Tuesday, December 31, 2019

December "Mary Brown" Update and Halloween Sampler

I have had my "Celebrating Mary Brown" block done but had not taken a picture of it and onto a blog post.  In this block, I like the stripe flower best of any of them.


I am working on a Jan Patek design along with a quilting friend (non-blogger).  The pattern is "Pleasant Grove Primer".  I have some parts done and am sharing a picture but this is not the actual layout of the blocks.


Look for more Jan Patek quilts from me in 2020.

Below are some of the applique blocks from the "Halloween Sampler" by Fig Tree that I have been working on through the fall along with two quilting friends.  The pattern is a combo of pieced and applique designs.  I am using the fabrics shown on the pattern cover.  My friends are each using fabrics of their choice and different from mine.  Other than color, there is nothing about the pattern that screams "Halloween".


If you missed out on the line of fabric I used, Moda is going to reprint it and should be in the quilt shops mid-summer.  I have extra of the fabric and have plans to make one or two more smaller quilts from it.  There were several patterns available that used this particular fabric for the sample quilt.

'I just ordered a Lori Holt quilt kit this morning from Fat Quarter Shop.  The "Vintage Housewife".  I am ordering a kit because I don't have much of that style fabric in my stash.

I plan a quiet New Year's Eve and will do some applique.  May you have a wonderful New Year!

Karen

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Collector's Series Quilt

I finally completed the "Collector's Series" which is from a set of patterns by Jan Patek.  I was working on it in 2010 and again in 2012.  I do not remember when I completed the top but quite some time ago.  I finally decided I was never going to get around to hand quilting it so had it machine quilted.  Binding done a few days ago.


The pattern is still available on Jan Patek's website and for much less money than it was when first published and done as a block of the month.  I am happy to have finally finished.  Very prim in style.  My two favorite blocks are the basket block in the upper right and the basket block in the lower left.

More finishes to come shortly.

Karen

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Jo's Variety Album

A quilt top finish.  "Jo's Variety Album".  The pattern is in Jo Morton's quilt book called "For All Seasons".  It measures about 50 inches by 50 inches.  I left off the last border which would have only added about 3 inches more to the quilt.  It would not have made the quilt good for a sofa throw and it makes a larger wall hanging as is.  I will bind the quilt in red after it is quilted.


I looked back and see that the center applique section was finished in November of 2016 so three years waiting to be finished.  I had finished the smaller surrounding applique blocks.  Just needed to sash them and attach to the center section.  Then piece the hour glass blocks.  I am trying to finish up some lingering quilt projects.

Hope you enjoyed your visit.

Karen

Monday, December 2, 2019

Snow Family Ornament

I spent the afternoon making a tree ornament from Olde Green Cupboard's "Snow Family" pattern.  Made from wool with a piece of an Army blanket for the back section.  The ornament is for an ornament exchange with quilting friends at our holiday gathering.  The only guideline was that it had to be handmade.  It was fun to get back to working with wool.  It has been a while.  I used part of a black snap for each of the buttons on Papa's coat


I want to make one for myself but it probably won't happen  any time soon.

I changed the header picture from turkeys to a section of the alphabet quilt top I made from a Cheri pattern.  I need to dig it out of the quilt top stash and get it quilted.

Enjoy the season!
Karen

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Celebrating Mary Brown November Block and December's Buhl Quilt Section

The 30th of November about passed me by.  I just checked the calendar to see when it was and discovered it is today with about 2 1/2 hours left of it.  Here is the block I chose to do this month.  It has been a bit difficult to say what block each of us would work on in a particular month as the corners of the quilt really encompass three blocks.  And the middle of the quilt has larger blocks than the surrounding ones.  So, I decided that each of us would work on whatever block suited their fancy for the month.


The block center was to be empty but I thought it would look nice with a fussy cut from a toile.  It is one of the French General fabrics.

And since it is almost December 1st and I would be doing another post to show the Buhl quilt update, I will also share it now. 



And the whole border thus far that these are part of.


Thank you for taking time to stop by my blog and seeing what I have been up to.
Karen

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!  I am sharing some of my quilts I display during November.  If you are a long time follower, you have seen the pictures several times but another look is always good.


"Give Thanks".  A stitchery design by Cheri but I did it in applique.


"Grandma's House".  A pattern by Cheri.  Wool on cotton applique.


"Ever Thankful".  Another Cheri pattern.  I think you get the idea that I like Cheri's designs.  Wool on cotton.


The turkey block from Jan Patek's "Fall Festival".


"Pumpkins and Turkey Feathers".  A Jan Patek pattern.


"Wild Turkeys" made from a Country Threads pattern.

Hope you enjoyed the view.

Karen


Sunday, November 3, 2019

Chicago World's Fair 1892 Quilt

A quilt top finish.  I used a free pattern designed by Karen Witt to make the "Chicago World's Fair 1892" quilt top.  The pattern does not show a border but I felt it needed one.  The top is approximately 71 inches square.


The fabric line is not current but I found some online.  My friend Jean also made one.  She had some fat quarters of the same line of fabric in her stash.  So we combined our fabrics together along with a few shirtings from stash to come up with enough.  The fabric line is by Nancy Gere.

Here is a link to the free pattern.
http://www.windhamfabrics.com/cgi-bin/fabricshop/projects.cgi?patternID=32

I will share a few pictures of the fussy cut block centers using one of the fabrics.





I hope to get it quilted at the local shop and have a finish in the New Year.

Karen

Friday, November 1, 2019

Buhl Quilt

The first part of the left border for the Buhl quilt.  The pattern is being sold by the Virginia Quilt Museum.  I am enjoying working with a bit brighter palette than I often use.



Karen

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Parkersburg Quilt and Celebrating Mary Brown Update

A bird blck for my "Celebrating Mary Brown" quilt.  Last month I shared a picture of the upper left corner section.  The bird block is the next block in the top row.  I am not fond of the leaf right behind the bird wing but that is the pattern design. Some of the other sew-along participants will be sharing their blocks.  Some will get going when they have recuperated from surgery or the need to fabric shop first.



I completed the "Parkersburg" quilt top made from a pattern by Jo Morton.  My friend Jean also made one.  We decided to make the blocks an inch larger than the pattern directions so the applique center size was also increased.  We cut out the quilt parts together.  A fun quilt project.  Love the border print!   I have the backing ready and will take it to be machine quilted.





Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Buhl Quilt Update

This month, I worked on the center blocks for the "Buhl" quilt.  I paper pieced all the pointy arc sections.  While at the beach in South Carolina with friends, I did several applique arcs.  I have one complete block section for you to see.  I am using an Edyta Sitar bird fabric for the center section of these and am fussy cutting the birds.



I will also post a picture of some of the border with this block so you can see where the colors are coming from.


Most of the quilts I make are more to the dark side but this past year, I have tried to expand my range somewhat.  I am still drawn to darker fabrics but it is fun to push myself a bit to the brighter side.

There is still time for you to join in on the sew-along.  The patterns are available through the Virginia Quilt Museum website.  http://www.vaquiltmuseum.org/our-shop

Karen

Monday, September 30, 2019

Celebrating Mary Brown

I have started the "Celebrating Mary Brown" pattern by Corliss Searcy.  There is a small group of ladies that have joined in for a sew-along.  A no rules kind where you post if you are ready and catch up when you can.  Because the corner of the quilt we have started with has vines that go over three blocks, we agreed to do all three at once instead of one as most times it will be.  Since, I sewed four pieces of background together to make placement easier, I went ahead and stitched the pineapple block.


The other participants are Cathy B. and her blog is "Big Lake Quilter".  Nan from "Chopin - A Passionate Quilter",  Jennie from "Over the Hill and Running" Robin from "I Like To Create" (formerly Soltice Studio), and a friend of Nan's who does not have a blog named Jan.  Nan will be posting pictures for Jan.  Also participating using a different pattern is Julie K of "Julie K Quilts".

I am sewing along with a friend on a Jo Morton pattern.  Here is the center medallion applique block.  I have pieced several of the surrounding blocks but I am not ready to sew rows of them yet.


I am just back from a week's vacation.  I have a lot of catching up to do.  I did a lot of applique stitching while gone including finishing the Mary Brown blocks.

Karen

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Dearest Boy.....Top Complete

"Dearest Boy" is ready for a trip to the quilt shop for machine quilting.  I am ready to get back to other projects that are partially completed and a new one in the works.


This has been a challenging album style quilt.  The block patterns were not always the clearest instructions.  The pieced blocks tended to be meant for a hand piecing style instead of machine done.  And many of the blocks had no layout given.  Just a picture.  I am glad to have the top done.  My favorite block is the bird on the basket of eggs.  I also am drawn to the strawberries design and, of course, the cow in the center.

Each participant has done their own thing on a few of the blocks so none of the quilts will be quite the same setting.  And the fabric choices are quite varied.  We did not have a set date to have the tops complete so Julie, Cathy, and Carole will set their own pace and share when they are ready.

Thanks for stopping by.

Karen

Friday, August 30, 2019

At Last The Cow

Finally, it is time for the cow block.  A few of you have been waiting for it for several months.


I started sewing all the blocks together but find that one of the pieced blocks is a bit on the small side.  I need to do some work on it.

I completed the second snowman block and have one more left to do.  Then assembly of the quilt comes next.


I will be back on September 1st for a Buhl quilt update.  We are in hurricane preparation mode.  I will be working on applique blocks to keep my mind off of the uncertainty.

The basket quilt I shared with you recently that had a sideways block.....I donated it to the family reunion auction fund raiser.  It brought in $200.  The quilt made it's way to Dallas, Texas after the reunion.

Karen

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.

https://vqmquilts.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-buhl-bushong-quilt-of-1855-sew-along.html

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.

Karen

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.



Karen

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.

Karen

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.

Karen

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.
Karen