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

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Dearest Boy Update and Lots More

The 15th rolled around quickly and it is time for a "Dearest Boy" block update.   This time it is the Nut Baskets.  Not a particularly easy block to stitch with the twisted handles.  The block took longer to stitch than I had thought it would.  The hexagon pieces are the 3/8th inch size.  I need more practice with hexagons so I can pick up speed in the construction process.

I finished two more blocks for the "Jo's Floral Album" that I am working on.  I think I have six of the nine blocks done.

I started a new quilt project.  One I have wanted to work on for a while now.  It is Dawn Heese's "Juliet" quilt design.  It is found in her book "Inspired" but also in a past issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects".  I found a very similar block design in a book on antique quilts so I assume her inspiration for the block came from that.  Whoops.  I just noticed that I need to add one more leaf.

I recently went to Ohio for my husband's family reunion.  I took along a few quilts and let two of the cousins each choose a quilt to take home with them.  I have shown the finished quilt tops on my blog in the past but not after the quilting and binding was done.

The two quilts above are the ones the cousins chose.    They were pleased with the gifted quilts.  The two below came back home with me.  (I was asked about the pattern for the basket quilt with vines.  Here is a link.  http://quiltswelove.com/shop/digital-patterns-magazines/)

The last quilt picture turned out a bit dark on the top but it will have to do.

I made a hard decision to put a twin bed in my sewing room.  I have a king size bed in the guest room but now and then an extra guest has to sleep on the sofa.  The sewing room and the closet in the room was packed full with fabric, quilt tops, UFO's, sewing machines, sewing supplies, etc. so it was quite a challenge.  It required taking many items out of the sewing room into the family room and hall.  Then going through to cull out items not really needed or projects that were never going to be completed.  I used some of the fabric to make quilt backs and have nine quilt tops out for machine quilting.  I re-organized the closet, found hiding places elsewhere in the house for some containers, and some items went to the church thrift store.  I shopped for a twin mattress set and bed frame.  I did not get a headboard as the bed would have stuck out beyond the beginning of the closet door with the addition.  I have not hung anything on the walls yet where the bed is.  I need to make a decision what to decorate with.  More than likely a couple smaller wall quilts.  And I need a bed skirt.  I used the recently completed "Stonefields" quilt on the bed.  I purchased a step stool as anyone on the short side (like me) would have difficulty getting onto the mattress.


My first stop looking for a mattress set was at a local store that sells only mattresses and bed frames.  I told the salesman what kind of mattress set I had in mind.  He showed me a a couple stacks of twin size mattresses in plastic bags.  When I asked if there was a bed set up with the mattresses so I could try them out.  He said he could toss a mattress on the floor for me to try out.  I told him that it would be impossible for me to get down on the floor and back up (I have two knee replacements and have had two back surgeries.  It is difficult for me to get back up from laying on the floor and not very graceful.  I turned and walked out the door.  I went to a furniture store a few days later where the mattresses were on beds and I could easily try them out.  I doubt the bed will get much use and will probably have quilts in progress stacked on it.  But it will come in handy now and then for a house guest.  I have company coming next week, so the new bed will get its first use.

Cathy and Julie and Carole should also have their basket blocks posted today.  I have not checked with Doreen.  Click on their names to ride the magic carpet to their blog.

Have a good day.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Dearest Boy

The 30th has rolled around quick but I am prepared to show the latest block for the "Dearest Boy" quilt.  Though the block does not look hard, it was a bit deceiving.  I did not want to sew partial seams to get the stems sewn in place.  Instead, I did applique on the points closest to the star.  I should have adjusted the placement of my stems as the lower part will get chopped off flat instead of in a point where the two stems meet.  What I mean by chopped off is that the stem bottoms will be part of a seam and flat in that area instead of nicely meeting above the seam allowance.  I am not changing it.

Doreen has joined in on making the quilt blocks so that makes five of us now.  She got a late start and is doing her own schedule of blocks.  You can visit her here.  You can visit Cathy here.  Julie here.  And Carole here

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

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.