QUILT INFO

I used a Buttermilk Basin for the spring wool mat.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A NEW APPLIQUE PROJECT

Over the holidays, I felt like doing some applique.  I have more than one applique project that needs attention but I wanted to do something that was prepped and not too labor intensive.  I had "Fern Rose" blocks ready to go and sitting out on the sewing machine cabinet so that is what I grabbed.  I have five blocks done.  I thought I had six for a nice picture but actually only five completed.  The sixth is in the works.  The pattern uses twelve of these blocks.
The pattern is by Alma Allen of Blackbird Designs and is found in the book "Nuts and Berries".  I prefer not to stitch the same pattern over and over but with these blocks, I am using a variety of backgrounds and fabrics.  Watching television while working on them and trying not to focus too much on having to repeat those same leaf units over and over.

I made a cardinal pillow for my daughter's sofa.  I made her one last year from a different pattern and it has been well used.  She wanted a second one.  This time, I did a wool on cotton background applique.  I used navy fabric to finish off the pillow.  It really blends in with her sofa in the picture and hard to tell what color it is.
The pattern I used was in a Quilt Almanac.  I only have the pattern itself and not the magazine so I don't know when it was published.  The pattern was designed by Pamela Curo and is called "Cardinals and Blooms".  My daughter has a fascination with cardinals and collects items depicting them.  Instead of buying a new pillow form, I bought a nice sofa pillow at a thrift store and used it inside.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  We celebrated a day early so Christmas Day was quiet here.  I spent some time reading blogs, doing applique, and resting.
Karen

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

SAMPLER FINISH

The "Spring Sampler" is complete!
The pattern I used is by Bonnie Sullivan of "All Through the Night".  It was designed to be a framed piece.  Instead, I added the two framing borders and hand quilted it.  The sampler is a combination of wool and some embroidery on cotton.  The alphabet was meant to be satin stitch embroidery which I am not very good at.  Instead, I used wool.  I scanned the alphabet into the computer, reversed them, traced to the paper side of Heat 'n Bond Lite (using a light table), and then fused it to dark brown wool.  I used small, sharp embroidery scissors to cut out the letters.  The cotton fabric was placed over the sampler pattern on the light table so that I had a guide for placement of all the parts.  I then slid a June Taylor pressing board under the fabric and fused the pieces as best as I could.  Anything that did not fuse well because of thickness, I used a dab or two of glue to hold in place.  I used cotton thread to stitch the edges of the wool pieces but floss could just as well be used.  I also used wool for the bees instead of satin stitching.  Bonnie has other patterns with wool and stitched words that I like but I think this is going to be the only one I do.

Back to my stitching.

Karen

Monday, December 10, 2012

RUDOLPH AND COMPANY

In July of 2009, I finished the "Rudolph and Co." quilt top from a pattern in a Quiltmania magazine.  It was designed by Jan Patek.  I finally quilted it over the weekend.  Two and a half years in the making when it should have been quilted by Christmas of 2009.  I saw a picture of a finished one very recently and it reminded me of the one I had made that was in the UFO pile.
The quilt measures about 55 inches by 60 inches.  A nice sofa size.  The pattern suggests that you can trace a child's hands for the antlers but I did not have one available so I used the ones from the pattern.  I did hand applique except for the eyes.  Those are fused and machine stitched.  Had I been doing the applique now, I probably would have used wool.

Here is a close-up of one of the blocks so you can see the antlers better.
The pattern was also available in booklet form, if I remember correctly.

I still have Christmas quilts tops in the UFO pile but I don't know how many more I can get done this holiday season.
Enjoy your day!
Karen

Sunday, December 9, 2012

CHRISTMAS 101 COMPLETE

I am on a roll finishing some UFO projects.  Quilts that were to the finished flimsy stage and awaiting machine quilting.  I finished "Christmas 101".  A Nativity design by Jan Patek.  I used most of the same fabrics that were used in the sample quilt.  They are from the Remembrance line.  I did not have all the same exact fabrics so I substituted where needed from stash.

I am working on machine quilting another Christmas quilt that has been to the flimsy stage for about two years.  I hope to finish it up tomorrow or the next day.

I attended a Christmas lunch today at a friend's home.  She is very much into prim style and it is such a treat to see all her Christmas decorations.  There were six of us.  All prim style lovers.  Besides me, there were two bloggers there that you might know.  Carol from Brown Quilts and Lynda Hall from Primitive Pieces by Lynda.  Carol took a photo.  Maybe she will put it on her blog.  We spent some time lamenting about how we have no local or even within a couple hours drive prim style quilt shops.  Or even ones that would have a row of prim style fabric.

Time to get some stitching done.
Karen


Saturday, December 8, 2012

LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP

I completed a new small wall quilt called "Love and Friendship".  I used a pattern by Cheri Saffiote-Payne.  I love her designs.  I used wool on cotton for the applique.  The quilt blocks are about 4 1/4" square.  Not hard to make but slower to stitch handling the small pieces.  I used several pieces of Jo Morton fabrics and other reproduction fabrics from stash.
It took me a while to decide on a quilting design.  The left border is wider than the right side.  And there are a variety of applique pieces in the border.  I finally decided just to outline the applique and then echo quilt over the whole piece.  I like the result.

I am working on finishing another Christmas design quilt.  Makes me happy to finally get a flimsy to the completed stage.
Karen

Friday, December 7, 2012

GIFT EXCHANGE PART 2

I posted a few days ago about the items I made for a gift exchange.  You can read about them here.  Nancy of Tom Miner Folk Art and Quilts was the recipient.  Now I have received my package in the mail.  I was very surprised to find out that Debbie of Woolen Sails had my name for the exchange.  She made a needlepunch prim pocket, two needlepunch snowmen ornies, and two embroidered ornies that are filled with balsam.  Debbie used a design by Bonnie Sullivan and turned it into these wonderful items.
The prim pocket has a cord handle attached with rusty jingle bells on the side.  The back part of the pocket is made from wool as well as the lining.  The needlepunch snowman have red wool backings.  Rusty jingle bells on the front. Wonderful that she could taken elements from the pattern and use her creative mind to make all of these items.

That was not all that was in the package.  She included a simple snowman face design for rug hooking and included wool strips.  I have a rug hooking frame, needles, and an instruction book by Tara Darr but have never attempted the technique.  Debbie is encouraging me to give it a try.  She included a needlepunch pattern plus a stitchery pattern and an embroidered necklace pouch pattern. And a fat quarter of fabric.


Thank you, Debbie.  I am still doing The Happy Dance.
Karen

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

WINTER WISHES

I am digging in the UFO pile for Christmas quilts that need quilting.  I just finished putting the binding on "Winter Wishes".  The pattern designer is Paula Stoddard.   I am often asked where to find a pattern for a quilt I show on my blog.  This one was in the book "Seasons Stitchin's".  There are lots of good prim style designs in it.   Paula's selling website is here.
I didn't spend a lot of time thinking about a quilting design.  I outlined the applique basket and candy canes.  Then I decided to follow the lines created by the light center area.  I used the walking foot and it was done in a very short while.  A new Christmas quilt!

I have another quilt almost done.  Only the binding left to do.  Back to my stitching.
Karen

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Gift Exchange

I am participating in a gift exchange in a Yahoo prim group I belong to.  We were to make a prim pocket/bag, one or two Christmas ornaments, add a Christmas fat quarter, and something we weren't using. I really enjoyed making the prim pocket and a prim angel.  So much so that I had a hard time parting with them.
First of all, I had to do a Google image search to understand what a prim pocket is.  I learned that it is usually something that hangs from a door knob or cabinet handle.  And they hold dried flowers, berry branches or whatever you would like to display in one.  I noted that many are made from wool.  Some with a wire handle.  I know my swap partner likes wool so that was an easy choice.  I just had to plan a design to applique onto it.  I looked and looked on the internet and then in my quilt books.  My attention was drawn to the Santa done in wools on a wall hanging size quilt I made last year.  I measured and decided it would be an appropriate size.  I made a paper pattern for a bag shape just guessing and cut out a back and front from wool and then a lining from a green stripe cotton.  I added a sheep and a star to the design.  The pine tree is embroidered.  The handles are made from wool too which I pinked the edges of.  Here is what I came up with.
Then the process of making a Christmas ornament or two.  So many ideas and patterns to choose from.  I ended up making an angel doll instead of an ornament.  I used a Country Threads pattern.  The doll has no arms.  The arms were to be silk greenery and more like wings.  I could not find anything silk at the craft store that suited me.  I did find some plastic type greenery and some that looked like branches from an artificial Christmas tree.  I found them too heavy when I tried to attach them to the quilt block dress that the doll wears.  The pieces just drooped.  I decided to create wings and selected a shape from a Jan Patek angel quilt pattern for them.  From the internet, an image search for vintage Christmas sheet music provided me with a song with "angel" in the verse.  I printed it onto computer printer ready fabric.  I only had one sheet and the wings are wide.  I was able to cut two pieces for the wing fronts and piece those together.  I used a cotton fabric for the back side of the wings.  Here she is.
The dress is a pine tree quilt block and it is quilted.  The pattern set of angels has one for each season with a different block design used for each.  I added some spritzes of the walnut spray to give an older look to the sheet music and sprayed the doll and dress a bit too.  The doll head has a wreath of pearl trim around it and some jute cord to hang it.

I added a fat quarter of red wool, a red cotton prim style Christmas print, a needle punch kit I was not using, and an Aunt Philly's toothbrush rug making tool and instruction book.  I think my partner liked her goodies as much as I enjoyed creating and pulling everything together.

Karen

Thursday, November 29, 2012

COMFORT AND JOY MAIN BODY DONE

Here is the final section for the main body of  the "Comfort and Joy" quilt is done.  This was an easy one to do.  The tree is made from wool and the rest cottons.

Here is a picture of the inside of the quilt and the first border.  After this is an applique border.
We are enjoying our company so not much sewing happening at my house.  I will post again in a few days.
Karen

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

MINI WINTER QUILT

Yesterday, Mary of Quilt Hollow sent me a link to a free pattern by Kim Diehl for a small snowman quilt.  Here is the link for the pattern and cutting instructions.  Here is the link for the applique templates.  It is a cute pattern and I do like snowmen quilts.  So I got right onto it and made the quilt top.  Fun to make.


Maybe you would like to make one too.  The applique could be done the fusing method, regular needle turn as I did, or using wool.  Give it a try.
Karen

Monday, November 19, 2012

A NEW BASKET QUILT

I completed a friendship basket quilt.

The design started with the six inch basket blocks made by a group of people.  I wanted to make a quilt using them where it did not end up too large or too small.  I played with settings in Electric Quilt.  I settled on using an applique medallion center.  The applique design is from an Electric Quilt add-on software for Baltimore style blocks.  I originally thought I would use blues only for the applique but it seemed a bit dull.  So the addition of the red flowers with yellow centers and the green leaves seemed appropriate.  A narrow red border next and then the basket block border.  I played with the arrangement of the baskets.  I kept coming back to the one where the basket handles faced in towards the center of the quilt.  I intended to use a wide red border after this but it overwhelmed the basket block border.  A more narrow border did the same thing.  I decided to leave the quilt as is and use a red binding.

It is nice to have a finish!
Karen

Saturday, November 17, 2012

STITCHING AS FAST AS I CAN

I haven't been around in Blogland as much as usual.  My knee problems have kept me from spending as much time in the sewing room.  Sometimes I can't sit at the computer as long as I normally would.  But I am still plugging away on my projects.  I also am in gift mode and can't show some things.  Just a quick picture to show you that I am sewing and doing handwork.

I hope to have more to show you soon.

Karen

Thursday, November 8, 2012

CATCH UP TIME

I am finally posting a picture of the "A Little Porch Time" section that should have been finished the end of October.  A lot of stitching to make this section.  It is over 60 inches long.  This month's section requires a lot of applique stitches to make it also and I have not started it yet.
I completed the last five applique blocks for "Mrs. Lincoln's Sampler Quilt".  I have not made any of the pieced blocks.

I am still having a problem with my knee.  It was getting better and I was able to get around without the walker.  Still with a limp but without the walker made accessing things in the sewing room easier.  Then two nights ago, I rolled over in bed and the pain set in again.  It feels like muscles tightening.  So back to the walker again.  I spent time laying on the bed yesterday.  Today I am able to put some weight on the leg but am still being very cautious.  Not fun.  I plan on sitting and doing some stitching today but no housework type stuff.

We are having cooler weather.  We have company coming Thanksgiving Day and stay for several days.  I hope the weather improves for them as they love warm weather.

Have a good day!
Karen

Thursday, November 1, 2012

PORCH CONSTRUCTION ZONE

The quilt I am working on from the pattern "A Little Porch Time" has fallen behind  a bit.  Three others in the group working on the same quilt posted their star flower basket sections yesterday.  Mine is still under construction.  A lot of stitching on this part of the quilt.
I must have been in a dark and dreary mood when selecting fabrics for this section of the quilt.  There are four more star flowers to add to it.  I think that will brighten it up a bit.  And a yellow butterfly to add to the basket.
It was hard creating the background for the section.  Hard to get to the fabrics on the shelves.  My walker did not fit well into the plaid section and my knee could not tolerate standing to sort through fabrics.  Good news is that my knee feels better.  I am still limping and using the walker but not having nearly as much pain as the past week brought.

You will find me in my stitching chair today working on this basket of flowers.
Karen

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"MERRY WINTER'S NIGHT"

A completed winter table runner.  I have had this done for a number of days but had not taken a picture of it.  This is "Merry Winter's Night" and was made from a pattern designed by Cheri Saffiote-Payne.  It is in the current winter issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.
This is much like the version shown in the magazine.  I left a star off of each end as I thought that was all it needed.  It was an easy piece to make.  Twenty-five snowball blocks and then the applique.  Cheri suggested doing a faced applique which is where you cut two identical pieces with seam allowance.  Place right sides together and stitch the whole way around on the sewing line.  Then cut a slit in one piece of fabric, turn the right side out through that slit.  Press and then an overcast hand stitch though you could do it by machine.  I used wool for the scarf, hat, and arms so that is a single layer only.  I enjoyed making this.

My knee is doing better but I don't want to say I am on the road to recovery from whatever is wrong.  I have gotten better a couple times and in a flash, been right back to a low point again.  But I am hopeful.

We are having unseasonably cool weather here in Florida.  But we can't complain too much.  There are parts of the country in not very good shape due to the hurricane.  We will be having a warm-up soon.

Thanks for stopping by.
Karen

Monday, October 29, 2012

COMFORT AND JOY SECTION SEVEN

Time for another update on the "Comfort and Joy" quilt.  This is the seventh section with one more to go.
The photo makes the section look a bit crooked but it really isn't.  I am experiencing a lot of knee pain.  It was difficult to get the piece hung on the design wall and to back up to take a picture.  I am having to use a walker to get around.  I have knee replacements in both knees.  I thought for sure something had happened to the one in my right knee.  The pain came on suddenly.  Went away about the third day and then back again a few days later.  I have had x-rays and the hardware in the knee area looks good.  I have had blood work to check for infection though there are no signs of it.  Next will be a bone scan.  I am limping badly.  Getting around in the sewing room is not easy.  Even after a clean-up I did recently.  I was able to complete this section of the quilt because all the fabric was in a basket right next to the area I sew and cut out quilts in. I always sit to do the cutting and preparation of applique parts.  The problem comes if I have to look for fabric on the shelves or need something that isn't right in the work area.  I may not be able to complete the next section of "A Little Porch Time" at the scheduled time because the fabric is not in a basket.  I am trying but it is slow going.

Hope you have a good week and I hope that things improve for me quickly.
Karen

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

TWO FINISHES

Hurray!  A couple finishes.  "13 Lucky Cats" turned out not to be so lucky for me.  I had to take out four blocks and move them.  Here is the original layout.
I debated about the upper left hand block because the background fabric is the same as the border fabric.  I had decided just to leave it.  Then a friend pointed out that I had two cats in the wrong position in the fourth row down.  To continue the dark and light diagonal backgrounds, those two needed to be reversed.  I decided to reverse those two cats.  And I might as well take care of the cat in the corner at the same time.  It required moving four blocks to do it.  Now the quilt is done.  It was made all from stash fabrics.

Next I finished a very small quilt.  I am thinking it was from one of Lori's (Humble Quilts) sew along but I can't say for sure.  I can't find the info on her blog.  The quilting was just something to get it done.  I used scraps from the scrap basket to make this.
 
I have a table runner ready for binding so I will have something new to share with you in a day or so.  Stop back for a look.
Karen

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

AUTUMN TABLE MAT

I just finished a table mat using wool applique on cotton.  I used a free design found on Homeberries.  The designs print out in three sizes and I used the largest.  The smaller sizes, I think, would be used for embroidery.  I am going to enjoy displaying this in the fall.
Hope you find time to sew this evening.
Karen

Saturday, October 13, 2012

BERRIES AND BASKETS TABLE RUNNER FLIMSY

I just finished sewing the "Berries and Baskets" table runner.  I don't know when it will get quilted but the top is together.  The pattern is by Joined At the Hip and was in a magazine called "Quilting Ideas"  A fall issue but I don't know what year.  I only have the pages of the magazine that involve instructions for the table runner.
It is 20" by 42".  It is hard to tell in the picture but the sashings are an olive green with a yellow/orange dot.

Enjoy your weekend.
Karen

Friday, October 12, 2012

BASKET TABLE RUNNER PROJECT

I am working on a new table runner project.  I love baskets both real ones and on quilts.  For this runner, I am using a pattern by "Joined At The Hip" called "Berries and Baskets".  I have used wool on a cotton background for the applique part of the runner.  Next I need to do the pieced blocks.
The berries I made by cutting circle shapes of the wool and using pinking shears around the edges for a more ragged look.

I changed the header quilt to a fall look flimsy that I made a good while back.  I used a Fons and Porter pattern for it.  Fused the parts and did buttonhole stitch embroidery with black floss.

Lots of sewing going on here today.  Stop back again soon to see what I am working on.
Karen

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

13 LUCKY CATS

The "13 Lucky Cats" flimsy is done.  I should have placed the top left block on an inner section of the quilt.  I decided on the orange black plaid border fabric after I had the first inner border on.  The fabric I thought I would use for the border just didn't look right so I went to plan B.  I may move that block yet but right now I am not in the unsew mood.

In case you did not read the previous post and are wondering about the cat pattern, it is in "Redwagon Originals" and is by Linda Brannock.

I am working on a wool on cotton table runner today.  A fall look piece.  So many projects and not enough time.
Karen

Monday, October 8, 2012

INSPIRED BY AN ANTIQUE QUILT

Back in August, I showed the beginnings of a large quilt block I was creating from an antique quilt design.  You can read about it here and also follow a link to the quilt that inspired me.  I changed the flower design to having three pink petals instead of five.  That was because I thought it would be hard to have that many points coming together at the stem area.  Even with three pinks and the blue green leaves that surround the flower, I had a problem.  I got one done where it looked okay but not great.
I attempted to take a photo of one that was pretty bad but the picture was way too light.  Here is one that I gave up on.
I just couldn't get the ends all tucked in nicely and covering what they needed to cover.  My solution was to make circles that covered all those parts.  Here is the completed  wall hanging flimsy.  The little circles worked well and just seem like part of the design.
I sewed the borders on this morning using the fabrics  left over from the applique.  As I was putting scraps in the scrap basket and some bigger pieces on the fabric shelves, I discovered a piece that probably would have been better for the border.  But I don't think it is enough of a difference to warrant taking off what is already sewn on.  You can see it on the left side of the picture below.
I can't say that I am in love with this piece.  It was a fun experience and that makes me happy and that is what matters.

I was inspired by a friend in one of my Yahoo prim groups with her "13 Lucky Cats" quilt.  I have wanted to make the quilt for years.  It is in an old Red Wagon book.  I started on the blocks Saturday.  Below are the cats I have done.  All the blocks left to do are black on orange.  I hope to have them done by tomorrow.  I have the pieced blocks done and waiting.
I hope you will have time to sew and enjoy the day as much as I plan to.
Karen

Thursday, October 4, 2012

"Mrs. Lincoln's Sampler Quilt"

More blocks done for the "Mrs. Lincoln's Sampler Quilt".

The block on the right side is the one that had a red fabric run when I rinsed the block.  I figured the block was a lost cause but I threw it in the washing machine with a color catcher and a load of towels.  The migrating red marks came out and the block is saved.  None of the blocks have been trimmed yet.  My favorite of these three blocks is the one in the middle with the three cherries.

Thanks for paying me a visit.
Karen

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"IN FULL BLOOM"

A new finish called "In Full Bloom".  The pattern is by Edyta Sitar and is a free pattern available here.  I had a similar background in stash to use for the applique as the sample for the pattern.  It did not take long to do the applique and I quickly machine quilted it for a finished piece.
This finished at approximately 18 inches square so not a big piece.  It would make a nice center block for a medallion quilt but I doubt I will repeat it.  So many other things I want to make.

Have a good day.
Karen

Monday, October 1, 2012

NEXT SECTION OF "A LITTLE PORCH TIME"

It is time to show the section of "A Little Porch Time" that Lori of Humble Quilts assigned us to stitch in September.  I started working on it yesterday evening and finished it this evening.
The upper left block was to be a pair of small hands to represent children.  Since there was already a hand in this section, I decided to substitute a dog instead.  I found a Country Threads pattern with a dog.  Too large for this block so I drew a nine inch square and drew a similar shaped dog that would fit within the square.  On the other side of the quilt will be a long cat which is as the quilt is designed.  There are two big applique sections coming up.  I won't be able to wait until the last minute to do those.

Back to my stitching.
Karen

Saturday, September 29, 2012

COMFORT AND JOY PART 6

I just remembered that today is the 29th and the day to post a picture of the next section of "Comfort and Joy". It is a good thing I did the final piecing of this section last evening.  If you have time, visit Anne's blog for a list of the other participants in the sew-along and a link to their blogs.


I think there are two more sections left to do.  I will be heading to the sewing room in a few minutes.  I have another quilt along project that needs attention.  Have a good weekend and try to find some time in your sewing room too.

Karen

Friday, September 28, 2012

"BIRDS IN THE AIR" COMPLETED

"Birds In The Air" is complete.  I intended it to be done last December but I had a problem attempting to hand quilt it.  I tried a new needle and even that was difficult.  It was not enjoyable so I quit.  I used a batting scrap and I don't know the brand.  I set the quilt aside until I could pull out the hand quilting stitches I did manage to get in and get in the mood to machine quilt it.  You can see that I intended to finish it last year by the date in the corner.  I thought about changing it to 2012 but left it as it was.

The pattern was designed by Lori Smith.  She has so many wonderful patterns to choose from.  And I have several of them in the want to do basket.  Do you have any?

Karen

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"COTTAGE FLOWERS'" FLIMSY

"Cottage Flowers" is to the flimsy stage now.  I sewed all the rows together yesterday.  I am pleased with the end result.
I so like the colors and fabrics I used for this quilt.  Muted shades and from a variety of lines of fabric.  All were in stash except for the pink plaid used for the setting triangles and border.  I used Rit Tan Dye to darken the pink plaid a bit and I like the end result.  We have a front load washer and I didn't think you could dye in one.   I did the dye process in the kitchen sink and it hurt my arms and back trying to do that much yardage.  I have since found instructions on the internet on how to do it in a front load washer and I would try it that way in the future for a bigger piece of fabric.

The second set of applique blocks I made from the same pattern are on their way via the mail to a friend who will make her own quilt.  I enjoyed making the blocks so much, I would make a third set!

I forgot to mention that the pattern used was in the book "Simple Pleasures" by Alma Allen and Jan Patek.

Karen

Monday, September 24, 2012

"THE GREAT PUMPKIN QUILT" FINISHED

Finally complete!  "The Geat Pumpkin Quilt".  I can't get a full right on picture of the quilt.  I tried pinning the quilt to my design wall but it immediately fell off even with pins holding it.  I don't have a wood fence to pin it to.  And only one person to hold it, so I just draped it over the sofa and then a picture taken with it on the floor.


The pattern set was designed by "Briar Rose"  and here is the website.  I started this quilt in 2008.  An early post I found about it was in August of that year.  The applique is fused and then machine stitched. So it was four years in the making   Actually, the  top was ready for quilting for quite some time.  And that was done for me by Mary of Quilt Hollow.  She did wonderful custom quilting on it.  A fine finish and in time for fall display.

I received an e-mail asking me for information about a pattern for the quilt "Pumpkins and Turkey Feathers". I inadvertently deleted the e-mail before replying and I don't remember who asked.  So my best effort will be to give the answer on my blog post.  It is a Jan Patek design.  It was published in a Quilt Mania issue a few years ago but I don't remember which one.  I did not keep the pattern.  I have been told that the pattern is in Jan's book "We Gather Together" and that is still available for purchase.  I hope that helps.

Lots of sewing going on here and I need to get back to it.  Have a good day and take time to sew a bit.

Karen

Thursday, September 20, 2012

CROW AND POMEGRANATE

A new wall hanging done.  It is called "Crow And Pomegranate".  The designer is Joanne of "Thread Head" blog and it is a free pattern.  Thank you, Joanne.  Here is a link to the free pattern.


I echo quilted the main body of the quilt.  The borders were done free style in prim fashion.  I like the look on this piece.

Joanne has just started a quilt-along and has posted a tutorial for the first block.  Her tutorials have lots of pictures which is helpful if you are a beginning quilter.  She is generous in sharing.

Back to the sewing room.
Karen

Monday, September 17, 2012

MRS. LINCOLN'S SAMPLER BLOCKS PART 1

We are back home after a week's vacation with our long time friends at Myrtle Beach, SC.  While my husband played golf and our friends sat on the beach, I watched the ocean from inside the condo in air-conditioning and stitched on applique blocks.  The mornings were cool enough to sit out on the deck but it was hot sitting out there in the afternoons.  Enjoying the view from inside is what I like to do when it gets too warm outside.  A relaxing week for sure.

I had all the applique block parts ready for stitching so I got a lot done.  I am working on the "Mrs. Lincoln's Sampler Quilt" by Lori Smith.  Here are the blocks I completed.  My design wall is full right now so I took the pictures on an upholstered chair.  The curve of the chair gives the blocks a bit of a wonky look.  And the blocks are not trimmed yet.










I think the pink bird is my favorite block thus far.






I was able to do two to three blocks a day depending on how much stitching was involved.  I finished one more block but a red fabric ran when I rinsed the block.  I think it is the only block I cut a piece of that particular red to use.  The fabric will no longer be in my stash.  It had already been pre-washed with a color catcher.

I have not stitched since returning home but will be doing some this afternoon..  I hope you get some stitching time in today too.

Karen