Liberty Houses is shown in the header picture. It is a Jan Patek pattern in her book "Liberty Garden".

Thursday, July 20, 2017


I made a set of blue and white placemats and hope to complete four more soon.  I used fabric from a line by Betsy Chutchian called "Rachel Remembered".  I measured a set of purchased placemats to come up with the size to make these.  The star blocks are four inches finished with half inch finished dark blue separating strips.  The placemats are thirteen by nineteen inches.

I have one mat flipped over so you can see the backing fabric.  I am going to take these as a donation to my husband's family reunion auction.

Two years ago, I made a set of four placemats in Liberty Gardens fabrics (an older line by Moda). Again, I have one flipped over so you can see the backing which is a Moda twill fabric.   These mats are wider.  I don't have the measurements available right now.  Fun to make.

I plan on sewing today.  Maybe on the second set of blue and white placemats.  I love the fabric line.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

My Dream Home

"My Dream Home" is the name the pattern I used to make a log house quilt.

The pattern can be found in Linda Brannock's book "Miss Jump's Favorites".  I completed the top (in fact, two tops with these same style house blocks) in 2008.  It had been hanging in the quilt closet ever since waiting to be quilted.  Mary Flynn machine quilted it for me recently using a Baptist Clamshell design.  I like it very much.  Thank you, Mary!

You can see this same house pattern in another quilt I completed in 2008.  It is called "Lone Cabin" and the pattern is by Gerry Kimmel and found in "Red Wagon Originals".  I have shown this on my blog previously.

The same log house pattern was used to make 16 placemats.  I kept four for myself and gifted in sets of four to three friends.  I used a fleece batting in the placemats and like how it gives them some firmness.

I think you get the idea that I like log cabins!


Saturday, July 15, 2017


The third block for the Linda Brannock quilt is "Glories" and more recognizeable as a real flower than the previous block.  Cathy has her block posted and you can see it here.

I made a small quilt for a swap hosted on  the Facebook group "Prim Folk Art Quilts".  The theme for the swap was "flowers" and measuring between 15 to 20 inches on a side.  My quilt arrived to the recipient so I can now share a picture.

I used a block design from an older pattern.  It was a pattern from the 2002 Liberty Gatherings in Missouri.  A friend gifted me the pattern.  The teachers at the venue all designed a block for a patriotic garden theme.  Most of the block patterns noted which designer it belonged to.  This particular one did not.  Two other patterns also lacked a designer name.  Joined at the Hip had designed a pattern but none were attributed to them so I am guessing that is who it came from.

For me, the interesting thing about the swap is that I received a person's name that I did not know but she lives in the area where I was born and raised.  The smaller size town right next to mine.

I am busy making placemats.  I will share a picture after I get the quilting and binding done.  I am getting close.  They are going to be hard to give away as I like them very much.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Moon and Stars and More

Though I still have one more block to stitch for the Shenandoah Botanical quilt, I did the "Moon and Stars" block which, in order, was the final block.  I have been hesitating on one block as I felt it was so much like a previous block that I did not find fun to stitch.  The pattern has three identical pineapple blocks done in different colors.  I have decided to do a fourth and use them in the four corners of the quilt.  Here is this month's block.

I did the machine stitching on a few more Noah and Matilda blocks.  I now have 25 blocks completed.

The background fabric for the blocks is all the same though it looks different in the photos.  They were taken at different times of the day.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Flag and Eagle Quilt

I am in the mood for a patriotic quilt with our Nation's Birthday coming up on July 4th.  I chose a pattern from Jan Patek's Liberty Garden book.  The pattern is "Liberty Eagle Quilt".  I chose to start with an applique flag block which is in progress.

Here is what the quilt pattern design looks like.

I will be using fabric from stash.  I am not sure what I will use for the sashing and for the cornerstones on the border.  It is a gray plaid used for the original quilt and I have no large pieces of gray plaid.  Nor a gray in that sort of shade.  I may need to shop for something but will search stash first for a substitute.

See this bag of thread?  These are some of the threads I use for applique stitching.

A few days ago, I needed a spool of thread from the bag.  As I began to reach for the bag, I noticed movement inside.  I spotted one of the little lizards that are so plentiful all over Florida.  I quickly grabbed the bag securing the top closed and headed for the front door.  As soon as I let go of the bag, the lizard came scurrying out and ran off.  I am glad I looked before picking up the bag.  The lizards are harmless but I sure wouldn't have wanted it running up my arm!

Happy 150th Birthday to my Canadian blog friends.  Have a wonderful celebration!


Friday, June 30, 2017

"Flowers" Block Two

Block two for my sew-along with Cathy from "Big Lake Quilter".  We are using Linda Brannock's "Flowers" pattern.  Linda titled this design "Volunteer Bloom and Berries".  Not like any flower I have seen but then that is prim style.  I did a search to see if there is such a flower by that name and came up with nothing.  The block was easy to stitch because the pieces are large.

On to block three and it is recognizeable as a real flower.  We plan to shown that block on the 15th of July.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Stonefields and Noah and Matilda Blocks

The next batch of Stonefields blocks.  I like the cross blocks.  Fun to select the fabric for them.

I did not enjoy making this block and the red flag fabric ran when I rinsed the block.  I think the red will come out but I am not going to worry about it right now.  There were to be two of this design but I went back to the star in a star design and made a second one of those.

The block on the left is the star block I made previously.  The one of the right side is the new one.

Nothnig exciting about the four patches on point.

The flower block is an odd design.  I thought about making a change or two to the design.  Then I thought it has an art deco look and went ahead with it as drawn.

Dawn from "Collector With a Needle" has started a "Noah and Matilda" Facebook page for those that have either made a quilt from the pattern set, working on it, and wanting to begin.  The pattern info is here.  I made several blocks quite a few months ago and then got hung up when I got to the block shown below.  I did fusible applique/stitched by machine and all those little grapes are so time consuming.  If I were to start over, I would have used wool circles stitched by hand or embroidered grapes.  Instead, I bit the bullet and slowly stitched around the grapes by machine over the last two days.

I have all the blocks temporarily on the design wall.  Not in any particular order.  You will note that the block above is not the only grape style block.  The original quilt maker must have loved doing the circles more than I did.

I have used a lot of Kansas Trouble fabrics with others mixed in from stash.  I wish I had used more variety of greens in the cactus block but I am not going to re-do it.  I have all the rest of the blocks fused and ready for machine work.

Stitching away!