The quilt in the header is a Kathy Schmitz design.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Gifts and Quilt Project Updates

I was blessed with some wonderful handmade gifts that I would like to share with you.  First is a house quilt.  Some of the fabrics looked so familiar to me and it turns out that I actually made the Sister's Choice blocks and gave them away.   Some have come back to me with the addition of houses.  Such a good use of the blocks.  And definitely my kind of fabrics.

Love this scrappy nine patch with all those little squares.  And so well done.

A delightful angel wall hanging from another long distance friend.  I like the prim style of this one.

A vintage sewing machine to add to my small collection.  This is a Singer 301A.  Advertised as the big sister to the Singer Featherweight machine.  I have been watching the bids on E-Bay for the black version for quite a while.  This is a gift from my husband.  The 301 is a full size machine and certainly not a lightweight.  The case it came in had the owner's first name written on top.  "Diane".  I don't know who Diane is but I have her machine now.  I don't name my machines but if I did, it would have to be Diane.

Next I want to share a small project  I am working on.  The first of twelve stitchery blocks from patterns by Kathy Schmitz.  One for each month of the year.  I just finished adding the blocks to the embroidery block and need to quilt it.  I purchased a table stand to hang the small quilts from.  I don't know how good I will be at doing one a month but I have all the tracing done.  Just need to find time to do the stitching.  I am working on February's block this evening.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Friday, January 13, 2017

ABC Sampler Part One

The new year brings the desire to do new quilt projects.  Lori from Humble Quilts and myself are doing a sew-along together.  Always fun to work on a quilt project with a friend doing the same one even though we live on opposite sides of the country.  Lori and I have similar tastes in quilt making so there are many quilt designs we could select from.  This time we have chosen the ABC Sampler by Cheri.  The first block is done.  The first three letters of the alphabet.  I am using cotton (and maybe a bit of wool now and then) and doing needleturn applique.

I first saw the quilt blocks being made on "Quilting With Ragdolls" blog (the blog is still available to view but Judy no longer makes quilts.  I will link you to her Flicker account as it is easier to find the pictures there.  You have to scroll down a ways to see the beginning of the ABC blocks.  Click here.  Judy made some great Cheri and Jan Patek quilts and was someone I connected with early in my quilt blogging.

If you would like to see a good picture of the whole quilt design, I found a good one through Pinterest here.  I do not know who made this version of the pattern.

More to share with you tomorrow.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Shenandoah Botanical Quilt Block Update and More

I am late posting my block for the Shenandoah Botanical Quilt.  I have had it done but not finding time to do a post.  I have the next block prepped for applique stitching but have not started on it.  I love red with white polka dot fabric!

I completed the wool applique on a Thanksgiving project.    The top still needs quilting.  I used a Buttermilk Basin pattern but the design was reduced in size.  I enjoyed stitching the blocks as using wool for applique is so much quicker than doing needle turn stitching.  I had hoped to complete the wall hanging before Thanksgiving 2016 but now have to aim for 2017.

I will be back tomorrow with another post.  Stay tuned.


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

I hope your holiday season has been a good one however you celebrate it.  I am sharing with you a small angel piece I made and gifted.  I found an image of old sheet music for "Hark the Herald Angels Sing".  I printed it onto an inkjet fabric sheet from Electric Quilt.  The angel is from an older Jill Kemp pattern.  Simple machine quilting.

Another gift that I made is the snowman doorstop.  The pattern I used is by Birdbrain Designs.  Click here to see the pattern.  The snowman is weighted with a pocket of crushed walnut shells.  I doubt it will be used as a doorstop but the weight does help it to stand upright.  There is also a Santa pattern made in the same way.

I used a pillow ticking type stripe for the back of the snowman.

I also made some basket  fillers from Cheri Saffiote patterns.  I reduced the pattern size.

And last, I made a small wool angel wall hanging.  I used the small angel wall hangings in place of sending a Christmas card.  I enjoyed doing them and think I will make more for the next Christmas season.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Catch-Up After Thanksgiving

My hopes of having a turkey wall hanging finished before Thanksgiving vanished but I have kept working on them.  First up is a quilt top made from Jan Patek's "Blessings" pattern.  The pattern is in her book "When Wild Geese Fly".  The applique is done needle turn method.

The second top completed is from Cheri Payne's "Ever Thankful" pattern which is one of her newer patterns on her website.  Done in wool applique on cotton.

I have two blocks of four done for a third turkey wall hanging.  The design I am using is by Buttermilk Basin.  The pattern is "Give Thanks".  I am making a smaller size version of the pattern.  Wool applique on cotton.

I have been making some Christmas gifts and cannot share those just yet.  Busy, busy, busy!

Michelle Huddleston......you have left me some very nice comments but you are a no-reply blogger.  Would love to reply to you.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Bountiful Life Update

Another block done for the "Bountiful Life" quilt.  I think the table with apples and vase is one of the very recognizeable blocks from the quilt along with the bride block.

I recently found a magazine rack at a thrift store and thought it might work to display some smaller size quilts.  I haven't filled it all the way yet.

A previous magazine rack purchase at the same store works a little better.  I just need to sort through the quilt cabinets and pull out more smaller size quilts.

I am working on three small wall hangings for Thanksgiving but am not going to be able to finish more than one. I am working on turkeys.  One is a Cheri pattern, one a Jan Patek design, and one a Buttermilk Basin design.   I also am starting on some small Christmas projects.  So most of the applique blocks for ongoing quilt projects are on hold.  A busy time of year!


Monday, November 14, 2016

Old Voices New Impressions Flimsy

It took two quilt holder people to hold up my completed quilt top "Old Voices New Impressions".  A visitor today so I was able to take a picture for my blog.  The blocks are from Jeana Kimball's book by that name.  The block designs were enlarged from the original size.  I would not mind using some of the block designs in a second quilt of some sort.  I like the folk art look of some of them.

I enjoyed stitching the applique blocks very much.  They were all fairly easy to do.  I am often asked what method of applique I use.  I do needleturn.  I trace the applique shapes to freezer paper, cut them out, and iron onto the selected fabrics.  Trace around the shape with a Sew-line pencil in either white or pink.  Cut out leaving a turn under seam allowance.  I like to have the design traced onto the background so I have placement markings.  Pin a shape in place and stitch.  I use a straw needle and 100% cotton thread in either Mettler 60 wt. thread or DMC 50 weight.

I have another set of blocks that are from other Jeana Kimball and Laurene Sinema designs.  I have not started the border applique process and probably will not until next year.