The wall hanging in the header is from a pattern called "Celebration" and is from a pattern by Joined At the Hip. It can be found in the book "Olde Farmhouse".

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Shenandoah Botanical Update Plus Beyond the Cherry Tree Blocks

A day late in posting my Shenandoah Botanical block for August.  I have had it done for a few months.  Just needed to take a picture.  Another tulip block and very similar to a previous one.

And blocks nine, ten, and eleven of Beyond the Cherry Tree.

I like cherry style blocks and this cherry wreath is one I like very much.

Love the stripe basket!

I am linking with the Show and Tell for the Shenandoah Botanical Sew Along.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Beyond the Cherry Tree Blocks Six, Seven, Eight

Three more blocks done for "Beyond the Cherry Tree".

The basket block is probably my favorite design in the pattern set.  Love those leaves done in the stripe.

This last block looked like it would not take a long time to stitch but I was only able to do one section out of four each day.

I enjoy reading and have been working my way through a series of books that the story lines take place in an English country village.  But now I am taking a short break to read a quilt related fiction story by Frances O'Roark Dowell called "Birds in the Air".  She has written children's books in the past so this is her first adult novel.  I am up to chapter six and liking it thus far.  I will be doing a book review soon.

Additional info added:
I have had a few people ask what books I am reading about the English country village.  Right now I am reading books by Rebecca Shaw and there are 18 or 19 of them.  Previously, I read the series of books by Miss Read that was about an English country village teacher and the small school.  I think there were 18 books in the series.  I find them used on Amazon.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Beyond the Cherry Tree Blocks Four and Five

Blocks four and five are completed for "Beyond the Cherry Tree".

I am so enjoying selecting the fabrics and stitching these blocks.  I find the flower pot block a bit quirky.  The stems on the right side do not go under the main stem the same as they do on the left side.  A person could easily extend and stitch them under but I like the original quirky look.

Today, I am working on block six.  I am linking with Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Late To the Party

I am late to the party.  Most people that wanted to make the "Beyond the Cherry Tree quilt have long made their blocks and many already have the quilting done.  I saved the block patterns and, though I had good intentions, never started.  I felt I did not have enough of the type reds, greens & yellow fabrics to make it and also use in another quilt.  Recently, I was finally able to find some fabrics to add to that particular stash and a start made.  Here are the first three blocks.

Some of the block patterns are a bit quirky and I like quirky.  For instance, the leaves on the second block.  One look and you will see what I mean.

I have another block started and another prepped.  I am going to try to stay focused on stitching the blocks and not let it drag out for a long time.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Moolon Lily

This is my Moolon Lily block for the Shenandoah Botanical Block sew-along.  Interesting how it was done with opposite color arrangement between the two stalks of flowers.  And a different base on each.  The opposite colors is the way the block was done in the antique quilt.

I already have next month's block done so I am free to stitch on the new quilt project I started a few days ago.  Pictures soon.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Golden Eagles

Another block done for  "A Bountiful Life ".  The Golden Eagles.  Lots of leaves on the blocks but not hard to stitch.  I finally found a block I could use the gold wavy fabric in.  Have had it quite a while.  The bird claws took patience.  Teeny tiny!

I have started doing applique blocks for another quilt and will share in the next post.  Why another new project when I have so many unfinished?  Just because I was in the mood.  Stay tuned.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Legends and Lace Block of the Month

I caught up on all of the free block of the month applique designs thus far presented by Wendy Whellum on Legend and Lace blog.

Centennial Lily

Nosegay Wreath


All the blocks to date.

The all red block is already trimmed to size.  The blocks finish at eight inches.

Now to try to catch up with other projects I am behind on,