Wednesday, October 3, 2018


Last week husband and I were in West Virginia.  Lots of fun train rides, coal mines and other sites.  
These old steam engines fueled by coal were so much fun to ride.  
A ride down to the river for a jet boat trip.  Do not look down!
And a tour of a coal mine.  This was not a place you want to work.
Once home I really got busy working on my newest appliqué project.  
So block #3 is complete.  This project is so fun picking out the different fabrics.  
Block #2 done as well this week.  I think in the end I will be trimming the blocks down to a smaller size.  Right now they are 20.5 inches square.  I think bigger than needed.  But I will wait until all are done to make sure what size I can trim them down to.  
And of course block #1.  I can see already trimming these will be a bit of a challenge.  They each end up placed a bit differently on the backgrounds.  The pot on the bottom of the backgrounds are all placed exactly the same, but then things differ a bit.  I have used the lay out as directed, but obviously the patterns are not perfect or maybe its me.  Never the less, the project is fun and in the end I am pretty sure I will get them all trimmed and together into a quilt top that works.  


  1. Your trip sounds like fun and your blocks are gorgeous, Donna! What method are you using for your applique? Are you needle turning the edges as you go or preturning them before stitching? I have been having trouble with my applique shifting, no matter how carefully I try to position it under the maddening vinyl overlay, even with sand paper beneath the block to hold the fabric still while I pin... The more pieces I stitch down on my block, the more things have moved out of alignment the next time I lay that vinyl on top to position the next pieces. It's maddening; there must be a better way!

  2. What a fun holiday, I love train rides and all that sort of thing, not too sure about the tunnel though. Your blocks look very pretty.

  3. Wow! Fun trip to West Virginia - though I'm with you, I wouldn't want to work in a coal mine.

  4. I really like your new decorative designs! it's beautiful so much and good idea on site.


  5. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip and did an awful lot of different things. I'm all ways up for a train ride too. Love the blocks you are doing so simple but so effective. Cheers Glenda

  6. These are wonderful applique blocks... fun that they are on point!

  7. Very pretty blocks, love all the background fabrics.