Lazy Days of Summer

I would love to be getting more quilting done.  But, we wait all winter for this hot, hazy weather!  So the idea is to be outside as much as possible, because before we know it, the snow will be flying! (sorry to remind you!)

So here is what I have accomplished…I have finished hand-quilting another block from Sue Garman’s “Bouquets For a New Day’.

block 1

And I am well on my way to having all 12 blocks finished!

block 2
I can’t wait to start the border.  I am not going to lie, I can hardly wait to have the whole quilt done so I can start “Ladies of the Sea”.  That is the carrot I am dangling in front of myself…you know…. can’t anything new til I finish something!!


I am almost finished the next block of Civil War Bride. I just need to finish stitching everything in place.  I previewed a few bird fabrics.  This was my first version.  (Didn’t do too much for me!)


And this was my second (and final) choice!!


Til next time…



21 thoughts on “Lazy Days of Summer

  1. I am in awe of your work. I also live hand appliqué and hand quilting. I am not nearly as prolific as you. I mostly do needle turn but have recently used heat resistant plastic and starch with good success. I would love to learn your method. I got very excited when you announced your demo at the quilt shop. Until I realized you were in Canada and I am in Texas. Any chance of a YouTube video???

  2. Hi Kerry,
    Do you glue all of your pieces down and then applique or just one piece at a time? I can’t tell from your photos. I love your blog !!

    • Excellent question! It depends. If the blocks has lots of pieces and lots of layers (like Friends of Baltimore) I don’t glue all the pieces in place. I work on sections at a time. If a block has lots of pieces, but not a lot of layers (like the last block of Civil War Bride) I glue most of the block in place. Don’t know if you could tell, but I glued all the leaves in place, and then stitched them. The stems are not stitched yet! I only use about 3 or 4 tiny dabs of glue and that holds the leaves in place. I get a little bored doing a lot of one thing at a time, so I prep my pieces for a while then stitch them in place (like the leaves). Next I prepped the birds and buds and they are now ready to stitch. Whatever works!

  3. Very sharp looking bird in the blue! That fabric makes all the difference doesn’t it? I love how you dangle a ‘carrot’ to increase progress speed up the finish.:) That takes a bit of self control I think!

  4. Wow what great hand quilting and so organized witht he Ladies of the Sea….I see how you did it by month…love it.

    • Thank you, but I cannot take the credit for being organized! I have a friend who is making it her mission in life to get me (somewhat!) organized. She took my patterns and filed them by month and even put the patterns in a pretty pink binder! How lucky am I?

  5. I’ve been following your blog for some time. Your projects are just lovely. In fact, you motivated me to pick up an applique WIP from about 5 or 6 years ago. What I’ve noticed about your applique is how neat and tidy it is. It looks like you barely disturb the background. I’m going to search your blog for your applique and hand quilting techniques. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Beautiful work. Love it all. It is winter here and I wish I had more time to do more everything. Maybe I need to take same leave.

  7. your hand quilting is absolutely gorgeous and so is your applique~!
    I can see why you want to move along to the “Ladies of the Sea” project ~ WOW!!~


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