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!