Thursday, April 28, 2016

Roseville Album

More rain and more sewing here in Nebraska. I have finished the center of Roseville Album and all of the blocks are sewn together. I am now working on the border. I always planned to change the applique border of this pattern to something simpler. At some point I cut out 4 inch circles in red Kaffe Fassett prints thinking I would frame the quilt in circles eventually.

The circles became a semi circle border which I really like.

Then I added a row of smaller circles.

Now the question is should I add a second row of smaller circles?

There are three more days of rain forecast for our area so more sewing is in the future. Our weather turned a little severe yesterday. One of my quilting friends sent me this picture of a storm cloud she saw on her way home from work, this eventually did turn into a Category 1 tornado with a short touchdown.

Luckily there were no injuries and only minor property damage. In the meantime spring flowers are blooming.

This tulip is my first blossom of some tulip bulbs my son brought back from a trip through Amsterdam

genuine Dutch tulips!

Happy Stitching,

Cheri

 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mariner's Compass

I just finished sewing the next border on the Mariner's Compass quilt. This border was made with hexagon flowers appliquéd in scrappy square in a square blocks. The quilt is a BOM from homesteadhearth.com. I do not have the fabric stash for a scrappy quilt like this and Homestead Hearth is sending the prettiest fabrics.

For this border they sent a huge variety of 6 inch squares and fat 16ths and it was up to me to fussy cut the hexagon flowers, and choose the centers and corners on the square in the square blocks and use them where I want in the border.

I like this type of BOM that leaves fabric placement up to me.

I also did a little fun sewing on a group quilt that will go in a charity auction later this year.

We started with gold kite shapes and then there is basically no wrong fabric you can add to these foundation strip pieced blocks.

When the triangles are put together you get four pointed stars surrounded by spiderwebs.

Roseville Album is getting closer and closer.

I have finished the last of the corner blocks

and now I am about to start the last long border.

The shapes on this border seem large so hopefully they will not take long to applique. That polka dot squirrel just makes me smile.

We have had a lot of rainy weather lately which has kept me indoors sewing and getting lots done on my different projects.

Happy Stitching,

Cheri

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rowdy Flat Library Quilt

I have just received the first pattern for Susan Smith's new mystery block of the month the Rowdy Flat Library quilt. This is the first mystery quilt I have ever done. I am not much of a gambler and not willing to spend so much time and effort on a project I might not like in the end, but I do like all of Susan Smith's other quilts and I like applique. There are a few sneak peaks out in web land of others who are a couple months ahead of me and so far I like what I see.

The center of this block and I believe at least a couple more blocks is a toile fabric. This is a close up of my toile, it is a faint pink but had a couple good scenes on it so I could vary the centers of future blocks.

I have been doing more of the prepared starched under edges of the applique pieces and before I knew it I had the whole block prepped and glued down so now it is just applique away. The threads in the corner flower pots are for stitching down the circular flowers, I gather the circles with the applique thread and then just leave an 8 inch or so tail to sew them down.

 

I also finished another block of Roseville Album,

and another block on the Caswell quilt.

 

It has been all applique for me the last couple weeks which is my favorite.

Happy Stitching,

Cheri

 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Roseville Album

I am past a big hurdle on Roseville Album. I have been on this house and tree border block for a LONG time, I just could not get past all the little leaves and circles. I am doing this quilt entirely on the sewing machine with blanket stitch applique. I enjoy the technique but the stops and starts and thread color changes can be tedious.

But this long block is finally finished and then some real momentum happened, in just a day and a half I had finished another block! Yea!

And then another couple days and another block done, Yea Yea!!

Now the center section is all sewn together and it is oh so tempting to stop and make this the end,

but there are only two more long side border blocks with trees on each side and lots of beautiful birds and then just four more corner blocks.

They are all prepped and ready to sew and hopefully the momentum and interest and fun will continue.

Happy Stitching,

Cheri

 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Caswell Quilt

The Caswell quilt by Corliss Searcy is a new beginning for me. I have not had a hand applique project since I finished Auntie Green's Garden last summer and I missed doing a hand applique project. I just finished the first block and decided to tackle one of the many blocks with fern type leaves next. I usually like to use a back basting technique with needle turn applique but these fern type leaves had me a little intimidated. Luckily I remembered all of Kerry's (simplebirdestudio.com) wonderful applique videos on YouTube. She has one dealing with just this kind of leaf. You can find it at YouTube.com and search for Simple Bird Studio, she has several videos, the one dealing with this type of fern leaf is named "how to do deep inside curves with hand applique and the starch method".

After I had decided on fabrics for this next block

I set my iPad nearby and started preparing my block while watching this video. I worked my way through the leaves

and just kept watching all of Kerry's videos on YouTube.

I did some fussy cutting on the buds and itty bitty berries

and used the starch method for all of the applique pieces of this block. Now it is all glue basted on the background and ready to stitch. I like needleturn but this prepared edge is a nice change up and certainly is good for fussy shapes.


I also finished the next border on Mariner's Compas, a small 2 inch wide border with scrappy appliquéd semi circles.

Happy Stitching, Happy Spring, and a blessed Easter to all,

Cheri

 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Mariner's Compass

After three and a half months of wintering in Texas I am back home and enjoying time in my sewing room. I put the inner border on Mariner's Compass .

then I had to trim those applique setting triangles. It is always a scary process to trim down applique blocks but those triangles were a bit of a challenge. I had to take two off and try again, I am lucky it is hanging straight after messing with those long bias edges.

The next four borders are very scrappy. First will be a scallop border and then a border of paper pieced hexagon flowers appliquéd in 7 inch pieced squares. Time to start digging in fabric.

Happy Stitching,

Cheri

 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Winter Texans

Our escape from the cold weather of Nebraska continues in Galveston, Texas. We have been here for the month of January. The above picture is one I caught of Stonefields all folded up in the travel trailer and the sun shining through a window showing some of the quilting in individual blocks.

This is our second year in Galveston and there is a great group of fellow Winter Texan stitchers. We get together every week and work on our own crafts-some painting, some knitting, some quilting, and even a couple scrap bookers and cross stitcher. We also work on some charity projects, pillowcases for the local Shriner's hospital ( that is me -back row in the red).

I had to brush up on my crochet skills for baby hats for the neonatal intensive care unit at the local county hospital.

I have REALLY missed my sewing machine this year and I am looking at some small light weight models to maybe take along next year. I know about singer feather weights and Janome gem golds, but I kind of like to do blanket stitch applique and I would really like to find a 3/4 size machine that would have that stitch available. In the meantime my hand work projects are moving along, the stack of connector blocks for Patchwork of the Crosses is getting taller.

We also have the luxury of many beach walks.

And getting to know some of our local neighbors.

Happy Stitching,

Cheri