Saturday, January 21, 2017

Quilted Village Finally Finished

Some projects just take more time than others and this was the case with Quilted Village. I finished the top this week, but it was a long time in the making!

I signed up for a BOM for this quilt in 2012 through Shabby Fabrics. Designed by Janet Miller, the pattern had everything I blocks, a little embroidery, and the finished quilt was not too large.  The pattern and fabrics arrived each month from Shabby Fabrics and if memory serves me correctly, I did try to make the first block in the first month. 

I was familiar with paper piecing, but my method uses much more fabric than anyone else's, so I never seemed to have enough fabric to complete each block. Right from the get-go, I started substituting some of their fabrics with mine.

The pattern called for ribbon embroidery and lots of birds, but I passed on those and also eliminated the flag pole. For some reason, my green  "Towne Centre" was a tad smaller than it was supposed to be, so I added another border and then everything fit perfectly.

The quilt top is about 60" x 60" so I should be able to quilt it myself, maybe doing an edge to edge cross-hatch design. But that is for another day...

Today I am working on another UFO taken from my quilting closet. I had made Kathy Schmitz' A Cottage Year a few years back. You may recall seeing it on a previous blog post. You can read about it HERE.

About a year ago, I started to embroider another set of cottages. Embroidery projects are handy to have as I sit in my quilting chair and watch my favorite TV shows. If I take it easy, and don't do too much at any one time, my wrist/arm issues don't flare up. Long story short, I have had the 12 blocks sitting in my closet for awhile. When I finished Quilted Village, I decided to work on A Cottage Year.  I am now building log cabin blocks around each embroidered cottage. The quilt will be a little different that the original pattern but I think it will work.

I always love to do scrappy, so I am using a variety of creams and reds/rusts that I have in my stash for the logs.

It's a great day for quilting!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Stars in a Time Warp and Ouch Pouches

In January 2015, Barbara Brachman introduced a free quiltalong on her blog Civil War Quilts called Stars in a Time Warp. I watched it with interest as it unfolded each week. She used the Sawtooth star pattern in a 6" finished size every week, but chose a different reproduction fabric to use, highlighting the history of the fabrics and showing samples. I put the star quilt on my "to do" list while enjoying her weekly posts as the year unfolded.

A year later in January of 2016, Darlene of A Needle Pulling Thread Quilt shop in Digby, NS, started a Star Block a Week QAL. That was just what I needed to give me the push. I began to make a star a week with Darlene, and used Barbara's Stars in a Time Warp as inspiration for my fabric choices.  Using my stash fabrics, I modeled my stars on Barbara's choices including a varied selection of fabrics such as turkey red on cream, prussian blue, shirting, cheddars, madder style prints, and so on and so on. I didn't always make a star every week, and life certainly got in the way, but this week I pulled out the stars, made a few more using indigos, faded dyes, and toiles, and soon had a total of 36 of the 6" stars. 

With the idea of making a lap quilt, I started looking through my books for ideas for a border. I found the book I had ordered from The Fabric Cupboard last year, Monterrey Medallions by Atkinson Designs, that included a selection of pieced borders.  


I really liked the Four-Patch Chain, simple version featured on one of the quilts so made a few blocks using my scraps and tested it out around the star centre. 

I liked the way it looked, so I made the rest of the blocks and finished sewing everything together this morning.

The top measures approximately 55" square, so I should be able to machine quilt it myself. It's always so much fun to finish a top, especially this one as it allowed me to play with so many different fabrics in my stash. The stars are made using reproduction-style fabrics, but the pieced borders were made using a variety of dark, medium, and light fabrics I had on hand.

I also wanted to share with you today a great gift idea. I made  a bunch of "Ouch Pouches" as Christmas gifts. They are little zippered pouches adorned with a red cross and filled with bandaids, etc. Designed by Melissa at Cornbread and Beans, these pouches were fun to make and just as much fun to fill! 

I found lots of small treasures to put in them, including bandaids, packets of Kleenex, Tide pouches, and wet ones.

We are having lots of wintry weather these days so will continue to play in my sewing room. It's a great day for quilting!