Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Once in a While....................

I do manage to finish a quilt!  Albeit a small 24" x 24" one!  I was not intending to handquilt this beyond the red center squares but was not happy with it......sooooo, I quilted each log and now I am Very Happy with it.......it is SO Cozy and Soft that now (looks crinkly as if I had washed it!)  I think I should get busy and make Many Many More Log Cabin blocks (6") for a fullsize quilt.  Guess I don't think I have enough WIPs!!  AND, I am ready....several shoeboxes full of 1" strips are ready and waiting!  

Decided to quilt these blocks as Jo Morton often does.......just a scant bit from the outside edge of the log.  I think I like it better than quilting down the center of each log!  (Except for when the last round has the seam allowance under it!).  When I handquilt, I tend to pull the stitches just a tad and I wonder if that created that crinkled (washed) look?  Maybe it is the close (1/2") quilting.........I soon must send it off and won't see it for 3 years .....hence, the Strong Desire to make another one soon!  Both daughters want this little one as a table topper so I will likely make another one this size and then a fullsize for Me!  Or............my Railfence blocks are piling up and will soon have enough to make the fullsize quilt top.  Maybe I should handquilt that one............good thing I don't mind working on several projects at once which, of course, prolongs the completion date of any of them!

Got some major obligations completed recently (Love getting things Done and off my mind so I can concentrate on doing What I Like to Do instead of What I Have to Do!) and can now spend time handquilting the Medallion quilt I started piecing a couple years ago.  Center (the Hewson panel) is cross-hatched in a 1" grid and I am now working a single cable along the 1-1/2" brown border.    

New fabrics for Fall have started arriving!  First up is "Crystal Farm" pre-cuts from Edyta Sitar!  She designs such wonderful Fabrics and Patterns!

Seven bolts of "Compassion" Collection for a Cause from Moda.   These first four bolts remind me of the old "seaweed" pattern (in pink, blue, mint green, tan, purple, yellow) that we could order from P&B for literally Years (about 8-10 as I recall).   Used them in So Many Quilts!  Lovely for backgrounds!

These little birds are darling..........love interesting  Figured Backgrounds!

"Sycamore" from Jan Patek....could not resist these large florals and leaves in beautiful colors!

I am also drawn to fabrics with colorful leaves!  And the tonal green I expect to use for appliqued leaves..........

Will leave you with this photo of the flowers my wonderful Husband had sent to me on our recent 36th wedding anniversary!  He is So Thoughtful!  I was floored when the delivery lady walked in the door!

Almost forgot!  Terry in PA who won my last scrap box giveaway sent me this photo of the Mugrugs she made with her Featherweight while camping this summer!  Aren't they gorgeous!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

New Pattern, Book, Fabric & Antique Fabric Study

This is new from Edyta Sitar (Laundry Basket Quilts)..a very simple flag that makes an eye-catching patriotic quilt.  Looks like I used darker red fabrics!

This new book is from one of the Nineteenth Century Patchwork Divas (includes fabric designer Betsy Chutchian) in Texas, a group that makes wonderful reproduction quilts. This book is different in that she presents lessons on dating blue fabrics!  Timelines of 1840 and Earlier, Mid-century 1840-1870,  Late-century 1870-1900 both in fabrics and styles of quilts.  Makes for a very interesting read and there are at least 2 quilts that I would like to start NOW....but that is unrealistic for me at the moment!

New fabric from Di Ford-Hall and Andover......"Clotted Creams"......lovely variety of background fabrics.   Look up "clotted cream" to see what it is!

A friend of Wendy's brought this quilt top to show me.....love it when folks do that!  My favorite name for this pattern is "Old Maid's Puzzle" (Brackman 1689a)
but there are others.  Wonder what the maker called it, if anything!  Just noticed after I put up the above photo that the blocks are not all oriented the same way....did not notice that when photographing the individual blocks!

I think the fabrics are around 1840-50.......the paisley-like sashing fabric with its rust background seems unique to me....not sure I have seen anything like
 it ......does anyone have an opinion?

Always love Prussian blue, especially with that chocolate brown!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Just a few tidbits............

Finished this little top (about 20" x 27") "Morning Walk" by Betsy Chutchian using her "Rachel Remembered" fabrics.  Love that Betsy includes two sizes of quilts in her pattern!  I made mine a bit different (what else is new?) in that I used the stronger "Plantation Linen" blue for the chain squares.  Betsy used a lighter blue....was concerned that it would be "too blue" (too much contrast....but I am happy with it!)

Recently ordered some stencils from The Stencil Company and they sent me this paper catalog.  I love paper (rather than looking at computer screen) so am very happy they sent it.  Have already found favorites....lots of red check marks!

Recently finished this log cabin top from Pam Buda's "Tokens of the Past Autumn Sampler"....three patterns in one package!  Excellent deal!  Especially since I love all three designs and I love Fall Colors!  AND, I have to tell anyone who is having trouble making small log cabin blocks that they should try Pam's pattern!  Her instructions are SO explicit that I am sure anyone would be happy with their blocks!  These are 6".  Will be making 3" maple leaves next.!!

Here is the pattern cover.....all are delicious!  

Three o'clock in the afternoon on my last day off .......... need to get off the computer and find something to Sew!  Not hard....have a Long List!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Finished this Jo Morton Club 16 quilt top.......Love that border fabric from "Gratitude"!!!

Also finished the "Morning Walk" top using "Rachel Remembered" and pattern from Betsy
Chutchian.   Next up is the miniature (20" x 27") when I can get back to my sewing room!  Just love that yellow/indigo both for the print design and for the colors!!

Heard from Terry in PA yesterday after she returned from a week of camping!  Box will be on its way Monday, Terry!  Shall I start another scrap box?  Years ago, I kept these scraps but I just can't any more!  I have enough already!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Scrap Box Winner

is Terry in PA!   Let me know your address and I will send it on its way!

Working on this whenever I had an hour or so in the sewing room  produced this finished "Morning Walk" top with Betsy Chutchian's fabric.

Also have Jo Morton club 16 small quilt ready to assemble!  I could make 4-patches all day long! These 4-patches are 1-1/2"...finished block a little over 4".

This is Jo's quilt but I am using the Jacobean floral stripe just because I have to!  Love that fabric in all 4 colorways!  

Quilting with my Half Hoop on a large Tumbler tablerunner using Jo's "Gratitude" and "Reflections".....I got this hoop about 29 years ago.....it's made of cherrywood and has served me well all these years even tho the $30 price of it floored me at the time!!  Correct tension (I like it it kinda loose) is easy to achieve even tho it is not adjustable.  I often use it for small quilts too.

On an entirely different note........I love to read but feel the need to do two things at once.....while I sew (and while I drive too!), I love to listen to audiobooks......in the sewing room, it is"The Lilac Girls" about three women from different parts of the world during WW2 (excellent first novel from author Martha Hall Kelly).  In the car, it is "Animal Farm" by George Orwell.....read it in 8th or 9th grade, but wanted to refresh my memory of it.  Waiting in the queue  is "Apollyn", #5 from Tim LaHaye's Left Behind series (don't know how I missed this 20 or so years ago, but I did!!) and "1984" by Orwell.  Anyone have any titles they've enjoyed lately?

Monday, July 3, 2017

Dry Spell Is Broken!!

Seems like I haven't had much to write about lately (dry spell) , but then I started choosing photos and I guess I do have a little going on!  Components below are for a quilt called "Morning Walk" using the "Rachel Remembered" line by Betsy Chutchian for Moda.  I absolutely fell in love with the yellow/blue floral (and that dark blue too!)  Hopefully, I will be able to sew over the holiday ...would love to get the top completed!

This Conversational is from one of my antique quilt tops, a Charm Quilt of triangles.  I think he is probably rolling a pumpkin but it looks like a giant tomato to me!

From a recently-acquired Triangle Quilt Top......circa 1890

Chrome Orange!

Love this print!  Another cut seen below.

Ugly Orange!  But I like it!

This green appears very faded.....similar print to the brown above.

Love this print!

Has many double pinks!

One of the dating factors!   Claret Red!

Several nice poison greens too!

On the right below is a glimpse of an 1870's "cheater"!

Nice piece of old chintz!

At the family camps on a point on Woodbury Pond (10 minutes from here), a pair of magnificent Eagles built a nest.....appears to have only one eaglet, nearly fullgrown now.  I told them I would stock our farm pond with trout if they would move to our place!

Fortunate to get this shot of both parents!  Have to stand pretty far away......we are not supposed to get within 330 feet of an eagle's nest!

 The Heart quilt is for Madilyn, the ever-smiling darling little Madilyn!

Who is now 9 months old!

And, I can't show you one little darling without also showing the other two!  This is Penny, 10 months old, who visited last month from FL.  (Her parents came too.)

And this is Baylor, 19 months old, visiting from AZ.  We get to keep him for a few more weeks!
I had forgotten how quick a little boy of 19 months can be!!!

A new book, always new books!  Latest one from an American Quilt Study Group........

 And ......................................................................
the scrap box is full again!  Did not think I would be able to cram all this into one box, but by folding more neatly, I was able to!  Leave a comment and I will use Random Generator Husband to pick the winner in a week or two!