QUILT INFO

Liberty Houses is shown in the header picture. It is a Jan Patek pattern in her book "Liberty Garden".

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Placemats

I made a set of blue and white placemats and hope to complete four more soon.  I used fabric from a line by Betsy Chutchian called "Rachel Remembered".  I measured a set of purchased placemats to come up with the size to make these.  The star blocks are four inches finished with half inch finished dark blue separating strips.  The placemats are thirteen by nineteen inches.


I have one mat flipped over so you can see the backing fabric.  I am going to take these as a donation to my husband's family reunion auction.

Two years ago, I made a set of four placemats in Liberty Gardens fabrics (an older line by Moda). Again, I have one flipped over so you can see the backing which is a Moda twill fabric.   These mats are wider.  I don't have the measurements available right now.  Fun to make.



I plan on sewing today.  Maybe on the second set of blue and white placemats.  I love the fabric line.

Karen

Sunday, July 16, 2017

My Dream Home

"My Dream Home" is the name the pattern I used to make a log house quilt.


The pattern can be found in Linda Brannock's book "Miss Jump's Favorites".  I completed the top (in fact, two tops with these same style house blocks) in 2008.  It had been hanging in the quilt closet ever since waiting to be quilted.  Mary Flynn machine quilted it for me recently using a Baptist Clamshell design.  I like it very much.  Thank you, Mary!

You can see this same house pattern in another quilt I completed in 2008.  It is called "Lone Cabin" and the pattern is by Gerry Kimmel and found in "Red Wagon Originals".  I have shown this on my blog previously.


The same log house pattern was used to make 16 placemats.  I kept four for myself and gifted in sets of four to three friends.  I used a fleece batting in the placemats and like how it gives them some firmness.


I think you get the idea that I like log cabins!

Karen

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Glories

The third block for the Linda Brannock quilt is "Glories" and more recognizeable as a real flower than the previous block.  Cathy has her block posted and you can see it here.


I made a small quilt for a swap hosted on  the Facebook group "Prim Folk Art Quilts".  The theme for the swap was "flowers" and measuring between 15 to 20 inches on a side.  My quilt arrived to the recipient so I can now share a picture.


I used a block design from an older pattern.  It was a pattern from the 2002 Liberty Gatherings in Missouri.  A friend gifted me the pattern.  The teachers at the venue all designed a block for a patriotic garden theme.  Most of the block patterns noted which designer it belonged to.  This particular one did not.  Two other patterns also lacked a designer name.  Joined at the Hip had designed a pattern but none were attributed to them so I am guessing that is who it came from.

For me, the interesting thing about the swap is that I received a person's name that I did not know but she lives in the area where I was born and raised.  The smaller size town right next to mine.

I am busy making placemats.  I will share a picture after I get the quilting and binding done.  I am getting close.  They are going to be hard to give away as I like them very much.

Karen

Friday, July 14, 2017

Moon and Stars and More

Though I still have one more block to stitch for the Shenandoah Botanical quilt, I did the "Moon and Stars" block which, in order, was the final block.  I have been hesitating on one block as I felt it was so much like a previous block that I did not find fun to stitch.  The pattern has three identical pineapple blocks done in different colors.  I have decided to do a fourth and use them in the four corners of the quilt.  Here is this month's block.


I did the machine stitching on a few more Noah and Matilda blocks.  I now have 25 blocks completed.








The background fabric for the blocks is all the same though it looks different in the photos.  They were taken at different times of the day.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.
Karen

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Flag and Eagle Quilt

I am in the mood for a patriotic quilt with our Nation's Birthday coming up on July 4th.  I chose a pattern from Jan Patek's Liberty Garden book.  The pattern is "Liberty Eagle Quilt".  I chose to start with an applique flag block which is in progress.


Here is what the quilt pattern design looks like.


I will be using fabric from stash.  I am not sure what I will use for the sashing and for the cornerstones on the border.  It is a gray plaid used for the original quilt and I have no large pieces of gray plaid.  Nor a gray in that sort of shade.  I may need to shop for something but will search stash first for a substitute.

See this bag of thread?  These are some of the threads I use for applique stitching.


A few days ago, I needed a spool of thread from the bag.  As I began to reach for the bag, I noticed movement inside.  I spotted one of the little lizards that are so plentiful all over Florida.  I quickly grabbed the bag securing the top closed and headed for the front door.  As soon as I let go of the bag, the lizard came scurrying out and ran off.  I am glad I looked before picking up the bag.  The lizards are harmless but I sure wouldn't have wanted it running up my arm!

Happy 150th Birthday to my Canadian blog friends.  Have a wonderful celebration!

Karen

Friday, June 30, 2017

"Flowers" Block Two

Block two for my sew-along with Cathy from "Big Lake Quilter".  We are using Linda Brannock's "Flowers" pattern.  Linda titled this design "Volunteer Bloom and Berries".  Not like any flower I have seen but then that is prim style.  I did a search to see if there is such a flower by that name and came up with nothing.  The block was easy to stitch because the pieces are large.


On to block three and it is recognizeable as a real flower.  We plan to shown that block on the 15th of July.

Karen

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Stonefields and Noah and Matilda Blocks

The next batch of Stonefields blocks.  I like the cross blocks.  Fun to select the fabric for them.


I did not enjoy making this block and the red flag fabric ran when I rinsed the block.  I think the red will come out but I am not going to worry about it right now.  There were to be two of this design but I went back to the star in a star design and made a second one of those.

The block on the left is the star block I made previously.  The one of the right side is the new one.


Nothnig exciting about the four patches on point.

The flower block is an odd design.  I thought about making a change or two to the design.  Then I thought it has an art deco look and went ahead with it as drawn.


Dawn from "Collector With a Needle" has started a "Noah and Matilda" Facebook page for those that have either made a quilt from the pattern set, working on it, and wanting to begin.  The pattern info is here.  I made several blocks quite a few months ago and then got hung up when I got to the block shown below.  I did fusible applique/stitched by machine and all those little grapes are so time consuming.  If I were to start over, I would have used wool circles stitched by hand or embroidered grapes.  Instead, I bit the bullet and slowly stitched around the grapes by machine over the last two days.


I have all the blocks temporarily on the design wall.  Not in any particular order.  You will note that the block above is not the only grape style block.  The original quilt maker must have loved doing the circles more than I did.


I have used a lot of Kansas Trouble fabrics with others mixed in from stash.  I wish I had used more variety of greens in the cactus block but I am not going to re-do it.  I have all the rest of the blocks fused and ready for machine work.

Stitching away!
Karen

Friday, June 16, 2017

Stonefields Part Two

I am sharing more Stonefields blocks today.  The pattern directions tell you how many to make of each design.  I don't know why some are one, some are two, and some three. They will not be side by side in the quilt.   I am placing blocks together that are from the same design for the pictures.  The blocks are not trimmed to the final size so you can see a bit of the background showing on the edge of the first two blocks.















Cutting out the applique parts is taking longer than normal as I am looking for ways to fussy cut some of the designs.  I am enjoying the quilt project.

Karen

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Linda Brannock's Flowers

I am participating in a new sew-along with Cathy from Big Lake Quilter blog.  We are making two blocks a month using Linda Brannock's "Flowers" pattern.  The first block name is titled "Blue Plaid Tulips".  Here is my block. It was an easy one to stitch as the pieces are large.


Linda Brannock passed away a while back.  A few of the individual patterns are available on E-Bay but I do not know of anywhere to purchase the complete pattern set.  Just keep checking if you are interested in finding one.

Karen

Friday, June 9, 2017

ABC Sampler Finale

The ABC Sampler Quilt top is done.  The latest addition is the top border consisting of two angels, two flowers, some flying geese, and the quilt name.  It was difficult for my husband to hold the quilt for a picture so we just had to do with what we got.





Lori should have her quilt top posted also.  You can see it here.  Cheri Payne is retiring so the pattern will very soon not be available for purchase.  I should give fair warning......this pattern lacks in some of the measurements and though there are pictures of various parts of the quilt, some are rather dark and hard to figure out.  Cheri did the patterns for a set of classes she was teaching so I am sure it was easier to understand if you were a participant.  Lori and I found a picture of a completed quilt on the internet and used it for guidance.  And we found a blog that had good photos of many parts of the quilt that person was making.

I certainly enjoyed doing a sew-along with Lori.  Though the schedule for the various sections was not set in stone, we encouraged each other along the way and completed the top in a reasonable period of time.

Thank you for taking time to visit my blog.  I enjoy reading your comments.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Fall Festival Finale

I am late to the party for the Fall Festival Finale.  I have been working on a Jan Patek pattern called " Fall Festival" along with Lori and some other quilters.  We were doing a few blocks a month.  The final posting was on June 2nd.  Time crept up on me and I did not have my blocks sewn together.  I was doing that on June 2nd when I discovered that I had made one of the wide blocks too wide.  That meant removing some applique parts, shortening the background in width and then re-stitching the applique.  I was then able to get everything put together.  Then I had to wait for a second pair of hands to be here to help hold the quilt up for a picture.


Not a great picture as it is a large quilt and not easy for two people to hold at an even level.  My favorite block is the pumpkin and vine across the top of the quilt.  The pumpkin and crow block on the bottom is the one I had to adjust the width on.  I was able to use one of my blues from the main body of the quilt for the first narrow border by using scraps and piecing them together.  Just barely enough to do it.

You probably have already seen the other quilts and links on Lori's blog but just in case, go here.

I have been battling a gout attack in my left foot.  Very painful and hard to walk.  A trip to the doctor's office and a prescription have helped and I can walk almost normal now but it was a tough week.

Have a great Sunday!
Karen

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Shenandoah Botanical Quilt Update and More

My latest block for the Shenandoah Botanical quilt.  I think this is number 23.  The flower this time is the Trumpet Honeysuckle.  This block design has a post with what would be part of the vine wrapping around it.  I stitched those stripes of green on before I trimmed the brown to size.  It gave me more to hold onto as I stitched and also made it easier to turn under as I stitched the brown fabric down to the background.


I have not stitched a block for the Bountiful Life quilt in a few months.  The next one in line is what Karen Mowrey titled "Birds With Snacks".  I have seen many of the bird blocks done in brilliant colors but I have chosen a softer color palette for my quilt.


I have completed my "Fall Festival" quilt top but it is too wide for one person to hold up for a photo.  Tomorrow, I will have an additional pair of arms here to assist and I will do a post showing the quilt.  Lori has already done a post for the end of the sew-along and I am late to the party.

Karen


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Slow Stitching Sunday

I am sharing applique blocks on Slow Stitching Sunday.  I have started working on Stonefields blocks.  I am using reproduction fabrics so my blocks will not be as light and pastel as many quilters have done.

First up are four pieced star blocks.


Some block patterns are for a single use.  Others are in two's.



This is one of the single use designs.


I am enjoying playing with the repro fabrics for this project.

I want to share a picture of a small quilt that was gifted to me by a quilting friend in Spain.  I love the red and white fabrics.


I am linking to Kathy's "Slow Stitching Sunday" links.  Pay her blog a visit to see what others are working on.  Click here.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ABC Sampler Close To the End

The bottom section of the "ABC Sampler" is done.

The new additions are the flying geese, the three chickens, the heart and the embroidered numbers.

This is the left side of the bottom rows.

This is the right side of the bottom rows.


For lack of a better location for picture taking this evening, I used the kitchen floor.  This is a picture of all of the quilt top that I have done.  I still need to make the top border.


I am enjoying the process!  Lori has her quilt pictures posted also.  Here is the link.
Karen

Monday, May 15, 2017

Fall Festival Update

Our internet and cable was down most of the day so I am a bit late posting my "Fall Festival" update.  This past month, we had a large section of the quilt to make.  We had company for two weeks, so I did not take time to do the stitching until a few days ago.  I thought it would go faster than it did.  I finished late yesterday evening.


And a close-up of the jack-o-lantern.  The best part of the block.


Visit Lori's blog to see the link-ups for some of the other participants.  Click here.

Thanks for stopping by.
Karen