Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Year, New Little Quilts

Happy New Year!

I am so late in posting a new years post!  I've been doing a little hand quilting on the Jubilee quilt every day and my goal is to finish before my June birthday.  Wish  me luck!

I made two little Downton Abby inspired quilts this week.  I'm so happy that the show is back for another season of family business and fashion.  Margaret sent me the Downton Abby fabric, thanks dear friend, miss you!


I used these two toile's on the back.


To get my mojo going, I reworked this little doll quilt top for one of the quilts.
This -
became this-

We had a nice family Christmas with the kids -


The Birthday dog, Coco, is wondering why she isn't in the photos -


Our 2013 Christmas card.  This American Gothic themed photo was taken at the family reunion and memorial for my mother in law and father in law and Rich's aunt at our family farm 4th of July weekend.


The little Downton Abby quilts are very versatile mug rugs.  Weather you prefer tea and bisquits or a little sherry and crackers they are the perfect size.


  Hope your year is off to a great start and you are staying warm in the face of the Polar Vortex!

26 comments:

  1. Missed you! Looks like you had a great Christmas and your card is so funny! You inspired me to make a doll quilt for my little g-niece. Enjoy the winter - we are up to our eyeballs in snow! Like the old days. Happy New Year to you and yours!!

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  2. Your Christmas card photo is a hoot! I am also so very happy DA is back.

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  3. Happy New Year to you and your family too! I love your Downton Abbey Quilts. Looks like you had a good Christmas with the kids being home. Mine were all home too. It was just wonderful.

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  4. Your Christmas card pic is hilarious! Happy birthday to Coco!

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  5. Great Christmas card photo, Barb!
    Aren't those classy little quilts? Great for "high tea". : )
    Very creative reworking job, with nice results.

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  6. Happy New Year, Barb! Your family photos are adorable. I love your mini quilts. The do make beautiful little mug rugs for the English tea.

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  7. Love the Christmas photo. Wish you too a healthy, happy and creative 2014. And keep on quilting my friend...

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  8. Your Christmas card photo is the best! I did not know there was Downton Abbey fabric, it looks to be the perfect compliment to your other fabrics.
    I am thinking you are a sherry and crackers kind of girl....

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  9. A very happy New Year's post. Love the family photo. I'm sure it brought smiles to all on your Christmas card list.
    I'll join the ranks of those happy to see DA return. How is the etched drawing of Highclere Castle part of the Downton Abbey line of fabrics? A separate panel? Or did you create the picture? Love your little mug rug creations.
    Happy New Year to you and yours, Barb. Here's to another great year of stitching.

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  10. Wonderful Downton quilts - I especially love the toiles on the reverse!

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  11. I love Downton Abbey and your mug rugs are such a wonderful reflection of the show. I love the pattern of the paisley mixed with the selvedge squares. The toile backing couldn't be more perfect! I wondered if you'd done a Christmas photo, and you certainly did, it's so fun!! }

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  12. I think your Downton Abbey quilts are wonderful! The selvages look so different in their new home. I'll take sherry and crackers please :0)
    A very original Christmas card! You have a beautiful family!

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  13. I watched the first year of DA but couldn't get into the second. It certainly has lost of fans. Your little quilts are a great remembrance - functional, too! Always love seeing family pics. Clever holiday card! Happy New Year to you, too!

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  14. So glad I am not alone in my DA obsession! Love the little mug rugs. The family photo is too funny!

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  15. Cute mug rugs! Sherry and crackers please. :)
    Happy new year!

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  16. Love the Downton Abby theme! Looks like you had a great christmas, happy new year

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  17. I like how you used some wider strips of fabric between some of the selvedge pieces. Nice touch.

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  18. Oh, what fun! Love your little tea mats. That's a brilliant redo of the dolly quilt. Great holiday card too!

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  19. I love that picture!!! Very cute. I am a Downtown fan too. I was so happy to have it back. Ihaven't been out at all so I haven't seen the fabric yet. Your little quilts are so cute. I might just have to hunt some fabric down to make a mug rug for when I watch Masterpiece. LOL
    Happy New Year

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  20. Such charming little quilts, Barb. They do look to be the perfect companions for a cup of tea. I was eager to catch the return of Downton Abbey, too, this Sunday. I wish we didn't have to wait so long for another season!

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  21. You are so creative! I'm not a Downton Abbey fan, but your mug rugs are adorable. Happy New Year.

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  22. Oh, yes. I love Downton Abbey as well and your mug rugs are perfect! The American gothic picture is awesome! I took a similar picture of my DS/DIL when they were all muddy from doing a lot of digging in their yard. So classic!

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  23. Enjoying all of the DA story lines and plot twists this season :-)
    Love your little quilts. Fun Family Photos. Glad your children were home for Xmas.
    Here's to a grand 2014!! I'm sure Jubilee will be quilted and bould.

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  24. wonderful little Downton quilts and I love the use of the selvedge edges~!
    you and your family clearly have a great sense of humor. it must be a fun time when you're all together.

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  25. As usual, Barb, you inspire me. So now I'm back to working on an 8 year old project and a brand new flannel one! My goal: have them done before 2015!!

    Norma

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  26. Love your Downton Abby quilts! They are perfect, and I can imagine you using them while watching the show.

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