Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy New Quilting Year


This is the Palampore Panel from the "Tree of Life" collection by Mary Koval for Windham Fabrics due in April.  Measuring 50" x 90", it will nearly cover the top of a bed!  The rest of the fabrics in the line can be viewed at WindhamFabrics.com   ....click on Fabric Gallery.
Years ago I made my own bread and one Sunday afternoon recently I decided to try it again.....not as pretty as I remember but did taste wonderful!  Plan to do it again soon!
Remember the Roberta Horton plaids/stripes from many years ago.  I made this quilt several years ago and recently unearthed it so I thought I would share it.....fabrics were so soft and nice to handle and the colors were varied and wonderful.





This is the center panel for a quilt reproduction called The Southcott Quilt by Andover Fabrics.  Based on an 1808 quilt made by Joanne Southcott.  One of the next items to work on from my list of many!  I have the center and first border ready.  

Wish they had made yardage of this "Chinoiserie" fabric from late 18th, early 19th century.  No one that I know of has printed yardage and I think someone should!  This tiny bit is just a big Tease for we who love the Early fabrics!
Here is picture of the reproduction quilt from the Andover website.




New fabric arrivals include "Heart's Content" by Edyta Sitar for Moda.  I have the entire collection (brown large floral sold out but I think I will re-order...it's my Favorite).
Lovely fabrics in lighter colors, including one "shirting".


Paisleys are alway a Favorite!
And check out the Dots!  One of the reasons I got the whole line!


Caswell County by Jo Morton for Andover.  Jo has Pre-cuts now!  5" squares, 10" squares and 2-1/2" strips!  

One of my current "Leaders and Enders" projects.....will produce lots and lots of small 1/2 Square Triangles for some as yet undetermined project.....but I just know I love quilts made from Scrappy Triangles!!
This applique block from Edyta Sitar's (love her fabrics, patterns, books, everything!) Elegant Garden series of 24 blocks.  This is block #9 ....embarrassed to have only 9 done when the BOM ended a long time ago.  I got hung up on the little brown "teardrop" shapes......didn't like doing them!  After I finally finished them, I looked at the pattern and found I still had Lots of Circles left to do!  Those do not bother me so got done pretty quickly!


And, I have decided to work on my Jane Stickle quilt again.  Two blocks using the new background that I love.....an old P&B that Wendy is using in her DJ also.  She did all the center blocks in 5 months in "potholder style".....check them out here on her new blog.

At this point I should tell you that I started my DJ back in 1998...stopped after nearly two rows of blocks because I began to fear the muslin I was using would not hold up over time, tho it felt nice to work with!  Start #2 ended when I decided I really wanted to do all the blocks by hand.......this was probably 3-4 years ago and I really sew by hand too slowly, tho I Really Enjoy doing it!  These two blocks are machine-pieced (some paper-piecing of the flying geese).  A3 Hunter's Moon is my next block (I Have to work in order)it is tricky and will be hand-pieced as my earlier one was.  I was looking at my stack of completed blocks today and will not let them languish....will use them in a small quilt...........one of those "someday" projects!!!  



And, yet another project!  I am doing the "Judie's Album Quilt" BOM based on the quilt pattern book she published many years ago, "Reproduction Quilts from the Civil War Period 1850 - 1865".  The pattern maker for the BOM changed this first row from the "Chimney Sweep" pattern to a 4patch/9patch combo....and, I just wanted mine to look more like the original.  Am using more fabrics for the variety I prefer (all Judie's tho!).

Here is a photo of the original made by Lizzie Jones in 1843 that now resides at the Smithsonian.


That's it for now.....Very Cold here in Maine tonight....time to sit by the woodstove and read!!!  And, oh yeah, almost forgot!   Am going to try to do a Sawtooth Star block a week from Barbara Brackman's Civil War blog.  Check that out here!  

18 comments:

  1. It's nice to see all those Roberts Horton plaids again. Oh, wait, I have them all in my stash too! Mary Kobal's panel and fabrics will definitely be on my "must get list". Stay warm.

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    1. When I ordered the Koval Panel, I had not yet seen it. Yesterday the salesrep had it with her and it is Wonderful. Looking forward to using it!

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  2. Wonderful projects, exciting to see them all. You did get beautiful fabrics. A whole line, what a luxury. Can't wait to see what you will produce with them, they are gorgeous.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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    1. I have so many quilts in the works and in my head that I have no immediate plan for "Heart's Content", but I had to get them when they are available and not take the chance that they will be gone when I do want to use them! I did make one House block from Edyta's pattern as part of the display and it is gorgeous! The whole Homestead quilt pattern is gorgeous but I know I would get bogged down with the applique as I am slow at it......love it, but slow. I only do hand applique right now.

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  3. What a loaded post! : )
    I really like the new line by Edyta. Some lovely fabrics!
    I applaud your DJ efforts. I bought the book early on and have yet to make a single block.
    Lizzie Jones' quilt is wonderful!

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    1. Have always loved the Jane Stickle quilt since I first saw it.......I Think it was in an early Ladies Patchwork Circle magazine......my friend brought her box of completed blocks today and it is truly inspiring! Hope to start A-3 tonight....hand-piecing this one. I looked at the one I did years ago and liked the way it looked so I'll do it again!!

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  4. lovely golds in edyta's new line....talk about a full quilting plate....LOL

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    1. I love Edyta's fabrics.....not always "marketed" as reproduction but they sure fit the bill in my mind!!

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  5. My but you have been busy! I can't wait to come up tomorrow!

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    1. Your box of blocks that you brought is awe-inspiring! The finished quilt will be even better!

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  6. What a yummidy post! Loaded with projects and fabulous new fabrics. Thanks for sharing! It's bitterly cold here in Iowa too. (Misery loves company, you know.)

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    1. Still very cold here, but not as cold as International Falls in MN I just heard on the news! Hope the warm air being experienced today in CO makes its way East!!

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  7. It looks like you have a lot of wonderful fabric and fun projects to last until the weather gets warm again!

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    1. Actually, for the rest of my life!! LOL

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  8. Actually Judie is the one who changed that first row. She rewrote the pattern herself. I made the sample for Marcus, working through Homestead Hearth, but Judie's the pattern writer.

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    1. Hope I did not do anything controversial in changing the blocks in my quilt to look more like the quillt (as in Judie's book)!! Until last week, I had only a small photo of the original but found the wonderful, more detailed one that I posted above. My main interest is in antique quilts, their history, and women's and history, therefore the changes I made. I've had Judie's original book since it came out and today, a friend and I were discussing making Yet Another Version of it in Miniature (we both love to make small quilts!). The ideas and quiltmaking dreams are never-ending and we will never have to worry about being bored!!

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  9. Hello Cyndi, so happy to see a blog from you. Now I want to pull out my Roberta Horton fabrics and start a new little quilt. I remember when I had to have them all. There was one in particular that my sister, Louise, and I both loved. We called it Rotten Peaches...it was truly a color to have. Wonderful work on your DJ's. So good to hear from you. Judy in California

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    1. Roberta's fabric were wonderful both in color and design. The "hand" of the fabric made them so easy to work with! I continue to use them in lots of my quilts! Proves that some of the older fabrics are Timeless!!

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