Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Scrappy Quilt Top is finished

A great pattern by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. drew my interest immediately.  I LOVE scrappy quilts made with reproduction fabrics.  This one had both.  I just added an extra 6 1/2"  border all around to make it big enough for a queen sized bed. 
It measures 91" square.  You can see I'm having a rough time getting it all in the photo.
Notice Kim Diehl fabric for the border.  She is one of my favorite quilt and fabric designers. 
I got a kick out of one block I am using to make the backing for the scrappy quilt is about the same size as 28 blocks I've made for the 365 quilt block challenge!  
The finished size for the 365 Challenge is the same as this scrappy quilt.  This is the second largest top I have ever made and the size scares me a little for one with 365 blocks in it.  So....don't be surprised if I only make the 3" blocks, or possibly 2 or 3 quilts instead of one.   I had better get going so I can post this pic of this week's blocks in the weekly draw.

Saturday, January 16, 2016


Before we get to this week's blocks, here is the quilt that hangs over our bed.  When I saw this pattern in an old magazine, it was love at first sight! It was calling to be hand-quilted.
The pieced border runs all the way around.  I made a hanging sleeve so it fit nicely in the area over the headboard.  I didn't want it to damage the quilt by hanging on the fairly thin curtain rod, so my husband suggested we put plumber foam around the rod to give it some cushion.  It works perfectly!  The name the designer gave it is SPRING FLING.  I called it my BUSY QUILT!  Either way, I love it! 
Week two of the 365 quilt block challenge. All 3" blocks with gold as the dominate color.
And don't forget....

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Summer's Bounty

Summer's Bounty Quilt is finished! 
I have worked on this quilt for at least 3 years!  It was a challenge since I developed trigger finger on my right thumb.  I was determined to hand quilt it.  Amazing what you can do when you really want to.  I learned to not use my thumb to pull the needle back through all layers of fabric since I had to wear a splint.  You can teach new tricks to old dogs!  Haha!
It's name is Summer's Bounty.  The original pattern was named Persuasion, but I added summertime and garden themed applique and felt it needed a more appropriate name.  So I went to my wordsmith and he gave me a few options.  I liked this one.  Interestingly, I took these pictures with it laying on the snow! 
It's all in the details.  I love details!  Notice buttons and even a bit of embroidery to give some texture.
Have you been following the 365 Quilt Challenge from Kathy in Australia?  She gave 2 options for the first day and I did both.  And because I'm in Canada, I get the patterns 8 A.M. the day before.  I decided to use gold as my main fabric instead of a dark color.  Two reasons, I love gold and I have lots of it.  She is starting with the easier 3" blocks and will work up to the more complex blocks.
Here is the block-a-day finished look:
Hope you have lots of fun stitching this week!