Monday, October 24, 2011

Two more Civil War Blocks

The first Louisiana block is  and the second London Square.  To read the many interesting stories that go along with the quilt blocks, go to http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com.  .  It's been a lot of fun for me to build the blocks and read the stories along with them, quite and education!  I especially liked the story of Frances Anne Kemble, an actress from Europe that married a man from the south.  She married him, had two daughters and ended up in a nasty, public divorce which left her without her children.  She didn't like that his family got their fortune based on slavery and the fact that her husband treated her very poorly.  I can't imagine losing my children to anyone.  I wonder if she ever got to see them again.

Louisiana
London Square

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mill's Girls and Twisted Mystery AND Baby pinwheel DONE!

It's been a long day of  quilting, ripping out, quilting and binding a final quilt.  Progress is finally made on my Twisted Mystery quilt from Carol Doak.  I think I'm happy to have one of my projects tops completed.  Now to look into other ideas.  First, I need to quilt the baby quilt and the Twisted Mystery.  I also have another quilt in the works, but can't show it until after Christmas.  I was also able to finish one block of the Mill's Girls Quilt along quilt.  It's a bit taxing since the batik fabrics like to wiggle under the presser foot.  Ugh!  Onward!  After I post, it's off to finish off the binding of a quilt I'll post later.

New Baby Quilt - Due in November
Idea from Missouri Quilt Company Tutorials

Mill's Girls Quilt Along
First Block

Twisted Mystery Quilt
Carol Doak
WHEW!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

More Progress!

I finished a couple more blocks today.  One is from a Carol Doak Blog and uses paper piecing.  I 'm a bit behind and have some more blocks to do before I'm where I'm supposed to be, but so far I love the stars.  The picture is sideways.  One of these days, I'll figure out how to flip them in my blog.  The second block is a Civil War Block titled Lincoln's Platform.  Pretty cool!  I'm loving that blog.
Carol Doak Mystery Quilt

Civil War Quilt - Lincoln's Platform

Monday, October 10, 2011

Quilts for charity

I just read a blog in search of quilts for homeless children in Grand Rapids, MI. The quilts are for Christmas presents for those children. If you wish to learn more go to this website.

http://blog.mlive.com/runningwithneedles/2009/10/mother_daughter_channel_grief.html

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Farmer's Wife Blocks and Civil War Blocks

Birds in the Air
Cotton Boll

I just finished two more Civil War Blocks, but hesitated on the Farmer's Wife.  I like paper piecing, but it gets so confusing for my scrambled up head to make heads or tails out of them sometimes.  So I researched online to see if anyone had measured out the blocks so that they could be rotary cut.  I came upon A Bee in my Bonnet blog!  Originally, I found it on the iPad and then sent it to my computer so that I could link it up to my blog.  When I started to go over the site again today, what a surprise it was to find music streaming out of it.  The music is from an era that so reminds me of my mother and of my own playlist.  What a treat!  I loved it so much, I added her button to my blog.  I can't wait to see what she posts next.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Accomplishments before the Tiger Game!

I finished two other Civil War blocks today along with a Farmer's Wife block.  I feel like I'm making a little dent in my progress at least.  While I quilt, my husband is busy making wine.  See all the pics below.  I have about an hour before the Tigers take on the Yankee in game 4!  Here's hoping the Tigers pull it off in just 4 games!  As I watch the game, maybe I can pull apart #2 of my Mystery quilt star blocks as I wasn't supposed to sew the four sections together.  Darn it!

The Big Dipper Farmer's Wife Blocks


Log Cabin and Richmond Civil War Blocks




Sunday, October 2, 2011

New Mystery Quilt

I started yet another project.  It's a paper piecing mystery quilt through the Carol Doaks yahoo group.  The first two blocks are shown below.  It's one project that I'm actually caught up on!  Now onto my farmer's wife and civil war blocks.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Dogs and Frogs and Finally Done

I finally finished Phil's log cabin star quilt.  I love the Chickadee fabric that I was able to find for the back of the quilt.  So fitting!  For some reason, the internet wants to turn a couple pictures sideways, but you get the idea. While I've been quilting in my new sewing room, the dogs have been busy watching frogs in the egress window.  I was able to snatch a few pics of the frog (or toad) that the dogs couldn't quite find.  He made himself practically invisible.