Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Auntie Green's Garden

The center is almost finished on Auntie Green's Garden. The braided bias border is the next step and I have just not had time to make bias lately.

The clemantis are blooming in my yard, they are my favorite summer flower. I bought this old buggy wheel hoping the vine would grow through the spokes. It is covered with buds so there should be a lot more flowers.


Happy Stitching,



Sunday, May 25, 2014

Patchwork Of The Crosses

My stack of finished PTOC blocks is growing.

I have realized, however, that I need to start working on adding the background pieces as I make the blocks or I am going to get bogged down at the end.

So lately I have been glueing piles and piles of the background pieces. My goal this weekend is to sew these pieces in strips of threes which seem to be the best way to sew them onto the blocks.

I also came across a small piece of this brown fabric and thought it would might be a good color for the one inch connector squares between the blocks.

This is a fabric that is a couple years old and to fussy cut all of the 1 inch squares I would need would require three yard of fabric. Yikes! What did we quilters do before online quilt shops and web searches? The fabric arrived yesterday and I am loving it.

My blocks are growing in number and size.

Happy Stitching,



Friday, May 2, 2014

All Prepped, Ready To Sew

The flowers are back basted and the various berries and circle flowers are all ready for next section of Auntie Green's Garden.
The next Benjamen Biggs block is a paper cut block, one of my favorite album blocks to stitch. I sat right down and traced out the block and have it all prepped.
Here is another Patchwork Of The Crosses all cut out and ready to be glued onto the paper pieces and stitched.
Spring has FINALLY arrived in Nebraska, my neighbor's cherry tree is all blooms. I have a new buggy wheel I picked up at an antique shop this winter to plant a new clemantis to grow on.
My other neighbor has a blooming crabapple tree.
And my deck flower pots are crying for geraniums and petunias and all the other goodies at the garden store. The day is warming up and I don't think much sewing is going to happen. But soon I will be in a lawn chair enjoying this glorious spring weekend probably with one of the above projects in hand.
Happy Spring,

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hope Quilting

I had a post last summer about helping a young co worker make her first quilt. She wanted a T shirt quilt of sorts using her young children's baby clothes. She did a great job and ended up making two of them.
She has graduated to designing her own quilts. She participates each summer in Race For A Cure and wanted to make a raffle quilt to help earn money for the event. She had the idea of how she wanted the quilt to look and I helped her get it on graph paper
and to decide the overall size of the quilt. She had her colors picked out and we figured out how much fabric she would need to buy. Off she went to all the local quilt store and got everything she need. Back at my house I helped again with the rotary cutting and she started sewing.
The last bit of help I did to this point is applique the word 'HOPE'. We are set to finish it up this weekend, get it layered, and start quilting. The T shirts are specifically for breast cancer, a cause close to Tish's heart because her Mom is a breadt cancer survivor.
My own Mother recently has deteriorated with her Alzheimer's to the point of being moved to a memory care unit.
That is such a simple statement, but it has actually been a heart breaking few months to get to the point we are today with so many ups and downs I just can't bear to think about all we went through to get her where she is currently, which is loved, well cared for, and safe. My mom always did a lot of knitting and quilting and one of the things that she has recently been very interested in is some fabric squares, triangles, and hexagons that I cut out for her and she arranges over and over on flannel.
The nurses even stop by and she 'teaches' them how to lay out the patchwork.
This love of quilting never seems to leave us, it gives me hope that quilting will continue to keep her occupied, less anxious, and content.
Happy Stitching,

Sunday, March 23, 2014

March Doings

I seem to be caught up on my block of the month projects...well somewhat caught up. Auntie Green's Garden is growing,

I have the second border sewn on and the next section of appliqué finished in the right upper hand corner. The colors are so soft and subtle, but very pretty fabrics on close up.

Benjamin Biggs block three is finished,

this month took me longer than I expected for what appears to be a simple block. I am sticking with the 16 inch blocks so far. I have been waffling about starting over and making making them smaller, but in the end decided to go with an alternate petal corner design that Gay showed on Sentimental Stitches. The petals go over the block seams so the blocks maybe can be trimmed down an inch or so but that decision will wait until more blocks are completed.

I also have two more Lucy Boston's Patchwork Of The Crosses blocks prepped and ready to stitch together.

This project is where the "somewhat caught up" comes in,

I am much better at cutting up my fabric and glueing on the paper pieces than actually stitching them together.

Happy Spring and Happy Stitchin all,



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Itty Bitty Bias

This morning I have been making more double fold bias for the latest Benjamin Biggs block. I posted about this bias a couple posts ago when making large 5/8 inch bias for another appliqué project and it worked so well I thought I would try it for the tiny 1/8 inch bias needed for the cherry stems. There are three sizes of finished bias from 1/8 to 1/4 inch in this block, my bias strips measured 1/2, 3/4 and 1 inch before double folding.

I usually stitch the bias stems last in an appliqué block but all of the leaves and cherries lie on top of the stem ends in this block so I am going to stitch down all of the stems next.


Happy stitching,



Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentines Day

With all the beautiful heart appliqué patterns available I was surprised this morning when the only one I could find on one of my quilts was this one. It is on the first hand appliqué quilt I completed and I believe it was called Country Album. It was a block of the month by Robert Callahan several years ago in McCalls quilting magazine.

I have a new Patchwork of the Crosses ready but I am on hold stitching it, I ran out of thread- how can a quilter let that happen? English paper piecing must be very popular in Omaha because I could not find any dark colors of Bottom Line thread in the local shops and had to order it online.

I am almost finished with my next Benjamen Biggs block but I am thinking of taking the corner rose buds out. They give the quilt a 'busy' look to me and do not really form a secondary design. Gay showed a picture on sentimentalstitches.net of the quilt with a simpler petal design on the block intersections. I am also having second thoughts about the block size and even the yellow, just not contrasty enough. So stay tuned, I really like this block of the month but I may just restart the whole thing.

In looking at the photos on my Ipad for this post I saw some recent family pictures that just say LOVE to me,. Here are some of the valentines in my life, starting with me meeting my new grandson Eli last summer.

And big brother and the loving way he handles his new little brother.

My son coming home from a three month work trip and my grandson so happy to see him.

A few weeks ago my daughter had a long lunch break from work and our house is much closer to her work than her own. She still likes to cuddle under one of the quilts and Jasper the dog loves when she comes over.

And finally my best friend, love of my life, husband of almost 42 years, who is willing to stop at any quilt shop, and get involved in anything I try, like making sushi.

Happy Valentines Day to all of you,