As is the case lately, I’m still behind in getting my blocks done. It’s just fun to keep plodding along. Be sure to go to Lori Holt’s blog Bee in My Bonnet to check out what she is going to show you with her blocks this week.
In between other sewing, I’m still working on the Hobo quilts that Jacob helped make. Here is another one done and ready to move to it’s new home.
My friend Judy gave me this little “Jim Shore” angel. It says “The Joy of a Beautiful Quilt”. It is so precious to me.
Jim Shore also designed fabric similar to the figurine with each angel’s gown a different quilt pattern. There were six different angels on a panel so I used two panels and cut out the squares and then pieced the stars with coordinating fabrics to go around them. The pattern was a free download from the fabric company.
My friend Aby has graciously hosted a quilting circle group in her home the last couple years. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the group along with helping Aby come up with ideas to help inspire and motivate the group. To show our appreciation to Aby, the members decided to make quilt blocks and I volunteered to come up with a plan for the blocks and make the quilt. The block I made for the quilt is one I had designed last year that I named “Aby’s Circle”. Aby’s favorite color is blue so I made the star blue since she is, in fact, the star! I chose to surround the star with red to represent our gratitude coming from the heart (and of course you all know red is my favorite color).
In addition to my block, the following members also made blocks:
Amy R, Heather R (2 blocks), Heather S, Jennifer J, Jill S, Karlyn S, Mandy D, Maria H (2 blocks), and Ollie K. When all the blocks were made and submitted, I sketched out a plan. First I framed all the blocks and then made the checkerboards. This is the quilt I made from the twelve blocks:
I always find it rather fun to come up with a way to put all kinds of different blocks together into a sampler. This quilt turned out bright and cheerful—just like Aby! I hope she enjoys it and that the quilt is a reminder of how much we really do appreciate her.
Aby has taken the summer off from hosting the quilt circle and we are going to meet again in September so we are already working on some ideas for a fun project. You will have to wait until then to see what we plan to make to get everyone inspired once again to get busy quilting.
Jacob is trying to convince me to start another quilt where he can pair up fabrics and hand them to me. It really is fun to do that with him, but alas, we have to finish the others first. Today, though, he has been reading to me from a new book he got from our friend Aby. The book has a variety of subjects, each with all kinds of tidbits of information. While he reads aloud, I’ve been making a few more blocks for this Farm Girl Vintage sampler.
I still need to embroider the little seeds and will do that another day.
I love gingham. When I was younger, I embroidered many gingham tablecloths using x’s. I think I may even still have some of them.
Since log cabin blocks are one of my favorite type blocks to make, I found this block to be very fun also. And now I’m off to do other Grandma things with Jacob.
I am still behind in making my weekly blocks. I always say it is easier to keep up rather than to catch up, although my own advice isn’t working for me right now which gives me a dilemma to ponder–do I keep making the blocks in order of the quilt along or do I make this week’s blocks and then later try to fit in the other blocks. Oh well, at least I don’t need to ponder it very much for it will indeed work itself out when I either catch up or I don’t. I decided to make one block from each week missed as this allows my brain the illusion of being almost caught up.
When I tested Quiltmaker 100Blocks Volume 8, Lori Holt’s house block was one I was lucky enough to get as a test. At the time, I thought it was so very cute and fun and once the magazine was released, it seems everyone thought the same thing and the houses were popping up everywhere. My friend Wanda was here learning to quilt and she wanted her sampler blocks made into a medallion-style quilt. When she saw the house block in the magazine, she wanted to make it for the center of her sampler. It turned out so cute. The 12″ block is very fun to make and I love this little 6″ version of the house too.
I do enjoy making these little 6″ blocks. When I go to cut out the pieces, I am always surprised at how little fabric it takes to make each block.
With 15 blocks made, we are 1/3 done since there are a total of 45 blocks. Of course that doesn’t mean the quilt itself is 1/3 done because then there is still the putting it all together and making pieced borders, etc. I will be happy if I have it finished by the end of the year. Are you having fun making your blocks? Be sure to check out Lori Holt’s Bee in My Bonnet blog and see what she has done with her blocks. Maybe by Friday when new blocks are posted, I will have some more done too…(or maybe not.)
Jacob has gone up to spend a few days with his brothers and he left some cute notes for me to find. This is a drawing he made and left for me in my studio. I wonder how he could even imagine I would forget him! I had to smile when I found this.
This note he put on the refrigerator. It’s so cute finding these notes. I hope he finds the one I put in his bag.
Although this quilt is made with a Thimbleberries pattern, I used a floral fabric along with bright colors instead of the usual Thimbleberries. The change of colors gives it a nice summery feel.
Jacob helped me pick out some fabrics to make this quilt for one of the gals I work with at Quiltmaker who had been ill and needed a bit of cheering up.
I am behind (again) in getting my blocks done for the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along. Have had lots of grandson time instead of sewing. The Quilt Along goes until in October so maybe I will get caught up by then. Be sure to go to Lori Holt’s Bee in My Bonnet blog and see her blocks and also check out the ones that the Fat Quarter Shop is making too.