Thursday, February 23, 2012

Last two blocks are done!!!

This block is called Order #11
I had serious doubts about my ability to finish this block because it is applique and smaller than I've worked like that before but I managed it.

This one is called West Virginia.

NOW I can plan out how to set all these wonderful blocks out!

Morning indulgence

This morning I sat down in my craft room as I do every morning for just a few minutes sometimes to just look at things and recall good times past and contemplate many good times (sewing) in the future.
Having just finished the BB CWQ blocks last night;  I dragged out my Saturday Sampler box and thought I'd just look at the blocks all laid out on felts.
Then I said, awww, just sew up a coupla bits....just a few.

I had to DRAG myself away from the 2/3rd's completed block and had barely enough time to make my breakfast and lunch (had to eat at work) and get dressed and out the door!  
It truly was SEW MUCH FUN that I just almost could not stop. 
I kept saying to myself, "time to quit kid" and then kept going.
The clock battery is dying in my craft room and it showed 3 am and so I couldn't see how much time was passing and it was moving fast.

Still, it was worth it.  Blocks look good laid out on felts but they look even better when sewn together!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Last blocks are getting done.

 Sewed this one up (Port & Starboard) this very morning.  I changed the red and blue fabrics too as the original pieces were just too washed out.

 Rosebud is a nice block and I like the fabrics I selected but I had some trouble with this one.
It's odd because I had no problems with a six-inch version.

The Barbara Fritchie Star.
I try but just can't always get rid of the stray bits of thread on my scans, grrrr.

TWO more blocks left to finish up!!!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

This is the window in my little craft room.
It can't be called a quilting/sewing room because it is shared with my dollhouses.

Other than this photo, I have been busy this past weekend.
Had a "put-away" of fabrics, got the backing made for my Mill Girls, pieces cut for my Hearts and Apron Strings (I am on the churn dashes now - 26 left to sew up), got some material on sale at the local Jo-Ann's and got the applique parts for Barbara Brackman's Civil War Quilt, 'Order Number Eleven" all cut out and pinned down to be sewn.   I have 4 more blocks to sew up and I will be done with them.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

New book

New book from Connecting Threads (on sale too!).
This is a VERY good book.  It really addresses the issue which is maintaining organization once you set it up. 

The ideas are also very realistic and affordable.  She has you work with what you have so that you can realign the existing.   This is especially good for those with limited space and budgets.  

It is the best book I have seen on the subject so far.

Finally completed the Seven Sisters block!

I had my doubts about it's getting done at all.  Like my little wavy points?  I am pretending the sisters are pointing at each other.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

More blocks completed

 "Carolina Lily"
 "Hovering Hawks"
 "Ladies Aid"
Somehow this looks candy-ish, like taffy which might be fine as it is called "New England Block".
"Ohio Star"
 I love this block and managed to applique that star on just as I wanted it.
 A bit finicky to put together but well worth it. 
 I was glad to have the red print fabric for this one, The Right Hand of Friendship.
 This one was supposed to line up in the striped parts but didn't and I decided it was alright that it did not.
 I thoroughly enjoyed this one, I even pieced the red and white.
These have been in the works for some time and have just been finished.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Two really interesting blocks

I think these two were particularly interesting both for their name and how they look.

 This one is called Indiana Puzzle.
And this beauty is called Confederate Rose.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Simple pleasures

This morning before work I got 1 block cut out and 1 sewn up.
Last night I got 3 I think it was, cut out while enjoying some Stargate episodes. 
I am enjoying this pace!

This block is called, The White House.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Lot's of progress!

I had a wonderful weekend with my Saturday Sampler group on Saturday including a trip to a new 5 & 10 cent store in town that is selling cheap fat quarters.  I managed to get 3 twelve-inch blocks cut out by the end of Saturday too. 
Since there was unexpected sunshine on Sunday I got my craft room picked up in the morning before church and in the late afternoon got to spend 2-3 hours in the sunshine I need to have picking fabrics for ALL the rest of my Barbara Brackman Civil War Quilt blocks AND for 2 quilt backings.   I even cleaned up after all that activity and got 6 blocks cut out.   Last night I sewed up one block and this morning since I was awake with a cough at 4:30 am, I sewed up 3 more before work.
And here they are: 
 Comfort Quilt
 Apple Tree
 Kentucky Crossroads
Fort Sumter