Wednesday, May 4, 2016

In the works

I'm done with the borders and ready for quilting on this sampler quilt: scrappy Civil War fabrics.  We've been doing a Civil War sew-along at the shop for the past couple of months, and I'm in the home stretch on mine!

And I just finished the binding on this 30s strippy quilt made from some leftover swap blocks.  I'm calling this one "Potluck."

Sunday, May 1, 2016



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Westering Women

The April block for
has been released today.
We are sewing the LONE ELM block this month ...
... and learning about landmarks along the trail on
the journey west.
I enjoy following Barbara's study series: in addition to teaching us about all sorts of historical facts and trivia, she gives us blocks that are challenging enough to be interesting and fun.
I'm up to date on this series!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Clearing the decks

Barbara Brackman will be running a new weekly sew-along beginning next month.  I always enjoy the projects she offers, as well as the history lessons she shares, so I'm already looking forward to the new series.
In an effort to get ready for it, I decided to finish the blocks I still have from her previous two sew-alongs.  First up was this set from Threads of Memory.  The series ran in 2014, and I've been meaning to get  it done ever since.
So yesterday I assembled the top: 

 And today I quilted it and got the binding on.  Checking this one off the To-Do list at last! 
Next will be all those zillions of star blocks from

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Circa 2016

A fork in the road!
As I was considering last week, I have in fact decided to not continue with this sew-along project.  This morning I assembled  everything I had pieced already.  I have a couple of ideas in mind for filling the center medallion -- I'll report back when I'm ready to move on to that next step.

Friday, April 8, 2016

A nice assignment

This week at the shop I enjoyed spending some careful quality time with this lovely old quilt.
 It was hand-pieced by the customer's mother, and is in fragile condition.  She wanted to have it backed and quilted in order to stabilize it.  As we know, hand-stitched and on-point is a recipe for wonky, but I got it squared up perfectly so the Baptist Fans are running right in line along the patches.  Lots of babysitting so the machine didn't catch and tear any of the fragile patches!  We will be squaring the edges and teaching the owner how to do binding so she can be part of the preservation effort.
Customer quilts may not necessarily be my "cup of tea" colorwise or designwise, although working with each one adds to my experience.  But this one was a joy -- so springtimey and gentle and vintage --
and I wanted to share :) 


Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Nothing interesting happening here.  I puttered with some scrappy log cabin blocks this afternoon, which really means I'm just procrastinating  on other things that I should be doing.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Circa 2016

My two little blocks for this week's
  and my block collection at this point.
 We also did the center medallion section
earlier in the year. 
 I'm toying with the possibility of assembling what I have now to turn the center into a rectangle, embroidering something in the medallion, and calling this project done.  It will be a pretty little mat.  My attention seems to have moved on to
other things.