Wednesday, September 28, 2011
decided to make a few more postage stamp blocks this week, thanks again to everyone who sent me squares, strips for this project do you see your special squares in this block? if not this block I bet in the next few I make soon.
Now its time to start my next 2 color quilt...red and white I think will be the next one!
maybe it should be scrappy reds?
Thursday, September 22, 2011
inspired by these two fabrics together and my goal of making a few two color quilts this year I just started cutting and sewing on Tuesday and now can't decide....
my go to block, the nine patch! Sometimes I think the simple blocks are best.
on point or straight, which do you like?
there certainly is something comforting about hearing that sewing machine humming away, don't you agree?
Monday, September 19, 2011
The other day I pulled these three fabrics from the closets started cutting and sewing and yesterday finished making the blocks!
Once you get a system going with these blocks they go quickly. I hope to have the top sewn together this week.
Another goal for the year crossed off, a quilt to use during the month of December.
Friday, September 16, 2011
I have been doing a lot of hand applique this week but just had to stop and whip up these little quilts.
Cheri has a free pattern a month on her blog, check it out!
quilts by Cheri
you all know how much I love making little quilts and with names like this I just had to buy a few of her patterns too!
Live Simply doesn't that say it all?
hopefully in the next few months I will make them all! I have been a huge fan of hers for years. Her style is a bit more primitive then what I like so I think my little quilts are going to be a bit more upscale folk art :)
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
a little inspiration from The American Folk Art Museum when I visited just before it closed in July....
now can you see why I am so intrigued with solids????
I just love these blocks.....
Making an Hawaiian applique quilt is on my list of quilts to make someday!
how cute is this pillow???
Friday, September 9, 2011
I waited to start stars and sprigs until my bolt of Primitive Gathering pie crust muslin arrived, I just love this fabric. I hope Moda carries this forever! It gives me that aged look I am always looking for and its just so soft and easy to needle important when doing applique as well as hand quilting in mho.
Working small again was a bit of a challenge again after the large flower garden blocks! But the results are worth it. I am hooked!
Dawn emailed me and asked if I bought the Dear Jane 11 fabric line, I said no. Well she said I needed it! Its bright happy fabrics would be great in my flower garden quilt and the stars and sprigs, so I quickly ordered a fat quarter bundle! She was right just look at these happy fabrics! very fun and they will look great in my flower garden quilt especially. That quilt has been fun to work on, my type of gardening! so if your looking for a few bright repro's I would recommend these. I am glad I bought them for this project and to add some zip to a few of my future reproduction quilts.
Monday, September 5, 2011
What a week! losing power from Sunday 4 am to Saturday 330 pm and no internet till Sunday afternoon all thanks to Hurricane Irene. no use complaining our loses were minor compared to so many others, We are so thankful. I was able to finish two more Flower Garden blocks, I still have the stems to put on another block here are all the blocks together
here are the fabrics for my next block.
not sure if I will start this one or now that I can actually use my sewing machine again I may just start Stars and Sprigs!
I hope to catch up with blog reading over the next few days....One of the books I read this week was Nancy Crows work in transition surprised????
I found the book fascinating, it was fun to read how she works. I have been interested in working with solids for awhile now and spent a lot of time this week looking at amish quilt books, Nancy Crow books and other quilters like Gwen Marston that have published book using solids. do you have any suggestions of quilt books using solids I would love to hear about them. I am always looking for quilt book suggestions!
I also spent a lot of time looking Japanese sashiko quilting style books. Love those indigos the Japanese are famous for. For me its all about these indigo's and using the threads to create the texture and in some cases the patterns in the quilts. A dream of mine is to go to Japan , the Tokyo quilt show that Jan from Bemused has gone to , how I would love to go there and study their quilt making...
have you seen Nat's post about her last trip to Japan. I found this trip so interesting and I wish I could go on the Japanese Textile Study Tour, don't you?????