Tattered Garden



May all your ups and downs be with a needle and thread!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Stitchery


Stitchery is not my thing but I have managed to get this little saying completed for our new Grand baby that is due any time now.


The pattern is another one from the Jan Patek book Country Quilts.


The top for Christmas 101 from the same book is almost completed.  Well, I completed it but found that Mary and baby Jesus faces were too light and blended into the background.  So I decided to use some fabric crayons to darken them a little UGG!  I guess the crayons were old or frankly I just didn't know how to use them correctly so now I am going to replace the faces and Mary's hair.  I never liked the hair fabric anyway.  There is still a little time left until Christmas.
Happy stitching,
Nancy

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Rocky Mountain Puzzle Quilt


 I have been working on the Rocky Mountain Puzzle quilt .  It is the block of the week from Primitive Gatherings .  Every week I receive a little package with the fabric for six more 6.5 inch blocks .  When I signed up for this I thought every week we would do six different blocks and end up with a sampler quilt but you see every week we do the same block over and over out of different fabrics .


This means that every week I need to make 72 little half square triangles .  Twelve for each block -  Ten for the block with two left over for the borders .


I have been using 1.5" Thangles to make the HS Triangles and it works well enough but I can't decide if I like the Thangles or my old method of cutting squares drawing the line down the center cutting on the line and trimming to size .  Even with the Thangles there is a lot of trimming and cutting apart and you still have the paper to remove .


For this quilt I will stick with the Thangles .  This is the way the instructions are written and I am not sure there is enough fabric for another method .  Just curious about your methods for HS Triangles- What's your favorite?


Here are last weeks blocks and there is another little package waiting for me in the sewing room .


Hope you are finding some time to stitch .
Nancy

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Blog Friends!

When I started blogging it was mainly to  keep a record of my quilting and where it was going.  
I never expected to become acquainted with so many great people.  
Take Sharon for instance from Grass Roots Quilting.  We have never met in person but we communicate through our blogs..  When Sharon red about my red and white Farmers Wife quilt she wrote and offered to send me some reds since I had used all of mine.
Well, Yesterday I got a package in the mail and when I opened it here were all these red fabrics.
These will look great in my quilt.
Thanks Sharon.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Red and White Farmer's Wife

Another set of red and white plus cream Farmer's Wife blocks completed.  I am really enjoying making these blocks using the Marti Michell templates.  I came to quilting after the rotary cutter and never had an opportunity to use templates in my quilting so this is new to me.  I don't think I would like making my own templates but the MM templates are fun to use.

Now,  the time has come to make a decision.  I have used all the red and white fabrics in my stash at least once in these blocks and have to decide if I am going to buy more fabric or repeat the ones I have.  You know how when you work with something for a while it all just seem to jumble together in your mind...Well, that's how I feel about  this quilt.  It's all just starting to look too busy and I am not sure where I am going.
Happy Stitching,
Nancy