Sunday, July 30, 2017

Linda Brannock's "Flowers" Block Three

Time to share block three for the "Flowers" quilt using Linda Brannock's pattern.  Cathy should also have her block posted today.

The pattern title is "Bromeliad".This is an unusual looking flower block.  Very prim in style.  The blocks are not all the same size but I don't think it will be hard to get everything to fit together once I have the half square triangles made.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, July 28, 2017

More Stonefields Blocks and An Old Project

I have had several more Stonefields blocks done but had not taken time to photograph them.  I am using a pattern by Susan Smith.  I have grouped the blocks by pattern design.

You get to see all the strings on my design wall along with the blocks.  The block with the lady was a panel print with different views of vintage Singer Sewing Machines.  I did not get the sewing machine into the block.  Normally I would not have purchased the fabric as it had gold metallic around the pictures but I was not going to be utilizing that part anyhow.

It is fun fussy cutting fabric for the block centers.

I have decided to make a second tulip block instead of another design I did not care for.  I have not done the stitching as of yet.

And last is a work in progress.  I made the blocks quite some time ago.  The pattern has a 2012 date but I am not sure just what year I worked on them.  This past week, I trimmed and sashed the blocks and added the black border fabric.  I am working on adding wool applique but none of it is stitched down yet.  There is some embroidery to do on the border and decisions as to what other elements I want to add.  I am using Lisa Bonjean's pattern "My Favorite Things".

Getting close to bedtime.  Thanks for stopping by and I love to read your comments.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


I made a set of blue and white placemats and hope to complete four more soon.  I used fabric from a line by Betsy Chutchian called "Rachel Remembered".  I measured a set of purchased placemats to come up with the size to make these.  The star blocks are four inches finished with half inch finished dark blue separating strips.  The placemats are thirteen by nineteen inches.

I have one mat flipped over so you can see the backing fabric.  I am going to take these as a donation to my husband's family reunion auction.

Two years ago, I made a set of four placemats in Liberty Gardens fabrics (an older line by Moda). Again, I have one flipped over so you can see the backing which is a Moda twill fabric.   These mats are wider.  I don't have the measurements available right now.  Fun to make.

I plan on sewing today.  Maybe on the second set of blue and white placemats.  I love the fabric line.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

My Dream Home

"My Dream Home" is the name the pattern I used to make a log house quilt.

The pattern can be found in Linda Brannock's book "Miss Jump's Favorites".  I completed the top (in fact, two tops with these same style house blocks) in 2008.  It had been hanging in the quilt closet ever since waiting to be quilted.  Mary Flynn machine quilted it for me recently using a Baptist Clamshell design.  I like it very much.  Thank you, Mary!

You can see this same house pattern in another quilt I completed in 2008.  It is called "Lone Cabin" and the pattern is by Gerry Kimmel and found in "Red Wagon Originals".  I have shown this on my blog previously.

The same log house pattern was used to make 16 placemats.  I kept four for myself and gifted in sets of four to three friends.  I used a fleece batting in the placemats and like how it gives them some firmness.

I think you get the idea that I like log cabins!


Saturday, July 15, 2017


The third block for the Linda Brannock quilt is "Glories" and more recognizeable as a real flower than the previous block.  Cathy has her block posted and you can see it here.

I made a small quilt for a swap hosted on  the Facebook group "Prim Folk Art Quilts".  The theme for the swap was "flowers" and measuring between 15 to 20 inches on a side.  My quilt arrived to the recipient so I can now share a picture.

I used a block design from an older pattern.  It was a pattern from the 2002 Liberty Gatherings in Missouri.  A friend gifted me the pattern.  The teachers at the venue all designed a block for a patriotic garden theme.  Most of the block patterns noted which designer it belonged to.  This particular one did not.  Two other patterns also lacked a designer name.  Joined at the Hip had designed a pattern but none were attributed to them so I am guessing that is who it came from.

For me, the interesting thing about the swap is that I received a person's name that I did not know but she lives in the area where I was born and raised.  The smaller size town right next to mine.

I am busy making placemats.  I will share a picture after I get the quilting and binding done.  I am getting close.  They are going to be hard to give away as I like them very much.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Moon and Stars and More

Though I still have one more block to stitch for the Shenandoah Botanical quilt, I did the "Moon and Stars" block which, in order, was the final block.  I have been hesitating on one block as I felt it was so much like a previous block that I did not find fun to stitch.  The pattern has three identical pineapple blocks done in different colors.  I have decided to do a fourth and use them in the four corners of the quilt.  Here is this month's block.

I did the machine stitching on a few more Noah and Matilda blocks.  I now have 25 blocks completed.

The background fabric for the blocks is all the same though it looks different in the photos.  They were taken at different times of the day.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Flag and Eagle Quilt

I am in the mood for a patriotic quilt with our Nation's Birthday coming up on July 4th.  I chose a pattern from Jan Patek's Liberty Garden book.  The pattern is "Liberty Eagle Quilt".  I chose to start with an applique flag block which is in progress.

Here is what the quilt pattern design looks like.

I will be using fabric from stash.  I am not sure what I will use for the sashing and for the cornerstones on the border.  It is a gray plaid used for the original quilt and I have no large pieces of gray plaid.  Nor a gray in that sort of shade.  I may need to shop for something but will search stash first for a substitute.

See this bag of thread?  These are some of the threads I use for applique stitching.

A few days ago, I needed a spool of thread from the bag.  As I began to reach for the bag, I noticed movement inside.  I spotted one of the little lizards that are so plentiful all over Florida.  I quickly grabbed the bag securing the top closed and headed for the front door.  As soon as I let go of the bag, the lizard came scurrying out and ran off.  I am glad I looked before picking up the bag.  The lizards are harmless but I sure wouldn't have wanted it running up my arm!

Happy 150th Birthday to my Canadian blog friends.  Have a wonderful celebration!