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


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.

Karen

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.

Karen

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.

Karen

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.

Karen