Pattern for bunny pillow by Cheri.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Beyond the Cherry Tree Update

"Beyond the Cherry Tree" has been a long term project for me.  As mentioned previously, I was late to the start.  Many other quilters were making a block a month.  By the time I joined in, I was a good bit behind them.  And, of course, other applique projects came into the mix for me.  So the majority of those making the blocks finished and the push to do a block a month ended.  I have picked the project back up a couple times but still more to do.  Now I have decided to push myself.  I have three completed blocks to share with you today and more prepped for applique.

The last block shown with the flower pot was slow going with all those curvy almost points.  But I like the result.

I have four blocks left to stitch and then a lot of work doing the borders.  I have a sense of accomplishment and that feels good.


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.


Saturday, January 27, 2018


The strawberries block has been complete for several days but I have been suffering through a major gout attack.  I am on the mend after a doctor visit but still  a ways to go.

The strawberry block is from the book pattern "A Bountiful Life".  The red ran a bit when I rinsed the block but I feel confident it will wash out in the long run.  I will wash it soon with some color catchers.  I love strawberries.  My favorite fruit.

Thank you for paying my blog a visit and I love to read your comments.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Milkmaid's Album Quilt

I took a quick picture of "The Milkmaid's Album Quilt" top so you can see how the blocks are set.
It is square even though it looks a bit off in the picture.

And, for anyone that wants to know, it is an out of print pattern by "The Country Quilter".


Monday, January 15, 2018

Early American Life Block Five

The fifth block is the "Corn" block.  Lots of little pieces.  Cathy is simplifying some of her designs so I am anxious to see how she has done this block.  Below is mine.

Here is a link to Cathy's blog.  Cathy has been dealing with Bell's Palsy and not able to stitch a lot but is still trying to keep up with her quilt projects.

Enjoy your day and take time to sew a bit.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Milkmaid's Album Quilt Update

I managed to get two through four of the four blocks for "The Milkmaid's Album Quilt" finished.  (Pattern is out of print and is by Betty Alderman).  The blocks will be set with simple sashing as shown on the pattern.  I cannot do that just yet as my sewing area is set up for getting patterns prepared and backgrounds marked for a Lori Smith folk art style quilt.  I know if I put the pattern making supplies away, the Lori Smith pattern will go by the wayside too easily.

And to remind you what the first block looks like.....

I am stitching on another of the "Bountiful Life" quilt blocks.  This one is all strawberries in pink and red.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Bountiful Life

I took time to do block eight for the "A Bountiful Life" quilt (I am using Karen Mowery's pattern).  I have had it prepped for a couple months and just now taking time to work on it.Strawberries, pears, cherries, grapes, and apples.  The grapes in this block are of the white variety.  The quilt has a lot of fruit in the blocks.

I also stitched the first block for Kathleen Tracy's mystery quilt which she is presenting in her Facebook group.  A free design.  The mystery quilt is meant to be of the scrappy variety can be done with a more select group of fabrics if a person so desires.  I am going scrappy.

Stop back again soon to see what I am working on.  I have many projects in the works.

Monday, January 8, 2018

The Milkmaid's Album Quilt

I am working on a four block album style quilt using a pattern called "The Milkmaid's Abum Quilt".  It is an out of print pattern by Betty Alderman.  I have enlarged the block designs by 140% for ease of applique.  Here is block number one.

I just finished prepping block number two.  I like the folk art look of the designs.