The quilt in the header is made from a Sarah Sporer pattern called "Summer Glory".

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Working On Witches

Fall project pictures have been popping up on blogs.  Makes a person think and realize that it is time to work on one if there is any hope of having it done by late September or early October.  If one is good, two is better, and three best.  Three witches in the works.

I am using a Sarah Sporer pattern.  Her suggested method of applique was to leave the edges raw and a hand running stitch close to the edge.  I did not want  the edges to ravel so I have used Heat 'n Bond Lite in a window frame method and will machine buttonhole stitch the edges.

I am heading back to the sewing room.  Those in the USA, enjoy your holiday weekend and take time to sew.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Last of the Snowbound Blocks

A final push and I finished the last four of the Bunnyhill Snowbound quilt blocks.
Some of you probably remember when the block patterns were free.  It was a block of the month in 2010.  So here it is 2014 and I finally did the last of the applique blocks.  I will have to shop for fabric to do the setting blocks.  Nothing in my stash in a large enough quantity in suitable pastel colors.  But I am obviously in no rush.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Log Cabin Blocks

Looking through some of my quilt books for a gift idea, I came across a smaller size fall quilt design.  The design was not the gift idea I was looking for but it struck my fancy.  You know how we look through our quilt books and see something anew?  The fall quilt did that for me.  I know I have seen the pattern in the book a few times but this time I saw it with new eyes.  The problem was that the sashings and border were all little log cabin blocks that finish at two inches.  And I would need 48.  Before making the applique blocks, I wanted to be sure I could tolerate making 48 little paper pieced log cabin blocks.  I sewed one as a sample and it was easier than I thought it would be.  So for 3 1/2 days, I made little log cabin blocks.

I made extra blocks as they are from many different fabrics and I wanted to be able to eliminate if necessary when I actually start putting a quilt together.  This is different for me to make the sashing and borders parts before doing the main applique blocks.  All the log cabin blocks were made from my scrap basket.

I also want to share with you something I saw at an antique shop in West Virginia while we were on vacation.  It is one of the Smithsonian reproduction quilts made from the Harriet Powers Bible quilt.  It was marked $150.00.  No, I did not purchase it.  I have seen two of them on E-Bay and go for a higher price.  Seeing one of these in person, I was able to see what poor quality stitching the applique has.

You can read about the uproar that the reproduction quilts caused here.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Patriotic Place Mats

On July 4th, I started making a set of four place mats using an older Moda line of fabric called "Liberty Garden".  The pattern used stars that required templates or paper piecing.  I changed  them to sawtooth stars that I could rotary cut and then piece.

I used one of the tickings from the same line of fabric for the backing.
Liberty Garden has been one of my favorite Jan Patek fabric lines.    You can see some of the quilts I have used it for here, here, and here.  I think you get the idea.  I still have scraps left.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Spring Flowers and Baskets

"Spring Flowers and Baskets" is a finished quilt top.  I went into the sewing room yesterday to cut more applique parts for the eagle quilt top but got side-tracked by the basket quilt that only needed borders.

My quilts on the design wall always look smaller on the bottom than the top in a photo.  I suppose it is the angle of the camera when I take the picture.  They are the same measurement though.  The pattern I used is by Vintage Quiltworks.  I think it was only sold through Temecula Quilt Co.  I no longer find this brand of patterns sold anywhere.

Today, I am again planning to create applique parts for the Kim Diehl eagle quilt.  Let's see if I get side-tracked again.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Slow Stitching Sunday - Kim Diehl Table Topper

I am joining in on Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday by doing some prep work on this table topper I started a good while ago.  I am using a Kim Diehl pattern.

I found the project in a pile of projects that had been stored in a plastic basket.  The only part I found that had not been stitched down was an eagle.  Now I am wondering if I never cut out the rest of the applique pieces or if they got separated into another basket.  The search is on.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer Glory

Sunflowers!  Definitely a late summer look.  I finally attached the binding to "Summer Glory".  I have added it as my header picture.  This is another of the raw edge monthly series wall hangings by Sarah Sporer that I have been working on.

I received a narrow table runner from Julie of Julie K Quilts.  She often plays with strips of fabric and does creative string quilts.  The runner is the perfect size to fit on the ledge above the fireplace. She quilted it with big stitching which fits my prim style.  A big thank you, Julie!

On vacation, we found an antique shop in southeastern Ohio that was crammed full of Imperial and Fenton art glass.  We purchased a few pieces but also found a toy sewing machine that interested me.  And it came home with me.  A gift from my DH.  It is a Necchi Supernova and has its own little carrying case.

The handle on the case is not in good shape but the latch still works.  I have not decided where its final resting place will be.

I am trying to figure out where I am at on quilt projects and sort through parts and pieces.  Wish me luck.