepherd, stars, and wording for me.  I picked out the fabric and done all the quilting with silver metallic thread.

I added buildings and palm trees.

The Shepard needed some sheep to watch. 

The finishing touch was the beads that were added to the stars.  Time passes by so quickly--I think this was done about eight years ago.

I will be joining the Free-Motion Quilting Challenge in January.
If you're interested in Free Motion Quilting, sign-up and join me!

Hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas Season.
Happy Quilting

Kay Lynne

Monday, December 5, 2011

Our Quilty Christmas Decor

Over the years I've made a few Christmas items that I've actually kept.  Above is a stocking that our quilt club made together last month.  It's fun to make a simple project with friends.

These wall hangings have spent a lot of Christmas's with our family.  I made them many years ago and you probably can date them by the fabric.  The ceramic Santa sitting on the floor is over 30 years old.  He was painted by me during my painting phase.  Now I paint with thread, which I enjoy much more and it's not as messy!  The Santa wall hanging below was embellished with vintage buttons and a vintage belt buckle from my great grandmother's buttons.

In my family the girls quilt and my Dad loves to make scroll saw items.  
Below are the wonderful results of his work.  
Thanks Dad!

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne