The quilt shown in the header is from a pattern by Ginger Cookie Company caled "Basket of Sunflowers".

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Early American Life

Cathy and I have begun working on a new project.  We plan to share a block on the 15th and 30th of each month.  The pattern has 16 blocks.  We are using an older pattern called "Early American Life" which was designed by The Country Quilter.  Pattern is no longer available.  This is what it looks like.

My first block is one of two different style Thistle blocks in the pattern set.  I am attempting to use what I have in stash though I purchased the background fabric.  The fabric is one of the Di Ford fabrics.

If you have the time, pay Cathy's blog a visit and see her block.


Monday, November 13, 2017


I was going to wait until this wall hanging was quilted to share a picture but there is too much going on at this time of year for me to quilt it any time soon.  I was inspired by Cathy's piece that she did and you can see it here.  The design is by Alma Allen and found in a book titled "Homespun Hearth" by Jan Patek.   The design I used is called "Blackbird".  I added a border to it to make a wall hanging.

I have had the basket print fabric for a good while.  I used it for color inpiration pulling the tan out for the background and the red for the flower.  And, of course, the blackbird needed to be black.  The black stripe makes a nice inner border.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  I will be prepping and stitching applique blocks today.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fern Rose

I came across some applique blocks I made quite some time ago.  I don't know why they got set aside as all were done.  I decided to put the top together before they got lost in the shuffle again.  I used a toile for the sashings between the blocks.  I then pieced bunches of hour glass blocks in reds and off white fabrics.  I should have over size cut them but did not.  I may have had better luck getting borders to fit had I trimmed them to size after piecing.  I ended up tossing all the blocks in the waste basket and going with a red print for the border.  I will use a red binding after it is quilted.

The pattern I used is called "Fern Rose" and was designed by Alma Allen.  It is found in their book "Nuts and Berries".  It is 54 inches wide by 66 inches long.  I would rather do blocks of different designs instead of repeat but changing the fabrics for each block kept it from being boring.  And the applique was not hard to do.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Flowers Quilt Top

I have the "flowers" quilt top together.  I thought it would be easier than it was to sew together.  There are two sizes of half square triangles.  The size does fit the block size without the use of spacers.  Also, it was a bit confusing trying to get the triangle units turned the correct direction.  I was able to pin the top to my design wall for the photos.

Some close up pictures of different sections of the quilt.

Cathy has her top done and you can see it here.  We have selected another pattern to work on so stay tuned for our next quilt project.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Last of Linda Brannock "Flowers" Blocks

Two blocks this time made using Linda Brannock's "Flowers" pattern.  First is the Pineapple block.

And the second one is the "Marigolds and Blueberries".

The marigold block, though simple in style, took a bit of time to stitch with all the curves.  I like the design very much.

Cathy has her blocks done and you can see them herehttp://wwwbiglakequilter.blogspot.com/2017/10/last-two-again.html.  We plan on having the quilt top to a finished stage (not quilted) on October 30th.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Give Thanks

Another new wall hanging ready for Thanksgiving display.  I used Cheri Payne's "Give Thanks" pattern.  It was shown colored with crayons and without a border.  I enlarged the design 150% and did needle turn applique.  Then added a border to it.  I was not sure what color to make the Pilgrim couple's clothing.  I have seen black, brown, and grey Pilgrim outfits.  I went with a black/brown fabric I had in stash.  I mainly used cotton fabrics but did some touches of wool on the very small pieces.  Cute Raggedy Ann and Andy Pilgrim couple.

The design is found in the files on Cheri's Facebook group page.

Have a great Saturday!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Harvest Sun

This finish was a very long time coming.  The quilt has needed binding for a few years now.  My mistake was draping it over the quilt rack in the living room instead of having it in the sewing room.  It looked done hanging on the rack even though I knew what needed to be done to it.  I had two quilt holders today so that I could get a picture.  I did not realize that they were holding it upside down so now that I have rotated it, the tile floor is at the top of the photo.  It was a large quilt and hard for them to hold up high enough for a picture.

The pattern I used is called "Harvest Sun" and was designed by Cherie Ralston.  You can find it in "Stars All Around Us".  I did not do the applique border.  Instead, I let the Jo Morton stars fabric do the work.  The lamb in the center of the sun blocks is also a Jo Morton fabric which many of you might recognize.  It was a very popular fabric and I think it was reprinted a second time not too long ago.  These are my kind of colors.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ever Thankful

Finally finished.  "Ever Thankful".  I used Cheri Payne's pattern to make this wall hanging using wool on cotton.  I look forward to displaying it during the Thanksgiving Holiday season.  Looks like the turkey could squish the pumpkin he is standing on.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Flowers Quilt

I am sharing a picture of the "Stocks" block for the "Fowers" quilt Cathy and I are working on.  A tall skinny block.  I have never heard of a stock plant but just looked it up and there is.  I do not have a green thumb for growing flowers.

Cathy and I are nearing the end of the applique blocks for this quilt.  I have started sewing the half square triangle units for the setting and there are lots of them.

Take a peek at Cathy's block here.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Last of the Stonefields Blocks

I have finished all the blocks for the Stonefields quilt.  In fact, more than I need because I did not add in one small batch to my total at some point.  I will have a few extra to play with in case something does not work well.  Lots of block pictures in this post.  Again, I have substituted blocks from other designers if I did not care for a design that came with the pattern or I felt there were too many repeats of a block I did not enjoy stitching.

Again, I made use of a French General fabric panel that had letters on it (You might remember that I used the large red "K" for my initial on a block and can see it in the previous post).

Love this French General toile.

I am not going to do the flying geese border nor the hexagon border that follows.  I am going to let my fabric do the job instead.  I have a border print that picks up the colors I have used in the blocks.  I hope it works.  Now to trim blocks and play with laying them out.


Saturday, September 16, 2017


More Stonefields blocks to share with you though not all are block designs by the pattern designer.  I am substituting blocks to suit myself.  Some by Kay McKenzie and Jeana Kimball.  Or from my Electric Quilt program.

I like the fussy cut bird on the block below.

The frame fit fairly well around this fussy cut basket of flowers.  The background is a French General fabric.  I was hoping to be able to use the basket somehow in the quilt.

The fussy cutsbelow are from a French General fabric.  The alphabet fabric is by Blackbird Designs.  I have used that alphabet fabric as background in a few of the blocks.

Notice the flowers.  They are from a Civil War print.

The fussy cuts pieces are from a French General fabric.

I decided to make another block utilizing the oval frame.  I showed some blocks using it in a previous post.

This block is from a Kay McKenzie pattern called "Bluebells".  I like the fussy cut reverse applique center.

The letter "K" is for my name and came from a French General fabric.

I have five blocks left to prep and stitch.  And I may replace one block that I made.  I have not shown it but it turned out a bit smaller than I need.  I could sew it with small seams when I start putting everything together.

You may have noticed that I am not using actual green fabrics for the leaves and stems.  I had navy blue in one block.  Mostly, I have been using gold fabrics that had a bit of green tone to them.  Just wanted something different.

I will post more block pictures soon as I have several more done.