Tuesday, May 21, 2013


I started this small house wall hanging so long ago I had to dig out the pattern to remind myself what it was called.  It's from One Day in the Country Quilt Cards designed by Sarah Sporrer and is #QC115 Homestead. It's very folksy with the appliques stitched down with long stitches. The sheep just need legs, then it'll be ready to finish. I think maybe the big stitch hand quilting will be the way to go with this one.

Thursday, May 16, 2013


I came across a little folk art fabric panel in my stash a while ago and thought it would make a good quick pillow....no piecing, so I could get right to the quilting. I really don't like to mark quilting patterns, so I just stitch in the ditch, stitch around appliques or shapes in the fabric, and free motion quilt the rest. I like to use feathers if at all possible. Here I did some feathers in the large triangles.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mixed Bouquet in a Tall Vase

This work in progress is a 26" x 32" wall hanging designed by Betsy Chutchian found in the book Cotton and Ewe by Chutchian and Edgell,  published by Design Originals.  It's my first attempt at using felted wool for applique and I rather liked doing so...no raw edges. I'll use a machine blanket stitch for the larger appliques, but will probably do the small blue flowers by hand.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Civil War 9 Patch

This is the last of the Serena Wakelin pieces purchased in Kennebunk, Maine. It's a 9 patch and is about 13" x 17".  

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Flowerpot Applique Wall Quilt

This wall hanging is from the book, Remembering Adelia, by Kathleen Tracy. It's about 19" x 25" and still needs some of the appliques stitched down and  to be quilted and bound (with a nice rusty brown print).
The flowers are ruched by basting the edge of a strip of fabric, pulling the thread to gather, forming it into a circle, and stitching the ends together. Small buttons will be sewn to the flower centers.  I'm thinking about making another one of these too, a little smaller, and with a more floral stripe for the border.


Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Civil war reproduction mini quilt

This is another little civil war reproduction quilt by Serena Wakelin from Mainly Quilts. It's called Rosie Finch with Pinwheels and is 10" x 16".

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Cabin in the Woods

This wall hanging was started last summer when I was on vacation. Cabins and woods and pines and such always seem to appeal to me then. The pattern is by Jell Kemp from a Bears Paw Designs booklet, Northern Reflections. I put in some extra trees and a bear, and may or may not add the borders called for in the pattern. 

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Four Patch Strippy

I purchased this little wall quilt at the Mainly Quilts gift shop in Kennebunk, Maine. The shop is in a carriage house next to the Waldo Emerson Inn. It's a beautiful setting.
The quilt was made by Serena Wakelin in 2011 with civil war reproduction fabrics. It's about 11" x 13" and is hand quilted. 

Friday, May 03, 2013

Baby quilt

This is a wall hanging made for a granddaughter's room last year. Ideas for the design came from perusing pinterest and googling kitty and bird appliques. I machine appliqued the kitty and flowers and birds with an extra layer of batting behind them, then outline quilted around them, and free motion quilted the background with a sort of loopy design.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Red Winged Blackbird

Here's a small wall hanging I made as a gift. A redwing blackbird was requested, and I was fortunate to find this pattern by Connie D. Roye of Pine Meadows Designs. It's machine appliqued and quilted.
Here's a close up of the border with feather quilting.

Here's a close up of the bird.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Civil War reproduction quilts

Here are a couple small quilts  made with civil war reproduction fabrics (my latest obsession). The patterns are Quaint Little Quilts #3 by Lori Smith.
This first one is 20" x 26". The blocks are 4" finished squares. The pieced blocks each have 22 little pieces (whew, what a pain). Lots of seam ripping happened during the stitching of these blocks!!

The second one is even smaller, about 15" x 19", also with 4" squares.