Wednesday, September 30, 2015
She started the blocks years ago with the intent of making some baby quilts for a local shelter. After sitting on the blocks for a few years she realized that she had enough to make a full sized quilt.
Don't you just love those ears??!
She arranged to have it machine quilted by Lynn Jones when they were out east again this Spring and it is now happily being used on their bed. It's oversized, so apparently no need to fight for the blankets. She needed more of the peony print to bind it with and, as luck would have it, there was still some on the shelf when she went back this Spring.
The back is pieced as well and I think a great complement to the blocks on the front. She has beautiful peonies in her garden so it was nice to be able to get a few pics of it while they were in season. Word is that Benny is still very fond of it. :).....M
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... Even though the holidays are still a few months away I've kept it draped over a chair in our bedroom until I get back to it just so that I can enjoy it. The Official Cookie Tester likes it too.
I'm sewing the border together in sections so that I'm not playing with a huge long piece all the time and I'll eventually join them all. My design wall is a little short for a full quilt so I've just turned under the top pieces, but you get the idea....M
Friday, September 18, 2015
On the Labour Day weekend she had it off the frames and out at the cottage to show us. What. A. Beauty!
She worked with the floral design when laying down her quilting pattern in the border. It's almost like a kantha quilt - intricately stitched with a little boho-leaning feel to it.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
To break things up a bit I sewed the remaining four star blocks, so I can scratch all of the stars off of my list.
German Apple Cake. I wanted something with either apples or pumpkin and this one looked appealing so I gave it a shot. It's wonderful. With so much apple in it the taste and consistency is even better a day or two on - nice and moist - and its been ages since I've made anything with a cream cheese icing, so this really hit the mark.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
The 12-inch blocks seemed huge to me because I seldom work with a block that large. Well, I did a little math, and, even with adding a row of stars the quilt was still going to be on the small side. I want it for the spare room which has a double bed, and I want enough to drape down the sides so you aren't fighting for blankets in the middle of the night.
On the up side, I can now track how many more to do and the chart provides some good motivation, just not sure that it's going to be enough to get me to my September deadline. Maybe if I quit my day job....M
Friday, September 11, 2015
This one is a real milestone for me - it's totally hand stitched and hand quilted, the first and only of my quilts that I can say that about. Usually the quilting gets done by the ladies at the church or, in the past, by mom.
Monday, September 07, 2015
Long before I knew the name of this quilt - Nantucket - I had printed a tiny black & white version of it which has been kicking around my sewing room for a few years now. I came across it again last week on Pinterest and couldn't help but think that maybe its time has come. A red and white quilt has long been on my wish list and I couldn't resist the siren call of all of those 3-inch 9-patches.
So now to finish two quilt tops by the end of September and get them off to Roberta. The Official Cookie Tester thinks I might be becoming a crazy lady, but it's Christmas, right?....M
Saturday, September 05, 2015
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
And all that downstairs time has been great for my Country Charmer deadline. I was hoping to have all of my blocks together by the end of August, and I did it. Yaaaa! Let's hear it for the heat wave!