Sunday, May 20, 2012

Decorating with Quilts

Isn't this quilt stunning? I absolutely love the horses under the quilt.
More pictures of this house can be seen at this Blog.  Check out the rug,
 it is hooked and braided.  It was commissioned to include the local scenery
 around the house. Simply Amazing.
Rural Intelligence Style

I like the way this home owner has turned an old ladder into a piece of art 
by hanging quilts on it.  And of course I can't resist those stars on the wall.


Don't you love how this homeowner has used this quilt as a headboard.
Check out those crock lamps.  I wonder if they are old ones converted to lamps.  

Source All People Quilt seen HERE

This grouping just makes me smile.  Who can't resist the lover's knot (I think
 that is what it is called) pattern on the chair?  Not me, I have one in my house!

Pinned Image


I'm on a quilt theme for the next couple of posts and hope to show some pictures on
a few rugs in progress.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Quilt Eye Candy

As I was perusing Pinterest this morning, four quilts caught my eye and I thought I would share them with you.  I must have looked at 100 quilts but these four called to me.  In studying them, the common thread between the four is the red as their base color.

This quilt is offered as a pattern by MAKE IT DO and is a downloadable in PDF format for $8.00 which is a bargain in my humble opinion.  You can find the pattern HERE.   Below is another picture of it. SWOON!!
This pattern could possibly convince me to quilt again.
The next two Quilts are antiques offered by Harvey Antiques.  This pattern is called Fox and Geese   and you can find it HERE
And this one HERE
Couldn't you see this made with wool pieces?

This antique quilt reminds me of Spring. Love the red celery green color combination.  Nice inspiration for a hooked rug both in composition and palette.

You can see this quilt at this auction house

Til the next time, Maria 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day! To Celebrate, Star Rug Company is having a sale

Everyone was so kind and supportive with comments this week about my website. I wish I could have given everyone a pattern, wool or kit! Instead, I'm offering 20 % off of all patterns. In your email to me, mention 20% sale in the subject line. Sale will end tomorrow at 9:00 pm.

My picture for the day, is this little horse rug I have been working on.

Happy Mother's Day! Maria

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Tin Hearts Kit Giveaway Winner Is.....

Pam of IHook2.  Congrats!  Send me your mailing address and I'll get the kit out to you Monday morning. (Hubby was again the random number generator and picked 31) Maria

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Magdalena Book Giveaway Winner is......

21, which was the result of another unscientific random number generator called my husband.  Number 21 is Rhonda of My Glory Star.  Kindly send me your mailing address to

For the last Giveway to celebrate the new Website, I'm offering my Tin Hearts kit.  If you would like to be considered, (you know the drill) leave a comment telling everyone, let's mix it up a bit tonight,  what your favorite food is!
Drawing for this giveway will be Saturday at10:00 pm.  Until then, Maria

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Another giveway

Yes, it's true, another giveaway to celebrate the website. I'll announce the winner tomorrow around 10:00 pm.

Because I love Magdalena Briner's rugs, I am offering the book about Magdalena Briner's rugs and life.

 This book was written by Kathy Wright and Evelyn Lawrence and is a must have particularly if you love old rugs. These ladies did a fabulous job giving the reader a better understanding of her life and her rugs. The pictures in the book documenting her rugs are so inspirational.

To be entered in the giveaway, kindly leave a message in the comment section telling everyone why you love Magdalena's style of hooking.

I've been hooking Magdalena's rugs for years. My favorite rug is her two crow and dog rug.

 My logo rug below was based on this rug.

Here is my small version of her two horse rug.

Until tomorrow, Maria

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Giveaway winner and a little inspiration

 Thanks again to all who participated in today's giveaway. The lucky number today is  14.  Liz you are the owner of 1 yard of purple wool! Kindly email me your address to, I'll get the wool right out to you.

Now to explain the pictures. I was walking through an elementary school recently and these wonderful artistic chalk painted leaves caught my eye.

Didn't the children do a great job capturing the beauty of a leaves?

Don't you wonder what the art assignment was?

 Normally I think of leaves as orange, yellow or red colored but these works of art certainly opened my mind to see leaves a more abstract colorful way.

One of my future projects and challenges will be to use these works of art as inspiration in a design.

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Check back tomorrow for another giveaway... I'm putting my thinking hat on for this one! Til then, Maria

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Winner of the Pattern Giveaway.......and Another Giveaway!!!!

I had my husband pick a number 1 through 50 (yeah, I know not real scientific but it worked)
and he chose number....drumroll please

Number  23

Sheila that means the Santa with Sheep pattern will be headed your way.   If you could email me your shipping information to I'll get the pattern right out to you.

And just because, I am so excited about this website, Dave chose a second number, 37, which means,  Laura (appleberrycottage) Winter Walk pattern will be in the mail to you.  Kindly send me your mailing address.

Thanks to all that participated in the giveaway.  I'm blown away by all the comments and feedback!

So for the next giveaway, a yard of wool, leave a comment about what color of wool is missing from your stash. (It doesn't have to be missing wool....just a color you want)  Giveaway will be at 10:00 pm tomorrow night.

And just because I haven't posted a picture in a couple of posts, here is a rug I finished recently called Stillwater Sheep.  Til tomorrow, Maria

In Celebration of My New Website, A Giveaway

Thanks for all the emails and comments about my website.  I'm so excited

 to be back in the Internet world!  To celebrate the new Website, 

TODAY (yes, that means there will be more giveaways throughout the week) my

 giveaway for the lucky winner WILL be the PATTERN of  your choosing.

So Click on my WEBSITE using the button on the right of the sidebar, 

peruse my patterns and leave a comment on blog letting me know

 which pattern you would like to win. I'll choose the lucky winner

 Tonight at 11:00 p.m. (after the Season Finale of SMASH,

 gotta watch that!).

 Lots of Luck!   Maria

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Check out my Website!

I'm so excited for you all to check out the new and
improved website. You can click the link on the
sidebar and it will take you there. I'd love to know
what you think about the site.
Also if you have any problems navigating the site email
me at or leave a message
for me here on the blog to let me know.
As you can see, I now have a gallery page for customers'
rugs. Send me your pictures along with your name and we'll
display them. And if any of the nameless rugs on the gallery
page belong to you, please send me your name as I
want to give you the credit.
Check back as I plan to do some giveaways this
week in celebration of the new website! Maria

Thursday, May 3, 2012

My Website is Close to being Done

I'm so excited for everyone to see my new website. The person creating it for me, Becky, has done a wonderful job. It is fresh, fun and easy to navigate. She has such a unique approach to the website and I couldn't be happier. I told her she better be ready because I think she could receive requests to build websites. Look for the new website within the next week. Maria