The wool mat in the header is made from a Bird In Hand Primitives design. I enlarged the drawing and made it into a wool mat.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Ohio Connection - This Week's Update

I am working the Ohio Connection blocks and enjoying every minute of it.  Some new ones to share with you.

The Love Apple block.  This is the first block I included a print fabric.  I noticed that a print would sometimes be added to the quilts that were almost exclusively solid color fabrics.  I did not have a shade of pink in the solid fabrics that was not bright, so I found a print that would work.

Ohio Star block.

Old Tom.  Some of the quilts shown in the Ohio Miami Valley quilt book had this cat block included.  At least two of them had "Old Tom" embroidered or written on the background, so I have included it on my block.

Sweet Gum.  Rather than applique the stem, I used a tan square with white background connector corner squares.  An easy way to create  the stem section.

I chose to do a Christmas Cactus block rather than the Hollyhock block though I may change my mind and stitch a Hollyhock block in place of this one.  I found a picture of the Cactus block in some of the Ohio Miami Valley quilts.

Lori, Cathy, LuAnn, and Nancy are making a version of the quilt.  Check their blogs for updates too.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Quick Update

I hope you aren't bored with the album quilt blocks.  Three more to share with you.

First is the Star and Crescent block.  It was meant to be a pieced block but would have been difficult.  I decided to applique it instead.

The shoe and flowers is a substitute block.  Not in Anita's book but is found in the Ohio Miami Valley Quilts book.  Variations are found in a few of the quilts.  I like quirky designs and this makes me smile.

And last is the Princess Feather block.  This is a one feather design.  It was slow going doing the applique but turned out better than I thought it might.  I didn't realize I took such a crooked picture.

A photo of all the blocks to date.

Nancy from Tattered Garden Quilting and LuAnn from Loose Threads  have joined in.  You may have already see their posts but if not, check it out.  Lori has a post today also.   Cathy was just finishing up a baby quilt so no new blocks for a few days.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Spice Pink and Double T

Two more blocks for the Ohio Connection Quilt.  First is the Spice Pink block.

And the Double T.

The Double T block was not hard to piece and the cutting instructions good but the directions on how to sew things together were lacking.  There was just a picture of the block with an X in darker lines drawn on it.  A bit of studying and I figured out how to accomplish it and the block turned out the correct size.

Here are all the blocks to date.

I should mix things up more on the design wall.  The red and green blocks will be interspersed among the other blocks.  Right now, I have them all in one area.

Lori also has an update today.  Cathy, probably some time this week.  Pay their blog a visit if  you have time.

Hope you had a nice Easter weekend but also had some time for sewing.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ohio Connection Quilt Update

Two more blocks made for the Ohio Connection quilt.  The first block is the Pine Tree.  It was a confusing block to put together.  I had to keep referring to the layout of the block parts while stitching and even then had to do a little un-sewing.

The second block is the "Ohio Rose".

And a view of all the blocks I have made thus far.  I am running out of room on the design wall.

Visit Lori's blog here and Cathy's blog here to see their blocks.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Ohio Collection Quilt Update

The eagle was chosen for the next block Lori and I would stitch for the Ohio Collection quilt.  We felt the eagle pattern in the book was too fancy for the style of the rest of the quilt.  I chose to enlarge a picture of an eagle block from the book "Album Quilts of Ohio's Miami Valley" and created my own pattern.

The block shown in the book had a date of February 4, 1912 embroidered on the flag streaming from the eagle's beak.  I am originally from Ohio and decided to use the town name that I was born in and the year.  The block will be approximately 19 inches square when trimmed to fit into the quilt.

Be sure to visit Lori's blog to see her eagle.  And now Cathy from Big Lake Quilter blog has joined us.  She is playing catch up as she got a late start on making blocks.  Take a peek at her blocks.

There are two or three other quilters that are going to be making a version of the quilt but I don't know that any of them have a start on making blocks.  I will share a link when I know there is blocks posted.

I am enjoying making these blocks.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

1850 Album Quilt Project and Local Quilt Shop

I have started prepping quilt blocks for a new quilt project.  I recently found a Laurene Sinema pattern for her "1850 Album Quilt".   I did a search and cannot find the pattern for sale anywhere at this time.  It used to be available through Pattern Peddlers but I do not find it there now. I was able to purchase mine through an E-Bay seller that had several of Laurene's patterns.   I am using reds and greens in reproduction style fabrics.

I made a trip to one of the local quilt shops today and finally remembered to take my camera along.  The shop is The Quilt Place and is in Rockledge, Florida.  Quite a large size shop and loaded with fabric but not a lot of the style I like.  There are quilts hanging from the ceiling all over the shop.  Some are for sale.  I assume that they are the ones the shop no longer stocks the pattern for.  Others are just for inspiration.  This is a long building and you are only seeing the front and a bit of the side.  The shop outgrew this large space and now has a second small size shop nearby that has the clearance fabrics.

And this is where I have been purchasing the solid color fabrics for the Ohio quilt.

Tomorrow will be an update on the Ohio quilt project.  Stop by for a visit if you have the time.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Springtime Blooms

I participated in a spring themed small quilt swap.  This is the small quilt I made for Deb A.  I chose a pattern from Primitive Quilts and Projects called "Springtime Blooms".  It was designed by Laral Arestad and was in the Spring 2013 issue.

The size was to be between 12 and 18 inches.  This one is about 13 inches square.  A combination of wool and cotton and hand quilted.  I enjoyed making it and found it hard to part with.