I finished a block called "Picking Apples". A fun block to make.
And an update on my Sally Post Floral Quilt blocks. I met my goal of stitching three for the month of March. I am still on the hunt for the sashing fabric for the quilt. I purchased some online and it is too light and too pink. Dare I try a third time!
We have company for two weeks but they are out sight-seeing today so I have some play time in the sewing room. Back to play!
I finally made the final block for a Christmas quilt. The blocks were a group sew-along from a Yahoo prim group I belong to. Each month for nine months, Debbie from Woolen Sails selected a free stitchery design from Primitive Blessings. We could change the design as we wanted and use any method to create the blocks. Embroidery, regular applique, wool applique or any combination. I did not want to do the last block that was selected, so I chose another of the free designs which is the sort of star shaped Santa in the lower right hand corner. My favorite block is the sheep in the bottom row. What is yours?
You can see Debbie's version here. You can see Nancy's here. Mine still needs quilted but Christmas is a long ways off and others need quilting before this.
I made the first block for "Sweet and Simple". It is called Four Square. I like this block!
It has been over a week since I posted. I have stitched this past week and have some to show.
I haven't made any of the Snowbound blocks in a good long while. I added two and I think I have five done now. These were Bunnyhill free designs in 2010 so I am way behind.
Next is a Cheri design called "Piece and Plenty". A smaller size piece. If I were to make another, I would probably do wool applique instead of cottons like this one. Another one of those black birds!
And the last thing to show you today is my progress on the row by row snowman quilt. This is about a third of the applique that goes on this particular row of the quilt. The trees are from wool. The rest cottons. A lot of small parts to add yet and a house on the other end of the row.
I have to stop work on this row as March is almost over and I still have two Sally Post Floral blocks to make. I got one done yesterday of the three for the month.
I found a newer blog yesterday called "Simply Put". She designs quilt patterns and is presenting an eight month mystery block of the month. Not free but for a small charge of $10 for all. Five applique blocks and three pieced. Prim style which I like so I signed up. The first three blocks were already available and were sent by e-mail in PDF form. Here is a link to the blog if you care to have a look.
The day is fast getting away from me and I have stitching to do. I will be working on those Sally blocks.
Hard to see in my picture but it is two little chicks carrying some daffodils. I purchased the background fabric for the embroidery and the rickrack. All else was from stash. I think the rickrack the local quilt shop had was a bit too wide but I made it work. It just didn't make the best corners on the pillow. But it's done and I am happy.
There will be no more whining about me not having anything to decorate with for St. Patty's Day. I have been doing that ever since I started my blog. I would see quilts and small projects others had done for St. Patrick's Day. And I would comment and say I had nothing. This year, I decided to do something about it. I saw the little quilt on Temecula Quilts blog called "Lucky Little Clover". It is a giveaway small quilt which I doubt very much I would be lucky enough to win. So I made my own.
I have no idea the size of the quilt is that is shown on Temecula's blog. The blocks are easy nine patch blocks. I chose to have them finish at 2 1/4". Lots of greens, aged muslin, and a Judy Rothermel small green and off white print. All from stash. If you want to try and win Temecula's giveaway, go here.
I also discovered an embroidered basket block in a pile of blocks. Some I made a few years ago and had not done anything with. One has a St. Patty's Day theme. I added a green border and machine quilted and now have a second small quilt I can display during March.
The pattern for the embroidered basket is from Chestnut Junction and can be found here. I have other basket blocks embroidered but have not done anything with them. Nothing in mind for them. I was going to do a quilt with several different basket blocks but have lost interest in doing that. I will have to think about how to use them.
A new wall hanging quilt top done. I used a Cheri pattern called "Forget Me Not". A few months ago, Cheri had a give-away on her blog of some of her fabric scraps. I won a box full of them. I used some of them in creating this small quilt top. Cheri tea and coffee stains her fabrics before using them so they had a wonderful aged look to them.
Hard to see in the embroidered words "Forget Me Not" in the picture. They are above the heart in the blue/grey block. Easier to see in person. An enjoyable piece to make.
Back almost two years ago, I showed this "Garden Delight" quilt top that I had finished.
A fellow blogger asked to make a trade with me. I traded this quilt top for a finished quilt she had just made. I had intentions of making another for myself but not waiting almost two years to do it. Some of the fabrics in the first quilt top were used up. And along the way, I used some leftover fabrics in other projects. I decided I had better get busy and make the second quilt top before any more of the fabrics were gone. So here is number two. Still to be quilted.
No trades this time.
I am having a stitching weekend and enjoying it. I hope you find time to do the same.
A lot of stitching time went into making the fourth block of "Across the Wide Missouri". If I were making a second block (and I'm not), I would not do the double rows of embroidered lines on the beehive. Only because it added stitching time to the block and could be just as effective with one line of heavier thread for each row across.
I have a wall hanging size quilt top almost done, so I will be posting again soon. Check back with me.