The quilt block shown in the header is from a pattern in the book "A Bountiful Life" by Karen Mowery.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pineapple Block

Today I am sharing with you the pineapple block for the "Early American Life" quilt I have been working on.  The pattern is actually designed for fusible applique but I am doing needle turn instead.  Towards the bottom of the pineapple, I joined  a couple sections together as they were such small pieces.  Other than that, I was able to needle turn the pineapple sections.  The quilt design is based on early American stencil designs.

Take a minute to visit Cathy's blog.  She is simplifying the block designs.  I was oh so tempted to do the same on this block.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Old and New Quilt Projects

I am sharing pictures of quilt blocks today plus a quilt top that I just finished putting together.  I made another block for "It's A Bountiful Life".  I have lost count of how many are done now.  Maybe ten blocks.

Next, I started working on a Lori Smith design called "Homage to American Quilt Makers: Album Quilt".  I like the designs as they have a folk art look.

Amd a finished quilt top.  The pattern design is by Jeni From the Willow".  It was a freebie  in 2014/2015 called "A Life of Plenty".  Here is a link to the patterns.  I would have liked for it to be a bit larger.  It is not really long enough to cover up with unless you are a short person.  I did not want to put a huge border on it to make it larger so left it as designed.

I am still recovering from a severe gout attack but it is much better than it was.  And a cold on top of that that is about gone.  I am ready to feel good again.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cotton Flower and Two Finishes

Today I am sharing a picture of the Cotton Flower block from the "Early American Life" pattern Cathy and I have been working on.  I enjoyed doing this one.  It is the sixth block we have stitched for the quilt.  Ten to go.

Take a minute to visit Cathy's blog to see her version.

I have two completed quilts to share with you today.  The first is the "Piece and Plenty" quilt from a free Moda University pattern in 2008.  I made three of these quilts.  The third one took a while for me to complete as I really don't fancy making three from the same pattern.   Mary from Quilt Hollow quilted it.  It took quite a while for me to remember to do the binding.

And a picture of the backing.  A Blackbird Designs fabric.

The snowman quilt is from a Jan Patek pattern called "Pinetree Ridge".

I used a Country Threads snowman pattern to make a large block to add to the backing.  This quilt used up a lot of my medium blues in stash.

The gout in my left foot is better but the right foot is protesting and making it difficult to wear a shoe and to walk.  I think I can prep some applique today though to have something to sit and stitch on.


Saturday, January 27, 2018


The strawberries block has been complete for several days but I have been suffering through a major gout attack.  I am on the mend after a doctor visit but still  a ways to go.

The strawberry block is from the book pattern "A Bountiful Life".  The red ran a bit when I rinsed the block but I feel confident it will wash out in the long run.  I will wash it soon with some color catchers.  I love strawberries.  My favorite fruit.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Milkmaid's Album Quilt

I took a quick picture of "The Milkmaid's Album Quilt" top so you can see how the blocks are set.
It is square even though it looks a bit off in the picture.

And, for anyone that wants to know, it is an out of print pattern by "The Country Quilter".


Monday, January 15, 2018

Early American Life Block Five

The fifth block is the "Corn" block.  Lots of little pieces.  Cathy is simplifying some of her designs so I am anxious to see how she has done this block.  Below is mine.

Here is a link to Cathy's blog.  Cathy has been dealing with Bell's Palsy and not able to stitch a lot but is still trying to keep up with her quilt projects.

Enjoy your day and take time to sew a bit.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Milkmaid's Album Quilt Update

I managed to get two through four of the four blocks for "The Milkmaid's Album Quilt" finished.  (Pattern is out of print and is by Betty Alderman).  The blocks will be set with simple sashing as shown on the pattern.  I cannot do that just yet as my sewing area is set up for getting patterns prepared and backgrounds marked for a Lori Smith folk art style quilt.  I know if I put the pattern making supplies away, the Lori Smith pattern will go by the wayside too easily.

And to remind you what the first block looks like.....

I am stitching on another of the "Bountiful Life" quilt blocks.  This one is all strawberries in pink and red.