Saturday, October 31, 2009


I was beginning to think I would not be able to finish my projects for the month that I had committed to doing. In fact, if I had not gone back earlier this past week to review what I said I would try to finish in October, I would not have finished one of the projects. I had completely forgotten about it. Out of sight, out of mind.

I finished the wool on cotton applique and made it into a pillow. I think the design would make a nice applique quilt. The pattern I used is called "Coxcomb Pillow". It was in the November/December 2005 issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine. The designer is Julie Larsen of Prairie Star Quilts.
I apologize for the darker pictures of the Great Pumpkin Quilt. I should have used the flash. But you will be seeing more of this quilt in the future. The pattern is by Jeanne Davis of Briar Rose Designs. I could not find a website for the designer. The pattern set is available from several quilt shops.

Next is the quilt I almost forgot about. It is called "Duck, Duck Goose" and is a pattern by Kim Diehl from her Simple Seasons book. I still need to do a final pressing on the quilt. It isn't laying very well in this photo. My pressing station by the sewing machine is small. I have to set up the ironing board to press well and will do that before layering the quilt for machine quilting. I added a row to the main body of the quilt so it would be plenty long enough to cover up with. I purchased the fabrics two years ago. I added in some fabrics from stash. Many of the purchased fabrics were designed by Deb Strain.
Hurray, I finally made the final block for the Christmas quilt! The long block on the left side that has a mitten holding a tree is the only one I needed to make. The quilt had been to that point for several months waiting for that one block. The patterns are by Cheri Saffiote-Payne. I don't see the set on her website. I love this quilt.
I showed "Miss Tessie Twitchett" on a post earlier in October and it is the last project from my goal list.

Now I have to make decisions about what to work on completing in November. Definitely at least one quilt top to be machine quilted. Maybe two. I have plenty to choose from for that. And lots of UFO's that need finishing.

Enjoy your Halloween night. I still need to get candy for the Trick or Treaters!


Thursday, October 15, 2009


Let me introduce you to Miss Tessie Twitchett. She has four dresses with co-ordinating aprons that she is modeling for you. Her collar is the same fabric as her apron. She is patiently awaiting spring, the time when we seem to think more about bunnies and she will get to be on display.
The green border fabric is from the Liberty Garden line of fabric put out by Moda a good while back. I didn't have quite enough left to complete the border using a continuous strip, so I added in a rectangle of the green with cream stars from the same line of fabric. Have to make do sometimes. I tried adding a scrap from the original border fabric. With such a big print, it looked odd, so I like the solution I came up with.
This is the back of the quilt. I used left overs from making the bunnies to piece the stars. And the scraps of the border fabric went in between.

Miss Tessie Twitchett was created from a pattern in "Say It With Flowers" which is a Jan Patek book.

Enjoy your day!


Thursday, October 8, 2009


I am glad that so many of you enjoyed my last post where I asked if seven yards of fabric was enough for a needle case. My guilt was relieved with so many of you saying you have bought more fabric than needed because you liked a line of fabric so well. And it was on sale. You relieved my guilt so much that I made an online purchase yesterday of two more yards and it wasn't on sale. Now, please don't laugh too hard. About 1/2 hour after I made the purchase, I walked into my sewing room and there laying on the floor by the closet was two yards of the very fabric I had just purchased. I didn't think I had that particular piece in my stash. I need 1 1/3 yard for the project I have planned. Two yards was more than I needed but having a little extra in the stash was okay. Well, now I will have four yards when I only need 1 1/3 yd. Maybe I can incorporate it into the backing. Lesson learned. Check twice, order once. Sort of like that measure twice, cut once thing we learned.

I completed The Circuit Rider quilt top. This is one of my finishes for The Charming Girls's Club, so I will be posting another photo of it later this month for that.
The quilt was being made as a donation for an auction of sorts. Now the need is no longer there, so this will be my quilt. I posted previously that I put in two blocks that were not in the book. One was the cardinal. It is the state bird for Ohio where I was born. The other, I can't remember which one it is. I selected a design from the applique library on Electric Quilt. I did the four rose blocks that are in the corners of the quilt as the original quilt had. There were other repeat blocks and that was why I chose two of my own selection.
I finished the wreath block given to us by Dawn of Linen Closet Quilts. I see I got in the way of the natural light and cast a shadow on the corner of the block. Not a good photo but I am sure you will be seeing this again. This goes along with the eagle block I showed in a post in September.

That's it for today. I have machine quilting waiting for me. Come back soon.


Saturday, October 3, 2009


"Boo" is finished. This is a small project and did not take a lot of time. It was just finding time to do the final finishing work. I like the way the spiders are made. A happy project.
I know the back isn't very interesting but wanted to show you the buttons. I used the witch hat fabric that was used on the front in the border. I decided to attach the two buttons on the back. I have to get to the craft store this weekend. I have been to two Michael's store looking for textile medium and forgot to get some of the magnetic strip stuff. I want the self adhesive kind. I plan on sticking a piece on each button. The quilt is small enough that it will stick to the refrigerator just fine and not get in the way. At first, I tried jute cord with an end tied around each button. That didn't work because the quilt buckled when I held the middle of the cord.
I love fall quilts! It is such fun visiting blogs and seeing all the quilts both for Halloween and fall itself. I know Halloween is not recognized everywhere in the world and it isn't fall in the southern hemisphere. But we sure love it here.

Looking forward to another visit from you soon.