Thursday, December 1, 2016

November Round Up



Below are the Dutch Treat blocks I completed in November.
This brings my total to 110 completed blocks and just 86 blocks to finish.

I've made a little more progress on the Blue & Cream gift quilt.
Yesterday, I stitched a dozen pieced Indian Hatchet blocks.
Today I will focus on finishing the remaining 64 units.

Here is a sneak peek at the start of the 16" center applique' block.
There are a lot more pieces to go, but progress just the same.

Today is December 1st, which means the reveal of the December block pick for the SVBAQ Sew Along. The Peony block was chosen and here is my version.

To see the original block that Esther created in 1858 click HERE.
I'm looking forward to the mid-month Show & Tell.
I love seeing all the beautiful interpretations of these botanical blocks!

Wishing you a wonderful start to December!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Making progress at Home and on Retreat



My first 2 Treat blocks for November were finished just before departing to my Quilt Retreat. That made the decision on what to bring much easier.
My priority was to complete 143 hourglass blocks for the Blue & Cream quilt.
Happy to say that I accomplished my goal. Here they are - all 144 of them:

Although I spent most of retreat working on these Hourglass blocks, I was able to prep the final 2 wool blocks for the Let it Snow Mystery BOM.

All they need now is embellishments.
The final sashing/assembly instructions will be released later this month.

I hope your week has started off with fabric in hand!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

And sew it begins....All in Blue

I have been asked to make a quilt all in Blue.
It is for someone I've never met, but is highly regarded by someone I love.
I can't share more about this person until the quilt has been delivered.
But I can tell you that the quilt will consist of 117 different fabrics in shades of Blues & Creams. The variety made possible thru the use of 5 different blue themed charm packs and several batik and background fabrics.

Rather than use a traditional pattern, I've opted to make this quilt using a few of my favorite design elements. This will allow me to personalize the quilt for it's recipient. I find Beauty in Simplicity so I will have this reflected in the quilt as well. I've chosen 2 fairly simply block designs, in addition to a central applique' block.

First up - 144 Hourglass blocks.
I will be working on these at my retreat this weekend.
One done, 143 more to go....

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Final Treats for the month of October



I met my personal goal of 8 blocks for the month.

On to November....
Today, Dawn will reveal the November block of the Botanical sew along HERE.
Please stop by and take a peek. I'm always excited when it's her turn to share. Dawn's miniature version's of these blocks never cease to amaze me.

every quilt tells a story....

Monday, October 24, 2016

More Fall Treats for October



I'm sure Judy meant Ceiling fan when she drew up the block above, but I'm going to claim it for Football. The games are a serious armchair activity at our house on Sundays. It's often a day of bonding and comradery for my husband and 5 year old grandson. It is also my day to sit and stitch - stopping for an occasional "Hi Five", Fist bump or hug from little Alex. The little scroll work in the middle of this block could represent any one of those sweet little gestures.

I've also been collecting the "Let it Snow" block patterns this year by Buttermilk Basin. Nearly all of the blocks are prepped and ready to add the final embellishments. I'm taking this project to my Quilt Retreat next week, hoping to finish it there.

I'm determined to complete this little quilt before the first Snowflake falls.

every quilt tells a story...