Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Celebrating Mary Brown June Block

I am late doing my post today.  I had company yesterday and today and forgot to rinse my block, dry and press it.  But better a bit late in the day than not at all.

I like sunflowers and do like them for quilt blocks too.  I don't plan on making this block a second time but if I did, I would make less points on the smaller flower inside yellow parts.  It was too hard to get defined points with such small size to work with.

I added a little bit of fabric to stash from the local shop closing sale.  And I did an online order for a fat quarter bundle of Regency Romance that will be coming in a few days.  Not that I needed even one inch of fabric to add to stash.  But when is it a requirement to need fabric before purchasing more?


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Victorian Rose, A Star Quilt, and Sleigh Bells Quilt Update

I was cleaning off the sewing machine cabinet and unearthed a quilt project that has lingered for a while.  Rather than move it to another storage spot, I decided to do something with the applique block and fabrics I had pulled to go with it.  The pattern I started with was a free design by Jill Reid called "Victorian Rose".  The fabric with the children and also the border fabric is by Mary Koval.  I made the decision not to do the flying geese round from the pattern as the quilt would have ended up too large for a wall quilt and too small for anything else.    I have a co-ordinating Mary Koval fabric to use for the backing.  Love those children.

I have finished several more blocks for the Jan Patek "Sleigh Bells" quilt.  I am showing a sampling of the tree blocks as there are sixteen.  I used different fabric combos for each tree.  You can see all of them when I get the quilt put together.  I still have large blocks to applique but am moving along at a good pace.

The last picture is of a combination pieced star blocks and four applique blocks quilt top.  I did not have a good space to lay it out flat today but you can see what it looks like.  Most of the fabrics I used are by 3 Sisters.  I almost always add other fabrics in from my stash.  The pattern I used was a free one by Barbara Brackman called "Morris Earthly Paradise".  It was designed for some of her Morris fabrics but worked well for the fabrics I chose.  A red, cream and blue wintery look.

I spent the day waiting on a repairman who never showed up and no phone call.  Wonder if I misunderstood when he was to come.  I used the time for sewing though so not a loss.


Sunday, June 14, 2020

Farm House Sampler Block Three

Farm House Sampler block three is done.  Six more blocks to go.  I am using fabric that says "Time Worn Tool Box" on the selvedge.  I am not sure I like the very pale green look but am continuing on with it.

Julie posted hers early this month.  You can see it here.

I am working on a Jan Patek quilt pattern called "Sleigh Bells".  I have several of the easy blocks done and will share them later on.  Today, I am sharing one of the snowman baskets.  There are three in the design. I have quite a stack of fabric pulled from stash for the quilt.  I am working on getting everything prepped so I can put fabric away and move in the sewing room.  The main fabric line that I have chosen is "Garden House" by Jan Patek.  I have so much in stash that will work with this line.  I need to make at least one more quilt from what I have.

I pieced a few more of the "not my usual fabric choice" blocks.  I am liking the look and am sure it will make a good gift quilt for someone.

And last are two applique blocks from Jan Patek's pattern set called "Over the Meadow".  None of my applique blocks are trimmed to size yet.  I do that when I am ready to assemble the quilt top.  The main fabrics I am using are from Jan's line called "Fern Hill" with additional fabrics added from stash.  The Fern Hill fabrics were on sale from a shop called "Tennessee Quilts".  I like to peruse their online sale section and have ordered several times from the shop.  Always good service.  Years ago, I was in the area the shop is located and paid them a visit.

Have a great week!

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Flowers Quilt, Mary Brown Block, and More

It is May 30th and time to share another "Celebrating Mary Brown" block.  It is not the block design I should have done but that block did not do well.  It is a feathered star block and is not laying real well nor quite the right size.  So instead, I have done a block with many leaves and will debate with myself about the failed block.  I look forward to seeing what block design my stitching buddies have done this month.

The "Flowers" quilt is completely done.  A lot of quilters have made this same  design in the last couple years.  It was a sew-along on one of the Prim Facebook groups for one.  I had stitched my blocks before that sew-along, so it has been a while getting it quilted and bound.

I have started a new quilt project.  One block pieced using fabric from the Abby Rose line by Robin Pickens.  A very different choice for me but a good one for a family member gift.

I am watching "Thirteen" on Amazon Prime.  Quite suspenseful.  And doing applique stitching while watching.


Friday, May 15, 2020

Farm House Sampler Block Two

Julie and I agreed before starting "Farm House Sampler" that we would do a block a month and share it on the 15th.  Today is May 15th so it is time for block two.  To refresh your memory, the pattern set is by Dawn Heese of "Linen Closet Designs".

The shapes are large and fairly easy to stitch.  I usually do needleturn applique but on these blocks, I am doing a bit of starched edge prep ahead of time.  I did that for the flower shapes and leaves.  The background alternates between two fabrics.  I will put a picture of last month's block below so you can see the shade difference.  Both are a pale shade of green.

Are you having trouble like me in these trying times sticking to projects already started?  I started a new quilt last evening and have a pattern sitting out for two more!


Monday, May 11, 2020

Halloween Sampler

The top is complete.  The pattern used was "Halloween Sampler" by Fig Tree.

The fabric line is by Fig Tree also.  It was in such high demand that Moda decided to release it again.  It should be available sometime this summer.  I did not use a kit.  I found most all of the fabrics used in the sample quilt.  Two of my quilting friends are also making quilts using the same pattern though different fabrics.  We are all finding the directions a challenge to follow.  Not that there is any problem with the measurements.  It just isn't set up the way we are used to working.  Someone else might find it just fine.

I still have fabric left and another pattern to use it for but I am a bit tired of it right now.  So I will store it away for now.

I am heading back into the sewing room to put fabric away.


4th of July and Flag Boy

In my last post, I shared a picture of two sailboat blocks I had made.  Today I am sharing a photo of the completed quilt top.  I did not have enough of the main red fabric in the border, so I added in a second piece.  I think it looks fine that way.  I used fabrics from three different lines of fabric done by Minnick and Simpson plus a couple other pieces from my stash of reds and blues.

I completed a wall hanging from a pattern called "Flag Boy".  The pattern is in an older book by Sarah Sporrer called "Postcards From the Past".  It is made using needleturn applique and machine quilting.  A fun piece to make and came together fairly quickly.  I certainly am not the best at machine quilting so I did simple lines.

I have lots of red, white, and blue fabrics left so look for more projects from me.  Maybe not soon but sometime.


Thursday, May 7, 2020

4th of July Sailboats

I am finding myself moving from one quilt project to another.  Just whatever fancies my interest on any given day.  I started a new quilt project.  One with sailboats in red, white, and blue.  I don't have as many summer quilts to display as other seasons and this will be a welcome addition.  Four completed blocks thus far and many parts for others.

Below is a picture of the pattern cover so you can get an idea of what the final product should look like.  You need the Boat Day pattern plus the add on called "4th of July".

The boats are created from squares and rectangles.  Not at all hard to do but it does require some concentration paying attention to cutting measurements and where to mark sewing lines for the angles that are created.  A flip and sew method.

I have been collecting Minick and Simpson fabrics by Moda for a few quilt projects.  Lots of red, white, and blues.  My projects will all be scrappy in nature. as I did not purchase arge cuts of fabric except for borders or backing.

I am glad that you paid me a visit.


Thursday, April 30, 2020

Celebrating Mary Brown, Libertyville, and Austin Bluebird Updates

First up is the block I chose to stitch this month for the "Celebrating Mary Brown" sew-along.  I mark my background for design placement with a blue washout marker so I soak the block after the stitching is done.  This blue chose to run even though it had been pre-washed.  I have had pretty good luck using Spray and Wash and adding it the the washing machine along with other items to take most of the blue coloring out that was where it shouldn't be.

I have all the blocks done that will be on point around a large center applique block for Libertyville.  I shared blocks earlier in the month.  These are the ones completed since that post.

I also finished sewing the "Austin Bluebird Sampler" quilt top together.  I took a quick photo before dropping it off at the local quilt shop to get in line for machine quilting.  It is large and I had no good way to take a picture except on the kitchen floor.  I don't purchase many quilt kits but this was one that I did.  The fabric cuts in the kit were generous of which I am glad.

Glad you stopped by for a visit.


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Farm House Sampler

I have another new quilt project.  Julie and I are doing a block a month from the pattern set The Farmhouse Sampler by Dawn Heese.  We are going to post on the 15th of each month.  I am working with a lot of green fabrics.  Something different for me but it is much like what was used for the pattern sample.  Here is my first block.

I ordered yardage recently from Sauders Fabrics from a line called Brick by Time Worn Toolbox (Marcus Brothers).  The fabric line is in soft reds and greens.  It was on sale for $4.99 a yard and there is still some available here.  As usual, I have added some other fabrics from stash for some variety.

Here is a picture of the pattern cover so you can see what the whole quilt design looks like.  The pattern is availabler here.  I have no affiliation with Dawn Heese.   I just like many of her designs.

I am heading back to the sewing room.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020


I am not done with spring projects but the mood hit me to make a more summer like quilt,  I chose an older pattern set from my stash called "Libertyville".  I say pattern set because I got the patterns individually from the Kansas City Star in 2005.  After the block of the month was finished, the pattern set was published in book form.  The book is still available.  The lowest price I have seen for it is under $5.00 through Connecting Threads.  Terry Clothier Thompson is the pattern designer.  So, it has taken me about 14 years to get around to actually starting to make it.  The pattern has both applique and piecing.  Here are the first three applique blocks that I have completed.

I have two more applique blocks ready to stitch.  I have not yet prepped the large center block for the quilt nor cut out anything for the pieced blocks.  All the fabric I am using is coming from stash.

Thanks for the visit.  Let me know if you have made this quilt.  I know Lori from Humble Quilts has made it and you can see it here.


Friday, April 10, 2020

Spring Has Sprung and Farmer's Market

An update on the "Farmer's Market" quilt that I am working on.  I finished all the applique blocks of which there are a total of ten.  The pattern I am using is by Blackbird Designs and in the "Fresh Picked" book.   I am repeating the flower blocks I showed on my previous post so you can see all in one viewing and decide on your favorite.

I have not yet started cutting out the pieced blocks but will be doing that soon.

Next up is a finish on an U.F.O.  I started working on the wool project last year but needed a sort of pastel plaid for the scallop around the mat.  I found a piece at Dorr Mill which I thought would work.  It was quick in arriving but I was already onto other projects and the chick and wagon parts had gone into a bag for keeping.  The bag over the year got moved from place to place and forgotten about.  I found it recently when cleaning out a drawer in the guest room.  The pattern is called "Spring Has Sprung" and is by Buttermilk Basin.  I had saved it from an issue of "Primitive Quilts and Projects".  So now I have a new piece for spring display.

I am like most of you....tired of this social distancing.  I want to see my friends and family.  I want my quilting get togethers to take place.  I want to go peruse the local quilt shop and touch the fabrics rather than spending endless hours looking at patterns and fabrics online.  But I want everyone healthy so I will continue on.

I am thankful that so many quilt shops and designers have taken time and effort to keep us entertained.  So many sew-alongs created, free patterns and helpful videos.  You Tube and Facebook utilized to keep us learning and informed.

Thanks for stopping by. 


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Buhl Quilt Update and Farmer's Market

March found me still working on the top border for the Buhl quilt.  The monthly patterns have divided the borders into parts so the applique is manageable to be able to accomplish before the next set of patterns is available.  This month, I added the flower on the left and two flowers on the right hand side.

I started working on a new quilt project.  It is "Farmer's Market" and is found in the Blackbird Design's book "Fresh Picked".    There are ten applique blocks.  Five designs and you make two of each.  The second set is reversed from the first set.  The first block design is called "Garden Lily".

The quilt has pieced blocks also.  There are two designs....both hour glass type blocks.  Much of the fabric used in the book sample was from Blackbird Designs line called "Country Orchard".  I am not sure what other fabrics are used but there is definitely at least one other line.   "Country Orchard" does not have the darker greens.  "Country Orchard" has been in the quilt shops for a good while.  I did a search and was able to find many of the pieces.  The fabrics are what originally caught my eye for this quilt.  I added to the purchased fabric by pulling from my stash.  Something I like to do anyhow.  The applique is not overly time consuming and an enjoyable stitch.  I hope to fly through the applique process.  I still have to cut out the pieced block parts.

Thanks for visiting.


Monday, March 30, 2020

Pleasant Grove, Mary Brown and More

I have some pictures to share with you of some projects that are in the works.  The first picture is a 30 inch square applique block for the "Austin Bluebird Sampler" which is a pattern set by Minnick and Simpson.

Next is a block for the "Celebrating Mary Brown" quilt that myself and some blog friends are all making.  I enjoy selecting the fabrics for the blocks which is probably my favorite part of quilt making.  I haven't counted how many blocks I have completed for the quilt but I know there are still many to go.  A delightful pattern set to work with.

Next up is a completed quilt top I made using a Jan Patek design called "Pleasant Grove Primer".  I haven't made the backing yet but the quilt shop is closed like so many businesses are.  So, I could not drop it off for machine quilting.  The piecing and applique were easy as there were no small parts to piece or needleturn.

I will be back with another post on April 1st.  I am stitching on applique projects during the stay at home times we are going through round the world.  I have also planned more quilts.  Some I would make from stash and at least one that I purchased fabric for.  I am surprised at how fast my online orders have arrived.

I hope you are all safe and healthy.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Austin Bluebird Sampler Part 7

I set a goal for the weekend to have the large applique block done for part seven.  Success!  Here are pieces and parts as not all can be sewn together until final construction of the right side of the quilt.

I also did an applique block for part eight so that one will be ready soon.  Today I plan on prepping another large applique block.  Lots of leaves and circles so it will take a chunk of time to do that.

Enjoy your sewing day!

Friday, March 6, 2020

Austin Bluebird Sampler

So many times, the box has fallen over over in the sewing room closet and the contents spilled.  I am tired of trying to find a place to store it where it will fit and stay in place.  The solution is to sort through the pile of fabric and pattern parts inside and finally get the "Austin Bluebird Sampler" quilt top done.  Not the easiest to figure out where I left off and what all those pieces and parts are meant for.  I started the quilt in February of 2015 working from a kit by Minnick and Simpson.  I figured out that I had all the parts made for the left side of the quilt.  Some sections were sewn together.  Others not.  Lots of partial seams involved.  Here is a picture of the left side now all put together.

I now have a good start on part seven.  It involves a large applique block and I have it close to ready for stitching.  I made the pieced blocks for that section.  I have figured out that all the loose bits and parts in the box and can move forward instead of not having any progress at all.

I updated my header picture with a more spring look.  The bunny is from a pattern by Kathi Campbell called "Bunny Bouquet".  I made it last year.

Time to head to the sewing room.