Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Blue Puss in the Corner Finish

 Blue puss in the corner is all pieced and ready for quilting. The blocks are 8" finished. These larger blocks were fun and fast to make, perfect for a utility quilt that will be used a lot. Most of the strips came from the 2.5" strip box. I also cut up some smaller dark blue yardage that needed to move along.

It was breezy out when I took the pictures. I had to keep snapping until I finally got a picture that was straight.

Of course some of my mother's fabrics are in there too. I think she must have had a whole bolt of this silver leaf fabric. 

This flimsy will be longarm quilted. When I look at the top, I immediately envisioned it with Baptist fan quilting so that's what will be used.

The flimsy size is 82" by 92". This granddaughter has a double bed and the mattress is not the newer thicker size. This size will fit her bed perfectly.

Linking to To Do Tuesday, Midweek Makers, Clever Chameleon, Wednesday Wait Loss, Needle & Thread Thursday

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Climbing Jacob's Ladder, the Applique

I've revised the applique for the Climbing Jacob's Ladder quilt to suit me. The outside borders is where I'm placing the applique. The applique is only in the center of the border, not full length like the pattern shows.

The first border has been completed. The background is pieced but I'm not showing you the whole strip. The length of the applique is 34". This quilt really needed those red tulips for some contrast.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

Linking to Patchwork & QuiltsKathy's Slow Sunday Stitching,  Oh Scrap, Show & Tell Monday, Monday Making, Design Wall MondayBOM's Away

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Dancing Stars

In December I posted about a Dancing Star block I had made as a test preview for the 2021 RSC. Julie was among the many comments about my block. She said, in her own words, "Beautiful block! Dancing Stars is a great pattern for the RSC. In fact, my first ever RSC quilt used that pattern: https://quiltsandcostumes.blogspot.com/2015/05/bloggers-quilt-festival-dancing-stars.html  Have fun making yours!"

Of course I checked out her link and looked at her quilt. I like her blocks better than the one I made. The black background fabric really highlights the colors of the triangles in the block.

I liked her quilt so well, I have rethought my blocks and I'm using a black background too. I also like how she used a lighter color of the same darker fabric. I guess I'm going to be a copy cat and go with her idea, I like it better than the light gray I had used. Thanks for commenting Julie! 

Another idea change I've had is to use all solids in my Dancing Stars blocks, I certainly have plenty in the solids tub!

Here are six Dancing Star blocks using pinks.

Dancing Stars
 is designed by Amy Ellis at Amy's Creative Side. Click the highlighted line that says Free Dancing Stars Pattern.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Blue Puss in the Corner

Over the last several years, I've been making the grandchildren new quilts for their beds. This year the oldest two granddaughters are getting their quilts.

The oldest granddaughter's favorite color is blue, did she inherit that from me? I pulled all the blue 2.5" strips from strip box and started making blue 8" finished puss in the corner blocks. I had enough strips for 38 blocks. I'll sort through the blue box for small cuts of fabrics to make the rest of the blocks.

I've displayed a few of the blocks on the display wall. I'll do a better job of arranging the blocks when I actually sew them  together. There will be dark blue 2" finished sashing in between the blocks with light fabric cornerstones.

The first Amaryllis plant has been blooming for a week with both buds opening at the same time. There are 8 lovely flowers to bring some color into the dreary overcast winter days. 

I took the picture in front of the Infinity wallhanging I made 2 years ago. I smile every time I look at this wall quilt.

Here is a link to Twist and Turn Bargello Quilts where you can find the Infinity pattern.

Linking to Peacock Party, Put Your Foot  Down, Whoop Whoop PartyTGIFF!, Finished Or Not Friday, Off the Wall Friday, Brag About Your BeautiesUFO Busting, Oh Scrap

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Climbing Jacob's Ladder, the Center

The center of the Jacob's Ladder quilt is completed and measures 72.5" by 97". 

The applique border has been started but applique is handwork. Handwork progress is posted on Slow Stitching Sundays.

Linking to To Do Tuesday, Midweek MakersClever Chameleon, Wednesday Wait LossNeedle & Thread Thursday

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Quilting Blue Stars

The bottom white border is finished and ready to be rolled. I had added batting into the corner flower circles, bad idea. They quilted hard. The circles in the center of the smaller flowers are stitched in the ditch so they didn't present a problem. I might remove the stitching but then if no one really looks closely at the stitches, they will probably be ok.

These pictures are in order from the left corner toward the center. Of course, since I'm right handed, I quilt toward the left.

The border is marked with a light blue marker. After washing the blue won't be as intense but you should still be able to see the blue stitching.

The pattern for Stars Around the Garden can be located here.

Linking to Patchwork & QuiltsKathy's Slow Sunday Stitching,  Oh Scrap, Show & Tell Monday, Monday Making, Design Wall MondayBOM's Away

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Scrappy Sprouts

Two more blocks were made for my scrappy sprouts project. Sometimes I add a green stem and sometimes I use the color of the month as the stem.

Sprouts is a carryover project from 2020. Will it be completed in 2021? Maybe, maybe not.

The pattern for scrappy sprouts is here.

Linking to Scrap Happy Saturday.