I used a Buttermilk Basin pattern to make the wool mat shown in the header picture.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Basket Number Two - Cheri Block of the Month

Cheri Payne provided us with another prim basket and a variety of parts patterns.  We can choose to use them however it suits our fancy.  It is very interesting to see what others have done with the same pattern parts.  Such a variety.  Here is my basket # 2.

And a picture of both my baskets.  I don't know what the setting will be yet.  Or how many baskets.

For those not familiar with the prim style, just about anything goes.  Things often look a bit wonky.  Just to give you an idea of other prim designs, pay Cheri a visit at her website.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beyond the Cherry Tree Update

It has been a while since I completed a quilt block from the "Beyond the Cherry Tree" pattern set.  This month I have done two blocks and it feels good getting back into the groove.

The grapes took a chunk of time prepping so many circles of different sizes.  I assigned an alpha letter to each of the circle sizes needed and marked the paper pattern with the appropriate letters.  I cut the circles out of note card stock and marked each one with the alpha letter before gathering fabric round each one.  I stored them in separate envelopes by size.  I also marked each circle on my background fabric with an alpha letter.  I used one of the blue wash out pens but since I had prepped the background a couple months ago, the blue marks had faded somewhat.  I had to use the paper pattern as guidance when I could not read what was marked on the background.  I breathed a sigh of relief when the last grape was stitched and the embroidery done.

This block was oh so easy to do!

The patterns were free at one time as a block of the month but can still be purchased from Sentimental Stitches.  Watch for one of her discount sales.

Thanks for pausing for a look today.

Monday, February 13, 2017

ABC Sampler Part Three

The latest section of the ABC Sampler (pattern by Cheri Payne).  I added the gingerbread men to the section and changed the "J" block to a Nativity as I didn't really understand the block design in the pattern.  Both are from other Cheri patterns.  So there is Grandma's House, gingerbread men, and flying geese shapes for "G".  An ice-cream cone for "I".  Baby Jesus for "J".  Lori said she was thinking of using a Nativity also.

Here is a picture of the whole top row.  I didn't get a very straight picture.

I am enjoying selecting the fabrics from stash and stitching the blocks.

Be sure to visit Lori's blog to see her latest section of the sampler.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Late To the Party - Shenandoah Botanical Block Update

Yes, I am late with my block.  And still have the pink wreath to make to complete last month's assignment but I will get there.

The block looked a bit dull until I added the yellow flower centers.  I am happy to hve this block finished!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Fall Festival Part One

I am participating with several ladies in the making of Jan Patek's "Fall Festival" quilt.  Today is the day to share the first month's assignment of blocks.

Easy stitching because the shapes are larger in size so I enjoyed the process.  All the fabrics used are from stash.

Visit Lori's blog to see links to more pictures of the blocks made.


Friday, January 27, 2017

ABC Sampler Part Two

The second section of the ABC Sampler quilt is complete and added to the first section.  The pattern set I am using is by Cheri Payne.  Myself and Lori from Humble Quilts are doing this as a sew-along.  A great way to keep on track with actually completing a quilt project.

The girls design was meant to be a template block or maybe paper piecing.  Instead, I chose to do applique.  A fun block to stitch.

And here is a picture of the first two sections sewn together.  Again, the little basket block on the bottom was mean to be pieced template form but I did it with applique.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Shenandoah Botanical Catch Up and A Cheri Basket

I am still behind on the Shenandoah Botanical blocks but am working towards a catch-up.  I am not fond of the Peony block.  I used two pinks for the flowers.  First time doing the block, one of the pinks was a pink and off white check.  Close to finishing the stitching, I decided it made a busy block look way too busy.  I hesitated replacing the pink check flowers as I had already spent a lot of time on the block.  I looked at it for many days and finally decided the pink check had to come off.  I took a picture of the block but discovered it was a blurry picture and not true colors.  So I cannot show you the original version.  Here is the second go round stitching the block and with a few less flowers than the original version.

Maybe if the green stems were not a roses on green print fabric, the block would not have looked as busy with the pink check.

Next, I made the basket block from the free design Cheri Payne shared with her Facebook group.  Her design had the basket shape and a variety of parts that you could arrange in any fashion you wanted to.  So many great blocks have been made by some very creative people.  If you are not a member of the group and like a prim style, be sure to join here.

I used all cottons on my block.  Many of the participants have used wool or a combination of the two.  There will be more blocks added to the sew-along.

Tomorrow is an update on the ABC Sampler sew-along I am doing with Lori of Humble Quilts.