Sunday, March 23, 2014

Noah and Matilda

Don’t you just love the name of this quilt.

I am still having fun with these little blocks from the Noah and Matilda block of the month from Dawn at Collector With a Needle.




This month there were some really tiny pieces to deal with.  First there was this little bow knot with reverse appliqué.
  













I have this little iron called a Cool Tool which really came in handy.  At first I thought I would make it blue but changed my mind and went with green.



Then there were all these little bits in the Flower basket block.  They don’t look so small in this picture but trust me they are.  I think this is my favorite block so far.



Hope your Sunday is going well.
Nancy

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Benjamin Biggs Block Three




 Gay of Sentimental Stitches gave the book "Quilts of Indiana”  away on her blog last week and I was lucky enough to be the winner.
She had her furry friends Clutch and Zoe do the drawing and posted a little video here.  It was just too cute.

I was surprised when looking through the book to see this write up and picture about the Benjamin Biggs quilt.  It is so nice to have a good picture of the finished quilt and to read some history about it.  It has really inspired me to keep going on this one.


Here is my block 3 the Cherry Wreath block.  This one wasn’t too difficult even if some of the stems were very tiny.  I just made little templates from freezer paper and turned the edges with starch.
Happy Stitching,
Nancy

Friday, March 14, 2014

Quilting Flower Garden

This has been my motto this week as I have been attempting to quilt my Flower Garden quilt.

  Now I must say the quilting of a quilt is my least favorite thing to do.  In fact I just don’t enjoy it on a good day and so far I have not had a good day with this one.








I did most of the stitch in the ditch quilting on the top border and thought things were going well until I checked the back and saw the tension was flat lining in places.

So I ripped it all out and decided it was the timing on my machine or maybe the thread I was using or the needle.  After working on the timing and changing the thread and needle I started over.


It is better but still I am having to check each little motif as I go along to make sure the tension is alright.  Sometime it still flat lines and I have to rip and do over.  At this rate It will be the next century before this one is finished.

Oh happy day maybe this just isn’t for me.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Chester Criswell Block 19

I made two versions of this months Chester Criswell block.



                   Block 19 Emily Carlile


Block 19 Margaret Criswell

Both blocks are made from the same pattern and I think I caught a subtle message in this months print out about there being a third year.  This is going to be a large quilt.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Auntie Green Update







 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,
Nancy