Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hampton Ridge is quilted

Patti, of Quilts as Desired worked her longarm magic on my Hampton Ridge top.
I am very pleased with how it turned out!

I still need to sew the binding on it to make it my first official finish of 2014.
Not my favorite part of quilting, but I'm so fond of this quilt that I'm actually looking forward to sewing the binding on it.

every quilt tells a story....

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Finish for the week - Benjamin Biggs

Although my week was busy, I made good progress on my evening hand work.
I completed block 1 of the Benjamin Biggs wedding quilt.
The block measures 16-1/2". I chose to hand applique' this project.

every quilt tells a story...

Sunday, January 12, 2014

More little Janes completed

The holidays put me a few days back on my Jane block goal.
I did however, manage to complete 9 out of 13 applique' blocks.
These applique' blocks are some of my favorite little Janes to piece...hopefully, I'll have the remaining 4 completed by next weekend to avoid falling behind.

every quilt tells a story....

Friday, January 10, 2014

Evening Projects for 2014

2014 is going to be a busy and exciting year of quilting for me.
Teaching, writing and sewing is now my full time job - really FUN!
So what does a full time quilter do to relax when not working????
I've decided to pamper myself in the evening with handwork!

I can't think of a more enjoyable way of spending time sitting with the Mr. while watching tv. To make it interesting, I've chosen 4 quilts to work on. Each week I will rotate the project assignments.

Dutch Treat - I've pulled this one out of the archives. It was intended to be my applique' project of 2012. These little 5" blocks are made using assorted white on white backgrounds. 90% of the blocks will be made from the "Waterlilies" mixed colored batik fabric. I've sprinkled in just a few green and purple batik blocks for interest. The applique' method is needle turned Reverse or Cut-Away applique'.

Sarah's Revival - I started this project in spring of 2013 and as you can see, I didn't get very far. These blocks finish at 10.5" and are made using assorted red batiks against a cream on cream print background. My applique' method of choice for this quilt is chalk marked, top basted, traditional needle turn applique'.

Benjamin Biggs Wedding Quilt - this is a new (and free) BOM project for 2014. You can click on the Just Takes 2 link on my right side bar for more details. These blocks finish at 16". Rather than follow the traditional Red & Green variation, I've decided to make this quilt using Kona "bone" for my background and reproduction fabrics in assorted purples, tan, grey and olive green. My applique' method of choice for this quilt will be "quick prep" freezer paper basting and hand applique'. Below are my fabrics and just a glimpse at the start of block 1.

Garden Walk - another NEW project, this one is wool applique'. The entire quilt finishes at 14.5" square. My very skilled friend Laurie helped me pick out the fabrics for this project. It will be my first attempt at making a wool quilt.

It is highly unlikely that I will reach completion of these this year, but I look forward to the journey just the same.
Do you like to stitch in the evening hours? If so.......

May your dreams be Sweet and your Quilts be Dreamy!

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