Pattern for bunny pillow by Cheri.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Block Nine: Early American Life and More

It's the 15th and time to share the next block for "Early American Life".  The pattern identifies this block just as "Flower".  You can see Cathy's version by clicking here.

I made a decision to work only on the blocks for Lori Smith's "Homage to American Quilt Makers" and was able to complete all the blocks left to stitch.

The next block is one I substituted from another folk art style Lori Smith pattern.  I feel it more suited the look I wanted.  And it reminds me of the willow tree that used to be in the front yard when I was a child.  I did not like it when it got cut down.  I liked playing under the tree limbs.

I spent some time earlier in the month laying out the "Stonefields" blocks on my design floor (the design wall isn't large enough).  I am using the living room floor as it does not get much use.  I think I am satisfied with the block positions as they are now.  The blocks need trimmed to size and then sewn together.  If you remember, I substituted block designs from other sources for some in the pattern.

And while in the living room, I took a picture of a quilt hanging on the door of one of the quilt cabinets.  It is a Noah's Ark Quilt from a Red Wagon design. 

My current plan is to set aside the Lori Smith design blocks while I decide about the setting and go back to a UFO that I have neglected for a long time.  The "Beyond the Cherry Tree" quilt blocks.  I have seven left to stitch and then the borders.  I do better if I make a decision to push myself to stick with one project and just get it done.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Homage To American Quilt Makers

More blocks completed from the Lori Smith pattern "Homage To American Quilt Makers: Album Quilt".

I have one more block to prep from the pattern.  A total of five left to do the stitching on and one of those is getting close to done.  Then decision making time about the setting and border.  I am thinking of doing something a little bit different than the pattern shows.

I also stitched a sample basket block and I like the look.  I do not know who the basket pattern designer is.  At some time I had cut out a basket from a pattern but never stitched it.  I made a new pattern from the fabric basket I had cut out and went from there with a piece of Blackbird Designs fabric from stash.

You will find me in my chair today stitching away.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Early American Life Block Eight

Number eight of "Early American Life".  The pattern lists this as "Floral Motif".  I suppose it could be a flower.  It has sort of a tulip shape .  I have no idea what kind of flower it is supposed to be.  I used wool for the tiny gold circles.  They were too small for me to even think about stitching with cotton fabric.

I am wondering how Cathy did her block.  Check here if you want to check it out.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Basket Blocks and More

I am participating with a Facebook group that is making basket blocks.  Whatever basket design or designs that each person wants to do.  The group started in January so I am late to the party.  I have plans to make many more basket blocks than the group plan is as I want a larger quilt and probably strippy style.  Here are the fifteen blocks I have completed using mostly Jo Morton fabrics.  The baskets will be set on point (or at least that is my current plan).  I was inspired by the basket blocks that Wendy (The Constant Quilter) is making.  You can see some of her blocks here.

I completed two more blocks for the Lori Smith design quilt that I am working on.

I received a handmade gift from a fellow blogger.  A needle case.  The cover is made from selvedge edge strips.  They are edges from reproduction fabrics.  Selvedge edges on quilt fabrics are so much more interesting in recent years.

I like the little notebook in the back.  That can be very handy for whatever notes a person might want to make. 

I am almost over the severe gout attack.  I am trying to follow a diet that will help prevent future attacks.  I don't want to go through that again.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pineapple Block

Today I am sharing with you the pineapple block for the "Early American Life" quilt I have been working on.  The pattern is actually designed for fusible applique but I am doing needle turn instead.  Towards the bottom of the pineapple, I joined  a couple sections together as they were such small pieces.  Other than that, I was able to needle turn the pineapple sections.  The quilt design is based on early American stencil designs.

Take a minute to visit Cathy's blog.  She is simplifying the block designs.  I was oh so tempted to do the same on this block.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Old and New Quilt Projects

I am sharing pictures of quilt blocks today plus a quilt top that I just finished putting together.  I made another block for "It's A Bountiful Life".  I have lost count of how many are done now.  Maybe ten blocks.

Next, I started working on a Lori Smith design called "Homage to American Quilt Makers: Album Quilt".  I like the designs as they have a folk art look.

Amd a finished quilt top.  The pattern design is by Jeni From the Willow".  It was a freebie  in 2014/2015 called "A Life of Plenty".  Here is a link to the patterns.  I would have liked for it to be a bit larger.  It is not really long enough to cover up with unless you are a short person.  I did not want to put a huge border on it to make it larger so left it as designed.

I am still recovering from a severe gout attack but it is much better than it was.  And a cold on top of that that is about gone.  I am ready to feel good again.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cotton Flower and Two Finishes

Today I am sharing a picture of the Cotton Flower block from the "Early American Life" pattern Cathy and I have been working on.  I enjoyed doing this one.  It is the sixth block we have stitched for the quilt.  Ten to go.

Take a minute to visit Cathy's blog to see her version.

I have two completed quilts to share with you today.  The first is the "Piece and Plenty" quilt from a free Moda University pattern in 2008.  I made three of these quilts.  The third one took a while for me to complete as I really don't fancy making three from the same pattern.   Mary from Quilt Hollow quilted it.  It took quite a while for me to remember to do the binding.

And a picture of the backing.  A Blackbird Designs fabric.

The snowman quilt is from a Jan Patek pattern called "Pinetree Ridge".

I used a Country Threads snowman pattern to make a large block to add to the backing.  This quilt used up a lot of my medium blues in stash.

The gout in my left foot is better but the right foot is protesting and making it difficult to wear a shoe and to walk.  I think I can prep some applique today though to have something to sit and stitch on.