Thursday, January 30, 2014

Auntie Green’s Wreath

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.
Happy stitching,

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Auntie Green’s Garden

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.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Roberts Floral Garden

Four more blocks from Roberts Floral Garden are all prepped for stitching.

I really like this pattern.  I think it’s because the blocks are all different sizes.  It seems like lately everything I have been working on all the block are the same size just set in rows.

Some of the blocks are still missing their tiny circles.  I guess I will just have to spend a day and make little circles.

I may have to do something about those two little faces staring at me in this one although they are sort of comical.
Happy Stitching,

Monday, January 20, 2014

Benjamin Biggs

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.

Saturday, January 18, 2014


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.
Happy stitching,

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Chester Criswell Quilt

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.