Friday, December 22, 2017

Life has been kinda quiet.................

 which, of course, is just the way I like it! However, it doesn't offer much about which to talk (write!).......well, actually I found a few things since it has been So Long since I have written a blog post!!   Spent quiet time in the shop handstitching the bindings on these two pieces.  Left is "GreenAcres" by Jo Morton.  This was a club project but I found it available here at AllPeopleQuilt, in case you would also like to make one!  It is about 15" x 18". On the right is a tablerunner made of charm squares from Jo Morton's "Gratitude" and "Reflections", using Miss Rosie's Large Crumbler template (several sizes can be cut from the template.....a smaller Crumbler template is also available.

"GreenAcres" by Jo Morton.

Have loved Betsy Chutchian's "Eliza's Indigo" line and wanted to make her little quilt from the book "Mini Marvels"..........

So, it is Started!  Everyone knows how good I am about "Starts" and not so good about "Finishes".  Tho I try.....not ready to make it a New Year's Resolution yet.....It is actually now assembled as far as the flying geese border but forgot to take a photo!  Lots of Snow Weather happening in Maine now and through Christmas so I should find lots of Sewing Time!  Interspersed with filling the woodstoves so we will be cozy and warm!

And speaking of Betsy Chutchian, she has a new book coming this spring from Quiltmania (don't you just love their books?).  It is "Quilts for All Seasons" available to pre-order in January.  You will love all her quilts!  Just as we did in the three books she wrote for KansasCityStar.

Here is another Start!  A Russian Sunflower (or Sunburst) from "Quilts from the Colonies", a Quiltmania book by Margaret Mew of Australia.  A lovely book full of  Early American quilt designs.  She visited me this fall while she was touring the USA!  Lovely lady who has more quilts to make!

My block (and Margaret's too) is hand-pieced.....slow-going for me but think I might pick up speed if I always had one ready to pick up and work on!  

My Leaders/Enders project is coming along!  Need 576 blocks of the 3" Railfence blocks for a 72" x 72" quilt and now have 555!  As usual, have changed my mind and should make a larger quilt.  That size is fine for me but this quilt will end up someday with one of my children and they need larger quilts!

No worries......Easy to make more!  Many shoeboxes  of 1" strips waiting for me!  The smaller box contains the "cutaways" from the 6" x 1" strips that just fit one of logs on the 6" log cabins that will like be my next "Leaders/Enders"!  I liked the small Log Cabin quilt that I made for the quilt show that I want to make a bed-sized one!  And then Handquilt it......just because I loved the feel of  that handquilted Quilt!

And since I love the Sunburst block so much, I think I'll make Another One!  A six inch block for my Enhanced 9-Patch that will contain a Sampler of many blocks just because it is more interesting to work on!  I have chosen to use Cindy Blackberg's stamp patterns for this one.....stamping all the pieces was easier and quicker than I thought it would be!  Back someday with my finished block!

  And quilting life would not be complete without Yet Another Start!  This is also for the Enhanced Nine Patch......Another favorite leaf pattern appliqued with back-basting technique perfected by Jeana Kimball.....she has lovely tutorials on her Facebook page!  This photo is of the drawing of the pattern on the reverse side of the fabric using a light box.

And now it is back-basted and ready for needleturn!  The scissors are from Karen Kay Buckley and are Excellent for trimming/clipping in small spaces......very sharp, serrated blades.

Will leave you with the photo of my favorite Christmas decoration (and this year, my Only One!) .......a lovely Nativity Scene to remind us of the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place!  

Merry Christmas to everyone reading this today and may your New Year be filled with Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness! 


  1. love all your little projects...stay warm...merry christmas!

  2. I love your sunflower/sunburst. It is beautiful. Maybe some year I'll feel like I can take on that challenge, but not yet. I also like your leaf block, especially the fabric. A quiet life is really good, in my opinion, because it means there isn't drama, stress, catastrophe, illness, death, etc. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  3. Beautiful starts, Cyndi! And a lovely nativity. Have a very merry Christmas! Stay warm!

  4. Such lovely projects Cyndi! The sunflower is an amazing block. Merry Christmas to you and yours, with much love.

  5. Merry Christmas! Your Projects are great. Love the Nativity. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Cindy Blackberg was my first quilt teacher.

  7. I really enjoyed reading your post and I love that you share your little foibles! I have a couple of projects on the go but I think I need to make a New Years resolution to stop looking at Pintrest and reading too many blogs, yours is an exception of course. I wonder if other people get side tracked from their projects like I do? I was looking for a pattern for my grand daughter and despite having more books than the library I can't help myself Lol.
    Thank you for sharing and may you have a happy safe new year.

  8. What is that gorgeous fabric you are using in your leaf block? I love back basting but have a terrible habit of forgetting that whole "trace it on the back step." It's not a problem if the block is symmetrical but I have a few that just wound up facing a different way than in the pattern. Enjoy your cozy stitching - I'm jealous about the snow. I'd love an excuse to stay home and stitch.

    1. Nice to hear from you, Taryn! I've made the symmetrical mistake before, but I use it anyway. Can see where it might be a problem in some designs tho! The fabric is "Mary's Chocolates" Mary Koval when she was working with Blank....long time ago I think. We do have lots of snow but it will be too cold for the next week to be outside for very long!

  9. How wonderful you were able to finish the binding on a few of your quilts. They look lovely! The starburst looks great. I just recently purchased Cindy's stamp set for this same block and look forward to actually stitching it up. I love to hand sew, it's so relaxing even though it takes much longer to sew the blocks together.
    I absolutely love the leaf you did the back basting on. May I ask what pattern the leaf is from?
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and fabulous New Year!

  10. Lovely post Cyndi, you have lots on the go and have just tried the back basting method and really like it.
    Here’s wishing you a Happy and healthy New Year.

  11. I'm just getting back myself. Your posts are always so beautiful!