Thursday, June 30, 2011
As soon as I saw Dawn's little quilt like this I knew I had to make one too! I am so happy to add this to my collection of little quilts now, Its a reproduction from the Childhood Treasures book by Merikay Waldvogel . Lucky for me Dawn (collector with a needle blog) offered to send me a kit. thanks Dawn
I decided I really needed to start hand quilting these little quilts on Monday. I am on my third one today! These two are now quilted and ready for use! I was on a mission to finish the patriotic one before July 1st!
my goal now is to hand quilt one a week after I pulled out the pile of unquilted tops. I have to admit I was shocked at how many I do have! I am hoping that after quilting a few more my hand quilting will improve! These are fun to practice on!
I hope to add to my pile of little log cabin blocks this week too....what is it about little blocks that I just love?
These are fun to make too! Whats your favorite little block to make????
I will announce the winner of the fabric giveaway on Saturday July 2nd's post, go here to enter!
Monday, June 27, 2011
Crossroads to Texas, I feel like I have been waiting forever for this fabric line!!!! One of the best reproduction fabric lines to come out in a long time in mho. I love the madders and these greens are to die for, two of them are just so unique I need yards of them! The two pinks in this line are a must have in my collection, yes a few yards of those two as well...The cheater cloth of course I want a bolt, won't that be a great backing? I plan on making a little quilt from it and have another Idea I have wanted to play with too, for that you will have to stay tuned to see what I do with it!
As soon as I saw this antique quilts of Betsy's I new I would want to reproduce it I was so happy when she told me she was writing a book and the pattern would be in the book Gone to Texas. A must have book if you like reproducing antique quilts and /or just making old looking quilts!
I have been collecting madders ever since! Now having the madders that are in the original quilt will make this quilt even more special to me. This fabric line is mostly reproduced from this antique quilt she owns you can see pictures of it in her book. The cheater cloth was made using parts of that antique quilt. (or maybe its all from this antique quilt I will ask her again)
I love stripes like this for bindings cut on the bias , that way you get the diagonal look on the binding don't you?
So tell me what do you think of this fabric line????
What would you make with this fabric line????
I will send a 6 1/2" charm pack to one of you who tell me what they like about the fabric line and how they would use it
Yes it is now available finally.
I preordered it of course here and you can also get it now at the shop where Betsy works. or hopefully your local quilt shop!
I know I need to order more of it now that I have seen it in person.
I was lucky enough for Betsy to send me a fat quarter bundle of this line, Thanks Betsy! I just couldn't cut into until I knew I could get more, I know, I know how silly is that? This week I will whip up a little quilt or two with these fabrics, can you tell how excited I am about this fabric line?????
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
what is it about 2 color quilts that just inspires me?
when I saw this pink and black (mourning prints) I just had to reproduce it.
I made it very close to the size said in the book, Childhood Treasures by Merikay Waldvogel
Decided since I am in such a small block/quilt phase I had to make it again smaller! I like both of them, now to decide which one I will keep!
Here is another little quilt I made last year I took out last night when I decided I wanted to make it again but in another color combination. The antique quilt is in this book as well for this little quilt.
this is a great book, NO PATTERNS in the book but so many little quilts for inspiration.
I really enjoyed reading this book as well.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Here is a little quilt I whipped up yesterday . Auditioned a few greens and this one I just kept coming back to, guess it was just meant to be used! I will bind it with red or maybe a brown/cheddar!
My finished little quilt very happy with the way it came out, I think the purple border was the perfect choice for me.
Info about the pattern for this quilt here.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
sometimes I pick little quilts to make just because I like the color combination. this little quilt is an example, these are not colors I would have chosen to make a little quilt with but I just loved it. Yesterday I pulled out some fabrics and cut, cut , cut till I found the right combinations to make my little quilt very similar to Kathy Tracy's One Patch Doll quilt in her latest book
The Civil War Sewing Circle. I am choosing to add just one border and yes its PURPLE a color I rarely use and if I do its sparingly. I find though that these purples add an instant aged look to a quilt. Always my goal!
see what's next on the cutting table....ah turkey red and chrome yellow, hmmm wheres the poison green???
Thursday, June 16, 2011
decided to make nine patches with the Minick and Simpson Fabrics, the jelly rolls are perfect for just cutting and sewing these blocks. I can really see the benefit to jelly rolls for this type of project. Its so nice that their fabric lines all play so nice together!
I can't wait to add more blocks to this quilt, its going to be perfect to use during the summer months.
fell in love with this little quilt Cyndi made! Isn't it wonderful??? again its all about the fabrics! Lucky her she owns Busy thimble quilt shop in Maine and from what I hear has an incredible selection of reproduction fabrics. Someday I will get there and get to shop in person for now I shop thru emails with her! Looking for an older fabric email her I bet she just may have some!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Here is another quilt I made yesterday from the same book. Have to make this one again in Turkey red and a shirting perhaps or maybe a primitive muslin.
See what happens when the family goes out for the day, I had a day to myself! I love this checkerboard quilt so made one for a friend and one to donate . May have to try that in another color too!
I really like Minick and Simpson's fabric lines, its the colors I really love!, and was sorry I didn't collect them when they were available. Lucky me Vicky wished she collected more civil war, reproduction prints, we agreed to a swap! I sent her civil war fabrics and she sent me M and S fabrics!
look whats on my cutting table this morning I think its going to be a red white and blue week!
Did you see the pictures from Sarah's blog???? she is showing sneak peaks of the quilts in her new book!
Why oh why do we have to wait so long for the books to become available here in the USA????? Don't they know I need it NOW?
Saturday, June 11, 2011
does this happen to you? I was reading Dawn's blog yesterday and she mentioned a book Great Little quilts by Eleanor Levie
I knew I had the book . I opened it up and this was the first quilt I saw, I had to make it! I used 3 of my favorite reproduction fabrics. I chose green for the border as I just made the little quilt with the lancaster blue and decided I wanted to do something different.
here is a picture of the book, you will want this if you like making little quilts!
Friday, June 10, 2011
I have been a huge fan of Gwen Marston's for many years. My quilts may not reflect her liberated style in the past few years but I think that may be about to change!
This started as a bom many years ago I found the blocks a few weeks ago and can't find the pattern I decided these 9 units will become little quilts.
I have been thinking about sending a unit to different "blog" friends and local friends and see what they come up with for borders, wouldn't that be fun? Do you like to make challenge quilts? I decided I want to try and do challenge quilts so what better way then start one of my own.
I love basket quilts and have been waiting for a certain new fabric line to come out to make a pink and green basket quilt....
I hear its only a few more days till Crossroads to Texas starts hitting the quilt shops :)
edited: I have a list of people already for this challenge but from the response I am getting from this post already via email and comments. I will be hosting another challenge quilt in the very near future! stay tuned. Thank you.
I would love to hear from you though if you like doing challenge quilts with "some rules" and if you would be interested in doing another one? Also if you have done them what did you like and what did you not like about them.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
it was fun to make these two little quilts. One is for me and one will be a gift. It was a great exercise for me to use "themed" charm packs to make a quilt in my style but yet reflects the theme subtly, agree?
I made a bar quilt style for the backing of one and will do the same with for the other.
The quilt is 13 x 15.75
nothing on the cutting board this morning, so guess its time to make some more nine patches OR maybe start a new quilt?
Sunday, June 5, 2011
I tried all three layouts and couldn't decide which one. Decided to make all 3, I will use one as a gift , one for my guilds little quilt raffle at their show and one for me. Now the big decision which one should I keep?
I know which one will be the gift! So which one do you like best?
I did NOT make the little quilt like the pattern called for but it surely was inspired by her color choices and the block, 4 patch, to me its still the quilt from this club just pieced a bit differently!
This is what's on the wall for me to sew together today hopefully.
Vicky from LA Quilter blog sent me a few charm packs of the patriotic fabric and some strips of patriotic fabric from Judie Rothermel. I had to whip something up. I love tumbler quilts, thimble quilts whatever you want to call this size. I have an idea for the rest of the charm packs! thanks Vicky for Swapping fabric with me!
I just may have to send her a kit so she can make one too!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
this is what was waiting for me this morning on my cutting table
I will make another little quilt and think I will make two of them, one to donate to the quilt guilds little quilt raffle. I am considering just using one shirting and one blue fabric and of course all these different pink, who knew I had this many pinks! Prairie Women's Sewing Circle club
I made the 3 postage stamp blocks now this will get put away for awhile.
many of you emailed me and asked why I just don't keep making the blocks? Well for me its all about the variety of the fabrics.
I don't want the blocks to look the same. I wait until I know there is enough of a new variety of squares in my box to make a few more blocks. If any of you are interesting in sending me 1 1/2" squares or strips of 1 1/2" x 10 inches or so I would be happy to add them to my quilt! of course they have to be reproduction fabrics and I don't care if they have been washed or not. *thanks*
looking thru one of my antique history quilt books (as I call them) I found this tumbler quilt look how its set, I just may have to make one like this can't you see it done in all plaids? Carolyn sent me a pattern of hers I would love to make and in it was a template for a tumbler I am going to use for this quilt.
the quilt next too it has me thinking about how quilts don't always need borders. Its about fabric placement and color on the outside rows...stay tuned I will be discussing this in a blog post soon.