Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Catherine's Garden Block Six

I finished block six for Catherine's Garden a bit early this month.

I did the same as Dawn and embroidered those little stamens to the right and left of the tall red one.  They would have been fussy to hand applique.  Take a look at Dawn's blocks for the month of May.  She shows some different fabric choices for inspiration.  Very different than what I have been using.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Doll Quilt Swap

I participated in Lori's doll quilt swap.  I received an e-mail that the one I made was received so I thought I would show a picture of it.  Judy C. was  the name I received and she lives in Nebraska.  I like log cabin quilts very much and thought it would be a good choice for the doll size quilt I would make.  The log cabin blocks are three inches square finished.  I used Civil War  reproduction fabrics for it.  The quilt size is approximately 18 inches by 22 inches.

Lori, Cathy, Nancy, LuAnn and myself have been participating in a sew-along and it won't be long before everyone has their blocks done and quilt tops in the works.  My top is shown in the previous post.  We have enjoyed the encouragement of doing it as a small group and have decided to work on another quilt.  We will be using Jeana Kimball's book "Old Voices New Impressions".

This is the quilt version we will be working towards.  The blocks for the cover quilt are five inches square.  We will be working on an enlarged version of eight inches square which is what the back cover quilt block size is.  Some of the Lori Smith block patterns are similar in style and could be included for a larger size quilt.

The book is available on Amazon but the price is now $42.75.  I checked the designer's website and she no longer has the book for sale.  If you want to participate and have the book, know someone you can borrow one from or don't mind paying $42.75, please let us know.  We plan to start July 13th.

Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Ohio Collection Update

I forgot to share the basket blocks I made for the quilt.  I used Nancy Johnson-Srebo's diamond free method to make the blocks.

I sewed and sewed, and sewed some more.  Lots of partials seams in the construction of the quilt top but it is finished.  I have lots of strings clinging that need to be plucked off.

I need a taller husband with a wider arm span to hold this quilt top up for a picture.

I love the quilt.  I was going for the faded out look that some of the colors in the original antique quilts took on over the years.  I think I succeeded.

Nancy completed her quilt top a couple weeks ago.  Lori,, Cathy, and LuAnn are still making their blocks and making very good progress.  Click on their names and you should be taken to their blog so you can see what they have to share this week.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Ohio Collection and 1850 Album Block Update

Today, I have combined the last two Ohio Collection blocks with the additional blocks I have finished for the 1850 Album quilt I am working on.

The house block design is something I took from the Ohio Miami Valley Quilts book.  I used the name of the first grade school I attended for the sign.

Now the 1850 Album blocks that I have completed since the last post I did on them.

I previously showed a block with a bird with the plume coming out of the tail area.  This time, it comes out of the head.

These two blocks are very similar.  I did them the same as the pattern with reversing the green and red placement in the two blocks.  I forgot to do the eye on the green bird.

Lori, Cathy, and LuAnn will also be showing their latest Ohio Collection blocks.  Visit their blog if you have the time.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Ohio Collection Quilt Update

Another update on my Ohio Collection quilt.  I have had company for about 10 days so not a lot of sewing done but I did have some free time here and there.  Some of the blocks were done previously and not shown so I will share pictures now.

A Bow Ties block.

Birds In the Air.

The hands and horseshoes is not from Anita's book but a version is pictured in a quilt in the Ohio Miami Valley book.  I enlarged the picture and traced elements to create a block that would fit the space I had.

Periwinkle.  The edges did not come out exactly the way they should have but will work in the quilt as is.

An Old Maid block.

I still have blocks to stitch but was anxious to start sewing the top part of the quilt together.  My design wall is not wide enough to show the entire width flat but you can get an idea of what it is going to look like.  Lots of partial seams and thinking on how to best do it.

Not all the parts are connected yet but many are.  I need to sew a couple blocks before I can put more together on the quilt.  I am liking it very well.

Lori, Nancy, Cathy, and LuAnn are still working on their blocks and you can see updates by visiting their blogs.

I have had inquiries as to where the book can be purchased that we are using for patterns.  As far as I know, the Ohio Collection quilt pattern book is only available directly from Anita Shackelford.  Here is a link.  We are also using the Album Quilts of Ohio Miami Valley book by Sue Cummings for reference and some of the blocks that we have opted to add to the quilt.  You can find new and used copies of the book on Amazon.

Back to my sewing room for more fun.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Ohio Connection Update

Time for more blocks for the Ohio Connection quilt.  I am chuckling at myself because as soon as I downloaded the pictures from the camera, I saw a big error in the star block.  I have to fix it but will show the block anyhow.

Next up is the Turkey Tracks block.  I decided not to piece the block but did it in applique instead.

The flower vine is not hard to stitch but I discovered that I needed to mark the rectangular space it should fit in.  The pattern is in parts and it does not line up like you expect it to.  Once I drew a rectangle in the sizer needed and traced pattern parts to make it fit, I could see what I needed to do.  It is easy to end up with a block that won't fit otherwise.

I think I am ready to trim blocks for the top part of the quilt and start sewing a section together.

Lori, Cathy, LuAnn, and Nancy should have blocks to share with you too.  Pay them a visit if you have time.