Monday, June 29, 2015

Petunias


Petunias
Four - 18 inch blocks to add to the pile


Sunday, June 28, 2015

1718 Coverlet Update



My version of the 1718 Coverlet so far:
Mosaic patchwork 
Completely hand stitched
Using solid fabrics.

A slowly moving summer project


Happy Hearts


40 x 56
Happy Hearts

This will be donated to either Quilts Beyond Borders or Wrap a Smile. 


Years ago I used to participate in a Happy Block swap every month.  Each participant would send out 6 Happy Block centers (either 4.5 or 6.5) to each participant who would border 5 of them with 2.5 inch strips and keep one center.  Then the bordered blocks were all sent back to the originator.    It was a great use of scraps and you would then get a variety of  bordered blocks back to put into a quilt.  I quit signing up for the swap when some people failed to meet their commitments to return blocks to the owner.  

At any rate...I have a huge box of Happy Blocks (my Happy Place) waiting to be made into donation quilts. 

I found almost enough heart themed blocks for this one, made a few more and before you know it a quilt was born. 


I quilted it simply with five petaled flowers and loops and swirls. 


I'm not used to making machine binding but it is suggested by several places I donate quilts that the binding be machine stitched. I have found my machine's buttonhole stitch does about the best job. 

This was my goal #11 for the Q2 Finish Along      with Adrianne at On the Windy Side. (link also on the sidebar). 

At the end of the month I will link up to Julie's Binding Blitz.  

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Scraps of Blue...Goodbye to You


Blue is the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color this month. 

Four eight inch string blocks. 


Eight nine inch Wonky Log Cabin blocks. 



27 six inch Cracker Blocks from 2.5 inch scraps. 

Got Scraps?
Use them up and show us what you've done each ScrapHappy Saturday

Friday, June 26, 2015

Does Mother Goose Still Exist?


I've put together row one of a Mother Goose Quiltie. 
Martha at Q is for Quilter is releasing a pattern each Sunday.   These were originally published in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1920.   Illustrations were by Ruby Short McKim.  

I'm stitching on 10 inch pieces of muslin like the original. As a side note...these were originally meant to be stitched by children as part of a contest.  

I've been thinking of making some hope chest quilts for descendants I may never even know - baby quilts paired with some of the old books I have around here. 



That got me to wondering if parents still read Mother Goose rhymes to their children. 

This Mother Goose book was a baby shower gift.   That "baby" of mine is now 41 years old.  If I remember correctly the person who gave me this book said she "purchased" it with several books of S&H Green Stamps.   Remember those? 


When I used to read nursery rhymes to the kids I would ask questions like: "Would you like to live in a shoe?" ,  "How many children do you think lived in there?", "What do you think she will live in when the shoe wears out?", "Have you ever seen a shoe as big as a house?"


"What were they going to do with the pail of water?", "What's a crown?", "Next time you fall down should I put some vinegar and brown paper on you?"

"What song do you think those fiddlers were fiddling?"
"What would you do if you were king for a day?"

What I didn't ask...
"What was he smoking in that pipe that made him such a merry old soul?"

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

To Border or Not to Border. That is the Question.


I finished my Sister's Choice in Civil War reproductions top...or have I ?????


The blocks are 10 inches so as you can see..my top is now 60 x 80. 



But the more I looked at it the more I heard little voices calling...border, border, border.   I'm not a border person so either those little voices in my head are turning against me or trying to teach me new tricks.  BUT, I thought I read somewhere that civil war quilts were rarely bordered.  Or did I just imagine I read that? 

Anyway...should I add a border? If so what should it look like? I have an idea but not sure I actually like it enough (or am ambitious enough) to make it. 

Obviously I don't have a design wall.  I just randomly sewed blocks together. I don't think design walls were a thing back in the civil war days so I guess I'm really reproducing with my reproductions. 

for those who may or may not have design walls.