I used an Electric Quilt applique design and modified it slightly to make this basket block.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Stonefields Part Two

I am sharing more Stonefields blocks today.  The pattern directions tell you how many to make of each design.  I don't know why some are one, some are two, and some three. They will not be side by side in the quilt.   I am placing blocks together that are from the same design for the pictures.  The blocks are not trimmed to the final size so you can see a bit of the background showing on the edge of the first two blocks.

Cutting out the applique parts is taking longer than normal as I am looking for ways to fussy cut some of the designs.  I am enjoying the quilt project.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Linda Brannock's Flowers

I am participating in a new sew-along with Cathy from Big Lake Quilter blog.  We are making two blocks a month using Linda Brannock's "Flowers" pattern.  The first block name is titled "Blue Plaid Tulips".  Here is my block. It was an easy one to stitch as the pieces are large.

Linda Brannock passed away a while back.  A few of the individual patterns are available on E-Bay but I do not know of anywhere to purchase the complete pattern set.  Just keep checking if you are interested in finding one.


Friday, June 9, 2017

ABC Sampler Finale

The ABC Sampler Quilt top is done.  The latest addition is the top border consisting of two angels, two flowers, some flying geese, and the quilt name.  It was difficult for my husband to hold the quilt for a picture so we just had to do with what we got.

Lori should have her quilt top posted also.  You can see it here.  Cheri Payne is retiring so the pattern will very soon not be available for purchase.  I should give fair warning......this pattern lacks in some of the measurements and though there are pictures of various parts of the quilt, some are rather dark and hard to figure out.  Cheri did the patterns for a set of classes she was teaching so I am sure it was easier to understand if you were a participant.  Lori and I found a picture of a completed quilt on the internet and used it for guidance.  And we found a blog that had good photos of many parts of the quilt that person was making.

I certainly enjoyed doing a sew-along with Lori.  Though the schedule for the various sections was not set in stone, we encouraged each other along the way and completed the top in a reasonable period of time.

Thank you for taking time to visit my blog.  I enjoy reading your comments.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Fall Festival Finale

I am late to the party for the Fall Festival Finale.  I have been working on a Jan Patek pattern called " Fall Festival" along with Lori and some other quilters.  We were doing a few blocks a month.  The final posting was on June 2nd.  Time crept up on me and I did not have my blocks sewn together.  I was doing that on June 2nd when I discovered that I had made one of the wide blocks too wide.  That meant removing some applique parts, shortening the background in width and then re-stitching the applique.  I was then able to get everything put together.  Then I had to wait for a second pair of hands to be here to help hold the quilt up for a picture.

Not a great picture as it is a large quilt and not easy for two people to hold at an even level.  My favorite block is the pumpkin and vine across the top of the quilt.  The pumpkin and crow block on the bottom is the one I had to adjust the width on.  I was able to use one of my blues from the main body of the quilt for the first narrow border by using scraps and piecing them together.  Just barely enough to do it.

You probably have already seen the other quilts and links on Lori's blog but just in case, go here.

I have been battling a gout attack in my left foot.  Very painful and hard to walk.  A trip to the doctor's office and a prescription have helped and I can walk almost normal now but it was a tough week.

Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Shenandoah Botanical Quilt Update and More

My latest block for the Shenandoah Botanical quilt.  I think this is number 23.  The flower this time is the Trumpet Honeysuckle.  This block design has a post with what would be part of the vine wrapping around it.  I stitched those stripes of green on before I trimmed the brown to size.  It gave me more to hold onto as I stitched and also made it easier to turn under as I stitched the brown fabric down to the background.

I have not stitched a block for the Bountiful Life quilt in a few months.  The next one in line is what Karen Mowrey titled "Birds With Snacks".  I have seen many of the bird blocks done in brilliant colors but I have chosen a softer color palette for my quilt.

I have completed my "Fall Festival" quilt top but it is too wide for one person to hold up for a photo.  Tomorrow, I will have an additional pair of arms here to assist and I will do a post showing the quilt.  Lori has already done a post for the end of the sew-along and I am late to the party.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Slow Stitching Sunday

I am sharing applique blocks on Slow Stitching Sunday.  I have started working on Stonefields blocks.  I am using reproduction fabrics so my blocks will not be as light and pastel as many quilters have done.

First up are four pieced star blocks.

Some block patterns are for a single use.  Others are in two's.

This is one of the single use designs.

I am enjoying playing with the repro fabrics for this project.

I want to share a picture of a small quilt that was gifted to me by a quilting friend in Spain.  I love the red and white fabrics.

I am linking to Kathy's "Slow Stitching Sunday" links.  Pay her blog a visit to see what others are working on.  Click here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ABC Sampler Close To the End

The bottom section of the "ABC Sampler" is done.

The new additions are the flying geese, the three chickens, the heart and the embroidered numbers.

This is the left side of the bottom rows.

This is the right side of the bottom rows.

For lack of a better location for picture taking this evening, I used the kitchen floor.  This is a picture of all of the quilt top that I have done.  I still need to make the top border.

I am enjoying the process!  Lori has her quilt pictures posted also.  Here is the link.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Fall Festival Update

Our internet and cable was down most of the day so I am a bit late posting my "Fall Festival" update.  This past month, we had a large section of the quilt to make.  We had company for two weeks, so I did not take time to do the stitching until a few days ago.  I thought it would go faster than it did.  I finished late yesterday evening.

And a close-up of the jack-o-lantern.  The best part of the block.

Visit Lori's blog to see the link-ups for some of the other participants.  Click here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Spring Sampler

I have a wall hanging top done (not quilted).  I used a pattern by Sue Spargo from the book "Seasonings" by Jan Patek and Sue Spargo.  There are three more wall hanging patterns for the other seasons.  I would like to make at least two of them.  I have fabric pulled for the winter wall hanging but have other projects that need attention before I could work on it.

I have added an edit to my previous post to give you the answers to the song challenge wall hangings.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Song Challenge

Quite a few years ago, I participated in a Song Challenge with a quilt guild.  A very fun challenge.  The idea was to create a wall hanging that represented a song title and then the members would have a chance to compete to guess the names of the songs.  My quilt ended up with a friend as it was not one I wanted to keep.  We have since moved many, many miles apart but she recently reminded me that she still has the piece.  I asked her to send pictures.  Here is mine.

Notice the plumber's butt!  I can't read the captions in the photos.  If I remember correctly, Mandy is asking Joe if he wants a lap dance.  The bartender has an inventory list and he is upset about the cat knocking a bottle of beer off the wall but how it is worded, I don't remember.

And here's is Linda's challenge piece from a different guild.

Just for the fun of it, I will let you guess the song titles for both pieces.  And thank you, Linda for sending photos.


Edit:  The answers to the song titles for the two pieces are "100 Bottles of Beer On the Wall" for the wall hanging I made.  Linda's is "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" by Tiny Tim.  If you could read the inventory list the bartender is holding, you would see that he started with 100 bottles, crossed it off, 99 and cross off, and I think it stops at 98.  His caption says something about being mad at the cat (on the bar stool) for knocking bottles of beer off the wall.  Mandy & Joe were just fillers to set the bar scene.  Linda's quilt guild in the Chicago area somewhere is going to do a song challenge soon.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Shenandoah Botanical and a Cheri Basket

Three blocks left to stitch on the Shenandoah Botanical quilt.  Here is my latest completed block.

And the fourth basket block from Cheri Payne's sew-along.  The next basket and pattern parts will be coming out tomorrow.  You have to join her Facebook group to get the free patterns.  Each month we are receiving a basket design and a page of applique parts.  You play with the parts and decide what will fill your basket and how.  Fun to see how each person participating chooses to arrange some or all of the applique parts into her block.

Here is a photo of all four of my basket blocks.  They are not all trimmed to size yet.  Fun!

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.