Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sally Post Part 2 and More

I met my goal for February on stitching three more Sally Post blocks.

I also stitched another of the "Bright Idea" blocks.

And two blocks for "A Tisket, A Tasket".  I know it has been a long time since the free patterns were offered.  I prepped the first two months blocks but never stitched them.  About time that I did.  I think most people have done all of their blocks and have finished quilts long ago.

I am on a roll right now doing applique.  More to show soon.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Late last summer I prepped the parts for a wool table mat with plans to stitch it on vacation.  I did do a lot of the stitching at that time.  Then it sat in a plastic container until this past weekend.  I decided it was time to finish something.  Anything!
The pattern I used is in the book "Primitive Gatherings Quilts and Accessories" by Terry Burkhart and Rozan Meacham.

I developed a problem in the construction of this mat.  The pattern had to be enlarged 200% and I did that on our computer and printer.  The hexagon shape was full size and did not require enlargement.  I don't know if the wool stretched, the 200% enlargement was not correct, or I just plain cut the background too large.  It was too long between cutting it out and finishing to remember if I cut it larger.  There was supposed to be 21 of the hexagons with the leaves framing the piece.  That is what I made.  Then I discovered that I needed 22.  I counted the pieces on the sample in the book and it did have 21.  I had to scrounge for the wool to make an extra one.  The backing is a tan wool as per pattern instructions.  I had used every bit of a piece in stash to come up with the backing for both the main mat and the hexagons.  I had cut 22 but one was cut a bit too small.  I ended up having to use the too small one for the back of one hexagon.  I had none of the green wool used for the oak leaves.  I had to substitute a similar shade from another piece.  I don't think it is noticeable at all.  I am calling this one done.  By the way, I prefer a book to have an insert in the middle with a pull out sheet in order to have a full size pattern rather than enlarging.  I know that can present a problem if the book ever ends up being sold used in a shop somewhere.  I purchased a used book from Amazon quite some time back and it was missing the insert.

I am finishing up an applique block this morning.  Back to my stitching.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


More "Bright Idea" blocks have been made.  Four to be exact.  Five left to stitch yet.  I am using two backgrounds.  Both tone on tone.  One a very tiny flower print and the other a stripe.  When the blocks are set together, there will be a triangle border separating them.  For the current picture, though, I have them side by side.

Back to the sewing room.  I am cutting out applique pieces for some other quilts.  I feel this urge to decrease the stash some.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Another blogger is working on "Sweet Land of Liberty" which is a pattern set by Cheri.  It inspired me to find my UFO and make two more blocks for it.  Making the school house style block completed a row and I was able to sew two rows together.
The lower left block is a substitution that I made using a Jan Patek block.  I still need to add a word on the upper right corner but the word goes over part of the border.  That will have to wait.

I then made the Victory Basket block that is in a lower section of the quilt.  I am doing needle turn applique but the word is done in wool.
There are still many blocks to make.  I am going to make an effort to keep going on this project so that the top will be done in the next couple months.

Things are quiet here so I am going to head for my favorite chair to do some stitching and watch television.  I hope you have time to do the same.

Friday, February 15, 2013


I wanted to make a wall hanging.  Something that would not take long to stitch.  I did the applique and piecing over two days.  Now for machine quilting.  I have to find time for that.
I used a pattern by Kim Diehl that is in her "Homestyle Quilts" book.  It finishes approximately 18 by 22 inches.  I had two of the same fabrics in my stash as Kim used for her quilt.  The flower pot fabric which is a Barbara Brackman piece and the black fabric used for the birds.  The border is created with mostly squares.  Square in a square style but using two different sizes of squares.  A fun piece to stitch.

I am working on several different projects and have several ideas floating in my head.  I need to concentrate on a project and get something done.  But there are so many distractions!

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 14, 2013


I decided to join in on Lori's Sew-Along, a bit late.  But, as the old saying goes, better late than never.  I dug into stash and this is what I came up with.
Thank you, Lori, for taking time to create the instructions and encouraging us to do it.

Sunday, February 10, 2013


An update on the snowman quilt.  I finished the second row of the quilt.  First row for me as I am saving the top row for the end.
I have not trimmed the row to size yet.  I allowed extra width and length for trimming later.  I once trimmed a row that was to go in a row quilt and ended up in trouble.  I forget if I got a row too short or too long and not able to trim it.  I decided on this one that the trimming would be close to the end.

Some of the applique parts are wool.  Such as the red fox, and birds.  I am doing needle turn applique otherwise.  Now I need to prep parts for the next row.

Have a good day!

Saturday, February 9, 2013


"Bright Idea" is the name of a quilt pattern.  I am not sure the name fits the design too well.  I prepped applique pieces for the blocks last fall but had not done any stitching.  I started to work on one of the blocks in a lull when I needed to prep blocks for quilts in the works.  This one was handy and good television time stitching to work on it.
The pattern is designed by Cherie Ralston and found in the Red Wagon book "Timeless".  The book has a copyright date of 2000, so it has been a good while since it was published.  The quilt has nine blocks and all the same design.  I have mixed up prints for the blocks but all the same color range.  Not anything that will be done any time soon.

I am going to work in the sewing room for a while this morning.  I hope you find sewing time today and enjoy it as much as I will.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


I have started working on a row quilt that has been in the planning stage for several months.  The pattern I am using is by Geoff's Mom and here is a link to the pattern.  I have the first house and snowman done.  Well, the snowman needs eyes and buttons but I am thinking of using black snaps for those.  Better to add those after quilting.
Lots of work left to be done but I wanted to share what I have done.

A beautiful and warm day here.  Certainly not snowman weather.  Enjoy your day.  I am going to spend a good portion of mine stitching and pressing new fat quarters that have been washed and dried.