Archive | March 2014

Winter’s Last Blast?

Here are photos of  the trees with the snow we received overnight.

This is the old maple on the west side of the driveway. . .

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the trees on the west side of the heifer pasture. . .

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and the burning bush on the corner of our house.

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Looking straight south from our porch toward Grandpa Weaver’s house.

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The temperature later this week is supposed to be 45* and then it the snow will disappear, except for the drifts.

Buck-A-Block

I’m participating in “Buck-A-Block” at Caroline’s Cotton Cottage. It’s not a challenge, it’s really another BOM project for 2014.

There were 3 choices of fabrics: asian, batik or civil war. I chose civil war and I like it even though there is pink in the fabric! Every month I get a kit with fabric and a pattern. The finished quilt will be 48″ x 54″.

Here are the blocks I’ve made for January and February.

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I am making a second project with these same patterns, using brown and blue civil war fabrics from my stash. I’m making 2 blocks of each pattern so I will have a full size quilt when it is completed

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Hand Quilting

I am an old-fashioned hand quilter and here is my method.

I use quilt “stands” and “sticks”. The stands were built by my father years ago and this is what they look like. The stands support the sticks.

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The quilt sticks have fabric attached along the edge. I pin the backing fabric (some people hand baste) to the sticks and lay the batt on top. I pin the quilt top through the batt and into the backing fabric.

Here is my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilting project.

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I normally hand baste along the edge of the quilt top after I have the top pinned in. The hand basting will keep pleats from forming when I sew the binding on.

I didn’t use that method with this top. If you look closely, you  can see that I basted in several inches from the edge. When I appliqued the flower garden onto the border fabric, I wasn’t sure how wide I was going to make the border. Once I had appliqued the top to the border, I could determine the width of my border and marked it. That is why my basting is several inches from the edge. That is where I will sew my binding.

I use clamps to hold the sticks together. I like to put the clamps upside down so the handle isn’t sticking up to get in the way and to catch my thread.

The one side has been “rolled” many times. I just started quilting on the opposite side Friday and have “rolled” twice when I took this picture.

I very “lightly mark” my quilt tops with a silver pencil. “Lightly mark” is very important! The pencil marks won’t show after being quilted unless you look very closely.

I didn’t mark the hexagon blocks. I’m just eyeing the quarter inch quilting mark and doing the best I can.

More Blooms in Winter

Most of the Amaryllis are blooming now, some for the second time. All of them are beautiful!

The flower stalkss are both blooming at the same time on this beauty.

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This white one is very elegant.

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This small plant didn’t get very tall. I don’t know if she is a miniature Amaryllis or if she was just in a hurry to bloom since she was the last bulb planted.  The stripes on the inside of her flowers are a beautiful touch.

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A Charity Quilt Project

Every year the Maple Leaf Quilt Guild provides a quilt for the quilt auction at the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale. At the last guild meeting the block kits for the 2015 quilt were available and I took 2 applique kits.

I worked on them over the week-end and finished them Monday. Here are blocks 3, a & b and blocks 4, a & b.

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The pattern is Stars & Sprigs by Kim McLean.

Today is a Day for Handwork.

Just doing some handwork today. Nothing to show yet.

Here’s a picture of a project I did last winter.

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The pattern is Aunt Bea’s Parlor, designed by Judy Reynolds, published by Black Cat Creations.

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This is a close up of my favorite block.