Sunday, August 23, 2015

In The Middle

Wow, I realized I have not posted anything in over a month. I have been in the sewing room a lot the last few weeks, I am just in the middle of several different quilts. Aunt Green's Garden top is finished and I am working on machine quilting her.

Stonefield's is progressing.

I had to start a little hexagon flower factory so I would have some hand stitching to do in the evenings since Auntie Green's was my hand stitching project I usually did while watching TV.

I also have hand work with Patchwork of the Crosses. This is such a good camper project so I save it for our travels but I am working on the connector blocks now that I have the main crosses blocks finished.

I have joined a paper piecing club at a local quilt shop and PTOC is always packed and ready to go to club.

I also have been thinking about trying to make a simpler Hawaiian quilt that could be machine appliquéd. I had the idea if I could come up with a design that could come together as a four block appliqué I could blanket stitch appliqué it on my home machine.

I saw a layout something like this (center appliqué and wide white borders) at a local department store. So, I was successful, this very large quilt (102 X102) came together in just a couple weeks.

it is pinned and ready be quilted.

Since it is not enough to juggle my sewing time on these quilts I have started a new project. This is a BOM from Homesteadhearth.com of Kim Mc Lean's Mariners Compass. It started out as a huge challenge for me. I had to do a broderie perse appliqué from this fabric.

I really struggled with this, I am a "follow the pattern" girl. I felt stressed to get this right, it is the center, the focal center, of the whole quilt. Finally I just cut up all the flower and leaf motifs I could from the fabric. I started laying the pieces out like a jigsaw puzzle until I came up with a little something.

I swear I spent more time on this little 7 inch center than I did on the whole compass.

I need to just leave it alone at this point, I keep trying to tweak it a bit and add a sprig here or a leaf there.

I have been loving this time of year and all the great local farmers' markets. I have been making some jellies and my house smells so sweet with the food dehydrator working on some rhubarb and rhubarb fruit roll ups.

Happy stitching,

Cheri

 

 

 

 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Quilts In The Country

I heard about a local couple, who one Saturday in July each year, open up their farm to anyone who wants to come and see a quilt show.

The Wolfes live on a farm about 20 miles north of Omaha Nebraska surrounded by corn fields.

They turn the front horse pasture into a parking lot and hang about 150 quilts around their farm.

 

The quilts have a local flavor with deer and pheasants,

tractors,

and of coarse the state college football team all captured.

There were plenty of older, traditional quilts to see.

 

Quilts were hung on fences and farm buildings but also on old doors

and gates

and antique bed frames.

The Wolfe's gardens were also beautiful and several antique farm implements were used to hold flowers or decorate flower beds.

 

 

 

 

Mr Wolfe has made a hobby of making old sewing machines into tractor yard ornaments to sell.

 

At the end of your walk around the farm was ice tea and lemonade and cookies on the patio outside the old chicken coop. Thank you Wolfe family, my husband and I immensely enjoyed our afternoon seeing your farm!

 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Last Border of Auntie Green's Garden

I am working on the final border of Auntie Green's Garden (pattern by Irene Blanck). I did a lot of prep on laying out the borders so the bias stem vine would be pretty evenly divided and the leaves have all the edges already turned under so they are somewhat consistent in size. The four borders are all glued down so I just have to stitch, stitch, stitch. I am already thinking about how much I will miss working on this quilt.

I have also started the Stonefields quilt by Susan Smith.

I am doing this quilt with my friend, Julie (juliequilts1.blogspot.com) and we are using up all of our scrap fabrics and trying not to buy any fabrics for this quilt.

I sometimes cave however when I see a good fussy cutting fabric-we both love the beach-so I could not pass up this sand dollar fabric.

Because I have Auntie Green's as a large hand project (and Patchwork of the Crosses another ongoing hand stitching project) I choose to machine appliqué the blocks in Stonefields.

I can not believe how fast I am working through my scrap tone on tone fabrics for the backgrounds on this quilt.

I am also stuffing most of the small circles and berries just to give a little texture to these scrappy blocks.

It is an unusually cool July day with no humidity so I am going to gather up my appliqué things and get a little porch time stitching done.

Happy Stitching All,

Cheri