This is the first block from the pattern "The Milkmaid's Album" which was designed by Betty Alderman. Out of print pattern.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Rose Block for Dearest Boy

A quick post for today.  I am sharing the Rose block that is next in line for the Dearest Boy" album quilt.  There is a story that goes with the rose block.  It is to represent "Sister Rose".  I won't spoil the story for you.  You will have to read it in the pattern set.

Carole, Cathy, and Julie should have their blocks posted also.  Click on their name to ride the magic carpet to their blog.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Jo's Floral Album Update

More blocks are completed for "Jo's Floral Album/Anna's Blue Baskets" (whatever you want to call it).

It is enjoyable selecting the fabrics for each block and stitching them as most of the pieces are medium size.  All the fabrics are coming from stash.  I am doing needle turn applique.  I have full size layouts from the pattern set so I use a washout pen to mark placement on the backgrounds.  I rinse the block when it is complete.  The reds sometimes run a bit during the air drying.  I have found that a generous spritzing of Shout and a run through the washer with other items, and then in the dryer that the runs of color have disappeared.  I do have the edges of the background pinked with a pinking rotary blade so I feel comfortable in doing this.  I also put a color catcher sheet in the washer.

Thanks for paying me a visit.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Dearest Boy Butteflies

The 30th and time for a "Dearest Boy" update.  This time it is the butterflies block.

It was a bit challenging for me to get the butterflies and antennae correctly placed so that they would fit within the ten inch block space.  I cut the block backgrounds larger in case of shrinkage during the stitching process so the extra you see is not really all extra background.

Julie, Cathy, and Carole should also have a block posted on their blog today.  Click on their names for the link to their blogs.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Jo's Floral Album and More

I have two blocks done for Jo's Floral Album.  Only I am using the Anna's Blue Baskets patterns instead.  They are the same block designs only larger in size than Jo's Floral Album.  I want to do the setting like the Floral Album instead of Anna's Blue Baskets.  Does that make sense?  I am close to finishing the third block.

I finished the last two blocks for "Jo's Prarie Flowers Encore" and also the center medallion.  I will not be able to make the flying geese that will surround the medallion and set the rest of the blocks until sometime in August.  Just too much going on at this time.  I really like the large center block for this quilt.

I spent parts of three days making eight placemats for a gift.  I made eight last summer for a family reunion auction and they were a big hit.  The eight were identical and all in the blue and white from the "Rachel Remembered" line of fabric.  This time, I had enough left over to make four mats in the blue and white and four using another piece of co-ordinating fabric from the same line.  They all play well together.  It is surprising how long it takes to do the hand stitching part of attaching binding on the placemats.  But it does look good hand stitched.

Hope you enjoyed the view.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Dearest Boy Update

The 15th rolled around fast for me this month.  Time for another "Dearest Boy" update.  This time it is the Christmas tree block.  The tree has a star on top and pears as decoration.  The stories that go with each block are delightful.  You will enjoy them if you decide to purchase the pattern.

Two more quilters are joining in making the quilt blocks.  One is Doreen from "Aunt 'Reen's Place".  I don't know that she will be posting with our little group.  Just that she will be starting the blocks when things slow down for her.  The second is Carole from "Quilter On the Hill" which formerly was known as "Wheels On the Warrandyte Bus".  She shared a picture of a cute, cute calf which her family recently purchased.  It is what has drawn her to this album pattern.  Carole lives in Australia so she may not have her blocks posted quite at the same time as Julie and Cathy.  Just click on any of their names and the link should take you to their blog.

I have been busy making eight placemats for a gift.    The placemats have taken quite a chunk of time for something that looks so simple in style.  I am doing the binding on the last one and will share a picture in my next post.  I have some applique blocks to photograph and share with you also.


Monday, July 2, 2018

Catherine's Garden and Early American Life

I revisited an older quilt in progress and got the top put together.  The pattern is "Catherine's Garden" and is designed from an antique quilt by Dawn (Collector With A Needle) and her daughter Nora. 

I have had the sixteen applique blocks done for a good while.  I started the project without knowing exactly where I was going with it.  Just that I wanted to do the applique blocks and I wanted to use my fabric in stash.  I chose a pink and brown combo (it may not be to your taste unless you are drawn to pink and brown quilts).  I didn't know what I would use for the setting blocks and how the border would be done.  I did not have enough of the applique block background fabric for setting blocks and ended up using a dark brown screen looking print that I had enough of in stash.  I only had small amounts of the applique fabrics left.  Not really enough to do the border meant to be added to the quilt.  Just recently, I purchased this pink and brown floral print with no particular use in mind.  Today, it became the border for my quilt.  I don't have anyone to hold up the quilt top for a picture so it is floor pictures today.

I also finished the "Early American Life" quilt top.  I did the border different than the pattern instructions.  I used a Jo Morton border stripe print and like the way it looks.

Cathy (Big Lake Quilter) was making the same quilt along with me.  You can see her finished top here.

I still have many unfinished quilt projects in the sewing room but at least I have made progress.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Dearest Boy Update

Two blocks this time as one is a pieced block and not as time consuming as the applique designs.

Luscious ripe cherries!

Birds In the Air
Cathy and Julie should have their blocks posted on their blogs also.  Just click on their names to ride the magic carpet to their blog.

Have a happy and safe holiday weekend.  I will be stitching.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Part Two of Jo's Prairie Flowers Encore

I have completed several more of the flower blocks for the Jo Morton quilt pattern I have been working on.

I like the fabric I used for the wing.

And a picture of all the blocks I have made thus far for the quilt.  Eighteen are done and I need twenty plus the large center block.  The rest of what I need is prepped and ready for stitching.

I am very much enjoying the stitching process on these blocks.  It has been hard to keep ahead on the applique preparation as the designs stitch up fast.  I have another Jo Morton design that I want to do and have the border fabric ordered for it.

I will be back tomorrow with a "Dearest Boy" update.


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.