Thursday, September 3, 2015

Stars In a Time Warp - Update, Weeks 30, 31, 32 & 33

I took some time this past weekend to get caught up on my stars from the Stars In A Time Warp QAL by Barbara Brackman.  These past few weeks of stars have been very interesting and a bit challenging, but always educational!  I find myself noticing certain things in fabrics now that I had not in the past.
Here are my stars for the past four weeks. I have provided a link back to each week's fabric lesson.

Week 30 - Floral Trails - pretty self explanatory.  A meandering floral trail.  I found these two fabrics on my recent trip to Lancaster.  Love them together.

Week 31 - Toiles - flowers, birds, portraits, landscapes, literature and current events.  Because of the complexity of these designs they were printed in one color on white. The brown block on the lower right has a floral toile in the background.
My toiles have a lot of bird motifs.
I, like a lot of quilters, love toiles.  I have them in pastels and darker colors.  It was hard to chose which ones to use.  You can see here that I stayed with the darker shades.  The pastels just seemed too soft with my other star blocks.
Just playing with some stars and toiles

I have been doing some thinking on how to set my star blocks.  There are a lot of choices and Barbara typically ends her post with several suggestions and examples.  I did some playing with my star blocks by adding a toile between my blocks. Hmmm.... still undecided.  But I sure like the idea of using  a toile.

Week 32 - Faded Synthetic Dyes - In the last quarter of the 19th Century dyers experimented with synthetic dyes.  Green dyes were very unreliable.  Some of these greens faded to a khaki color.
I picked up this 'faded green' fabric while in Lancaster since I knew I didn't have this color in my stash!

Week 33 - Later Turkey Reds - Late-19th-century prints retained the
bright red backgrounds but figures were often just dark brown or black
and/or white

I have so many reds, but chose these because of the black figure in both fabrics. 

This week's fabric was golden brown... I know I have that!

Happy Stitching,


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching - A Bountiful Life, The Last Block

I completed the Robin with Nest block from the A Bountiful Life quilt a couple of weeks ago.  
I was very happy with the changes I made to the robin on my block.  And of course those light blue robin's eggs.  However, Tammy made a very good point that I had not considered.... the acorns would not be brown at the time of the robin's nesting.  Oh well, they are now! LOL
I am hoping my version of the robin is more realistic than the original in the pattern.
So on to the last block I am making for this quilt.  It is not in the A Bountiful Life quilt book, but from the original quilt design. You can see it here, taken from a photo of the original quilt top.
I needed to draft my own pattern based on this photo. I started with a rough drawing, actual size, and then laid out my stems.
Next I added some leaves and some flower buds.  I saved my freezer paper templates from all the blocks, so I have lots of leaves and buds to chose from!
This is where I am as of today.  It is going a little slower than following a ready made pattern, but so far I like the results.
So grab your thread and a cup of coffee and join me in some Slow Sunday Stitching.  Check out the other Sunday stitchers over at Kathy's Quilts for her Slow Sunday Stitching party.

Happy Stitching,


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Time to Vote - Pets on Quilts 2015!

It's time to vote for your favorites in the 2015 Pets on Quilts show!  Lucy is really hoping you chose her for the Cats on Quilts category.   
She hopes you remember how hard she works as a quilt assistant!

So don't be shy... head on over to Lily Pad Quilts to vote for Lucy (entry #10 - how appropriate) for the Cats on Quilts category...

There is also my entry in the Animal Themed quilt category with my cat pillow (entry #8).

Either way, it's lots of fun to see all the pets and all the quilts!  All you need to do is leave a comment on the voting post at Lily Pad Quilts with your favorites to cast your vote.  It's that simple!!!  While there... check out all the other entries.  There are also entries for Dog on Quilt and Other Animal on Quilt.  I know my favorites in those categories!!!

Thanks to everyone that left wonderful comments on both of my entries.  It was so great to hear from all of you and Lucy really enjoyed your comments.  I read them to her and she just loved each one!!!

Happy Quilting... and Happy Voting!


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Getaway and Stash Enhancement

Last Friday my husband and I decided to get away for a couple days for our anniversary. Nothing too far or too crazy, just a short road trip. We headed west into Pennsylvania, to Lancaster county. We visited a farmers market that we had not been to in quite a number of years called Green Dragon.
 Lots of produce, baked goods, and meats from local Amish and Mennonite farms. Yum! And also an assortment of flea market finds.  We didn't leave without some fresh green beans, tomatoes and peaches.
Now, this guy doesn't look too happy.  But let me assure you that my husband was in hog heaven (LOL) with this sausage on a stick!  That and some homemade ice cream and he was all set!

After our visit to Green Dragon we headed to Litiz, PA - voted America's Coolest Town in 2013.  It was a very pretty town with lots of little shops and this main attraction - The Wilber Chocolate Co.  You can visit the chocolate shop, see chocolates being made and learn about the history.  Free samples too! :-)

We learned about an antique show in Lititz scheduled for Saturday.  So we returned Saturday morning.  Sorry I didn't take better pictures - but it was a great show.
Lots of interesting antiques and collectibles - and it was a beautiful sunny day.  What could be better??......

Maybe a visit to a quilt store?? LOL

My sweet husband was very indulgent and took me to two quilt stores on the way out of Lancaster county.  This beautiful Moda fabric was picked for a backing of a quilt I am working on.. but have not shown yet. :-)  And as you can see, for only $6.89 a yard!

The shops, Sauders Fabrics and Burkholder Fabrics are only about 10 miles apart and located in the heart of Amish farmland.  Whoever said location, location, location is important to a business has not visited these shops!

These beautiful Jo Morton fabrics were picked up at Burkholders for only $4.99 a yard!  A steal!

I think I need to get busy so I can show you some progress on some quilts!!

Happy Stitching!



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