All Cooped Up and Stars in a Time Warp

Well, the weather outside is wonderful now; Spring has sprung – finally! But for the last several weeks it has been awful! So what do you do when the weather outside is frightful?  Well, I stitch and cook and eat and stitch some more!

I worked on this chicken wall hanging for my kitchen – called All Cooped Up:

Cooped-Up-Wall-HangingMost of the fabric came from a line called El Gallo by Deb Strain for Moda.  But some, including the small red chickens came from French Market by Paula Scaletta (Blue Hill Fabrics).  I also made some cute place mats:

Cooped-Up-PlacematMy chicken salt and pepper shakers are a little stunned by all the company!

Cooped-Up-Chickens I also caught up on Barbara Brackman’s latest adventure – 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.  Well, we are 9 weeks into this quilt along now but I have yet to share any of my stars!  So here you go:

Week one – Turkey Red.  I not only came up with a good turkey red, but also some red turkeys!

1-Turkey-RedWeek two – Prussian Blue.  I’m not sure if Kaffe Fassett is Prussian or not, but his blue fabric seemed to fit the bill.

2-Prussion-BlueWeek three – Shirtings.  Probably not my favorite block … but the fabrics seem to qualify as shirtings.

3-ShirtingsWeek four – Chrome Orange or Cheddar.  I don’t have much orange but these peaches and dots are fun and orange.

4-Chrome-Oranage-or-CheddarWeek 5 – Overdyed Green.  Well, I just went nuts with this one!

5-Over-dyed-greenBut it really didn’t work with any of the others I’ve done… so I made another one that uses a green that is more in the line we were looking for…

5-Over-dyed-green-number-2But I still really don’t like it. So there may be a third…

Week 6 – Double Pink.  I think I have several pinks going on here.

6-double-pinkWeek 7 – Madder Prints.  I had never head of Madder prints before… the paisley print and red in this block seems to work.

7---Madder-printsWeek 8 – Indigo Blue.  My very favorite block (so far).  I could make a whole quilt with this combination (if I had enough of the fabric!).

8-Indigo-BlueWeek 9 – Chrome Yellow.  This is supposed to be a yellow with a greenish tinge.  Well, the only yellow like that in my stash came from the Halloween fabrics!  How fun is that!?

9-Chrome-YellowSo here are my first 9 blocks on the design wall.  There will be many more to come!

Weeks-1-thru-9There will eventually be 52 of these 6 inch blocks.  That’s a really big crazy fun quilt – all from stash!

Have a great weekend, y’all!

Two to the Quilters!

I’m very happy to say that today I took two quilt tops to the long arm quilters!  Woohoo!  I just had to share a quick picture of each quilt.

Le Jardin by Bunny Hill Designs:

Le-Jardin-TopAnd Barbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory.

Thread-of-Memory-Completed-I’m thinking about renaming the Threads of Memory quilt “Stars in My Flower Garden.” And I keep referring to the Le Jardin quilt as the “Bunny Quilt” but I bet I can come up with a better name – maybe “Bunnies in My Flower Garden.”  I seem to have a theme going!

I’m still working on the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion quilt.  Unfortunately I stitched 55 units from part three with the black in the wrong place.  Ugh!  So I’m ripping as I watch TV this week and will take it to my guild retreat next week.

Have a great week, y’all!

A Couple Months of Blocks of the Month

There are two Blocks of the Month that I’m working on – one is Le Jardin hand applique quilt and the other is Barbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory Civil War quilt

Le Jardin is from Bunny Hill Designs.  I started this in April after seeing the Block of the Month for sale at the Houston Street Mercantile booth at the Dallas Quilt Show.  Here are blocks 6 and 7.  There are only 9 blocks, so 2 more to go!

Block-6Block-7Barbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory is a free online BOM.  Check out her Civil War Blog for the patterns and fascinating history.  Here are blocks 9 and 10.  And there are only two to go on this BOM!

Threads-of-Memory-Block-9Threads-of-Memory-10---BritSo I only have two more months on the BOMs!  I’ll miss them, but don’t worry, I have a lot more projects up my sleeve!

Have a great week, y’all!

Finished Projects and WIP Projects

I actually finished a project this week!  Yay!!!  It is a little wool Pumpkin Candle Mat from a pattern published by Primitive Gatherings:

pumpkin-table-matThe size is about 18″ across.  It looks great on my big leather ottoman in the living room adorned with a candle and, yes, that is a lizard climbing through the pumpkin vines:

pumpkin-candle-mat-with-lizI loved working with the wool and I am ready to start on another one!

And I took this Christmas quilt to the long arm quilter last week!  Can you believe that?  I hope to have this pretty plaid quilt on my bed by the holidays!

Mad-About-Plaid-Christmas-QIt came from a book called Mad about Plaid by Teri Christopherson.

Another almost completed project is the Carol Doak Scrap Scramble:

Scrap-ScrambleI want to add some borders – a small red inner border and then a piano key outer border made up of all the fabrics used in this scrappy paper pieced project.  I don’t have enough of the red Aunt Grace 1930’s reproduction fabric for the inner border, so I’m stuck until I find that.

While I’m at the keyboard (computer keyboard, not piano keyboard) I may as well update you with my blocks of the months and weeks.

The Austen Family Album block of the week from Barbara Brackman’s blog is up to week 23 so I have three I haven’t shared yet.  Here is week 21, called West Wind:

Block-21-West-WindWeek 22 is Friendship.  This was a good block to use my red swirly stripe – I don’t have much left!

block-22-FriendshipAnd finally, block 23 is Old Maid’s Puzzle.  If you look at the layout of this block on the blog and on the Flickr group web site there were several different interpretations of this block.  You can see that I took it in a whole different direction than everyone else!

Block-23---Old-Maid's-PuzzlThreads of Memory block of the month.  This is block 8 called Jacksonville Star:

Threads-of-Memory-8---JacksI tried real hard to line up all that background fabric!

Last but not least is Le Jardin block of the month.  This is block 5 – this block was one of the reasons I signed up for this block of the month!


Eventually I will embroider a red clothes line across the top, but it continues on into the next block with little birds holding the line. How cute is that!?!

I’ve mention this before, but next week is the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild show (September 19th and 20th) at the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall in the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas.  Y’all need to come!  I’ll see you there!

Blocks Blog

I really have been keeping up with my blocks of the month and the week, but I haven’t been keeping up with blogging about them!  I will do better, I promise!  But here they are all of July and half of August:

Austen Family Album – Barbara Brackman’s block of the week blog gives us a free block every week and some wonderful details about Jane Austen’s life and times.  I have six blocks finished that I have yet to share.

Block 15 – King’s Crown

Block-15-King's-CrownBlock 16 – Lucky Pieces

Block-16---Lucky-PiecesBlock 17 – Waterwheel

Block-17-WaterwheelBlock 18 – Indian Star

Block-18---Indian-StarBlock 19 – Cross Patch

Block-19---Cross-PatchAnd Block 20 – Best Friends

Block-20---Best-FriendsThe fabric I’m using is called Modernism designed by Barbara Brackman.  The flowers and stripes certainly lend themselves to some fun fussy cutting!  There are 16 more blocks in the series; I sure hope I have enough fabric!

Threads of Memory – another Barbara Brackman freebie – this one is a Civil War block of the month.  I only have one to share – Block 7 – Oberlin Star.

Threads-of-Memory-7---OberlCarol Doak’s Scrap Scramble – August is the last month for this paper piecing project.  In September the instructions for finishing the quilt will be supplied.  Here are my August Scrap Scramble blocks:

AugustI’m looking forward to putting these together!

Last but not least is block 4 of the Le Jardin block of the month:

Block-4These blocks are so pretty but very time consuming!  I need to get cracking on block 5!

So those are all my blocks to share – I started a fun and easy Christmas quilt yesterday.  I hope to have it ready for show and tell very soon!

Have a GREAT day, y’all!


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