This is the May sheep blanket from a pattern by Buttermilk Basin.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

1880 Doll Quilt Swap

I particpated in an 1880 Doll Quilt Swap organized by Deborah Cade in the Prim Folk Arts Facebook group.  My swap partner was Dianne Ducello of Helena Montanna.  The guidelines for the swap were that no side to be more than 18 inches and to be made in the style of one from 1880.  That meant handwork as Deborah reminded us that the sewing machine had not yet been invented.  Our hand piecing skills came into play.  Below is the quilt I made for Dianne.  It is hand applique, hand piecing, and hand quilted.  The small blocks are four inches square and the block designs by Jill Cox Kemp.  Click to enlarge and see the blocks better.

We also were to create a sort of background story as to why we were making a doll quilt for an 8 year old girl.  My story was that I was the aunt of an 8 year old girl whose mother has passed away.  She had been in my care quite a bit but now her father had a job offer in Denver, Colorado and was taking his beloved daughter with him.  I was a seamstress in Boston, Massachusetts and could not leave my sick father to travel with them.  I planned to later on move to Denver also because my brother-in-law said there would be many wealthy women there who would be in need of a talented seamstress.  The blocks all had special meaning and are explained in the letter to my "niece".

Dianne sent me a basket quilt with some special fabric in it gifted from her mother.  She also sent me a cloth doll with the sweetest face and dark brown braids.  She is wearing lace trimmed bloomers and holds a heart made from a section of an antique quilt.

Dianne's story was that the quilt was being made by an 8 year old girl with the help of her mother and making it for her cousin's birthday.  The cousin had moved out west and the girl making it hoped that they would be moving there also.

A successful swap!


Friday, June 15, 2018

Prince's Feather

A new block for the "Dearest Boy" quilt.  The block name is "Prince's Feather".  An interesting design.  Sort of like a Princess Feather but not as curvy feathers.

Cathy and Julie should have their blocks posted today also.  Just click on their name and the link should take you to their blog.

I picked up four quilts today that had been machine quilted.  I see a lot of binding sewing in my future.


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Jo's Prairie Flower Encore Blocks

A change in plans.  I had one quilt project in mind and started the first block.  It looked way too busy for my taste so part way through, I set it aside for re-thinking.  I needed blocks to stitch on while watching television, so a quick switch.  I am working on a "Prairie Flower Encore" quilt design from a book by Jo Morton by that name.  I have five blocks to share today.

The stitching goes fairly quick and I am having trouble keeping enough prepared ahead of time.  I am making the 20 block version from the book and there will be setting blocks between.

I am linking with Kathy's "Slow Sunday Stitching".  I haven't done that in a while though I most often do slow stitching on SundayKathy's "Slow Sunday Stitchings.


Friday, June 8, 2018

Nine Patch Medallion

A completed quilt top.  So big that I had to take pictures on the floor.  I would need two people to hold it up as it is 102 inches square and no one is here to assist me.  I had to move some furniture and still can't get a good picture of the quilt top.

I don't do many quilts in pastel shades so this is a bit different for me.  I used a Di Ford pillar print for the border and several fabrics from two of her lines.  Plus some other prints from stash that worked well with them.

I shared a picture of the center applique block two posts ago but will add it to this post also just for easy reference.  As I previously mentioned, the applique design is by Blackbird Designs.

I was inspired by a quilt I saw on a "Quilting Twin" blog.  Here is a link if you want to see the inspiration quilt.   I found a site where I could purchase that same pre-printed medallion center but the quilt would have needed to be hand washed with Orvus Soap to retain the design.  And I liked the thought of using a large applique block that I would do myself.  I would still like to use one of those pre-print medallions in a wall hanging.  Something that would not need to be washed hardly ever and smaller in size to accomplish washing easier.

I am working on some smaller and simpler applique blocks and will share them in another post.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Baskets of Life

I finished "Baskets of Life" using a pattern by JoAnn Mulally.  I started the blocks in 2010 and the top had been done for a long time.  The pattern is no longer available nor has been for quite some time.  The designer retired.  I will also share some close up pictures from my blog post in 2010 of  the blocks themselves.  The quilting was done by Mary Flynn.  Mary is no longer doing machine quilting.

There are touches of wool in some of the blocks.  I don't know why I put off having it quilted for so long.  Even doing the binding after the quilting was a while in coming.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Goose and A Medallion Center

A much easier applique bock this time for "Dearest Boy".  A goose.  The block has some touches of embroidery to outline the wink and define the bow.

The pattern designer, Jean Cerbone,  is again able to sell the pattern set for "Dearest Boy".  It is available through Etsy here.  The price is $36.00 which, compared to some album style quilt patterns, is very reasonable.

Visit Cathy and Julie to see their blocks.

I saw a nine patch quilt with a medallion center that struck my fancy.  I decided to give my own version a whirl.  I chose a block from "Quilting the Garden" by Blackbird Designs.  This particular block is called "Spring Awakenings".  The block drawing in the book was to be enlarged 250% and not on point.  I enlarged it 210% and did it on point.  All the nine patches are done and waiting for everything to be sewn together.  Here is my applique block.

I'll be stitching today.  How about you?


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Blackbird Designs Basket Quilt

I have neglected to share a picture of a completed quilt.  I decreased the size of a Blackbird Designs basket pattern and did applique blocks using their fabrics.  I did add in another fabric that was not their line.  And the basket background fabric is from a separate Blackbird Designs line.  The background looks like a botanical dictionary.  I usually try to add in more variety than that but, in this case, it looked best using mostly the one line of fabric.  I used a layer cake for the baskets.  The setting is my own creation.  I did not want to set the baskets in a straight row across the quilt.  I like the offset look in this layout.  Additional information:  The basket design can be found in "Women of Grace & Charm".

A couple of close up shots so you can see the basket shape better and the background fabric.

We are having a lot of rain from the subtropical storm.  We need the rain but not so much at one time.

Have a good Sunday and take time to stitch a little.  I am prepping an applique block for "Celebrating Mary Brown".  A lot of pieces!