Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Today I am posting photos of the completed Circuit Rider blocks. I still have more prepped and ready for stitching. I also need to create a few more. They all need a final trim before they get sewn into a quilt top. Enjoy looking!

I changed the Princess Feather block from the original pattern. The original had many, many little ins and outs sort of like fringed edges. The block was rated difficult in the book. It would have been difficult even with machine stitching like I am doing. I don't remember what the block was called in the book. I used the curve of the original feather patten and a coin to make the curved smoother edges. I like the result and saved myself a headache trying to stitch all those thingamajigs!

I have a dental appointment in about an hour to get the final filling in the tooth that I had a root canal done on. I either lost part of the temporary filling or part of the crown broke off. I hope it was just the filling as my wallet can't stand more expense! The tooth is already on it's second crown.

I will be back to stitching on more of the Circuit Rider blocks this afternoon.

As always, thanks for stopping by for a visit.


Monday, June 15, 2009


Just a quick update for the Sew 'n Sews group I belong to. I am posting a photo of the latest two blocks that I have finished. The church and the pine tree block. I also finished the last checkerboard section but am not posting a picture of it. I changed the construction of the church a bit. Instead of all the pieces needed to have the windows inset, I just appliqued the windows on and made it a one piece section behind there. Made piecing a bit easier on this block. Also, the pine tree block suggested having the lightest color for a tree as the biggest tree. I think having the darkest the furtherest back and the lightest in the front is more correct. Things that are further away appear darker.
I used a snowflake print for the sky on the church block. And the beige for the building itself actually has snowflakes on it. They just aren't very easy to see. If you are interested in seeing the other blocks I already have finished, look here.

I spent some time yesterday evening doing hand applique on another Christmas quilt. I have not posted any of the blocks because I need to make "eyes" and haven't done that yet. I think I will do all the eyes at one time. I am working on the 6th of 9 blocks for this quilt.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009


I am posting a photo of the completed Trumpet Flower quilt top. I was surprised at all the very positive comments I have had on this project. I still think it is a bit busy but evidently others do not think so. I have had several requests for the pattern information. I will give it again. The pattern was in American Patchwork & Quilting in the April 2007 issue. The pattern designer is Cherie Ralston. I was asked if this was a kit. The answer is no. All the fabrics came from my stash. I did not buy anything specific for the project. I love being able to go to my stash & just pull for a project but that also means that I have too much fabric.
I finished part 2 of the Garden Club quilt project. The bird house block was one where you have to think. You have to piece part of the block, applique some, piece again, and then the final applique of the bird. I did not enjoy doing the "Dutch Tulip" block. I don't think it looks much like a tulip to start with. I seriously considered doing a different tulip block part way through the applique on what I ended up finishing. I decided I had invested too much time in the block to toss it and start another to replace it.
The next photo shows where the section will fit in relationship to the basket & flag section.
I showed an applique basket block on a previous post. At that time, I said it was a long term project as I have so many other applique projects going. I had lots of baskets prepared for stitching, though. When I was down with the toothache problem, I got out the container they are stored in and started stitching. It was kind of mindless applique. Ended up getting several done. The jury is still out on this. Some of the blocks have a very "blended" look and I am not sure how I am going to like it. There will be several more of the light background blocks. Right now, the one looks rather startling compared to the others. I have not decided it I will set them block to block or if I will add sashings or just what. Most of the fabrics are from the Portobella Market line but I have added some additional fabrics that I think will work with them.
I did a little thrift store shopping yesterday. I got this cobalt blue glass which matches four others I bought recently at an antique shop. I actually paid less per glass at the antique shop than I did for this one at a thrift store. Yet it was still almost half of what you would normally pay on E-Bay or an antique store. My husband was able to get a bargain on the first set of four that also had a cream pitcher with it. Evidently the glasses were made by Imperial Glass for Avon. I have been seeing them for a few years in antique malls but did not know that Avon had offered them in their catalogs. I am not an Avon glass collector. It is just that I like cobalt blue glass & these will go with a dish set that I have.
I had the root canal done on Monday. It was a relief to get it over. The antibiotic I had been taking since my initial visit to the dentist for pain, had helped relieve a lot of the pain I was experiencing last week. Still I had to eat very cautiously but was able to take Tylenol instead of the stronger pain medication. The procedure with the endodontist was almost pain free. Only a prick of pain when he inserted the numbing medication in the roof of the mouth. The tooth and the surrounding area of the mouth are still tender but oh so much better than it was! Thank you for all your kind thoughts and concern.

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Saturday, June 6, 2009


It may not be Christmas but I have a new quilt ready for the holiday season. The quilt pattern that I used is called "Zoie's Christmas Kitties". It is a Jan Patek pattern from "Pinecones and HollyBerries" part 2.
The applique is fused and machine stitched with a small buttonhole stitch in matching thread. I enjoyed picking out the fabrics for the bodies of the cats and their outfits.

You can see here the matching stocking that I made before this past Christmas. I made two of the stockings. Those were completed but I did not get the quilting done on the quilt top.

I pieced the back of the quilt because I didn't have enough of any one fabric. Plus, I think it gives interest to the back.
I am having a dental problem and trying to keep the pain under control until my appointment on Monday afternoon. That means I am not getting much stitching done because the pain medication makes me sleep or be so drowsy that I don't feel like doing anything. I have to have a root canal done. I am on an antibiotic. The pain is much more localized today. I am going to try taking just Tylenol this morning to see if that will keep the pain under control enough that I can sew. I don't want to sleep the day away again like I did yesterday. My only stitching from yesterday was to applique a couple of the simple baskets onto their background pieces. I can tell you that Monday afternoon can't get here fast enough.

Hope you have a great stitching weekend! Come back soon for another visit with me.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Here is finish #6 for the year. I showed you the quilt top back in April. It was one of the tops that had been in the sewing room closet. It is not a big quilt and was easy to get spray basted and machine quilted. Now I will have a new quilt to display for the summer. The pattern was from the Spring/Summer 2007 Sampler magazine. I did the smaller version of the quilt that pattern tester Laura Boehnke did. It is called "Raise the Flag". The pattern was by Good Wives Co. in Marion, Ohio. I enjoyed making this flag quilt.
I finished machine quilting another one yesterday. I sewed binding this morning but need to the hand stitching part. Hopefully, I will have another finished quilt to show you soon. Done is good.

Enjoy your sewing day and come back for a visit soon.


Monday, June 1, 2009


Am I bit early for a fall quilt or a bit late? However you want to look at it, here is finish number five for the year. I showed this quilt last September 30th on my blog. The machine quilting was done. All it needed was binding. You would think I could have completed the quilt before fall was over. I don't know what got in the way. I know the hand stitching of binding isn't the most interesting thing to do. I just didn't do it. Then fall was gone and I was on to making Christmas gifts and a Christmas quilt. By the way, the Christmas quilt isn't complete yet either! I worked on the binding earlier this year but the oomph just wasn't there to go the whole way around the quilt. The poor quilt has just been tossed from a chair to a corner on the floor and here and there. I finished the applique on the Trumpet Flower borders Saturday. Time to finish the binding on the turkey quilt. The quilt is done! I am ready for fall.
The pattern for the quilt was in Quilt Mania and was designed by Jan Patek. I was just on her web site to check for the pattern and do not find it.

I did not do the best machine quilting on this quilt. Even with the Bernina with the stitch regulator, free motion quilting is not my best machine quilting to do. I tend to get the stitches too big on a curve that is coming back towards me. Guess I pull too fast and the regulator cannot keep up with the motion. Still, after washing & drying the quilt, it is not bad and makes a quilt that I will be happy to display. It will grace my living room floor for a few days before I fold it up and place into one of the quilt cabinets.

I mentioned that I finished the last applique border on the Trumpet Flower. I have not attached the final two borders to the main body of the quilt, so a photo will have to wait on that.

I started machine quilting a flag quilt that I have shown the top of recently. Maybe I will have finish #6 to show you soon. I will try to be good and not let our Independence Day pass by without my flag quilt being finished.

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