Thursday, April 28, 2016

Monthly Blocks

 Holy smokes, I haven’t posted in so long I don’t know if I remember how.  
Part of the problem was my internet connection.  It had become so slow it took forever just to download pictures.  We finally got a new provider and things are somewhat better.


I did get my Old Voices New Impressions quilt top assembled.  
I am pleased with the way it all came together and very happy I went with the green border fabric. 

It’s not too noticeable in the pictures but in person the center of the quilt looks like it is floating  on the green border. 
Karen from Log Cabin Quilts started this sew a long in July 2015.  I wasn’t a very good member because I failed to post my progress each month but reading about the other ladies progress kept me motivated. 
So thanks Karen for all your inspiration.

   
This is my   
 Tiger Lily block for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt.
It was supposed to be posted on the 15th so I guess I am a little late.  At least I made it before the May block came out.
You can see some nice pictures on their blog showing this block in many different fabrics and there is a Facebook page  here for this quilt.



I also stitched a couple of the wreath blocks for the Sarah Fielke BOM.
We need to make 8 of these wreath blocks .  I will need to stitch 16 because I am making two color ways but I have 8 months left to get them finished.


The blocks for this month were both applique .  This quilt has a very whimsical and happy look.
I guess this is why Sarah has named it Happy Days.
There is also a Facebook group for Happy Days here where you can see  many different versions of the quilt.  I am always amazed at how creative some people are.

Facebook  is the other reason I have become lax at blog posting.  I never was a fan of Facebook but so many of the groups I follow have moved there so I was kind of forced to give it a try.
I am still a little concerned about privacy issues so I rarely post anything.
It’s not as bad as I had imagined but it sure can eat up a lot of your time.
Until the next time,
Nancy




Friday, March 11, 2016

Monthly Progress


This months block for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt is 
"The Liberty Tree".  
When I first looked at this pattern I had in mind not to include the Liberty Tree block because it seemed to look a little out of place.  
Now that it is all stitched I just love it.
All the information you need about this wonderful pattern can be found Here .
Thanks Dawn and Doreen for such a fun BOM!


I also finally finished the next to the last border on “Auntie Green’s Garden” a pattern by Irene Blanck.  
Only one border left and it consists of yards and yards of brown vine a little boring to stitch but it makes a beautiful finish to the quilt.


Florabunda is finally quilted.  
Started in 2010 it was a free BOB from Erin Russek of One Piece at a Time
I made Florabunda using the freezer paper applique method Erin is known for.


This is my “30’s Feedbacks” the 2005 Second Saturday Sampler from Little Quilts finally quilted.  Little Quilts closed it’s doors a couple of months ago and I miss having such a wonderful shop near by.


 OK, I know I said I wasn’t going to start another quilt where I HAD to remember to download a pattern every month but a woman can change her mind can’t she?
Gay from Sentimental Stitches is offering this free BOM the “1857 Album Quilt” and all you have to do is not forget to download your pattern every month. 
Until the next time,
Happy Stitching
Nancy


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Sarah Fielke BOM - Happy Days

This is  block 14, Churn Dash the first block of Sarah Fielke's new BOM 
"Happy Days".


We also needed to make some stars.  There are 24 of these stars in the quilt but we have 10 months to make them.



I had decide to use this pink checked / striped fabric for may background and when I stitched the first star I kept getting the stripes going in the wrong directions.
I finally figured out, after cutting up lots of paper, if I cut the squares in opposite directions I could get it to come out the way I wanted.


I have since discovered from Sharon Pederson here,  if I just put the right sides of the fabric together I would have gotten the same result .  Now I am sure every quilter in the world already knew this, except me that is.


I chain stitched all my half square triangles  and pressed them with the seams going in opposite directions before cutting them apart.


Churn Dash and twenty four stars.





Since I have so much trouble making up my mind I decided to make two versions of Happy Days.
Which do you perfer?
It’s still not too late to join in and make this fun quilt.
All the information you need can be found here.

Until the next time,
Happy Stitching,
Nancy

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Kim McLean’s Flower Garden


Finally finished!  
I started working on Kim McLean’s Flower Garden  quilt back in 2012.  
You can see my method and progress here.


The top has been completed for quite a while waiting in the to be quilted closet along with all it’s friends.


I don’t claim to be a professional quilter and I only quilt my own quilts.  Some days when I go to the machine I have no idea what I am going to do next, so some blocks look better than others.


I am so happy to have this one finished. It’s quite a large quilt 89x91 and it took me a while to quilt it.  (almost as long as it took blogger to upload these pictures, LOL)

Until the next time,
Nancy

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Old Voices New Impressions

I made my way to the dreaded fabric shop this morning - wink, wink .  To my surprise they were in the middle of a shop hop.  I am not much into shop hops but today I found it helpful to have so many ladies available to give opinions.



It wasn’t easy finding a little corner to lay out fabrics but I managed to find a place and get in just the right number of peoples way to be a nuisance.
 I did get a lot of helpful advice.  Most said the pink was too overpowering and distracted from the applique.They thought the green was too busy.


The majority opinion was the blue seemed to draw your attention to the applique and be calming. 

There were  other fabrics I might have used  but sometime when I have too many choices I just get confused so I stuck with three.

I decided to go with the blue because I absolutely do want the applique to be the focal point and I can almost always  use some calming.
Until the next time,
Nancy

Friday, February 12, 2016

SVBAQ Quilt Month Five - Old Voices New Impressions


Block A5 Yellow Pink Tulip
What a fun quilt this is turning out to be.  I really enjoy watching each block come alive and following along with all the other quilters.  Seeing their fabric choices and how each quilt is turning out so different even though we are all using the same pattern.
You can go HERE or HERE to see all the other blocks or to purchase the pattern from
The Virginia Quilt Museum.


I have also completed all the blocks for my Old Voices New Impressions quilt.


Karen from Log Cabin Quilts started this sew-along last July.  The quilt is from a Jeana Kimbell book by the same name and several ladies, like Cathy have already finished their tops.


This is the version of the quilt I am making.  I don’t have any fabric in my stash that would work for the sashing and borders so I guess I am going to be forced into making a trip to the quilt shop.  
Oh dear, oh dear, what ever shall I do.
Until the next time,
Nancy

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Shenandoah Valley and 1718 Coverlet Quilts


Shenandoah Valley January block Star in the East.  I believe it’s the 4th block in the
 sew along.  There have  been so many beautiful versions of this block posted here.



I have also been trying to catch up stitching  my 1718 Coverlet quilt blocks.  This is such a weird quilt most of the backgrounds for the 4 1/2” blocks are made up of lots of little pieces .


When I first started I tried to make every block just as the original.  I soon gave up on that idea and have now chosen to make the backgrounds a little simpler.


I don’t think it has changed the overall look of the quilt and it has sure has made life simpler for me.


On another note.  It’s been freezing here and yesterday we had a light dusting of snow.  Now it’s pretty sad when your Grandchildren get this excited about this much snow.


We really need to take them somewhere so they can experience the real thing.
Until the next time,
Nancy

Friday, January 8, 2016

Allietare


Finally I got all the little bits for the center of Allietare sewn together and this is the result.


Everything went together well except the final rows.  I did end up having to twist some of the seams on the four patches to get them to nest together.  Considering how many seams there are in this quilt I can’t complain and Bonnie did say all of the seams would not nest.


As hard as I tried I still missed matching some of the points exactly but hey I don’t care.               


I really like the colors she chose for this years Mystery Quilt and I suppose that’s why I decided to make it.  Bonnie’s quilts are alway different and special but they are also very labor intensive and the mystery is  at a very busy time of the year for me.  So I hope if I ever decide to make another one someone will remind me of  this.


The borders are going to be scalloped and I will have to purchase fabric for them because I don’t have a piece of black large enough.
It is doing to be a beautiful quilt and if you want the pattern it’s still on Quiltville here for you to download.
Happy stitching,
Nancy


Saturday, December 26, 2015

December Summary

Christmas is over and It’s almost a new year.  Things have been really busy but I thought I would take a break  and post a little about my month.


I did get this months block for the Shenandoah Valley quilt stitched.  Not my favorite block from the quilt but not a difficult one.



"Classic Santas" is finally quilted. This is a Sue Garman pattern.  I stitched the blocks years ago when I first started appliquéing.  It’s needle turn which I seldom do anymore.  If you are not familiar with Sue’s blog you should check it out here.  It is just full of wonderful pictures.


Finished up a couple of little Christmas gifts just in time to gift them.


I have also been working on the new Bonnie Hunter mystery “Allietare" from Quiltville.  


The first three clues are stitched but the 4th is waiting until after Christmas.  The fifth came out today so I know what I will be stitching this week.

I am also secretly hoping no one offers a free BOM applique quilt this year because I have no will power and I already have several that need finishing.

Here’s hoping everyone's  Christmas / Holliday was as wonderful and blessed as ours .