Saturday, December 30, 2017

Early American Life Block 4

Just a short post today to share block 4 with you for the "Early American Life" quilt Cathy and I are each working on.  This is the Oak Leaf block.  I am anxious to see Cathy's version.  Click here to take a peek.

I have not been able to do much sewing.  A lot of company.  I wish you a very good New Year.  It will fast be upon us.  I have been writing the year as 1917 the last couple weeks instead of 2017.  I hope I do better at writing 2018.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Early American Life Block Three

Time to share block three of "Early American Life".  We are working our way across the rows of the pattern cover.  This time it is the Thistle One block.  A month ago, we began with Thistle Two just because it was in the first position on the pattern cover picture.

And just to remind you what Thistle Two looked like, a picture below.  Wonder why the pattern designer chose to create two different Thistle blocks.

Cathy will also be sharing her block today.  Here is the link.

By the time we share the fourth block, Christmas will be over.  Fast approaching and most of the gift making I would have liked to get done is not going to happen.  Life takes twists and turns.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Playing With Technique

About 1991 or so, a quilting friend made the "Sailors" design from the Red Wagon book "Collections One".  Here is a picture of the quilt from the book.

I was intrigued by the sailors but was told the block design was fussy and tricky to make.  The block required templates to make it.  I tried making one block without success.  I had started piecing quilts in 1990 and my skills still needed improvement.  Many years later, I decided to attempt again to make one block.  I started with the head section and did not like the look of the sailor's hat and stopped.  I thought about the design some and thought it might be possible for me to get a nicer look using applique.  Finally, a couple weeks ago, I pulled the book out and decided to play with the design and was able to come up with a way to be successful with applique.  This time, I cut the hat in one piece instead of three.  I used a Judy Rothermel flag print and by placing the freezer paper template carefully, I was able to come up with a similar look of the original.  Here is my block.

I enjoyed making the block but decided I needed additional seam allowance for future blocks.  I made four more blocks having fun selecting fabrics for each one.  Those blocks have gone off to a friend and I forgot to take a picture before mailing them.  So no picture to share at this time.

Love those old Red Wagon books and so many of the designs within.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Early American Life Block Two

Block two for the "Early American Life" pattern.  I was about to forget that today is the scheduled day for Cathy and myself to share out blocks.  I chose to applique the triangles onto the basket rather than piece the units and then applique the whole to the background.  Cathy has eliminated the triangles for a more simple approach.  She has her block posted on her blog and can be seen here.

I have been doing a lot of applique but it is not something I can share yet.

It is going to be in the low 80's today.  Certainly not the kind of weather to make a person think about working on Christmas projects or Christmas shopping.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Early American Life

Cathy and I have begun working on a new project.  We plan to share a block on the 15th and 30th of each month.  The pattern has 16 blocks.  We are using an older pattern called "Early American Life" which was designed by The Country Quilter.  Pattern is no longer available.  This is what it looks like.

My first block is one of two different style Thistle blocks in the pattern set.  I am attempting to use what I have in stash though I purchased the background fabric.  The fabric is one of the Di Ford fabrics.

If you have the time, pay Cathy's blog a visit and see her block.


Monday, November 13, 2017


I was going to wait until this wall hanging was quilted to share a picture but there is too much going on at this time of year for me to quilt it any time soon.  I was inspired by Cathy's piece that she did and you can see it here.  The design is by Alma Allen and found in a book titled "Homespun Hearth" by Jan Patek.   The design I used is called "Blackbird".  I added a border to it to make a wall hanging.

I have had the basket print fabric for a good while.  I used it for color inpiration pulling the tan out for the background and the red for the flower.  And, of course, the blackbird needed to be black.  The black stripe makes a nice inner border.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  I will be prepping and stitching applique blocks today.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fern Rose

I came across some applique blocks I made quite some time ago.  I don't know why they got set aside as all were done.  I decided to put the top together before they got lost in the shuffle again.  I used a toile for the sashings between the blocks.  I then pieced bunches of hour glass blocks in reds and off white fabrics.  I should have over size cut them but did not.  I may have had better luck getting borders to fit had I trimmed them to size after piecing.  I ended up tossing all the blocks in the waste basket and going with a red print for the border.  I will use a red binding after it is quilted.

The pattern I used is called "Fern Rose" and was designed by Alma Allen.  It is found in their book "Nuts and Berries".  It is 54 inches wide by 66 inches long.  I would rather do blocks of different designs instead of repeat but changing the fabrics for each block kept it from being boring.  And the applique was not hard to do.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Flowers Quilt Top

I have the "flowers" quilt top together.  I thought it would be easier than it was to sew together.  There are two sizes of half square triangles.  The size does fit the block size without the use of spacers.  Also, it was a bit confusing trying to get the triangle units turned the correct direction.  I was able to pin the top to my design wall for the photos.

Some close up pictures of different sections of the quilt.

Cathy has her top done and you can see it here.  We have selected another pattern to work on so stay tuned for our next quilt project.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Last of Linda Brannock "Flowers" Blocks

Two blocks this time made using Linda Brannock's "Flowers" pattern.  First is the Pineapple block.

And the second one is the "Marigolds and Blueberries".

The marigold block, though simple in style, took a bit of time to stitch with all the curves.  I like the design very much.

Cathy has her blocks done and you can see them here  We plan on having the quilt top to a finished stage (not quilted) on October 30th.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Give Thanks

Another new wall hanging ready for Thanksgiving display.  I used Cheri Payne's "Give Thanks" pattern.  It was shown colored with crayons and without a border.  I enlarged the design 150% and did needle turn applique.  Then added a border to it.  I was not sure what color to make the Pilgrim couple's clothing.  I have seen black, brown, and grey Pilgrim outfits.  I went with a black/brown fabric I had in stash.  I mainly used cotton fabrics but did some touches of wool on the very small pieces.  Cute Raggedy Ann and Andy Pilgrim couple.

The design is found in the files on Cheri's Facebook group page.

Have a great Saturday!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Harvest Sun

This finish was a very long time coming.  The quilt has needed binding for a few years now.  My mistake was draping it over the quilt rack in the living room instead of having it in the sewing room.  It looked done hanging on the rack even though I knew what needed to be done to it.  I had two quilt holders today so that I could get a picture.  I did not realize that they were holding it upside down so now that I have rotated it, the tile floor is at the top of the photo.  It was a large quilt and hard for them to hold up high enough for a picture.

The pattern I used is called "Harvest Sun" and was designed by Cherie Ralston.  You can find it in "Stars All Around Us".  I did not do the applique border.  Instead, I let the Jo Morton stars fabric do the work.  The lamb in the center of the sun blocks is also a Jo Morton fabric which many of you might recognize.  It was a very popular fabric and I think it was reprinted a second time not too long ago.  These are my kind of colors.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ever Thankful

Finally finished.  "Ever Thankful".  I used Cheri Payne's pattern to make this wall hanging using wool on cotton.  I look forward to displaying it during the Thanksgiving Holiday season.  Looks like the turkey could squish the pumpkin he is standing on.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Flowers Quilt

I am sharing a picture of the "Stocks" block for the "Fowers" quilt Cathy and I are working on.  A tall skinny block.  I have never heard of a stock plant but just looked it up and there is.  I do not have a green thumb for growing flowers.

Cathy and I are nearing the end of the applique blocks for this quilt.  I have started sewing the half square triangle units for the setting and there are lots of them.

Take a peek at Cathy's block here.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Last of the Stonefields Blocks

I have finished all the blocks for the Stonefields quilt.  In fact, more than I need because I did not add in one small batch to my total at some point.  I will have a few extra to play with in case something does not work well.  Lots of block pictures in this post.  Again, I have substituted blocks from other designers if I did not care for a design that came with the pattern or I felt there were too many repeats of a block I did not enjoy stitching.

Again, I made use of a French General fabric panel that had letters on it (You might remember that I used the large red "K" for my initial on a block and can see it in the previous post).

Love this French General toile.

I am not going to do the flying geese border nor the hexagon border that follows.  I am going to let my fabric do the job instead.  I have a border print that picks up the colors I have used in the blocks.  I hope it works.  Now to trim blocks and play with laying them out.