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!

Block-5

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!

BOMs Away!

Blocks!  I’ve got lots of blocks!  Blocks of the week, blocks of the month and even an itty bitty miniature quilt with 2″ blocks!

Let’s start with the Austen Family Album block of the week. The patterns can be found on Barbara Brackman’s Austen Family Album blog.  Each week information about Jane Austen, her family and England during her era are presented.  The history associated with each block is fascinating, be sure to check it out!

Here is block 10 – called Good Fortune.  I’m loving this swirly stripped fabric and am using it every chance I get.

Block-10---Good-FortuneBlock 11 is Friendship Square.  This block lends itself to some fussy cutting.

Block-11---Friendship-SquarBy the way – the fabric line I am using is called Modernism, by Barbara Brackman.

Block 12 is Waves of the Sea.

Block-12-Waves-of-the-SeaHere is block 13 – Crosses and Losses.

Block-13-Crosses-&-LossesAnd finally, today’s block is called Home Comfort. I went for the swirly stripe and fussy cutting on this one!

Block-14-Home-ComfortI have three blocks of the month going.

Barrbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory Block of the Month patterns can be found on her Civil War Quilts Blog.  This is block 6 and is called Salem Star.  Once again, I went a little nuts with the fussy cutting, but love how this block turned out.

Threads-of-memory-block-6-SNot all my projects are based on Barbara Brackman blogs (just most of them) 🙂 .  I’m also working on the Carol Doak Scrap Scramble block of the month (which can be found at her Yahoo group web site).  Every month there is a paper pieced block (or 2 or 3 or a dozen or so).  Here is July:

JulyFrom paper piecing to hand applique – I’m trying out all kinds of methods with these projects!  Here is block 3 of Le Jardin.

Block-3This puppy was time consuming!

One more show and tell!  A friend gave me a pattern she found on the free table at our guild meeting (thanks Linda Sue!). It was for a paper pieced miniature.  I don’t know what came over me last week, but I was suddenly consumed by this little 13″ x 13″ quilt!  I’m calling it Tiny Tulip Tip Toe:

Tiny-Tulip-Tip-ToeEach flower block is 2″ square and the cornerstone log cabin blocks are 1″ square!   This was a super fun tip toe through the tiny tulips!

I hope you keep cool in this sizzling summer heat!  I know, crank up the AC and pull up a quilt to stitch on! Have a great week y’all!

It’s Raining BOMs and BOWs!

We are having a rare day of rain here in North Texas.  So I’ve taken the dreary day to finish up on the Carol Daok Scrap Scramble for May.  These bright paper pieced flowers will brighten up the sewing studio!

MayAs I was uploading the flower picture, I realized I have several weeks of the Austen Family Album block of the week and a couple of months of the Threads of Memory block of the month that I haven’t blogged about, plus a new hand applique block of the month.  So I’m going to shower you with blocks!

Barbara Brackman’s Austen Family Album blog takes us each week to Jane Austen’s England with history and a free block.  This is block 2 – called Sister’s Choice:

Block-2---Sister's-ChoiceHere is block 3, which was appropriately posted on Easter Sunday.  It is called Cross Within a Cross:

Block-3---Cross-Within-CrosBlock 4 is called Thrifty:

Block-4---ThriftyAnd the most recent is block 5 – Village Square:Block-5---Village-SquareAren’t they fun!  The fabric is called Modernism – by Barbara Brackman herself!

Threads of Memory is a block of the month posted on Barbara Brackman’s Civil War blog.  I have two months of blocks I have not shared with you yet.  Here is New Garden Star which is block 3 in the series:

Threads-of-Memory-3And the 4th, and most recent block, is Canada Star:

Threads-of-Memory-4---CanadAnd, last but not least, a block of the month called Le Jardin by Bunny Hill Designs.  Here is block 1:

Block-1I want to improve my hand applique and I think these cute bunny designs are wonderful motivation!

Now you are all caught up with my on-going projects!  Have a great weekend, y’all!

Snow Day = Sew Day

Snow in North Texas is rare so when we get barely an inch of white powdery stuff – we officially call it a “Snow Day“.  And for me, that means a good chance to sew all day!  No grocery shopping, no running to the gym, no errands, oh, and no housework either!  😉  A “Snow Day” is a holiday!

So Thursday I sewed all day – and since there was still a bit of snow out in the woods on Friday, I sewed all day Friday too!  The biggest accomplishment was the February blocks for the Carol Doak Scrap Scramble.  I’m no longer calling this a block of the month, since this time there were 9 paper pieced blocks…

February-BlocksThere are eight 6 1/2″ heart blocks and one large 12 1/2″ block.  Can you see why I needed two whole “Snow Days” to get these done?

Here is a close up of the large block:

February-Big-BlockI also worked on the hand applique Album quilt.  I started on my second block but I don’t think I’ve shared my first block with you yet:

Block-10---1st-blockThis is actually block 10 but had no stems and I wasn’t quite ready for stems when I started.  But thanks to my friend Barb, I’m ready now…

stemsBarb told me about this clever gizmo – the Clover bias tape maker.

Clover-Bias-Tape-MakerSo, I’ve been busy making the perfect stems for my applique.  I could make stems all day!  They are that much fun!  Thanks Barb!

So today – the snow in the woods is gone, the pantry is bare and my “Snow Day” holidays are over.  I hope you have some time to carve out a “Snow Day” now and then!

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