Cherry Blossom Quilt

 

Summer is flying by and it is a very busy time here on the farm, but I have made some time for sewing.

IMG_5458I’m well on the way to recovering from my Jane burnout. I’ve progressed from just sewing strips together, to sewing the 3″ finished 9-patch blocks I pieced last winter into double 9-patches . . . 42 double 9-patches. These are block A for the Cherry Blossom Quilt.

IMG_5463I’ve pieced the centers for the IMG_5464
for the 30 B blocks. One inch finished HST’s are to be attached next. I have the Thangles ready to sew but it is going to take a while to sew the 600 HST’s needed.

The Cherry Blossom Quilt pattern was designed by Karen H. and you can find the pattern on her blog, faeriesandfibres.blogspot.com. Click on Patterns by Karen H. (She asks that links go directly to her blog.) She has some very pretty patterns she has designed.

The bindings are completed for the 4 little quilts I’ve quilted this summer.

IMG_5418The little Snowman Quilt is a kit I bought a year ago at the Red Button Quilt  Co. booth during the Grand Rapids AQS show in August. He measures 16 1/2″ x 19 1/2″. The middle two were projects from the Prairie Women Sewing Circle, year 3. I especially like the cheddar flange binding on the cheddar and black quilt. The cheddar/black quilt measures 25″ x 29 1/2″. I thought the next quilt was red and black but now I see the red doesn’t stand out as much as I thought it would. I should have added a red flange to the binding. The red/black size is 21″ x 25″. The right quilt was a free pattern from the Temecula Quilt Co. called the 12 Days of Christmas. He measures 18″ x 22″.

IMG_5419The backsides of the 2 left quilts. Both were hand quilted.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5420And the 2 quilts hanging on the right side. The left one was hand quilted and the right quilt was stitched on my sewing machine. I was too lazy to attach the even feed foot to my machine so it is not smooth. But that just makes it an interesting texture.

 

 

IMG_5471I decided I was going to use purple fabrics to piece the Seeing Stars BOM by Turning Twenty. I had planned to use a mixture of regular fabrics and batiks but when I started looking, I decided to go with just batiks. It’s amazing what beautiful fabrics we can find in our stashes if we just look. Some of the batiks look blue but have some purple shading in them.

Seeing Stars is a 6 month BOM with 2 patterns coming a month. I’ve downloaded the first 4 patterns but I’ll wait to start until I have the next 2 patterns. I’ll have a busy week of piecing the blocks, then put it all away until I have the rest of the patterns. BOM’s are fun but they get too draggy sometimes, at least it seems that way to me. I’m more of a get ‘er done sort of person.

IMG_5472The 1-1/2″ strips I have been sewing are sewn. Now I’m sub-cutting them into twosies. It doesn’t take long, I use my mat with the 1/2″ slits, then I’ll sew them together and make 4-patches. This is going to be a very slow, very long-term piecing project. After I get the 4 patches pieced, I’ll decide what is next. I have several possibilities I’m turning over in my mind.

Linking up with Esther’s Wednesday WOW! and My Quilt Infatuation NTT and A Quilting Reader’s Garden.

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10 thoughts on “Cherry Blossom Quilt

  1. I was at the AQS in Grand Rapids last year for 2 days. I was tempted to bring home a long arm but it would not have fit into the car.

  2. Love the line up of mini quilts. Considering you said you haven’t had much time for sewing you’ve got loads done. I’m doing the Turning Twenty BOM too. I’m trying to keep up as the blocks are published. If I don’t I’ll never get any of it done

  3. Your picture of the four quilts is really quite impressive. They are all so beautiful. I haven’t done anything since my Jane. And I can’t wait to see your Cheery Blossom Quilt!

  4. Your work is excellent. All of the quilts are so pretty. I bet your Cherry Blossom quilt will be pretty – there are ways to make those small HSTs in a “mass production” type of way. Martha McCloskey uses bias-strip piecing to make small HSTS in her Feathered Stars in her book Feathered Star Quilt Blocks I. Here is a you tube link that gives you a good idea how to do it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0updN3a8Ao
    Here is a blog that I found that really shows one how to do this technique. http://loisarnold.blogspot.com/2012/03/half-square-triangle-tutorial-bias.html (sending you a copy)

    • I’ll have to check out those tutorials for the next time I need HST’s. But the Thangles have been prepped and that is the way I’m going now. I thought it would take forever to sew them, but I started working on the pile last evening and I’ve got half of them sewn and I think I’ll be able to finish the rest today.
      I think this will be a cute quilt, I love 3″ finished 9-patches.

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