Friday, July 30, 2010

summer reading

I finished the first 2 applique borders for my corn and beans quilt. Last night I sewed them onto the top and cut the top and bottom borders. I am not exactly sure how to go around the corners with the vine - I'm experimenting with it. Of course an organized person would likely have figured this out and drawn it out ahead of time. I guess I must like winging it :0)
My older daughters are doing a day camp at a historical park this week. Wednesday my younger 2 and I spent the day there too and I spied this quilt as we looked around. I'm not sure it's actually old - maybe a reproduction but it certainly is lovely! Handquilted too!
Then I had to acquire some summer reading :0) I'm enjoying them very much so far.
And for anyone who is interested - I added the followers gadget.
Happy Quilting!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

busy summer

Summer is going by way too fast! Last week we spent 4 lazy days on the beach in Kelowna which was wonderful. I wish it was a longer season...

Before I went away I managed to get the short sashing strips sewn onto my Crowfoot blocks. I'm liking how it looks but ... What am I going to do with a 70 inch square quilt? So I guess I need 9 more blocks to make it queen sized :0) Didn't this just happen with another quilting project? lol
They are such fun blocks to make so I'm sure it will go quickly. I will have to start repeating the fabrics in the large squares though.

I am still happily making these Courthouse steps blocks. At some point this is supposed to become a leader/ender project.

My girls and I were invited to a "Secret Garden" party. Last year's theme was "Little House on the Prairie" and my very talented friend made little quilts for all of the girls. You can see them here. This year she made these adorable aprons. There were 9 in all and no 2 alike! My girls just love them and so do I.

Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

couldn't stop myself...

Not a whole lot of sewing going on around here. I've had company and we went camping. With only 1 more Crowfoot block left to make I couldn't stop myself from starting something new.
I think I was just tired of trimming flying geese and this little pile of 1 1/4 inch strips was calling my name. :0) I have no idea how many I will make - right now I'm just having fun!
Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


I finally found time to get my 4 block applique quilt basted! Yeah! I'm so very happy to have a new hand quilting project.
I also have a new hoop. It's a composite plastic 17" no-slip hoop. So far I really like it.
There is only one more new thing(s) that I need to really get going on this project - new calluses! I wore holes in my fingers the first time I worked on it. :0) I guess it's been too long since I last quilted by hand.
I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with the quilting - for now I am going to start with outlining the applique. I just LOVE this kind of quilting - it is SO much more relaxing than free motion quilting!
Happy Quilting!!