Thursday, December 31, 2015

Old Voices New Impressions December Update

Two blocks done this month and three to go of the Old Voices blocks.  First is the Open Wreath block.

And second is the Berry Branches block.

I had the blocks done for quite a while.  Had I taken time to review, I would have realized that I would only have two to share for December and I had time I could have stitched two more.

I will set up a link-up if any of you have blocks to share this month.  I know December was a busy month for most people.

I have more to share with you but will save for a separate post.  Happy New Year.  Fifty years ago today, I was holding a new born baby boy.  Our son Bryan.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Shenandoah Botanical Mountain Laurel Block

I made the Mountain Laurel block almost twice.  I say almost as I decided that the green I used was too dark.  I only had three buds to add when I decided this.  Here is my finished block.

I have tried three times to get a good picture of the reject block and the keeper side by side.  Just couldn't get a really good one but will share the best of the three.

I think I will go ahead and finish the reject block and hold onto it.

You can visit the Facebook page for the sew-along here and see the variety of fabrics others have selected.


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Catherine's Garden November/December

I have had the Catherine's Garden blocks done for November and December but have not taken time to do a blog post.  I think we are all busy at this time of year.

The fourth block in this post is my favorite this time.

I changed the header picture to a Nativity quilt that I made a few years ago using one of Cheri Payne's patterns.  I like to have it on my blog during the holiday season.

Back to my stitching.

Monday, November 30, 2015

November's Old Voices New Impressions Blocks

The next four "Old Voices New Impressions" blocks are done.

Acorn and Oak Leaf


Baltimore Posies


I am enjoying stitching the blocks for this quilt.  This time I think the Baltimore Posies block is my favorite though the Oak Leaf block is one I like very much too.  Not many blocks left to stitch.

I am keeping my eyes open for any more available copies of the book but none that I know of right now.

I am adding the link-ups below.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Piece and Plenty and More

I have finally completed all the "Piece and Plenty" blocks.  Now to find time to sew everything together.  Here are the last blocks.

This is not one I like very well.  I am working with a kit and this is the fabrics used in the original quilt.  Too busy looking for me with the print basket and the plaid background.

Another busy block.

I changed one of the blocks to this design.  A simplified version of a block in Electric Quilt.

And last, I completed another block for the "Elegant Garden" series of blocks by Edyta Sitar.  I think it is the ninth one I have stitched.

We have had company since last Wednesday so not as much sewing as usual getting done.  We are going out for Thanksgiving dinner at a Greek restaurant that serves a traditional dinner of turkey, ham and all that goes with it.  I hope you have a wonderful holiday (to those in the USA).


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Basket Quilt Top Done

I took time to come up with a setting for the quilt blocks I started in January.  You can see many of the baskets in a January post here.  I knew I wanted to have vertical rows and offset blocks if I could.  Here is what I came up with.

Originally, I made twelve blocks but when working on coming up with a pleasing setting, I decided I needed another row and then made four more basket blocks.  The basket shape is a variation of a Blackbird Designs pattern.  Their design is quite large.  I used a picture from the book that was a diagram for layout that included flowers in the basket.  I left out the flowers and simplified the basket a bit.  I will include close-ups of a few of the basket blocks.

I used a layer cake for the basket parts.  Yardage for the background, sashing, and the borders.  I am happy to have the top together.  It will make a nice sofa size quilt.  I don't have time to quilt it right now but am thinking about what I might want.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Blue Flags

I am sharing a photo of my Blue Flags block for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt sew-along.  I like the little blue check fabric I used.    I think the next block will have the alternating block fabric for the background.

If you have time, pay a visit to the main blog page for the sew-along.  Quite a variety of fabrics and styles being used by the participants.  Click on here.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sweet and Simple Update

Two more blocks done for "Sweet and Simple".  I think that makes sixteen of the thirty designs.  First is a block titled "To Love and Be Loved".  It has a nice quotation embroidered on it.

Next is a block titled "Springtime".  Those are long rabbit ears.

I found a wood rack at a local thrift store.  I don't know what its original use was meant to be but I am in the process of hanging small quilts on it.  Right now the rack is sitting on a dining room chair.  I am not sure exactly where it will sit but probably in the entryway near a cabinet full of quilts.  I had seen something similar on a blog recently.  I can't remember which blog.  I thought it was a good idea but figured I would never find anything like it.  But, surprise, I did.

Have a good sewing day!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Sally Post Quilt Top

I finally have my Sally Post quilt top put together.  I had to lay it outside on the lanai to get a picture.

When I was working on adding the sashing and setting rows together, I discovered that I was missing two of the blocks.  It took me a while to find them and then to find time to finish the construction of the rows.  I set the blocks with three rows facing towards each other much like the original quilt.  The blocks were a free block of the month on Sentimental Quilts but there is a charge for the pattern set now.  You can get a printed pattern or as a download.  Gay Bomers often has a discount available on the digital patterns if you are interested in purchasing it.  You can also read about what information she has on the maker of the original quilt.  The original quilt has a date of 1854.

The red setting fabric is from an old Smithsonian reproduction line.  The local quilt shops did not carry a reproduction pink fabric that would work with it.  I had to order a couple times online to get one that would work.  The perils of purchasing online is that you aren't sure if the color you are seeing is the actual shade.  I can always use the fabric in another project of the one that did not work for this quilt project.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Small Wonders Fabrics

I was given the opportunity to take some new fabric not on the market yet and create whatever came to mind.  The fabric bundle I received is an Americana line by Mary Fons who is working with Springs Creatives Fabrics.  She tells her story much better than I can so there is a short video here that you can watch.  Also a sneak peek at some of the fabrics here.

Here are the fabrics that were in my bundle.

There is an eagle print.  The navy with white eagles.  I quickly decided that I wanted to do applique eagles in a sort of positive/negative style.  I selected an eagle design from Kay MacKenzie's book "Inspired By Tradition".  I added a star to the shield.  There was  enough fabric to make four blocks and a border.  I think I can piece a backing from the left over fabrics.  I have to think about how I want to quilt it.

Thank you, Mary Fons for the opportunity to play with some of your fabric!


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Old Voices New Impressions Update #3

Blocks nine through twelve from the book "Old Voices New Impressions".

Leafy Wreath

Basket of Strawberries

Gilly Flowers

Bird on Rose Branch

I am still watching for another used copy of the book for anyone still interested in the book these block designs are from.  No luck yet.

Link your blog post below if you have any blocks to share this month.


Friday, October 30, 2015

Pioneer Trail Part One

I thought I would share with you what is on the design wall right now.  I didn't get them on the wall in a straight line but you can get the idea.

These are covered wagons from the book "Pioneer Trail" by Jill Kemp.  The book is from 1993 so an older one.  I have an idea pictured in my mind of where I want to go with making a quilt using blocks from the book along with some pieced blocks.  I will just have to wait and see how things look when I get more done.

Tomorrow I will be posting the next four applique blocks for the Old Voices sew-along.  If you are participating and have more stitched, I will have a link-up for you to share your blocks.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015


I completed a quilt top in a wall hanging size.  I used a pattern by Marcie Patch called "Cotillion".  I don't see the pattern on her website right now but you could ask her about it if you are interested.  Marcie also has a blog called "Patchalot" where I enjoy reading her posts about life and quilting.

I need to shop for batting before I can quilt this.  I am thinking I will hand quilt this.  The pattern also shows an option for a four block quilt which would make a 45 inch square wall hanging.  Or you could keep going and make a bed size quilt.  I love the red, green, and cheddar combo of colors.


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Primitive Redwork

I finished a wall quilt made from a design by Cheri called "Primitive Redwork".   I used a little bit of wool.  The star and the border around the log cabin blocks are made from wool.  I enjoyed making this though I did it a bit different than Cheri did on her sample.

I am working on an applique block today.  Hope to get it done.


Saturday, October 24, 2015


I finished a Halloween wall hanging using a pattern called "Leap".  The pattern is by Country Threads and is out of print.  I have had the pattern for quite some time.  I was inspired to finally make the wall hanging when I was looking for a quilt picture to change the header picture for the Prim Folk Art Quits Facebook group.  Right now another Halloween cat quilt is featured in the header of that group's page.

I have the binding to stitch down on another small wall hanging so I should be back soon with another post.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Elegant Garden Update

More Elegant Garden blocks.  The ones with the blue in them are my favorites.  The blocks will finish at 9 inches square.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Shenandoah Botanical

I am participating in the Virginia Shenandoah Botanical quilt sew-along.  This is a pattern where the blocks have been drawn from an antique quilt that is in the Virginia Quilt Museum collection.  The first month we were to make the three pineapple blocks.  I think these are the only repeat blocks in the quilt.  I have selected two background fabrics.  Both browns and I will alternate them across the quilt.  The pineapple blocks all happen to be on the same brown fabric because of their placement in the quilt.  I am using a variety of fabrics for the applique.  I have quite a pile pulled out from stash that I can choose from.

And all three together on the design wall.  None of these are trimmed yet.  I like to wait until I am ready to sew the blocks together as the edges may ravel a bit from being handled.

Be sure to visit the blog for the sew-along and read more about the quilt and what others are using for their fabrics.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Some of This and Some of That

I am sharing photos of the latest blocks for quilt projects I am working on.  First up are two more "Elegant Garden" blocks.

And a picture of all five that I have stitched.

Blocks 11 and 12 for "Catherine's Garden".

And last are three embroidery blocks for a quilt where the blocks are different sizes.  The pattern I am using is by Kathy Schmitz called "Summer Reigns" and is in a Leisure Arts book called "Simple Pleasures In Redwork".

Kathy also sells the pattern as a digital download or individual paper pattern.  You can view what it looks like here.

I am oh so busy in the sewing room!