Friday, December 29, 2017


And the project continues.  Just finished up the blocks in section 5 of BariJ Designs Anthologie series.  Such Fun!
The 10 Tulip blocks all have the same fabrics except I did use a different green in 5 of the other blocks like this.  
These two blocks have the different green, and I have started adding the triangles.  I ended up using three different fabrics due to fabric shortages of the these two mini prints. 
 Well four are sewn together.
And now the ten, which end up being the entire side of the quilt.  So the next block section comes on January 1st.  This project is so much fun, I can't wait to see block section 6.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


I caught up just before Christmas on my Anthologie blocks and while there wasn't much sewing time I did manage to knock out the final 12th month blocks of my Fat Quarter Quilt Along.  
This last month was an easy construction.  The hard part now will be putting the 12 months of blocks together along with the printed red work blocks.  
These took such a small amount of time to put together I did manage to cut out the rest of my Cottage stars.  I now have the full 72 stars either completed or ready to start sewing them together.
The red color range.  Well there is that little odd print in there that seems to go with all of the colors.  However, a fat quarter was not enough to add to some of the blue or plum colors in the line.
A couple more plum to mix in with the reds.
And a few more blues.
There they are my half way through finished blocks.  The problem now is I am thinking of making this quilt larger than 81 by 72 inches.  There is not enough of this line left.  I have preordered Tilda's new line called Lemon Tree.  It is due to arrive in mid February.  Some of those prints will look really nice with Cottage.  Do I wait and add  38 more of the Lemon Tree blocks and make this quilt 90 by 99 and use it for a spring and summer quilt on our king size bed? 

Friday, December 22, 2017


I am finally caught up with the first four blocks of my Anthologie project.  Not without just one small mishap.  
Oh my, the third blocks from the left are not in the right order and one of those butterflies is flying upside down.  Time to un-sew.
Now this is much better.  And, block four is done now too. 
 I am very happy with these little items.  Now on to finishing off a large table runner for my grandson to give his dad and work on my last set of blocks for December of a year long quilt along.  
I hope all my blog friends enjoy a wonderful holiday season.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Most of my time this week I have been working on my Anthologie blocks.  I finally finished my second flying geese blocks, but I am still working on the appliqué blocks.  They are a bit tedious so I moved on to Block 4 to take a bit of a break.
So happy with the first block.  On to the next one.
The second one is done as well.  While the pattern calls for them to all be alike, I just had to play a bit with them.  
And the last one ready to sew together.  They went together so quickly.  However, I have pulled out so much fabric onto the floor from my stash that it will take way more time to fold it and put it away than it has taken to make up these blocks, and I still had one more project to deal with.

I have lots of Christmas wall hangings, quilts, and runners, but I found I needed a very small runner at the end of my kitchen counter.  Just 8 by 16 inches would do it.  My Christmas stash is very depleted, most of what I have is only one or two matching pieces that can be put together.  Several are really pretty, but would require me to purchase pieces to go with them.  This little guy did not present that problem and it had to be done fast.  
Just eight four inch squares finished.  
And it is done.  So one project finished and still lots of the Anthologie project to deal with.  

Friday, December 15, 2017


Earlier in the week I skipped over block 2 waiting for fabric to do the appliqués.  It arrived, however, in the mean time I did an extensive search through my stash and discovered some perfect appliqué pieces.
Oh, so very happy with this one.  The pattern calls for Heat N Bond Ultrahold.  Directions said you did not have to sew it down if you used this product.  I did anyway, even knowing it would never come unstuck.  
There are eight blocks in this block section so searching for something different for each block has required a massive search into my stash.  
The results of the search has been worth the fabric piles now littered all over the studio floor.  
And the last block of the first set of a four block unit.  So pleased with what I have so far.  I now have the weekend to finish off the next 4 units and move on to Block 4.  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


I skipped a block step over the weekend on my barJ. Southern Charm Quilt A Long.  I have Block 2 started, but fabric to complete it didn't arrive until yesterday.  
Block 3 was flying geese.  I like making them, and have the best tool every for perfectly made geese with perfect points when joining them with each other.  Bloc Loc makes Flying Geese rulers.  Are they pricey, yes.  However, they do not cost as much as some of hubby's tools in the garage.  You do need a different ruler for each size, and over the years I have purchased several and feel they were worth every penny.
One set done and another one that needs to be made.  These geese are 3 by 6 inches each.  
I did end up having to run out and pick up the background fabric for them.  I decided on Quilters Linen by Robert Kaufman in the Linen color.  It is 100% cotton, but does have a nice linen look. 
The plan this week is to get Block 2 complete, and then on the the just posted Block 4.  

Friday, December 8, 2017


I did it, I started another project.  It should bother me that I have at lease a dozen project in process, but it doesn't.  I recently read an article that gave me permission to have as many UFO's as you are comfortable with.  I feel fine!
I stumbled on this Quilt-A-Long a week or two ago.  I've been in a bit of a quilt slump and decided a new project was just the thing.  
I didn't immediately order any of BariJ's Wild Bloom fabric.  I knew I have tons, well maybe not tons, but lots of fabric stashed away in my quilt studio.  So I pulled anything I though might look good.
This looks like a pretty good fabric start. So I proceeded on to Pattern 1-La Fleur Block.
These fabrics looked perfect for my first block.
And here it is.  I am a bit behind so Pattern 2 and 3 are waiting for me.  So I will be working on those so stay tuned for more of this adventure. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


I finally decided what I wanted to do with my Cottage fabric by Tilda.  A runner featured on my bestie Brooke at Silly Mama Quilts  just didn't seem to grab me.  I remembered this floating star pattern I have used a couple times over the years and decided YES!

So I jumped right in and took the blue color way and started mixing stars and centers.  
I cut a few more combinations and moved on to the next color.
Still two more colors to go, this particular color is actually more of a plum, but I still have reds and greens to do.  The actual fabric colors are shown on my Featured Post.  I hope I will have enough fabrics and color combos to make a large quilt.  I think Tilda is coming out with a new line soon called Lemon Tree, it may be joining Cottage. 

Friday, December 1, 2017


I recently order Cottage by Tilda from the Intrepid Thread.  It is such a pretty print.  My plan is to make a Christmas runner out of it, but I have a bit of difficulty with the first block.  I do plan to try it once again with the help of my Brooke on her Wednesday post.   I also think I have more than enough to try something else as well with these pretty prints.  

I am torn with starting a new Spiral runner.  I think these colors would be really nice, besides the runner on Julie's Site.