Block 5 of Civil War Bride Finished!

The sun was shining and it was a very productive day!  I stitched the last leaf on the 5th block of Civil War Bride Quilt.

And  the top row is now complete!

Since my sewing machine was on the dining room table anyway, I stitched Aunt Eliza’s Star from Barbara Brackman’s Grandmother’s Choice.  Even if you are not making the blocks, the stories that go with these blocks are very inspiring and moving and worth reading.

I went to go visit my quilt today!

Colleen, from Elite Quilting, is basting “Bouquets For a New Day” together for me on her long arm machine.  That will save me from spending a couple of hours on my hands and knees basting it by hand.  Life is good!!  Lucky for me, Colleen was just finishing up as I arrived, so now the hand-quilting can begin!

Til next time…..

Kerry

Advertisements

Finally Finished!!

As it turns out, the blocks were the easy part!  This is one of the most challenging borders I have ever done.  I had lots of help!

Once I saw that the sawtooth border did indeed fit, I could relax a little.

Ta da!

Now that it’s finished, I have been rambling around the house feeling a little lost!  So I worked on the blocks from Barbara Brackman’s Grandmother’s Choice.

Til next time….

Kerry

Civil War Bride Block 4!

The 4th block of The Civil War Bride Quilt is finished!  I love the shadows on the bird created by the dark fabric.

I am stitching the blocks together as I complete them to keep me inspired and to keep the momentum going.  If you look at the original quilt, you will see that I have actually flipped this block upside down so that the bird is flying upwards, and not toward the ground.    Now, on to the 5th block!

Jenny is impressed with the progress I am making on Barbara Brackman’s Grandmother’s Choice.  These blocks are an amazing way to use up some of that stash!  In my infinite wisdom, I decided to make 3 blocks a week instead of one block.  Here are the “Union Square Blocks” from Week 3.

I  hand-pieced one Kansas Sunflower Block from Week 4.  I think I will try English Paper Piecing the remaining 2 blocks.  The points are just a little daunting to attempt on the sewing machine! It is hard to believe that this…

can look like this!

The second last block of Sue Garman’s Bouquets For a New Day is finished!

Just one more block to go!  Then I can start to stitch it all together, and then on to the sawtooth inner border. Yikes!

Til next time…..

Kerry

A Solution for Every Problem!

My eye doctor is a saint!   He understands that I need more than one pair of glasses.  In fact, I need three!  One for distance, one for medium close and one for extremely close!  When I quilt,  I spend a lot of time looking for my glasses,  only to find them under a pile of fabric.   So here is the solution!

 

Block #2 of  Barbara Brackman’s Grandmother’s Choice  has set-in seams.  So, of course, I have been avoiding it.  After seeing yesterday’s block, I decided I better get a move on!!

One of my goals is to  hand-quilt Sue Garman’s Bouquets For a New Day this winter.   I am making steady progress on the second last (!) block.

My Sunday Afternoon Applique Group met last Sunday after taking a break for the summer.   This year we are all playing “catch-up” instead of starting a new project.  This is one of my Roseville blocks that I am working on this year.  I was sooo excited to find this yummy selection of hand-quilting thread by Amy Butler.  I am using it as my inspiration for color.

Gee, Bruin, I wonder why my fabric has so much cat hair on it??

Til next time……

Kerry

Starting…..as opposed to finishing!!

Just when I thought I could not squeeze another project into my already crammed quilting schedule, something exciting came along and grabbed my attention!

While I was checking out Barbara Brackman’s Material Culture, a little button caught my eye.  The button reads as follows: September 1st I’ll start a new blog with a free pattern Block of the Week. The topic: The Fight for Women’s Rights. Click on the button to see it.

How could I not click on the button??

So naturally, my life came to a complete halt!  Out came the cutting mat and the rotary cutter and the ruler and the sewing machine…oh…and some fabric and away I went!  I cut out one block….then said to myself…”If you are going to make one block, you might as well make three!”.

So…here are my blocks for Week 1.   (Technically, this is  Week 2 and I am already behind!)  Wish me luck!

I am making steady progress on Sue Garman’s “Bouquets for a New Day”.

Once the stems were stitched in place, I added the flowers.

I have had the brown fabric I used for the vase for about 10 years.  I always knew I would get around to using it!

And here is the finished block!

Til next time…….

Kerry