Friday, November 30, 2018

Dearest Boy, Mrs. Lincoln's Sampler and More

November 30th and time for a Dearest Boy update.  The block this time proved to be a problem.  It is now obvious that the designer's template for the hexagon shape included seam allowance.  Three of us participants in the sew-along assumed that it did not and used one inch paper shapes.  The block was to have four hexagon flower shapes and, using the one inch papers, four will not fit.  Carole had not started her block so she knows now to use a smaller hexagon paper.  I set my block aside to make a decision on what to do.  I do not want to re-make my flower shapes so am going to stitch down two of them as shown and just be happy with it.


The group has decided to take December off from block making for the sew-along and start again in January.

I finally had my "Mrs. Lincoln's Sampler" quilt machine quilted and then stitched the binding.  I don't have anyone to hold it up for a photo so have taken pictures with it on the floor.


Some closer pictures of the blocks.







If you are interested in making your own version of the quilt, the pattern is by Lori Smith.  I found it very enjoyable stitching.  Here is a link to the pattern.

I completed two more applique blocks for the "A Perfect Garden" quilt I am working on.  First is the strawberry block and second is the apples.



And a picture of all six blocks on the design wall. 


Have a great day!

Karen

Monday, November 26, 2018

A Perfect Garden

A new quilt project.  I am working on "A Perfect Garden".  It is a design from an out of print book by Terry Clothier Thompson called "The People of the Plains".  I am using red, green and cheddar fabrics.  I have four blocks done and they are large ones.  Twenty inches finished.  The design is nine blocks and border.  There will be sashing between the blocks.


A close up of the cherry wreath block.


The tomato block.



The acorn block.



And last is the pears.




I am often asked what type of applique I am using and it is needle turn.  You will find me in my chair today stitching on the strawberry block.

Karen


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dearest Boy Update and A Finish

November 15th update for my "Dearest Boy" quilt project.  A pieced star block this time.  It did not take much time to do.


I finished a quilt from Jan Patek's pattern "Hearts and Flowers".  This will be gifted later on.  I started the quilt in April of 2014. I had the pieced and applique blocks done for a good while before beginning the process of sewing them into rows.  I got about 3/4 of the way through that and had to stop for some reason I no longer remember.  It becomes easy to forget about going back to finish the process.  A couple months ago, I decided it was long over due for a finish and took time to finish the process.  The local quilt shop did the machine quilting.  I am happy with the finish.




I am back working on a quilt from a Linen Closet design.  I just finished the last applique block and hope to start tomorrow on the sashing and simple borders.  I will share a picture soon.

Karen

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Dearest Boy Block Update And A New Quilt Finish

The 30th has rolled around fast.  I stitched my block on Sunday evening.  I was about to forget about doing it.  This one is a tree block though I didn't see it as trees at first glance.


My "Old Voices New Impressions" quilt has the binding attached and I am calling it a finish.  The pattern is by Jeana Kimball.  The sunshine has caught a corner of the quilt in the picture but I think you can see the quilt just fine.  I loved every minute of stitching these blocks.


I used left over fabric for the backing plus added in a couple Civil War general panels that I had in stash.  I have more of those panels stashed away.  I thought I was purchasing yardage but it was panels instead.



I am working on sewing sashing to more Jeana Kimball blocks that I made a couple years ago.  I hope to get the inside of the quilt together so I can work on the borders.

That's it for now.
Karen

Friday, October 26, 2018

Mary Witherwax Quilt Top

The "Mary Witherwax" blocks have been sewn into a quilt top.  I had to go with plan B for the setting.  My original idea was to have three sections of blocks separated by bands of the floral border print going down the length of the quilt top.  A good idea but such a busy look with so many different applique block designs.  I tried separating the blocks with plain squares which resulted in a very "blah" look.  I tried a variety of background squares separating the applique blocks and still rather plain vanilla looking for some reason.  The quilt came alive when I set the blocks side by side....at least to my eye.  So, side by side on point blocks with the border print on the outsides of the quilt.  The top measures about 63" by 76 inches.



I have no one to hold up the quilt top for pictures so a floor view was the only option.






Now back to applique projects already in progress.

Karen

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Mary Witherwax Block Update

My final blocks for the "Mary Witherwax" quilt I am working on.  I am not doing the same layout as the pattern so I don't need all the blocks from the pattern set.  I had a layout in my mind but knew I would not make a final decision until I could lay the blocks out.  I could not get the look I wanted with alternating a variety of background pieces between the applique blocks.  Now I have them on point and side by side.  The blocks are consuming my family room floor so I need to make a final decision in the next couple days.















Thanks for stopping by for a visit.
Karen

Monday, October 15, 2018

Dearest Boy and Mary Witherwax Updates

This time, the "Dearest Boy" pattern was a Darting Minnows block.  It took a couple tries to get the points right.  I used the Tri-Recs tool to do it.  Next block is an applique block.  Hurray!



I have not shown my focus fabric that I am selecting my colors from for the "Mary Witherwax" quilt design I am diligently working on.  It is a French General fabric which has pinks, reds, teals, purples,  green, and a bit of yellow.  The French General fabric lines seldom have any green prints.  At least not like in this border print.  I have added in fabrics that have similar color and look from other lines so I am not using all French General pieces.



I have finished many of the applique blocks since my last post.  Too many to do individual pictures or to have room on the design wall for.  I have taken pictures of four blocks at a time.
























Some of my French General fabric pieces have large designs.  I am trying to fussy cut  parts of them in order to be able to make use of those pieces.  An interesting challenge.

Dawn Ronnigen and her daughter are the pattern designers for "Mary Witherwax".  The inspiration is an antique quilt in Dawn's collection.  You can see the pattern here.  There are 180 applique blocks in the pattern set, if I remember correctly.

Until next time,
Karen