Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Stars and Sprigs - Progress Update

I've completed Novembers blocks and here they are:I've grown very fond of these little blocks. Finished size is 8" and there are 81 in the quilt body portion. 12 down,69 to go! (Am I starting to celebrate too soon and is it too early to think about who is going to quilt this?)

Stars and Sprigs

Back in late October, I started "another" project. This time it was the Stars and Sprigs Pattern by Kim McLean as a BOM from a quilt shop in Missouri. The project uses 1800's reproduction fabric, something absolutely not found in my stash, so I thought this project would be a good change of pace.

Each month I receive the fabrics to make 3 pieced and 3 applique blocks. So far, I have completed all the pieced blocks, but I am running a bit behind with the applique. With the holidays in the rear-view mirror, I am trying to catch those up.
Here are the blocks from October:
Check back soon to see how I am progressing.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Quilts Going Home (#51 and #52)

Members of my extended family are receiving quilts this Christmas season. Two brothers, one who lives far, far way and the other, who you could say lives just down the street. These guys have parents who are the nicest people you will ever meet.
The first quilt you might recognize as Carol Doak's Y2K pattern. I added a few more blocks around the edges to finish off the squares. Without them, the quilt looked incomplete and I hate when that happens.The second quilt is a BOM from a local quilt shop. In order to set the blocks on point, I needed to add another block which was the center Mariner's Compass. I am happy with the result, however all those bias edges were not such a good idea. Lesson learned-need to use more starch. (Don't worry, I laundered both quilts before giving them away.)
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year-Vickie

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Affairs of the Heart

After posting my last completed quilt top, my sis called to claim it. She wanted it for her department at the hospital to raffle off and raise money for the Heart Association. Sis should have waited for the next one.......

Doesn't matter. I've decided to keep this one. I very rarely keep a quilt, but this one is special. I've created a couple of quilts with my own designs and they usually end up somewhere else, but this time I'm keeping this one. The hearts are paper pieced to look like a crazy quilt patch. I love them and they are just like two hearts are alike.

I have lined up just the right LAer for this project. This quilt is calling for something custom. Can't wait to see what the LAer does with this one.