Friday, June 27, 2014

My Favorite Quilt

Sew Mama Sew has a fun linky party going right now with quilter's favorite quilts. I've decided to jump in and add one. My favorite quilt is a mini that I designed and made in 2003.
 I just plain love the bright colors against the pieced neutral background. I, also, love that it incorporates my two favorite aspects of quilting, piecing and machine applique. It is seventeen and one half inches square in total. The center is a neutral background made of four quarter log cabin blocks, exactly four inches square each, over-laid with the applique. The real challenge for me was to design a machine applique that was small enough but still worked with that method of applique. The log cabin stars in the corners are only three and a half inches square. I still own the quilt and will soon be hanging it in my long entry hall with my mini quilt collection. 
Back when there was a "Miniature Quilts" magazine, I loved to enter their yearly contest. It was great fun and the prizes were wonderful. I made this quilt especially for the contest and received third place in combination pieced and appliqued traditional quilts. 
Although I have since made mini quilts that have placed higher, this remains my favorite. I think the people that published the magazine like it too. They placed it front and center on the cover!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Back From Extended Break

I didn't intend to take such a long break. I was just feeling a little over-whelmed by everything and to be truthful wondering if I wanted to continue to blog. After much thought I've decided that I do want to continue. So what have I been doing during the the break? We have been doing more painting and have finally painted my sewing room. I will have pictures when I get it all together. As for the painting, we are down to two small guest rooms and the task will finally be finished. Oh wait...I want to paint the kitchen cupboards. Do you think I'm my own worst enemy?
I did mange some sewing while I was gone. I belong to a local block of the month group. This year our focus has been barns and the blocks painted on them. At first I found the barn blocks fun and challenging but then I realized that the fun had become work and I wasn't enjoying making them very much. I decided to use the ones I had finished and add some filler blocks to make my quilt. I've finished the center and I'm thinking about what I'd like to do for borders. Any suggestions are welcome.
I'm continuing with the blocks that go on the barns. This year because the blocks are fairly simple, I decided to design an applique for each block. I'm behind but continuing on with this project. It's my first real extensive hand applique project and for the most part I'm enjoying it. Here's my two latest blocks. 

I also finished a UFO. I made the center block of this quilt about three years ago for another project. It didn't work with the project but I loved the block and the fabric. So I added borders, did some simple quilting, and called it done. I'm very pleased with it and I'm going to hang it in my sewing room. 
The center block is simple foundation piecing. If anyone is interested in making this small wall hanging(it is also a great size for a table topper or pillow), please let me know and I will write up a pattern.
Last, but not least, I'm continuing with Little Miss Shabby's stitch along(see sidebar). As usual, I've made changes and substituted a completely different block for the barn block because I didn't think the block would go with my finished product. I'm enjoying this sampler so much and thank LMS for the patterns.