Thursday, February 25, 2016

Sarah Fielke BOM - Happy Days

This is  block 14, Churn Dash the first block of Sarah Fielke's new BOM 
"Happy Days".


We also needed to make some stars.  There are 24 of these stars in the quilt but we have 10 months to make them.



I had decide to use this pink checked / striped fabric for may background and when I stitched the first star I kept getting the stripes going in the wrong directions.
I finally figured out, after cutting up lots of paper, if I cut the squares in opposite directions I could get it to come out the way I wanted.


I have since discovered from Sharon Pederson here,  if I just put the right sides of the fabric together I would have gotten the same result .  Now I am sure every quilter in the world already knew this, except me that is.


I chain stitched all my half square triangles  and pressed them with the seams going in opposite directions before cutting them apart.


Churn Dash and twenty four stars.





Since I have so much trouble making up my mind I decided to make two versions of Happy Days.
Which do you perfer?
It’s still not too late to join in and make this fun quilt.
All the information you need can be found here.

Until the next time,
Happy Stitching,
Nancy

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Kim McLean’s Flower Garden


Finally finished!  
I started working on Kim McLean’s Flower Garden  quilt back in 2012.  
You can see my method and progress here.


The top has been completed for quite a while waiting in the to be quilted closet along with all it’s friends.


I don’t claim to be a professional quilter and I only quilt my own quilts.  Some days when I go to the machine I have no idea what I am going to do next, so some blocks look better than others.


I am so happy to have this one finished. It’s quite a large quilt 89x91 and it took me a while to quilt it.  (almost as long as it took blogger to upload these pictures, LOL)

Until the next time,
Nancy

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Old Voices New Impressions

I made my way to the dreaded fabric shop this morning - wink, wink .  To my surprise they were in the middle of a shop hop.  I am not much into shop hops but today I found it helpful to have so many ladies available to give opinions.



It wasn’t easy finding a little corner to lay out fabrics but I managed to find a place and get in just the right number of peoples way to be a nuisance.
 I did get a lot of helpful advice.  Most said the pink was too overpowering and distracted from the applique.They thought the green was too busy.


The majority opinion was the blue seemed to draw your attention to the applique and be calming. 

There were  other fabrics I might have used  but sometime when I have too many choices I just get confused so I stuck with three.

I decided to go with the blue because I absolutely do want the applique to be the focal point and I can almost always  use some calming.
Until the next time,
Nancy

Friday, February 12, 2016

SVBAQ Quilt Month Five - Old Voices New Impressions


Block A5 Yellow Pink Tulip
What a fun quilt this is turning out to be.  I really enjoy watching each block come alive and following along with all the other quilters.  Seeing their fabric choices and how each quilt is turning out so different even though we are all using the same pattern.
You can go HERE or HERE to see all the other blocks or to purchase the pattern from
The Virginia Quilt Museum.


I have also completed all the blocks for my Old Voices New Impressions quilt.


Karen from Log Cabin Quilts started this sew-along last July.  The quilt is from a Jeana Kimbell book by the same name and several ladies, like Cathy have already finished their tops.


This is the version of the quilt I am making.  I don’t have any fabric in my stash that would work for the sashing and borders so I guess I am going to be forced into making a trip to the quilt shop.  
Oh dear, oh dear, what ever shall I do.
Until the next time,
Nancy