Sunday, June 21, 2015

an unfortunate cut of fabric

I have been making a jelly roll quilt this week. I used a jelly roll in the French General line by Moda fabrics called Bon Voyage. The design of the quilt is pretty simple, sort of a roman coin pattern.

As I was sewing together the strips I came to this particular strip from an 1800 century scenic fabric of noblemen and horses included in this jelly roll.

This particular piece has delighted my family and this sweet, cuddlely little quilt has become known as the "horse's a## " quilt.

Happy Stitching :)



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Roseview Album Blocks

I have worked on Roseville Album the last couple days. This long block is what first drew me to this quilt. The pink pig,


and polka dot cow,


the hens and goat.

I also have another of the center blocks finished. I had to pin it outside next to the clematis which is in full bloom.

Hope you are all enjoying summer, happy stitching.



Thursday, May 28, 2015

Finished Beach Quilt

The beach quilt (pattern by McKenna Ryan) is finished and ready to go to my friend. After sewing the blocks together there was one more appliqué scene to add to the corner and then the quilting began.

It was a pretty easy quilt to machine quilt, I had a chance to use that little echo attachment on my machine walking foot. I have had my machine for years and I don't think I have ever used it but it worked great.

Once I had the first waving line of quilting across the background I set the little echo arm to 1 1/2 inches and did all the lines, I did the second line 1/8 inch away from all the first waving lines I quilted.

The blocks were quilted pretty simply with waves, clouds, and rings echoing in the water.


Happy Stitching All,



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Beach Quilt

I have a friend who asked me to make a beach quilt for her. She was stationed in Washington state when her husband was in the Navy and McKenna Ryan's quilt "From the Coast With Love" was a perfect pattern.

I just finished assembling the blocks for this quilt this morning. If you have not ever made a McKenna Ryan quilt, the first part is all tracing, cutting, layering, and fusing the appliqué pieces onto the block. All of the fabrics are batiks, so there are lots of oportunities to find just the right shading and shadowing for each piece. I follow the pictures on the patterns quite closely as I am not that artistically minded. The raw edges of the appliqués will be stitched down when the assembled blocks are quilted.

A lot of these blocks remind me of the Texas coast where we like to vacation and spent last winter.

Many laughing seagulls in these blocks.

But this quilt is definitely from the Pacific coast with it's sea otters,


and heavily forested islands.

The next part will be sewing the blocks together and a few more appliqués in the borders. It is a rainy cool day here in Nebraska, a good day for sewing and dreaming of the beach.

Happy Stitching,



Saturday, April 25, 2015

One More Wool Block

My small group is making a wool album quilt for a charity auction for our local guild. I had made a block and showed it in a post last month but there was one more block kit that was not taken. The first one was so quick and fun I completed this unclaimed block this past week. The blanket stitch is done by machine with King Tut variegated threads. The stem couching was hand done with DMC wool floss. I had not ever tried the "couching" stitch but it was a great effect on the stems making them look sort of branch like.
Happy Stitching,

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Back to Patchwork of the Crosses

We have a road trip coming up and English paper piecing is a great take along project for me. I have planned to make the quilt with 49 blocks in a 7 x 7 grid.
These are the last few blocks I have made and the main 49 are finished. Yea!
I have been going through all my left over fabric from the main blocks and started to cut the small square corner blocks. 68 of these are needed.
Next will come around 1000 fussy cut sashing connector blocks from this fabric.
ONE THOUSAND ! What was I thinking? It is a good thing I enjoy the process, you sort of get into a rhythm.
Finally the background pieces will be sewn to the sashing and corner squares to make these two different units. They will be sewn between the main 49 blocks.
Easy right? This quilt is not even to the half way point yet. It is not going to be finished for a long time but that is okay I have come to enjoy these labor intensive quilts.
My husband has been telling me there has been a black squirrel around lately and I finally spotted him at my neighbor's feeder today.
Happy Stitching and Happy Spring!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Rose Fan quilt

Rose fan is a quilt that started in a class I took with Sue Garmen at the Baltimore on the Prairie applique conference ( Our class project was the rose fan block from Sue's Bed of Roses BOM patterns ( There are pictures from the class and of the quilt on my Sept. 11, 2014 post. I made four of the blocks to make a quilt for my dining room table.


One of the things we worked on in class were stuffed berries and this quilt has plenty of them. I love the way they stand out from the quilt.


The blocks are 14 inches and there was not a lot of unfilled space for special quilting but I got a couple little feather sprigs around the vases.

Even the berries on the vases puff out nicely.

The border fabric is a little busy for the quilting designs to show, but I repeated the feather sprigs.

I usually have a vase or glass bowl on the center of my table quilts but the secondary design of the berries keeps catching my eye whenever I walk by and I can't quite put anything else on top of it yet.

Happy Stitching,