Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Stars and Samplers

Here are my Stars in a Time Warp blocks from last week. Obviously purple was the theme.

The next block for the Ohio sampler is the Tree of Life. 
I found this block online and used it to design a pattern for my sampler. The tree of life can be a complicated and varied pattern.
Here's the applique block for the sampler. 

I mentioned I didn't particularly care for my drunkards path. Maybe if I make it more like this one i'd like it better! Lol

Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Beyond the Cherry Tree-Slow Going

 I knew It was going to be slow handquilting this 100x100 quilt and I was right. I brought it out when the weather cooled, probably about November, got a few stitches in, then put it away because of Thanksgiving company, then Christmas, then superbowl..........I ran out of other hand work and brought it back downstairs this weekend.
 I stitched around all the applique first, except for the border; that was a little daunting and I wanted to get going on the motifs. So the motifs were next. It was great that Gay added those into the pattern.
 Then crosshatching- 1 1/2". I've got a few blocks 100% complete.

 It was when I got to this block that I switched from hand applique to machine applique. 50+ fiddly leaves- nope.
The pineapples were hand appliqued. I'm using my frixion pen to mark my quilting lines. You can see a few motifs in this photo.

I'm hoping to keep plugging away one stitch at a time.
For information on this quilt go HERE. It wasn't working when I tried to add the link.
It is and the quilt is called Beyond the Cherry Tree

Happy Monday.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Ohio Sampler

 I looked at several eagles in the Album Quilts of Ohio's Miami Valley and they were pretty primitive, not at all like the sampler eagle of Anita's. So, here's my version from Electric Quilt.
 Reading the book the eagle block is what drew the author in and made these so familiar to one another. Many had embroidery from the mouth to a banner. Mine is not appliqued and not sure it will be, but I'm ready to add it if I want to. I love making eagles and have made many. After making this one I wasn't sure it would go with the other sampler blocks I made.

After seeing them all together I don't think it looks too bad. I'm going to replace my drunkards path and add that to my orphan block quilt. I am not liking it at all.
Karen and Cathy are making the Ohio sampler too! See their work HERE and HERE.

Here's what was happening on Instagram this week!

                                                            Have a beautiful weekend.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

European Patchwork Meeting

Look what I'll be enjoying this fall! This is the countryside in Alsace, France where the
European Patchwork Meeting will take place. This show tends to be more modern, but what an opportunity to see France.

 My daughter and I have talked about going for a couple of years now and she mentioned it again so, we thought, if not now, then when?

 She visited last week and we went back and forth about dates/flights etc.. then she left me this note.
 " I really cannot wait to go to France with you. Any way we get there, and however long it will take doesn't matter. What matters is spending time with you and exploring the quilt world of France together."

 How cool is that? She speaks French too, so that will be very helpful! We will be in Paris for a few days as well. If you have any tips, sites, museums or textile places we must see, please let me know. If you happened to be going I'd love to know that too.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Few Finishes

I had these all quilted, binding on and ready to hand sew. Now they are DONE!

my sample from Sujata's book, Cultural Fusion

Small version of Market Day by Pam Buda

Folksy Christmas by Cheri

Fun pumpkin quilt made by Barb Veddar, finished by me.

My stars in a time warp- green calico/ditsy prints.

Happy Wednesday!


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