Now back to my sewing corner. I did manage to work on a few projects in between trips to the rink. Last year I joined Kathleen Tracey's Small Quilt of the Month QAL. I didn't make all 12 quilts, but I did manage quite a few and really enjoyed making them. Kathleen is going to host a small quilt QAL again this year and explains all about it HERE.
She tells us that we can choose any of her quilt patterns from one of her books for the January quilt. Because I didn't have much time, I looked through my orphan blocks first and found a number of 4-patch blocks I had made awhile back. Then I looked through Kathleen's books that I have on hand and found a pattern that could include the blocks. A couple of sewing sessions later and this is what I have to show for it...
The pattern is called the Pink Patches Doll Quilt featured in Kathleen's book, "The Civil War Sewing Circle". As you can see, I stayed with browns, beiges, golds, and just a bit of dark reds and blues. Guess I'll call it "The Gold Patches Doll Quilt".
I changed the size of the blocks from the original 2.5" to 2" square because that was the size I had on hand. Waste not, want not! I guess you can see from the thimble on the quilt that this is a pretty tiny quilt.
The finished size is 12" x 14.5", just perfect to hang from a shelf in the kitchen using this little hanger I purchased from Bird Brain Designs. I hand quilted in the ditch and used a single-fold binding as Kathleen suggests for small quilts. It's kind of fun to go from start to finish in a few days!
I surprised my DD with a Valentine's table runner this week. I had mailed it awhile back and she called recently to say it had arrived.
The hearts were paper pieced with some red, white, and pink fabrics I had in my stash that included a layer cake and a jelly roll of Valentine-themed fabric. I machine quilted the table runner in a cross-hatch pattern and used a pieced binding.
Here is a close up of one of the three hearts...
and the back...
I had an extra block left so decided to make a table frame quilt. Here is the front...
and here is the pieced back...
Country Charmer Quiltalong Update: The first reveal of the Country Charmer Quiltalong (CCQAL) is fast approaching! On Friday, February 1, I will host the first of a monthly Country Charmer Quiltalong Linky Party! CC quilt designer Lynn at Sew'n Wild Oaks has been so helpful to us, posting fabulous tips and hints right HERE and will continue to do so every second Thursday.
Quilt Sue at Quilt Times has also helped promote the QAL to excited quilters from across the pond and continues to share with us her CC journey. She made the CC button for us...isn't it cool?
We have dozens of quilters across the globe that are now participating in this easy going, lazy daisy, work at your own pace quiltalong. And on Friday we want to see what you've been doing. We want to see your fabrics, or your first block, or your second, or your finished quilt! Oops, am I getting ahead of myself?
If you have a blog and you have posted about your progress, please link up here that day. If you don't have a blog, email your pictures to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Lynn by Thursday and we'll post them for you. We also have a CCQAL Flickr page started so you can post directly there as well.
Hope to see you here on Friday! If you have any questions, just send me a note or leave a comment and I'll get back to you.
It's a great day for quilting!