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!