Friday, October 29, 2010

Nearly there

The next picture I post will be the full 30 blocks and all of it pieced.  And maybe even the batting and backing put in place.

Some of the patches I did were not from my class.  Since I did 30 squares, I ran out of options so I found a few I liked on the internet and in books.  A few that I found- Barn Dance (bottom right) and Beginners Joy (not pictured).  My oldest daughter said, how come you did not start with Beginners Joy. Good question goose. I really like how that particular patch came out.

I know it seems kind of busy.  The class taught me so much.  A major learning curve for me.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A few more patches from my Sampler Quilt

The Garden Block

Sisters Choice

Eight Pointed Star

Flying Geese

Friday, October 8, 2010


This is a hair barrette I recently made for my daughters.  It was kind of a mother/daughter project.  My mother is an expert crocheter.  I have a chest full of table covers and bread spread and doilies that she made.  I had commissioned her a while back to make me a ton of these flowers in various colors.  I want to use them for different projects.  This was one of the projects.

Here is what I did:

The base is a two inch strip of fabric, folded over and pressed.  Run a gathering stitch across both raw edges, down the lengths of the fabric. Stitch to close in flower and keep it from unraveling.

Next sew a pearl bead into the center of the crocheted flower, then attached it onto the fabric base.

Finally secure a hair barrette base to the back of the flower.

Simple I know but if I don't write it down I will forget.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sampler Quilt Blocks

Here are a few of the blocks for my sampler quilt.

Jacob's Ladder-  I like this one- it's quick and easy.  I like how the design plays out.

I think this one is called Clay's Choice.  It's a type of pinwheel.
This I think is my favorite so far.  I am a sucker for anything nautical or beachy.  I can see a whole quilt of this in red, white and blue's- very cool.
This is the basic pinwheel design.  As a large quilt full of pinwheels in wild colors- I think it would be totally breath taking.

And if you are the least bit interested in quilting I highly recommend taking a class.  It has been so fun  and interesting and VERY inspirational.  I made my first quilt about twenty years ago-  Sorry to say that it is in the landfill because I totally messed it up.  The second quilt I made is in the other room about to be finished- machine done.  This one will be hand quilted which I am looking forward to.  A huge learning curve for me.  I wish I had done it twenty years ago.