"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pretty Postcards

 Isn't this pretty?  This is the postcard I received from my exchange partner, Jo, from the latest postcard swap organized by Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World
 I'm not sure which orientation is right, but I like this pansy either way.  Thank you, Jo.
I'm always impressed by the artistic abilities used to make the cards I receive.  

This is the card I made and sent to Jo.  I guess we were both in the flower mindset.

I haven't been idle, just quiet.
I have been hand quilting Brenna's quilt with long stitch quilting.
 It's slow going but progress is being made.  I hope she still likes turquoise and pink by the time she gets this quilt:)

I'm going to share a picture of a block that I made for the Maggie's First Dance BOM.  I made this block last month, and just yesterday put up the 1st and 2nd blocks as I prepare to make the 3rd.  Well, don't ask me why I didn't see the obvious mistake I made in putting the pieces together, but see if you can spot it.  I'm not talking about the geese points.  
If you spotted the bottom row and the geese on the wrong sides, that's it.  How could I not see that?  And it went up on facebook.  Geesh!  Anyway, that's something else to fix.  

I hope you all are enjoying life.  
Happy quilting.
God Bless.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

An Almost Finish

This is the Homespun Mystery Quilt sewn together but missing the border.  I might have to fudge that because I am running very low on the navy fabric.  Nevertheless, I really like this project.

I was making great progress on the quilt for Brenna, but I am not happy with the batting I have so I'll be making a trip to Joann's for something else.  I like The Warm Company Warm and Natural cotton batting.  It has a nice weight and doesn't feel too light.  That's my own opinion, not a paid statement.

I attended  a local quilt show last week.  It was very small but interesting. 
This picture is made of tiny bits of fabric glued to a background fabric.  I've got to try this some day. 
This is another work by the same quilter. 
This same quilter made this quilt that used Brazilian embroidery; her stitches were gorgeous.  Apparently, the difference in the Brazilian embroidery is the twist in the thread, which is made here in the United States.
I'm showing this quilt because it has all of the lighthouses in the Cape area, and my Dad worked in one of them when he was a teen.  It is a beautiful quilt.

Hope you have a nice week ahead.  Stay safe and God Bless!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Mid-June

This is my version of Maggie's First Dance Block #1, a BOM designed by Jacquelynne Steves.  I think joining in is still possible.  What I'm finding fun about it is that there is a facebook group participants can join and upload a photo of their blocks.  This creates alot of positive feedback as well as a bIock show of so many different versions of the same block.  It's pretty nice.  I went with batiks for this project because they've been in my stash for way too long.  They aren't the cheeriest colors but I'll make them work.

These are the blocks I made for the Homespun Hearth mystery qal.  I missed one but I know I can duplicate it so I will be doing that soon.  The fabric the blocks are on is what I am considering for the sashing.  I really don't want to go with white.  
I love this block. It's called Swing in the Center.  By coincidence I was reading a quilting book from the library that was published in 1949 and this block was in its collection.  I was very surprised because I assumed it was a newer block.  

I have my grandniece's quilt top sewn together and have been pulling fabrics for the backing, so that's next for that project.

Have you noticed how many neat qal's are happening right now?  I would like to make the AMB blocks and Wendy Shepherd has a beautiful project on the Aurifil site.  

Hope your weather is as nice as ours has been this spring.
God Bless You.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Still Making Blocks and Things

 One of the best things about late spring and summer is that all the meetings wrap up and obligations slow down.  I feel as if my time has finally an opening for me to do what I like.  I began a new project because I needed some variation.  Homespun Hearth, a quilt shop that also has an online presence, has a mystery QAL going and I'm downloading the blocks as they come out.  Unfortunately, they are only free for 2 days; I missed the 8th block but since it's a sampler I can insert something else.  
 I'm enjoying making these. 
Aunt Dinah, Chinese Coin and Five Spot blocks.
 I think I have all of the blocks I need for the Swirls and Whirls quilt. I'll begin putting it together this week hopefully. 

I have a column of blocks not shown here because I ran out of space. There is no sashing so I'll be playing with placement.  It has a nice border of scrap squares.  
Have a wonderful week.
God Bless You!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A Bit of Progress on Shooting Stars

The quilt design I'm following is by Sherri McConnell and was named Swirls and Whirls when it was published in June, 2014 in American Patchwork & Quilting
I hope my version comes out as nicely as this cover quilt.

I have nothing else to show.  I planted some marigolds because I just had to:)
Have a wonderful week.
God Bless You.