Sunday, February 1, 2015

Snow and Flowers


My Backyard
We had a little snow last night.

Just enough to have to make everything fresh and white, but require shoveling.

Our mild temperatures will have it all melted away tomorrow afternoon.

Under all the snow are peonies, tulips, lavender  and lilies - all waiting for spring.



My kitchen window

In the meantime I'm doing a but of indoor window sill gardening.  The hyacinth are an assortment of pink, white and purple.

I didn't force the bulbs, rather bought them at the flower shop already sprouted.  My master gardener friend works miracles with bulbs.  She had a dedicated refrigerator for the process.  Very impressive!




Block Three Month Two
Back Basting Prep and Fabric Audition



The other kind of indoor gardening I've been doing is floral appliqué.  This is the February block I had in process last year.  You can get yours HERE.

Month two also includes the quilting design for the alternate block.

I have not been keeping up with my planned blog posts.  We do have a new pattern that deserves it's own post.  Next week I'll include pictures of my antique pieces, including the original this new pattern is based on.  It is in the hand quilting frame and I'll share some of the border feathers I've completed.





I hope you are finding some stitching time!
Regards,
Dawn

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Grad Quilt Block Milestone

The Graduation Quilt
So happy to have all of the blocks finished for 'The Graduation Quilt'

The blocks are hardly sticking to the design wall - Velma (my cat) has figured out how get between the foam board and top.

Yes, one morning most of the blocks were on the floor...

The light center color placement is growing on me.  I am planning on quilting some names and dates in the center.

I was able to work in many special fabrics and have purchased the backing. I changed my mind on binding - plenty of time to figure that out.
I just may make my January goal of a completed top...Maybe.  If not, there's always next month!

Happy Stitching!
Dawn

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Scrappy Blocks and A Cheddar Version


Santa put some block sets under the tree for me this year.

What do you notice in this one?

Direction of the stripes?
Would you place the stripes on only one direction?

How about the piecing?
Would you put it in a quilt and cut off all of the outer corners?

See the make-do piece?

How about the bias corners?





Here's a detail photo.

See the corner piece - would you piece this way today?  This was probably from a garment.

Note how small the anchors are in the conversational print.





This one has a nice red ground equine conversational.

The little motif with the horseshoe looks like it might be a bridal bit.

The set has over 30 blocks with wonderful shirtings and conversationals.

I plan to enjoy them as is.

I've decided I need more dots in my stash.






Here's the block detail - 7/8" sashing - pieced.

The dot block is also pieced - see the 1/8" sliver?

The blocks are hand pieced.  However, where the small pieces are - machine stitching.  Perhaps a clue the blocks were made from machine sewn clothing.




The back - showing the hand sewn seams. 



See the pin?

This block has at least three 'patched' patches.

More stripes - any direction works.











 Detail of the patches, and the patch.
Does the corner patch look like the corner of a shirt pocket?


Last, but not least - I used cheddar (orange) as my neutral in this Catherine's Garden block.  It's been fun hearing from you and your fabric selections!  Pastels, Kafffe, Red and green - all fabulous!

Have a great week!  I hope it includes some stitching time.

Kind Regards,
Dawn














Friday, January 2, 2015

Catherine's Garden 2015 BOM

We are excited to launch our new digital block of the month for 2015!
Catherine's Garden On Point


Based on an 1855 quilt in our collection, we created a set of 16 applique blocks, set on point.
The pattern includes 24 of the fabulous flowers from the original quilt and a variation of the border.

The pattern set is $3/Month for 12 Months
Click HERE for Details and Ordering

The reproduction medallion pattern is still available HERE.

The first month includes:  Yardage requirement, Layout Diagram, Cutting Instructions, Full Size Applique Patterns, Color Photos of the first two antique and reproductions applique flowers.

One of my very talented friends made her medallion reproduction of Catherine's Garden on a yellow ground.  I LOVED IT FROM DAY 1.  However, I did mine on cream ground thinking since I owned the antique on yellow ground I would do my reproduction on cream.  While I love my completed quilt, I have always wanted to make one on yellow ground.  Of course, cheddar ground would be awesome too....
We also heard from customers who enjoy smaller blocks.  
That's how the idea for the block layout of Catherine evolved.  I joyfully have all of the flowers I love, on a yellow ground in a wonderful block layout - including the amazing borders.  
Now, if only I had a rich colorful antique pink lily quilt like my friend has...

Happy 2015!
Kind Regards,
Dawn

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year

Happy New Year
I Hope it is a year filled with smooth sailing...

Mother of Pearl Sail Boat Thimble Holder on a sea of frothy shell buttons

We will be back in a few days with all kinds of surprises!
New Patterns, a New Digital BOM for 2015
New Collections and Updates
Thank you for a wonderful 2014, I look forward to all we share in 2015!