Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Something new for a New Year

After a title like that you are probably looking for an exciting new project  :0)  So far I haven't started anything new but I've sure been thinking about it!
What's new is a new kind of leaf on Panel #9 of the Susan McCord Vine quilt.  I was a bit surprised to see this - I wasn't expecting anything new in panel 9 but here is a pieced leaf with a pre-seamed strip in the middle of it.

 As you can see my first attempt at making it did not go very well.  It reminded me of when I used to do more paper piecing and once in a while I would find a pre-seamed piece had to be made.  I always thought it was bit like trying to do something upsidedown and backwards at the same time.  This wasn't quite that bad  :0)
 That Susan McCord sure wanted to make use of every tiny bit of fabric she could! I made good progress on this panel over Christmas as there is always lots of visiting and driving time when I can pull it out and work on it.
When we got home from all our travels this little star quilt was waiting for some attention.  It is based on the Temecula Quilt Co. Countdown to Christmas quilt. I had decided to not make the full quilt so I had to figure out what to do with the pieces I made. 
This is the result so far.  It isn't a very well thought out layout but my stars turned out a bit wonky and I just wanted it done. I will add a small plain border and machine quilt it up.  If this hits the ufo bin it may never emerge...  I still like those tiny little stars so I want to finish it even if it is wonky.

I hope your 2014 is filled with many hours of happy stitching!
Happy Quilting!!


Emma said...

Panel 9! You're going to be done in no time.

Have you started anything new?? Found any house blocks? :)

Every Stitch said...

That little star quilt is definitely worth a finish - so sweet. And I never get tired of seeing the McCord - beautiful - and a great way to use the tiniest of scraps!

Janet said...

Love! Great fabrics in your vine and you did that leaf well.
I love the star quilt, it'll make for a great mini.

Cheri said...

Susan McCord must have used every teeny little scrap of fabric she had, or else that fabric had so many memories she just could not part with it. I love seeing your progress on this quilt.

Karen said...

This quilt has been on my bucket list for years, not sure it will ever happen for me. But congrats on getting to #9.

Lori said...

Wow! Panel 9!? It is lovely! How fun to add tiny little scraps to make the leaves.
I adore the little star quilt, funk and all!!

simplebirdapplique said...

So inspiring!! Have an awesome 2014!

Barb said...

congrats on panel nine! Your little leaf looks really great with all those tiny pieces.
Your new little star quilt is adorable. I love the fabrics and it doesn't look wonky to me, just sweet. Can't wait to see it quilted.
Happy New Year!

quiltgirl said...

Oh, your Susan McCord reproduction is gorgeous- the colors just sparkle!

I've always wanted to do one of her quilts- especially her Triple Irish Chain (shown here on Barbara Brackman's blog: http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/2012/06/newly-discovered-susan-mccord-quilt.html).

Your work is beautiful- thanks for the inspiration :)

libbyquilter said...

this is a pretty exciting project and how wonderful that you are working on panel number nine now~!!!

love your teeny tiny stars and the small quilt that you made with them. sometimes those small blocks take a bit of patience but yours look great.


Carrie P. said...

your vine is looking so pretty. you are persevering!
Love your little quilt. I thought about making that but the stars were so tiny I did not think I would be able to get them to come out right. You did great.

Wendy said...

I think your vine quilt is so pretty...

MARCIE said...

I love what you did with the Temecula project. Yours actually appeals more to me! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog today. I'm happy to be reconnecting with old friends!