Monday, January 16, 2017

Mid month Dutch Treat blocks




Off to a good start for January, I now have 5 blocks completed for the month.
The Partridge (in a pear tree) was a bit fussy to needle and I'm not over joyed with how it finished. But in the grand scheme of things, I think it's a "keeper".

I have a couple other projects on the cutting table waiting their turn.
A Red wreath in progress for the Botanical Album quilt, and little Stonefields stacked up as if saying "Play with me, play with me".
And so I shall........(grin)

every quilt tells a story...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Making a bit of progress



Happy to say that I finished my Pink Wreath for the SVBAQ sew along this month.
The block is a bit brighter than it shows in the the picture.
My camera never seems to capture red or pink fabrics in their true tones.

A Red Wreath was also assigned for January.
Hopefully I will have it finished by month's end.
To see more beautiful Wreath blocks from the sew along click HERE.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Stitching away.... and Show & Tell

The new Shenandoah Valley Botanical block was announced this week HERE.
I am currently working on my "pink" version as shown above.
Happy to say I'm a bit further along since taking this picture on Tuesday.

I received a very beautiful surprise in the mail for Christmas.
It was a small applique' quilt made by Karen Beigh aka Log Cabin Quilter.
Karen even added a sleeve to the back for hanging.
I dearly love this gorgeous quilt and will cherish it always!

I'm excited to share a NEW quilt project that I'm starting in 2017.
It is called The Stonefields Quilt by Susan Smith.

Gay Boomer of Sentimental Stitches is offering this as a Block of the Month program and also as a FULL pattern set on her website found HERE

Deciding on this project was easy - choosing fabrics took a while.
I kept going back and forth between 2 different genres/themes.
Finally, I let the quilt "speak to me" as I studied the blocks. I will begin my Stonefields quilt very soon and look forward to sharing my journey with you.

every quilt tells a story....

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Final Dutch Treat blocks for 2016



I completed 69 little Dutch blocks in 2016.

I have a grand total now of 114 completed blocks.
This leaves me with 82 blocks to complete in 2017.
Dutch Treat is just 1 of 3 long term quilts in progress that I wish to finish up in 2017.

And what would a New Year be without a few NEW projects ???
In addition to pulling out a couple of older quilt UFO's from the "fabric vault" this year, I will also be adding some new BOM projects to the mix.

After all.... There is no rest for the Quilt Obsessed. (grin)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Blue & Cream Quilt Reveal

The Blue & Cream quilt I've been working on the past couple of months has been completed. Now that it's been given to it's very special recipient, I can share some pictures.

For the center applique' I chose Bluebirds representing Happiness to sit amongst a vase of simple flowers. I auditioned design elements from a few favorite traditional applique blocks and freehand drew the final pattern onto paper.

Then I created a Lattice border around the applique' block by sewing those 76 Indian Hatchet blocks together. Lattice work to allow dreams and sunshine in and to keep all the weeds of worry out.


The final pieced border was created using 148 hourglass blocks sewn in a "tumbling" order. I chose this design to symbolize no longer to watch the clock, for when tipped on their sides, deadlines stop and only the memories are kept inside.

I had to take the final picture from the top of my staircase, I apologize for the cropping on the right side of the picture.

If you have not already guessed, this quilt was made as a Retirement gift.
It was presented to someone my husband has very high regard and respect for.

Wishing you and your loved ones a Healthy and Happy New Year!

every quilt tells a story.....

Monday, December 12, 2016

Festive December stitching



I'm trying to find Dutch Treat blocks to stitch with a holiday theme to them this month. And like most of you, I'm also trying to get some shopping, gifts and decorating done.

I love making little Acorn dolls... here are a few tiny acorn baby ornaments I created. The babies are an inch - the ornaments finish at 3.5".

and two little 2" bendable dolls I whipped up for gift giving.

NO pattern, I just improvised. I'm calling them "Holly Pockets" because of the leaves I've tucked them into for storage.

A few other quilting projects are being worked on as well.
I'll share more on these later in the week.
I hope you are close to finishing up your own holiday projects and/or gift items!