Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!  I have so much to be thankful for: husband, children, granddaughter, parents, siblings, aunt, friends and a wonderful church family!!


Just finished this wall hanging last night.  Hung it in the window - so that is why there is light coming out around it.

Have a good day with family and friends.  



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Storytime Squares Quilt #1 - Done

LA while ago I found a pattern for a quilt top called Storytime Squares at made-by-Rae.com.  It uses 8 fat quarters and a solid material and works great for a baby quilt.  

I had some fun boy fabrics that I bought at Material Girl in Crystal Lake, IL and so decided to make a baby quilt for my co-workers sister who just had her baby boy today (actually he is over one month early!) 


Got the binding sewn down tonight and will get it to the baby before he goes home.

I have another set of fat quarters picked out for another baby boy quilt using this pattern but I won't get to that quilt until the beginning of December.  



Monday, November 10, 2014

Austen Family Album Quilt - Block 32 done

This week's block is Ladies Wreath for Jane Austen's sister-in-law Elizabeth Bridges Knight.  Elizabeth died giving birth to her eleventh child.  


I am very happy with this block and the fabrics that I chose.  

Only four more to go!!!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Austen Family Album Quilt - Block 31 done

This week's block is called Lady of the Lake for Sir Walter Scott. Jane Austen used a reference to the  poem Lady of the Lake in her Persuasion novel and apparently had a professional relationship with Sir Walter Scott. 


The picture makes the tan fabric look yellow - must be the lighting in my sewing room!

Only five more blocks to go!!!



Monday, November 3, 2014

Getting it Done - October Status and November List

Getting it Done - October Status

Things I really want to get done
Finish Baby Girl Quilt for Kei - done 10/5/14
Sept/Oct Clue for Tell it to the Stars - done 10/8/14
Austen Family Album Quilt - make weekly blocks - 26,27,28,28 and 30 done
Start T-shirt Quilts - #1 top done 10/14/14 - #2  top started 
Work on baby quilt for Katie - done 

Things I might get done

Assemble Stained Glass quilt top - not started 
Assemble Re-Piecing the Past top - done 10/30/14 - also made backing and binding
Make pillowcase dresses for Haiti - not done

Getting it Done - October List

Things I really want to get done

Nov Clue for Tell it to the Stars
Austen Family Album Quilt - make weekly blocks
Complete t- shirt top #2
Baby boy quilt #1
Finish baby quilt for Katie - quilt and bind

Things I might get done

Turkey day banner
Baby boy quilt #2
Assemble Stained Glass quilt top

We will be gone on vacation one week so I may not get all of this done but I will give it a good try!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Re-Piecing the Past quilt top done

I bought Kaye Englands class from Craftsy called Re-Piecing the Past.  The blocks are Civil War based and named and were fun to do. 

The pattern called for flying geese, four patches and other elements to be put in between the blocks to create the top. However I did not like how it looked so decided to just use a sashing material. The only complication is that two of the blocks were larger than the rest but with a little math I figured out how to add an additional piece of fabric to make everything even.



I really like how this quilt came out and may use the block patterns to make other quilt tops in the future.  

I used the leftover fabric to make a pieced backing and two of the red fabrics to make the binding material



So off this quilt top and backing go into my closet along with the number of other projects waiting to be quilted!!

Now I just need to find about two weeks worth of time to use my aunts Longarm quilting machine!!!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Austen Family Album Quilt - Blocks 29 & 30 Done

Due to family activities and then a sinus infection I did not get last week's and this week's blocks done until tonight.  

Block 29 is Lend & Borrow for James Stanier Clarke who was a royal librarian who encouraged Jane Austen and may be Jane's model for Mr Collins in Pride and Prejudice.  

Also my fathers family has lineage with the last name of Clarke ( and my fathers first name is Clarke) so maybe I am a long lost relative of James Clarke!!!


Block 30 is Caroline's Choice for Queen Caroline.  I love this block and may have to use it in a future quilt



That's 30 of 36 blocks done!  

I started to think about which layout to use for these blocks.  The Austen Family Album Quilt blog has several layout options and I am considering one of the 'on point' layouts but not sure yet