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

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Delicious Autumn

In a previous post, I shared a picture of the small wall quilt I received from Belarmina in a fall quilt swap.  Today, I can share with you a picture of the piece I made for her as she has received it.  I thought it would take longer than a week to arrive in Spain but it made good time.

It is from a pattern by Bonnie Sullivan called "Delicious Autumn".  The design is in Pumpkin Patch Threads which is put out by Need'l Love.  I used Osnaburg for the background and wool for the applique.  It is hand quilted with a big stitch.  I love the colors of fall and enjoyed making this very much.


Monday, August 24, 2015

War and Pieces

I made two blocks for the "War & Pieces" quilt I have had in the works for a long, long time.

Faithful Dog

Home Front

The pattern is by Barbara Brackman and Karla Menaugh and has a date of 1999 on it.  Out of print.  I saw two of the block patterns on E-Bay recently.  Here is a picture of all the blocks I have done to date.

The soldier on the horse is not from the pattern.  A friend also made the quilt and she substituted this block in place of one of the shield blocks.  She shared her design with me.  Two more blocks to stitch and then the border.

The dog block was a bit harder to stitch because of the framework around the dog house.  I was glad to get the block done.

I am participating in a Fall Small Quilt Swap.  I received this one from Belarmina who lives in Spain.

She also sent me a small handmade pouch with a very pretty mirror in it.

Enjoy your day and take time to join me in some quilt making.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Angels Watching Over

I made another block for the "Sweet and Simple" quilt pattern by Norma Whaley.  This one was titled "Angels Watching Over".  Many of the block patterns (there are 30 in total) could be made into a small wall hanging.  This one is the ninth block I have made so still a lot of work to be done.

I also got a late start on making the Time Warp stars that so many of you are doing.  I did some in the turkey red and Prussian blue.

I finished two small wall hangings for swaps that I am participating in and hope to get them mailed this week.  I can't share them just yet.

So many quilt ideas floating in my head.  It is hard to settle down and complete any of my projects.  Hope you are doing better at it than me.


Monday, August 10, 2015

Stash Building

Did I have a good vacation?  You be the judge.

Lots of new fabrics to add to the stash!  I visited two shops I have never been to.  The first one was Sew'n Place in the Fayetteville, Pa. area on Route 30.  Nicely displayed fabric with plenty of light so the fabrics were easy to see.  The second one was a visit to Lolly's in Shipshewana, Indiana.  More reproduction fabrics in one shop than I have seen anywhere else!  I made a repeat visit to a quilt shop in Sugarcreek, Ohio called Swiss Village Quilts.  I think the owners are probably Menonite.  Good prices on fabrics at this shop but not a lot of the newer fabrics.  We also ate at the Amish style restaurant in Walnut Creek which is always good.

I am working on two wall hangings but cannot share either one with you at this time.  Both are for swaps I am particpating in.  I will do another post in a few days and share a project that I started but not enough done to look like much.

I purchased the templates to make a quilt like this.

It is called "Jolene Star".  I still need to purchase the pattern.  Would make a nice table topper or work on making the edges squared.  I have to think about it a bit.

Take time to sew today!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Old Voices New Impressions Blocks

The first four blocks of Old Voices New Impressions from the book by Jeana Kimball.  I am using the same background fabric for all the blocks and making twenty-five.

Trumpet Creeper


Antique Rose

Tree Top Feast

There are some other ladies joining in.  We are aiming for at least four blocks a month but whatever is accomplished is just fine.  The book is out of print and all reasonably priced used copies have been sold.  I keep an eye out for new listings of the book and will let you know if I see a copy of the book at reasonable price.  We will be showing our latest blocks the end of each month.

I have enlarged the block designs and am making the version of the quilt shown on the back cover which is using the applique blocks only.  My favorite block in this batch is the one with the bird.

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Feathered "T"

I made a sample Feathered "T" block.

The block finishes at 11 1/4 inches.  The pattern is in the book "Cracker Crumbs" by Country Threads.

The block design is shown on the back cover.

The story given in the book is that the Country Threads ladies purchased the four red and white antique blocks at Quilt Market.  They could not find the block design in any reference book so they named the block Feathered "T".  The book gives directions for the 11 1/4 inch blocks and for 6 3/4 inch blocks.

Looking at the blocks on the back cover, I can see possibilities for different looks depending on color, where darks and lights are placed, and style of fabric.  I plan to make more blocks and each different.  I want to use a rogue triangle  here and there like you see in some of the antique quilts.   Play time and no rush to finish.

I like the log cabin quilt on the front cover too.  It is a thin book.  Only 24 pages.  No longer in print but there are a few copies available on Amazon if anything catches your interest.  Or maybe you have the book in your collection already.

A lazy day here for me and time to play.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Freebie Design Done

I finished a small wall hanging from a free design by Jeni From the Willow.  I think it was something I received when I renewed my magazine subscription.  I used wool on cotton for the applique and hand quilted with a Big Stitch.

I love the pink and brown together.