The wall hanging in the header is from a pattern called "A Primiitve House and is a design by Lisa Bongean.

Friday, May 20, 2016

A Bountiful Life Block One

I have wanted to make the Civil War Bride quilt blocks for quite some time.  I purchased Corliss Searcy's pattern.  And I was blog friends wit Karen Mowery from Sewprimitive Quilter. When she had her book published, "A Bountiful Life", I purchased it also.  It is inspired by the same antique quilt.  Then I could not decide which version of the reproduction quilt patterns I would use.  It put me in a hold mode.  If you are familiar with Karen Mowery, you know that she passed away not long after her book was published.  I have finally made the decision to honor Karen by using the block patterns provided in her book.  Here is block one.  "Bluebell Bouquet".

While working on blocks for the country style album quilt I have had in progress, one of the block designs I stitched is shown below.  It is from a Laurene Sinema pattern I have.  Obviously her source was the same antique quilt.  Here is the block I made from Laurene's pattern.

I am currently working on the second block from Karen's book which is the Missing Groom.  Some tricky parts to stitch but should have it done soon.  My country album is temporarily on hold right now.  I have all the blocks stitched but need to do some drawing for the borders.  I hope to do that very soon.

Sunday, May 15, 2016


My Bouquet block for the Shenandoah Botanical quilt.  Month eight.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Final Country Album Blocks

I have the last two of thirty blocks done for the Country Album style quilt.  I have not started the border applique process as of yet.  The two blocks below are both from Jeana Kimball's "Forget-Me-Not" book.  Love the cow udder and the cute bunnies.

I finished one more of the 1857 blocks.  I am leaving off the corner diamond shapes for right now.

Some of my blog visitors have said they would like a copy of Jeana Kimball's book "Old Voices New Impressions" which myself and a few other quilters were stitching the applique blocks from last year.  There is a copy available on E-Bay as a Buy Now.  Click here.  Just thought I would let you know.

Have a great day and take time to sew.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Country Album Blocks #26, 27, and 28

Nearing the end of the album quilt blocks.  Two more to go.  Here are numbers 26, 27 and 28.

The Churning  Couple is a block from "Sweet and Simple Country Quilts" by Jenni Dobson.

A design from a Laurene Sinema pattern.

And another Laurene Sinema design.

It is hard choosing the last two block designs.  There are several to select from that would work well for the quilt.  I prepped a block today for one of them and will think a bit more about the last block pattern.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Shenandoah Botanical Block For April

Here is my Tiger Lily block for the Shenandoah Botanical quilt.  Follow the link to see how other quilters did their block.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Another County Album Update Plus More

Two more blocks completed for the Album quilt.  Four to go.....I think.

The first block is from Laurene Sinema's Miniature Folk Art pattern.

The second block designis from Jeana Kimball's book "Forget-Me-Not Quilts".  If you are looking for a copy of this book, there are some available on Amazon.

The tulip block design is a freebie from Legend and Lace.  This is the April block.

Block design is from the 1857 patterns being given by Sentimental Stitches.  I am curious to know how others have created the sun block.  I did it in applique but the block could have been pieced.

You will notice that I stopped stitching the pink diamonds on the corners.  I am not liking them all that well and am thinking about another way of setting the blocks.

These last two blocks are unusual designs for a quilt.  I can't decide what the items are with the heart block.  Maybe an iron or a planer type tool.  Maybe a T square and a trowel.  Any ideas?

I will be stitching on the next album block this evening.  Hope you find time to work on a quilt project too.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Country Album Quilt Update

Four blocks completed to add to the country style album quilt I am creating.

Birds and Crowns
from Jeana Kimball's "Forget-Me-Not"book

Birds With Flowers In Vase
a Laurene Sinema pattern (from an 1850 Maryland quilt)

from Laurene Sinema's Primitive Folk Art Quilt book

Crossed Pineapples
Jeana Kimball design from "Forget-Me-Not" book

I am getting close to the end of making the 30 central blocks.  I need to make decisions as to whether I want to make the ones I have selected or switch out a block design or two.

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