Tattered Garden



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

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It's got to be a Habit.

I think blogging is just like exercise....it's a habit or routine you get into.  Once broken it's hard to start back.
You have to really push yourself to get going again.
Lately I have had a lot of distractions in my life so here I am pushing myself.


I am almost finished with all the applique on my Flower Garden quilt.  I know this is a terrible picture but I just can't figure out how to photograph 24 blocks and two borders without having a picture overload.  I am working on the bottom border now and then I only have the top one left to do.
My next step with this quilt is to wash and trim all the blocks.  Then I have to decide if I want to sash it like the pattern with scrappy  2" squares sewn together or use just one fabric for the sashing. If anyone is interested in making this quilt it is a Kim McLean pattern and really fun to do especially with all these wonderful Kaffe fabrics.


One quick question before I move on.  Does anyone recognize this fabric?  It's the tree in the bottom border.  I have something to use but just curious as to what this might be.


Last year I bought this pattern  "Feathered Tulip in Vases" from Dawn at Collector with a Needle.  Dawn and her daughter find antique quilts and reproduce great patterns from them.
Well, I have been forever trying to decide what type fabrics I wanted to use.  Did I want to use solids like in the original quilt or look for prints?
In the end I decide on prints and the original colors of the antique quilt.  The pattern colors are much lighter but thats because they have faded so much over the years.
If you click on the link above and go to Dawn's blog you can see the fabrics she has chosen for her version of the quilt.  The pieces are quite large, something I like and I hope it goes quickly because I have this one in the waiting.

Calico Paradise is also one of Dawn's reproduction patterns and it is really something.  Maybe if I start now I will have the fabrics chosen when I finish Feathered Tulip in Vases.
We can always dream can't we?
Happy stitching,
Nancy

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tiny Quilts



This little quilt is  from Quilts by Cheri.  It's called Puss in the Corner.  If you would like to make one  the directions are on her blog.  Just click on her name and it will take you there.
Puss in the Corner is 14 1/2 inches square.  It's made from four patch and solid blocks.  Really simple.



I am also a member of Temecula Quilt Companies Monthly Mini.  This is last months little quilt.
It's called Freedom Rings and measures 12 x 16.  The little bowtie blocks are 2" finished.
I have started quite a collection of these little quilts and am running out of places to put them.
 I sometime feel like my head is spinning around because I have so many things going at the same time.  Every time I think I am getting all caught up another little package arrives in the mail.
What was I thinking?
Hope you are all having a wonderful day.
Nancy

Friday, August 10, 2012

Back from Blogging Break

When I checked the date of my last post I could hardly believe it has been so long since I posted.  Life sure gets in the way of quilting sometime.
July the 28th we were blessed with a new  Grand daughter "Evelyn Irene " so I have been busy helping my Daughter however I can.  At the moment she is battling a case of mastitis.



My DH has some compilations from the motorcycle accident he had a while back and we have also been dealing with this.  Things do seem to be smoothing out a bit so I have a little time to get back to what relaxes me.
First I would like to thank Kris from Lavender Quilts for the nice gift I won on her blog.
Don't you just love it when something arrives all wrapped in pretty paper and tied with a bow.
I know I do.

I won this christmas pattern by Jan Patek really cute.  Thanks Kris.


I find if I can't quilt I tend to buy books about quilting. Like I really need more books.  
Someone once told me you don't have to need something to buy it so  I picked these up the other day.  
I really like both of them and hope to follow through and make something from each book.


Happy stitching,
Nancy