"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Finish and Closer to a Finish

Last year this quilt top was finished but not quilted.  Now it is and hangs in my living room.  I really love it.  This is a Lynette Jensen design from her book, Quilting for Harvest.

I'm working on quilting the Homespun Hearth mystery quilt I made earlier this year and hope it will be finished this week.  I went with just a narrow border of the two darker fabrics.  The binding will probably be the plaid.  The backing is the lighter floral.  This was all pulled from my stash, and I like the darker tones.  In fact, the light floral is fabric from my late mother's stash. 

This is the fourth and last block for the Maggie's First Dance BOM by Jacquelynne Steves. 
In October we will receive the setting.  Some of the participants have used their blocks to make tote bags and such.  I'm not sure what I will do.  I used batiks from my stash for these blocks, and at first, I wasn't loving the result.  But now I know I made the right choice.  I used Crayolas to tint all of the flowers in my embroidery.  I like the way that looks, too.

We are having lovely, cooler autumn weather this week, my favorite.  Very refreshing and energizing.
Hope all is well.
God Bless You!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

A Finish

This is Brenna's quilt all done except for the label.  I hand quilted it with long stitches and it's been washed making it very crinkled.
I'm happy with it.
Swirls and Whirls by Sherri McConnell, American Patchwork and Quilting, June '14
I used leftover blocks in the backing.
Brenna told me she likes polka dots and stripes, pink and turquoise. 
On to a new project.  I have an autumn wall hanging to quilt, and if I complete that this week I'll be amazed with myself.  Two finishes in one week?  I'm going to try.

Don't know about you, but I am ready for autumn weather.  
Have a wonderful week.
God Bless.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Third Block Maggie's First Dance

This is the third block in the Maggie's First Dance BOM by Jacquelynn Steves. 
I like the way the crayons added color to this block.

I also fixed the mistake I made on the second block.   

I was leery about my choice of using the batiks I had on hand, but I am pleased with how the blocks look together.  There is only one more block to go.

I'm working on Brenna's quilt and have two rows of twirls to go, then the squares.  I think I'll be doing some machine quilting as well.

Hope you are all well.
God Bless.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pretty Postcards

 Isn't this pretty?  This is the postcard I received from my exchange partner, Jo, from the latest postcard swap organized by Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World
 I'm not sure which orientation is right, but I like this pansy either way.  Thank you, Jo.
I'm always impressed by the artistic abilities used to make the cards I receive.  

This is the card I made and sent to Jo.  I guess we were both in the flower mindset.

I haven't been idle, just quiet.
I have been hand quilting Brenna's quilt with long stitch quilting.
 It's slow going but progress is being made.  I hope she still likes turquoise and pink by the time she gets this quilt:)

I'm going to share a picture of a block that I made for the Maggie's First Dance BOM.  I made this block last month, and just yesterday put up the 1st and 2nd blocks as I prepare to make the 3rd.  Well, don't ask me why I didn't see the obvious mistake I made in putting the pieces together, but see if you can spot it.  I'm not talking about the geese points.  
If you spotted the bottom row and the geese on the wrong sides, that's it.  How could I not see that?  And it went up on facebook.  Geesh!  Anyway, that's something else to fix.  

I hope you all are enjoying life.  
Happy quilting.
God Bless.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

An Almost Finish

This is the Homespun Mystery Quilt sewn together but missing the border.  I might have to fudge that because I am running very low on the navy fabric.  Nevertheless, I really like this project.

I was making great progress on the quilt for Brenna, but I am not happy with the batting I have so I'll be making a trip to Joann's for something else.  I like The Warm Company Warm and Natural cotton batting.  It has a nice weight and doesn't feel too light.  That's my own opinion, not a paid statement.

I attended  a local quilt show last week.  It was very small but interesting. 
This picture is made of tiny bits of fabric glued to a background fabric.  I've got to try this some day. 
This is another work by the same quilter. 
This same quilter made this quilt that used Brazilian embroidery; her stitches were gorgeous.  Apparently, the difference in the Brazilian embroidery is the twist in the thread, which is made here in the United States.
I'm showing this quilt because it has all of the lighthouses in the Cape area, and my Dad worked in one of them when he was a teen.  It is a beautiful quilt.

Hope you have a nice week ahead.  Stay safe and God Bless!