Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dear Jane Blocks and Camouflage Quilt

 I did manage to do a set in seam on this one! Maybe there is hope for my sewing skills - lol!
 Lots of appliqué to keep from piecing the curves.
 More applique . . .
and even more. Whoops, I see a tiny bit of red bleeding. May have to redo this block or at least try rinsing it again.
 This quilt was made for a special young man.
 I purchased the fabric on a Friday morning and made this quilt over the weekend.
 It was washed and to UPS by Monday afternoon.
 What a fun quilt to make and surprise a young man with some of his favorite interests on the quilt.
He was thrilled and I had the joy of making it for him! The pattern is Triple Treat Petite from Atkinson Designs book, Happy Hour. I resized the blocks to 12" for the size quilt I wanted to make. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Dear Jane Again!

Here is one of the projects I've been working on recently - Dear Jane - 94 blocks complete!
 Most of these are from Row F. Sometimes it takes me about as long to figure out HOW I am going to sew these blocks as it does to actually do them.
 Now this one was simple!

 Did I mention that I really can't sew curves? Or set in seams? After 35 years??
 Pretty pitiful, isn't it. I am considering trying hand piecing again. I tried in the nineties and was unsuccessful, but I didn't do much hand appliqué then either. I use all different techniques because I really want them to look nice when I'm finished.
 I used the starch method on these tiny melons.
 I appliquéd the four red inset seams above because I can't sew set in seams well.
I appliquéd these little orange melons. This seems a little bright but I have some other oranges in the quilt so think it will blend well. My goal has been to make the quilt in colors/fabrics that Jane Stickle might have used originally before her quilt faded over the years, also personalizing it as I go. 
Happy Stitching and thanks for viewing my blog!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Dear Jane & Black & White BOM

 Last week I was able to get some more Dear Jane blocks completed.
 I needed to fill in the blanks on Row E, as I had chosen some of the simpler ones to sew first. Imagine that!!
 So now Rows A - E are complete, plus some more for a total of 85 blocks! Wahoo!! 
 Remember, these are 4.5" finished! I just like to do close-ups for the details.

 A little set in seam here.
And one more to complete the row!
 And now, the Black and White blocks I was working on. The alternate blocks surely change the look of this and the borders are on now, too. . . just not in the picture.
I had a coral colored back for this and then when I laid it under the white, realized it would shadow through so had to get another backing. Ugh!! I'll use the coral for something else now but hope to remember this lesson when using a lot of white. I should have known this by now but just another learning experience I suppose. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Rebecca's Primitive Garden

My neighbor and friend has been working on her Primitive Garden for a couple of years now, along with many other projects. I recently quilted it for her and wanted to share her beautiful quilt!
 She personalized the quilt in so many ways instead of exactly following the pattern - a flag added and another birdhouse . . .
 lots of different birds - a cardinal here . . .
 pretty bluebirds at the birdbath . . .
and special stitching on the flowers.
 Love the sunflowers and crows . . .
garden gate with flowers . . .
 watering can . . .
wheelbarrow . . .
rake and birds . . .
and some butterflies and bees, too! Beautifully done and such a huge project. I began at the same time and have just gotten to my first border. Maybe next year it will be completed! Great job, Rebecca!!

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!!