Greetings! I’ve been working on the third doll quilt and the first baby quilt. Here’s the doll quilt with the 2 side borders appliqued (click on any pictures for enlargements for details):
I plan to add similar stems on the top and bottom and am not yet sure what will go in the corners as I’m waiting to see what this will look like first with those borders on. I’ve been doing the applique while I watch the olympics and am happy with my progress!
I’ve started sewing the blocks together for the first baby quilt and have the horizontal rows all sewn together. Here’s a picture of them so far. The second picture shows half the circles laid out along 2 borders so you get an idea what this will look like. I’ll eventually add a one inch wide strip of fabric to separate the borders from the center:
One goal for me at the Syracuse AQS show was to find a border fabric for my UFO project. I used a lot of shot cottons in it and was looking for a shot cotton border. I was looking for a darker blue – but not too dark – to represent an evening sky and found what I think is the perfect color in Pepper Cory’s “peppered cottons” line of fabrics:
I am planning an applique border – of course!!!! It will contain gold stars, but I’m not sure of the exact design yet – creating a design is on my “to do” list!!!! I’ll be calling this quilt “Twinkle” from now on to identify it, but am not sure if that will be the final title.
A reader asked me about the construction of the blocks in this quilt. The individual blocks, after being sewn are 6 inches tall by 3 1/2 inches wide. I cut strips of 30’s fabrics one inch wide and sewed 5 of them together. This gave me pieces, as illustrated below, 5 1/2 inches tall:
I then cut one inch wide strips from these. I cut strips one inch wide and 5 1/2 inches tall from the shot cotton fabrics and cut some strips one inch wide and 4 inches long from them as well for the tops and bottoms of the blocks. Here are the pieces laid out, ready to be sewn together. Obviously the top and bottom horizontal strips are sewn on after the center strips are sewn together:
If you are interested in making these blocks and have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me!
I still have so many quilts to share from the AQS and Maine shows! Here are some more from AQS.
First is this beautiful log cabin made from 30’s fabrics. I absolutely love the border!! It is machine quilted; I think the simple cross hatching and cables are perfect for it. Just to show you how different judging can be from show to show, this quilt won first place in the home machine quilted category at Paducah and did not get a ribbon in this show.
I was particularly drawn to this wonderful quilt by Ann Horton who has had works in lots of shows and won awards in the past. I just loved her use of fabric in this quilt. Look at the hair! And I love the dress fabric – just perfect! And the workmanship was excellent:
Oops! I have just run into a problem with downloading any other photos to my blog at this time so I am going to have to work on this. I hope to return later today – or soon! – with the rest of the pictures I’d hoped to share!! Thanks for bearing with me!
I wanted to share this quote I read earlier today in “Our Mutual Friend” by Charles Dickens:
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.”
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi