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,