I have completed my Auntie Green shipment for this month. Every month around the 15th I get a little package of fabric in the mail from Homestead Hearth. It’s always fun to see what they have sent and to see if I can figure out where they want me to use each piece of fabric.
This month I had to trim my center block and add some borders so the background would be large enough.
I am very pleased with the fabrics they have sent so far and with the way the quilt is turning out. The pieces are simple enough so it usually doesn’t take too long to get them prepped and stitched.
This is a good thing since I have several BOM appliqué quilts I am working on at the same time.
I hope you are finding some time to stitch,
I am working on so much red and green sometime it is a little confusing keeping each group of fabric seperate.
This is block two of the Benjamin Biggs quilt, BB. I decided to make all the corner buds cheddar. These blocks are so large, 16” finished. I have made the first two blocks and am beginning to second guess my decision to make this quilt.
Block 18 of the Chester Criswell quilt, CC. Mary McKissick’s Block. The quilt has three of this block two red and one red and green. I think I will stop with two.
The next four blocks are of the Noah and Matilda quilt. This one is one of my favorites. I like the little 8” blocks and how different they are.
Some days I feel like I need to hurry up and hurry up. I just finished the last stitches on the first 4 blocks of Noah and Matilda and today all the February blocks for all the quilts I am making came out and I am already behind again.
Noah and Matilda is the new BOM quilt from Dawn at Collector with a Needle. If I remember correctly this is the third quilt I have made from one of Dawn's patterns. She alway does a wonderful job drafting the patterns. This one she is sending as a BOM. Four blocks each month for a small fee.The blocks finish at 8 inches and are set on point.
I haven’t been doing much stitching the past few days as I have my 7 year old Granddaughter staying with me and that’s a different kind of fun.
I completed the wreath for Auntie Green’s Garden last night. Please forgive the shadowing from underneath. I was just too tried to take everything down before I took the picture.
Someone remarked that this was a big project to undertake but I don’t think of it as a whole I just worry about the part I am working on at the moment. Then bit by bit you have a quilt top.
I wonder what part of the quilt we will stitch next month.
This year I decided to purchase Auntie Green’s Garden by Irene Blanck as a block of the month from Homestead Hearth.
I have never made a block of the month quilt where you get all of the fabrics picked out for you but I must say I enjoy getting the little package of fabric every month. I have added a couple of my stash fabrics for a little variety even tho it wasn’t necessary because they do send a nice selection.
This is Decembers block all stitched and now I am working on the wreath of leaves that goes around this center pot of flowers. The packages come around the middle of each month so I have couple of weeks to get my January block finished before another one arrives.
My first block of the Benjamin Biggs quilt. If it was a little smaller it would look just like a block from my Chester Criswell quilt. Maybe I need to go in another direction with this one.
The reds are more maroon and have a little pink in them and I had planned on adding some dark pinks. Oh dear what to do!
I think this one needs more thought.
I started Florabunda way back in May of 2010 and have just now put all the blocks together. It was a free block of the month from Erin Russek of One Piece at a Time.
I first learned the freezer paper method of appliqué from Erin.
Erin has a wonderful site with lots of videos about this type of appliqué. She was one of the first if not the first quilter to introduce this type of appliqué .
I made a little cutting mistake when cutting the background for the large center block and had to put a little border around it so it would fit. Maybe after it’s all quilted it won’t be too noticeable. I also put it together a little simpler than the original quilt but at least it is together and ready for quilting.
Finally something to Post about. I am all caught up with my Chester Criswell Blocks.
Block 13 Alice Criswell
I decided to just leave the horseshoe shapes off of block 13. Too much stress involved in cutting those little things. Anyway who will ever know the difference if they haven’t seen the pattern.
Block 14 Mary E Wilson
Block 15 Alice McClellan
I stitched two of blocks 14 and 15. I believe there are three of block 14 and two of block 15 in the original quilt but two was enough for me.
Block 16 Adaline Gibson
Block 17 Criswell Gibson
This is block 14 all ready to press after soaking to remove all of the glue. I always press my blocks when they are dry upside down on a clean white towel. One other thing I try to remember to do is press with the straight of grain of the background fabric. The straight of grain would be the direction of the selvedge or the direction without any stretch.
Try as hard as I may I always seem to find myself doing a little ironing instead of just pressing like you are supposed to. If you go with the straight of grain there is less chance of stretching your blocks out of shape.
Hope everyone is well and back to stitching after the Holidays.
Honestly, I think someone needs to do an intervention over here. Maybe Sharon from Grass Roots Quilting and I can get a group rate.
This is the new block of the month being offered by Sentimental Stitches called Benjamin Biggs. Now it’s not like I don’t have three new block of the month quilts starting this year but they were not free and who can pass up a beautiful free one.
It reminds me somewhat of Beyond the Cherry Trees from a couple of years ago which still isn’t quilted. I may choose to do this one in something other than red and green not sure yet.
So if you are an appliqué addict like me hop over to Sentimental Stitches and sign up.
Merry Christmas to you all.
Back in September I started prepping the blocks for Roberts Floral Garden.
I have had this pattern in my stash for several years. In fact I bought it long before I ever thought I wanted to or could do hand appliqué. So one day last September I decided to start working on the blocks.
I had purchased the fabric Bread & Butter by Kaye England to make a different quilt and it’s been sitting on my table staring up at me for months when all of sudden I thought it might work for
So far I think it’s going pretty well.
I really enjoy prepping blocks for appliqué. I think it’s a hang over from my child hood when I spent so may hours cutting out paper dolls. It’s like putting together a puzzle and once the picture is made I am in no hurry to do the stitching.
Floral Garden has 13 blocks eleven are appliquéd and two are pieced. Most of the appliqué blocks have some stem stitching.
I have five more blocks to prep and I am just about out of the dark green fabric I have been using for the leaves. It’s not from the Bread & Butter line. What to do. I doubt it’s still available since I have had it so long.
So I have come to a halt until I find some more green.
This is a large block it is the centre medallion of the quit. The finished size is 24 inches and it brought me to a complete stop with this quilt. I really can’t explain why I just didn’t want to do it.
I finally got the pattern made and the piece prepped and glued to the background. Then I put it up on the wall to take a photo and noticed I had left part of it undone.
I knew 13 was unlucky.
This is a picture of Sharon’s block. Isn’t it beautiful? You can see the four little horseshoe shapes I forgot to add.
I guess I will have to needle turn these - aargh!
I can’t believe how far behind I am on this quilt and it’s all because of my procrastinating on this block.