Tuesday, September 29, 2009

fall finish

I'm pleased to have this little hanging ready to put up for fall.
I quilted it by machine. I was happy with the "in the ditch" stitching. I am less happy with the free motion quilting. I realize that I won't get any better at it if I don't practice... To me it looks a bit like a tangle of vines - which could be very appropriate for a pumpkin.
Happy quilting!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

some thoughts about history

I'm all ready to quilt this little hanging now. It was a bit of a rush job - the proportions are a bit off I think and there shouldn't be a red goose so close to the red leaf but...oh well :0)

These are the first 6 blocks for my sister's baby quilt. I think its safe to post it - I don't think she's ever looked at my blog. She wanted the soft green and the soft turquoise - I added the brown and white for some contrast. They are big blocks - only 3 more to make. It doesn't look much like a baby quilt to me but her taste is different from mine (more modern). I hope she likes it! The pattern is from American Patchwork and Quilting Dec 05 issue.

I've been thinking a lot about the Civil War Bride quilt - and enjoying the wonderful blocks people are making and posting on the blog. I broke down and ordered the Treasury of American Quilts so I could look more closely at the original. I have never ordered anything over the internet before - that could be a slippery slope lol. I also really like this Reconciliation quilt made by Lucinda Ward Honstain in 1867. Here it is pictured in the March/April 2009 Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine. So... I'm thinking a bit about stitching a quilt about my own personal history. Not that I've lived through any major historical events in any personal way but... I think I think it would be more meaningful to me and perhaps to my kids. There are a few problems - I don't think my red minivan would look that great appliqued on a quilt block. I think the horses, camels and elephants add so much interest to these 2 old quilts. So I have some more thinking to do. Thanks for reading my ramblings and if you have some thoughts please share them!
Happy Quilting!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Our family spent the weekend at DH's parents' farm this past weekend. I always bring handwork when we go there. I got this little quilt basted together to quilt by hand. I probably should have machine quilted the centre - all those seams to push the needle through... Anyway I made good progress.

And... in between making blocks for my sister's baby quilt I have been working on this fun little project. I guess I could just put a border on it and call it done but I think I want to add some geese flying south.

Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

basket of flowers

I'm happy to have this basket of flowers block finished. (it still gets a little bit of embroidery yet) It was a fun challenge but I stressed a bit too much over fabric selection.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it from here. I had thought maybe a border of small pieced churn dash blocks. Someone from my guild suggested just framing it as is and not quilting it. I think I'll have to ponder it for awhile.

Now I have no applique or handquilting projects on the go - I need to have some portable handwork project on the go at all times! I'll have to get something together later today :0) There are a few people working on The Civil War Bride quilt - they have a blog together here http://thecivilwarbridequilt.blogspot.com/ I love the variety in the blocks and its tempting to join them but it is a LARGE project!
Happy Quilting!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

September already!

Here is the August block from the BOM that I am doing with my guild. Only 3 more to go.
I have only one more basket block to make and I will have all the blocks ready to piece together for the pink and brown quilt. I'm excited to put them together but... my sister's baby is due Nov 1st so I will work on that next. I have a pattern, I have fabric, and the blocks should be fast and easy - I'll post about it soon.

My kids have been back in school for a whole week already! It's hard to believe that fall is right around the corner. I want to make a fall wallhanging for my front entryway. I've done some drawing but when I'll find time to make it I don't know. So many quilts to make... so little time.
Happy Quilting!!!