I used a Buttermilk Basin for the spring wool mat.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Shenandoah Botanical Update and A Cheri Basket Block

I am getting closer to being caught up with the Shenandoah Botanical  quilt blocks.  Here is last month's block.  My original picture was too bright so I went for a darker picture but it is too dark.  Kind of like Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  So use your imagination and picture it as between the two pictures.  This is the Red Tulip block.

I am enjoying doing the basket blocks from Cheri Payne's Facebook group.  If you are not familiar with it, she is giving us a basket pattern and then a sheet with a variety of applique shapes that she used.  You pick and choose and do a layout without knowing how she used the shapes.  Or you can wait until she shows her block.  I am amazed at the variations that people have come up with.  Some make me wish I had thought of that layout before I stitched mine.  Here is my block three.  I used a star shape from a previous basket pattern.

And here is a picture of all three blocks shown side by side.  I have no idea what the layout will be when the blocks are done.

I have been prepping blocks for a Jan Patek quilt pattern called Pine Tree Ridge.  I think the selection of fabrics and prepping the parts is one of my favorite parts of making quilts. You can see the pattern here if you are not familiar with the design.  Scroll down until you find it on the right hand side of the page.

You will find me in my sewing room.  Wish you could join me.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

ABC Sampler Update

More has been accomplished towards my ABC Sampler quilt (pattern set by Cheri Payne).  First is the heart and leaves block that finishes out a section of the quilt.  It is a block that has the parts overlapping into other blocks and is considered a filler block and not representing a letter of the alphabet.

The finished section of the quilt. This is the left side in the middle of the quilt.

The "M" block is "Mother".  I embroidered the names of my two children, my two grandchildren and one great grandchild on the border of the block.

I am enjoying the sew along with Lorihttp://humblequilts.blogspot.com/2017/03/abc-sampler.html.  Stop by her blog and see her blocks.  Just click on her name and it should take you there.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

It's A Cheri Kind of Day

It's a Cheri kind of day because I have two quilts made from Cheri Payne patterns to show you.  One a finished little quilt and the other a top not yet quilted.

The first quilt is from a pattern in "A Country Quilt Garden" called "Flowers In Bloom".  I had a few fat quarters of fabric in stash that have a cottage style look.  I was able to pull some other fabrics that would work with them and made this small wall hanging.  I used a small piece of Jo Morton's new line Reflections for the angel's dress.  I have just a fat 8th of it and am rationing it as I like it so well.  I have not found any more of it to purchase but will keep looking.

The wall hanging size quilt top is made from a pattrn  called "Watering Can Quilt" and is in Cheri's book "My Flower Bed".  I now have it layered for quilting but have not decided exactly how I want to do that.  There is another quilt pattern in the book that I would like to make only in a larger size  and am giving it some thought.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Fall Festival Part Two

The latest assignment for the "Fall Festival" sew-along hosted by Lori of Humble Quilts was the four star blocks, the turkey, and the flag.  Here are my blocks.

The pattern is by Jan Patek and is still available.

I am using some of my left over Liberty Gardens fabric.  I think it is my all time favorite line of fabric by Brannock & Patek.  I would love to have more of it and there is some in an E-Bay listing but priced very high.  I am mixing in fabric of other lines by Jan Patek and some by other designers.  Just whatever works.

The star blocks are not my favorite style to piece but found in many of Jan Patek's designs.  So I have to grin and work my way through them.  I use freezer paper templates and lots of hash tag marks for lining up the different pieces.

Be sure to stop by Lori's blog and follow the links to see the blocks other quilters have made.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Shenandoah Botanical Quilt Update

I completed the second wreath.  The first had red flowers.  The second is slightly different but still looks very much like the first.  This wreath has pink flowers.  I am still a block behind but working on catching up.

I will add a picture of the red flower wreath so you can compare.  The pink wreath has less flowers than the red.  And the buds are a bit different.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

ABC Sampler Update

Time for an ABC Sampler update.  This time Lori (Humble Quilts) and I worked on the K, L, Q, And R sections.  Out of alphabetical order but if you see the quilt layout, you would see that the quilt is put together in sections.  And the blocks do not form even rows across the quilt.  We will be working on the right section next and will fill in the missing alphabetical order blocks.  After reading my blog post, be sure to visit Lori's blog to see her blocks.

First is the kite and log cabin section. The log cabin is represented by a log cabin block.   I added the pine tree because there was empty space.

I did the quail and rooster blocks next.  I like both very much.  

And a picture of the two sections put together as they fall in place in the quilt.

I am enjoying selecting the fabrics which are all coming out of my fabric stash. Many right out of my scrap basket.   A couple small pieces are from Cheri Payne's scrap pieces which I won a couple years ago.  And enjoying the stitching even though the directions in the pattern are very sparse.

I have been asked how to purchase the pattern and will repeat the info here.  It is not on Cheri's website but she can print out a copy of the pattern on request.  She charges $75.00.  Her website is here.

I have had several comments left in the last couple weeks by people who are "no reply commentors".  I cannot answer your questions or acknowledge your kind comments unless I have a way to contact you.  Bonnie Hunter has a good post on how to find out if you are in the "no reply" category and how to fix it.  Look Here.  I try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment so if you have not heard from me, it is quite possible that I have no way of reaching you.

You will find me in the chair with a good light and my applique in my hand.  Thank you for the visit.

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.