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Friday, December 9, 2011

i've had this post partially prepared since mid september and am happy to finally get to share it.

this is a small quilt that i made for a very good friend in celebration of her birthday.
she seemed to really love it and i enjoyed making it for her.

i used a pattern called "Crow on the Pumpkin" designed by Lisa Bongean of (Primitive Gatherings) that was featured in the fall issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine. it measures approximately 16" x 20". my version used a homespun fabric background as instructed but i also used cotton fabrics (rather than wool) for everything except the stem on the pumpkin. the fabrics were all within my stash and/or scrapbasket so i was pleased with myself for not needing to purchase anything for this project. i just didn't have quite the right fabrics in wool . . . btw: that wool stem was snipped out of a particularly hideous tie. it made a much better pumpkin stem than it did fashionable(?) menswear~! you should know though, that Lisa sells kits of the suggested fabrics within her shop for those wanting to duplicate it exactly. i also did not use fusible web as instructed. i needleturn appliqued it and made the necessary adjustments to the pattern provided in order to do so. i hand quilted it using a cotton variegated quilting thread in fall colors.

this is the fall issue of Primitive Quilts but their winter issue has arrived at my house and i'm inspired to try many of those projects out too. i'm a big fan of this publication and have resubscribed for another two years. if you enjoy primitive you should give it a look. i like that there are a variety of needlework projects within it's pages such as quilting, cross stitch, rug hooking,wool mats and, pillows, stuffed bears, etc.

the pattern was actually for a two piece finished project with a 'background' quilt that left a space for overlapping the smaller piece onto it. the magazine promises "more little quilts for your seasonal banner in future issues".
what a great idea and i may re-visit that idea and the upcoming patterns that are shared within this great magazine at some point in the future . . .

i LOVED the way that it was displayed and photographed in this shot~! one of my favorite things about the primitive look is that it's always warm and comfortable looking.

today's gifts included:
  • a short walk with River
  • a slice of my daughter's homemade persimmon bread (still a bit warm from the oven)
  • time to hand quilt
  • finally being able to post on my blog  :-)


  1. Hi, Sweetie! I'm so happy to see you!

  2. Fabulous to hear from you - and how wonderful to see your projects ;-)
    I love that magazine too - I think warm and comfortable is the way to go!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  3. A lovely little quilt! The magazine is quite popular indeed.

  4. Very prim, Libby. I have not received my newest publication...hope it shows up soon.
    Wishing you and your family peace and happiness during the holidays and throughout the New Year!

  5. Yay! I've been thinking about you!! Love your little pumpkin and I'm sure your friend will be thrilled with it.
    Yum, persimmon bread....

  6. So glad that Friday was such a good day for you Libby - and love the quilt too. x

  7. Thanks for dropping by.Lucky friend you have,wonderful gift.

  8. I loved the way this little quilt was photographed too,
    your version is wonderful, glad you added your own touch to it and made it with what you had....funny about the tie making a better stem I totally agree!!!!
    love that plaid background you used, very fun

  9. So good to see what you are up to! Plaids are so warm and cozy. I love the variegated thread. What a fun project to work on during the fall season. I look forward to seeing what you create this winter.

  10. That is the sweetest little quilt! You have a very lucky friend. Now you have me wondering, since I think I should eventually start quilting a bit.. maybe I should check this magazine out! Also, I suddenly realize *why* you've been absent. Now I recall! Your digital collage is wonderful (River is precious!).. and I am SO glad you are doing well post-surgery. Here's to a Happy and Healthy future for you and your new hip :) Lots of healing wishes sent to you. -Tammy

  11. What a thoughtful and beautiful stashed project. I hadn't heard about that magazine. I'll have to see if I can find it locally. And thanks for linking to Applique Tuesday! I learn so much and enjoy the eye candy from quilters.

  12. Great applique! I love the primitive look.


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