Monday, March 13, 2017

Botanical block for March - a modified version

I've strayed a bit from the original block, but I don't think that Esther would have minded. As someone passionate about flowers, natural landscapes etc,I've been concerned for the plight of Bee populations across our country and the world.
So I decided to make a personal statement with this block.

I drew my bees onto a solid taupe background using an archival ink marker. (Micron) Then cut them out with a 1/8" seam allowance. Once I stitched them onto the wings, the little legs and antennae were drawn onto the background fabric also using a Micron pigma pen size 01. The bodies of each little bee measure just under 1" in length. Click HERE to see more SVBAQ blocks for March.

With barely a flake of snow falling in town all winter, we are bracing for a big snowstorm tonight with possible blizzard conditions. Big businesses in our area have already announced closings for tomorrow.
So it looks like Tuesday is going to be a Snow day - Sew day at my house.

If you will be affected by the storm...Stay safe and if possible, Stay home!

every quilt tells a story...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Stonefields & Special Deliveries in February

February was a month filled with surprises here in northern VA.
Usually the coldest time of winter, this year it's been warm with rain showers. Spring like weather has even fooled mother nature.
Cherry trees in my neighborhood are blooming 6 weeks early.

The mailman also brought me a couple surprise deliveries...
Wendy Reed, The Constant Quilter gifted me with a package of 200 different fabric charms in 1930's reproduction. Many of these will be used in my Stonefields quilt. Thank you Wendy, I can't wait to use these fabulous fabrics!

And I won a WIPS be Gone drawing at Angie's - A Quilting Readers Garden. Angie sent me this Beautiful book and I already found a quilt that I would love to make. Thank you Angie!

Here are my final 6" Stonefields blocks for February....

Bordered Hexagons, block 1

Bordered Hexagons, block 2 (the hexie flowers are 2" finished)

Square Peg in a Round Hole, block 1

Square Peg in a Round Hole, block 2

Star in a Star

I managed to complete 8 of the 11 block assignments.

every quilt tells a story...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February Treats & Stonefield starts



Here are my first 3 blocks of Stonefields for Month 3.
The designer named this block "O is for Oscar".
I have nicknames of my own for each of these blocks. (grin)




This is really all I have to show for last week.
I've been working on my Botanical blocks and a couple samples for a fun class I will be teaching this Thursday. (I'll share more about this on Friday)

every quilt tells a story...

Friday, February 3, 2017

Final Stonefield blocks for Month 1

I was able to eek out the last 5 blocks of my Stonefields before the month ended.
A head cold this week has delayed me from posting them here until now.
You can click on any pictures to enlarge them if you wish.



The last block I created is perhaps the most endearing block I will make for this quilt. It is dedicated to my precious grandson Alex. He recently turned 6 years old.

He was very excited to turn 6 and kept telling me he's waited a very long time for this birthday. When I asked him what made turning 6 so special his reply was simple... "I can finally join the Boy Scouts".
This is for my sweet Alex...soon to be a Cub/Boy Scout.


On a different note - I'm going to be teaching a class soon on Reverse Applique'.
Below is a Shop sample I created of the project that Students will be working on.
This is the same needle turn method I use to create my Dutch Treat blocks.
(I think this will become a Spring Pillow for my favorite sofa)

every quilt tells a story.....

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February 1st - Already?



These are the final Dutch Treat blocks I completed for the month of January, bringing my total to 7.

And as one month ends so shall another begin....
Today the February block for the SVBAQ Sew Along blog was revealed HERE.
Below is my interpretation of Esther's Red Tulip block.

I am looking forward to seeing how other quilter's make this block in February.
There are many wonderful blocks from this sew along shared on our Facebook page found HERE.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Stonefields - a new beginning

"Gateau de St Honore" block 1 of 2.

This block best depicts the theme of my Stonefields quilt.
I've chosen a 1930's Farmhouse theme. My goal for this quilt is to look like a true Scrap quilt that could have been made by a Homestead/Farm wife during the Great Depression.

I'm using reproduction fabrics in plaid, floral, geometric, feedsack, shirtings and children's novelty prints. These were fabrics popular/available in the United States from 1910 thru the 1930's.

"Gateau de St Honore" block 2 of 2
I'm calling this one my Parade of Bunnies.

This 2nd block is more reflective of fabrics from 1910 thru perhaps 1925. The fabrics of 1910 - 1920's were more pastel. Blue on White diaper prints and stripes were also very popular at this time. Colors became bolder and brighter again during the 1930's.

"The Stars" blocks 1 thru 4 of 4
These represent floral prints from the 1920's and 1930's.

"Pomegranate" blocks 1 and 2 of 2

These are both the same size, I just blew one up bigger for you to see the Bunny background. There are 13 blocks assigned for Month #1. I've completed 8 so far and am hopeful to have the final 5 ready to post by next Monday.

The Stonefields quilt is very Cheerful.
I'm enjoying the Play dates I've set aside to work on these.
I hope you are finding Joy in your Stitch work as well!

every quilt tells a story...

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