Thursday, August 1, 2019

Buhl Bushong Quilt

I have enjoyed stitching on the "Buhl Bushong Quilt".  There is a Facebook group for  quilters who have joined in the sew-along.  So many varieties of fabric choices.  The Virginia Quilt Museum has a website where you can see a photo of the antique quilt and information about ordering the patterns.

Here are pictures of what I worked on this past month.

And a picture of the border except for one flower.

The sew along started with border parts and will next move to a start on the center section.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Dearest Boy Update

The last of the 10 inch blocks for the "Dearest Boy" quilt.  Another compass style block and again, I chose to applique it.

Next up will be the cow block.  I know some of you have been waiting on that particular one.  It will be a large block.  I have it prepped and my applique strategy thought through.

Thank you for your continued interest.

The three pumpkin blocks below are for the third row (fall season) of the "Seasons" quilt.  One row left to stitch.


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Busy Hands

I have been doing a lot of stitching.  Both by machine and hand.

I made this wall hanging from a pattern by Jan Patek and Alma Allen.  It is called "Liberty Urn".  I did not do the triangles on the border as I wanted to use the eagle fabric and not cover it up with large applique triangles.  I did needle turn applique and simple machine quilting.

I made four placemats for a gift.  I really like the bird fabric.  I was intending on using other fabric for the placemats but just couldn't get enthused about what I had chosen.  I spotted the bird fabric in the sewing room closet and quickly found other fabrics in stash that would complement the design.  I made the mats over two days.  Below are two sets of placemats that I made two years ago from the same design.  Just something I made up.

I put the binding on this basket quilt which I am calling "Humility Basket".  I think you can see the error that was made.  I had forgotten about one block being turned the wrong way.  It was quilted at the local shop and that made it too late to correct the problem.  I still like the quilt regardless.

I am about to head into the sewing room to prepare a black background for a Cheri applique design.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Dearest Boy Update

I have added two blocks to the "Dearest Boy" quilt.  There is one more ten inch block to make and then the larger center block with the cow.  I know some of you have been watching for the cow block so not too much longer.

The first block is a compass style.  I chose to do it in applique.  The light print with the pink squiggles is all one piece.  The green circle was stitched on as a solid circle and then the inside trimmed out revealing the light print below.  I then needle turned the inside seam allowance of the green circle.  So, an alternative way to create a compass block without piecing it.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  I enjoy reading your comments or just wave if you don't have time.


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Sally Post, Millenium Garden and More

Binding finally on the Sally Post quilt.

We weren't too successful at getting a picture of the Sally Post quilt because of its size so another picture of it spread out on the floor.

Needleturn applique was used and machine quilted by the local quilt shop.

Millenium Garden was finally quilted and bound.  I used Jan Patek's pattern and many of her fabrics.

A picture of the pieced backing.  A good way to use up some stash fabric.

A project on the design board.  I am working on a quilt from Jan Patek's Lady Bird book.

I notice that I forgot to take a picture of the pumpkin blocks for the "Seasons" quilt.  I will share them on the 15th along with the "Dearest Boy" blocks update.

Monday, July 1, 2019

The Buhl Bushong Quilt

I have started a new applique quilt.  I am participating in a sew-along using a pattern provided by the Virginia Quilt Museum.  The "Buhl Bushong Quilt" is  from the museum's collection of quilts.  The pattern is available as a block of the month download.  I have borrowed a picture of the quilt from the museum's Facebook page.  There is information about the pattern and sew-along at this location on Facebook.

Here is my first border section which is from the bottom of the quilt.  I found the applique stitching fairly easy to do. If the little curves on the pineapple flower scare you, just draw the pattern piece with a smooth line and let your fabric do the work.   I have not decided on how I will do the pieced blocks from the center.  I am thinking of doing a portion of the block designs with applique instead of curve piecing.

I hope some of you will join me in making this quilt.  And pay a visit to the museum if you are traveling near Virginia this summer.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Dearest Boy Update Plus More

We are making progress on the "Dearest Boy" blocks.  Two more small ones and then the large one with the cow.  Today's block is a bird's nest in a basket.  Needle turn applique except for the berries which I used wool for.  I left off the embroidery the designer used for her block as I thought the block was a busy look.

I completed the second block for the farm quilt.  Here is a link to a picture of the first block.

The third basket block is completed for "Seasonings" which is a design by Jan Patek.  The next row has pumpkin blocks.

Tonight I am stitching on a large block from another Jan Patek design.  I will share a picture when it is complete.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Prairie Flowers and Seasonings Update

A completed a quilt top.  I used Cheri's "Prairie Flowers" pattern from the book "My Flower Bed" but added blocks to both the width and length of the quilt.  I did that so that I would end up with a sofa size rather than a wall hanging.  Next is to prepare a backing for it.  My supply of plaids is dwindling but I ordered a few pieces to add to them.  Plaids are not popular like they were several years ago.

I have added blocks to the "Seasonings" quilt I have been working on with a quilting friend.  We meet once a week to stitch or select fabrics.  Then during the week, one of the blocks is completed.  The pattern we are using is by Jan Patek.

I completed a small wall hanging from a Cheri design.  I can't find a pattern name.  It was just a single sheet of paper so minimal instructions.  Very much Cheri style in both design and the way she presented her patterns.

Enjoy your day and take time to relax and stitch on a project.  I know I will be.


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Dearest Boy for June 15th

The middle of June has rolled around fairly quickly and time for another "Dearest Boy" block.  I actually made the block about two weeks ago so I would be free for other fun quilt projects.

I made some more rows of flower blocks for Cheri's "Prairie Flowers" quilt.  I have added blocks to the width and will add rows to the length so it will make a sofa size cover up.  Love those plaids!

I have more stitching done on two other projects but will share those in another post in a few days.


Thursday, June 6, 2019

Design Wall and A New Finish

I have several things pinned to the design wall and will share them with you today.

First is the second house block for Jan Patek's pattern called "Seasonings".

I also took a picture of the two house blocks together on the design wall.  They will go side by side in the quilt and not oriented the way I have them on the wall right now.

Next is the first block for a quilt called "Farm Quilt".  The pattern is in "Camp Quilts" which is by Jan Patek and the Country Threads ladies.  I am low on summer looking quilts right now and want to have more variety to display.

Next up is the first row for Cheri's "Prairie Flowers" which the design is found in My Flower Bed".  And older Cheri book that was published by Indygo Junction.  Definitely Cheri's signature style flowers.  I had cut out the backgrounds quite some time ago but had not prepped any of the flowers.  I find choosing the fabrics the most interesting part of making a quilt.  I am making the quilt larger than the pattern by adding blocks.

I have a finish.  My daughter does not sew.  Does not have one iota of interest in doing it.  But she took a friend to the local quilt shop as her friend does all types of sewing.  My daughter came back with a quilt kit and asked me to make it for her.  Not my usual style of quilt but easy sewing.

And a picture of the backing which is from the same line of fabric as the front.

I am spending two days a week with my somewhat newly retired quilting friend.  We spend one day at her house working on the Jan Patek "Seasonings" quilt.  The other day is spent at my house working on Lori Holt's "ABC Quilt".  I haven't had room on the design wall to display any of the ABC blocks but will share some with you soon.


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Dearest Boy

Time for another "Dearest Boy" block.  This block was not the easiest to create.  The instructions were not the clearest to understand but I muddled through by drawing the layout on paper and then transfering it to the background for piece placement.

I chose to leave an embroidered flower out of the center of the woven strips.  It did not seem to add to the design and rather crowded the center part to put anything there.  I am glad to have the block done and that there is not a second one like it in the design.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Spencer Museum Block

The fourth Spencer Museum block design from Jan Patek's pattern.  Lori will be sharing hers also.  You can see her blog post here.

I also took time to add a border to a Liberty block that has been in my unfinished bin for a good while.  Needs quilted yet.  If I remember correctly, it is a Cheri Payne design.  This is a combination of wool and cotton applique.  I need some more small pieces for summer display and have found more that need completion.  Just need time to do it.

A good quilting friend of mine and myself are working on a quilt from a Jan Patek pattern called "Seasonings".  The house block is the first one.  It is very enjoyable doing a project along with a friend

Thanks for stopping by to see what I am working on.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019


The last of my "Bloom" blocks which are from a pattern by Lori Holt.  Again, different than my usual style of quilt that I work on.  The blocks were fun to make.  Fairly easy stitching and fun fabrics.

The next step is to cut the rectangles for block sashings.  Maybe later this week.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

May 15th Dearest Boy Update

The latest block done for my "Dearest Boy" quilt.  Yummy strawberries!

The little white flowers were created with circles that were gathered in the seam allowance by a running stitch.  Then the hand sewing needle was run up through the center of the circle and pulled over the edge, tightened to create dips (petals).  Each was to have five sections done this way but a couple flowers ended up with just four.

I am working on Lori Holt's "Bloom" pattern set.  The pattern is free but the template set is not.  I am not using Lori's applique method but instead doing needle turn applique as I normally do.  These are the flowers I have done thus far.  All the rest of the applique is prepped.  Fun stitching.

Thanks for stopping by to see what I am working on.


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Dearest Boy Update for April 30th

A tumbling blocks variation block for this :Dearest Boy" update.  Though not a hard block it took some thinking about how to accomplish getting the blocks placed correctly so that the star design was formed in the middle.  It would have been much easier if the pattern designer had included a layout sheet for us stitchers to go by.  Or some kind of instructions as to how to get the layout spaced correctly.  I devised my own way of doing it.  The next block is applique strawberries. 

I have a friend coming today for play time in the sewing room.  I am looking forward to having a good time with her.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Spencer Museum Quilt Update

The third block design is done.  I feel like I worked on it for a long time.  The problem was that my first fabric choice for the leaves was too pale for the darker background.  I stitched quite a few of the leaves before deciding it was not making me happy.  I removed them and then cut out more leaves of a darker fabric.  I like this version much better.  I have another block just like this one to make as I am making a nine block quilt.

I haven't stitched my next "Dearest Boy" block and it is due on the 30th.  I have to hop to it!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Hospital Sketches and Autumn Love

A Happy Easter to all.  May the Easter Bunny bring you all the chocolate you have dreamed of.  Myself, I only like milk chocolate and do not each much of it.

I decided to start stitching the "Hospital Sketches" blocks that Barbara Brackman has been presenting on her blog.  I finished the first three and enjoyed it as the blocks are large and the pieces have been easy to stitch.

I have three more blocks done for the "Autumn Love" quilt which is a pattern by Lori Holt.  I mentioned previously that I purchased a kit as I did not have this type fabric in stash. 

I love the scarecrow.  He will get some buttons added to the overall straps after the quilting is done.

Now I am working on blocks for the Jeana Kimball class I am taking.  It is through the mail and I was behind three blocks.  I hope to get caught up in the next couple days.  The next lesson and block patterns are already on the way.