Westering Women Block of the Month

Well, Barbara Brackman is at it again with a new block of the month!

Westering Women BOM

This time we will be exploring the history of those brave women who moved westward in covered wagons.  A block will be presented as well as history and mythology.  This just started so please check out http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/ if you want to join in.

The first block is called Independence Square since for many the journey began in Independence, Missouri.  Here is my block 1:

WW-Block-1---Independence-SI am hoping some of these women are bringing sheep along with them since I have a lot of this sheep background fabric. 😉  I plan on using mostly the sheep and my civil war reproduction fabric for this project.

So, let the journey begin!

 

Lots and Lots of Blocks!

I’ve been a bit laid up with an injured foot (do not drop a food processor blade on your foot, just sayin’).  So I’ve been working on lots and lots of blocks.  I thought I’d share them with you…

I’ve caught up on Stars in a Time Warp!  Check Barbara Brackman’s blog for details on these different types of fabrics. Here are several weeks worth:

Week 24 – Fancy Machine Grounds

24-Fancy-Machine-GroundsWeek 25 – Wood Block Prints

25-Wood-Block-PrintsWeek 26 – Pillar Print (yes, this is Kaffe Fassett fabric, not even close to Civil War reproduction fabric, but it was the only thing close to a print with pillars 😉 ).

26-Pillar-PrintWeek 27 – Aborescent Chintz’s

27--arborsecent-chintzesWeek 28 – Early Indigo

28-Early-IndigoWeek 29 – Lapis Blue (my new favorite block).

29---Lapis-BlueWeek 30 – Floral Trails

30-Floral-TrailsWeek 31 – Toiles (I used a Toile background in week 29, luckily I have more Toile).

31---ToilesHere are weeks 1 through 30:

weeks-1-thru-30I think this will make a nice scrappy quilt by the end of the year!

I’ve worked on Just Takes 2 some more.  My goodness this is a big project.  Several blocks below and several dozen to go!

Blocks 61, 62 and 63 – circles are hard!

JT2-Blocks-61,-62,-63Block 64 – Lucky Star

JT2-block-64Block 65 – Fools Puzzle

JT2---block-65-Fools-PuzzleBlocks 66 and 67Flying Geese and Soloman’s Star

JT2---blocks-66-and-67Block 68 – King’s Crown

JT2---block-68Block 69 – Star (one of the easy ones – same star, same size as all those Star’s in a Time Warp above).

JT2---block-69And I’ve finished the last Spring Blooms basket block:

Block-13There are some tiny corner stone baskets (the handle is the only applique), some setting triangles and corner triangles that have leaves to be appliqued.  I’ve prepared all these using the starch method (check out P3 Designs for tips and techniques on the starch method).  We are traveling next week so I’m ready for some airplane applique. 😉

So there you go, lots and lots of blocks!  One of these days these will be finished quilts – just taking one block at a time!

Have a great weekend, y’all!

JSS July Bee Day

We may need to rename the “July Bee Day” to “July Bee Birthday!”  It seems that there are a lot of JSS’ers blessed with a star spangled July birthday!  Thanks to Patt, our gracious hostess, for helping us celebrate!  We even had cupcakes with birthday candles!

Happy-Birthday-CupcakesWe had lots and lots of wonderful quilts for show and tell.  Sally started us off with her Forever Blooming quilt fresh from the quilter (Susan Corbett):

Sally's-Forever-BloomingMuch discussion about whether to scallop or not to scallop the border.  The quilting is exquisite with echos of the flowers and little garden critters (but no praying mantis 🙂 ).

closeup-of-Forever-BloomingJudy was working on the binding for her modern ruffly quilt.

Judy's-Modern-rufflePeggy brought this adorable Moose (pattern purchased during a recent Alaska trip):

Peggy's-MooseHere’s a close up of some of the stitching.

Closeup-of-MooseThere seemed to be lots of baby quilts at the July Bee Day… are more people born in July than any other month?  Seems like it!  Here is Peggy’s pink and brown beauty:

Peggy's-Pink-and-BrownI brought my recently complete Austin Family Album top.  I used Barbara Brackman’s Modernism fabric so I think it may be called “Art Deco Austin.”

My-Austin-Family-AlbumPatt has been working on this neutral toned baby quilt.  A challenge for a girl who loves color!

Patt's-neutral-baby-quiltShe also made this very traditional baby quilt – already wrapped around the baby so we have a picture of a picture on her ipad…

Patt's-baby-quilt---maybeKaren was working on the binding for this pink and gray baby quilt.  We all admired the design made from the change in position of the chevrons – this surprised Karen.  She had no idea she’d done that!  😉

Karen's-Baby-QuiltKaren also brought this super fun Halloween quilt.  Great pattern to use with those spooky scenes!

Karen's-Halloween-QuiltThe back of the quilt makes good use of the lefovers!

The-back-of-the-halloween-qAnd Suz brought a bunch of place mats made with Kaffe Fassett fabric.  This is for an upcoming wedding shower for her soon to be daughter-in-law – lucky girl! Lucky to get those place mats but even luckier to get Suz as her mother-in-law!

Suz-with-Kaffe-PlacematsAnd then it was lunch time!  As usual we had way more desserts than we needed but nobody complained one bit!

lunch-timeSo there you go – July Bee Day and it’s still early August!

Y’all keep cool and keep stitching!

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

I’ve been stitching on a little bit of this and a little bit of that this week.  A few applique blocks, a few Just Takes 2 blocks and a few stars for Stars in a Time Warp.

I’ve actually been working on this applique project for about 6 months.  It is called Spring Blooms.  This is what the finished quilt will look like (with different fabric).

Spring-Blooms-Pattern-CoverHere are blocks 11 and 12:

Block-11 Block-12 I have one more of the large basket blocks to go and then the little sashing baskets and outside leave.  I will get out the rest of the blocks soon and take pictures.

I’ve also gotten back into the Just Takes 2 project, completing blocks 60, 61, 62 and 63.  Here is block 60.  It is called Goose in the Pond:

JT2-block-60---Goose-in-a-PBlocks 61, 62 and 63 are seemingly easy applique blocks that are then put together.  But the quest for a perfectly round circle is a challenge!

JT2-Blocks-61,-62,-63Also over the last few weeks I’ve added to my collection of stars for Barbara Brackman’s Stars in a Time Warp.  Each Wednesday, she posts a blog which explores a fabric color or theme and we all play along by making a 6 inch star block from our stash based on her blog.

Week 20 – the fabric theme is Eccentric Prints – described as “fine geometric figures with jagged or wavy distortions.”  This was my version:

20---EccentricsWeek 21 – Neat Stripes.  I thought these stripes were pretty neat.

21-Neat-StripesWeek 22 – White Ground Chintz.  This may be a new favorite.

22-White-Ground-ChintzesWeek 23 – Blotch Ground Chintz.  The White Ground Chintz has a white background but the Blotch Ground Chintz has a darker background.  The white lines around the floral print give it the distinguishing ”blotch” characteristic.  The star fabric here is the closest I could find in my stash.  (For JSS’ers reading this… this came from Sue O’K’s stash… 🙂 )

23-Blotch-Ground-ChintzesSo, that’s what new at Cookie’s Creek!  Just a little bit of this and a little bit of that!

Take care, y’all!

Finishing Things

I’ve been finishing a lot of things recently.  Quilts, blocks, organizing projects, books, etc.  It feels good to finish!  I blogged once about Which is Better? Starting or Finishing?  And the overwhelming majority of y’all thought Starting was more fun!  I agree, but it is very satisfying to actually finish something now and then.

This little wooly wall hanging is finished:

wool-wall-hangingI bought the kit at the Houston Quilt show a couple of years ago from the Wooly Lady.  It is called Twining Tulips.

This cute boot is finished just in time for Memorial Day!

BootAnd I’ve finished the binding, hanging sleeve and label for the Le Jardin quilt – however, I’ve renamed it Rabbits!

Rabbits!Have you ever heard of the superstition that you should say Rabbits! on the first of the month?  If you do – it is supposed to bring you good luck.  Now, I honestly don’t believe in it but we did this when I was a child and it brings back happy memories (which is good luck in itself).  Thus the new name for my lucky rabbit quilt! 🙂

The quilting is exquisite!  It was done by Susan Corbett.  Here are a few close ups:

Rabbits-quilting-close-up-1Rabbits-quilting-close-up-2Blocks

I’ve also finished more of Barbara Brackman’s Stars in a Time Warp.  Each Wednesday, she posts a blog which explores a fabric color or theme and we all play along by making a 6 inch star block from our stash based on her blog.  The last time I blogged about these I showed you blocks 1 through 9.  Here are blocks 10 through 19:

Week 10 – Green Calicos.  Small ditsy prints on over-dyed green.

10---Green-CalicoesWeek 11 – Purple.  My favorite color!  I have no shortage of purple.  My only problem was choosing which purple to use!

11---PurpleWeek 12 – Foulards.  A new term for me – Foulards have a staggered repeat in the print.  I love how this block turned out.

12---FoulardsWeek 13 – Printed Plaid – I really do love plaids but don’t have many.

13---printed-plaidWeek 14 – Rainbow or Ombre Print.  I had none! So… I bought a some 🙂 at Common Threads in Waxahachie.  I just happened to be there and they just happened to have some and it just happened to be purple.

14---Rainbow-or-Ombre-PrintWeek 15 – Woven Plaid – the center plaid is woven – I had used it on a baby quilt for some texture.

15---Woven-PlaidsWeek 16 – Paisley – I have a ton of paisley fabric.  And this could possibly be my new favorite block.

16-PaisleyWeek 17 – Conversation Prints – gives us something to talk about when we look at the fabric (LOL!).

17-Conversation-PrintsWeek 18 – California Gold – a deep yellow almost butterscotch shade:

18-California-GoldWeek 19 – Serpentine Stripes. I have almost zero snaky striped fabrics.  I could have used the purple I used in week 14 (the ombre print), but I didn’t want a duplicate block.  I found a 2 1/2 strip of the stripe 😉 and went with that:

19-Serpentine-StripesThat catches you up with Stars in a Time Warp – Here are all 19 up on the design wall:

weeks-1-thru-19

Organizing

I’ve also finished (well, almost) organizing all my fabric.  I had such a mess.  Every time I went to look for something I made the mess worse!  Well, the Container Store had these wonderful Elfa drawer units on sale.

Elfa-DrawersI’ve labeled the drawers and everything is ironed and stacked so I can find what I’m looking for!  It has taken forever!  Now, the downside … my dear hubby thinks I have too much fabric!

Books

I’ve finished two books recently.  Two totally different books.  John Grisham’s Gray Mountain and One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  I would give them both a C+.

Gray Mountain was a bit scattered, no real resolution, main character was flat and it was more of a book about the evil coal mining industry than a mystery.

One Thousand Gifts is a difficult read.  While making a list of what we are grateful for is an awesome idea, the style of writing (stream of consciousness) was tedious. I would hate to have been her editor.

What am I reading now?  Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr (so far so good) and Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster (I’ve barely started).  Do you see a trend?  I’m trying to read one good juicy mystery or novel and, at the same time, one book that’s good for my soul.  What are you reading?

So, now I’ve finished some quilts, blocks, organizing, books and one very long blog!

Happy Memorial Day, y’all!

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