QUILT INFO

The quilt block shown is made from a pattern called "Garden of Hollyhocks" and is found in Norma Whaley's book "Sweet and Simple".

Monday, December 29, 2008

MINIATURE QUILT

I have been trying to ignore the closet in my sewing room. It is crammed full of important stuff but is rather disorganized now. You know how you have to move one thing to get to another and sometimes two or three things. And then you don't put things back where they should be because you are waiting to return the item you had to dig out. Well, I just reached in the other day and grabbed the first unfinished project my hands touched and I decided to finish it. It happened to be a miniature quilt, so it did not take long to finish. I don't know how long it has been waiting for the quilting. I know I made two. One was for the quilt guild miniature auction and this one for myself. I imagine it has been three years at least. The quilt is 15 inches square. I did not use a pattern but used Electric Quilt to get my measurements. I had admired a framed picture of a quilt in a catalog that Jo Morton had made and decided to make my own quilt. I do not know what size Jo's quilt was made but for the guild auction, the quilts were supposed to be in the range of 15 inches or less per side. I had intended to hand quilt the piece but decided to forgo that since it had sat waiting for it's turn for so long. It was very quick to machine quilt and then do the binding on.

Since I am in a finishing mood, I have quilted two other pieces. On one, I am sewing the binding down by hand as I always do. The other, I still have to make binding for. I should have something to show later in the week.

Also, I have gone back to my pumpkin blocks from The Great Pumpkin Quilt. The blocks were all ready for the machine stitching part of the applique. I think the group started too late in the year to reasonably finish them for the fall season. I know for me, other things got in the way. I started machine stitching last night. My problem now is that I can't find where I put the pattern. I need it to mark the hand embroidery that needs done on the blocks. I have looked in the obvious places and I don't think it is in the exploding closet. I do know I will find it in the last place I look! Wish me luck.

I am going to the doctor in just a little bit for another injection in my knee. I am trying to hold off getting my second knee replacement by getting the series of injections. The first surgery was a tough recovery period for me, so I hope these injections keep me going another year. I had a series a little over a year ago and am happy that they worked then.

Hope you have a Happy New Year. Enjoy the parades and football if that is your thing. All others, hope you get lots of sewing time in. I know I plan to. We usually stay home on New Year's Eve. It is safer than being out on the roads.

Karen

Saturday, December 20, 2008

GIFTS AND MORE

I had such a pleasant surprise delivered by my mailman yesterday. I guess "pleasant" isn't the word to describe my excitement. I received a package from Colleen at Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens. I opened the box and found a chocolate Santa and a wrapped package.


Now I don't know how I managed to do it, but I waited until this morning to open it. I wanted to take pictures in better light and morning is the best time for me to do it. I tried to just put the package out of my mind yesterday evening but it sure was tempting just to tear into it. Look at what I found when I opened it this morning.

Colleen sent me a piece of red wool, which I definitely can use. My current stash of red wool is from a heavy winter coat and really too thick. Also, she sent me a dark plaid kitchen towel and very much to my liking. Charm squares that are Kansas Troubles Quilters fabric from the Cranberry Wishes line. I do like their fabrics! The last item in the package is this cross stitch piece of a reindeer done in a deep red. Colleen has posted that she was making some of these and how happy I am that I was a recipient of one. I love hand made gifts and this one is wonderful. Tiny stitches and done very well. Thank you so much, Colleen! You have made my holiday season very special. I am so glad that you befriended me when I first started blogging!

Last Saturday, I had lunch at my friend Susan's along with friends, Jeanne & Carol (Brown Quilts). Susan's home was decorated for the holidays. I love all of her folk art/primitive decorations. I am sorry that I do not have any photos to show you of them this time. Susan had prepared a wonderful salad, artichoke soup, and served us a wonderful piece of chocolate cheesecake. Susan has Debbie Mumm Christmas dishes and she has silverware that has Santas on the handles. So cute! We traded gifts. Jeanne gave each of us a gift certificate for Panera's. Some good eats there. Susan gave us each a reindeer ornament. The body is made from sweater fabric. It is cute as can be and very unique.

Carol gave each of us a holiday tray. I had been looking at this very one on Farmhouse Woolens website. It is something that I would have liked to have but would not buy for myself, so I am very happy to now have one.

I have been busy sewing, as usual. I finally made myself a stocking. It is from a Jan Patek book and the pattern is "Zoie's Christmas Kitties". I also made quilt top from the same design.





I did some wool projects earlier in December that I couldn't show you as they were to be gifts. I made these wool covers for date books that you can carry in your purse or have by the phone.

I think all but one of the date books went into a Christmas stocking that I had made. I forgot to photograph the snowman date book cover that I made before I shipped it to a friend. It had a lighter blue background.

I thought I would show you the quilt that I have across the back of my living room sofa right now.
I guess that I should explain that the wall behind the sofa is all mirrored. I had to be careful of the angle I took the picture out because I didn't think you would want to see me in my nightgown. I am slow to get dressed this morning.

I want to take time now to thank a few bloggers that have nominated me for awards the last few months. I have been slow to post the awards on my blog. Part of the award process is to then nominate more bloggers for the same award. I kept thinking about what bloggers I would pick. I find I just can't select just 5, 6, or 7 as the different awards stipulated. I have a nice long list of blogs under my favorites that I visit. I would not want to pick one over another as there are so many good ones. I have noticed that others of you have this same problem. I want to acknowledge how much I appreciate someone taking time and thought to select me for the awards. Thank you so much. And to all of my fellow bloggers that I visit, consider yourselves nominated!

Please come back to visit again. Your comments are always appreciated. Hope your holiday season is filled with joy!

Karen

An additional note. I asked for some guidance in my last post about why my photos were no longer enlarging when you clicked on one. I thank all of you who took time to make a suggestion. This time I moved the pictures in the "Edit Html" mode instead of "Compose". Seems to have worked. Evidently I was not moving all the code associated with a photo when doing it in the compose mode.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

CHRISTMAS QUILTS

Welcome! With Christmas getting nearer, I thought I would post more pictures of some quilts I put out at Christmas time. The first is what I would call a large wall quilt. I made it for RJR Fabrics to be used in their booth at market several years ago. I think it is all Thimbleberries fabric. The design was inspired by an antique quilt that I saw a picture of. I also made another like this pattern in reproduction fabrics. Lots of flying geese on this one.

The second is a table runner village scene. Many of you will recognize that the pattern is from a Thimbleberries book and is called "Twilight Village". I made it in 1993.


And last is a close up of the Santa quilt I showed in my last post. I was asked to show a close up of Santa in his sleigh.

Now that brings me to a question I hope someone can answer. You used to be able to click on my blog photos and they would enlarge. That no longer happens. I know that I can sometimes enlarge on another person's blog and maybe not on the next one. I figure it is some simple thing I changed in settings somewhere along the line but I don't know what it is. Any enlightenment for me?

Today is lunch at my friend Susan's home. I showed you photos of her fall decorations back in October when she had our little quilting group over for lunch. She goes all out for Christmas decorating in a primitive style. It should be an enjoyable day. Her lunches are always delicious. I am taking a wool project along to work on today.

Last Saturday was another of my quilting groups holiday get-together. I forgot to take my camera. I realized that when I was about 30 miles from home. Rosy had her table all decorated in red, white, and gold. Very pretty. It was a pot luck lunch. I made a squash & corn casserole that always goes over well. Rosy prepared a hot chicken salad. One of the ladies brought cupcakes that were like eating Boston Cream pie. Everyone thought they were delicious. I also took Poteca bread which is a nut roll, so that was my dessert. My grandmother (father's mother) was from Czechoslovakia and she always made nut roll for special occassions. She did not use a written recipe. My mother had her make it one time while she watched but was not able to get an accurate recipe. I came across the recipe for the Poteca bread and realized it looked very much like Grandma's. I have been making it once or twice a year since. My mother said it was the same except for the honey I use and that the honey makes it better. She said Grandma would have been proud of me.

We played some games that Rosy came up with. She passed around a roll of toilet tissue and told us to take just what we thought we needed and would give us no more hint. Some took two little sections and some more. I took a good bit. When it was time for the game, she had has put our hands behind our back and we had to try to tie a bow with our toilet tissue. Now that was a challenge for those who took a very small amount! Her daughter & grand-daughter were there to help with the lunch. They were the judges to choose who tied the prettiest bow. My bow was kind of sloppy. Probably because I had too much paper and who can tie a pretty bow with it behind your back? Fun game and we laughed a lot.

I have been busy working on another stocking and a quilt that is from the same pattern. I cannot show either just yet.

Time for me to get ready for the day's festivities. Come back soon for another visit.

Karen

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

MORE STOCKINGS AND A CHRISTMAS QUILT

Welcome to my blog! I am having trouble getting photos downloaded from the Kodak software today. The download stopped in the middle and it took several tries to get things going again. I deleted a couple photos and then tried downloading to my blog. Those photos I had deleted showed up again! Then I couldn't get them to delete using the blog edit function. I think I finally got the photos I wanted onto here and rid of those I don't.


I made two more stockings and they look very much like those I already made. A few different fabric choices as I ran out of what I used on the first two, but basically they look the same. This time on the angels stocking, I did not use batting and quilt it. That gave it enough width to tuck in the little gift I made. I can't show you a photo of the gift but I should be able to do that before Christmas. I don't want to spoil the surprise for someone.




I guess I should say that I made three stockings instead of two because I also made a smaller wool stocking. It does not have a lining in it. If I make one again from that pattern, I think I will change the construction method. Maybe include a lining. I will have to think about that.

I want to show you a Christmas quilt I made several years ago. I don't know when I made it because it does not have a label on it but it was probably about 1995 or earlier. I don't know how I missed making a label for it. Santa's sleigh has a little quilt attached. I think I misread the cutting measurements for the quilt pieces because it took many more than it was supposed to. Or maybe the quantity needed was misprinted. There are fabrics in the sleigh to represent bolts of fabric. That's something we all would probably like Santa to bring. I have had lots of nice compliments on this quilt over the years. And a few people have tried to talk me into giving them the quilt. It is funny how I remember many of the fabrics I used. This was a very early applique piece for me. I did it on the machine and it looks like I used invisible thread to do it. Some parts of the buildings are pieced and some parts are done by applique. I didn't do much quilting and it was done by machine. If I were to make this again, I would change some of the construction methods. I have learned a lot during my 18 years of making quilts.

I tried pinning the quilt to the design board for the photo but it kept falling down. I gave up and spread it out on the carpet.


Nothing new and exciting here. I am going to sign off, have some lunch, and then play in my sewing room. I should photograph the room. It is a mess! Me being creative always seem to create a mess.


Karen

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

POKEBERRY QUILT TOP

I don't usually post two days in a row but I was asked to post pictures of my Pokeberry quilt top. Two of my fellow bloggers are working on the same quilt pattern and are interested in my fabric choices, etc. Be sure to read the previous post, if you have not done so, and see my latest completed projects.

The Pokeberry quilt is a Jan Patek Pattern. The quilt top is large. I don't know the exact measurements. I had to slide a couple pieces of furniture out of the way to lay it out flat. I tried pinning the top to my design wall but it was just too big for it. I stood on a step stool to photograph (my husband does not like me to do that but he was not there to see it). I think I must move a bit when I push the camera button as I sometimes get a photo that is slightly blurry. Hope you can figure out what is what in the photos.








Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Nativity Quilt

I hope all you visiting my blog had a happy Thanksgiving and that you had a wonderful dinner with family and friends. My husband and I had a quiet dinner as our daughter & family went to the Atlanta area to visit her husband's sister. We fixed a small turkey and some of the "fixin's". We did not make as much variety as we would have with company. My back held up okay during the preparation of food but I did have help from my husband doing it. I don't know what is going to fix my back and leg pain, but I hope something does it soon. I can sit fine but standing & walking is not fun.




I have just finished a new project. The nativity quilt is a gift for a friend (non-blogger). I have given her many quilt type things over the years but I can't remember having given her an actual quilt. She likes the same style as me including the use of plaids, so she should like this quilt. The pattern is from the "Christmas or Not" book which is a Red Wagon book. The pattern is titled "Manger" in the book. I did everything on the sewing machine except the sewing of the binding to the back of the quilt.
I also made my second stocking. It will go to another prim lover with a little hand made gift tucked inside. I need to make a few more stockings but whatever I get done is what I get done.
Yesterday, I received 6 or 7 new patterns from Cheri Saffiote-Payne. I got four in the mail about 10 days ago. There are still a few more I would like to have. I also got a stocking pattern from another designer. In fact, I got two of them from two different online shops. I don't know how I managed to do that. Have you ever bought two of the same pattern or book at the same time? I will pass one on. One of the Cheri patterns is the Nativity and I would like to do it soon. Maybe I will end up with a collection of nativity quilts!
I hope to post some photos of a couple Christmas quilts I have made in the past. I will aim to do that on the next post.
Thanks for stopping by for a visit.
Karen

Saturday, November 22, 2008

HARK!

I spent this past week working on a new quilt top and have just finished it. It is called "Hark". The pattern is from an older Red Wagon book called "Christmas or Not". I am not going to do the applique border as shown in the pattern. I am not sure what a cherry border has to do with angels. The cherry border would have gone in the light part. Instead of using one light background in that section, I used several pieces that were part of the main body of the quilt. I also used many of the reds for the final border rather than one red fabric. I will post a picture of it again after it gets quilted but I don't know when that will be. You have to like plaids to like this quilt!





I also made a Christmas stocking last weekend. If I were to make it again, I would make the pattern a bit wider. By the time the stocking pieces were quilted and everything sewn together, it does not allow for a gift of much width to go in. I am going to do the same thing as Libby from a Simple Girl and make some stockings to be used as gift wrap instead of paper. It is something that can be reused instead of thrown away like paper. And I certainly have plenty of fabric to make stockings from. The stocking pattern is also for the "Christmas or Not" book.





I am working on a secret project. I can't post a picture as it would be a for sure giveaway as to who was going to be receiving it. But it is oh so cute!


I thank all of you for your concern about my back discomfort. The pain is certainly less than it was but not cured either. But I can sew and that makes me happy!


We are experiencing cool weather in Florida. This is a bit early for us. In the past, I have served Thanksgiving dinner out by the pool when we had bunches of company. I think we had rain or some kind of weather problem last year at Thanksgiving time, but that was a first that I can remember not having decent weather for Turkey Day since we moved to Florida. I know eating turkey by the pool does not sound much like a traditional Thanksgiving dinner but it works for us.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!


Karen

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

PROJECT UPDATE

No projects finished but progress has been made. I finally finished the applique on the pinwheels with the circles. The blocks need pressed and sewn together. This is certainly a different look fabric wise from what I normally work with. My husband says it looks "rather bland" for me. I am not sure I will be entirely happy with this quilt when finished. The blocks are all stacked now and I am waiting for the sewing area to get cleared enough that I can sew them together. I am cutting from my scrap baskets right now and have little piles every where you look in the sewing room.

Next, I got the Setting Sun blocks done and the sashings on. No border as of yet. I like this quilt top better now that I laid it out on the floor for a photo. The tan fabric in the sashings with the tiny little flowers gives the quilt a busier look than I had intended.






Blogger is not being very cooperative today. Moving the photos to the correct spot is not going the way it should. Guess I will have to go with the way it is.

I finished the basket quilt top. I don't know what I did wrong but one side was certainly longer than the other. I discovered that when I went to do borders. The blocks had all been trimmed to equal size before setting them together. One setting strip was longer than the rest. I did some un-sewing, trimmed it, then sewed things together again and that seemed to work. Guess there was some stretching in the last basket row when I sewed it together. The borders went on fine. I pieced a backing for the quilt. Please excuse the wrinkled back. It certainly needs a good pressing before going any further on this project. My back is bothering me too much right now to place the layers out on the floor for spray basting. I will worry about pressing the backing somewhere along the line.

I had my second nerve block done in my lower back this past Monday. Right now I am uncomfortable so I don't know how much good it is doing. I understand you can have discomfort for a couple days afte the injections. I tried going for a little walk last night to test out whether it had helped. We walked here in the neighborhood. I made it half a block and had to come back home. I do better in the grocery store as I have the cart to lean on. That relieves the pain in the back. I think my walking should just be with a shopping cart. The quilt shops need to have shopping carts for me to push around if they want my business right now. Luckily, I can still shop online just fine!

Libby from a Simple Girl has got me in the mood to make some of those stockings she has been showing on her blog. I ordered a stocking pattern this morning from Primitive Gatherings. She is going to put Christmas gifts in the ones she is making. No paper wrap for her. I wouldn't care if I got a gift or not if I got a nice primitive looking stocking like those! I don't think my grandchildren would feel the same way, though.

Back to my scrap basket fabric cutting. Why is it that the scrap basket never looks any emptier when I get done cutting from it? I am working on a LeMoyne star project. The 12" stars came from my fabric stash but the 6" stars have all come out of the scrap basket. I am using a Judy Martin layout for the quilt but making the LeMoyne stars from another method where you do not have any "Y" seams. They are made from squares and rectangles only. I made a note on the side of the pattern for how many blocks of each size I would need for her layout. There are also some plain blocks in the layout. I made a mistake and thought I needed 56 of the 6" stars when I read my notes. Instead, it was 56 of the plain blocks and 36 of the 6" stars. Since I had cut extra, I decided just to cut some more from the scrap basket and store them for a future sewing project. I will post a photo of project progress next time. I have all the 12" stars made but they are in two sections each. Judy's setting (quilt pattern is called Judy's Star, I think)(correction: the pattern is called Judy's Fancy) requires that the two halves be sewn together when making the rows. Hard to explain unless you see the pattern.

Time for me to get back to the sewing room. Have a great day and thanks for visiting my blog.

Karen

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

MONTY HALL SAYS "COME ON DOWN"

What do you do when you make twelve more log cabin house blocks than you need to make a quilt? Make another! So, Jeanne W., who has drooled over Lynda's quilt for so long, come on down! Choose what's behind door number one............


Or choose what is behind door number two............

The two quilt tops are not identical but are close to identical. I had fun selecting the fabrics for the logs in the cabins but oh so much sewing to get those little strips together. I think I may add another border to mine to finish it off.
So, Jeanne W., make your selection!
Karen

Monday, October 27, 2008

A HALLOWEEN LUNCHEON

Yes, I am alive and doing better. Thanks for all the kind thoughts and e-mails both about my brother-in-law's passing and about my back and leg pain. The pain is not gone but is getting better daily. I am scheduled for a series of nerve blocks and hope that helps. I am going to physical therapy. I am not to the exercise part yet. Right now it is heat/stimulus treatments and massage. I am getting around better but still can't stand long without leg pain.
Last Saturday, I attended a Halloween luncheon at my friend's home. Two other ladies joined us for stitching and a wonderful lunch. Susan has the most wonderful primitive style Halloween decorations. There is so much that it is hard to take it all in. She had a really nice fall quilt on the wall behind the dining table but I did not get a good picture of it.

Here is a picture of the table all set for lunch. Susan has Debbie Mumm Halloween dishes. (She also has Thanksgiving silverware).


Aren't the napkin rings cute as can be? And so are the cloth napkins.


The fireplace is decorated with several things. For some reason the lower things blurred in the photo. I wanted you to see the pillow she had made but it is one of the blurry things.



She has a table runner draped across a sofa along with a Halloween pillow or two.

The wool hanging is from a pattern called "Gourdy & Me", if I remember correctly. I just ordered a pattern for myself. Too late to make it for this Halloween but maybe next.












Susan hung a quilt on the shower rod. This is not a shower that they use but with a plastic liner behind the quilt, it could be.

Even the table covering is embroidered with Halloween sayings and pumpkins. Susan purchased this already made up. I want one!

Isn't the elephant a unique decoration? It has a little pumpkin blanket draped across its back. I could have taken lots more pictures of her decorations. So many! And all well done.

Carol (Brown Quilts) was one of the guests. She gave each of a bag of these yummy pretzel/candy things. If you like chocolate, you would like these. I don't know if she has posted a recipe for them or not.

Susan served a pumpkin soup, a delicious apple & greens salad, and a pear cobbler for dessert. She also made a flat bread that was oh so good. It was such a relaxing day getting to visit with friends and stitch on our projects.

And last, a picture of the progress on the log cabin houses quilt. I am working on sashing all the blocks and am almost done with that part of the quilt. Then on to sewing block to block. I am pleased with how it is coming out.

That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by. I know I have not been around to visit all my favorite blogs as of yet. I was having trouble sitting at the computer for any longer period of time. I'll be by to visit you soon.

Karen

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

MORE LOG CABINS

Look what came in the mail! A cute pumpkin basket from my friend Karen in Texas. It had a bag of candy corn inside of it. I do like candy corn. Libby from "A Simple Girl" showed a picture on her blog recently of candy corn trees! Karen also recycled a Halloween card that I gave her last year by sending it back to me. It is one of those that makes noise. I will have to pass it on to someone else to keep the recycling thing going. Anyhow, thank you my dear friend for the basket & candy.
I am flitting from project to project again. I am working on log cabin blocks that I started last winter. I am determined to get the blocks done before moving on to another unfinished project. All the blocks are pieced. Right now I am working on stitching around the windows and doors to hold them in place. I am doing that on the machine. I hope to have a completed top to show you next time. You will note that the pattern is the same one used for my blog header. Stitching all those rows of strips together gets kind of boring but I did get a nice stack of them made up for the blocks.
I finished the basket quilt for my sister-in-law. It looks pretty much like the one I took to the family reunion auction. I hope she will be pleased with it. My photos aren't the best today. My husband is cleaning floors today and everything is moved around. I did not have much space to take a good picture of the projects.

To update you, I am feeling better than I was but still having back and leg pain. I walk with a limp because of the pain but at least I can get around some. I have to have some medical tests done and will start physical therapy later this week. I can sit in the sewing room and work some. I am thankful for that.

My brother-in-law passed away last night. This is my husband's younger brother. I posted wedding pictures a couple weeks ago that were taken at the Hospice Center where he was staying. His son & fiance got married there so that Brad could participate in the wedding. We are glad that could all take place before things went any further downhill and it will be a special memory for his family.

We are preparing for family to be coming in so I have to cut this short today. Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I will be visiting your blogs very soon.

Karen