An Applique Project for Spring/Summer

I’m not doing much piecing with my sewing machine. I’m keeping up on the BOM projects but that’s about it. I have a pile of hand projects to work on this spring/summer and this applique project is at the top of the stack.

This is one of the books I kept from my mother’s quilt book collection. The name is Quick and Easy Scrap Quilts from the For the Love of Quilting series, published by Oxmoor House, Inc. & Leisure Arts, Inc. My book is copyrighted 1995.

IMG_4103This quilt is called Nine-Patch and Hourglass and is by Mimi Alef of High Point, North Carolina (page 57 in the book). I’ve admiring this quilt for years and always thought I’d like to make her someday.

IMG_4102My friend, Lori Null, made this quilt several years ago and used Kaffe Fassett fabric. I thought it was beautiful; the colors were so alive and vibrant. Last fall I decided the time had come for this project and pieced the center of the quilt also using Kaffe Fassett fabrics. This photo only shows part of the center.IMG_4104This is a close up of a corner, the applique border will be sewn onto the black border.


Now remember, the title of the book was Quick and Easy Scrap Quilts? Well, it is an easy pattern, but I wouldn’t say it is quick! These blocks finish at 3″. Anyway, the center is ready for the applique borders and this is what has been completed so far.

IMG_4100It will be awhile before she’s finished. I’ll keep you updated.

Relief Sale Quilt Blocks

At the March guild meeting, I took 2 more applique kits for the 2015 Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale quilt. Those blocks are now completed. Here are blocks 11 – a & b

IMG_4026and blocks 12 – a & b.

IMG_4027The sharper curves on these last 2 blocks were challenging for me. I just couldn’t get the bias curve as smooth as I wanted.

The pattern is Stars & Sprigs by Kim McLean. To see the pattern, click here.

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.


The pattern is Stars & Sprigs by Kim McLean.