Wednesday, May 30, 2012

One Flower Wednesday

I finished another two hexi flowers this week....
and I was actually able to take a picture of them outside without the wind blowing them away!

Irene at Hilachas is doing a 200th Post Giveaway.  She has 3 different fat-quarter bundles--Sweetgrass Prairie Collection from Connecting Threads.  If you would like to enter for a chance to win one of these bundles go to: 
Ends June 6, 2012

I've been working on several quilting projects  this past week---will try and get some pictures posted soon!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

One Flower Wednesday

I finished two hexi flowers today!  If you would like to see more flowers created by other quilters you can hop over to Karen's blog.

Yesterday I posted pictures of my Hocuspocusville quilt blocks.  I should have also put in a picture of the pattern.  The pattern is by Crabapple Hill. 

Sorry, another not very good picture--on these cloudy days I have really bad lighting in my little cabin.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hocuspocusville Quilt

I now have 4 of the embroidered blocks done--
This one is Toil & Trouble

Broom Service....

Morgana's Apothecary...
and Pumpkin Patch
.......8 more to go!

  I spent this cool, cloudy afternoon tracing 4 more blocks, so now I can start stitching again.  There is so much detail in these that it takes me awhile to get through one, but I just love them! 

I hope I get better at taking photos!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Dear Jane--the beginning!

Last week I decided it was time to get started on my Dear Jane quilt.  I had never heard of Dear Jane until last summer. I saw one at a quilt show in Coeur d' Alene and was so amazed, I just couldn't get it out of my mind. Then I saw another one at the quilt show in Spokane. I knew I had to do this quilt.  If you have not heard of the Dear Jane quilt here is a little info on it.

The original 1863 Civil War quilt was made by Jane A. Stickle.  It is made up of 169 blocks, 52 triangles, 4 corner kites; a total of 5602 pieces.  It is displayed at the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont.  Brenda Papadakis recreated the two hundred twenty-five patterns from the Jane A. Stickle quilt. 

I had dreams about this quilt, so I bought the book, the CD and the templates to square off the blocks. Then, I started gathering fabrics.
Last Wednesday I cut out the pieces for the first block.

I am piecing the quilt by hand and I will hand quilt it.

When I completed my first block, it wasn’t quite perfect even though I had taken stitches out and redone them.  When I was squaring up the block I noticed on the template the quote “Finished is better than perfect”.  I like that!
So my first block is finished--only 224 more to go!  Can't wait to start on the next one!