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

Monday, June 29, 2015


Not quilted yet but I did finish the "Herbs" piece.  Wool on cotton applique.  The pattern I used is by Cheri Payne and was in an issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.  I had the background sewn and the words embroidered.  The wool pieces were cut out.  All it needed was to stitch the wool down.  I was able to do that a few days ago.  I will add a few buttons after the piece is quilted.

I am feeling better today but still coughing.  Just not as much.

Enjoy your day.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


I have been sick for 2 1/2 weeks with a miserable chest cold.  I am getting better but have had very little energy.

I cannot share the applique blocks I have been working on just yet so I am reaching back to projects in the works that I haven't shown on the blog.

First, I was I inspired by Karen of Moose Bay Muses blog to do some redwork blocks for a quilt.  The blocks in the picture will be much more interesting when I start adding red around them.  I am thinking of doing the blocks in the same manner Karen did.  Take a peek here to see her quilt in this blog post.   The blocks are from the Memory Bouquet pattern which is meant for applique.  I did the same as Karen and reduced the block designs by 30%.  I have several blocks to stitch yet and then will figure out the saw tooth borders.  Her quilt is very striking and I hope I can do something similar.

Another project sitting waiting for attention is making more blocks to go along with this one.

I used a design from a booklet put out by Bird In Hand Primitives called "Thyme for Valentines".  They are sized for punch needle but I enlarged the design and did a combination of wool and cotton applique.  I really have no specific plans on how many blocks but probably some more from that same booklet.

I have more projects in the works but will save them for another post.

For those participating in the Old Voices New Impressions sew-along, I hope you have had some time to start prepping blocks and maybe even doing some stitching.  I have made progress on mine. I plan on a progress report the end of July.  Try to do four a month but more if it suits you.  The blocks do not take a lot of stitching time for the most part.  I see that there is a copy of the book available on Amazon for $22.95.  For a while, the only ones still available were in the low $40 range.  So still time to join in.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Doll Quilt Swap

Just this afternoon, I received my doll quilt from the swap Lori (Humble Quilts) hosted.  The little quilt was made by another Karen and she lives in Connecticut.  Rows of Flying Geese separated by a band of pink and a band of gold.  She chose a color combo that I like very much.  The quilt is Big Stitched with black thread.  I like the way the binding is done on the backside.  I have never done one that way and find it intriguing.

Also included was some little knit rugs and a chocolate bar which is liquid chocolate right now as it is in the mid 90's here today.  But it is quickly firming up.

Thank you, Karen from Connecticut.  You did very good!  And thank you, Lori, for hosting the swap.

I previously shared a photo of the log cabin doll quilt I made for the swap but want to share it here again so I will have a record all in one spot.  I had Judy C.'s name and she lives in Nebraska.

Here is a link to Lori's blog for the Linky Party.

Friday, June 5, 2015

1850 Album Blocks Done

I finished stitching the last of the 1850 Album blocks.  Actually, I finished them several days ago but have been busy and not taken time to put them on the design wall for a photo.  These are not the order they go into the rows of the quilt.  Laurene Sinema who published the pattern, drew the block designs as they were stitched and they are not always as you might think they would be.  For instance, the block in the lower left hand corner has two different red flower designs.  You would think they would all be alike.  These blocks have been a joy to stitch.  Mostly large pieces and most not too hard .

Now I have to figure out which fabric will be the sashing between the blocks.  I got my fabrics mixed up when pulling some for another quilt.

I am working on several quilt projects but am not ready to share any pictures just yet.  I am having fun!


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Catherine's Garden Block Six

I finished block six for Catherine's Garden a bit early this month.

I did the same as Dawn and embroidered those little stamens to the right and left of the tall red one.  They would have been fussy to hand applique.  Take a look at Dawn's blocks for the month of May.  She shows some different fabric choices for inspiration.  Very different than what I have been using.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Doll Quilt Swap

I participated in Lori's doll quilt swap.  I received an e-mail that the one I made was received so I thought I would show a picture of it.  Judy C. was  the name I received and she lives in Nebraska.  I like log cabin quilts very much and thought it would be a good choice for the doll size quilt I would make.  The log cabin blocks are three inches square finished.  I used Civil War  reproduction fabrics for it.  The quilt size is approximately 18 inches by 22 inches.

Lori, Cathy, Nancy, LuAnn and myself have been participating in a sew-along and it won't be long before everyone has their blocks done and quilt tops in the works.  My top is shown in the previous post.  We have enjoyed the encouragement of doing it as a small group and have decided to work on another quilt.  We will be using Jeana Kimball's book "Old Voices New Impressions".

This is the quilt version we will be working towards.  The blocks for the cover quilt are five inches square.  We will be working on an enlarged version of eight inches square which is what the back cover quilt block size is.  Some of the Lori Smith block patterns are similar in style and could be included for a larger size quilt.

The book is available on Amazon but the price is now $42.75.  I checked the designer's website and she no longer has the book for sale.  If you want to participate and have the book, know someone you can borrow one from or don't mind paying $42.75, please let us know.  We plan to start July 13th.

Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Ohio Collection Update

I forgot to share the basket blocks I made for the quilt.  I used Nancy Johnson-Srebo's diamond free method to make the blocks.

I sewed and sewed, and sewed some more.  Lots of partials seams in the construction of the quilt top but it is finished.  I have lots of strings clinging that need to be plucked off.

I need a taller husband with a wider arm span to hold this quilt top up for a picture.

I love the quilt.  I was going for the faded out look that some of the colors in the original antique quilts took on over the years.  I think I succeeded.

Nancy completed her quilt top a couple weeks ago.  Lori,, Cathy, and LuAnn are still making their blocks and making very good progress.  Click on their names and you should be taken to their blog so you can see what they have to share this week.