Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Close up...

A friend just sent me this picture of my quilt that I posted about here.  (You can also read more about the  quilt process in the labels section under 1800's and nine patches.)

This gives you a better look at the random baptist fan quilting and the two different pinks that were used in the quilt.  Just thought you would like to see it.  My earlier pictures didn't show those two details very well.

Have a good day!  :)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Give away winner

Look what came in the mail!

Rhonda over at has a drawing each week for her unique mug rugs and I was the lucky winner a few weeks ago.  Each week she comes up with some creative design and makes these wonderful things and gives them away.  Be sure to stop in at her blog and see what she is up to.  She also has some unique patterns for BOMs that are free too.  Check her out and be sure to say hello!

Thanks, Rhonda! I love it and my husband really thinks it's neat too.  :)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ta Da!

It has been a while since I posted.  Thank you to those of you who have hung in here with me!  :)

In earlier posts I wrote of being in an 1800's group and showed the blocks I was making and exchanging with members of my group. (See Nine Patches under Labels). On Tuesday night we showed our finished quilts at our guild meeting - one year after we started!  All of our quilts are quilted and bound!  :)

Our exchange parameters for the 9-patches were:
  • browns from 1800 reproduction fabrics
  • white/cream background with black/brown designs from 1800 reproduction fabrics
The 3.5 inch 9-patch blocks then had to be made into a Double Nine patch block.  It was then up to the piecers discretion as to how they wanted to put the quilt together using sashing, alternate block, etc. Triangles/curves could not be added to the blocks to manipulate them into stars or some other design. We swapped enough so that each of us ended up with 160  3.5"  9-patch blocks.

Below are pictures of my quilt.

As you can see I decided to leave off the border.  Thank you to those of you who voted.  It was 50/50 in favor of the border and not.  I was leaning toward no border but felt that I should put one on since I had so much fabric.  However, it just kept saying to me that it was fine the way it was and I am pleased with it.

I machine quilted it with a pattern called Random Baptist Fan available here.  This was a very easy pattern to quilt and it gives the general look of the Baptist Fan without the fussiness of it. My picture doesn't show it very well. I practiced on another quilt first before this one and once I have that one bound I will post it. 

Our group is almost done swapping blocks for our second quilt!  I will post about that at another time.  

Thanks for reading.....happy stitches and keep your needles threaded!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Asian Fabric

Ever wonder what that Asian fabric really says?  Same idea just reversed in tattoos.  :)

Monday, January 7, 2013

1800's Repro 9-patch - Borders or not?

Here is my 9-patch quilt from my 1800's group that I mentioned in some of my former posts.  You will find them under my labels to the right of my blog if you click on "Nine Patches" and then scroll down a bit.

For those of you who are new to my posts, I am part of a group of local gals who formed a group like the 19th Century Patchwork Divas in the book, History Repeated by Besty Chutchian and Carol Staehle.  

Our group is new and to make it easy in the decision making department we decided to start with quilts from the afore mentioned book.  We began with the 9-patch on p. 19 and  I made mine just like Besty made hers with the exception of pink where hers is blue.  After getting this far I am debating whether to put the borders on.  It's appealing to me without the borders and that was common in the 1800s also, what do you think?

My camera is not capturing the true colors in this quilt.  The pinks are a deep raspberry pink and the browns are such pretty browns.  

My binding will be a bias, small homespun brown plaid; whether or not I add the border.  Please give me some input - border or no border?

Linking to Judy's Patchwork Times Design Wall - go check out all of the creative people and what they are up to! 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Have you seen my hot glue gun?

For the last two weeks I have been looking all over for my glue gun.  Where can it be?  Only two of us live here, plus the dog and neither of us have used the hot glue gun for years.  Where is it?

Doesn't it drive you crazy when you know you have seen something recently and you think you can picture it in your head but can't find it? Oh, it is so frustrating!   I have looked everywhere I know to look and simply cannot find it.   I am sure it will turn up one day in a place that will make perfect sense and I will think, "Now, why didn't I think to look there!"

Basic school glue stood in for the hot glue in the project I was working on and I can move on now.  My frantic search for the glue gun has ended.  But when I find it I have a new project I want to try.  I just read about using hot glue guns for stencils and fabric painting! Yes! Have you heard of this before?

Check out Terri's blog and see how she made a stencil and painted her fabric.  It is cool! Something I want to do.  Let me know if you try it and how it works for you....and be sure to let Terri know as I am sure she would be interested too.  Check out the rest of her blog.  She is a very talented lady.

Happy day!