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

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.