Sunday, December 25, 2016

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

I hope your holiday season has been a good one however you celebrate it.  I am sharing with you a small angel piece I made and gifted.  I found an image of old sheet music for "Hark the Herald Angels Sing".  I printed it onto an inkjet fabric sheet from Electric Quilt.  The angel is from an older Jill Kemp pattern.  Simple machine quilting.

Another gift that I made is the snowman doorstop.  The pattern I used is by Birdbrain Designs.  Click here to see the pattern.  The snowman is weighted with a pocket of crushed walnut shells.  I doubt it will be used as a doorstop but the weight does help it to stand upright.  There is also a Santa pattern made in the same way.

I used a pillow ticking type stripe for the back of the snowman.

I also made some basket  fillers from Cheri Saffiote patterns.  I reduced the pattern size.

And last, I made a small wool angel wall hanging.  I used the small angel wall hangings in place of sending a Christmas card.  I enjoyed doing them and think I will make more for the next Christmas season.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Catch-Up After Thanksgiving

My hopes of having a turkey wall hanging finished before Thanksgiving vanished but I have kept working on them.  First up is a quilt top made from Jan Patek's "Blessings" pattern.  The pattern is in her book "When Wild Geese Fly".  The applique is done needle turn method.

The second top completed is from Cheri Payne's "Ever Thankful" pattern which is one of her newer patterns on her website.  Done in wool applique on cotton.

I have two blocks of four done for a third turkey wall hanging.  The design I am using is by Buttermilk Basin.  The pattern is "Give Thanks".  I am making a smaller size version of the pattern.  Wool applique on cotton.

I have been making some Christmas gifts and cannot share those just yet.  Busy, busy, busy!

Michelle have left me some very nice comments but you are a no-reply blogger.  Would love to reply to you.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Bountiful Life Update

Another block done for the "Bountiful Life" quilt.  I think the table with apples and vase is one of the very recognizeable blocks from the quilt along with the bride block.

I recently found a magazine rack at a thrift store and thought it might work to display some smaller size quilts.  I haven't filled it all the way yet.

A previous magazine rack purchase at the same store works a little better.  I just need to sort through the quilt cabinets and pull out more smaller size quilts.

I am working on three small wall hangings for Thanksgiving but am not going to be able to finish more than one. I am working on turkeys.  One is a Cheri pattern, one a Jan Patek design, and one a Buttermilk Basin design.   I also am starting on some small Christmas projects.  So most of the applique blocks for ongoing quilt projects are on hold.  A busy time of year!


Monday, November 14, 2016

Old Voices New Impressions Flimsy

It took two quilt holder people to hold up my completed quilt top "Old Voices New Impressions".  A visitor today so I was able to take a picture for my blog.  The blocks are from Jeana Kimball's book by that name.  The block designs were enlarged from the original size.  I would not mind using some of the block designs in a second quilt of some sort.  I like the folk art look of some of them.

I enjoyed stitching the applique blocks very much.  They were all fairly easy to do.  I am often asked what method of applique I use.  I do needleturn.  I trace the applique shapes to freezer paper, cut them out, and iron onto the selected fabrics.  Trace around the shape with a Sew-line pencil in either white or pink.  Cut out leaving a turn under seam allowance.  I like to have the design traced onto the background so I have placement markings.  Pin a shape in place and stitch.  I use a straw needle and 100% cotton thread in either Mettler 60 wt. thread or DMC 50 weight.

I have another set of blocks that are from other Jeana Kimball and Laurene Sinema designs.  I have not started the border applique process and probably will not until next year.


Monday, November 7, 2016

Jo's Variety Medallion

I completed the large block for the center of a quilt called "Jo's Variety Medallion".  The pattern is found in Jo Morton's "For All Seasons" book.  There is still much work left to do on making the rest of the quilt.

I started on another block for the "A Bountiful Life" quilt I am working on.  This is the design that has the table with a fringed table cloth and apples sitting on it.

Enjoy your day and take time to stitch a little.



Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Second Hand Rose

I have taken a break from the long term block of the month quilt blocks that I am working on to make a Jo Morton design called "Second Hand Rose".  I just added the borders to the quilt top and pinned it up on the design wall for a photo.

I used some Jo Morton fabrics and others from stash.  The paisley border style print is a Minnick and Simpson piece.  The black border pieces with the houses is a Jan Patek fabric.  All came from stash except the paisley.  It was not one that could be mitered to make a pretty design in the corners so I went with a more prim style look.

The pattern is in Jo Morton's "Remembrances" book.

There is a second quilt pattern in  the book that strikes my fancy and that is the pink and brown one in the lower left corner.  It would be a 36 inch square quilt.  I have to think about it a bit before plunging in to another new project.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Shenandoah Update Plus More

I am late posting my block for the Shenandoah Botanical quilt even though it has been done for a couple weeks.  This block is titled "King's Crown".  It has been a year since the sew-along started.  I have not counted how many blocks are left to stitch but still several to go.

The next block is pretty far along in the stitching process but I am not happy with it.  Looks much too busy.  I have to re-think the block as to how to correct the problem.

Another "Beyond the Cherry Trees" block is done.  It has a busy look but I can go with the flow on this one.

I recently purchased a regular foot pedal for using with my Singer Featherweight machines (I have three).  I don't care for the pedals that come with the machines.  Just a square button to push on and it hurts my toes after a while.  This is a blurry picture but you can see the standard pedal that comes with the machines.

And here is the new pedal.  Much easier on my foot.

I have step one done of Lori's Madder mystery quilt sew-along.  Madder is a rusty sort of color and popular during the Civil War.

That's all for today.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Baby Emma Block and More

I have been working on long term quilt projects and needed a break from them.  The colors of fall are among my favorite so a fall color wall hanging is what I decided to work on.  I am using Jo Morton's "Baby Emma" pattern.  She designed a large applique quilt named "Emma" and has used the applique design in making a wall hanging size piece.  This is the center block for the quil and will be trimmed to 16" square.  Needle turn applique method.  I still need to cut out the surrounding pieced border parts.

I have another block done for the "Beyond the Cherry Trees" quilt I am working on.  It is very similar to a previous block.  On this one, the center section is blank and is to have a quilting design in that section.

I am heading back to the sewing room.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Shenandoah Botanical Update for September

I am late posting a picture of this month's block even though it has been done for at least two months.  I have a flare up in one of my feet and limping badly.  I have not even been sitting in a chair and stitching as I can't find a comfortable position for my leg and foot.  So walking from one end of the house to get the camera and back to the other for a picture and then back to the other end to the computer has been something I did not want to do.  My foot is a bit better today so I hope I am on the upswing.

This month's block is "Seratofolia".  I have never seen a flower like this so know nothing about them.  I do like the shape and was an easy applique block to do.

I am going to try sitting in my chair and stitching today.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Beyond the Cherry Tree Blocks 12 and 13

Blocks number 12 and 13 for my "Beyond the Cherry Tree" quilt.  I was going to wait until I had number 14 done so I did not end on unlucky number 13.....but I am not suspicious that way.

Block number 14 will be such a similar design to this wreath.  Shapes are very similar but none of the center parts.  I have added yellow to it though, so it will look somewhat different.

Love the orange in the block below.  It is from a Laurene Sinema fabric that I found on Etsy recently.

I am enjoying stitching the blocks and trying to keep myself on track and not off on too many other blocks for other quilt patterns.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Wonky World Antique Quilt and A Book Review

A good while back, I discovered Wonky World blog which belongs to Bill Volckening.  He is an antique quilt collector,  I like one of his quilts very much.  You can see the quilt here and read the various posts where he presents each block of the quilt.  He has been asked if he would ever publish a pattern of the quilt and it is not something he plans to do.  But he did say on one of the blog posts that a quilter could re-create part or all of the quilt for study purposes.  I have taken my favorite block from the quilt and made a wall hanging size piece (not yet quilted).  I selected fabrics from my stash in the same colors used in the antique quilt.

I struggled with the zig-zag border.  I had in mind to do the zig-zags in a log cabin style and even drew it on paper.  I thought it looked okay but when I actually sewed the borders and put them on the design wall with the center block, it looked awkward.  I tried plain cornerstones and it looked blah.  I thought of applique on the corners but in the end, I went with a four patch.  I cut off part of the longer zig-zag sections so I could use the cornerstone four patches but then one of the zig-zag sections did not fit quite right.  So in Gwennie style, I just left it as it turned out.  I am not sure how I will quilt it.

In a previous post, I mentioned that I was asked to read and review a novel by Frances O'Roark Dowell called "Birds In the Air".  The author has written children's books in the past and this is her first adult novel and it has a quilt theme.

The story is about a woman who moves to a small mountain town (along with her family) in North Carolina.  They moved into an older home that Emma had fallen in love with.  The house had an intriguing attic which had trunks left by a previous owner.  She discovers an antique quilt in the first trunk she opens.  After a phone call to her sister, her sister convinces her to take the quilt to a quilt shop in the town to learn its value.  The shop owner soon has Emma learning to make a quilt, joining a local quilt guild, and the story progresses from there.  Emma is a bit shy but is trying to fit in.  She is asked to help collect antique quilts from the community for a centennial celebration.  During the course of the story, she is accused of stealing the quilt that she found in the attic.  I will not go into detail about that part of the story so that you can read the book and enjoy the story's progression.  She meets a neighbor's daughter who has a bad reputation and that woman convinces Emma to teach her to make a quilt.  Not everyone in the town likes Emma's decision to befriend the woman.

The story is interesting and has a moral to it.  I found it light reading.  Not so believable that such a small town would have a quilt shop  when you have to drive to another town to find a pizza shop.  Also, brand names were mentioned and that reminded me of the race car drivers when they win a race and try to get their sponsor's products in view and mentioned.  All in all, the book kept my interest.  If you enjoy reading the fiction books that revolve around quilting, you might want to give it a go.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Shenandoah Botanical Update Plus Beyond the Cherry Tree Blocks

A day late in posting my Shenandoah Botanical block for August.  I have had it done for a few months.  Just needed to take a picture.  Another tulip block and very similar to a previous one.

And blocks nine, ten, and eleven of Beyond the Cherry Tree.

I like cherry style blocks and this cherry wreath is one I like very much.

Love the stripe basket!

I am linking with the Show and Tell for the Shenandoah Botanical Sew Along.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Beyond the Cherry Tree Blocks Six, Seven, Eight

Three more blocks done for "Beyond the Cherry Tree".

The basket block is probably my favorite design in the pattern set.  Love those leaves done in the stripe.

This last block looked like it would not take a long time to stitch but I was only able to do one section out of four each day.

I enjoy reading and have been working my way through a series of books that the story lines take place in an English country village.  But now I am taking a short break to read a quilt related fiction story by Frances O'Roark Dowell called "Birds in the Air".  She has written children's books in the past so this is her first adult novel.  I am up to chapter six and liking it thus far.  I will be doing a book review soon.

Additional info added:
I have had a few people ask what books I am reading about the English country village.  Right now I am reading books by Rebecca Shaw and there are 18 or 19 of them.  Previously, I read the series of books by Miss Read that was about an English country village teacher and the small school.  I think there were 18 books in the series.  I find them used on Amazon.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Beyond the Cherry Tree Blocks Four and Five

Blocks four and five are completed for "Beyond the Cherry Tree".

I am so enjoying selecting the fabrics and stitching these blocks.  I find the flower pot block a bit quirky.  The stems on the right side do not go under the main stem the same as they do on the left side.  A person could easily extend and stitch them under but I like the original quirky look.

Today, I am working on block six.  I am linking with Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Late To the Party

I am late to the party.  Most people that wanted to make the "Beyond the Cherry Tree quilt have long made their blocks and many already have the quilting done.  I saved the block patterns and, though I had good intentions, never started.  I felt I did not have enough of the type reds, greens & yellow fabrics to make it and also use in another quilt.  Recently, I was finally able to find some fabrics to add to that particular stash and a start made.  Here are the first three blocks.

Some of the block patterns are a bit quirky and I like quirky.  For instance, the leaves on the second block.  One look and you will see what I mean.

I have another block started and another prepped.  I am going to try to stay focused on stitching the blocks and not let it drag out for a long time.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Moolon Lily

This is my Moolon Lily block for the Shenandoah Botanical Block sew-along.  Interesting how it was done with opposite color arrangement between the two stalks of flowers.  And a different base on each.  The opposite colors is the way the block was done in the antique quilt.

I already have next month's block done so I am free to stitch on the new quilt project I started a few days ago.  Pictures soon.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Golden Eagles

Another block done for  "A Bountiful Life ".  The Golden Eagles.  Lots of leaves on the blocks but not hard to stitch.  I finally found a block I could use the gold wavy fabric in.  Have had it quite a while.  The bird claws took patience.  Teeny tiny!

I have started doing applique blocks for another quilt and will share in the next post.  Why another new project when I have so many unfinished?  Just because I was in the mood.  Stay tuned.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Legends and Lace Block of the Month

I caught up on all of the free block of the month applique designs thus far presented by Wendy Whellum on Legend and Lace blog.

Centennial Lily

Nosegay Wreath


All the blocks to date.

The all red block is already trimmed to size.  The blocks finish at eight inches.

Now to try to catch up with other projects I am behind on,

Sunday, July 3, 2016

My Gwennie Inspired Medallion Quilt Round 2

Most of you have seen many quilt bloggers showing their Gwennie Inspired Medallion quilts.  For those of you not aware of the challenge, the center of the medallion was to be some sort of basket quilt block.  My basket is more of a pot but some baskets do not have tall handles so it this design is what I chose to use.  The first round to surround the central design was selected by one of the participants and the theme was "Childhood".  The next round selected by another person is "Log Cabin".  And so on.

My first thought when I read "Childhood" was learning my ABC's and numbers.  I chose to use a cross stitch design and a square of blue to represent each cross stitch.  The border needed more though.  When I was growing up, we had apple and cherry trees in the yard and strawberries in the garden.  All of which I was quite fond of eating.  I used simple applique designs for these.  I needed to fill more space in the borders so I made arrows to fill in where needed. Stars for the corners.  This is what I came up with.

I am linking up with Cynthia's blog post on Wabi-Sabi Quilts.


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Happy Independence Day

I changed my header picture to a sunflower/flag wall hanging.  I made this in 2011.

The pattern design is by Joined At the Hip and found in the book "The Olde Farmhouse".

Have a wonderful Independence Day weekend.  Hope you find time to sew.