Sunday, September 14, 2014

Austen Family Album Quilt - Blocks 23 and 24 Done

After having been sick for a week, I finally got back into my sewing room today.

Block 23 is Old Maid's Puzzle for Tom LeFroy.  Tom proposed to Jane at one time but did not have the means to marry her.  

The ironic thing about this block is that my father just bought an antique quilt from an antique shop recently and it is made up of Old Maid's Puzzle blocks. I did not even know the name of this block until I looked it up for my father.

Block 24 is Wheel of Change for Capt de Feullide.  The Captain was the first husband of one of Jane's sister in laws and was beheaded in France during the Reign of Terror.

My Aunt Bonnie recently brought me some fabrics from a trip - one has hearts and another has butterflies.  Bonnie said that they reminded her of my mother and the fact that I like to use fabrics that remind me of my mother.   The star fabric also was from my mother's stash and was a favorite of hers also.    

 Amazing how good it feels to touch fabric again!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Austen Family Album Quilt - Block #22 Done

The block this week is called Friendship for Anne Bridges LaFroy a friend of Jane's

My fabric choice is a little modern this week but I really wanted to use the sparkle fabric in one of my Jane Austen blocks.  It is part of my mother's stash and I have had fun including her sparkle fabric in several other quilts - including one that I made for my sister.

This block was from last Sunday the 30th of August but I did not get it done until tonight due to a variety of other things that came up.

On to the next project !!!!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Northwoods Quilt Shop Finds

My husband and I visited my sister in northern Wisconsin this past weekend.  While the weather was pretty wet we had a good visit and did have one day to hike in Copper Falls State Park.

We also went up to Ashland and Bayfield - both towns along the south shore of Lake Superior.  And as usual I found a coupe of quilt shops to visit.  

Here are my purchases of fat quarters with writing that is quilting and sewing related. I hope to find a special pattern to use for these fabrics. 

On the right side is a little wall banner with a lighthouse - my mothers favorite - so had to buy it. 

I love finding quilt shops while on vacation.  They are all so fun to look at and the owners are always so friendly and happy that you stop by!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

2014 Projects - Status through August 31, 2014

I had made a list of open quilting projects at the beginning of 2014 with a total of 49 projects.

Here is the status of my work through August 31, 2014:

One new project added to the list - 50 total!!!
11 projects done
Three quilt tops done but not yet quilted and/or bound
Two quilt projects have blocks done but not yet sewn together
Two quilt projects are started 
One online quilt project up-to-date through August
One online quilt project - 21 of 36 blocks done and only one block behind schedule
Two projects removed from the list

So 20 projects worked on during the year so far!!!! 

I am happy with my progress and it will be fun to see how much more I can get done before 
December 31st.

Wish me luck!!!!!

Getting it Done - August Status and September List

Getting it Done - August Status

Things I really want to get done:
Clue #8 for Tell it to the Stars - done 8/14/14
Austen Family Album - make weekly blocks - #18, 19, 20 and 21 done - #22 pending
Sew binding down on Hearts Afitre and add label - done 8/17/14
Add label to Crisscross Applesauce - done 8/17/14
Finish Polka Dots, Patterns and Pinwheels top - done 8/2/14 (also made backing and binding)
Assemble top for Re-Piecing the Past quilt - not done

Things I might get done:
Assemble top for 21st Century Bulls Eye quilt - not touched
Complete Baby Girl Quilt for Kei - not touched
Kit up Hotchscotch mat project - made number appliques and purchased remaining fabric
Kit up Little Red Schoolhouse Project - started
Start Believe Tablerunner - not touched
Pillowcases for Conker - 10 pillowcases done 8/5/14
Tablemat for Wedding Gift (added to list) done 8/28/14

Getting it Done - September List

Things I really want to get done:
Clue #9 for Tell it to the Stars
Austen Family Album - make weekly blocks including #22 from August
Sew binding down on Cabin in the Woods quilt
Kit up and being Hop Scotch mat project
Kit up and begin Little Red Schoolhouse project
Complete Baby Girl Quilt for Kei

Things I might get done:
Assemble top for 21st Century Bulls Eye quilt
Assemble top for Re-PIecing the Past Quilt
Start project for Ron

Not sure I will be able to complete all of this but will give it a try!!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Austen Family Album Quilt-Block #21 West Wind Done

This weeks block is West Wind dedicated to Tom Fowle - Jane's sister Cassandra's fiancé who died of yellow fever while serving as a chaplain.

As I was sewing the block together I realized that I had picked yellow fabric without even thinking about the significance!  

I also have a soft spot for Tom Fowle as my grandfather Edwin Stevens was a chaplain in England during World War II.  He did get sick while serving there but survived to come home to his family.  

Can't believe we are done with 21 blocks already. It has gone fast and I look forward to doing a new block each Sunday!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Austen Family Album Quilt -Block #20 Best Friend done

Block #20 is Best Friend for Martha Lloyd another Austen family friend.  

I pulled some more modern fabrics this week and hope this block looks ok with the rest of them. 

Maybe over this coming weekend I will lay them all out to see them together.