I used a Buttermilk Basin for the spring wool mat.

Friday, April 28, 2017

ABC Sampler Update

I don't remember how many updates for the "ABC Sampler there have been but here is the latest.  The "V" block which is for "Victory Garden", the "W" block is a wheel barrow, and the letters XYZ.

I have not sewn the two blocks together as of yet because I need to figure out how wide the wheel barrow block should actually be.  Here is a picture of them side by side.

I have not finished stitching the wool "done by me" letters as of yet but not much left to do.

Lori of Humble Quilts should also have her blocks posted today.  Here is the link.

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Pine Tree Ridge

My "Pine Tree Ridge" quilt top is done.  I will be working today on piecing a backing.  I used stash only to make this.  An easy sew.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Part One Pine Tree Ridge

I have been making blocks for a Jan Patek design called "Pine Tree Ridge".  I have all the blocks done.  This afternoon, I put together the top part of the quilt.  I hope to sew the bottom half tomorrow.  Easy stitching.

I added a border to a basket block.  The block design is also by Jan Patek.  I used Liberty Garden fabric for the border.  Jan has used this basket design in more than one of her quilt patterns.

I also stitched a second block for the quilt in Jan Patek's "Garden Spirit" book.

I seem to be in a Jan Patek kind of mode.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Fall Festival Part 4

Another month gone by and time for sharing the house block I made using Jan Patek's "Fall Festival" quilt pattern.  I enjoyed stitching this one.  I think a salt box house is so New England in style and often used in prim style quilts.  I don't know how it would be living in one with slanted ceilings on the backside of the house.

I am linking up  with Lori on Humble Quilts.   I am enjoying the stitch along.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Slow Stitching Sunday

On this Slow Stitching Sunday, I have just completed an applique block for a Jan Patek design found in her "Garden Spirit" book.

I prepped the blocks for the quilt a few years ago.  I don't remember how long ago that was.  I started the applique process and ran into a problem.  The whole quilt project went into a large plastic container in the quilt closet.  I don't remember what the problem was.  I think it was getting the various parts to fit on the block.  I stitched part of the design and then did not have adequate room for the circles and leaves.  Now that I am more skilled with applique stitching, I am going to tackle the quilt blocks again.  I have taken the design elements and traced them onto freezer paper as they will go onto the quilt block.  I will use a light box to trace the design onto the block background so that I know where things go and then stitch.  I am working on several quilt projects so I am not in a hurry to complete the quilt top.  When it gets done, it gets done.  Stop back to check my progress.

I am linking to Kathy's "Slow Stitching Sunday".


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

ABC Sampler Update

Today, for some unknown reason, I can't get the photos of the blocks to crop like I normally do.  So here they are on the design wall and cropped as best as I could manage.  The Tin Man was an easy block to do.  And I love the "Us" for the letter "U".  I am enjoying making the quilt blocks.

And a picture of the whole section acros which includes from the letter "K" to "U".  Now onto the next row.

Lori has her blocks posted also.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Fall Festival Quilt Month Three

For the Fall Festival quilt, I made the pineapple and basket blocks but no flying geese.  Enjoying the process of selecting the fabrics, prepping and stitching.

Visit Lori's blog to see what other quilters have done.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Shenandoah Botanical Update

Block 20, I think, for the Shenandoah Botanical quilt I am making.  Five to go if I am correct and I am anxious to get them done.  This is the Jacob's Ladder block.

I really like the changes Doreen made to her block.  If you haven't already visited her blog, please do.  Click here.  And visit the Botanical blog to see even more versions.  Click here.  So many interesting versions.


Monday, March 27, 2017

ABC Sampler Update

Two blocks done for the ABC Sampler pattern (pattern is by Cheri Payne).  The Santa block was fairly easy and definitely prim in style.

The pumpkin block is unique in that it represents three letters of the alphabet.  The N, O, and P.  "Nine Orange Pumpkins.  A busy looking block.  I had more oranges in stash than I remembered.  I have made many pumpkins out of my stash the last few years.

Take a few minutes to visit Lori's blog  "Humble Quilts" and see her blocks.  Click "here" and it will take you there.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Jan Patek Star Tutorial

Jan Patek uses a certain style star design in many of her patterns.  Linda Brannock also used the same style star.  There is a group of people making a block a week from one of Linda's star patterns.  See picture below for her "Gazing Ball" quilt.  The group has permission from Linda's daughter to share the pattern.

I am not participating in the sew-along but have made similar stars for some of the Jan Patek quilt patterns I have used.  I had trouble with making them until I started using what I call "hash tag" marks on my freezer paper pattern pieces.  They really aren't a hash tag.  Just a line across connecting pieces.  I was asked if I would show what I do.  Below is a picture of the stars I recently made for Jan's "Fall Festival" quilt I am making.  The same technique can be used for any of the star patterns that require templates in the construction process.

First I trace the entire star pattern onto freezer paper.  I use a ruler to do this so I am sure to get straight lines.  I assign a letter of the alphabet to each shape from the pattern and mark that both on the freezer paper block and the original pattern (or if the pattern already has a number or alpha letter identifying it....I use that).  I also use a ruler to make a line straight up and down somewhere on each shape.  That way I know how to line the template onto the straight grain of fabric.  The lines come in handy for using plaids or one way prints.

I then take my ruler and draw a tick mark across each side of the inner seams lines of the pattern.  I use these marks to have a pinning mark when I get ready to sew the pieces one to another. I also mark each freezer paper template piece with bckgrd for background or star for the star parts.  Also, I put a "T" at the top of the shapes so I know what is the top side. Then cut the star pattern pieces apart from each other.


Once the shapes are cut apart, iron the freezer paper template to the right side of your fabric and mark the fabric with the tick marks extending out from the pattern shape.

Below is a picture of the two types of rulers I use.  The clear flat ruler is for making all the tick/hash marks onto the freezer paper and marking the fabric at these points using the marking pencil of your choice.  The clear flat ruler makes it easy to see through and line the marks up perpendicular to the paper edge of the shape.  The yellow ruler is normally used in paper piecing.  It has a lip underneath that gives you the 1/4" seam allowance.  Place the edge of the lip next to the freezer paper and carefully cut along the edge of the ruler with a rotary cutter.  I had no helper for picture taking so I cannot show you how I do the cutting.

You now have your shape cut out and with a line mark starting right at the needed 1/4" sewing line.  I pin right through from that mark to the piece I need to attach it to.

If you are lucky, Jan or Linda has given you the sewing order for the pattern pieces but it isn't hard to figure out if that info is not given.

A finished star done using this technique.

And another star with more pieces done the same way.

I don't know if I have explained this well enough.  It makes sense once you actually start doing it though.

Additional info:  I was asked to share the name of the group doing the Gazing Ball sew-along.  It is on Facebook and called Prim Folk Art Quilts.  Click here for a link to it.  Donna, I could not send you an e-mail as you are a no reply blogger.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Shenandoah Botanical Update and A Cheri Basket Block

I am getting closer to being caught up with the Shenandoah Botanical  quilt blocks.  Here is last month's block.  My original picture was too bright so I went for a darker picture but it is too dark.  Kind of like Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  So use your imagination and picture it as between the two pictures.  This is the Red Tulip block.

I am enjoying doing the basket blocks from Cheri Payne's Facebook group.  If you are not familiar with it, she is giving us a basket pattern and then a sheet with a variety of applique shapes that she used.  You pick and choose and do a layout without knowing how she used the shapes.  Or you can wait until she shows her block.  I am amazed at the variations that people have come up with.  Some make me wish I had thought of that layout before I stitched mine.  Here is my block three.  I used a star shape from a previous basket pattern.

And here is a picture of all three blocks shown side by side.  I have no idea what the layout will be when the blocks are done.

I have been prepping blocks for a Jan Patek quilt pattern called Pine Tree Ridge.  I think the selection of fabrics and prepping the parts is one of my favorite parts of making quilts. You can see the pattern here if you are not familiar with the design.  Scroll down until you find it on the right hand side of the page.

You will find me in my sewing room.  Wish you could join me.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

ABC Sampler Update

More has been accomplished towards my ABC Sampler quilt (pattern set by Cheri Payne).  First is the heart and leaves block that finishes out a section of the quilt.  It is a block that has the parts overlapping into other blocks and is considered a filler block and not representing a letter of the alphabet.

The finished section of the quilt. This is the left side in the middle of the quilt.

The "M" block is "Mother".  I embroidered the names of my two children, my two grandchildren and one great grandchild on the border of the block.

I am enjoying the sew along with Lorihttp://humblequilts.blogspot.com/2017/03/abc-sampler.html.  Stop by her blog and see her blocks.  Just click on her name and it should take you there.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

It's A Cheri Kind of Day

It's a Cheri kind of day because I have two quilts made from Cheri Payne patterns to show you.  One a finished little quilt and the other a top not yet quilted.

The first quilt is from a pattern in "A Country Quilt Garden" called "Flowers In Bloom".  I had a few fat quarters of fabric in stash that have a cottage style look.  I was able to pull some other fabrics that would work with them and made this small wall hanging.  I used a small piece of Jo Morton's new line Reflections for the angel's dress.  I have just a fat 8th of it and am rationing it as I like it so well.  I have not found any more of it to purchase but will keep looking.

The wall hanging size quilt top is made from a pattrn  called "Watering Can Quilt" and is in Cheri's book "My Flower Bed".  I now have it layered for quilting but have not decided exactly how I want to do that.  There is another quilt pattern in the book that I would like to make only in a larger size  and am giving it some thought.

I enjoy the comments that are left.  Remember that, if you don't hear back from me, you are probably a "no reply blogger".  I understand that some people prefer it that way and that is okay with me.  I still like hearing from you.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Fall Festival Part Two

The latest assignment for the "Fall Festival" sew-along hosted by Lori of Humble Quilts was the four star blocks, the turkey, and the flag.  Here are my blocks.

The pattern is by Jan Patek and is still available.

I am using some of my left over Liberty Gardens fabric.  I think it is my all time favorite line of fabric by Brannock & Patek.  I would love to have more of it and there is some in an E-Bay listing but priced very high.  I am mixing in fabric of other lines by Jan Patek and some by other designers.  Just whatever works.

The star blocks are not my favorite style to piece but found in many of Jan Patek's designs.  So I have to grin and work my way through them.  I use freezer paper templates and lots of hash tag marks for lining up the different pieces.

Be sure to stop by Lori's blog and follow the links to see the blocks other quilters have made.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Shenandoah Botanical Quilt Update

I completed the second wreath.  The first had red flowers.  The second is slightly different but still looks very much like the first.  This wreath has pink flowers.  I am still a block behind but working on catching up.

I will add a picture of the red flower wreath so you can compare.  The pink wreath has less flowers than the red.  And the buds are a bit different.

Thank you for the visit.  I enjoy the comments that are left.

Monday, February 27, 2017

ABC Sampler Update

Time for an ABC Sampler update.  This time Lori (Humble Quilts) and I worked on the K, L, Q, And R sections.  Out of alphabetical order but if you see the quilt layout, you would see that the quilt is put together in sections.  And the blocks do not form even rows across the quilt.  We will be working on the right section next and will fill in the missing alphabetical order blocks.  After reading my blog post, be sure to visit Lori's blog to see her blocks.

First is the kite and log cabin section. The log cabin is represented by a log cabin block.   I added the pine tree because there was empty space.

I did the quail and rooster blocks next.  I like both very much.  

And a picture of the two sections put together as they fall in place in the quilt.

I am enjoying selecting the fabrics which are all coming out of my fabric stash. Many right out of my scrap basket.   A couple small pieces are from Cheri Payne's scrap pieces which I won a couple years ago.  And enjoying the stitching even though the directions in the pattern are very sparse.

I have been asked how to purchase the pattern and will repeat the info here.  It is not on Cheri's website but she can print out a copy of the pattern on request.  She charges $75.00.  Her website is here.

I have had several comments left in the last couple weeks by people who are "no reply commentors".  I cannot answer your questions or acknowledge your kind comments unless I have a way to contact you.  Bonnie Hunter has a good post on how to find out if you are in the "no reply" category and how to fix it.  Look Here.  I try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment so if you have not heard from me, it is quite possible that I have no way of reaching you.

You will find me in the chair with a good light and my applique in my hand.  Thank you for the visit.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Basket Number Two - Cheri Block of the Month

Cheri Payne provided us with another prim basket and a variety of parts patterns.  We can choose to use them however it suits our fancy.  It is very interesting to see what others have done with the same pattern parts.  Such a variety.  Here is my basket # 2.

And a picture of both my baskets.  I don't know what the setting will be yet.  Or how many baskets.

For those not familiar with the prim style, just about anything goes.  Things often look a bit wonky.  Just to give you an idea of other prim designs, pay Cheri a visit at her website.