Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Circuit Rider's Quilt

A finish!  And a long time coming.  "The Circuit Rider's Quilt".  I used a pattern book by Jenifer Dick and the book is still available through Amazon.  I completed the quilt top in October of 2009.  Now it is January of 2020 so it has been close to 11 years in the making.


I intended the quilt to be used as fund raiser but it was not needed.  Thus the reason for staying a quilt top for so long.  Also, I would have done hand applique had I known I would be keeping it for myself.  Instead, I did fused applique.  I have thought many times of doing a second one using needle turn applique.

The cardinal block is not from the pattern.  There was a tree block that I chose not to make.

I don't have two people here to hold the quilt up for a photo so I will show close ups of blocks.  You can also do a search on my blog and see the blocks flat after they were machine stitched.  The quilt has been washed so has a crinkled look.  Some of the round shapes do not look as round with the crinkles but they were nice and round to start.  I debated whether to wash it or leave it flat after finishing.  Washing it was the end decision as I like it to have an older look.  Now I am thinking maybe I shouldn't have.










Thanks for paying my blog a visit.  And I enjoy reading your comments if you have the time to leave one.
Karen

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year - Update On Buhl Quilt

Happy New Year!  Even though I am writing this at 8:50 pm on New Year's Eve, I am hearing fire crackers go off.  That will go on until after midnight.  I feel sorry for the pets that are afraid of the noise.

The snowman quilt is what is now displayed on the large footstool in the family room. It is not a new quilt.   I made it in 2013 from a Joined At the Hip pattern.



The first of the month and time for a Buhl quilt update.  I am working on the right border.  The block of the month divides the borders into sections.  This month, I will stitch on the remaining border flowers except for the corners.


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

December "Mary Brown" Update

I have had my "Celebrating Mary Brown" block done but had not taken a picture of it and onto a blog post.  In this block, I like the stripe flower best of any of them.


I am working on a Jan Patek design along with a quilting friend (non-blogger).  The pattern is "Pleasant Grove Primer".  I have some parts done and am sharing a picture but this is not the actual layout of the blocks.


Look for more Jan Patek quilts from me in 2020.

Below are some of the applique blocks from the "Halloween Sampler" by Fig Tree that I have been working on through the fall along with two quilting friends.  The pattern is a combo of pieced and applique designs.  I am using the fabrics shown on the pattern cover.  My friends are each using fabrics of their choice and different from mine.  Other than color, there is nothing about the pattern that screams "Halloween".


If you missed out on the line of fabric I used, Moda is going to reprint it and should be in the quilt shops mid-summer.  I have extra of the fabric and have plans to make one or two more smaller quilts from it.  There were several patterns available that used this particular fabric for the sample quilt.

'I just ordered a Lori Holt quilt kit this morning from Fat Quarter Shop.  The "Vintage Housewife".  I am ordering a kit because I don't have much of that style fabric in my stash.

I plan a quiet New Year's Eve and will do some applique.  May you have a wonderful New Year!

Karen

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Collector's Series Quilt

I finally completed the "Collector's Series" which is from a set of patterns by Jan Patek.  I was working on it in 2010 and again in 2012.  I do not remember when I completed the top but quite some time ago.  I finally decided I was never going to get around to hand quilting it so had it machine quilted.  Binding done a few days ago.


The pattern is still available on Jan Patek's website and for much less money than it was when first published and done as a block of the month.  I am happy to have finally finished.  Very prim in style.  My two favorite blocks are the basket block in the upper right and the basket block in the lower left.

More finishes to come shortly.

Karen

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Jo's Variety Album

A quilt top finish.  "Jo's Variety Album".  The pattern is in Jo Morton's quilt book called "For All Seasons".  It measures about 50 inches by 50 inches.  I left off the last border which would have only added about 3 inches more to the quilt.  It would not have made the quilt good for a sofa throw and it makes a larger wall hanging as is.  I will bind the quilt in red after it is quilted.


I looked back and see that the center applique section was finished in November of 2016 so three years waiting to be finished.  I had finished the smaller surrounding applique blocks.  Just needed to sash them and attach to the center section.  Then piece the hour glass blocks.  I am trying to finish up some lingering quilt projects.

Hope you enjoyed your visit.

Karen

Monday, December 2, 2019

Snow Family Ornament

I spent the afternoon making a tree ornament from Olde Green Cupboard's "Snow Family" pattern.  Made from wool with a piece of an Army blanket for the back section.  The ornament is for an ornament exchange with quilting friends at our holiday gathering.  The only guideline was that it had to be handmade.  It was fun to get back to working with wool.  It has been a while.  I used part of a black snap for each of the buttons on Papa's coat


I want to make one for myself but it probably won't happen  any time soon.

I changed the header picture from turkeys to a section of the alphabet quilt top I made from a Cheri pattern.  I need to dig it out of the quilt top stash and get it quilted.

Enjoy the season!
Karen

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Celebrating Mary Brown November Block and December's Buhl Quilt Section

The 30th of November about passed me by.  I just checked the calendar to see when it was and discovered it is today with about 2 1/2 hours left of it.  Here is the block I chose to do this month.  It has been a bit difficult to say what block each of us would work on in a particular month as the corners of the quilt really encompass three blocks.  And the middle of the quilt has larger blocks than the surrounding ones.  So, I decided that each of us would work on whatever block suited their fancy for the month.


The block center was to be empty but I thought it would look nice with a fussy cut from a toile.  It is one of the French General fabrics.

And since it is almost December 1st and I would be doing another post to show the Buhl quilt update, I will also share it now. 



And the whole border thus far that these are part of.


Thank you for taking time to stop by my blog and seeing what I have been up to.
Karen