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!


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.


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.