Saturday, August 30, 2014

Working On Witches

Fall project pictures have been popping up on blogs.  Makes a person think and realize that it is time to work on one if there is any hope of having it done by late September or early October.  If one is good, two is better, and three best.  Three witches in the works.

I am using a Sarah Sporer pattern.  Her suggested method of applique was to leave the edges raw and a hand running stitch close to the edge.  I did not want  the edges to ravel so I have used Heat 'n Bond Lite in a window frame method and will machine buttonhole stitch the edges.

I am heading back to the sewing room.  Those in the USA, enjoy your holiday weekend and take time to sew.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Last of the Snowbound Blocks

A final push and I finished the last four of the Bunnyhill Snowbound quilt blocks.
Some of you probably remember when the block patterns were free.  It was a block of the month in 2010.  So here it is 2014 and I finally did the last of the applique blocks.  I will have to shop for fabric to do the setting blocks.  Nothing in my stash in a large enough quantity in suitable pastel colors.  But I am obviously in no rush.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Log Cabin Blocks

Looking through some of my quilt books for a gift idea, I came across a smaller size fall quilt design.  The design was not the gift idea I was looking for but it struck my fancy.  You know how we look through our quilt books and see something anew?  The fall quilt did that for me.  I know I have seen the pattern in the book a few times but this time I saw it with new eyes.  The problem was that the sashings and border were all little log cabin blocks that finish at two inches.  And I would need 48.  Before making the applique blocks, I wanted to be sure I could tolerate making 48 little paper pieced log cabin blocks.  I sewed one as a sample and it was easier than I thought it would be.  So for 3 1/2 days, I made little log cabin blocks.

I made extra blocks as they are from many different fabrics and I wanted to be able to eliminate if necessary when I actually start putting a quilt together.  This is different for me to make the sashing and borders parts before doing the main applique blocks.  All the log cabin blocks were made from my scrap basket.

I also want to share with you something I saw at an antique shop in West Virginia while we were on vacation.  It is one of the Smithsonian reproduction quilts made from the Harriet Powers Bible quilt.  It was marked $150.00.  No, I did not purchase it.  I have seen two of them on E-Bay and go for a higher price.  Seeing one of these in person, I was able to see what poor quality stitching the applique has.

You can read about the uproar that the reproduction quilts caused here.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Patriotic Place Mats

On July 4th, I started making a set of four place mats using an older Moda line of fabric called "Liberty Garden".  The pattern used stars that required templates or paper piecing.  I changed  them to sawtooth stars that I could rotary cut and then piece.

I used one of the tickings from the same line of fabric for the backing.
Liberty Garden has been one of my favorite Jan Patek fabric lines.    You can see some of the quilts I have used it for here, here, and here.  I think you get the idea.  I still have scraps left.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Spring Flowers and Baskets

"Spring Flowers and Baskets" is a finished quilt top.  I went into the sewing room yesterday to cut more applique parts for the eagle quilt top but got side-tracked by the basket quilt that only needed borders.

My quilts on the design wall always look smaller on the bottom than the top in a photo.  I suppose it is the angle of the camera when I take the picture.  They are the same measurement though.  The pattern I used is by Vintage Quiltworks.  I think it was only sold through Temecula Quilt Co.  I no longer find this brand of patterns sold anywhere.

Today, I am again planning to create applique parts for the Kim Diehl eagle quilt.  Let's see if I get side-tracked again.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Slow Stitching Sunday - Kim Diehl Table Topper

I am joining in on Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday by doing some prep work on this table topper I started a good while ago.  I am using a Kim Diehl pattern.

I found the project in a pile of projects that had been stored in a plastic basket.  The only part I found that had not been stitched down was an eagle.  Now I am wondering if I never cut out the rest of the applique pieces or if they got separated into another basket.  The search is on.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer Glory

Sunflowers!  Definitely a late summer look.  I finally attached the binding to "Summer Glory".  I have added it as my header picture.  This is another of the raw edge monthly series wall hangings by Sarah Sporer that I have been working on.

I received a narrow table runner from Julie of Julie K Quilts.  She often plays with strips of fabric and does creative string quilts.  The runner is the perfect size to fit on the ledge above the fireplace. She quilted it with big stitching which fits my prim style.  A big thank you, Julie!

On vacation, we found an antique shop in southeastern Ohio that was crammed full of Imperial and Fenton art glass.  We purchased a few pieces but also found a toy sewing machine that interested me.  And it came home with me.  A gift from my DH.  It is a Necchi Supernova and has its own little carrying case.

The handle on the case is not in good shape but the latch still works.  I have not decided where its final resting place will be.

I am trying to figure out where I am at on quilt projects and sort through parts and pieces.  Wish me luck.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Love More

Katerina Alexakos of P&B Textiles asked if I would be interested in making a small quilt from a new line of fabric called "Love More".  The fabric line is designed by Susan Black.  You can see the line here and also find a free pattern for a quilt designed by Nancy Mahoney called "Amore".  You can find her free pattern here.

I had twelve fat quarters to play with.

 I find it easier to have a quilt pattern in hand and then select fabric than to have the fabric first and then try to decide what to make with it.  I had a visual in my mind as to what I would make but that immediately changed when the fabric was in hand.  Here is what I came up with.

I selected an applique block pattern by Kay Mackenzie in a ten inch size.  I opted to add from my own stash a mottled off white background fabric for the applique.  You could use one of the small vine prints from the line for the block background  if you like a busier look.  For me, I wanted to focus on the "love more" print used for the vase and the fussy cutting I did for the flowers and leaves.  Here is a picture of my Swiss cheese fabric after fussy cutting the flowers and leaves.
I was able cut my flower shapes from red circular flowers in the print.  The lines in the design worked well for my flowers.  The gold circles in the print formed my flower centers.  And I used portions of the black and grey leaves for the flower plant's leaves.  The stems were cut from a vine section of the large design grey print.  The inner sashing is cut from the leaf stripe fabric in the section of black, grey and white part.

I can see one of the larger design prints being used for a Stack and Whack quilt where you are making kaleidoscope style blocks.  If you don't know what I mean, look at some of these images of quilts done in this style.

There are two color ways in the actual word print  fabric  that says" Love More" but it is not the only one in the line that has words.  For those of you who collect word fabric, you might just have to have some.  The print below has words scattered here and there.

I have to decide which of the left over fabric pieces will be the backing.  Maybe I will cut and piece some for a more interesting look.

Lori from Humble Quilts also is working on a quilt from the same line of fabric.  Pay her a visit to see hers.  She also is using the leaf print on a portion of her quilt but there there the similarities end.

Back to playing and hope you will be soon.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Vacation Small Quilt Stitching

The lighting at the cabin we stayed in at the mountains was too dim for good applique stitching.  Instead, I worked on wool applique on cotton background projects.
The "A Time to Sew" piece on the left is done from a Cheri pattern.  The "Count Your Blessings" piece is by Simply Put Plus.  I have a second one of the "A Time to Sew" design in the works for myself.  The ones shown above were made for a gift.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Antique Shopping

We returned yesterday from a two week vacation.  I did some browsing in a few antique shops.  Found some quilts and will share a few pictures with you.  Last year we stopped at an antique shop in the Blue Ridge Parkway/Smokey Mtn. area and found a shop with many, many quilts.  I was asked the name of the shop and address but could not find it.  This year, I have a business card.  The first photos are from Smokey Park Antique Mall at 2215 Smokey Park Hwy in Candler, North Carolina.

The shop has several Singer Featherweight sewing machines.  You can only see one which I think is a shame.  I am guessing that the green case holds a celery (greenish) colored featherweight.  By the price I could see on a black case, the machines are not a bargain.

The Princess Feather was my favorite antique quilt at this shop.  There were many, many quilts.  The shop is very musty and damp smelling.  Very crowded with antiques of all sorts including sewing items but not good for taking pictures.

The following quilts were one seen in a variety of shops.  Just something to look at.  Nothing special.

I like the cheddar sashing on this one.  Spotted in a wonderful shop in North Carolina when Mary from Quilt Hollow took me shopping.  Yes, I got to visit her again this year!  And I got to see her new home and all the wonderful quilts she has displayed.  A feast for the eyes.

That is it for antique/vintage quilt pictures.  I have other things to share with you in a future post.