Tuesday, October 25, 2011

TWO SMALL SIZE QUILT TOPS

I have been working on applique projects of a smaller size.  In my last post, I showed you two red, green, and yellow applique blocks from a Lori Smith pattern called "Heritage Sampler".  I have completed a total of five applique blocks and four of the nine patch blocks to set in between those.  The quilt top is about 22 inches square.
The block in the upper left hand corner was one I almost put in the reject block basket as I did not like the way it was coming together.  I did have all green leaves and it just looked too green heavy.  I changed the red buds to a different red.  Still I did not like the look.  I left it on the design wall with the first two completed blocks.  In the morning and in fresh perspective, I decided it would work just fine.  I made the nine patch blocks this evening.  My intentions are not to add a border and bind it in one of the greens after quilting.

I finished the applique this evening on another small project from a Lori Smith pattern called "Birds in the Air".  It is from her book called "Fat Quarter Quilting -Twenty-one Terrific 16" x 20" Projects".

This little quilt top has a more folk art look whereas the first one is done with reproduction fabrics.  These bright fabrics came from my stash.  Once quilted, I think I will bind it with a darker green.

I have prepared another small applique project to work on also.  But from a Blackbird Designs pattern this time.  More on that later.

Check back with me soon.

Karen

41 comments:

Monica said...

Just wonderful! I love Lori's designs. I have many of her patterns. All I need to do now is find the time.

Darlene said...

Fabulous - love Lori's patterns too.

Lorraine said...

I am a big fan of Lori's patterns....love love love the little quilt from the Heritage Sampler pattern! nice work! You have been busy.....amazing how leaving something and coming back and seeing it with fresh eyes makes all the difference. Always look forward to your posts to see what you have been working on.

Betty Lou said...

Both quilts are beautiful. Going to Amazon right now and take a look at both books. Love your work.

Dorothy said...

Very nice. I would be very happy to get either in a swap.

Janet O. said...

Beautiful quilts--both are real treasures. Your applique is wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful job Karen ! You are very productive !

Silvia said...

Karen
They are wonderfullllll....
Congratulations

Anonymous said...

Karen,
Your blocks look wonderful, you have used solid fabrics with great effect, the colors are perfect together. I have most of Lori's patterns, they are all great.
Wendy

Kathie said...

ok Karen they are wonderful, love, love, love that top one!!!!
I have the pattern for the bottom one I should whip that one up too!
Kathie

Kaaren said...

Sew, sew pretty, Karen.

Daniëlle said...

Great little quilts they are!!! Well done!! Hugs, Daniëlle

Colleen said...

Adore your little quilts! The applique is wonderful and the colors are super fantastic! Maybe I need to try my hand at something other than machine applique...perhaps there is some hand applique in my future! You are inspiring!

Stephanie said...

Both beautiful but I do love that shade of green in the second one.

Elzaan said...

Those quilts are looking very beautiful. I really like the nine-patch quilt.

Kelli said...

Your appliques are gorgeous! What a great job!

ann hermes said...

love both quilts. I am especially drawn to the folk art quilt with the cheddar, though.

Cheryl said...

Love both small quilts. As usual, your applique is beautiful.

Ruth said...

Two adorable projects!! I'll have to check out Lori Smith's patterns. Can't wait to see the Blackbird design one. I love their patterns.

Strlady said...

Lori is such a wonderful designer. These turned out great!

Sue said...

Karen, these are just gorgeous. I have Lori's fat quarter book, but when I saw your last post and you gave the link for her website, I went and ordered this same pattern and several more. I really, really like it very much. She is talented for sure.

And so are you. What you are doing with the blocks is so perfect. I just love the red and white nine patch with the applique blocks. I can't wait to see this bound!

Kyle said...

Your quilts are just beautiful and you applique work is superb. Can't wait to see them quilted and bound!

Cisca said...

They are stunning! Since I bought a kit of Lori Smith, I am a fan, too.
Happy quilting, Cisca

Joanne said...

They look wonderful! Lori Smith is one of my favourite quilt designers.

Taryn said...

I love your fabrics and colors! Thanks for sharing your work. You always inspire me.

Mary said...

I love Lori Smith's patterns, too. I have several single patterns and the book you mentioned. Maybe I should pull them out and get busy! I've been so focused on other projects that I forgot they're on my list.

Anonymous said...

Both are gorgeous. You did a great job, and the red in the 9-patches works beautifully with the applique.

Meredith said...

you did a great job with the applique. They look great.

Karen said...

Thanks for a great show and tell - made me smile!

Marsha said...

These are great little quilts, you accomplish so much, so quickly! Have fun!

Robin said...

The little nine-patch quilt is so sweet. I love the applique with the pieced blocks and red & white goes with everything, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

You know what I'm going to say....LOVE THEM!!!! Want them...envious of your swap partners!

Janet said...

I love both quilts, the folk art one looks so great, it appeals to me a lot.

Dawn said...

Both great projects. Beautiful work!

Barb said...

Love the elf shoes and your pumpkin background - what a fun place to visit.
Your 2 quits are awesome. The green binding will be the perfect finishing touch on the folk art piece

taylorsoutback said...

Love your Lori Smith blocks...and love her designs.

Those are great witches shoes!!

Rita said...

Your Heritage Sampler quilt is Wonderful! I love Lori Smith's patterns.

Mary said...

Oh I love it!! The colors work perfectly! Hugs, Mary

Lori said...

I love both of the smaller quilts!! The second one is especially wonderful, karen.
I can't wait until I can get some stitching done!!

Sharyl said...

I love both of these--colors and designs! The first, more traditional one just has that lovely, more balanced look in colors great for fall and winter. The second mixes two of my favorite colors together and the design has an element of surprise in it!

Andee said...

I can't believe I am the proud owner of this little beauty! I can't wait to hang it up when I get home tonight. It is perfect...yours went in the mail today..hope you like it but it doesn't compare to this one!