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!

Oh Deer! Just Takes 2 Comes Back to Life!

This beautiful deer was out in the woods a few days ago.  She looks surprised!deer-in-woodsMaybe she’s surprised that I’ve once again started work on my Just Takes 2 quilt.  Here is my latest – block 59:

JT2-block-59You can see why I put it off – this Lone Star not an easy block!  And only 40 more to go!  Some easy, some not so easy.  But I really think this purple and white Just Takes 2 quilt will be wonderful when it’s finished.

Have a great week, y’all!

A Month of Grandmothers

With lots of travel and visiting family, I got way behind on the Grandmother’s Choice Block of the Week blocks.  But over the last few days I’ve snuck up to the sewing room for a bit of stitching.  Here is a month of Grandmother’s Choice blocks:

Week 45 – Aunt Mary’s Favorite. 

45-Aunt-Mary's-FavoriteAunt Mary’s Favorite is one of my favorites – a fun and easy block made more dynamic with cool chevrons.

Week 46 – Barrister’s Block

46-Barrister's-BlockI loved making the mirror image in this block with the same fabric in different colorways.

47 – Heroine’s Crown

47-Heroine's-CrownUgh!  My hand applique stinks on this one.  It may be a ‘do-over’.

48 – Fair Play

48-Fair-PlayI hand pieced the curves on this.  Reminds me of all the Inklingo stitching I still have to go on the Case of the Secret Garden quilt.  Inklingo would have made this a LOT easier!

I’ve also completed the Civil War Dixie Diaries block of the month for July.  Dixie Diary Month 7 – Living off Cornbread:

DD7---Living-Off-CornbreadSo now my BOW’s and BOM’s are all caught up.  What should I work on next?

  • Binding, sleeves and labels for quilt show quilts.
  • Case of the Secret Garden – only 15 more hand stitching block before I can put this puppy together.
  • Quilt the Kimono Quilt wall hanging.
  • Fabric basket – looks floppy, I might start over.
  • Exchange blocks for my bee – one done, seven to go – eeek!
  • Just Takes 2 – purple and white quilt.
  • Dr. Seuss quilt for Mikey – not even started, need to research pattern ideas.
  • And so on and so on and so on…..

Have a great week y’all!

 

Retreat Day 3 – Sleep, Eat, Sew, Laugh – Repeat

After Day 3 of our quilt retreat at Compass Centre, we have all grown used to funny hair, no make up, pj’s all day, tons of delicious food and so many laughs our sides hurt!

When I got up this morning the Sewing Fairies had left presents on my sewing machine – cute Texas earrings, hair clips and a cupcake calendar.

I tried to take some more photos of the design walls today. Here is the progress that Lynda made on her quilt before she had to leave early (we miss you Lynda!!!):

Another Linda (with an ‘i”) is working on her first real quilt with this Christmas cutie:

She’s excited!

Here’s is progress on Peggy’s Kaffe quilt.  I believe it has been arranged and rearranged about 60 million times since this photo was taken!

Karen’s pretty quilt is getting bigger and more beautiful every time I turn around:

And Dorothy’s Block Exchange quilt has grown borders with fabulous flying geese since this picture was taken: