Sunday, September 15, 2019

Dearest Boy.....Top Complete

"Dearest Boy" is ready for a trip to the quilt shop for machine quilting.  I am ready to get back to other projects that are partially completed and a new one in the works.


This has been a challenging album style quilt.  The block patterns were not always the clearest instructions.  The pieced blocks tended to be meant for a hand piecing style instead of machine done.  And many of the blocks had no layout given.  Just a picture.  I am glad to have the top done.  My favorite block is the bird on the basket of eggs.  I also am drawn to the strawberries design and, of course, the cow in the center.

Each participant has done their own thing on a few of the blocks so none of the quilts will be quite the same setting.  And the fabric choices are quite varied.  We did not have a set date to have the tops complete so Julie, Cathy, and Carole will set their own pace and share when they are ready.

Thanks for stopping by.

Karen

Friday, August 30, 2019

At Last The Cow

Finally, it is time for the cow block.  A few of you have been waiting for it for several months.


I started sewing all the blocks together but find that one of the pieced blocks is a bit on the small side.  I need to do some work on it.

I completed the second snowman block and have one more left to do.  Then assembly of the quilt comes next.


I will be back on September 1st for a Buhl quilt update.  We are in hurricane preparation mode.  I will be working on applique blocks to keep my mind off of the uncertainty.

The basket quilt I shared with you recently that had a sideways block.....I donated it to the family reunion auction fund raiser.  It brought in $200.  The quilt made it's way to Dallas, Texas after the reunion.

Karen

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Buhl Bushong Quilt

I have enjoyed stitching on the "Buhl Bushong Quilt".  There is a Facebook group for  quilters who have joined in the sew-along.  So many varieties of fabric choices.  The Virginia Quilt Museum has a website where you can see a photo of the antique quilt and information about ordering the patterns.

https://vqmquilts.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-buhl-bushong-quilt-of-1855-sew-along.html

Here are pictures of what I worked on this past month.




And a picture of the border except for one flower.


The sew along started with border parts and will next move to a start on the center section.

Karen

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Dearest Boy Update

The last of the 10 inch blocks for the "Dearest Boy" quilt.  Another compass style block and again, I chose to applique it.


Next up will be the cow block.  I know some of you have been waiting on that particular one.  It will be a large block.  I have it prepped and my applique strategy thought through.

Thank you for your continued interest.

The three pumpkin blocks below are for the third row (fall season) of the "Seasons" quilt.  One row left to stitch.



Karen

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Busy Hands

I have been doing a lot of stitching.  Both by machine and hand.


I made this wall hanging from a pattern by Jan Patek and Alma Allen.  It is called "Liberty Urn".  I did not do the triangles on the border as I wanted to use the eagle fabric and not cover it up with large applique triangles.  I did needle turn applique and simple machine quilting.


I made four placemats for a gift.  I really like the bird fabric.  I was intending on using other fabric for the placemats but just couldn't get enthused about what I had chosen.  I spotted the bird fabric in the sewing room closet and quickly found other fabrics in stash that would complement the design.  I made the mats over two days.  Below are two sets of placemats that I made two years ago from the same design.  Just something I made up.




I put the binding on this basket quilt which I am calling "Humility Basket".  I think you can see the error that was made.  I had forgotten about one block being turned the wrong way.  It was quilted at the local shop and that made it too late to correct the problem.  I still like the quilt regardless.


I am about to head into the sewing room to prepare a black background for a Cheri applique design.

Karen

Monday, July 15, 2019

Dearest Boy Update

I have added two blocks to the "Dearest Boy" quilt.  There is one more ten inch block to make and then the larger center block with the cow.  I know some of you have been watching for the cow block so not too much longer.

The first block is a compass style.  I chose to do it in applique.  The light print with the pink squiggles is all one piece.  The green circle was stitched on as a solid circle and then the inside trimmed out revealing the light print below.  I then needle turned the inside seam allowance of the green circle.  So, an alternative way to create a compass block without piecing it.





Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  I enjoy reading your comments or just wave if you don't have time.

Karen

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Sally Post, Millenium Garden and More

Binding finally on the Sally Post quilt.


We weren't too successful at getting a picture of the Sally Post quilt because of its size so another picture of it spread out on the floor.


Needleturn applique was used and machine quilted by the local quilt shop.

Millenium Garden was finally quilted and bound.  I used Jan Patek's pattern and many of her fabrics.


A picture of the pieced backing.  A good way to use up some stash fabric.


A project on the design board.  I am working on a quilt from Jan Patek's Lady Bird book.


I notice that I forgot to take a picture of the pumpkin blocks for the "Seasons" quilt.  I will share them on the 15th along with the "Dearest Boy" blocks update.