This is the May sheep blanket from a pattern by Buttermilk Basin.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Dearest Boy

My first block for "Dearest Boy" by Jean Cerbone.

Block one was not an easy block to accomplish.  The design is meant to look like a doily that would have rested on the back of the head rest part of a chair or maybe on the chair arm.  I had trouble fitting all the leaves in.  I know that Julie and Cathy simplified that part in their blocks and I was wishing I had.  The "eyelet" look trim around the outside of the circle was a bit of a challenge too.  I did mine slightly different than shown in the pattern but I think it is much the same look.

Here is the link to Cathy's post.  I am not seeing Julie's post yet but here is a link to her blog.

I showed a picture of the quilt pattern cover in a previous post but will share it again to refresh your memory or maybe you did not see it at all.  The pattern is not currently available but the designer says it may be available again the end of the year.

Have a good day.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Stonefields Top Complete

I took time to trim the Stonefields blocks and sew them together into a top.  If you are familiar with the Stonefields pattern design, you will notice that mine is not completed in the same manner.  If you are not familiar, here is a link to a Pinterest page that shows blocks that quilters have made and also a few tops and completed quilts.  I chose not to make the flying geese border nor the hexagon border.  Instead, I chose a border style stripe print so that my quilt did not look quite as busy.  There is enough busy look without that part.  One of my quilt holders is shorter than the other person.  They did the best they could to display the top for a photo.

In the pattern, some block designs are repeated.  I chose to make repeats of a couple designs other than those that I liked.  And left out a few block designs.  And added a couple of my own choice not included in the pattern.  I enjoyed doing fussy cuts for many of the blocks.  You can do a search on my blog for  "Stonefields" and see close ups of the blocks on some of my blog posts.  Also, I have a category on my Pinterest page that shows many, many blocks and quilt tops I have made and the Stonefields blocks are included.

The border stripe print I used is a French General fabric and it is a one way design.  So I could not get nice mitered corners that made their own design.  I chose just to do the borders in a simple style.

The blocks are six inch finished.  So much fun that I would do this again and enjoy playing with my fabrics.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Final Beyond the Cherry Tree Blocks

Here are pictures of the final two "Beyond the Cherry Tree Blocks".

Next is to prep and then stitch the border appliques.  I am taking a short break from this quilt project.  I am working on a small quilt for a trade.  It is ready for the quilting step.  I am also making backings for quilt tops.  I have a closet full of quilt tops hanging that need to be finished or passed on to someone else.

I will be back on the 15th to show the first block for "Dearest Boy".


Monday, April 30, 2018

Early American Life.....Blocks Done

Cathy and I got busy and finished the rest of our blocks for Early American Life.




 Love Birds

Cathy added her sashings as she went.  I still have that to do.  I have been working on a doll quilt for a swap through the Facebook Prim group.  It is an interesting challenge which I will explain more about at a later date.

Now for another new sew-along.  This time it will be Cathy, Julie, and myself participating.  We will be working on a new pattern set called "Dearest Boy".  The pattern set was available on Etsy but I do not see it offered there at this time.  There is also a Facebook group for those stitching the pattern.  It consists of both pieced and applique blocks.  Below is a picture of the quilt.

We are going to try for two blocks a month and post one on the 15th and the 30th as Cathy and I have been doing with the "Early American Life" blocks.  Stay tuned.


Additional information:  I have had a couple e-mails asking how to find the Dearest Boy designer to ask about pattern availability.  The designer is Jean Cerbone and she still has an Etsy shop  You can contact her through that listing and ask when more patterns will be available.  Here is a link.

I cannot e-mail you if you are listed as a "no-reply" commentor.  

Monday, April 16, 2018

Beyond the Cherry Tree Update

I have three more blocks to share from the "Beyond the Cherry Tree" designs that I am working on.  Only two blocks left to stitch after these.

The basket with the handle block is a favorite of mine from the pattern set.

Lots of circles on this block.

Less pieces but still took tome time.

I am anxious to get the last two blocks done and then start prepping the border pieces.  I want to move on to other projects!


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Early American Life Block #Eleven

It's the 15th and time to share the next block for the Early American Life quilt Cathy and I have been working on,

The pattern titled this block as "Tulip".  It has a Pennsylvania Dutch look to it.

I have been busy with company and other things that need attending to and have not done much sewing.  I got back to my applique on "Beyond the Cherry Tree" about three days ago.  I will do a post soon sharing the new blocks completed.

Have a good Sunday or whatever day you are reading this.


Friday, March 30, 2018

Early American Life Update

The end of the month slipped up on me.  I have had company for a week and no sewing done here.  But fortunately, I already had my block done for the 30th.

Cathy mentioned in her blog post that this block design is very much Pennsylvania Dutch in style and I agree.  It was an easy one to stitch.  Be sure to pay Cathy a visit and see her block.  Hers is brighter in color.

My visitor this past week has been my sister-in-law.  She has a lot more energy than me and lots of know how.  She has been doing many jobs sprucing up the outdoors around my house and pressure washing the driveway, sidewalks, and pool area.  And we have been playing cards and Yahtzee in the evenings.  I will get back to sewing this next week.