Monday, February 2, 2015

Farmer's Wife Blocks & Birthday Block

 I worked on a few more Farmer's Wife Blocks this week. Here they are - up close! 
Block 32
 Block 58
 Block 35
 Block 39
Block 40
 I use several different methods to get these accurate. One is the EQ software and I print out templates or even paper piece. Since I was fussy cutting this block, I printed out the templates BUT used the Marti Michell template for cutting the little floral triangles. I have used many of her templates for cutting as they are SO accurate.
Block 33
 Honestly, I do enjoy going through my fabrics and choosing them for each block about as much as sewing them. 
 Here are a few choices for future blocks.
 It takes longer to prepare the fabrics, ironing and cutting, than it does to sew them.
I like how they are all individualized though.
Here is another little 8" block quilt for Elaine. She recently celebrated a special birthday and many in the guild are making her 8" blocks to be put together (with pins) in a quilt. This pattern was taken from the Kim McLean Stars and Sprigs pattern. Guess when I bought this pattern I thought I'd make the whole quilt..........still might someday. A great way to use a lot of Kaffe fabrics in a simple way.

I hope to get back to my Black & White BOM this week and get those alternate blocks sewn. Stitch when you can!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Black & White BOM 2010

 In 2010, our small quilt group began this BOM at Quilts 'n Stitchins in Jonesboro. I collected my blocks - most of them - $1 each - and sewed two. Others finished their quilts years ago but mine were aging in their little plastic baggies.
 Last week I pulled them out and stitched what is on the design wall above. I had no more white on white fabric to finish the last two so I am waiting on more fabric. Plus, this is just the beginning . . .there are 13 alternate blocks, each being a 5-patch. I had to order some black and white and I cut the above into 3.5" squares from fabric I had on hand. This will be a queen sized quilt when completed. The good thing is the blocks are 15" so not too difficult.
Here are scraps left for the border which I still need to cut.
 Meanwhile, I stitched two more Dear Jane quilt blocks. This one and the one on the right below.
I am not very good at Y seams or curves but I managed in the purple one. I am over 1/3 of the way finished, meaning I only have 149 more blocks to go!
I stitched this Farmer's Wife blocks, too. It's funny how large the pieces seemed after working with Dear Jane. It is 6" finished and DJ is 4.5" finished. Quite a variety this week but all were enjoyable!
Stitch when you can!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Stitching in 2015

For those not familiar with the Dear Jane quilts or Jane A. Stickle quilt, here is the cover. There are 225 blocks and the center blocks are 4.5" finished. The border triangles are 5" x 8" finished. Quite a quilt and of course made by hand 150 years ago. I am continuing on with my Dear Jane journey this year and here are some blocks I've completed recently.

This is one of the triangle border blocks.

 All my Dear Jane blocks for now.
I got a little appliqué done on my Flower Garden quilt, pattern by Kim McLean. It has been waiting for years to be stitched. I'm just a little behind . . . . .
Here is another new book that really interests me. The 1718 Coverlet. And can you believe, most of the blocks are also 4.5" finished. Anyway, it's a future possibility but just thought I'd share the book. Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Coming to a Close

It has been quite a while since I've posted so I will try to catch up before we are in the New Year! In November I went on a mission trip to Nicaragua with a group from our church. We have been sponsoring some children to go to a Christian school there and I was able to meet them in person after corresponding for almost four years.
 This is Angely. . .
 Maria . . .
and Moises, who had been out of school for a while because of some surgery. We found him at his home with his parents and what a blessing to get to see all these precious children!! It was a truly great trip!!
A lady from our church began a Sewing Ministry and Sewing School there and here is the classroom. It is amazing what these students have learned. There were 12 who graduated while we were there and took home their very own sewing machine to be able to have a home business. There was a fashion show with many of the garments they had made.
Here is an example of one dress this lady was finishing up that week for the show.
 Speaking of finishing, I really did complete my quilt top, "Words To Life By," SBOW, from Primitive Gatherings. That was all those hundreds of half square triangles I grumbled about earlier! 
 Here is one more block of my Primitive Garden quilt, also from Primitive Gatherings.
And now as the Di Ford Mystery Quilt has come to a close for 2014, I have completed the first round! Oh well, maybe in 2015 this will become a quilt.
I made this little doll quilt for Lacey who is two and loves her babies! It matches her room.
This is our quilt group (minus Gerry taking the picture) at our Christmas luncheon!
Jake has now turned four - where did the time go??
After 14+ years in the making - I have decided to finish my Bible Quilt (designed by Jan Patek as a BOM). The blocks have been completed for years except for the embroidery/words. Since I do much more hand stitching now, it will be prettier than if I had done it years ago. How's that for making yourself feel good about procrastinating!!?
 And now one last project - my Dear Jane quilt that has also been in the making for 12+ years. This is my first triangle/border block. I found a FB group, Jane Stickle Quilt Group, which is very encouraging and I can see that I might now finish this historic quilt. Here are two websites with great information also:
Dear Jane and
That Quilt, where she gives pictures and step by step instructions on how she made her blocks.
 I've had 65 blocks out of 225 completed for a while. I am setting some new goals to finish this quilt.
 It is VERY challenging at times, some blocks have 45 pieces in them and they measure 4.5" finished.
That's a LOT of tiny pieces. I chose all my center block fabrics years ago and identified them in a layout provided with the EQ Software. I chose to make them just a little brighter than Jane's original quilt, OR, as I say, what hers may have been before fading some over 150 years ago. 
Of course, Christmas was celebrated amidst all of these posts, but now the decorations are put away and I am looking forward to new GOALS for 2015. 
Happy New Year!!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Miles of Triangles & More

I always enjoy seeing these beautiful trees in the fall. There are few leaves left now but the colors were just gorgeous!
I've been working on hundreds of half square triangles for my Words to Live By quilt, the SBOW for 2013 from Primitive Gatherings. I've had them all ready to sew but just kept putting it off. However, I can't finish the quilt until they are sewn so half are done. It's hard for me to be exactly accurate so one was 1/2" too long and one 1/2" too short. Maybe this third will be just right. I just have to fudge a little and make them work.
 I've sewn a couple more Farmer's Wife Quilt Blocks - the fabrics are what makes these little blocks.
One more block in my Primitive Garden!
An 8" quilt for a friend's 70th birthday. Our group makes birthday quilts for special years and this time, like mine, it will be small quilts all attached to each other and she loves cats.
I just love this picture! We kept our grandchildren and took them to a fall festival. He won the little pirate's patch and put it on. It was so cute how he felt like he had to close his eyes to wear it. Love the sweet smile and apple painted on his cheek!