Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Time-Warp Stars and Doll Quilts

Actually was caught up by Sunday by did not have time to post!  Probably spent too much time chasing around the internet to see everyone else's Stars!  

White Ground Chintz

Blotch Ground Chintz

Fancy Machine Grounds

Here are two doll quilts I made a few years ago, but are still Favorites of mine.  First one is made with "Dargate Botanicals" by Margo Krager  (blocks) and the sashing/border is "Sisters" by Mary Koval, both for Windham.

This is a copy of a baby quilt from "Small Endearments" by Sandy Fox.  Mine is a smaller version of the baby quilt from first quarter 19th century.  The toile in the center is from "The Rising Sun" collection.......Smithsonian with RJR Fabrics in the mid 1990's.

Found some antique fabric hexagons in one of my boxes of vintage/antique fabrics  that were sewn in a row so I thought I would take them apart to make something more useful.  Wish I had taken a photo of the "Before" as they really looked quite nice.  When I took them apart, they are all sizes and shapes....amazing that they looked fine when sewn in row!!  I found a old metal window template made decades ago by Roy Daniels that is just the right size.  I have drawn the sewing lines and will sew them together just for a little tablemat...may have to add a few from my stash if there aren't enough.

Three colorways of the same fabric.

 See how there is extra fabric on one side?

And if you have stayed with me this far.................................
 I have another Giveaway ready!  I am trying to "downsize".....I really am!  Own too much Stuff!!   I have a huge box of small fabric samples accumulated over the years of owning a shop, since "back in the day" when ordering was done without internet.......yes, there was life before the Internet!!  I have filled a postal box with them and have enough to fill several more....will try to do one every month or sew!  If you are in need (or want!) of small pieces for your scrap quilts, just leave a comment and you will be in the running for a random drawing!

Talking about "back in the day" reminded me of something else I wanted to mention..........found this photo on Facebook and it just shows that there was life before clothes dryers too!!!  I do not own a my laundry dried in the fresh outdoors!  Of course, during the preceding LONG winter, I could not get to my clothesline for a few I used drying racks in a spare bedroom.....even have the huge rack that belonged to my great-grandmother who lived from 1870-1958 and I cherish it because it was hers!!

Now off to find some "Woodblock" print fabrics for this week's Time Warp Stars with Barbara Brackman!!  Check out other folks' stars and learn some history at the same time here.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Doll Quilts and TimeWarp Stars

Neat Stripes from Barbara Brackman's Stars in a Time Warp.  Not caught up....need to make whiteground chintz and blotchground chintz soon!

Wendy and I, unknowningly to each other, were planning to make nearly the Same quilt as participants in the Lori of  humble quilts blog Doll Quilt swap.  I changed mine, actually did several times, until I finally decided on my Flying Geese.  This was one of my ideas, inspired from an antique quilt that I found in my photo files, but I thought it too plain!    I keep lots of photo files and it is sometimes hard to find things!  Is that the reason we all need to use Pinterest??

This is the antique quilt that was my Inspiration.

 Finished another stack of 75 Leaders and Enders 3" Railfence blocks.  This brings my total to 343 and I need 576.....over halfway there!  
I arranged 24 of the blocks to see how they looked.....would make a nice little quilt 12" x 18"!  It gave me an idea....when I go to assemble the quilt (or maybe I could start rightaway!), I could make a bunch of these little quilts and then sew them together........think it might make the quilt top easier to handle!!

No new fabric arrivals lately, but here is a link to a fantastic one from Di Ford that is ordered to arrive in August!!!

One of my daughters gave me this fuschia for Mother's Day...I love this color and one of them gives me one each year!  Never had one with so many blossoms and buds!!  

Our lilac bush was beautiful this year! Sadly, it is now a memory until next year!

Until next time......when I get more Stars done!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Eccentrics Stars and a Friend's Gorgeous Wool Quilt

Caught up for a few hours with Barbara Brackman's "Stars in a Time Warp" with last week's "Eccentrics"!  First star is a Lane's Net variation from the "Josephine" collection by Petra Prins for Windham.

 This brown and pink Wave is by Nancy Gere for Windham Fabrics.
 Long ago Brackman/Thompson line called "Remember the Ladies"  had this excellent reproduction of Hoyle's Wave in red, blue, and tan.  

I am joining the Row By Row Experience (nationwide summer shophop) for the first time this year.  Each shop designs a block for a free pattern for a row of the quilt.  I chose "Lost Ships" which is from an 1898 Ladies Art Company pattern catalog.  Also, you will find a similar one in "America's Printed Fabrics 1770-1890".  The dark side represents the ships and the light side represents the "lost ships" or "ghost ships".  I resized the pattern to the required 9" x 36".

I recently participated in a Doll Quilt Swap, along with 70 other ladies, with Lori of humblequilts blog.  The little Flying Geese quilt is what I sent to DarLynn in IL.  I decided at the last minute to add handquilting to the border and I am sorry to see my white lines, tho in real life they did not show up so obviously!!  This was the first doll quilt swap for me but won't be the last!  Soon all the quilts will be available for viewing on Lori's blog.

My friend, Roberta, made this gorgeous wool quilt that she is allowing me to share with you.  She made little layered circles with each containing an original design of something that pertains to her family life.  It is a work of art and the photos cannot do it justice.  She is a superb Embroiderer!!

Christmas Tree.

Bittersweet vines bloom here in the fall.

 Fall would not be Fall without Pumpkins!!
 One of her family's several golden labs.....all are included in the quilt.

 You would have to see this little basket to believe it!  She wove strands of perle cotton to create it!

 This represent her home which at one time was a Country Inn.

 Love her Goldenrod!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Doll Quilt arrives from Australia!

Received this loverly doll quilt from Dorothy Ramage of dorothysthreadsoflife blog.  It traveled thousands of miles from Australia!  Isn't it beautiful!  I will be sending my quilt to the  midwest tomorrow!  Thanks so much to Lori of humblequilts blog for organizing this swap!!  Can't wait to see all the quilts!

Can't seem to get my Time Warp stars done in a timely fashion, but here are the California Gold and Serpentine Stripes..............but late or not, I am enjoying making them!  And I will enjoy the quilt they make!!

Now I need to go check Barbara's blog to see what is in store for this week's stars!  Check out civilwarquilts blog to see for yourself!!

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Spring Fabric Arrivals!  Since we always need backgrounds/shirtings, I have 6 new bolts of "Miniature Gatherings Backgrounds" tan and in off white......can't really tell that from the photos! 

From Andover we have some new Paisleys from the International Quilt Study Center quilt collection.  Overall paisleys in 3 colorways and 3 coordinating stripes (except they forgot to send the Red!)  Includes three nice fabrics that can read as a solid but do have texture.  Called "Pinwheels" for the quilt from which the designs were taken.

Stripes for sashing/borders!

This is Gorgeous!  From Moda, the new Collection for a Cause, "Circa 1892".....lovely purples! 

Circa 1892 includes these "Eccentrics".........they are "curvy" like Hoyle's Wave but also resemble "Lane's Net" (which is geometric).  Have Layer Cakes and Charm Packs for this line.

Always love ferny types!  

From Andover, Margo Krager's new line "Dargate Treasury"  with Yet Another floral stripe in four colorways!   And she has even more coming!  Check out Andover's website!!

Here are 3 coordinates for the stripes......looks like one is California Gold!

Trying to downsize isn't going to work for me if they keep producing such loverly fabrics that I cannot resist!  Barbara Brackman's "Alice's Scrapbag" will arrive in Sep and Collection for a Cause "Nuture" also.   Edyta Sitar (also from Moda) has a Great line coming .....called "Color Daze" due in Nov!  The large "focal" fabric looks like a reprint of a previous line called "Kashmir 5" but that's will be very good for broderie perse applique lovers!  A  "cheater" (aka printed patchwork) of Sunflower blocks is a wonderful addition to this line.  I love the "Sunflower" block and have the Ardco templates to make them by hand......too many quilts I want to make and the days/weeks/months pass too quickly! And....French General has a new line called "Le Marais" due in Oct.  Here too are some reprints from a previous line called "Maison de Garance"......luscious browns and reds as well as a toile in several colorways.  More prints suitable for broderie perse applique. 

Betsy Chutchian has joined Moda and ""Eliza's Indigo" will come out in Oct.  Brown and Blue Lovers will be so excited!!

Hope to be back in a few days with my Stars in a Time Warp in the California Gold and Serpentine Stripes........I am behind again!