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

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!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Mid-June

This is my version of Maggie's First Dance Block #1, a BOM designed by Jacquelynne Steves.  I think joining in is still possible.  What I'm finding fun about it is that there is a facebook group participants can join and upload a photo of their blocks.  This creates alot of positive feedback as well as a bIock show of so many different versions of the same block.  It's pretty nice.  I went with batiks for this project because they've been in my stash for way too long.  They aren't the cheeriest colors but I'll make them work.

These are the blocks I made for the Homespun Hearth mystery qal.  I missed one but I know I can duplicate it so I will be doing that soon.  The fabric the blocks are on is what I am considering for the sashing.  I really don't want to go with white.  
I love this block. It's called Swing in the Center.  By coincidence I was reading a quilting book from the library that was published in 1949 and this block was in its collection.  I was very surprised because I assumed it was a newer block.  

I have my grandniece's quilt top sewn together and have been pulling fabrics for the backing, so that's next for that project.

Have you noticed how many neat qal's are happening right now?  I would like to make the AMB blocks and Wendy Shepherd has a beautiful project on the Aurifil site.  

Hope your weather is as nice as ours has been this spring.
God Bless You.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Still Making Blocks and Things

 One of the best things about late spring and summer is that all the meetings wrap up and obligations slow down.  I feel as if my time has finally an opening for me to do what I like.  I began a new project because I needed some variation.  Homespun Hearth, a quilt shop that also has an online presence, has a mystery QAL going and I'm downloading the blocks as they come out.  Unfortunately, they are only free for 2 days; I missed the 8th block but since it's a sampler I can insert something else.  
 I'm enjoying making these. 
Aunt Dinah, Chinese Coin and Five Spot blocks.
 I think I have all of the blocks I need for the Swirls and Whirls quilt. I'll begin putting it together this week hopefully. 

I have a column of blocks not shown here because I ran out of space. There is no sashing so I'll be playing with placement.  It has a nice border of scrap squares.  
Have a wonderful week.
God Bless You!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A Bit of Progress on Shooting Stars

The quilt design I'm following is by Sherri McConnell and was named Swirls and Whirls when it was published in June, 2014 in American Patchwork & Quilting
I hope my version comes out as nicely as this cover quilt.

I have nothing else to show.  I planted some marigolds because I just had to:)
Have a wonderful week.
God Bless You.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Hands 2 Help Tumbler Quilt

Stitched, washed, dried and ready to go.  It just needs a label.

I'm donating this quilt to one of the Hands 2 Help charities, an annual event begun and hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
I put together this tumbler quilt top a few years ago, put it away with other unfinished projects, but never forgot about it.  I didn't know who to give it to, until  now.  I got to work putting it together with it's backing and batting, quilted it and sewed on the binding this morning. 
There's nothing like a finished quilt.

I also found another quilt block that I like for Brenna's quilt and have finally decided that this is the one.
Does this block have a name?  The center is a simple pinwheel, but I think the extensions make it some kind of star.  Edit:  This is a variation of the Shooting Star block.
I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead.
God Bless.