The wool mat in the headeer is a pattern by Debbie Field called "Flying High".

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Shenandoah Update Plus More

I am late posting my block for the Shenandoah Botanical quilt even though it has been done for a couple weeks.  This block is titled "King's Crown".  It has been a year since the sew-along started.  I have not counted how many blocks are left to stitch but still several to go.

The next block is pretty far along in the stitching process but I am not happy with it.  Looks much too busy.  I have to re-think the block as to how to correct the problem.

Another "Beyond the Cherry Trees" block is done.  It has a busy look but I can go with the flow on this one.

I recently purchased a regular foot pedal for using with my Singer Featherweight machines (I have three).  I don't care for the pedals that come with the machines.  Just a square button to push on and it hurts my toes after a while.  This is a blurry picture but you can see the standard pedal that comes with the machines.

And here is the new pedal.  Much easier on my foot.

I have step one done of Lori's Madder mystery quilt sew-along.  Madder is a rusty sort of color and popular during the Civil War.

That's all for today.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Baby Emma Block and More

I have been working on long term quilt projects and needed a break from them.  The colors of fall are among my favorite so a fall color wall hanging is what I decided to work on.  I am using Jo Morton's "Baby Emma" pattern.  She designed a large applique quilt named "Emma" and has used the applique design in making a wall hanging size piece.  This is the center block for the quil and will be trimmed to 16" square.  Needle turn applique method.  I still need to cut out the surrounding pieced border parts.

I have another block done for the "Beyond the Cherry Trees" quilt I am working on.  It is very similar to a previous block.  On this one, the center section is blank and is to have a quilting design in that section.

I am heading back to the sewing room.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Shenandoah Botanical Update for September

I am late posting a picture of this month's block even though it has been done for at least two months.  I have a flare up in one of my feet and limping badly.  I have not even been sitting in a chair and stitching as I can't find a comfortable position for my leg and foot.  So walking from one end of the house to get the camera and back to the other for a picture and then back to the other end to the computer has been something I did not want to do.  My foot is a bit better today so I hope I am on the upswing.

This month's block is "Seratofolia".  I have never seen a flower like this so know nothing about them.  I do like the shape and was an easy applique block to do.

I am going to try sitting in my chair and stitching today.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Beyond the Cherry Tree Blocks 12 and 13

Blocks number 12 and 13 for my "Beyond the Cherry Tree" quilt.  I was going to wait until I had number 14 done so I did not end on unlucky number 13.....but I am not suspicious that way.

Block number 14 will be such a similar design to this wreath.  Shapes are very similar but none of the center parts.  I have added yellow to it though, so it will look somewhat different.

Love the orange in the block below.  It is from a Laurene Sinema fabric that I found on Etsy recently.

I am enjoying stitching the blocks and trying to keep myself on track and not off on too many other blocks for other quilt patterns.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Wonky World Antique Quilt and A Book Review

A good while back, I discovered Wonky World blog which belongs to Bill Volckening.  He is an antique quilt collector,  I like one of his quilts very much.  You can see the quilt here and read the various posts where he presents each block of the quilt.  He has been asked if he would ever publish a pattern of the quilt and it is not something he plans to do.  But he did say on one of the blog posts that a quilter could re-create part or all of the quilt for study purposes.  I have taken my favorite block from the quilt and made a wall hanging size piece (not yet quilted).  I selected fabrics from my stash in the same colors used in the antique quilt.

I struggled with the zig-zag border.  I had in mind to do the zig-zags in a log cabin style and even drew it on paper.  I thought it looked okay but when I actually sewed the borders and put them on the design wall with the center block, it looked awkward.  I tried plain cornerstones and it looked blah.  I thought of applique on the corners but in the end, I went with a four patch.  I cut off part of the longer zig-zag sections so I could use the cornerstone four patches but then one of the zig-zag sections did not fit quite right.  So in Gwennie style, I just left it as it turned out.  I am not sure how I will quilt it.

In a previous post, I mentioned that I was asked to read and review a novel by Frances O'Roark Dowell called "Birds In the Air".  The author has written children's books in the past and this is her first adult novel and it has a quilt theme.

The story is about a woman who moves to a small mountain town (along with her family) in North Carolina.  They moved into an older home that Emma had fallen in love with.  The house had an intriguing attic which had trunks left by a previous owner.  She discovers an antique quilt in the first trunk she opens.  After a phone call to her sister, her sister convinces her to take the quilt to a quilt shop in the town to learn its value.  The shop owner soon has Emma learning to make a quilt, joining a local quilt guild, and the story progresses from there.  Emma is a bit shy but is trying to fit in.  She is asked to help collect antique quilts from the community for a centennial celebration.  During the course of the story, she is accused of stealing the quilt that she found in the attic.  I will not go into detail about that part of the story so that you can read the book and enjoy the story's progression.  She meets a neighbor's daughter who has a bad reputation and that woman convinces Emma to teach her to make a quilt.  Not everyone in the town likes Emma's decision to befriend the woman.

The story is interesting and has a moral to it.  I found it light reading.  Not so believable that such a small town would have a quilt shop  when you have to drive to another town to find a pizza shop.  Also, brand names were mentioned and that reminded me of the race car drivers when they win a race and try to get their sponsor's products in view and mentioned.  All in all, the book kept my interest.  If you enjoy reading the fiction books that revolve around quilting, you might want to give it a go.


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.