Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Courthouse Steps Quilt

This little quilt was made to show the Bonnie Blues Basics line a couple years ago when we used that her fabric for our Maine shop hop.  I was inspired by a quilt pattern by Lori Smith "From My Heart to Your Hands". The logs are 1/2" and I handquilted down the center of all of them......I know, I know, way more work than it is worth, but I love to spend evenings handquilting!!  Most relaxing for me!!

Snowy Day in Maine and Much of the USA!!

Going through some old photos today while enjoying the peace and quiet of a day off due to Snow!!   This is a doll quilt that I reproduced from a baby quilt photo in "Small Endearments".  The center Toile is from the first Smithsonian line by RJR called "Rising Sun"...remember those great old fabrics!  I still have lots of the 4 Smithsonian lines as well as the 4 Shelburne lines and I still love them even after all these years of more and more wonderful reproduction fabrics being produced!!

Distress It!!!

Made this little 4-Patch quilt (2" blocks) from charm squares of the New England Quilts from Olde Sturbridge Village collection by Curator Aimee Newell.  The Whites were way too White for me, so I used "Distress It" for the first time and am very happy with the results.  I sprayed lightly a couple times until I was happy with the color.  Check the Before and After photos!  "Distress It" is a spray that was recommended by Jo Morton, having been developed by a Rughooker to age her hooked rugs.  Am using a wonderful Pemberley floral (early 1800's reproduction fabric) for borders.  Plan to handquilt it and use wool batting.