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".

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

POST 100

Hello to my fellow bloggers and visitors! The sun is trying to shine here in central Florida after two days of rain. We aren't complaining about the rain as we went almost a month without any. I don't know how many inches we received of the wet stuff but the pool had to be drained because it got too full. It rained some this morning and we may get more today. It has certainly helped ease the dry conditions that were causing brush fires.

I have been busy stitching on projects. I have two borders on the Trumpet Flower quilt. I started the third border yesterday evening. I showed the quilt at the Sew 'n Sew meeting the other day. I feel it is a busy quilt but my fellow stitchers said I needed to step back from it and view. I love the Blackbird Designs sampler fabric that I used as a background on four of the blocks. I think, though, that it makes the quilt a bit too busy. I am continuing on and trusting that I will really like this when done.

Another quilt from the closet. Hey, Khris, from Quilted Simple. This might be a quilt top right up your alley. Khris has a photo of the prettiest chicken (maybe it's a rooster) on her blog. This quilt top is a sampler of chicken blocks. I used to be really into chicken blocks of all kinds. I participated in a chicken block trade one time. Several friends have given me chicken blocks also. This is a setting I chose for some of the blocks. I saw a picture of a quilt done with this setting in "Smashing Sets" by Margaret J. Miller. It worked well for this quilt top and another chicken quilt I put together that you can see here. I have used this book on another quilt or two for settings that are different.




Okay, I give up. I have been trying to move the photo of the Floral Urn to another spot and have messed up something in the edit function. The Floral Urn picture is supposed to be after all the chicken quilt top pictures. Before I mess up any more, I will just leave things as they are. If you noticed the title on this blog entry, I have reached my 100th post. I started my blog in January of 2008. I have enjoyed the ride so far. I have made many blogging friends I never would have come across otherwise. And I have e-mail contact with a few non bloggers who read my posts and comment that way. All is good! In celebration of the 100th post I am giving away a kit from The Quilted Crow for the project "Floral Urn". The kit contains the pattern, floss,wool roving, and felted wool. Just leave a comment on this post. I will draw a name on Saturday, May 23rd, 2009. Good luck.




I am posting a picture of what I have completed on the Garden Club quilt so far. I don't like making the type stars that are part of the flag but muddled through with paper piecing.
The mini shop hop that the Sew 'n Sews did on Saturday was a lot of fun. I did not get pictures in the shops as neither owner of the two shops was working that day. I want permission before I take pictures and post. We visited a shop in Deland, Florida and one in Sanford, Florida. My purchase for the day was a small pile of fat quarters of a line of fabric called "Sachet Potpourri". I didn't photograph them to put on the blog. Forgot to do that. I haven't decided exactly what to make with them. Too much to think about with all the projects going on. We ate lunch at an Italian Deli in Deland. I don't eat much Italian food as some of the tomato sauces and sausages upset my stomach. I decided to just go straight to dessert and ate a piece of cheesecake. It was very good. Not a real heavy cheesecake which pleased me.

I need to get busy. Hubby is vacuuming floors. I will put a few things away so the house looks a little neater. Come back soon.

Karen


57 comments:

  1. Of course I love everything once again...but your Trumpet Flower quilt is amazing! I definitely don't think it's too busy...just breathtaking!

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  2. Hi Karen~
    Wow the trumpet quilt is going to be gorgeous! I love the setting zigzag! And I like the rooster/chicken setting too. I like chickens also~ grew up on a farm. ;-) And your Garden Club progress is great!
    Congratulations on 100 posts!!
    Happy Stitchin'!

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  3. The setting with the chicken blocks is great. Loveing the way your Garden Club is coming along.
    Congrats on 100! You go girl!

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  4. Congrats on your 100th post! I've done block swaps for a couple years and have yet to put one top together!!!! Isn't that pitiful? One year, I determined no new swaps until I put together those blogs...never happened although I did slow down on swaps. I've been wanting to try my hand at wool applique...this kit might get me over the hump!

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  5. Love the trumpet flower quilt - I've seen the blocks made up before but not the borders - happy 100th post

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  6. Wow! I really love that Trumpet Quilt! So very beautiful!

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  7. what beautiful quilts. I think they are all marvelous! The Blackbird designs fabric gives the quilt an interesting look. I like it. And I like the garden quilt progress so far, I think I might have this book. must go look.
    congrats on 100 posts. I should be so on the ball.

    Robin in VA

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  8. Think I waited too long for your post .. so I almost missed it ... lol.. actually sewed!!!! :o))) Wow!! Im amazed.. but enough of me...
    Congratulations to the 100 posts!!! I enjoyed every one of them.. you are such a wonderful quilter and what a inspiration to us all!!! Hope you will continue with your lovely posts for a long time!! :o)
    Pheew.. Karen.. I LOVE THE TRUMPET FLOWER quilt...It is gorgeous... and no way its busy.. I have the fabric you used for background.. and its one of my favourites... and I havent started to cut into it yet.. havent found the right project... ;o) Seeing this ...makes me want to make this one too!!! :o)

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  9. Ooops.. I forgot... The Garden blocks... :o))))
    Lovely start on your quilt... Ahhh.. how I hope/wish I can drag out my shirts tomorrow and start planning!!!
    LOVE it...

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  10. Congrats on the 100 post. I think your trumpet quilt is absolutely amazing I love it. I also am amazed at the chickens. My mother loved chickens so when I see them it reminds me of her. I have done some embroidered chickens on some tea cozies. Hugs

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  11. Trumpet Flower Quilt...STUNNING! I agree...step back away from it or set it aside for just a few days (just a few!!) and have a 2nd look. I see several of us think it is gorgeous...we all can't be wrong!

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  12. Congratulations on 100 posts! I love your trumpet quilt and agree that it's not too busy. I think it looks amazing! Also, your chicken quilt is too cute. Luv it!

    After seeing your Garden Club quilt progress, I couldn't stand it any more and bought the book! I kept resisting, but couldn't any longer. :-) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. Hi Karen, I love your Trumpet Quilt and don't think it's at all too busy although I understand where you're coming from. I often feel that same way. In fact, I have put away my Birds of a Feather quilt because it's just "too much" for me. Maybe I should bring it back out and take another look at it. Congrats on your 100 blogiversary. I really enjoy it!

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  14. the trumpet flower quilt is great. I like the subtle background colours. congrats on your 100th post! I'd love to give your kit a new home -- I really like working with wool. thanks for the chance!

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  15. Oh my, the sampler backgrounds look WONDERFUL I think. Congratulations on your 100th!

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  16. Congratulations on your 100th post! I really enjoy reading your blog and have loved all the posts showing your tops waiting to be quilted.
    I really like the trumpet flower top and think the combination of busy prints and many pieces is what adds the charm to quilts by Blackbird Designs. I bet you'll like it after it's finished and you aren't so close to it.

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  17. Hi Karen,
    Beautiful quilts as usual. I really love the trumpet quilt. I always love chicken quilts. Congratsulations on 100 posts. Winona

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  18. Your trumpter flower quilt looks wonderful! And I love the start to your garden quilt. I got the templates drawn and ironed onto fabric this afternoon for the same block.

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  19. Oh Karen the Garden Club quilt is looking good. And that trumpet quilt...oh my it's just lovely. I'm going to email you to ask some questions about applique in a minute.

    Congrats on your 100th post!!!

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  20. Oh Karen! That trumpet flower quilt is GORGEOUS! I am loving it :o) Not too busy... perfect! And your first part of the Garden Club quilt looks so nice! As usual, I am about to be quilted into the dust, lol.

    And woo hooooo! What a great giveaway. Congratulations on your 100th post and I sure hope I am the lucky winner!

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  21. Hi Karen...I have been away for a few days......so am just catching up on my blog reading...I love your quilt and don't think it is too busy....Congrats on your 100th post....I have been blogging about the same time and have made some great friends - always enjoy your blog....!

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  22. I love the trumpet flower quilt. I think when I work with something a long time, I get critical too. Congratulations on 100 posts!

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  23. I like the Trumpet Quilt - a lot! Congratulations on your blog. It is a regular stop for me. Thanks for the opportunity towin a prize for your celebration,
    Mary

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  24. Oh I LOVE the chicken quilt!! Seems like next to cows, chickens are my favorite thing lately:) The trumpet flower quilt is going to be so stunning when it is done - not busy at all! Congrats on 100 posts! I love working with wool, and in fact, have a quilt that calls for wool appliques on it - I have them all cut out, just need to find the time to sit down and put them on - hopefully someday soon:)
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  25. I love everything that you've done, but I especially love the Trumpet Flower quilt. And I think your use of the BBD sampler fabric is great in it - I don't think it makes it look busy at all. That fabric is the greatest! Congratulations on 100 posts!!!

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  26. (I think I forgot to do the letter-thing so hope this doesn't repeat.)

    I'm using the same sampler fabric in my Circuit Rider quilt and really love the way it looks. And I LOVE your trumpet flower quilt!!!

    Congratulations on reaching post 100. I hope to reach #100, too, someday.

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  27. The Trumpet Flower quilt is WONDERFUL!! The chicken quilt just makes me smile, all those different chickens are so much fun to look at.

    Hooray on hitting 100 posts!!

    Crispy

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  28. Your Trumpet Flower quilt is stunning! Just beautiful, and the zigzag is amazing. Love, love, love it. Congrats on 100, here's to hundreds more...

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  29. The trumpet flowers are wonderful! Congratulations on 100 posts.

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  30. I love your Trumpet Flower quilt! You will love it when you get through. I don't think the background is too busy. It's perfect for the style of the quilt. Congrats on reaching 100, I'd like to join in for your give away!

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  31. Congrats on your 100th post! I love the Trumpet Flower quilt, the fabrics are so pretty.

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  32. Love that chicken!!

    Congrats on your 100th post. Please keep em coming cos I really enjoy reading them now I've discovered you.

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  33. Hi Karen. You make such lovely stuff!! The trumpet quilt is just so me, me, me :). I will be checking into your blog regularly from now on.

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  34. Congratulations on 100 posts! It seems like I will never get there. Funny considering I love to talk! I really like the trumpet quilt and I think you will be pleased with it once the quilting is finished.

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  35. Hi Karen! Love the Trumpet Flower progress! Looking good! 8-)

    That layout for the chickens is great! Very unique! 8-)

    Oh do include me in your giveaway! I've never worked a wool project before...?... hmmm? But then I am allergic to wool, but I love the look, and would give it a try!!! 8-)

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  36. Oh, I love your Trumpet Flower quilt and think the backgrounds work beautifully! It's drop dead gorgeous.

    The cute are too cute! LOL

    Congratulations on your 100th post - bet you're having fun!

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  37. Oh Karen please enter me in the giveaway - I have recently fallen in love with wool! I'm working on a wool table runner now and it's just wonderful to work with. blessings, marlene

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  38. I love your Trumpet Flower quilt, it will be just beautiful. I have the CT Garden Club quilt, nearly done, maybe 3 or 4 blocks to go....purchased the patten when it first came out, you are inspiring me to get it out and finishe it!!!! Thank you for that!
    Christine

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  39. Karen, I love your Trumpet Quilt. I'm a big Blackbird Designs Fan and I love the sampler fabric. I think it is gorgeous in your quilt. I also love the Garden Club progress. Another one on my every growing To Do List.

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  40. Congrats on your 100th post! The Trumpet flower quilt is gorgeous and I love everything you are working on!
    Micki

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  41. I am amazed by all your beautiful quilts! The trumpet flower quilt is really stunning! Great work!
    Congratulations on 100 posts:o)
    Happy sewing,
    Laila

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  42. LOL!! Yes it is a funny name :) We used to be Stitch and Bitch, but a lot of groups are that now, so we decided to change - we have one Snob and 6 Slobs!!!
    Love the Trumpet Flower Quilt - beautiful colours - well done!!!

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  43. I love your Trumpet quilt. The Circuit Rider Quilt blocks look great too. I have made a little doll quilt on your signature Midget sewing machine. It is in one of my first posts.
    Keep up those wonderful quilts :-)
    BTW we live with about 100 sewing machines probably more we have just stopped counting ;-)Run out of room too!

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  44. I love the Trumpet quilt...it's beautiful. Congrats on your 100th post and awesome Garden Club block.

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  45. congratulations on 100 posts. I'm in Central Florida too, and we are enjoying getting rain also. I feel bad for those who are in the flood aras though.

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  46. I don't think your trumpet quilt looks to busy. It is gorgeous, just like so many of your quilts. I love the zigzag sashing. Your chicken quilt looks fun and gives me some ideas for one I am working on. My son raises chickens and I have been working on a chicken quilt for him, but haven't decided how to set it yet.

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  47. I think your Trumpet Flower quilt is wonderful! I don't think it looks too busy at all. Congratulations on your 100th post.

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  48. Hi Karen, I really love your Trumpet Flower Quilt too and the fabric is gorgeous!!! Can you tell me where did you find that pattern or is it a pattern? I would love to make that one too! Hugs, Mary

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  49. *omg* I love your Trumpet Flowers. Seems like I can't get enough of handwork right now with applique running at the front of the pack.
    Yeah for the Garden Club block(s) - do you know which part you are going to do next? Congrats on 100 posts - I'm a little late, but heartfelt *s*

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  50. I think your Trumpet Flower will be a treasure once it is finished. I'm loving what you are doing!

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  51. Oh, My gosh, another beauties.... your garden club is coming along very nice. and your Trumpet flowers quilt is stunning!
    Aaaand, I love your checken quilt, it's so cute. :-)
    You always give me a good motivation, thanks!

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  52. Your Trumpet Flower quilt is wonderful! Seems like you just started that!

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  53. You know I just love all your applique quilts.
    Congrats on your 100th post. Sorry I missed it.

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  54. Hi Karen - can you tell me who makes the pattern for the Garden quilt :)

    Hugs - karen

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  55. Just love the setting on your Trumpet Flower quilt...it just draws you into the quilt! Can hardly wait to see the applique borders!

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