QUILT INFO

The quilt in the header is made from a Sarah Sporer pattern called "Summer Glory".

Saturday, April 30, 2011

GARDEN DELIGHT

The completed "Garden Delight" wall hanging top.
The pattern I used is by Jan Patek and is in the book "Festival of Life".  Maybe I will have this quilted and ready to display by next spring.

Karen

Friday, April 29, 2011

COLLECTOR SERIES BLOCK FOUR

I just finished the fourth block for the Collector Series quilt.  The pattern set was designed by Brannock and Patek.

I have finished the applique on the Festival of Life wall hanging and am adding the borders.  I will be back tomorrow to share it with you.

Back to stitching.  Glad you stopped by for a visit.

Karen

Monday, April 25, 2011

BACK IN THE GROOVE

We had a busy week with our "oldest & dearest" friends.  We took them to the airport last Friday afternoon for their flight home.  We hated to see them leave as we enjoy their company so much.  Our visits are a bit less active than they used to be as we are getting older.  We still manage to get out somewhere every day even if it is just out to eat.  We ate at some of our favorite restaurants and found a couple new ones.  We took a pontoon tour boat ride and enjoyed it immensely.  Saw lots of dolphin and manatees and rode through the lock at Port Canaveral.  Now we have to wait until mid-summer to see them again when we plan to vacation together in the Smokey Mountains.

I am getting back into the sewing mode again.  I have started a new project (even though I have many not finished).  The picture shows a sun that will be appliqued onto a block along with a moon and stars.  The design is by Jan Patek.  The sun is not meant to be perfectly round.  I still need to applique the center onto the sun.
I have been stitching on the "Spring Sampler" but I don't think you can tell from the picture how much is done.  I have been focusing on the top part of the sampler.  All the alphabet is done and the cherry baskets.  Could be apples but I think cherries come before apples.  The bee skeep  is stitched down but needs embroidery lines.  And the leaves around the bee skeep are finished.
I found a sewing machine at the local thrift shop.  It is a Kenmore probably from the 1970's.  It is in very good shape.  Came in a nice case and has all the attachments and a quarter inch foot.  Even the instruction book was included.  It is a free arm style and has 12 stitches.  I paid $40.00 for it.  The thrift store is run by a local church that uses the money for their food pantry.  I certainly did not need the machine but the money goes for a good cause.  And I will have a decent machine, along with several others, that friends could sew on when they come over.  I would have to check to be sure but I think I have seven machines that could be used.  I think I need to have a sewing party.
Time for me to get busy with some stitching.  Glad you took time to pay me a visit today.
Karen

Saturday, April 16, 2011

PROJECT UPDATES

I thought I would share with you an update of projects I have been working on the past week.
The first is a quilt top that I had already completed when I last posted but I forgot to take a picture of it.  The pattern I used is called "Oak Leaves" and is a Fons & Porter pattern.  The triangle units were tricky to get sewn in the correct direction.  I sewed and unsewed a section at least twice.  The quilt was to have another round of triangle units around the outside border.  I decided to leave it off.  A lot of the fabrics used in the quilt are the brushed flannels.  I was having a bit of problem with the half square triangles getting kind of wonky.  I had cut to size and did not allow extra for squaring up.  That is because this is a UFO that has been in the closet for a good while.  And cut out back before I started cutting the units larger and then squaring up before joining unit to unit.  I wish I had done hand applique but I was following the pattern directions.  The applique is done by fusing and then buttonhole stitching.  The appliques are soft because only the edges having the iron on fusible.
Next is a wool on cotton sampler.  All the wool parts are fused down and the embroidery lines marked for the flower and berry stems.  All need the stitching done.  I followed pattern directions and am pleased with the method of getting the embroidery lines marked.  The pattern was in reverse and in four parts.  The directions say to cut a piece of freezer paper to certain measurement. Mark matching points and then trace the embroidery lines onto the freezer paper.  Iron the freezer paper to the back of of the background fabric.  The design is no longer in reverse when you go to trace the embroidery lines.  I placed the fabric with the freezer paper ironed to the back on a light box table and traced what I needed.  I also used the light box and attached freezer paper pattern to lay out my wool pieces.  I used wool for the alphabet instead of doing embroidery as the instructions call for.  Tedious cutting but I am pleased.  The pattern I am using is by "All Through the Night".  Lots of wool to stitch down and embroidered stems and branches to do.
I showed this applique wall hanging in my last post.  I am in the process of doing the applique of the pot of flowers.  I need to applique down a couple more flowers and then do some pieced blocks before finishing the applique.  There will also be two rabbits at the bottom.  I am using a Jan Patek pattern.  The information about it is in my previous post.

We have company here for a week and are having a good time. Right now, my husband is playing golf and our good friends have gone to the beach.  I am staying home to do some sewing.

Have a great day.  I am off to sit in my sewing chair to work on the pot of flowers.

Karen

Monday, April 11, 2011

DESIGN WALL MONDAY, OLDEST UFO FINISH AND MORE

I forgot to share a picture of the completed Cherry Basket quilt top and will do so now.  A fun project.
And I finished my oldest UFO that was in the closet.  It was started in 1997.  You can read about it in my previous post.  It is now quilted, bound, washed & dried.  And I am happy that I did not give the top away a long time ago.  The quilt is from a Brannock & Patek pattern.
And last is to show you what is on the design wall.  It is a spring quilt called "Garden Delight" and is from a quilt book by Jan Patek called "Festival of Life".  Though the larger quilt in the book is wonderful, I am doing the smaller version.  A pot of flowers, two more rabbits & some pinwheel blocks to be added yet.
Here is a picture of the book cover which shows the quilt.
Time for me to do some stitching.  Hope you get to do the same.

Karen


Saturday, April 9, 2011

April's Christmas Sew Along Day

It is supposed to be almost 90 degrees here today.  Not much like Christmas weather.  Well, maybe for anyone in the lower hemisphere.  I am participating today in the Christmas Sew Along.  The second Saturday of each month is to be dedicated to working on a Christmas project or gift.  You can see what I worked on in February here and March here.

Today I have selected a UFO to machine quilt.  Here is a picture of the quilt top.
The pattern I used is by Jan Patek and Linda Brannock.  I made the quilt top in 1997 and it has stayed this way ever since.  I can give you two reasons for that.  First of all, I hardly ever machine quilted anything at that time.  The angels were fused on with a lightweight fusible product and then hand buttonhole stitched.  This was before I knew to only use a rim of the fusible around the applique to keep the fabric soft and pliable.  It becomes a problem to hand quilt through so much fusible otherwise.  To just quilt around the angel  made the angel puff out and I don't like that look on a bigger section of applique.  I had made an extra angel and I don't remember why the extra but I hand quilted the background only on it.
On one angel, the puffiness was not so noticeable.  And I had an angel to display.  The priority of finishing the bigger quilt was not so pressing.  I have thought many times of just giving away the bigger one as I have let the finishing go for so long.  But I like it so well, I just could not part with it.  Today I am going to tackle some kind of machine quilting on it and finish the piece.  It will not be anything fancy but I hope to meet my goal.

See you all later.

Friday, April 8, 2011

DOLL QUILT TOP DONE

I finished the doll quilt top that I posted about yesterday.  I left off the final plain border that was on the original.  It did not seem to do anything for the quilt and my piece was getting bigger than I thought it should be.  Mine ended up about 22 inches by 25".  I have since learned that the E-Bay seller has added the size of the original and it is about 19 inches long.  So mine is bigger.  I am satisfied though.
I got so frustrated trying to figure out the last round of on point squares.  If I kept the row not as wide, I was ending up with too many squares or diamonds instead of squares.  Wider, too few.  I finally just went with less squares.  It looked like the maker add in spacers to make her row fit.  The original piece is so worn that it is hard to tell if it was background fabric or a print.  I went with the print.  I did figure out that the maker used a scrappy round as you can see a few of the fabrics and they aren't alike.

Karen Mowery from Sew Primitive Quilter is working on the same project.  I am anxious to see what she comes up with.  She is much better than me at working with Electric Quilt.  I am sure she will be posting soon about the project.

I gave a link to the original doll quilt that is listed on E-Bay in my previous post but will repeat it here.  It is in bad shape.  Will be interesting to see what the final bid is.

Glad you stopped by.  I will be back in the sewing room today working on a UFO.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

WORKING ON A DOLL QUILT

I have taken time out from working on a UFO to making a doll quilt.  I was inspired by an antique doll quilt that is for sale on E-Bay.  The little quilt is in bad shape.  I am trying to recreate it in reproduction fabrics.  Seemed easy enough at first.  Many cutting measurements are coming out in 16th's and therein lies my problem.  I bumped the measurement up to the nearest 1/8th because my piecing tends to make a slightly smaller block.  Only this has not worked out this time.  I have sewn and taken of the spacer row and cornerstone blocks about three times now trying to get things right.
I am losing some points here and there but things now seem to be okay.  There are more rows to figure out yet.  I hope those go more smoothly than what I have encountered thus far.  I have not asked for permission to copy the quilt picture from E-Bay so I will just link you to it.  Go here.

Back to figuring!

Karen

Monday, April 4, 2011

DESIGN WALL MONDAY AND A NEW FLIMSY FINISH

I am participating in Judy's Design Wall Monday.  You can visit others doing likewise by going here.  My current project on the wall is the Cake Stand Baskets in the strong Lancaster, Pennsylvania reproduction fabrics.  I have decided on the alternate blocks and you can see two of them in the photo.
I have added cherry blocks.  I found a pattern for the cherries in a Black Mountain quilt book that I have.  I enlarged the pattern a bit so that the cherries would better fill the space.  I will probably use the same background fabric for the setting triangles.  Then I will need to decide about the border.

Also, I finished another UFO project to the flimsy stage.
I was inspired by a quilt I saw on Temecula Quilt Company's blog July 3rd, 2009.  Just click here and you can see their quilt.  The number of blades is less on their blocks and I don't know what size they are.  Mine use 20 blades and the blocks are twelve inches.  I used fabrics from the Old Glory line plus a few others from stash.   I used a white shirting with a little red design on it.   I was going to make a larger quilt and cut out quite a few more blade pieces than I ended up using.  The Dresden Plates are hand appliqued to the background.  I changed thread color for each blade as necessary.  I put the blocks in the UFO closet with three left to applique and all the centers to do.  Finally, I got the blocks out and took time to finish the last three.  Then came the centers.  I debated as to how to do the center circle.  I was using an Eleanor Burns pattern for the plates.  She uses a lightweight fusible interfacing on the back of the circle.  You put the right side of the circle to the fusible side of the interfacing, stitch all around, cut a slit in the fusible, turn the circle to the outside, smooth the edges and then fuse to the block.  I tried it but did not like the fusible showing around the edge.  I used her method but hand appliqued the centers down and by doing that, was able to pull the fabric so that the interfacing did not show.  The leftover blades caught my eye and I began laying them one wide side to the top and then wide side down.  Back and forth.  I discovered that they would work for the border and that is what I ended up using.  The back is pieced, the top put back in the UFO closet to await time for machine quilting.

Enjoy your day and I hope you get some sewing time.

Karen

Saturday, April 2, 2011

THROUGH THE YEARS

I finished the "Through the Years" quilt top.  I had to lay it out on a bed for a photo as no one is home to hold it up for me and it is too big for the design wall.  It is not meant to fit this bed.

I took a close-up shot of the center so you could see the broderie perse medallion.  I used a fusible around the under edge of the eagle section and fused it to the light background.  I then stitched it by machine with a buttonhole stitch.  I matched cotton thread to the background of the eagle medallion so you have to look close up to see that it was machine stitched.  The darker fabrics making up the medallion center are from a border stripe type print from Marcus Brothers.

I found a larger piece of a Smithsonian "Little Sisters" fabric that and usedit  for the border.  Not what I would call a pretty print but it suited the piece well.  I don't know that you can see it in the first picture.  I still have some left of that fabric but I think it is the last of any of the Smithsonian prints I have.

I am now working on another UFO and should have a picture to post very soon.

Karen

Friday, April 1, 2011

NEW PROJECT AND A UFO

I started a new quilt working from stash.  I was inspired by a quilt that Dixie of Dixie Doodles is working on.  I asked if she would mind if I did something similar and received a very nice e-mail with her permission.
The baskets are displayed on my design wall and none too neatly but you get the idea.  I am trying to decide on the blocks for the empty spaces.  I am using the Lancaster style reproduction fabrics.  Dixie's basket blocks are from a trade with friends so I think she has more variety in the fabric used in her blocks.  Stay tuned.

In the meantime, I have gone back to a UFO quilt project.  I have shown it in the past.  I get bored with sewing on it and have to put the project away for a while.  Now I am on a push to complete the top.
I have quite a bit of the last section together and should be able to finish the main body of the quilt today.  The pattern I am using is called "Through the Years".  It is from a Quilters Newsletter but I don't know what issue.  The pattern is by Penelope Tucker.  She was inspired by an English chintz quilt made in the 1790's.  The fabrics I am using are all from stash.  Lots of reproduction fabrics including some from the Smithsonian lines.  The center is done using the broderie perse technique.

A good friend gave me a cute chicken recently and a pin cushion made from part of an old quilt.  The chicken is weighted in the seat area and sits nicely on a ledge.



I changed my header photo to a small Easter piece I made a couple years ago and have shown on my blog previously.  The pattern is by Buttermilk Basin.

Back to stitching.

Karen