Tuesday, August 31, 2010


I finally picked up the basket blocks off the living room floor and sewed them together.  You might get the idea that we don't use the living room much and you would be correct.  The floor became a design wall for the basket blocks.  I just didn't have the oomph to pick them up and sew them together.  I still have a stack of blocks to applique and had intended to make the quilt bigger.  I decided that the quilt top is big enough.  It is approximately 80" x 80".  The left over stack will be given away and someone else can applique and make a quilt of some sort.
I did not end up using the border fabric I had intended to use.  I had the Portobello Market fabric that has a brown background with mushrooms on it that was to be the border.  I decided it was too busy with the business of the basket blocks.  I had a good size piece of a paisley from the same line and used it instead.  I have enough of the mushroom fabric to use for the backing.  I ended up using an offset on every other row so that the baskets did not line up straight up and down on the quilt.  I am not too sure that I like the quilt very much.  It may end up finding a new home.  I have to think about it for a bit.

Barb from "Fun With Barb & Mary" blog inspired me to buy some solid orange fabric and a few other solids to use with it.  If you haven't seen her orange quilts, pay a visit here and see them on two different posts.  It makes you rethink orange.  I have a design in mind for the fabrics.  And it put me in a mood for another design using orange.  I did some online shopping and have ordered some of Sandy Gervais' solids which have a bit of mottle to them.  Stay tuned.
I have finished the set of twelve stitcheries for each month.  I am saving the remainder to show at the beginning of each month as I have been doing since last April.

I have the two August blocks from Raggedy and Friends ready to embroider and am going to sit down and start on them now.

Have a good day.


Monday, August 23, 2010


Here is the start of my wool pin cushion for the round robin I am participating in.  The different wool pieces for the base are temporarily basted down.  When the piece returns to me, I will add a bit of decorative stitching.  I chose a fall theme as I like fall colors so well.  There are four of us in this round robin.  I chose to add a squirrel.  I found a free squirrel pattern on the internet.  I resized it to get it small enough for this project.

I mailed this to Paulette of Sweet P Quilting.  Also participating are Lori of Humble Quilts and Kaaren of The Painted Quilt.  I am looking forward to seeing what evolves both with my piece and the other participants in the round robin.

Happy quilting!


Sunday, August 15, 2010


The first week of our vacation was to Maggie Valley, North Carolina in the Smokey Mountains. I like to visit the town of Franklin, NC which is not too far from there. There are some quilt shops in the town which make the visit worthwhile. There is also a fabric store that is not specifically a quilt shop but does have a small section of quilt fabric. The owner repairs sewing machines and has quite a nice collection of vintage and antique sewing machines. They are not for sale. I had not been to the store in a good while but decided to stop and take some pictures of the machines. It was hard to get good pictures because the majority of the machines are on shelves up high.
The first machine is a "Franklin" and displayed in one of the front windows. I imagine it is there because the town is named Franklin also.

In the middle of the display is a green machine like the one I purchased at a thrift store recently.
There is a little table top washing machine at the far right of the above photo. You sure couldn't wash much. Maybe it was for ladies undies. Or a child's toy. I have no idea.
The owner did have a Singer Featherweight for sale. He said he was selling it for someone else. It had no case or attachments. The base was pitted so it had some rough handling somewhere along the way. It had been serviced so was bound to sew well. The price was $275. He also told me that he has never found any of the really good buys he hears stories of every now and then. He said that one of the ladies that works in the store, found one at a yard sale on her way home from work for $24. Now wouldn't we all like to find one for that price!This is the cabin we stayed in for the week. I love the front porch. Our "oldest and dearest friends" joined us on this part of the trip. We spent many hours rocking on the porch and talking.
One view inside the cabin. I never did get around to taking more pictures of the inside. It is all very nicely decorated in a mountain cabin style.

Our second part of the trip was to Ohio for a family reunion. We found out the day before it was to be held that it was cancelled. This was due to a big storm that caused power failure in a big section of the state. We stayed with family and had a good time even though we did not get to see all my husband's relatives. Maybe next year.

We made a stop at Fenton Glass, Mosser Glass, and Boyd Glass. We purchased several pretty glass toothpick holders and baskets for my collection. And a few purchased from antique shops. We ventured out into Ohio Amish countryside to go to Der Dutchman for a delicious Amish style dinner. The food was good as always.

I am having trouble getting back into the sewing groove. I have washed and pressed all the fabric purchased on our trip. I even played with a design this afternoon but the parts were not going together well. I have another pattern that I know will work just as well and will move on to piecing that one instead.

Come back and visit me again soon.


Thursday, August 12, 2010


We arrived back home today from a 16 day vacation. I will post more on that subject in another post. Today, I want to post pictures of antique quilts I found in antique shops. None were purchased. I did not pick up the quilts to spread our for a picture, so they are as they were displayed.
This was a beautiful quilt. I wish that black stand was not in front of the quilt but it was too heavy and big to move. I don't know what the black thing is. Maybe a candle holder. The quilt was in good shape and had very nice, close quilting. I think the price was about $650.
The tree quilt was in fairly good shape. Some wear or disintegration in the blue but not much. I forget how much it cost. It was either $325 or $375. The quilting was oh so nice, too.
A blue & white basket quilt. Notice the double handle. Have you ever seen one like that?
The LeMoyne Star quilt top is a bright one. You need sunglasses to view the pink! I am no expert on quilt dating. Maybe the 60's or 70's?
The houses are nice. I don't find very many house quilts. I think they get snapped up pretty quickly.
A strippy quilt. Not glamorous but interesting.

A blue & white nine patch on point. Blue & white quilts have such a soft and soothing look.
I searched through Barbara Brackman's encyclopedia for the name of the block on this quilt. I think it is #306, the Improved Nine Patch or Circle Upon Circle. It has some other names also listed. First I had seen one like this.Flying Geese in this quilt, though you can't see much of it.
I did not look up the name of this quilt. It has a pinwheel in the center but one block looks a bit different.

I hope you enjoyed looking!


Thursday, August 5, 2010


The container that had the star quilt in it also had a second project that I had lost track of. You can read about the star quilt here. The project is Chelsea Cottage from a Blackbird Designs book called "You're Invited". You can see the cover of the book here.
I had fabric set aside that has a similar look to that used in the book but not from the same line. I am using mostly Blackbird Designs' Beach House line of fabric. I had started cutting strips for the log cabin blocks. I decided I should go ahead and cut out every thing so that I am assured of having enough fabric. I could order more, if necessary, before it is sold out everywhere. It does appear that I have enough fabric. I already had prepped the applique pieces but still need to do the hand stitching. You can see a picture of what the quilt should look like in the photo below.
I was previously asked what I meant by having my applique pieces prepped. That can mean something different to many people because of the various methods of stitching the appliques down onto your background. I make a freezer paper template for the different elements within the applique design. I iron the pieces to the top side of the selected fabric. I use a regular pencil, a chalk pencil, or whatever will show and trace around the shape. I them cut out the piece leaving approximately 1/4" of fabric for turn under. When I am ready to applique the piece down, I remove the freezer paper (if it has not already fallen off), place it in the appropriate place, and then needle turn or finger press the edges under while I am stitching around the piece. I do not trace the design onto the background fabric as some do in needle turn applique. Most of the applique I do is prim style and exact placement is not as important.

Have a great day and stop back for another visit.


Sunday, August 1, 2010


I finished the stitchery for August and got it hung on the old wringer. I am enjoying the stitching on these monthly projects. It doesn't take a lot of time to complete one. These are by Buttermilk Basin.
A short post today. Stop back again soon.