Monday, October 31, 2011

Aprons for Wee Ones

A couple of weeks ago I decided to try my hand at a Sip & Shop fair.   I was going to do it last year, but chickened out.  This year I have determined to do it.  So I have been making a few other things to go along with my quilts.

I have been busy making these little aprons.  I used to make them to go in the housekeeping corner of my preschool class.  They fit little girls ages two to six.  For the fair I am making Twenty Two.  I only have four left to finish up!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Inspired by 1840's Antique Doll Quilt

I saw a really old doll quilt on ebay recently that I tried to replicate. 
You can find the quilt at GB-Best  Antique Quilts. 

This is my version.
I really like how the center turned out. 

The quilt needed a little more, so I stitched on some little pumpkin seeds in the corner blocks.  I have had that blue fabric for ages, since way back in the 90's when they started making reproductions.


Monday, October 10, 2011

The Bow Tie Quilt is Finished

The little pink bow tie quilt is all finished. 
I quilted the border yesterday and got it bound. 
There are six different pinks in it.  It  measures 11 x 15 1/2.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tumbler Quilt

This is a little tumbler quilt that I made last April.
  After seeing an antique quilt that was finished in the same way,
I just had to try it.  It measures 15.5 x 22.

I really like the way it turned out.

I had lots of leftover tumblers, so I am making
 a couple of smaller quilts. 
I finished quilting and binding the first one last night.

Here it is.  Just out of the dryer.  It measures 11 x 14. 


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Little Hand Piecing

I have been hand piecing little bow tie blocks for the last couple of days.
 They are easy to do while watching a movie in the evening. 

I put together a little quilt with just 6 of the blocks.
The little blocks are 3 inches stitched and finish at 2.5 inches.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Scottie Quilt Challenge Quilt

This is another quilt that I made for Kathleen Tracy's yahoo group SmallQuiltTalk.  It was a couple years back.  Kathleen designed the cute little Scottie and I had a great time making the quilt.

The little dogs are running around the edges of the quilt.

The light squares in the center of the quilt are from a small piece of quilt candy that I got from Sew Many Quilts in Tracy, CA. 
 It has darling little birds on it. 

Great fun!


I'm Back

It has been months since I have worked on my blog.  I hope I can remember how to publish pictures. 

I do have one old post that was never published, so I guess I'll start with that.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

1870s Bars Doll Quilt

Here is a little quilt that I am working on from  Childhood Treasures by Merikay Waldvogel.  It has lots and lots of doll quilts from the collection of Mary Ghormley.  It is a great book to own.  There are many quilts in it that I would like to make for my collection.    

The quilt has 19 bars.  I cut out the strips to make the quilt a few days ago.  I had been setting aside fabrics that had a similar look.  I am thinking that the four dark bars are not quite right.  I didn't really notice until I saw them in this photograph.  Anyway, I am stitching it by hand like the one in the book.  I have seven bars together already.  The others are just sitting in order waiting to be added.  This is another handwork project that I stitch in the evening.  Hmmm, now I am really thinking of looking for a different fabric in my stash.  Let me see what I can come up with.

Happy stitching,


Monday, February 28, 2011

Crow Pinkeep

I'm in the mood to get some projects finished.  If I start them, I don't want them to end up in a pile.  I want them done.  So I have been making some new smaller projects that don't take too long, which gives me time to do some work on older ones too.

This is a little cross stitch freebie from primativebettys.blogspot  
  She has some darling little patterns that are quick and easy to stitch.  

It was fast to make and will look great for fall decorating.


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Court House Steps

I saw an image of a little quilt that was just begging to be stitched up.  I made the block and was able to get it quilted and bound in less than a day.  I love how it turned out.  I didn't know what size the little quilt was.  Mine ended up 11 x 11.  After I had finished making it I found out that the original measures 14 x 14.

Keep stitching.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Christmas Triangle Quilt Finished

My little Christmas Triangles quilt is all done.  It was fun to work on.  I loved quilting on the red and green fabrics.  The long borders on the top and bottom have clamshells.  Once they are marked, they are easy and fast to do.  Then I got stuck for quite a while trying to decide what to put on the short borders.  Finally I decided to put a couple on leaves on each side to fill up the space.  I'm happy with it.  It measures 17 X 17.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spools Quilt Challenge

This is a quilt that I made in response to a challenge on Kathleen Tracy's yahoo group SmallQuiltTalk.  It was back in the fall of 2009.  I made lots of spool blocks and then realized that I could never get them all quilted by the deadline.  So I grabbed just four blocks and whipped this little quilt together.  

Later I set the rest of the blocks together and made a larger version. 

This is it.  For some reason, it's still not finished.  I just need to finish the quilting fans around the border.  So I will leave it out to work on in the evenings when I do handwork. 



Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day

This is a closeup of a quilt that I made about ten years ago.

Here is the whole quilt.  It finally has a name, Hannah's Hearts, as I just gave it to my little Hannah for her first birthday.  Sweets to the sweet.   

The quilt was featured in  Applique 12 Easy Ways by Elly Sienkiewcz.  There are lots of great projects in this 1991 book.  


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Midnight Stars Progress

I started out making Lori's Midnight Stars and simply followed the directions.  Here are my half square triangles.  I decided to make them all the same.

I liked Lori's idea of using muslin for the light color, as that was very common in the 1800's.  I only had white muslin so I ran to the kitchen and tea dyed a piece.  It wasn't quite enough so I ran back to the kitchen...

After the stars were sewn I couldn't find a fabric for the setting.  Finally settled on gray.  The zigzag setting was fairly common in the 1800's too.  I needed ten blocks to make the half stars.  So I had to go back and make another block.  The quilt is framed with in black with little red hearts.  I finished piecing the top yesterday evening and got it basted and then started hand quilting it.  It will have a cross hatch like Lori's first larger quilt.  Let's see how long that takes!


House Pillow

Well, I got the house blocks all quilted and asssembled into a pillow.  I quilted diagonal lines spaced at intervals of an inch in one direction only and decided that was plenty.  The back of the pillow is made from the same fabric as the red house on the left and is quilted too.  It measures almost 21 inches square and has found a home on my couch.  I think it needs a couple more pillow friends to keep it company.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Christmas Triangles

Lori from Humble Quilts just posted her little darling all quilted and bound.  I really liked it when she posted it before Christmas.  So last evening I ran to the sewing room to whip up my own version.  I figured if I didn't make it now, I might never get around to it.  The triangles were more difficult to get matched up at the intersections than I thought they would be.  But it is pieced and ready for quilting.


House Block Pillow

I saw this House Block pillow in the Fall/Winter 2009 Quilt Sampler.  It is from the Temecula Quilt Company.  It was perched in a chair on their front porch.  I have finally managed to get the blocks pieced and put together.  It needs a borders.  I think I will machine quilt it, as it will get lots of use.  Check them out.  They have lots of Civil War and reproduction quilt inspiration. 


Sunday, January 2, 2011

First Finish of the Year!

Well, I got up early this morning to finish the pink nine patch doll quilt. 
I am happy with the results and glad it is done.

To make it easy to mark the border I cut out a bunch of seeds from freezer paper.
I arranged them on the border and ironed them in place.

I used the CLOVER pen to mark the shapes. 

I am going to try to get more of my  projects out of the drawers and completed this year.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Pink Nine Patch

This morning I am quilting on a little pink nine patch
doll quilt that has been neglected for a couple of years. 
I would like to finish it before I start more new projects.

I quilted little pumpkin seed shapes in the centers
of the connector blocks. 
All that is left now is to quilt the border and add the binding.

Oh, let me show you the finished orange peel top. 
It took me a long time to decide on the fabrics for the borders,
but I finally did and am happy with it.

But now back to the nine patch.  I've just got to finish some of my old projects!