Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I Gave In

Okay, okay.  Another new project.  I gave in and joined the sew-along group making the prim quilt that Jeni from the Willow is giving directions for.  Four parts were published thus far.  I have parts put together but the wool needs stitched down yet.  I'll catch up soon.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Thursday's Quilt

I know it isn't Thursday but "Thursday's Quilt" is the name Cheri Payne gave the pattern. I think Cheri has designed a small quilt pattern for each day of the week.   I abbreviated the borders part of the quilt because I wanted a smaller size piece.

Wool was used for the applique. Several Jo Morton prints were used in making this quilt.  No time for quilting it right now so you will see it again in the future.

Spend some time with your sewing machine today or doing handwork.  I know I will be.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sweet Escape

A new line of fabric coming soon from P&B Textiles called "Sweet Escape".  The greens, white, cream, and black prints have a very fresh look.  Flowers of different sizes, feathers, and a stripe.  They remind me of a spring meadow.
There are ten fabrics in the line.  I was given fat quarters to create a small quilt with.  I love basket designs and decided to give that a try.  I wanted the baskets large enough that I could use one of the  floral prints in the block and still be recognizable that they were flowers.  I chose the Cake Stand basket pattern in a 7 1/2 inch size using the black and grey print for the basket and a green for the handles.  There is a  print that is a soft yellow that was good for the block background pieces.  I used the off-white with the green print for inside the baskets.

There was enough of the feather print to use for the setting triangles.  The large floral was used for the square in the center. The black background print with green and soft yellow flowers was used for the border.  I used the large floral that is in the center of the quilt for the border corner stones.  The stripe was cut on the bias so that the stripes would be on an angle and was used for the binding.  I breathed a sigh of relief when I knew that I could get everything out of the 10 fat quarters including the backing.

You can see the line of fabric on the P&B Textiles website here and maybe dream a bit about what you might make with them.


Wool, Wool, and More Wool

I have been very busy prepping wool applique projects for future stitching.  And working in duplicate just because I want to.  Here is what I have waiting.

Two witches from a Cheri Payne pattern.  Cute, cute!

Two "Redware Vase" wall hangings.  These will have a pieced border after the applique is done.  The pattern I am using is by Cheri Payne.

And two of the Buttermilk Basin sheep blankets.  January and February.  Ten more monthly designs to go.  I have wanted to do these for the last two years.

If you need me, look in the sewing room!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Slow Stitchin' Sunday

The witches are beginning to take shape.  The machine stitching is done on all three.  Now I have started to do the embroidery work on the first one.  The border fabric arrived yesterday and I will save that for another post.  I am linking with Kathy's Slow Stitchin' Sunday.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Folksy Christmas

Lori from Humble Quilts inspired me with her "Folksy Christmas" wool on cotton wall hanging that she made recently.  Click on the link and you can see her version.  I finished the wool applique on mine.  Very prim style piece.

Some of the wool I used was gifted to me by a dear friend.  The blue/green wool pieces is what inspired my fabric choices for this.  The background fabrics are Moda Blackbird Designs pieces that I had in stash.  They are a green/blue/grey (I don't know any other way to describe it).  Santa is standing beside a very folk art style tree.  The pattern was designed by Cheri Payne and is available here.  I don't know how I will quilt this.  Have to think about it.


Friday, September 5, 2014

A Favorite Fall Quilt Book

Paulette from Sweet P Quilting and Creations said "I'll show you mine if you show me yours."  What she means is that she will post for seven days showing some of her quilt books which feature wonderful fall quilts.  She wants others to also share a book or two in their quilt library.  Challenge accepted.   I have selected a Jan Patek quilt book called "We Gather Together".

I think you know that I like prim style quilts.  My very favorite pattern in the book is "Pumpkins, Turkeys and Geese".  Here is my version.  You can see the full quilt shown here.  The quilt is about 68 inches by 70".  Mine is called "Pumpkins and Turkey Feathers".

How about this one?  "Happy Hollow" is the name and I have a gifted kit waiting on me to make it.
This one is called "Pumpkin Patch" and has several crows on it.

"Shoo Crow" has a scarecrow, cat and a crow.  Nice wall hanging size.
"We Gather Together" is the pattern for the quilt shown on the cover.  I like this one a lot.

And the last one I am sharing is "Give Thanks".  There are other projects in the book including a small hooked rug and some fall trees.

If this book inspires you, it is available from Pickle Dish or Amazon books or ask your local quilt shop to order it for you.  You could make one of the smaller quilts this year and a bigger one next year!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Acorn Wreath

The "Acorn Wreath" wall hanging is put together but not quilted.  I got busy yesterday afternoon peeling papers off the remaining log cabin blocks. The logs finish at 1/4 inch in width, so peeling the paper off was not quick.   And I finished stitching down the wool shapes on the final block I needed.  I like fall colors and this piece is loaded with them.  The log cabin blocks were made from my scrap basket.

The pattern I used is from the book "Pumpkin Patch Threads" and is by Need'l Love.  I enlarged the applique design a bit to fill the space better as I did not want to embroider a leaf in each corner of the blocks.   The piece measures 22 inches by 22 inches.  I see the book is on sale at Needl Love website for $15.00 instead of $25.00 if you want to make one for yourself.

I have a project I am working on in the sewing room.  I am sure that is no surprise to you.  Back to my fun.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


I changed my header to the Sarah Sporer design "Vacancy".  I have had people ask about her designs.  I have done a search on the internet and do not find any information about any thing new she might have done.  Indygo Junction still sells some of her patterns but the ones I have been doing are no longer available that I can find.
I did all these monthly designs as Sarah suggested using raw edge applique.  It was fun and quick doing them that way but I don't think I will use the method after the 12 wall quilts are done.

Remember the small log cabin blocks I was making?  You can read about them here.  The blocks are made but I am still peeling the paper off the backs.  And I still have one wool applique block to do.  But I was anxious to see how things would go together.  Here is what I have thus far.

I will work on the project today.  I hope you have something fun planned.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Flags of the American Revolution Part One

Today is the day a group of quilters shows part one of "Flags of the American Revolution".  The book we are using for the patterns is by Jan Patek.  Here is mine thus far.

Lori from Humble Quilts started the sew-along.  You can visit her blog to see the links to other bloggers making the same quilt.  Always interesting to see the fabric choices that are made.

Happy Labor Day!  Hard to believe August is gone already.