Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Stars in a Time Warp , Update - Weeks 41 - 45

There are just a couple weeks to go in Barbara Brackman's Stars in a Time Warp Quilt-a-long.  My gosh where did an entire year go??  I am reaching 70 blocks in my collection and wanted to show you the blocks from the last several weeks.
  Week 41 was Neon Novelties.  Hmmm... a challenge indeed.  I checked my stash and didn't find anything like that - although I loved the look that Barbara described in her post.  A black with neon colors.  Really interesting.  
A couple of weeks later I came across this a repro print in a quilt shop.  Not sure it is exactly what is considered a neon print.. but it was as close as I could come!  You can bet I will be on the lookout for Neon Novelties in the future!
Week 42 was Sprigged Muslins.  I chose to use this black and white sprig muslin print in the background of my star block. 
Week 43 looked at Provincial Prints - love these colorful prints!
Week 44 was Early Roller Prints Clouds and Storms.  This is an interesting class of prints that I have never thought of!  But there they were in my stash!  It's amazing what I have learned.
You can see the close up of the swirling storm print in the background of this block. 
Week 45 was Corals and Seaweeds.  The center of my block seems to have coral and/or seaweed.  I definitely will be on the lookout for these reproduction prints in the future. 
Here is a close up of the center of that block.

You can learn more about these styles by visiting Barbara  Brackman's Civil War Quilts blog. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends!  Tomorrow is my pie baking day. 
Enjoy the holiday with friends, family and lots of blessings!

Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Finishes - Yay!

Finishes always feel good, don't they?  Sometimes I feel like I am adrift in a sea of projects and UFOs.  So when a finish comes along I feel especially good.  
I finished the binding on the Lil' Baskets quilt last night. YAY!!!  This quilt is not huge (70" x 70"), but it seemed to take forever. :-)  
Now it is ready to go on the back of the couch where the cats will sleep on it and we will get to use it occasionally.
I even like the reproduction back I selected.  With all the colors in the baskets, it was hard to choose an appropriate back.  I decided on a reproduction that complimented the borders. 
This quilt is a nice compliment to the courthouse steps quilt I made a few years ago. Ignore the leaves.. with so many trees it is hard to get a photo without them!
Both will keep us and the kitties warm on cold evenings this winter. 
 I also started this little penny rug on Halloween... and finished it on Sunday.  I  have had this pattern for a few years.  Glad I finally made it.  It was quick and fun!
Have a great week!

Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Some Feel Good Quilting

I  have been in a little bit of a slump lately.  Searching my sewing room for my mojo.. I know it is down there somewhere. :-)  I am sure I will find it, it has been known to disappear from time to time. ;-)  I am sure you all understand.. :-)
Earlier this week I read a post from Pam over at Mama Spark's World.  I am a fairly recent follower and I saw the post entitled "I Need Your Help (Again)"  She was asking for some help to make some blocks for a quilt she would like to make for her priest who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.  Now.. that is a reality check for all of us, right?  
The blocks she was asking for were cross blocks in gray and shades of green in lime, kelly, and forest.  Hmm, I had never made this block.. so it could be a learning experience and I could help her out. Why not???

She included a link to a blog tutorial on how to make these cross blocks which was very helpful.  I learned two ways to make these and tried them both with success. 

I finished my blocks today during lunch (I only started cutting them out last night so they go really fast), sizing them to the 9 1/2" high she requested.  I will drop them in the mail to her tomorrow.  She needs them by November 6. 

So if you are looking for some feel good sewing that you can whip up in a jiffy - check out her blog.  I am sure she will be happy to hear from  you.  

And isn't it nice to help out someone you barely know... and indirectly, someone going through a difficult time.  Quilting brings so many people together.  My prayers for her priest will be sent along with my blocks. 

Happy Stitching,


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Stars In a Time Warp - Update, 7 Weeks of Stars!

Oh boy... I didn't realize I was so far behind in my posting of star block from the Stars in a Time Warp QAL.  Geez!!!  Where does the time go? (No pun intended - wink)  So I will try to do these in order and hopefully you will learn something about these fabrics like I did.... at the very least find them interesting!

Week 34 was Bronze Style Prints.  I chose the golden brown colored fabrics I found in my reproduction fabrics as Barbara suggested.
Week 35 was Cretonne.  Hmmmm.. this was definitely a learning experience as I learned Cretonne was a style of fabric very much like Chintz.  So I not sure I go this one 100% correct but I found  a really pretty floral print to use for my star.
Week 36 was Lancaster Blue and Greek Keys.  Very interesting to see the Greek Key motif used in clothing. However, I didn't have any of this style of fabric in my stash, so I went with the Lancaster Blue.  You can see a good example of this color in the corner squares of my block.
Week 37 - Chocolate and Blue plus Lace Prints.
This chocolate and blue print was recently purchased and I love the look of these two colors together.
The lace print was a complete surprise.  I was actually looking for something else when I found this in my stash.  Don't you just love when something like that happens?? :-)

Week 38 was Black, Gray & Asian Style Design.  I focused on the black fabrics from this week's lesson.  I knew I had plenty of those to choose from.  However, I realized I need to add some black and gray reproductions to my stash. :-)
Week 39 was about Claret Red.  So pretty I had to make two!

Week 40 Barbara inspired us to use Cadet Blue & Celestials.

Again, the Cadet Blue was easy to find in my stash.. lots of grayish blues to choose from there!

And the Celestials are so much fun.  I wish I had more of these, but I think these two fabrics fit the bill perfectly.
Right now I have 66 stars done... and we are going into week 41.  Whew!

Meanwhile, Gracie has decided that the unfinished basket quilt on the back of the couch is a good place to take a snooze....  It will be well broken in by the time I get the binding finished!

Happy Stitching!



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