Thursday, April 30, 2015

1851 Coverlet Update

I haven't spent much time on the applique shapes lately for this 1851 Coverlet design but did do two more of them last evening.  I have a tiger and an elephant left to stitch on the bottom row.  Then I have shapes cut out to add above the top row.  I am a bit over half way on  making the quilt top.

Have you seen Barb Vedder's new pattern?  It is titled "Fun Folk Art Patterns".  It is for the same style of quilt that I am making.  When she made her quilt, she used some of Kaffe Fassett's drawings and interspersed it with her own designs.  She said there are enough shapes in her pattern that you can make a quilt with just her designs.  You can see the pattern here.

And just in case you want to visit Barb's blog (it always has interesting posts and quilts to look at), click here

Have a nice day and take a few minutes to sew.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Catherine's Garden Block 5 and 1850 Folk Art Album Update

I finished block five of Catherine's Garden.  It is interesting how the one stem is created with two fabrics.  The patterns are available through Dawn (Collector With A Needle).

And here is a picture of all the blocks to date.  I may be the only one that likes my prim version done in pinks and brown and a bit of red.  Check out Dawn's antique look version that she is making.

I have stitched more blocks for the 1850 Folk Art Album pattern by Laurene Sinema.  I have been asked where the pattern can be found.  Laurene Sinema passed away quite some time ago.  I found the album quilt pattern on E-Bay.  For a good while, I saw Laurene's patterns on The Pattern Peddler but I could not order from there as it is a wholesale site.  When you would look at the Laurene Sinema section, it said to order soon as supplies were limited and no more would be available.  The site has changed its look and now I do not find any of Laurene's patterns available.  I suggest you watch E-Bay and maybe one will again show up there.  Or, if you are a blogger or on a Facebook quilt group, you might ask if anyone has one they would be willing to sell.

This was an easy block to stitch.  One piece.

This is a quirky block with the plume coming out of the bird's tail section.

I am going to be prepping more applique blocks today.  You will find me in the sewing room.

Friday, April 24, 2015

New Blocks For the Ohio Connection Quilt

An update on the next batch of blocks I have made for the Ohio Connection quilt.

The first block is the Oak Leaf and Reel.

The lamb is not in the Ohio Connection Quilt book but is found in the Quilts of the Ohio Miami Valley book.  There are some different versions of the lamb.  Standing and laying.  I chose this particular one because it would fit a rectangular space and has a more folk art look.

The rooster is another block not found in the pattern book but in the Ohio Miami Valley book.

A Bear Paw block.

The stork block is also a design I found in the Miami Valley book.  It was found in a few of the quilts from that area.  I may be the only one doing this block from our little group.  It works well in the solid fabrics.

I am enjoying making the quilt blocks from the pattern book and in finding ideas for the substitute blocks.

Visit Lori, Cathy, LuAnn, and Nancy for an update on their block making since the last post.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

More 1850 Album Blocks

Three more blocks done from the 1850 Album Quilt pattern.

I am enjoying stitching the blocks.  Mostly bigger pieces and not too hard to handle.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

1850 Album Update

I stitched the first three blocks of the 1850 Folk Art Album quilt pattern that I mentioned in a previous post.  Here is a photo of the pattern cover.  It was designed by Laurene Sinema.

Here are the blocks I have completed the applique on.

Laurene must have traced the quilt block designs straight from the antique quilt as I came to realize that things were not always as symmetrical looking as they appeared.  The berries on the first block were several different sizes.  Some lapped over the stem and some lay right by the side.  I am enjoying stitching these blocks.  Several are prepped for stitching but I still have more to prepare.

Enjoy some time today stitching.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Ohio Connection - This Week's Update

I am working the Ohio Connection blocks and enjoying every minute of it.  Some new ones to share with you.

The Love Apple block.  This is the first block I included a print fabric.  I noticed that a print would sometimes be added to the quilts that were almost exclusively solid color fabrics.  I did not have a shade of pink in the solid fabrics that was not bright, so I found a print that would work.

Ohio Star block.

Old Tom.  Some of the quilts shown in the Ohio Miami Valley quilt book had this cat block included.  At least two of them had "Old Tom" embroidered or written on the background, so I have included it on my block.

Sweet Gum.  Rather than applique the stem, I used a tan square with white background connector corner squares.  An easy way to create  the stem section.

I chose to do a Christmas Cactus block rather than the Hollyhock block though I may change my mind and stitch a Hollyhock block in place of this one.  I found a picture of the Cactus block in some of the Ohio Miami Valley quilts.

Lori, Cathy, LuAnn, and Nancy are making a version of the quilt.  Check their blogs for updates too.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Quick Update

I hope you aren't bored with the album quilt blocks.  Three more to share with you.

First is the Star and Crescent block.  It was meant to be a pieced block but would have been difficult.  I decided to applique it instead.

The shoe and flowers is a substitute block.  Not in Anita's book but is found in the Ohio Miami Valley Quilts book.  Variations are found in a few of the quilts.  I like quirky designs and this makes me smile.

And last is the Princess Feather block.  This is a one feather design.  It was slow going doing the applique but turned out better than I thought it might.  I didn't realize I took such a crooked picture.

A photo of all the blocks to date.

Nancy from Tattered Garden Quilting and LuAnn from Loose Threads  have joined in.  You may have already see their posts but if not, check it out.  Lori has a post today also.   Cathy was just finishing up a baby quilt so no new blocks for a few days.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Spice Pink and Double T

Two more blocks for the Ohio Connection Quilt.  First is the Spice Pink block.

And the Double T.

The Double T block was not hard to piece and the cutting instructions good but the directions on how to sew things together were lacking.  There was just a picture of the block with an X in darker lines drawn on it.  A bit of studying and I figured out how to accomplish it and the block turned out the correct size.

Here are all the blocks to date.

I should mix things up more on the design wall.  The red and green blocks will be interspersed among the other blocks.  Right now, I have them all in one area.

Lori also has an update today.  Cathy, probably some time this week.  Pay their blog a visit if  you have time.

Hope you had a nice Easter weekend but also had some time for sewing.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ohio Connection Quilt Update

Two more blocks made for the Ohio Connection quilt.  The first block is the Pine Tree.  It was a confusing block to put together.  I had to keep referring to the layout of the block parts while stitching and even then had to do a little un-sewing.

The second block is the "Ohio Rose".

And a view of all the blocks I have made thus far.  I am running out of room on the design wall.

Visit Lori's blog here and Cathy's blog here to see their blocks.