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.