Wednesday, December 31, 2014

End of the Year Post

I really can’t believe another year has come and gone.  Looking back on what I have accomplished all I see are lots of blocks laying around.  First there are all the Chester Chriswell blocks.  We are now up to block 27 . 

The Susanna Chriswell block.

Then there are the Benjamin Biggs blocks

Block Eleven
Block twelve

I did complete this little quilt to give to my Granddaughter and her Americian Girl doll as a Christmas gift.  They both loved it.  I think it was the minky leopard fabric on the back they loved.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Back Basting Applique

There are so many quilters like Dawn and Hilda , just to name two that really like back basting appliqué and do such beautiful work with this method so I thought I should give it a try.
I watched videos about how to go about it but decided I needed  a book because I am a book person and like to have something in my hands to refer to.
 Back Basting Appliqué Step by Step by Barbara J Eikmeier  was recommended and it is a good book with lots of information.  The only thing I needed more of was information about how to fussy cut your fabric using this method.
The first mistake I made was when I marked the pattern on my background fabric.  I marked it on the right side of the fabric and it was supposed to be on the wrong side of the fabric.  No problem  I said to myself it’s only marked with a pencil and that will wash out.  Not so easily done.  I did finally get the marks out after several washings with several different products.

 My next problem - I kept losing the holes in the fabric when I was stitching the pieces and so I wasn’t able to stay on the pattern line.  I used the needle and thread that was recommended .  Maybe it was the fabric I used.

I kept pushing on and did get the little quilt finished.  I may give this method another try sometime but for now I have decided it’s not for me.
Thank goodness the pieces in this project were fairly large.   I simply can’t understand  how people are able to do tiny little pieces with back basting.

I hope you are able to find a little stitching time in this busy season.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Flags of the American Revolution

It’s the first of another month already -  Time to post about Flags of the American Revolution and as usual I am not prepared.  I do have the blocks stitched but had no pictures taken so that had to be done.

Whiskey Rebellion was November’s appliqué block.

We were to make only three pieced sawtooth star blocks but since I was already going I made all five.

Looking at the picture in the book we appear to be nearing the end.
This month we are stitching the two crescent  blocks and some of the star moon blocks.
I think I will start putting together what I can.
I am linking with Lori at Humble Quilts.