"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Many Blocks and a Little Dress

Interlocking Ohio Star


Flying Churn Dash

Whirlpool


Interlocking Pinwheels

These blocks are for the Piecing the Past Civil War Rest and Refreshing qal.  We're over half way into it, and it's one of my favorites.

Piecing the Past also has a summer qal, Summer Picnic, and these are the two blocks so far for that one.  I love all of these traditional blocks, and they are very relaxing for me to make.
Spinning Star and Churn Dash

Now we come to the Moda Blockheads qal.  These are 6.5" blocks and I have a harder time with the smaller piecing.  I think it will be a charming quilt with the variety of blocks.  There are about 6 designers contributing blocks so there's something different every week.
Flags
Jan Patek is one of the designers and she gives us applique blocks.

Trail of Tears
This block reminds us of a very tragic part of our history.

T Block
It was interesting to learn that the T is for Temperance

Square Within a Square

 In my last post I showed you an outfit I made for Seana's American Girl doll.  Her mom asked if I could make a matching sundress for Seana, and of course, I could.
I have a pic of both in their dresses, but am not sure if I can show it.  If I can, I'll post it next time.  Really cute.

Happy 4th of July!
God Bless America and you!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A Long Due Post


I'm enjoying making the blocks for the Civil War sampler quilt, Rest and Refreshing, that Piecing the Past is offering.  These are my blocks so far.  The top left block is my second attempt and this one came out perfect.  We were told the blocks would get successively difficult, and I'm finding that's true.  What I appreciate and like about Piecing the Past's qal is that upfront you have the option of downloading some info on how to have a good outcome when making the blocks.  I've signed up for their Summer Picnic qal which will begin in a few weeks.  


 These are the Moda Block Head blocks that I've made  I skipped two blocks.  One because after 2 attempts it still had margin quarter inch issues and one because I didn't like the block. I love the applique blocks which surprises me because I usually prefer piecing.  The green basket in the second row came out super; I used the dryer sheet lining method which works well for me then hand sewed it to the background.  I can't do needle turn; the red basket was that attempt and it's pretty wonky.
 Because I skipped 2 blocks, I made these alternates.  The two left blocks were given by the Moda designer.  The top right I found online and the bottom right is one of the designer's mistakes that I liked.  I've never made a bow tie block before but I love it.  Like the log cabin it has versatility.  Many of the traditional blocks are like that., I find.


I made a doll outfit for my sister's youngest grand.  She's 5 and has asked me to make her wedding gown. I said yes, of course, but I'll be in my eighties if the big day happens in 20 years or so.  If I'm still kicking then I hope I can still see to find my sewing machine.  Isn't that too cute!

My girl Moxie is getting older and feistier.  

Have a wonderful week ahead. 
God Bless.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Becoming a Reproduction Fabric Fan

 I don't have much to share with you but a few blocks. 

This is Woven Time, the second block from Piecing the Past Quilts BOW.  I've come to like working with Civil War and reproduction fabrics.  The browns and tans are very restful, and when a color is added, such as the pinks, they become the perfect accent.
 This is Woven Star, the first block.  I just noticed that each block has the same nine patch cross.  I wonder if that was a feature in Civil War blocks?  The lights are all tans, not white.  I didn't adjust the color well. 
Something I like about this BOW is that the shop owner gives help in making the blocks.  She also follows up on them on facebook.  That's a nice touch.

This is block 9 of the Moda Block Heads BOW.  I liked making this block also, although again, the colors aren't true in the pic.  I have to remake block 8 because I'm not happy with my first version.
The week ahead will be busy so I don't expect to have much free time for sewing, boo hoo.  I'm a semi-retired person who needs a vacation:-) 
Have a fun week.
God Bless!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happy Tulips

This pattern is making the rounds of blogland.  Fabri-Quilt has the pattern on their blog, Inspired by Fabric,  and it looks great in all of  the versions I've seen.  If a wall hanging can be cheerful, then this one is it. 
I'm at the quilting stage, so hopefully it will be done before summer:)

This is block 7 of Moda's Block Heads. 


I didn't make this week's Solstice yet, and I am hoping to begin a new BOW tomorrow from here, Piecing the Past Quilt Shop. Traditional blocks are still my favorites, so a Civil War Sampler will be an interesting project. 

Have a wonderful week.
God Bless!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hands2Help Finish

Hands2Help
All done with Picnic.  It just needs a label and then it will be sent away. 

 I had some wide backing in blue that works well. 
 Thank you, Sarah, for this annual opportunity to help.  I can't imagine all of the time you put into organizing it, but I certainly appreciate it.

Block Heads BOW
 I don't know how we arrived at block 6 so quickly, but this is it, Sunflower.  Tomorrow we get block 7. 
 Solstice BOW
These are the last 2 blocks we made.



 My tulip quilt is cut but that's it.  Easter Sunday was busy, and I'm still working 2 days a week.  Plus, the sunshine keeps calling me and I can't resist it.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Have a wonderful week.
God Bless You!