Friday, January 3, 2014

A New Beginning and a New Beginning

Happy New Year!

I am starting my new year with two new appliqué projects. The first is Auntie Green's Garden, pattern by Irene Blanck.

This is my first block of the month that I have purchased the fabric from a store (homestead It is quite fun getting the fabric packet in the mail. Each fabric is labeled and cut into small blocks just perfect for an appliquér who back bastes. Other than the challenge of wrangling this huge pattern (the center section is about 50 X50 inches) and my fabric around to get it traced onto the back of my background fabric

I was stitching in a very short time.

My second new project is the Benjamen Biggs wedding quilt.

The patterns for this 1848 red and green album quilt are a free block of the month over the next two years by Gay from and Brenda from This is their third year doing free block of the months under their Just Takes Two (see the button on the sidebar) BOM. The patterns are available for one month and after that available for purchase. There is lots of interesting reading about the history of the Benjamin Biggs family and each block, so even if you do not applique pop over and read about this wonderful quilt.

I love red and green quilts but I am playing around with doing this one in greens and yellows. It is a large quilt, 100 X 100 inches and this would fit nicely on my king size bed eventually, and green and yellow would match my existing decor in my bedroom. So far, I have just been pulling fabrics, there is a little touch of blue in the center block of this quilt, doesn't this blue paisley fit in nicely with these?

Over the last month I have been keeping up with my two cross stitch samplers. The peacocks are finished on And They Sinned and I am onto the next band.


And little Freelove Hazard is getting closer and closer to completion.

I have bonded with this little girl, I love the way she added her numbers, sort of - there is no number 5 - at the end of different alphabet rows. And in true Freelove fashion I omitted the letter D in the first row by accident, but I am just going to leave it. (The letter J was not included in the old sampler alphabets, so that omission is supposed to be there.)

I am going to have to make myself put down the hand appliqué and spend some time on the samplers in the coming months, but variety is the spice of life, and definitely of quilters and stitchers.


Happy Stitctching All,




  1. It's going to be a fun year with great projects!!

  2. Wow. We are starting the same quilts in 2014. I am also starting Benjamin Briggs and Aunt Green. How funny. I just have to start following you. Have fun with it.

  3. Both of these projects look like a lot of fun! So tempting to join you making the Benjamin Biggs... :0) Your samplers look lovely!

  4. Hi Cheri, Funny those are the two quilts I am starting this year. I am getting the BOM fabrics for Auntie Green from Homestead Hearth also and I thought about doing my BB quilt in cheddar and green but changed to burgundy red and double pinks.
    It will be fun to watch your progress.

  5. I'm going to enjoy seeing your progress on your fabulous projects. They're all swoon worthy. I think the colours your choosing for the BB quilt sounds wonderful.

  6. I'm doing the Benjamin Biggs quilt and looked at Auntie Green yesterday on HH and they are out of stock. Your projects are going to be wonderful!

  7. i am glad i found your blog. your quilts are stunning.
    i am going to take some time and look thru your blog.

    Kathleen Mary