The quilt shown in the header is from a pattern by Ginger Cookie Company caled "Basket of Sunflowers".

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Early American Life

Cathy and I have begun working on a new project.  We plan to share a block on the 15th and 30th of each month.  The pattern has 16 blocks.  We are using an older pattern called "Early American Life" which was designed by The Country Quilter.  Pattern is no longer available.  This is what it looks like.

My first block is one of two different style Thistle blocks in the pattern set.  I am attempting to use what I have in stash though I purchased the background fabric.  The fabric is one of the Di Ford fabrics.

If you have the time, pay Cathy's blog a visit and see her block.


Monday, November 13, 2017


I was going to wait until this wall hanging was quilted to share a picture but there is too much going on at this time of year for me to quilt it any time soon.  I was inspired by Cathy's piece that she did and you can see it here.  The design is by Alma Allen and found in a book titled "Homespun Hearth" by Jan Patek.   The design I used is called "Blackbird".  I added a border to it to make a wall hanging.

I have had the basket print fabric for a good while.  I used it for color inpiration pulling the tan out for the background and the red for the flower.  And, of course, the blackbird needed to be black.  The black stripe makes a nice inner border.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  I will be prepping and stitching applique blocks today.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fern Rose

I came across some applique blocks I made quite some time ago.  I don't know why they got set aside as all were done.  I decided to put the top together before they got lost in the shuffle again.  I used a toile for the sashings between the blocks.  I then pieced bunches of hour glass blocks in reds and off white fabrics.  I should have over size cut them but did not.  I may have had better luck getting borders to fit had I trimmed them to size after piecing.  I ended up tossing all the blocks in the waste basket and going with a red print for the border.  I will use a red binding after it is quilted.

The pattern I used is called "Fern Rose" and was designed by Alma Allen.  It is found in their book "Nuts and Berries".  It is 54 inches wide by 66 inches long.  I would rather do blocks of different designs instead of repeat but changing the fabrics for each block kept it from being boring.  And the applique was not hard to do.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Flowers Quilt Top

I have the "flowers" quilt top together.  I thought it would be easier than it was to sew together.  There are two sizes of half square triangles.  The size does fit the block size without the use of spacers.  Also, it was a bit confusing trying to get the triangle units turned the correct direction.  I was able to pin the top to my design wall for the photos.

Some close up pictures of different sections of the quilt.

Cathy has her top done and you can see it here.  We have selected another pattern to work on so stay tuned for our next quilt project.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Last of Linda Brannock "Flowers" Blocks

Two blocks this time made using Linda Brannock's "Flowers" pattern.  First is the Pineapple block.

And the second one is the "Marigolds and Blueberries".

The marigold block, though simple in style, took a bit of time to stitch with all the curves.  I like the design very much.

Cathy has her blocks done and you can see them herehttp://wwwbiglakequilter.blogspot.com/2017/10/last-two-again.html.  We plan on having the quilt top to a finished stage (not quilted) on October 30th.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Give Thanks

Another new wall hanging ready for Thanksgiving display.  I used Cheri Payne's "Give Thanks" pattern.  It was shown colored with crayons and without a border.  I enlarged the design 150% and did needle turn applique.  Then added a border to it.  I was not sure what color to make the Pilgrim couple's clothing.  I have seen black, brown, and grey Pilgrim outfits.  I went with a black/brown fabric I had in stash.  I mainly used cotton fabrics but did some touches of wool on the very small pieces.  Cute Raggedy Ann and Andy Pilgrim couple.

The design is found in the files on Cheri's Facebook group page.

Have a great Saturday!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Harvest Sun

This finish was a very long time coming.  The quilt has needed binding for a few years now.  My mistake was draping it over the quilt rack in the living room instead of having it in the sewing room.  It looked done hanging on the rack even though I knew what needed to be done to it.  I had two quilt holders today so that I could get a picture.  I did not realize that they were holding it upside down so now that I have rotated it, the tile floor is at the top of the photo.  It was a large quilt and hard for them to hold up high enough for a picture.

The pattern I used is called "Harvest Sun" and was designed by Cherie Ralston.  You can find it in "Stars All Around Us".  I did not do the applique border.  Instead, I let the Jo Morton stars fabric do the work.  The lamb in the center of the sun blocks is also a Jo Morton fabric which many of you might recognize.  It was a very popular fabric and I think it was reprinted a second time not too long ago.  These are my kind of colors.