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!


Friday, October 9, 2015

Fall Swap Quilts

I participated in a fall themed small quilt swap with Deb from Patchwork Sanity - a woman's piece of mind.  I often comment how much I like basket quilts.  I have made many basket blocks for quilts over the years.  I am very pleased with the one Deb made for me.  The yellow fabric has honey comb shapes and bees flying round.  Deb hand quilted this with a big stitch and it is very nicely done.  Thank you, Deb!

Below is a picture of the small fall quilt I sent to Deb.  I used a pattern by Cheri which is titled "Witch Quilt".  It is wool on cotton applique.  This is the third one of the witches I have made.  I made two last year.  One for a gift and one for myself.  I big stitched this with perle cotton thread.

Enjoy your day.  You will find me in the sewing room cleaning and moving shelving units.  And making all the fabric shelves look somewhat neat.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Elegant Garden Blocks

We returned a day early from our vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  There was some high tide flooding each day on some of the  side streets but at the end of the week, the rain set in.  We knew there would be even more flooding and not a nice drive home, so we left.  A wise decision if you have been watching the weather news the last few days.  One evening, we selected a seafood restaurant in Little River that was set right beside water that was a way out to the ocean.  The deck on the restaurant and the kitchen flooded during high tide while we were there.  We had to take off our shoes and wade out in ankle deep water to get to the car.  An evening to remember.

I prepped Elegant Garden blocks for stitching on our vacation using an Edyta Sitar pattern set.  Here are three that I completed.  I worked on two more but was missing a leaf on each block and had to wait until back home to cut out what I need to continue on them.

And all three together.

I am not enjoying the stitching on these as much as the Old Voices blocks.  I have had the pattern set for a long time and feeling guilty for spending so much for them to have not made use sooner.  Maybe now that I am back home and with good lighting for stitching, I will enjoy it more.