Friday, January 27, 2012

More wool finishes

Here's pictures of some wool pieces I recently completed.  First, a piece by Renee Plains of Liberty Star.  I really like doing her pieces - quick and easy with very clear instructions and nice graphics. 

I changed the finishing on this Americana Sampler.  

This piece is actually finished now.  This photo shows it in progress - I added the acorns and quilted it.   

All of these pieces were quick and easy to sew.   Best of all, I could quilt them all on my sewing machine. 

I'm working on putting together a block of the month and will have photos of that soon.  After that, I'll FINALLY get to work on Friends of Baltimore.  Be still my heart!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A few wool finishes

In a previous post I mentioned making a quilt found in the Winter issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.  Here's the finished piece.  It was a lot of fun to sew and even more fun to applique.

Here's another fun wool piece - sheep and bunnies are my favorites!

I used Valdani perle cotton #12 for the hand applique.  Both are quilted on my Bernina. 

I've started working on the Sweet and Simple quilt.  It'll be a block of the month at Sew Graceful Quilting.  I post pictures later this week.  It's been a really, really, really fun one to work on.  Here's the quilt shown on the pattern.

Monday, January 9, 2012

November's Song

Here's a project I'm finishing in lieu of working on the Baltimore border. It is a Jan Patek pattern from her book "Country Paths".  I used fabric from Primitive Gatherings' line Little Gatherings and Jan's Together line. Of course, Triangles on a Roll are a must as far as I'm concerned when the pattern calls for lots of half square triangles!  

The first two photos are the overall quilt, next is a close up of the center, last  is a close up of the border. 

This is being offered as a block of the month at Sew Graceful Quilting 

I will have photos of several small wool projects later this week. This is short because I'm using my IPad to post - trying to keep some sort of proficiency with it but it sure takes longer than the good old fashioned big computer!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Border #1 - the madness begins

As I patiently cut my applique pieces I couldn't help but think about the quilting ladies who've gone on before.  How did they manage to make such wonderful pieces of art without all the modern conveniences we enjoy?  I guess that's where the daily newspaper or cereal box came in handy for making templates. 

I have almost completed the left section of the lower border.  I need to make some red berries and a few small miscellaneous pieces.  My plan was to move on to the center pot but I think I will skip it for now and make the right side. 

Those long stems on the left side will not be sewn down until the corner pot is placed when the borders are attached to the top.  They will help insure the border will flow. 

Here's a close up photo so you can see some of the fabrics I'm using.

To keep from duplicating and to keep myself organized, I made a working copy of the border and highlight each piece as I create it. 

I made a small project with about a zillion little pieces for Sew Graceful Quilting but need to remake it because of an error in the pattern.  So, guess I'll be sewing a zillion little pieces together this afternoon instead of working on my border.  I'll have a photo of the project next time.