This is the May sheep blanket from a pattern by Buttermilk Basin.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

1880 Doll Quilt Swap

I particpated in an 1880 Doll Quilt Swap organized by Deborah Cade in the Prim Folk Arts Facebook group.  My swap partner was Dianne Ducello of Helena Montanna.  The guidelines for the swap were that no side to be more than 18 inches and to be made in the style of one from 1880.  That meant handwork as Deborah reminded us that the sewing machine had not yet been invented.  Our hand piecing skills came into play.  Below is the quilt I made for Dianne.  It is hand applique, hand piecing, and hand quilted.  The small blocks are four inches square and the block designs by Jill Cox Kemp.  Click to enlarge and see the blocks better.

We also were to create a sort of background story as to why we were making a doll quilt for an 8 year old girl.  My story was that I was the aunt of an 8 year old girl whose mother has passed away.  She had been in my care quite a bit but now her father had a job offer in Denver, Colorado and was taking his beloved daughter with him.  I was a seamstress in Boston, Massachusetts and could not leave my sick father to travel with them.  I planned to later on move to Denver also because my brother-in-law said there would be many wealthy women there who would be in need of a talented seamstress.  The blocks all had special meaning and are explained in the letter to my "niece".

Dianne sent me a basket quilt with some special fabric in it gifted from her mother.  She also sent me a cloth doll with the sweetest face and dark brown braids.  She is wearing lace trimmed bloomers and holds a heart made from a section of an antique quilt.

Dianne's story was that the quilt was being made by an 8 year old girl with the help of her mother and making it for her cousin's birthday.  The cousin had moved out west and the girl making it hoped that they would be moving there also.

A successful swap!


Friday, June 15, 2018

Prince's Feather

A new block for the "Dearest Boy" quilt.  The block name is "Prince's Feather".  An interesting design.  Sort of like a Princess Feather but not as curvy feathers.

Cathy and Julie should have their blocks posted today also.  Just click on their name and the link should take you to their blog.

I picked up four quilts today that had been machine quilted.  I see a lot of binding sewing in my future.


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Jo's Prairie Flower Encore Blocks

A change in plans.  I had one quilt project in mind and started the first block.  It looked way too busy for my taste so part way through, I set it aside for re-thinking.  I needed blocks to stitch on while watching television, so a quick switch.  I am working on a "Prairie Flower Encore" quilt design from a book by Jo Morton by that name.  I have five blocks to share today.

The stitching goes fairly quick and I am having trouble keeping enough prepared ahead of time.  I am making the 20 block version from the book and there will be setting blocks between.

I am linking with Kathy's "Slow Sunday Stitching".  I haven't done that in a while though I most often do slow stitching on SundayKathy's "Slow Sunday Stitchings.


Friday, June 8, 2018

Nine Patch Medallion

A completed quilt top.  So big that I had to take pictures on the floor.  I would need two people to hold it up as it is 102 inches square and no one is here to assist me.  I had to move some furniture and still can't get a good picture of the quilt top.

I don't do many quilts in pastel shades so this is a bit different for me.  I used a Di Ford pillar print for the border and several fabrics from two of her lines.  Plus some other prints from stash that worked well with them.

I shared a picture of the center applique block two posts ago but will add it to this post also just for easy reference.  As I previously mentioned, the applique design is by Blackbird Designs.

I was inspired by a quilt I saw on a "Quilting Twin" blog.  Here is a link if you want to see the inspiration quilt.   I found a site where I could purchase that same pre-printed medallion center but the quilt would have needed to be hand washed with Orvus Soap to retain the design.  And I liked the thought of using a large applique block that I would do myself.  I would still like to use one of those pre-print medallions in a wall hanging.  Something that would not need to be washed hardly ever and smaller in size to accomplish washing easier.

I am working on some smaller and simpler applique blocks and will share them in another post.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Baskets of Life

I finished "Baskets of Life" using a pattern by JoAnn Mulally.  I started the blocks in 2010 and the top had been done for a long time.  The pattern is no longer available nor has been for quite some time.  The designer retired.  I will also share some close up pictures from my blog post in 2010 of  the blocks themselves.  The quilting was done by Mary Flynn.  Mary is no longer doing machine quilting.

There are touches of wool in some of the blocks.  I don't know why I put off having it quilted for so long.  Even doing the binding after the quilting was a while in coming.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Goose and A Medallion Center

A much easier applique bock this time for "Dearest Boy".  A goose.  The block has some touches of embroidery to outline the wink and define the bow.

The pattern designer, Jean Cerbone,  is again able to sell the pattern set for "Dearest Boy".  It is available through Etsy here.  The price is $36.00 which, compared to some album style quilt patterns, is very reasonable.

Visit Cathy and Julie to see their blocks.

I saw a nine patch quilt with a medallion center that struck my fancy.  I decided to give my own version a whirl.  I chose a block from "Quilting the Garden" by Blackbird Designs.  This particular block is called "Spring Awakenings".  The block drawing in the book was to be enlarged 250% and not on point.  I enlarged it 210% and did it on point.  All the nine patches are done and waiting for everything to be sewn together.  Here is my applique block.

I'll be stitching today.  How about you?


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Blackbird Designs Basket Quilt

I have neglected to share a picture of a completed quilt.  I decreased the size of a Blackbird Designs basket pattern and did applique blocks using their fabrics.  I did add in another fabric that was not their line.  And the basket background fabric is from a separate Blackbird Designs line.  The background looks like a botanical dictionary.  I usually try to add in more variety than that but, in this case, it looked best using mostly the one line of fabric.  I used a layer cake for the baskets.  The setting is my own creation.  I did not want to set the baskets in a straight row across the quilt.  I like the offset look in this layout.  Additional information:  The basket design can be found in "Women of Grace & Charm".

A couple of close up shots so you can see the basket shape better and the background fabric.

We are having a lot of rain from the subtropical storm.  We need the rain but not so much at one time.

Have a good Sunday and take time to stitch a little.  I am prepping an applique block for "Celebrating Mary Brown".  A lot of pieces!


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Dearest Boy

My first block for "Dearest Boy" by Jean Cerbone.

Block one was not an easy block to accomplish.  The design is meant to look like a doily that would have rested on the back of the head rest part of a chair or maybe on the chair arm.  I had trouble fitting all the leaves in.  I know that Julie and Cathy simplified that part in their blocks and I was wishing I had.  The "eyelet" look trim around the outside of the circle was a bit of a challenge too.  I did mine slightly different than shown in the pattern but I think it is much the same look.

Here is the link to Cathy's post.  I am not seeing Julie's post yet but here is a link to her blog.

I showed a picture of the quilt pattern cover in a previous post but will share it again to refresh your memory or maybe you did not see it at all.  The pattern is not currently available but the designer says it may be available again the end of the year.

Have a good day.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Stonefields Top Complete

I took time to trim the Stonefields blocks and sew them together into a top.  If you are familiar with the Stonefields pattern design, you will notice that mine is not completed in the same manner.  If you are not familiar, here is a link to a Pinterest page that shows blocks that quilters have made and also a few tops and completed quilts.  I chose not to make the flying geese border nor the hexagon border.  Instead, I chose a border style stripe print so that my quilt did not look quite as busy.  There is enough busy look without that part.  One of my quilt holders is shorter than the other person.  They did the best they could to display the top for a photo.

In the pattern, some block designs are repeated.  I chose to make repeats of a couple designs other than those that I liked.  And left out a few block designs.  And added a couple of my own choice not included in the pattern.  I enjoyed doing fussy cuts for many of the blocks.  You can do a search on my blog for  "Stonefields" and see close ups of the blocks on some of my blog posts.  Also, I have a category on my Pinterest page that shows many, many blocks and quilt tops I have made and the Stonefields blocks are included.

The border stripe print I used is a French General fabric and it is a one way design.  So I could not get nice mitered corners that made their own design.  I chose just to do the borders in a simple style.

The blocks are six inch finished.  So much fun that I would do this again and enjoy playing with my fabrics.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Final Beyond the Cherry Tree Blocks

Here are pictures of the final two "Beyond the Cherry Tree Blocks".

Next is to prep and then stitch the border appliques.  I am taking a short break from this quilt project.  I am working on a small quilt for a trade.  It is ready for the quilting step.  I am also making backings for quilt tops.  I have a closet full of quilt tops hanging that need to be finished or passed on to someone else.

I will be back on the 15th to show the first block for "Dearest Boy".


Monday, April 30, 2018

Early American Life.....Blocks Done

Cathy and I got busy and finished the rest of our blocks for Early American Life.




 Love Birds

Cathy added her sashings as she went.  I still have that to do.  I have been working on a doll quilt for a swap through the Facebook Prim group.  It is an interesting challenge which I will explain more about at a later date.

Now for another new sew-along.  This time it will be Cathy, Julie, and myself participating.  We will be working on a new pattern set called "Dearest Boy".  The pattern set was available on Etsy but I do not see it offered there at this time.  There is also a Facebook group for those stitching the pattern.  It consists of both pieced and applique blocks.  Below is a picture of the quilt.

We are going to try for two blocks a month and post one on the 15th and the 30th as Cathy and I have been doing with the "Early American Life" blocks.  Stay tuned.


Additional information:  I have had a couple e-mails asking how to find the Dearest Boy designer to ask about pattern availability.  The designer is Jean Cerbone and she still has an Etsy shop  You can contact her through that listing and ask when more patterns will be available.  Here is a link.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Beyond the Cherry Tree Update

I have three more blocks to share from the "Beyond the Cherry Tree" designs that I am working on.  Only two blocks left to stitch after these.

The basket with the handle block is a favorite of mine from the pattern set.

Lots of circles on this block.

Less pieces but still took tome time.

I am anxious to get the last two blocks done and then start prepping the border pieces.  I want to move on to other projects!


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Early American Life Block #Eleven

It's the 15th and time to share the next block for the Early American Life quilt Cathy and I have been working on,

The pattern titled this block as "Tulip".  It has a Pennsylvania Dutch look to it.

I have been busy with company and other things that need attending to and have not done much sewing.  I got back to my applique on "Beyond the Cherry Tree" about three days ago.  I will do a post soon sharing the new blocks completed.

Have a good Sunday or whatever day you are reading this.


Friday, March 30, 2018

Early American Life Update

The end of the month slipped up on me.  I have had company for a week and no sewing done here.  But fortunately, I already had my block done for the 30th.

Cathy mentioned in her blog post that this block design is very much Pennsylvania Dutch in style and I agree.  It was an easy one to stitch.  Be sure to pay Cathy a visit and see her block.  Hers is brighter in color.

My visitor this past week has been my sister-in-law.  She has a lot more energy than me and lots of know how.  She has been doing many jobs sprucing up the outdoors around my house and pressure washing the driveway, sidewalks, and pool area.  And we have been playing cards and Yahtzee in the evenings.  I will get back to sewing this next week.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Beyond the Cherry Tree Update

"Beyond the Cherry Tree" has been a long term project for me.  As mentioned previously, I was late to the start.  Many other quilters were making a block a month.  By the time I joined in, I was a good bit behind them.  And, of course, other applique projects came into the mix for me.  So the majority of those making the blocks finished and the push to do a block a month ended.  I have picked the project back up a couple times but still more to do.  Now I have decided to push myself.  I have three completed blocks to share with you today and more prepped for applique.

The last block shown with the flower pot was slow going with all those curvy almost points.  But I like the result.

I have four blocks left to stitch and then a lot of work doing the borders.  I have a sense of accomplishment and that feels good.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Block Nine: Early American Life and More

It's the 15th and time to share the next block for "Early American Life".  The pattern identifies this block just as "Flower".  You can see Cathy's version by clicking here.

I made a decision to work only on the blocks for Lori Smith's "Homage to American Quilt Makers" and was able to complete all the blocks left to stitch.

The next block is one I substituted from another folk art style Lori Smith pattern.  I feel it more suited the look I wanted.  And it reminds me of the willow tree that used to be in the front yard when I was a child.  I did not like it when it got cut down.  I liked playing under the tree limbs.

I spent some time earlier in the month laying out the "Stonefields" blocks on my design floor (the design wall isn't large enough).  I am using the living room floor as it does not get much use.  I think I am satisfied with the block positions as they are now.  The blocks need trimmed to size and then sewn together.  If you remember, I substituted block designs from other sources for some in the pattern.

And while in the living room, I took a picture of a quilt hanging on the door of one of the quilt cabinets.  It is a Noah's Ark Quilt from a Red Wagon design. 

My current plan is to set aside the Lori Smith design blocks while I decide about the setting and go back to a UFO that I have neglected for a long time.  The "Beyond the Cherry Tree" quilt blocks.  I have seven left to stitch and then the borders.  I do better if I make a decision to push myself to stick with one project and just get it done.