The wall hanging in the header is made using a block from a pattern called "Autumn Quilt" by Heart To Hand.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Fall Swap Quilts

I participated in a fall themed small quilt swap with Deb from Patchwork Sanity - a woman's piece of mind.  I often comment how much I like basket quilts.  I have made many basket blocks for quilts over the years.  I am very pleased with the one Deb made for me.  The yellow fabric has honey comb shapes and bees flying round.  Deb hand quilted this with a big stitch and it is very nicely done.  Thank you, Deb!

Below is a picture of the small fall quilt I sent to Deb.  I used a pattern by Cheri which is titled "Witch Quilt".  It is wool on cotton applique.  This is the third one of the witches I have made.  I made two last year.  One for a gift and one for myself.  I big stitched this with perle cotton thread.

Enjoy your day.  You will find me in the sewing room cleaning and moving shelving units.  And making all the fabric shelves look somewhat neat.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Elegant Garden Blocks

We returned a day early from our vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  There was some high tide flooding each day on some of the  side streets but at the end of the week, the rain set in.  We knew there would be even more flooding and not a nice drive home, so we left.  A wise decision if you have been watching the weather news the last few days.  One evening, we selected a seafood restaurant in Little River that was set right beside water that was a way out to the ocean.  The deck on the restaurant and the kitchen flooded during high tide while we were there.  We had to take off our shoes and wade out in ankle deep water to get to the car.  An evening to remember.

I prepped Elegant Garden blocks for stitching on our vacation using an Edyta Sitar pattern set.  Here are three that I completed.  I worked on two more but was missing a leaf on each block and had to wait until back home to cut out what I need to continue on them.

And all three together.

I am not enjoying the stitching on these as much as the Old Voices blocks.  I have had the pattern set for a long time and feeling guilty for spending so much for them to have not made use sooner.  Maybe now that I am back home and with good lighting for stitching, I will enjoy it more.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Old Voices New Impressions Month Three

Here is the third set of four blocks for my quilt.  I am using the book "Old Voices New Impressions" by Jeana Kimball.

First up is the Tulips block.

Cherries and Strawberries.  My parents grew both and I have always loved fresh strawberries straight from the strawberry patch and cherries off the tree.

Moss Rose.

And last is the Bird and Trumpet Flowers block.

The bird block is my favorite this time.


Links to other bloggers working on the same quilt.  (I hope I can get this to work since I am doing this post ahead of time.)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

Catherine's Garden Blocks Nine and Ten

My latest "Catherine's Garden blocks.  And done before the next set is available.

I am short on time this week but stitching as fast as I can in the time available.  I can't share what I am working on just yet.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday

I decided to join in on Slow Stitchin' Sunday by doing the binding on this small wall hanging.

I showed the applique block back in June but just added the border a day or two ago.  Choosing the small pink check fabric for the border was the right choice for me.  Simple.  I big stitch quilted the piece with perle cotton thread.  I used wool for the flower stems.  The rest is cotton needle turn applique.  I used a design from a booklet by Bird In Hand Primitives called "Thyme For Valetines".  I enlarged the design to be able to use it for applique.  The piece measures 10 inches by 16 inches so not very big.

Stop by Kathy's blog to see what others are working on.


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Piece & Plenty Update

I made two more basket blocks for the "Piece & Plenty" block of the month quilt.  I am not keeping up with it like I should have been.

Now I will share with you a failure I had at making a floor cloth.  I used a Blackbird Designs pattern and was following their directions.  When I got towards the end, I had the stain ready to use but did not check the directions again.  If I had, I would have known to apply a small section of the stain and wipe it off before moving across the piece to apply more stain.  Instead, I applied stain over the whole piece and walked away.  When I came back to it, the stain was dry and made the piece too dark.  You can barely see the design I stenciled on the floor cloth.  I know of no way to salvage the project and it has stayed rolled up in the sewing room closet for ages.  I had intentions of starting from the beginning on another piece of cloth but needed paint.  I lost interest in the project all together.  I suppose I will donate the piece as is to the local church thrift store.  Maybe someone will think it is wonderful and take it home with them.  Have you ever made a floor cloth?  I had intended to use this on the dining room table.  A friend did one a long time ago from this design and I have admired it many times.

I am going to applique this evening.  See you later.