Friday, May 31, 2013


I finished my next set of three Sally Post applique blocks just in time.  Today is the last day of the month.  I found a fabric to use for the sashing between the blocks.  A pink from a Jo Morton line of fabric.  I hope I don't change my mind again.

My favorite block this round is the block in the middle with the pink flower pot.

Sunday, May 26, 2013


I put the pedal to the metal and got the sewing machine going.  I was determined to get the pieced blocks made for the "Mrs. Lincoln's Sampler Quilt".  My husband asked if I was in a competition with someone as I was at the machine so much the last three days and bouncing back and forth to the computer.  I have had the applique blocks done for a while and sitting on the back of the sewing machine cabinet.  They kept beckoning to me asking to be used in a quilt.  Here is the completed quilt top.  Too large for the design wall so DH is standing on a stool holding it up for a photo.
The pattern I used is by Lori Smith and can be found here.  I will show you a picture of the quilt shown on the pattern cover.
I did not do the notched corners.  I had mixed feelings about that.  I do think it gives the look of an antique quilt to have the notched out corners but I do not have a bed that I would be able to use it on.  I opted for full borders instead.  My piecing abilities are not what they used to be.  I lost a few points and it was difficult on blocks with many pieces to end up correct size.  The block sashings helped solve the size problem.  I enlarged the blocks from 5 inches to 7.5 inches as I thought the original measurements of 51 by 56 inches for the quilt not a very usable size.  And it made the applique easier to accomplish.  I used a variety of reproduction fabrics for the quilt.  What is your favorite block in the quilt?  Mine is the bird block in the next to last row on the far right.  Some of the other blocks are a close second.

A picture of the quilt laying on the kitchen floor for a lack of a better place to lay it out.
I cut out all the pieced blocks at the same time that I prepped the applique blocks.  Then I stored them in order in a plastic bag but the bag was not large enough to do them in one stack.  Somehow, when I pulled the three stacks out of  the bag, I got the blocks out of order.  I have yet to find the pattern.  I have seen it many times since doing the applique blocks but now it has hidden itself somewhere.  I printed off a copy of the pattern picture from the internet and worked from that.  I had a time trying to sort pieces and remember if I over size cut the triangles so I could trim them later.  I had missed cutting a few needed pieces.  I changed my mind on a couple blocks and cut different fabric.  A challenge.  But I finally worked my way through.  Now to find backing and hopefully from stash.

Enjoy your holiday weekend and take time to sew.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


I added the pinwheel blocks round the medallion center and like the look.  Red, white, and blue.  I didn't get it flat on the design wall so it looks a bit crooked but it really isn't.

I have been a bit restless this past week and not wanting to concentrate on applique blocks.  So I pulled out a neglected basket project and began doing the applique handles.  A bit mindless.  I pieced a few of the blocks together and have several more ready for piecing.  I put them up on the design wall for a picture.  I have not decided how to set the blocks.
I cut the parts from a layer cake and leftovers from a couple quilt projects.  Blackbird Designs"Harvest Home" and "Beach House' fabrics.

I am getting back in the mood for applique so I will be getting back to other projects that are waiting.

Friday, May 17, 2013


A big block and one I didn't find especially enjoyable to stitch.  Mainly because there is a base house underneath the logs.  I had to stitch the house in sections sewing the logs on before another base section went on.  There are two more blocks with log houses but not as big or as complicated as this one.

I am back working on the snowman row quilt.  I am close to finishing the last of the applique preparation.  Still a lot of stitching to do.

I am looking forward to quilt market pictures and seeing new things!

Thursday, May 9, 2013


I recently completed the applique for "Lady's Garden Club and Sewing Circle".  It is to the stage of needing to be quilted.

The pattern I used is by Linda Brannock and is found in "Miss Jump's Farewell :Cotton and Wool".  I like the muted background created with rectangles.  The applique was not hard to do.  I used wool for the baskets and lady's shoes.  The rest is cotton.

Take time to sew today.  I know I will be.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Not really block of the month projects.  More like a block whenever I feel like it.  I made two more blocks for "Sweet and Simple".  The first one is "Pear Tree".

The second block is "Bird's of a Feather".

Then I made the center block for Lori And Randy's medallion "sow-along".
I changed the vase handles just slightly to accommodate the needle turn applique method.  And I added a wing to the bird.  I like to use a stripe or zig-zag design for the wing.  I am ready for the part two instructions which will be pieced blocks.

I am stitching on a log cabin house block that I have put off making because it looked a bit challenging.  I hope to finish it today or tomorrow.  That's my update for today.  Back to the sewing room.


Friday, May 3, 2013


I have not kept track of how many quilts I have made since starting in 1990.  That is twenty-three years of quilt making.  Many have been given away.  A few sold.  But just how many quilts is too many to still have in my collection?
This is one cabinet of quilts and a large basket full.
Another cabinet and a rack of quilts.
A floor rack.  The top quilt has needed binding for quite some time.
Wall displays.  There is a quilt hidden underneath the one showing.
A spring quilt that needs to come down.
Above the family room sofa.
Above the fireplace.  Who needs a fireplace in Florida?  We have never used it.
In a wood box.
In the hallway.  I know it is a Christmas themed quilt but I love the design.
Bedroom wall rack.
Another bedroom wall rack.
On the back of a chair.  A quilt on the top waiting for binding.
Quilt tops waiting for quilting.
Quilts waiting for quilting or some UFO's waiting for the final touches.
Fabric waiting to be made into quilts (and a couple quilt kits).  Everyone worries about the leaning cubicles.  They have been that way for years.
And last, a sofa full of quilts waiting to be sorted.  My husband shampooed the carpet recently and stacked quilts from a couple piles on the living room floor onto the sofa.  I want to sort all the quilts in the cabinets along with these into seasons.  In other words, Christmas quilts all in one place for storage, spring quilts together, etc.  (That is a wall of mirror behind the sofa.)

There is a quilt tucked in here and there that I have not shown but you get the idea.  So what do you think?  How many is too much?


Wednesday, May 1, 2013


I designed a wall hanging with the idea of using some Blackbird Designs stash fabric and this is what I came up with.  I named it "Nantucket Saltbox" because most of the fabrics came from a line called "Beach House".    I associate the soft look of the colors with a beach house in Nantucket.  The piece still needs to be quilted.

I also completed two more blocks for the "Snowbound" quilt.

This evening, I am cutting out applique pieces for the quilt Lori and Randy are doing as a "Sow Along".  I like the prim style.  I should be working on other projects but I do want to participate when most others will be doing it.  I don't want to be a Johnny Come Lately like I am with the Snowbound blocks.

Have a good evening and take time to stitch.