Monday, June 29, 2015


Not quilted yet but I did finish the "Herbs" piece.  Wool on cotton applique.  The pattern I used is by Cheri Payne and was in an issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.  I had the background sewn and the words embroidered.  The wool pieces were cut out.  All it needed was to stitch the wool down.  I was able to do that a few days ago.  I will add a few buttons after the piece is quilted.

I am feeling better today but still coughing.  Just not as much.

Enjoy your day.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


I have been sick for 2 1/2 weeks with a miserable chest cold.  I am getting better but have had very little energy.

I cannot share the applique blocks I have been working on just yet so I am reaching back to projects in the works that I haven't shown on the blog.

First, I was I inspired by Karen of Moose Bay Muses blog to do some redwork blocks for a quilt.  The blocks in the picture will be much more interesting when I start adding red around them.  I am thinking of doing the blocks in the same manner Karen did.  Take a peek here to see her quilt in this blog post.   The blocks are from the Memory Bouquet pattern which is meant for applique.  I did the same as Karen and reduced the block designs by 30%.  I have several blocks to stitch yet and then will figure out the saw tooth borders.  Her quilt is very striking and I hope I can do something similar.

Another project sitting waiting for attention is making more blocks to go along with this one.

I used a design from a booklet put out by Bird In Hand Primitives called "Thyme for Valentines".  They are sized for punch needle but I enlarged the design and did a combination of wool and cotton applique.  I really have no specific plans on how many blocks but probably some more from that same booklet.

I have more projects in the works but will save them for another post.

For those participating in the Old Voices New Impressions sew-along, I hope you have had some time to start prepping blocks and maybe even doing some stitching.  I have made progress on mine. I plan on a progress report the end of July.  Try to do four a month but more if it suits you.  The blocks do not take a lot of stitching time for the most part.  I see that there is a copy of the book available on Amazon for $22.95.  For a while, the only ones still available were in the low $40 range.  So still time to join in.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Doll Quilt Swap

Just this afternoon, I received my doll quilt from the swap Lori (Humble Quilts) hosted.  The little quilt was made by another Karen and she lives in Connecticut.  Rows of Flying Geese separated by a band of pink and a band of gold.  She chose a color combo that I like very much.  The quilt is Big Stitched with black thread.  I like the way the binding is done on the backside.  I have never done one that way and find it intriguing.

Also included was some little knit rugs and a chocolate bar which is liquid chocolate right now as it is in the mid 90's here today.  But it is quickly firming up.

Thank you, Karen from Connecticut.  You did very good!  And thank you, Lori, for hosting the swap.

I previously shared a photo of the log cabin doll quilt I made for the swap but want to share it here again so I will have a record all in one spot.  I had Judy C.'s name and she lives in Nebraska.

Here is a link to Lori's blog for the Linky Party.

Friday, June 5, 2015

1850 Album Blocks Done

I finished stitching the last of the 1850 Album blocks.  Actually, I finished them several days ago but have been busy and not taken time to put them on the design wall for a photo.  These are not the order they go into the rows of the quilt.  Laurene Sinema who published the pattern, drew the block designs as they were stitched and they are not always as you might think they would be.  For instance, the block in the lower left hand corner has two different red flower designs.  You would think they would all be alike.  These blocks have been a joy to stitch.  Mostly large pieces and most not too hard .

Now I have to figure out which fabric will be the sashing between the blocks.  I got my fabrics mixed up when pulling some for another quilt.

I am working on several quilt projects but am not ready to share any pictures just yet.  I am having fun!