Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sampler Quilt

Our guild (Tennessee Volunteer Quilt Guild, Martin, TN) met in the Martin library for years and one of the librarians has cancer.  We decided to make a throw quilt for her.  Members contributed 12-1/2" blocks and I put them together and quilted it for her.  I sewed the binding on with the longarm and now it is ready for one of the members to do the handstitching of the binding. 

I am always surprised when I get a mishmash of blocks -- none go together at all -- and then you come up with a sashing and - BAM - it comes together. 
This is on my machine now:

Stay tuned because I am going to post a BOM beginning in January, 2012.  You will need 3-1/2 yards of a dark fabric and 2-1/2 yards of a lighter/contrasting fabric.  I am using a solid black and a print.

And here are my accent fabrics (you'll need about 2 yards total -- can be fat quarters.

Sorry, my camera doesn't do the fabrics justice.  But you will get the idea of what you will need.
The BOM will have one simple applique block -- very, very simple -- that can be appliqued by any technique you prefer.  All the other blocks will be pieced.  Join us for some fun!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pat's Quilt finished!

I finished this a few days ago but just now getting around to posting them.  Here is a couple "in process":

And here is the finished quilt:

My nieces did such a great job on their applique!!  And they finished them in about 10 months!  And that is a lot of applique.  I can attest to that because it took forever to stitch in the ditch all the applique.  I have quilted lots of applique quilts but none with as much applique as these.  I started this quilt at the same time as my nieces and I have ONE block appliqued!!!! 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

YIPPEE!! I'm finished with Nov. BOM!!

Note the date --IT IS NOVEMBER 5!!!! -- and my Ruffled Roses BOM is up-to-date!!!!!  I do like it now.

Well, it is sewn together but now I have to applique 8 more little berries where the seams join.  But that is a piece of cake! 
And just so those who visit my house and see my cat always on the towel - well, she has ventured off.  Her new resting place in on the stairs. 

Doesn't that look say:  "Don't you even think about putting me back on the towel!"
I brought my Christmas cactus in a couple of weeks ago.  Have a look. 

I have all the applique stitched in the ditch on Pat's quilt:
Now to do the fill.  I'm just glad to be through with the invisible thread.  I used monolon but it is so fine, it does tend to break often.  I loosened my tension to almost nothing and it sewed much better.  Now on to the Sew Fine and Bottom Line threads.  So much easier to use.