Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I finished my Apple Pie Ridge Star block

I finally finished my Apple Pie Ridge Star 9 1/2" block.

I saw the Apple pie ridge star block for the first time Here on the Quaker Quilt Blog.  I was fascinated by it and wondered why there was only one block done in each Baltimore Album-type quilt.  So I drafted a pattern and got busy.

Now after sewing one I understand.  It was quite tricky.

I want to surround it and have made sixteen 3" churn dash blocks but I need to add a small border to make the block the right size.  I can't decide if I like the cheddar or the purple better.

I also need to make 4 more little blocks - sigh~

I saw this little pattern on  Posie gets cozy byAlicia.  I decided I wanted to make one and so I ordered the pattern.  I've been working on it in the evenings and it's been fun.  I need to trim the whiskers and make her dress. 

The kit comes compete with the felt for the rabbit's body and shoes, embroidery floss, fabric for dress (Liberty of London) and yarn for the cape.  It's a little larger than I thought at 18" from ear tip to feet.

It's been fun to have a little hand sewing project.

We had snow all day today here in Wisconsin.  But, the grass is turning green and trees are budding out.  I hope those in flood watch areas will be safe.


Sunday, March 16, 2014


Just thought I'd update the picture of the little Easter quilt with the completed border.

Not much time for quilting anymore.  I'll have to sneak it in on the weekends, I guess.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

just a quick post

We had quite a snow storm last Thursday and that allowed me to make some more progress on Kellies Bunnies.  I am in the process of stitching down all the fused applique. 

It's such a sweet spring-like quilt on such a winter as this.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lynn Birthday Quilt Club 1939

I appliqued the top panel and got the handle on the yellow basket.  I'm now figuring out the vine that winds up from the yellow basket and twists up near the cat.  It's a new color scheme for me. And there's not enough contrast but I think it's coming together.

A quilting friend I've met since coming to Wisconsin shared her grandmother's quilt with me.  It is  made from a block exchange and called the Lynn Birthday Quilt Club.  Lynn is a tiny place between Chili and Granton I think.   

Lydia is my friends grandmother.  I love the way the embroidered names are double lined.

My friend found out that the quilt is in this book "A collection of Favorite Quilts" by Judy Florence and was able to find a used copy on Amazon.

The blue that is used in this quilt is brighter than the usual 30's blue.  It kind of electric and very dynamic.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Merrily we go along, go along, go along

Just thought I'd show you that I AM actually making progress on this quilt.  It's going to be so lovely when it's done but after working on the quilting for almost 9 mos. it feels like a never-ending project.  I've been pushing myself to quilt during my viewing of the Olympics in the evenings and so it's progressing ~  I'm on block #28 of 32.  Then I will quilt the setting triangles but they will go fast because they are already marked and I won't have any seams to quilt over.

I've made a little progress on this project.  I used the fabric I already had so parts of it are a bit unusual.  I will be using the same purple for the inner border and I'm not sure what the larger outside border will be.  There will also be vines and flowers weaving up from the yellow basket (handle to be put on soon), a big flower coming out of the purple basket, and more ducks and a cat up above. I worked on it yesterday while it snowed.
We are going to be moving to Milwaukee for a little while.  The bad news is that I will miss the people I've made friends with here and the barns everywhere.  The good news is that I might actually have a REAL quilt shop close by.
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Saturday, February 8, 2014

a little spring quilting

I thought it was appropriate to follow up on my last post with a Le Moyne barn quilt block.
Isn't it cute and so patriotic.  We see this every time we travel to Neillsville on Hwy 10 here in Wisconsin.

It's interesting how the blocks I made were mostly blue and red and this block is too.

 Small world or great minds think alike...........

I went to my favorite little quilt shop in Wausau while we were there on Thursday.  I was looking for some bright turkey reds.  There's not much out there right now.  But, I was glad they were open.

I've started a new project. 

It's not my usual colors and I'm kind of out of my color sense.  I love pastels but this one is a bit tricky.  A little Paris Flea Market with some Lakehouse white and floral, and then a little pastel check hmmm?

Here is the bunny that will go on the quilt along with baskets, and ducks, and some appliqued vines.  It is a  Jan Patek pattern from a long time ago.  But, she still has it at her store in a booklet called Kellys Bunnies.  I would like to make the quilt on the cover with the 12" bunny too.  But, one thing at a time. 

It doesn't look like much yet but it will come together better as I go on. 

Are quilting on anything for spring?


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Evenings and P-day

I wanted to do a project that I could just pick up and work on when I had a few minutes here in Wisconsin.  We've been here almost 8 months and this is what I have to show for my down time.

I finished all 25 of my Old Maid's Patience blocks containing 100 Lemoyne stars and so many "Y" seams that I can't count them all.  The blocks are all hand-pieced (sigh).

This isn't a quilt that SHOUTS out to you "Look at Me!"  And that is exactly what I wanted.

Can't you just see this on a bed in a loft ?

Maybe it could be used on the back of a slip-covered sofa . . .

or on a porch swing~ 

 It is about 86" square. 
 I don't think it needs a border, I'm going to bind it with one of the leftover blues or maybe the gold.

I wanted a red, white, and blue feel but  I also wanted to update it a little from the 1860 quilt it is patterned after.  So I used a Lakehouse white on white pindot for the alternating squares.

 I'm not sure how I want to quilt this.  I'm currently quilting on a quilt with white alternating squares and have a floral/feather design going on there so I want to do something different, something that is also not fancy.  I've considered doing a Baptist fan design but I'll have to think about it for a while.  Any suggestions?

Maybe it could be used as a tablecloth like the example in the picture of the pattern.

The pattern is found in the April 2008 American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  The original quilt is owned by Miriam Kujac.

I was pleased to see the quilt below on Taryn's blog Repro Quilt Lover.  She was able to view it in person.  Visit her blog to see more wonderful quilts. 

This is another quilt using the Old Maid's Patience block only this one has sashing.  It looks great doesn't it.?  I got this picture from The Quilt Index

and this picture too.  This is also called an Old Maid's Patience quilt  but while it also has Lemoyne stars they aren't placed four to a block.  The reason I added this picture is because of the delightful border.  Hopefully you can see it well. 

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