Thursday, February 19, 2015

Star Blocks all caught up!

Finished my Double Pink Star's fun going through the fabrics looking for these little scissors from Marsha McCloskey!

 Made a couple extra Chrome Orange and threw in a Prussian Blue with one!
 Ten completed so far.  Kind of addicting!

I am making my stars with what I call the Rectangle/Square method that produces these little Leftovers that make 1" Half Square Triangles.  Always looking ahead to some Unknown Project that will use them!

Wonder what next week's color will be!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SNOW and Star Blocks

My car is nearly hidden by the snow!  If it were a small car, I think it would have been covered completely!

 Path was made with a snowblower....shovel is just for measuring!  And we have had More Snow since this Blizzard of Jan 27 was taken!

Tractors make the snow-moving easier than using shovels!!  

 Almost caught up with my Stars in a Time Warp from Barbara Brackman's Civil War Quilts Blog.  Turkey red, Prussian Blue and shirting are done.  Chrome Orange is next.....cut out but not yet sewn!  And tomorrow she will have the next color to make!  Never enough time!  Will take photos of two projects that kept me from finishing my time.

 Kinda light-struck but this is my old Marsha McCloskey Staples.

 Here are four blocks in turkey red, circa 1850.  Peony pattern I think.
 This first block was made in the English-Piecing style having whipstitched edges....very fine work!!  The other blocks were sewn in the traditional manner.

 Back side shows the find stitching and a penciled name.

 Love this print!  And such loverly greens were used!
 These two blocks would have holes where it looks black (actually dark dark brown) had they not seen the light of day for more than a century!  Isn't that green stem/leaves fabric fabulous?!?!

 Finished another block of my Jane Stickle quilt, A-3.  The one on the left was made many years ago and I think I like it better than my new one and may just use it even tho I used the old muslin compared to the new P&B darker one that I am now using.  Both were handsewn.

Wendy and Lori are making Time Warp Stars too!  Wonder how many others are!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Quilts in Progress and New Fabrics

Progress on my Hexagon Charm quilt handwork project.....14 rows of 20 here with 6 more planned......400 fabrics.    Should have turned the second photo so that Lady Liberty would be right side up!  Handsewing is not Work for is too enjoyable to be called Work!

On evenings when too tired to work, I can always leaf through the pages of a book of Quilts!  This one is excellent; I almost did not buy it, but now glad I did!  Phenomenal work from many quilters worldwide!

I just love this Lady of the Lake!

Long story about me and the Jane Stickle quilt.....mostly could not make up my mind about background fabric, do I machine-piece, hand-piece, paper-piece?
Really wanted to do all by hand but it is not too slow at hand-piecing.  Soooo....I will do all 3 of the methods to be determined by each block as I get to it.  These two were by machine but #3 was done by hand (no photo yet). Will be working in order because that is the way I have to do it!  Back in 1998-99 I made up kits for each row and I still have some, but the reproduction fabrics have become so much better since then that I will likely not use many of them.  Tho sometimes it is hard to let go of an old Favorite fabric!!

Newly-arrived Today!!  Three great serpentines from a new company called Penny Rose!  Name of the line is "Civil War Times".  Only got these 3 bolts but maybe should have ordered the other 12 too?  I have So Much fabric and several lines are due in Spring.....starting with Jo Morton's "Hollyhocks" in February and "Mill Run Shirtings" in April.  "Union Blues" from Barbara Brackman.  "Bon Voyage" from French General.  Mill Book circa 1892 from Collections for a Cause.  "Sticks and Stones" from Edyta Sitar ("Laundry Basket Quilts").  And, 3 complete lines from Windham, "Tree of Life", "Ophelia" and "Edith"! I done yet?  No.....more from Judie Rothermel too!

This fabric came back-ordered and I want to mention that oftentimes
we find fabrics that Are reproductions but are not "marketed" as such!  The red paisley is from American Jane (who usually designs darling juvenile fabrics for Moda) and is a wonderful Paisley in Turkey red with the accent colors of yellow, blue, green and white.

Lots of photos of new fabrics coming up!!
This is "Community" by Moda's Collections for a Cause"and is based on a Diamond quilt from Maine circa 1840.

"Victoria Park" a new line by a new Marcus designer from Australia, Karen Styles.  Those Australians have such an adventuresome approach to quilts and fabrics!  Wonderful Jacobean-type designs with lovely coordinates!

Got this "Touch of Baltimore" by Little Quilts" just in time for making Prussian Blue Stars with Barbara Brackman's QAL that you will find here.

Now here are 17 bolts of "Judie's Album", a collection that is used in her BOM of a reproduction of an 1843 quilt........see photo in last blog post.

"Hannah's Heritage" also by Judie Rothermel.

"Petites" from French General for Moda.  Love these madder colors!
The stripes are just right to use for sashing in small quilts!

These are wovens from India that are of the same high quality as the old Roberta Horton plaids and stripes from 20 or so years ago!  Nice for backgrounds of both reproduction quilts and primitive quilts!

My Giveaway box is not yet full enough!  Needs to be so full that it is hard to close it!  Stay tuned for when it is Full!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Scrap Giveaways and Quilt Progress

First, I want to tell you of a Reproduction Scrap Giveaway being drawn this coming Friday, Jan 23 on Wendy's blog "The Constant Quilter".  All it takes is a Comment and you have a chance to win!!

Wendy and I are joining Barbara Brackman's "Stars In A Time Warp" QAL making 6" stars each week using reproduction fabrics suggested by her. Check that out here. Click on the red star on the left side of the page.

First week is Turkey Red.  And here is mine.  Had fun choosing which Turkey red to use and in fact, cut fabrics for  ManyMore in case I need them as I want to make a quilt about 84" x 84" which will take about 196 blocks.  Since I plan to use an alternate fabric for every other block, I need to make only 98 pieced blocks......which seems doable since I have been getting lots of practice while making the same 6" stars for my Colonial Medallion.  I needed 36 and made 57!  Like to have choices!!!  

The star blocks that did not make it into the quilt are below .....the second photo contains stars with backgrounds that I considered too light for the Medallion quilt, but will be happy to use in something else!!  

This is my Colonial Medallion before adding the star border.....

And here it is with the star border!  One more plain blue border to go and then Lots and Lots of Flying Geese!  Kinda large ones at 3" x 6" so they might go fast once I get in the groove!  Need to start pulling more fabrics.....don't want much duplication if I can help it!
Until next time............should not be too long......already took the photos of the new shop fabrics.......lots of new fabrics!!  Hard to resist!!