Saturday, September 15, 2018

Dearest Boy Update and Lots More

The 15th rolled around quickly and it is time for a "Dearest Boy" block update.   This time it is the Nut Baskets.  Not a particularly easy block to stitch with the twisted handles.  The block took longer to stitch than I had thought it would.  The hexagon pieces are the 3/8th inch size.  I need more practice with hexagons so I can pick up speed in the construction process.


I finished two more blocks for the "Jo's Floral Album" that I am working on.  I think I have six of the nine blocks done.



I started a new quilt project.  One I have wanted to work on for a while now.  It is Dawn Heese's "Juliet" quilt design.  It is found in her book "Inspired" but also in a past issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects".  I found a very similar block design in a book on antique quilts so I assume her inspiration for the block came from that.  Whoops.  I just noticed that I need to add one more leaf.



I recently went to Ohio for my husband's family reunion.  I took along a few quilts and let two of the cousins each choose a quilt to take home with them.  I have shown the finished quilt tops on my blog in the past but not after the quilting and binding was done.



The two quilts above are the ones the cousins chose.    They were pleased with the gifted quilts.  The two below came back home with me.  (I was asked about the pattern for the basket quilt with vines.  Here is a link.  http://quiltswelove.com/shop/digital-patterns-magazines/)



The last quilt picture turned out a bit dark on the top but it will have to do.

I made a hard decision to put a twin bed in my sewing room.  I have a king size bed in the guest room but now and then an extra guest has to sleep on the sofa.  The sewing room and the closet in the room was packed full with fabric, quilt tops, UFO's, sewing machines, sewing supplies, etc. so it was quite a challenge.  It required taking many items out of the sewing room into the family room and hall.  Then going through to cull out items not really needed or projects that were never going to be completed.  I used some of the fabric to make quilt backs and have nine quilt tops out for machine quilting.  I re-organized the closet, found hiding places elsewhere in the house for some containers, and some items went to the church thrift store.  I shopped for a twin mattress set and bed frame.  I did not get a headboard as the bed would have stuck out beyond the beginning of the closet door with the addition.  I have not hung anything on the walls yet where the bed is.  I need to make a decision what to decorate with.  More than likely a couple smaller wall quilts.  And I need a bed skirt.  I used the recently completed "Stonefields" quilt on the bed.  I purchased a step stool as anyone on the short side (like me) would have difficulty getting onto the mattress.

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My first stop looking for a mattress set was at a local store that sells only mattresses and bed frames.  I told the salesman what kind of mattress set I had in mind.  He showed me a a couple stacks of twin size mattresses in plastic bags.  When I asked if there was a bed set up with the mattresses so I could try them out.  He said he could toss a mattress on the floor for me to try out.  I told him that it would be impossible for me to get down on the floor and back up (I have two knee replacements and have had two back surgeries.  It is difficult for me to get back up from laying on the floor and not very graceful.  I turned and walked out the door.  I went to a furniture store a few days later where the mattresses were on beds and I could easily try them out.  I doubt the bed will get much use and will probably have quilts in progress stacked on it.  But it will come in handy now and then for a house guest.  I have company coming next week, so the new bed will get its first use.

Cathy and Julie and Carole should also have their basket blocks posted today.  I have not checked with Doreen.  Click on their names to ride the magic carpet to their blog.

Have a good day.
Karen

25 comments:

Julierose said...

Lovely work on those baskets--those handles look like they were tough all right..but they came out so well. Nice work.
I am unhappy with our fairly recent mattress purchase as I need help (h e l p !!) to make the bed--the mattresses are so huge (king size bed) and heavy that hubster needs to lift so I can tuck. It becomes a challenge for the day when we change sheets...Plus it's high off the floor--i guess everything changes...and not always for the better ;000 hugs, Julierose

Cathy said...

Karen your basket block is beautiful. You did a beautiful job. I love the basket quilt with vines. What pattern is it. The cousins did good in their quilt choices.

I don't think I would have been able to get off that mattress on the floor either and I haven't had any surgeries.

Hugs

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

ohhhh--I love that basket block--cute handles and pretty hexie flowers--
and the other 2 blocks are pretty too--
and now me--I would of chosen the house quilt if I had been one of your Cousins--but all the quilts are really neat--
beds--oh how I need one--am using a really nice folding cot I got for company as my bed for now until I can save to get a better bed--but what I miss the most is my rocking chair I had down there---so far I do not have a comfortable chair here and it is driving me batty and I am in alot of pain from trying to sit in other chairs--oh well--in time--all in good time!!!
enjoy, di

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Your baskets and the handles are very impressive! I had to chuckle about your mattress shopping experience--I would never be able to get back up and I have my original knees. Crazy!

belarmina said...

Karen!! No se como empezar a comentar.
Primero ese vendedor sugerir que te tiraras al suelo para probar la cama, no fue muy poco elegante, pienso que no venderá muchas camas, tendrá que buscar otro empleo.
Tus pequeñas cestas me encantan, las asas son divinas.
los edredones regalos a tus familiares impresionantes.
Especialmente las cestas,
Tu invitado es un privilegiado, dormir en esca cama con ese precioso edredón es todo un lujo.
Saludos


Janet said...

Those basket handles look difficult and yours are wonderful! All of your blocks are beautiful. Your cousins are very blessed to receive one of your beautiful quilts. I'm with Di - I'd have chosen the house quilt - it's gorgeous :0) I have the book - I should make one.

Janet O. said...

Nice job on all of the applique. You know it leaves me in awe. I especially love those tricky twisted handles on the baskets!
That will definitely come in handy to have a bed in the sewing room. Even if you don't have a lot of guests use it, there are times I just want to curl up right then and there, after a hard day quilting. :)
Looks very inviting with your quilt gracing it.
While we had many house guests last month both spare beds were taken and we dragged a small mattress into my sewing room and let my youngest son sleep there. He is still young enough to get up and down off the floor.
That was very good of you to take quilts to your hubby's cousins.

julieQ said...

Love your dearest Boy block!! I too have had back surgery...no fun, is it.

moosecraft said...

Always something new to try with applique....the twisted handles look very time intense...and you did very well with them! :-) Love your finished quilts...I recognize the house one as a Blackbird Design...always a favorite! Shame on that salesman for offering to toss a mattress on the floor! Fifty years ago a salesman would have offered to set up a frame for you (and switch out mattresses as you requested) in order to provide superior customer service! I don't have much luck with sales people here either...and yet folks wonder why brick and mortar stores go out of business...yet, online sales are increasing?

Janet said...

Beautiful blocks. You have been busy. What a lovely gift to give. Thank you sharing.

Quilter Kathy said...

Great job on such challenging blocks!
Those lucky cousins! It must have been a very hard decision to make since all your quilts are gorgeous!

Roxanne said...

The braided handles on the nut baskets are a precious detail. Always love your fabric choices in all your quilts!

Kyle said...

What beautiful quilts to gift. I hope they know how lucky they are. Your newest appliqued baskets are wonderful. Love the handles and the tiny hexies. Customer service is really a thing of the past. I'm glad you turned and walked out. I would have too.

Pat said...

The recipients of those quilts have received gifts from the heart...which is where quilts come from! Kudo’s to you for leaving that store; having had both knees replaced I totally understand your not wanting to crawl around on the floor...but at least the sales associate spoke to you...it is becoming more the norm to be totally ignored when entering a store. Customer service is nil. Your new bed looks so sweet - betting who ever sleeps in that room will be surrounded by comfort. The twisted handles on those baskets really make the block unique and watch out...hexies can be very addictive...

Little Penpen said...

Lucky cousins!!! I'll bet they had a difficult time deciding which quilt to take. Your Dearest Boy block is wonderful...those handles and hexies are something else! I've been thinking of putting a bed in my sewing room, too. It will definitely create a good work space. ☺️☺️☺️☺️ You've been busy and everything is so pretty!

Robin said...

Your baskets are lovely. There's a lot of time spent on those baskets with the twisted handles and hexagon flowers. It's going to look so nice with the other blocks you have made. I would love to put a bed in my sewing room. I think having a quilt to look at and exchange frequently would be motivating as I sewed along on my projects. It's different than having a quilt on the wall - it's just homey. Glad you were able to gift your quilts and what a bonus for your cousins to be able to pick out the one they liked best.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Those baskets are amazing. Those handles are intimidating! I can't believe you are giving up precious space in your sewing room for guests. I have a twin bed in my fabric room, but it is only for stacking quilts and it too is extra high for underbed storage.. Any guests we might have need to sleep in the grandson's room.

Jeanna said...

Your basket block is beautiful. I can't imagine 3/8" hexies, though.

I love the quilt on your new guest bed. The step stool was a good idea, too.

Lori said...

Always nice to have an extra bed. Deep cleaning the sewing room always means a mess before the neat! LOL Love the quilt on the bed.
Your applique blocks are wonderful!!

Nancy said...

Can you imagine! A salesman telling a customer he could throw a mattress on the floor! I would have walked out, too. It would have been a hard decision for me to add a bed to the room where I sew and keep fabric. I'm glad you were able to shift things around. (As it is, I have my computer and family history files here, too, and my husband wants to add a computer to the room. Ach!) Your Stonefields quilt looks beautiful on the bed. And your Dearest Boy block is amazing. (Well, all your appliques look amazing!) To think that the hexagon flowers probably finish at just over an inch! You're very generous to give away such beautiful quilts.

audrey said...

What a great quilt on the new guest bed. That had to be tough deciding to make room and now--it'll be harder to get in there when there is company! I never end up doing anything but handwork when I have guests but still! Always love seeing your beautiful applique blocks. Such an inspiration to us all!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Your Stonefield quilt is very pretty in the soft browns. You are ahead of me on that one.
I love your applique. I am late in posting a comment but better late than never! LOL

Carole said...

Lovely work, as always! I'm so impressed by how much you get done! I just bought myself a couch bed. If a guest stopped by for a stay, I'll put it open! ;) Cheers!

Frédérique said...

Pretty appliquéd blocks, your work is beautiful

Carole~Quilter on the hill said...

You did a great job with the baskets, your twisted handles look great! I love your Stonefields quilt and how undignified of that salesperson to ask you to try a mattress on the floor.