Friday, December 30, 2016

Blue & Cream Quilt Reveal

The Blue & Cream quilt I've been working on the past couple of months has been completed. Now that it's been given to it's very special recipient, I can share some pictures.

For the center applique' I chose Bluebirds representing Happiness to sit amongst a vase of simple flowers. I auditioned design elements from a few favorite traditional applique blocks and freehand drew the final pattern onto paper.

Then I created a Lattice border around the applique' block by sewing those 76 Indian Hatchet blocks together. Lattice work to allow dreams and sunshine in and to keep all the weeds of worry out.


The final pieced border was created using 148 hourglass blocks sewn in a "tumbling" order. I chose this design to symbolize no longer to watch the clock, for when tipped on their sides, deadlines stop and only the memories are kept inside.

I had to take the final picture from the top of my staircase, I apologize for the cropping on the right side of the picture.

If you have not already guessed, this quilt was made as a Retirement gift.
It was presented to someone my husband has very high regard and respect for.

Wishing you and your loved ones a Healthy and Happy New Year!

every quilt tells a story.....

Monday, December 12, 2016

Festive December stitching



I'm trying to find Dutch Treat blocks to stitch with a holiday theme to them this month. And like most of you, I'm also trying to get some shopping, gifts and decorating done.

I love making little Acorn dolls... here are a few tiny acorn baby ornaments I created. The babies are an inch - the ornaments finish at 3.5".

and two little 2" bendable dolls I whipped up for gift giving.

NO pattern, I just improvised. I'm calling them "Holly Pockets" because of the leaves I've tucked them into for storage.

A few other quilting projects are being worked on as well.
I'll share more on these later in the week.
I hope you are close to finishing up your own holiday projects and/or gift items!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

November Round Up



Below are the Dutch Treat blocks I completed in November.
This brings my total to 110 completed blocks and just 86 blocks to finish.

I've made a little more progress on the Blue & Cream gift quilt.
Yesterday, I stitched a dozen pieced Indian Hatchet blocks.
Today I will focus on finishing the remaining 64 units.

Here is a sneak peek at the start of the 16" center applique' block.
There are a lot more pieces to go, but progress just the same.

Today is December 1st, which means the reveal of the December block pick for the SVBAQ Sew Along. The Peony block was chosen and here is my version.

To see the original block that Esther created in 1858 click HERE.
I'm looking forward to the mid-month Show & Tell.
I love seeing all the beautiful interpretations of these botanical blocks!

Wishing you a wonderful start to December!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Making progress at Home and on Retreat



My first 2 Treat blocks for November were finished just before departing to my Quilt Retreat. That made the decision on what to bring much easier.
My priority was to complete 143 hourglass blocks for the Blue & Cream quilt.
Happy to say that I accomplished my goal. Here they are - all 144 of them:

Although I spent most of retreat working on these Hourglass blocks, I was able to prep the final 2 wool blocks for the Let it Snow Mystery BOM.

All they need now is embellishments.
The final sashing/assembly instructions will be released later this month.

I hope your week has started off with fabric in hand!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

And sew it begins....All in Blue

I have been asked to make a quilt all in Blue.
It is for someone I've never met, but is highly regarded by someone I love.
I can't share more about this person until the quilt has been delivered.
But I can tell you that the quilt will consist of 117 different fabrics in shades of Blues & Creams. The variety made possible thru the use of 5 different blue themed charm packs and several batik and background fabrics.

Rather than use a traditional pattern, I've opted to make this quilt using a few of my favorite design elements. This will allow me to personalize the quilt for it's recipient. I find Beauty in Simplicity so I will have this reflected in the quilt as well. I've chosen 2 fairly simply block designs, in addition to a central applique' block.

First up - 144 Hourglass blocks.
I will be working on these at my retreat this weekend.
One done, 143 more to go....

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Final Treats for the month of October



I met my personal goal of 8 blocks for the month.

On to November....
Today, Dawn will reveal the November block of the Botanical sew along HERE.
Please stop by and take a peek. I'm always excited when it's her turn to share. Dawn's miniature version's of these blocks never cease to amaze me.

every quilt tells a story....

Monday, October 24, 2016

More Fall Treats for October



I'm sure Judy meant Ceiling fan when she drew up the block above, but I'm going to claim it for Football. The games are a serious armchair activity at our house on Sundays. It's often a day of bonding and comradery for my husband and 5 year old grandson. It is also my day to sit and stitch - stopping for an occasional "Hi Five", Fist bump or hug from little Alex. The little scroll work in the middle of this block could represent any one of those sweet little gestures.

I've also been collecting the "Let it Snow" block patterns this year by Buttermilk Basin. Nearly all of the blocks are prepped and ready to add the final embellishments. I'm taking this project to my Quilt Retreat next week, hoping to finish it there.

I'm determined to complete this little quilt before the first Snowflake falls.

every quilt tells a story...

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Another Quilting Adventure....


This block really spoke to me last week as I reflected on and prayed for the victims of Hurricane Matthew. The storm caused such devastation to so many people.


On Friday I had the pleasure of attending a very special Quilt Exhibit with dear friends at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Pictures were not permitted - but the exhibit was truly an amazing collection of Art quilts that depict significant stories of African American history! If you live in Virginia or plan on visiting within the next couple months - I HIGHLY recommend you take in this amazing collection of quilts!

It's mid-October - that means it's Show & Tell time over at the SVBAQ Sew Along blog.
There are a LOT of beautiful block pictures posted.
You can find them all by clicking HERE

every quilt tells a story....

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Welcome October!



I look forward to the first week of each month.
I get to spend quality time with my very special friends and Bee sisters.
This month we took a trip to the DAR Museum in DC.

Then off to lunch and shopping at a couple wonderful quilt shops.
No matter what we do each month, it's always a fun and memorable day.

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone effected by Hurricane Matthew!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Anniversary Block and a month of Treats

This is my October block for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical sew along.
The name of the block is Kings Crown.
This month marks the ONE year anniversary of the SVBAQ Sew Along!
Time sure flies when you are having a wonderful time!


This was my final Dutch Treat block for September.
Despite a busy month, I managed to complete one block per week.

Wishing you a Happy and Stitch filled start to October!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Klosjes from the Netherlands & Botanical Block

Above is my September block for the Botanical Album sew along.
The next block will be announced HERE on Saturday.

I received a very exciting package in the mail from Ingrid of Supergoof Quilts.

It contained Klosjes templates that I ordered. (for a future project)

These templates will allow you to create tiny klosjes or Spool blocks that measure approximately 2.5" finished. The design of these templates is super clever, allowing you to mark inside the seam allowances for hand piecing and fussy cutting your fabrics.

Ingrid also has templates for tiny tumblers/thimbles and diamonds. To see her beautiful work with these templates you can visit her blog HERE, and HERE.
She has a TRANSLATE button on her blog, (you will have to scroll down a bit) on the right side bar to find it.

Ingrid's blog is always filled with inspiration, amazing quilts in progress and lovely pictures of everyday life in her beautiful homeland. It's always an adventure when visiting her blog!

every quilt tells a story...

Friday, September 23, 2016

Apple Season


We took our grandson apple picking last weekend.
Young children have a way of turning any outing into a joyous adventure.
He thought he might need some help so he brought along the perfect friend for the job. Fireman Kevin is a very good tree climber.

And his Papa gathered up an Apple Picker to assist him as well.

Here is Alex taking inventory of what was gathered (so far)

We finished the day in celebration by making a homemade Apple Pie.

Although Summer weather has decided to overstay her welcome here, I am already embracing the Fall season. Wishing you a wonderful start to Autumn!

every quilt tells a story....

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