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

Thursday, April 24, 2008


Happy Thursday to all! For those of you that have jobs outside the home, it's almost Friday! I well remember the days of waiting for Friday afternoon to arrive so that the weekend would get here. I have been retired for almost ten months. The joy of not having to get up and get to work by 8 AM is still an excitement. Only thing is, there still aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish all that I want to do.

I am posting a picture of all my Civil War blocks in a group as requested. When I first found out that a request was made for the Sew Many Blocks group members to do this, I was in a panic. I thought that I only had four blocks to show. Then I found a fifth that had fallen to the floor. Still not enough when I saw some members having made so many. I got a later start on the project than some but still should have accomplished more. I also started with harder blocks which are slower to make up. I decided I needed to have seven to show. Where I came up with that magical number, I don't know. So I switched to making some easier blocks and made the two. Still not enough. I should have two rows of four each. Then the two rows did not seem to be enough. I could have three rows of three each if I made one more block. Well, you get the picture. Once you get going, it's hard to stop. I ended up with eighteen for the photo. It helps to have them all displayed together where you can see them. It gives me an idea of whether I am using too much of one color or too many darks, etc. I am looking forward to visiting the different blogs to see everyone's blocks.

Now back to showing you pictures of quilts from the quilt cabinets. The red & black quilt with all the spikes was made as a shop sample. The shop owner asked me to use some muslin panels she had in stock where you sew on the preprinted lines instead of using paper. She had a whole bolt and no one was buying them. I made the sample for her and she ended up selling out of the panels and ordered another bolt. Sewing on the muslin foundation was not a lot of fun for me. I did not like the additional bulk it added to the quilt. It does make a striking design, though.

The next quilt was also done as a shop sample for Carol (Brown Quilts). Carol is retired now but her shop was a favorite of mine. Her whole shop was my style of fabrics and patterns. I was sad to see her close the shop but everyone deserves to retire when the time comes. The pattern is "Country Crossroads" and is a Jo Morton pattern. The quilt was made in 2000. It is machine pieced and hand quilted.

The last picture is a churn dash block and set together using Sharyn Craig's Twist & Turn method. The quilt was made in 1997. It is machine pieced and machine quilted.

Glad you stopped by a visit. Your comments are much appreciated!


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  1. Um, which blocks are the easy ones again karen? Yikes, you picked all hard ones to me! You did a fantastic job on all of them!

    The quilts are fantastic too!

  2. I am enjoying your quilt show! Great quilts. You are making great progress on the CW blocks also.

  3. I am really enjoying all of the pictures you are posting. That tilted churn dash is wonderful!

  4. Wow! Marcie is right, It's a great quilt show! *S*
    Your CW blocks are soooooo beautiful, I love them!
    All quilts are so gorgeous and my favorite is churn dash. I love this "Twist & Turn method"! You did a wonderful job on this quilt!

  5. You did hard, hard ones...wait until you see the picture I post...mine are easy, easy.

  6. Your CW blocks look great! Thanks for the quilt show!

  7. Oooh the CW blocks look great, I sitll haven't started on mine, but your fabric choices are very inspiring! :)

  8. Karen, your CW blocks are GEORGEOUS!! You really are one of the most talented quilters around here girl.

  9. Karen, I love that churn dash quilt. It's soooo cute.
    Great job on all your civil war blocks so far.

  10. All I can say is Wow! That red and black quilt with the spikes is stunning!