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I live in the beautiful state of Wisconsin. I'm a wife and stay at home mom of 3 sons. I love to paint, sew, knit, stitch and create. I enjoy selling my creations at local fairs, ebay and here on my blog. When I not crafting I love to decorate my home. I'm always moving furniture, painting or switching things around. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day~*~Leanne~*~

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Quilt Show and Hexie Love...

I went to the Quilt Show in Chicago!  
I'll share a few pictures.


I love Red and White quilts and the Quilt Show had an amazing display of them.
Don't you just love these positive and negative houses?


The Log Cabin was the first quilt I made and it remains my favorite block. 


More houses...this treasure is a mini quilt.


The quilting is just amazing.  It's so beautiful.

I did my part in keeping the quilting economy going. :-)


I bought some wool and wool projects.


Love Primitive Gatherings!
I have been wanting to do this quilt for a long time so I bought the kit. 
The vines around the quilt is done in wool applique.


I had to get something Red and White.  I can't wait to do this mini. It has tiny red flower shaped buttons to go on the embroidered stems and leaved.  Once I get a triangle square up ruler I'm going to start this project.



My friend Anne told me about the hexies she was making and how fun they were...making hexagons using the English Paper Piecing method.  
She said I know you will like it.
While at the Quilt Show we saw a booth where a woman was working on a piece using hexies.  She showed me how to do it and of course I had to buy the paper for 1/2 hexies. 
The above picture is my first Hexie.



Thank you Anne for introducing me to hexies... I'm hooked! I got Anne hooked on wool appliqué;-).  

Here's my first star.  I did buy some little fabric bundles and added some fabric that I had because I didn't want it scrappy. I do have to tell you this is not a fast process. It's just something fun to do while watching tv.

I happen to have this tackle box which is the perfect place for all my Hexie work. Please note this box was never used for fishing bait. 

I wonder how many 1/2 inch hexies you need to make a king sized quilt? Way too many to count....lol.

Enjoy your day,
Leanne



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Trying Something New.....

 Or at least new to me. 

I just signed up for Instagram as leanneatharvestmoon. 
I thought this would be an easier way to show you what I've been up to. It's so fun and easy to use. You can teach an old dog new tricks ha ha. 

I made myself a glasses case for my sunglasses and yes it's made out of wool.  The sun is out, the snow was gone and it started to warm up....yay!


Friday's mail brought me blocks 5 and 6 of How Does Your Garden Grow? by Norma Whaley of Timeless Traditions.  This B.O.M. was offered by Primitive Gatherings...love that shop. It's my first B.O.M. and I am hooked!  The only thing I don't like about it is that I have to wait for the blocks. I now get how some people sign up for two or three or more B.O.M.'s.

I have my blocks all prepped and ready to stitch. 


I plan on stitching these while watching the Badgers tonight.  Go Badgers!
You can see the first four blocks on instagram you'll find the button on my side bar.  I think it's going to be fun for me to watch my progress in pictures.

I'm getting a lot of stitching done this weekend with all the basketball games on. March madness has hit our home. All basketball all the time. 

I also added some things to ebay like


this appliqued heart pillow. 
You can see my things by clicking here.

Enjoy your day,
Leanne

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patty's Day.....


May your path be emerald green and filled with golden sunshine.

Enjoy your day,
O'Leanne :-)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Prep, Stitch, Prep, Stitch

I'm back to hand stitching some wool pieces.  I thought I better get back to getting ready for my craft fairs which are happening in the fall.  I like to cut out a bunch of backgrounds at one time, finish them off and start all over again.  


I know I told you these pieces were for my craft fairs but I just might have to keep this one.  It looks so springy looking and I have the perfect spot for it. 
I'm not finished yet it still needs the backing.


It's hard to tell but this piece is a wine color.  
I just love the color.  I wish I had more of this wool.


I always like having hand stitching projects around. 
I usually do a little stitching every night.  
It's so calming and the perfect thing to do while watching tv.


I think I'm stitching this mat in black. I love scrappy....penny rugs and quilts. 

 If you knew me you would be laughing because I am such a matchy matchy person but I just love scrappy.  It's the perfect way to use up the small pieces of wool. I am so frugal with hand dyed wool. If a piece of wool is 1 inch by 1 inch I save it.  I even save pieces smaller than that for stuffing certain pieces. I hate to see any of the wool go to waste.


I just love the flowers on this runner and the lace edging is the perfect way to finish it off.
I have this runner on Ebay right now.  Click here to see more pictures and more offerings.

I'm off to enjoy this beautiful sunny day.
Happy stitching,
Leanne 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Back In Time...,

I'm done!  I just finished this "Back In Time" quilt.  It's a pattern from Primitive Gatherings. This is another small quilt 16 x 18.  I have to say I'm a little addicted to doing these small quilts.  They are challenging ( which I love) yet you can see them up pretty quick.  Since I got the courage to try machine quilting I want to do more. I can't believe I was so afraid of trying this and now I love it!


Now there are a few mistakes maybe more than a few. 

Can you find them?

The little four patches are sewn with the red squares up except for two of them. I wish I could say that I planned it that way but I didn't. The four patches are supposed to float on the background but not all of them do. 

I am the type of person who learns from her mistakes so if I were to make this quilt again I'm sure I wouldn't make those mistakes.... Ha ha.


I'm currently working on this table runner "Pine and Holly" by Timeless Tradition. 


I also received two new blocks in the mail.  I'll be prepping them today.

Enjoy your day,
Leanne

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Little Side Step..,.,

I just finished something I started almost a year ago.
 I know I'm a little slow but hey I finished it!

I saw this video from Missouri Star Quilt Company...Zipper Quilt.
To find it click here.

I kind of fell in love with this quilt.  I liked how simple it looked.  Hey I can do this quilt....I hope.

I didn't like the pictures I had on the wall and thought this quilt would be perfect!


I just love the fabrics!   


The colors are blacks, greys and beiges.  I love the color red and have touches of it in almost every room in the house so I had to add a little red in my quilt.



I used a variegated black to grey thread with a meandering pattern..love how it looks on this quilt. 

Now this is just the second quilt I machine quilted. 
The first one I did was My Twisted Heart a little quilt for Valentine's Day.  You can read about it here and  here. The heart quilt is 16 inches square.  

This zipper quilt is 41 inches by 47 inches, a lot bigger!
I think it took me almost 6 hours to quilt and a lot of thread.  

Now on to finish my little 4 patch.

Enjoy your day,
Leanne

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Finished.....

I finished "My Twisted Heart" 
pattern by Primitive Gatherings.

I thought I would frame it but after an email from my cousin, Janet I changed my mind. 
She is an amazing quilter!
She suggested I quilt it, bind it and hang it. 
This scared me a little because I never machine quilted before.


 I have always been afraid to try but after watching several videos I thought I was ready to try.  
I made up a few quilt sandwiches and practiced meandering. 
On with the quilt....

See the quilting on the back.




I used red thread for the heart and border, off white for the light beige around the heart. 
You can see the heart shape on the back. 
 Don't look too close because it's not perfect.

I love how it turned out!




Here's my next project.  I'll show you more when I get closer to finishing it. 
Yes, it's another Primitive Gatherings pattern.

Stay warm and happy stitching,
Leanne