Monday, September 26, 2011

Mountain Ash Wedding

I hope you all have had a chance to enjoy the gorgeous fall days we have been having. Crisp mornings and warm, sunny days help me block out the winter weather that is just around the corner. I am really a "spring" person but one thing I look forward to each fall is the changing color of the beautiful Mountain Ash tree in our yard.
 They are such a brilliant, orange color which makes them perfect for fall crafting.
The clusters seem extra big this year too which really weighs down the branches but is super for getting a big pop of color in arrangements and wreaths.
This year some dear friends had asked to use them in their wedding. They added so much brightness to the reception tables. Because it was held in a huge, historic, rock barn, the bride was quite thrilled with the way they helped brighten the large space up.

 The soloist sang Frank Sinatra's "September Song" and I don't think there was a dry eye in the crowd! It was perfect for a couple who is later in life. Here is the happy couple.
Blessings to you~                    

Sunday, September 11, 2011

3-D Starburst Tutorial

I am SO excited about another 3-D technique that came to my attention last week. While these types of patterns do use a little more fabric, it is amazing how much depth and dimension they add to a quilt. This one comes from Linda over at her blog, Buzzing and Bumbling. She calls it a 3-D Starburst and I think it looks so attractive.
The tutorial can be found here . Linda plans to use it as a tablecloth with her turquoise Fiesta dishes. You can just imagine how pretty it will look, can't you?  It is such a clever way to use colored hankies too!

Speaking of fun 3-D patterns, here is a sneak peek at what I am working on now.
It's a pattern from Cotton Way called "Pinwheel Posies Again". I had never made fabric covered buttons before and was surprised how easy it is to do! The quilt itself will take me awhile since I keep getting distracted by all the cute little crochet hat patterns that keep showing up in my email inbox. :) And by the adorable purse pattern I saw and just HAD to make. I'll post about it as soon as I get the straps on.

Until next time... blessings to you~