Friday, September 26, 2008

4 block applique

I haven't been quilting much this week as my parents have been here visiting. Last night I did get the last 2 borders sewn on this applique quilt. I had finished the borders months ago - I don't know why I didn't sew them on immediately. I suspect this quilt will sit in the UFO pile again for a bit while I work up the courage to hand quilt it.
I thought I'd show a bit of a closer view of the block design. I thought it would be easier to applique on smaller background pieces so I pieced the blocks from 4 finished 9 inch sections with 1/4 of the design on each. I'm not sure it was a good idea - I have seams in my blocks now but that's how I learn - trial and error! :0)
It is an original design inspired by an antique quilt made around 1860 in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln collection. This picture is from a book but its on their website too. I LOVE to look at antique quilts for inspiration!
So now I need to get a new applique project started soon.... LOL
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

dust cover

The first weekend in September I bought this little table to sit in my room by the window. I was very happy with the size and the shape and I like the little glass knobs. However, after a couple days I noticed that since this table is black it ALWAYS looks dusty. This would not do - and so, since I like sewing better than dusting ...
I made a dust cover (sort of) This little table topper is made of simple 2 inch blocks, quilted, and then cut into an oval shape.

Now I can enjoy my little table and not worry about a little dust :)
Happy Quilting!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

a bit of this and that

Since finishing my last quilt I haven't really accomplished much. I made some small stars with a border - I have no idea where this project is going.

I also got started on this snowman pattern.
And I finally found a store selling Moda's Prairie Paisley line of fabric. I was very excited and bought a bunch of small pieces and some bigger bits too. I have been looking for this line all summer. I came very close to ordering it online but having never done that before I was a bit scared to try. I'm glad to have finally found it close to home. What I really want to do is get handquilting again. I know there is a UFO or 2 that I could get going on - I just need to find a big enough block of time to thread baste something.

Thanks for all the lovely comments on my last post :)

Happy quilting!

Friday, September 5, 2008

I finally finished Lucy's geese

I put the last stitch into this quilt this morning and I am so pleased to have it finished so I can use it.
This quilt was inspired by Lucy of
I found her blog about a year and a half ago and just loved it. I read every post back to 2005. I enjoy her blog so much, her quilts are all so very lovely and inspiring. Her Dec 27,2005 post had directions for this lovely 6 inch block with flying geese in it. I ran right out and bought the ruler I needed for it and got started.

When it came time to quilt it I just knew I had to handquilt it. I thought it would take forever to do but only 2 months later it is finished. It is the first quilt of this size that I have handquilted but it won't be the last. I enjoyed the handquilting of it just as much as the piecing.
So today I experimented with taking pictures of it - in the sun, in the shade... with my garden (you can just see my favorite foxgloves in the background :o)
This will be its resting spot for now. Here in my bedroom I can cozy up under it when reading a book, quilting magazine, or just dreaming...
Thank you Lucy! for all your inspiration - I just loved making this quilt.